Archer Western Federal JV, Chicago, was awarded a $30,197,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of an unmanned aerial vehicle launch and recovery complex within restricted airspace. Work will be performed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 21, 2015. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-14-C-0039).
Persistent Systems LLC, New York, was awarded a $49 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, incrementally funded contract for the Program Manager for Special Programs office for analysis and support, research and development, procurement and production, sustainment and training. The Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-14-D-0016).
U.S. representatives from both parties have introduced the Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, a companion bill to the Senate’s America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973). The bills would bring the U.S. national lab system into the 21st century and promote the easy transfer of federal research into the hands of the private sector, improving the public-private partnerships considered essential to bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace.
It’s traditional for journalists to end an interview with some version of the question, “What would you like to add?” On the surface, it is the softest of softball questions—so broad and general that there is no wrong answer.
Some sources take this opportunity to repeat their major talking points. Others simply say they have nothing to add. And some will offer a warm and fuzzy, feel-good quote about partnering or working hand-in-hand, or about how great their employees are. All are perfectly legitimate responses.
But on very rare occasions, a source will take this opportunity to make news. And from a reporter’s perspective, this is the absolute best kind of answer.
Alion Science and Technology Corporation, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $23,936,197 delivery order (0069) on the Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Testing Information Analysis Center (AMMTIAC) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity cost-plus-fixed-fee sole-source contract (FA4600-06-D-0003) for Rapid Engineering Solutions for Lifecycle Support. AMMTIAC's objective is to address issues of mechanical, electronic and electro-mechanical systems and sub-systems obsolescence and hard-to-acquire parts. The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded a $11,895,370 modification (P00005), exercising the first option to a six-month base contract (HR0011-14-C-0005) for Phase 1/Option 1 of the Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) program. This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Exercise of the option brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $14,700,357 from $2,804,987. Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, with an expected completion date of Jan. 9, 2016.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) primary external advisory board today announced a report calling for the agency to increase its staff of cryptography experts and to implement more explicit processes for ensuring openness and transparency to strengthen its cryptography efforts. In making its recommendations, the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) specifically addressed NIST’s interactions with the National Security Agency (NSA).
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Bechtel BNI are joining forces to a new class of cyberdefense professionals to protect the nation’s critical digital infrastructure. The Bechtel-Lawrence Livermore-Los Alamos Cyber Career Development Program is designed to allow the national labs to recruit and rapidly develop cybersecurity specialists who can guide research at their respective institutions and create solutions that meet the cyberdefense needs of private industry, which owns about 80 percent of the nation’s critical digital infrastructure and assets.
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $198,901,412 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the design, development, and implementation of the Airborne Electronic Attack requirements for software configuration set upgrades to software and ancillary hardware in support of the EA-6B and EA-18G aircraft for the United States and the government of Australia. This contract combines purchases for the United States ($179,011,271; 90 percent) and the Government of Australia ($19,890,141; 10 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.
The National Security Agency (NSA) has selected five more schools for the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Program, which is designed to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals. These schools are now designated as Cyber Operations CAEs for the 2014-2019 academic years:
The U.S. Army’s Project Manager of Robotic Systems Joint Project Office, Warren, Michigan, is conducting market research to see what companies can provide a lightweight common robotic system (CRS) for dismounted soldiers.
Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, Boca Raton, Florida, is being awarded $334,135,534 for firm-fixed-price task order 0002 under a previously awarded solar power generation multiple award contract (N62742-11-D-1192) for the procurement of electricity produced from renewable energy generation systems. The work to be performed provides for purchase of reliable locally generated, alternating current, power from solar power generation systems that are designed, constructed, owned, operated and maintained by the contractor on government property. The government will procure the power using the 10 USC §2922(a) authority.
Astrium Services Government Incorporated, Rockville, Maryland (FA8814-14-D-0001);
InfoReliance Corporation, Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a time-and-materials and firm- fixed-price contract (HDTRA1-14-F-0017) with an estimated maximum amount of $8,932,350 for Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) in support of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Directorate of Information Operations (J-6). The contract award was made off the General Services Administration schedule. There are only six vendors who are licensed to provide MCS; Defense Threat Reduction Agency solicited all six vendors, and received two quotes and one no bid. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 research and development and operations and maintenance funds.
Spry Methods Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4158); Gateway Ventures Incorporated, Norfolk, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4159); Gemini Industries Incorporated, Burlington, Massachusetts (N65236-14-D-4160); and MH Harbor LLC, North Charleston, South Carolina (N65236-14-D-4161), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, with provisions for cost-plus-fixed-fee task orders, performance-based multiple award contract for the procurement of Information Dominance Program and financial management support services.
CACI Incorporated-Federal, Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a $9,423,610 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00033-09-D-6503) with firm-fixed-price and/or firm-fixed-price level-of-effort task orders for systems development support services in support of Military Sealift Command’s Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) Systems directorate. The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00033-09-D-6503).
General Technical Systems, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded an $11,825,274 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development of a prototype Gatekeeper On The Move-Biometrics (GOTM-B) in support of reconnaissance and surveillance payloads, sensors, delivery systems and platforms. The GOTM-B system is an innovative, non-contact, on-the-move, multimodal biometric (3D finger, face, and iris) identity operations and force protection capability. This contract was competitively procured via a broad agency announcement and one offer was received. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-14-C-0183).
Kent Schneider, AFCEA’s president and chief executive officer, has called the 2013 U.S. Defense Department’s budget woes “the perfect storm.” Budget cuts, travel restrictions and sequestration converged to create an atmosphere of uncertainty and indecision. For the services, this meant a bit of scrambling to determine how reduced funding could have the least impact on national security. For the defense industry, it became a time of reaction and cutbacks, or at least flat budgets.