Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Va., has been awarded a $17.7 million task order to provide the Defense Department with engineering and science and technology expertise to help defeat improvised explosive device (IED) threats against troops in theater and throughout the world. Alion will support conception, prototyping, improving and experimenting with technologies, devices and systems, bringing next-generation capabilities to counter IED hazards. This includes improving warfighters’ situational awareness, enabling soldiers to better identify, defeat and bypass explosive threats.
Savi Technology Inc., Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $102 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Active Radio Frequency Identification hardware, software, documentation, and incidental services to authorized government users worldwide. Incidental services include training, warranty, and technical engineering services. Funding and work performance locations will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-D-0014).
Thales Defense & Security Inc., Clarksburg, Md., is being awarded a $38,527,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Optimized Top Owl (OTO) Helmet Mounted Sight and Display (HMSD) Sustainment Capability services for the H-1 Aircraft program. This contract includes the facility, labor, materials, parts, test and tooling equipment required for the OTO repair capabilities transition plan from Bordeaux, France to the United States. In addition, this contract includes all maintenance, support activities, repairs, calibrations and technical data required to return the OTO HMSD associated items to a ready for issue condition.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., San Diego, Calif., recently announced its Micro Systems Inc. subsidiary recently received a contract modification from the U.S. Army valued at up to $6.64 million for additional engineering services option hours in support of the Target Tracking and Control System (TTCS), Target Interface Control Units (TICU) and associated ancillary equipment. Under the modification for additional option hours, Micro Systems may be issued option exercise modifications to provide engineering services to develop upgrades to the US Army TTCS, TICU, and associated ancillary equipment.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sacramento, Calif., has been awarded a contract from the Flight Opportunities Program Office at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Test Center to develop propulsion technology for miniature satellites that could possibly lower cost and accelerate mission schedules. Under the first phase of the contract, Aerojet Rocketdyne will develop and perform hot-fire tests on its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. If selected for a flight demonstration in a second phase, the MPS-120 would be the first chemical propulsion system ever used on a CubeSat.
The U.S. Navy has successfully demonstrated the Autonomous Aerial Cargo and Utility System (AACUS), which allows current, full-size helicopters to be remotely controlled by a tablet device. Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, USN, chief of naval research, recently revealed that two young Marines at Quantico, Virginia, were able to land a full-size helicopter autonomously on an unprepared landing site with just one touch on a mini-tablet.
Once the Joint Information Environment (JIE) is in place, the U.S. Defense Department may be able to deploy secure mobile apps much more quickly than it can with today’s cumbersome process, according to Teri Takai, Defense Department chief information officer.
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) may ultimately eliminate the need for an information security classification process specific to the U.S. Defense Department, according to Teri Takai, Defense Department chief information officer. FedRAMP seeks to provide a governmentwide, standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Takai voiced full support for the program on April 2 at the Security Through Innovation Summit, Washington, D.C., presented by Intel Security.
NetCentrics Corp., Herndon, Va., is being awarded an $11,486,816 modification (P00011) to firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-11-D-0002) to obtain information technology operations back office support for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), WHS-supported organizations and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. WHS, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Defense Systems Division, Herndon, Va., has been awarded a maximum $98 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the sustainment/maintenance of the Global Adaptive Planning Collaborative Information Environment (GAP CIE) software system. The contract will provide software deliveries for sustainment, enhancement and modification to fielded GAP CIE capabilities, and continue to incorporate tools to support the production of assigned campaign/contingency plans and orders, Unified Command Plan taskings and Guidance for the Employment of the Force-assigned tasks.
BAE Systems Electronic Solutions, Nashua, N.H., is being awarded a $47,352,248 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity delivery order contract for the manufacture of the transmitter countermeasures T-1687A/ALE-70 (V) in support of the Joint Strike Fighter program. The Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity (N00104-14-D-K054).
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $43,781,216 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0059) for the production and delivery of five MQ-8 Firescout vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (VTUAV) and one ground control station in support of the VTUAV endurance upgrade rapid deployment capability effort. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Sudbury, Mass., is being awarded a $29,521,981 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5115) to exercise options for the production of the AN/SPY-1D(V) Radar Transmitter Group, Missile Fire Control System (MFCS) MK 99 and site support. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Matrix Research Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $45,085,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for development and demonstration of supportable and manufacturable low observable (LO) technologies. This program will develop, demonstrate, and transition supportable and manufacturable technologies that will reduce the production and life cycle sustainment burden of LO treatments, materials, repairs, and processes. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-14-D-5400).
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va., has been awarded a $12,414,345 modification (P00010) to exercise option year two on cost-plus-fixed-fee contract W91RUS-12-C-0011 to provide the 160th Signal Brigade and subordinate units staff support in the areas of administrative support, operations support and logistics support within the Central Command area of responsibility. Work will be performed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Qatar with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2015. Army Contracting Command–Netcom Branch, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is the contracting activity.
NetCentrics Corp., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $33,042,835 modification to firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-11-D-0002) for information technology operations front office support for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), WHS-supported organizations, Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, the Defense Legal Services Agency and the Central Adjudication facility, and the Office of Military Commissions. WHS, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity.
SERCO, Reston, Va., is being awarded a potential $46,041,918 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide life cycle sustainment, integration, acquisition and technical support for anti-terrorism/force protection Naval Electronic Surveillance Systems to Department of Defense agencies and other government activities as required. This is one of three contracts awarded: each awardee (CACI, N66001-14-D-0052, $42,382,869; Honeywell, N66001-14-D-0053, $43,196,813) will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period.
Insitu Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded $8,355,422 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0025 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0008) for the hardware and services required to operate, maintain, and support previously procured RQ-21A EOC unmanned aircraft systems in support of overseas contingency operations. Hardware and services to be provided include spare and consumable parts and in-theatre field service representatives to supplement Marine Corps operators and maintainers. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Newton, Pa., has been awarded a $245,778,905 modification (P00286) to cost-plus-incentive-fee contract FA8807-08-C-0010 to exercise the option for additional Global Positioning System III Space Vehicles 07 and 08. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity.
The unemployment rate for veterans of recent conflicts—that is, those who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts—dropped a bit last year, according to Labor Department statistics.
In 2013, the unemployment rate fell to 9 percent from 9.9 percent for post-2001 veterans. The corresponding rate for all veterans fell to 6.6 percent from 7 percent in 2012, according to Labor secretary Thomas E. Perez.
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden have focused their White House efforts on finding employment opportunities for veterans.