Ongoing budget cuts place the Defense Department in a challenging situation, tasked with continually supporting warfighters on an increasingly tight budget. The most direct route for the department to accomplish mission goals and support warfighters is through information technology innovation. And so to quote Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF: “If there was ever a time for innovation, this is it.”
United States Technologies Incorporated, Fair Lawn, New Jersey, is being awarded a $19,122,236 ceiling-priced indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of hardware and modification services for the development, integration and operational support of countermeasure and emitter threat simulator systems for the Airborne Threat Simulation Organization. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity (N68936-14-D-0020).
BAE Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded a $7,145,241 modification (P00015) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (W58RGZ-13-C-0049) for logistics in support of the Common Missile Warning System. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Engineering Services Network Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia, (ESN) recently announced it was awarded a contract worth up to $24.5 million from the U.S. Navy to support the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Integrated Voice Networks Branch and provide telephony network support. The award is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. If exercised, option periods would bring the potential ceiling value to an estimated $41.2 million.
American Systems Corporation, Chantilly, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4986); Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, McLean, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4987); Honeywell Technology Solutions Incoorporated, Columbia, Maryland (N65236-14-D-4988); Ideal Innovations Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4989); Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4990); and Scientific Research Corporation, Atlanta (N
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $20 million modification (P00004) to FA8810-13-C-00001 for acceleration effort in support of the production of Space-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) 5&6 satellites. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $346,849,435. The contract modification is for planning and production parts including hinges, valves, structures and special test equipment to support the SBIRS GEO 5/6 satellite production. The Space and Missile System Center (SMC), Los Angeles Air Force Base, is the contracting activity.
ViaSat Incorporated, Carlsbad, California, was awarded a $30,641,786 firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM) production and support to include: (1) fabrication and production delivery of: a. MD-1366(U) Strategic EBEM; b. MD-1366A(U), tactical EBEM; c. ethernet service expansion module; (2) post production software support; (3) hardware maintenance repair; (4) potential capabilities enhancement(s) via engineering change proposals. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-D-0056).
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Carson, California, was awarded a $15,890,745 modification (P00088) to contract W31P4Q-07-C-0335 extending the contract period through Nov. 3, 2014 to provide continued supplies, services and maintenance for the counter-rocket artillery mortar command and control system. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $49,683,100 modification (P00099) to W15QKN-12-C-0103 to exercise contract line item number 0001 for an additional quantity of M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (CROWS). The company also was awarded a $37 million modification (P00086) to contract W15QKN-12-C-0103 to exercise the option regarding depot support for the common remotely operated weapons station. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey is the contracting activity.
The Boeing Company, St. Louis, has been awarded a $27,685,574 modification (P00058) to FA8678-10-C-0100 for QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) Lot 2. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $158,649,517. The contract modification is for the exercise of the Lot 2 production option under the basic contract. This option is for the purchase of 23 QF-16 FSATs and 23 four-year warranties of the QF-16 Drone-Peculiar Equipment (DPE). The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave a sneak preview Wednesday to an impressive collection of promise-to-change-the world projects—technology such as the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS), software built in from inception to negate security vulnerabilities to just about anything operated by a computer. And that means just about anything.
From keyless entry automobiles, to bomb bots, drones, power grids, home security systems, even refrigerators—the HACMS engineers are writing software to safeguard networked, embedded information technology systems from hackers and attackers, be they nation states, terrorists, criminals or malicious teenagers, says Program Manager Kathleen Fisher.
Just as the U.S. Navy initially resisted the transition from sail to steam-powered ships and elements of the Army dismissed air power and fought against the shift from horses to tanks, some parts of the military continue to resist the expansion of uninhabited systems into traditional combat roles. As a result, the U.S. Defense Department is failing to invest in game-changing technology that could increase efficiencies and save lives, according to a just-released report from the Center for a New American Security.
The U.S. Army has released a draft request for proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios, moving the system toward full rate production. The Rifleman Radio is part of the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit program. Under the full and open competition approach, the Army will award contracts, and qualified vendors will compete for delivery orders as needed.
It took four decades for Fred Downs to be able to pinch himself with his left hand. Or open a jar. Or turn a key in the front door of his Virginia home.
Downs now sports a new prosthetic arm funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and which only last week received Food and Drug Agency approval for commercial use.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the U.S. Navy successfully conducted the first flight test of the Aegis Ashore system at the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex and Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), according to a Defense Department news release. The Aegis Weapon System fired a Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB guided missile from the Vertical Launch System (VLS), which successfully acquired, tracked and engaged a simulated ballistic missile target. A live target missile launch was not planned for Tuesday’s flight test.
American Science and Engineering Incorporated (AS&E), Billerica, Massachusetts, recently announced the receipt of an order for two ZBV(R) mobile screening systems from a new international customer, the Kingdom of Lesotho. The ZBV systems will screen vehicles and cargo for threats and trade fraud on its border with South Africa to facilitate trade and counter smuggling. The Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) has launched a Customs Modernization Program aimed at simplifying border procedures while speeding up the inspection process.
Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Training, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $20,490,657 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5225) to exercise options for AN/SQQ-89 engineering services, advanced capability build, technical insertion development and integration. The AN/SQQ-89 is an undersea warfare/anti-submarine warfare combat system that provides surface warships with a seamlessly integrated undersea/anti-submarine warfare detection, localization, classification and targeting capability. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan (63 percent). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Company, Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $10,271,042 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-5346) for the execution of Phase II CVN 78 Dual Band Radar, test and evaluation engineering support at the Raytheon IDS Software Development Laboratory and Wallops Island Engineering Test Center Land Based Test Site. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
ManTech Systems Engineering Corporation, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,852,349 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only contract to provide specific systems operation, sustainment and support services for the Navy Ship Maintenance and Logistics Information Systems (SMLIS) program. This contract provides uninterrupted enterprise support to the SMLIS program, including engineering support in the areas of information technology life cycle planning, operations and sustainment, documentation, program management, application technical refresh, testing, training and deployment.
Engineering Services Network Incorporated, (ESN) Arlington, Virginia, was recently awarded an additional $7.7 million contract year to provide combat systems engineering and systems integration support to the U.S. Navy. Under this contract, ESN will establish an engineering resource for planning and coordinating the installation of combat system, command, control, communications, computer and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems in aircraft carriers and other strike group or strike force units, including LHA, LHD, LPH and other L-class units.