Acquisition and Contracting

February 13, 2018
 

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded an $8,846,716 modification (P00050) to contract W31P4Q-16-C-0035 for laser and longbow Hellfire engineering services. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida; Ocala, Florida; and Anniston, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of February 12, 2019. Fiscal 2016, 2017 and 2018 other procurement (Army); and operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the combined amount of $8,846,716 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

February 13, 2018
 

Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded $56,042,840 for firm-fixed-price delivery order for the repair of the APG 65/73 radar systems in support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed by February 2019. Fiscal 2018 working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $27,460,991 will be obligated at time of award, and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  One company was solicited for this sole-source non-competitive requirement in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1, with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity (N00383-18-F-N700).

February 13, 2018
 

Tekla Research Inc.,* Dumfries, Virginia, is being awarded a $64,073,829 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for approximately 835,200 hours of systems specialty engineering and technical services in support of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Systems Engineering Department (AIR-4.1).

February13, 2018
 

The Department of Defense announced that Leidos, Reston, Virginia and General Dynamics One Source, Fairfax, Virginia (W5J9CQ-18-D-0002), will share in a $200,000,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for non-commercial technical services to assist in coordination, integration, and synchronization of geospatial information requirements and standards across the Army; develop geospatial enterprise enabled systems to the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD entities; and provide direct geospatial support to the warfighter. Bids were solicited via the Internet with five received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 11, 2023. U.S.

February 13, 2018
 

FLIR Systems Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $18,914,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a two-year ordering period for non-warranty repairs, provision item ordering spares, product revision/upgrades and production systems of the maritime mounted sensor and handheld sensor and ground applications. This contract will support multiple electro-optic sensor systems to include the following maritime forward looking infrared, combatant craft forward looking infrared, shipboard infrared sensor systems, sea forward looking infrared, recon systems, and long range ground mobility visual augmentation systems. The electro-optical systems are utilized by the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine C

February 13, 2018
 

Wiley & Wilson Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $40,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract to perform studies, investigations, design, and repairs for new construction in support of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and its major subordinate commands within the contiguous U.S. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 9, 2023. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W912DR-18-D-0001).

February 13, 2018
 

ASM Research LLC, Fairfax, Virginia was awarded a $19,937,826 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for configuration design, operation, programmatic support, and maintenance of the Army Training Requirements and Resources System. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 12, 2021. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-18-D-4003).

February 12, 2018
 

With an view of becoming a premier provider of high-tech information technology solutions to government technology services market, Geneal Dynamics announced on Feb. 12 that it is purchasing CSRA. "With approximately $9.9 billion in revenue and strong double-digit EBITDA [earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amoritization] margins, the combined General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) and CSRA is well-positioned to serve its customers’ current and evolving mission requirements," General Dynamics stated.

February 8, 2018
 

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded an $11,525,263 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5353) to exercise options for engineering, manufacturing and development for advanced off-board electronic warfare (AOEW). The AOEW program will provide an electronic warfare mission package to integrate with a flight vehicle.

February 8, 2018
 

Scientific Research Center, Atlanta, Georgia, has been awarded a $10,989,711 firm-fixed-price contract for the installation and integration of the AN/ALR-69A(V) radar warning receiver system on C-130H aircraft. Work will be performed in Warner Robins, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by October 19, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and five offers were received. Fiscal year 2017 procurement funds in the amount of $10,989,711 is being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia is the contracting activity (FA8553-18-C-0003). 

February 8, 2018
 

Valdez International Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $16,622,633 firm-fixed-price modification (P00007) to previously awarded contract FA8773-17-C-0002 to exercise option one. The award provides for support services to operate, sustain, and assure the availability of Air Force information networks to enable war-fighter mission execution. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $70,528,073. Work will be performed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia,; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Andrews AFB, Maryland; Scott AFB, Illinois; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by February 2, 2019.

February 8, 2018
 

The Navy awarded Raytheon Co. of El Segundo, California, $9,435,547 for firm-fixed-price Delivery Order 3000 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0003). The contract is for the upgrade of three AN/APG-73 radar system integrated test benches, and a replacement bench tactical radar wiring harness in support of the F/A-18 aircraft platform. The test benches provide important crucial radar repair capability and system checks for the crucial F/A-18 radar equipment.

February 8, 2018
 

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a modification (P00038) to exercise contract Option Year 3 for engineering and technical support services for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Department of Defense Mobility program. The face value of this action is $11,927,415, and incrementally funded by fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $736,585; and fiscal 2018 research, testing, development and evaluation funds in the amount of $508,459.  Primary performance will be at the contractor’s facilities in McLean, Virginia, and at DISA headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland. The period of performance for this option period is February 4, 2018 - February 3, 2019.

February 8, 2018
 

Decypher Technologies Ltd., San Antonio, Texas (FA8604-18-D-3000); Mission Services LLC, McLean, Virginia (FA8604-18-D-3001); and Stellar Innovations & Solutions Inc., Moraine, Ohio (FA8604-18-D-3000), have been awarded a $97,300,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Air Force Research Laboratory information technology support services.

February 8, 2018
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation's Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $428,806,926 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for two functionally equivalent Extremely High Frequency eXtended Data Rate (EHF XDR) payloads for the recapitalization of the Enhanced Polar System (EPS). This contracts procures the EPS-R EHF XDR payloads to prevent a Military Satellite Communications mission gap in the Ppolar region. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach and is expected to be complete by December 2022. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

February 8, 2018
 

Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, has been awarded a $13,791,316 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The contract is to provide assessments and alternatives of offensive capabilities within the domains of air, land, sea, space and cyberspace; missions and warfare areas that asymmetrically mitigate threat effectiveness, impose cost, and/or create ambiguity in adversary decision- making. Work performance will take place in Arlington, Virginia, and Alexandria, Virginia.

February 8, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, offers solutions to vexing acquisition challenges at West 2018.

Improving acquisition efficiency in a time of high funding demands may begin with letting program managers manage, according to the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. James F. Geurts, speaking to the audience at the final morning keynote in West 2018, being held in San Diego February 6-8, described several approaches the Navy wants to take to improve acquisition and enhance innovation.

February 8, 2018
 

The U.S. Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded Oshkosh Defense a firm fixed price requirements contract spanning up to seven ordering years for the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant. The initial estimated contract value is $476 million with no cap on the number of vehicles the Army may purchase. According to the company, the vehicle design will provide increased payload and improved survivability, ride quality, and off-road mobility. "We are honored that the U.S. Army has selected Oshkosh Defense as the winner of the FMTV A2 production contract,” said Pat Williams, vice president and general manager of Army and Marine Corps Programs at Oshkosh Defense.

February 8, 2018
 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded a $300 million blanket purchase agreement to Reston, Virginia-based Octo Consulting Group.* Under the contract, Octo will support the development of the FDA's Drug Resource Management System. According to the company, Octo will provide advanced data analytics to help improve the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's (CDER's) regulatory, surveillance, compliance, enforcement and oversight capabilities, as well as meeting the requirements of the 21st Century Cure Act. *Small business.

February 1, 2018
By Benjamin K. Sharfi
Not all rugged environments are equal. Military technologies require different kinds of ruggedization depending on the intended environment.

Defense computing systems need to operate in a highly disparate range of environments. Depending on the program’s requirements, ruggedness is a function of the environment each system will be deployed in. A system that operates just fine in a pressurized aerospace application, such as a wide-bodied aircraft, may have issues in a marine application, and may be completely unacceptable in a vehicle being driven through a hot and sandy desert. Even within airborne applications, the environment might be a wing-mounted pod that is completely unpressurized. Computing systems for each of these environments must be ruggedized to match requirements.

When rugged ... isn’t

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