The executive order signed by the president in May to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity policies is evidence that the federal government has recognized and is going to take significant steps to address increasingly frequent and sophisticated cyber attacks. This order is a great first step, but must be supported by more innovative and flexible acquisition and procurement strategies and processes.
Acquisition and Contracting
eScience & Technology Solutions Inc.,* North Charleston, South Carolina (N0003917D0011); IDEAMATICS Inc.,* McLean, Virginia (N0003917D0012); and Rite-Solutions Inc.,* Pawcatuck, Connecticut (N0003917D0013), are being awarded a multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the rapid product development and sustainment contract vehicle to support the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) in the design, development, implementation and sustainment of information technology systems and software supporting enterprise business services, personnel and pay, position management, recruiting and accessions, workforce development and distance support. This multiple award contract has a base f
The KeyW Corp., Hanover, Maryland, has been awarded a $23,924,180 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Research to Advance Comprehensive Exploitation of Radio Frequency (RF) Research and Development (R&D) program. This contract provides for the R&D of RF exploitation technology with innovative algorithmic approaches for dynamic and flexible sensing, capable of leveraging all available information to maximize sensing and exploitation performance, to address concurrent detection, tracking, imaging, and classification/identification of targets within contested and challenging environments with singular and distributed sensing architectures.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia; and Bellevue, Nebraska, has been awarded a $98,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus incentive-fee contract action for the overall operations and maintenance of command and control capabilities for U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) benchmark for encryption modules has seen recent innovation, opening the playing field for competition.
For years, NIST’s Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 validation list read like a Who’s Who of Fortune 100 technology vendors. Only those products that leverage cryptographic modules shown on the list were eligible for federal agency deployment. Until recent changes, only the deepest pockets could absorb the costs of development, testing and expensive consultants to facilitate introducing solutions into the federal marketplace.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host two proposers’ day conferences later this month in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in anticipation of new solicitations.
The first, for the Homomorphic Encryption Computing Techniques with Overhead Reduction (HECTOR) program, will be held on July 26. The second, for the Finding Engineering-Linked Indicators (FELIX) program, will be held the next day. Both will begin at 9:00 a.m.
The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $92,900,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, five-year ordering period, for E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) sustainment engineering and technical support. This contract provides for support to the E-3 AWACS division and will also generate technical requirements for the Air Force, Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), United Kingdom (UK) and French Republic (FR). Work will be performed at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by July 9, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
Raytheon Co., Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, has been awarded a $78,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for delivery of identification friend or foe transponders and ancillary equipment. Work will be performed at Largo, Florida, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 6, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 procurement funds in the amount of $1,439,380 are being obligated at the time of award. Aerospace Management Systems Division Contracting Office, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-17-D-0006).
U.S. Army leaders have not consistently evaluated the efficiency and effectiveness of the department’s contracting operations, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concluded. To amend the situation, the office recommends developing metrics to assess contracting operations for timeliness, cost savings and contract quality; documenting rationales for key decisions; and establishing measurable objectives to assess the effects of organizational changes on contracting operations.
Arcturus UAV, Rohnert Park, California, is being awarded one of three indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for a maximum of $475,000,000 for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS III) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services at multiple locations worldwide. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $150,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition and eight responsive proposals were received. The contract includes a 54-month period of performance, with four 12-month ordering periods followed by one six-month ordering period. Estimated completion date is June 2022.
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is being awarded a fixed-price-incentive-firm target modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-2307) for incorporation of the Flight III baseline on DDG 125. Flight III will incorporate the SPY-6 (Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) and upgrade the electrical power and cooling capacity plus additional associated changes.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Military Aircraft Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded $34,500,117 for delivery order N00019-17-F-1604 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) for incorporation of a flight management system into the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. This order includes integrating, installing, testing and certifying the flight management system. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills, California (52.7 percent); and Melbourne, Florida (47.3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2020. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $34,500,117 are being obligated on this award, all of whic
American Systems Corp., Chantilly, Virginia (N00174-17-D-0031); Applied Technologies Inc.,* King George, Virginia (N00174-17-D-0032); Applied Research Associates, Arlington, Virginia (N00174-17-D-0033); and Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (N00174-17-D-0034), are being awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for non-lethal weapons and research and development. This requirement is for the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP) and other Department of Defense non-lethal weapons (NLW) programs entities to pursue NLW research and development across a breadth of technology and capability functional areas. American Systems Corp.
AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is being awarded a maximum $30,000,000 modification for a non-competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems (MEUAS 2.0-B) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services at multiple locations worldwide. This contract is being extended for a period of up to 12 months for a maximum not-to-exceed value of the contract to $105,000,000.
SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., has announced it has been awarded a four-year $12.5 million contract by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) National Intelligence Directorate’s Odin Program to research and develop “dynamic biometrics” able to better detect attempts to evade or deceive biometric security systems, such as fingerprint, iris and face scanners. The ability to detect these so-called presentation attacks, which attempt to deceive security systems, addresses a critical weakness in current generation biometric security systems and can significantly expand biometric use cases.
Strategic Mission Systems LLC, Midwest City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $73,100,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for national and nuclear communications support for the E-4B fleet. Contractor will provide management, engineering services, field service representatives, mission support facilities operations and management, software engineering services and material support. Work will be performed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; Richardson, Texas; and Midwest City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by June 24, 2024. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition, and one offer was received.
Boecore Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $93,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for shared early warning system (SEWS) support. Contractor will provide sustainment, operations, maintenance and support of SEWS under Air Force Space Command responsibility. Work will be performed at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2022. This contract involves foreign military sales to combatant commands and combatant command-sponsored foreign partners. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with seven offers received.
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $130,827,895 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost reimbursement contract for the procurement of Technical Insertion 18-20 Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) engineering services. The A-RCI TI 18-20 engineering services provide engineering development to support modernization requirements. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (88 percent); and the governments of Canada (6 percent); Australia (4 percent); England (1 percent); and Japan (1 percent). This contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $1,168,676,654.
Arête Associates, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded an $8,522,007 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61331-11-C-0007) for the engineering, manufacturing, production and delivery of AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) Block 1 subassemblies to support the littoral combat ship mine countermeasures mission. This contract modification exercises the options for the COBRA subassemblies integration and the post-delivery technical support. The primary mission of AN/DVS-1 COBRA program is to conduct unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance in littoral battlespace for detection and localization of mine fields and obstacles in the surf zone and beach
Leidos Innovations Corp., Gaithersburg, Maryland, is being awarded a $27,440,459 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-only modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-5202) to exercise options for the material travel, other direct cost and direct cost for integrated logistic support, core waterfront support and the installation of the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship undersea warfare systems. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is a surface ship undersea warfare combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts, and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects and torpedo threats. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virg