On May 16 Herndon, Virginia-based ManTech International Corp. announced that it would be acquired by The Carlyle Group in an cash transaction valuing approximately $4.2 billion. ManTech reported that it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by Carlyle and that the intended sale was unanimously approved by ManTech’s Board of Directors. Assuming ManTech shareholders vote in favor of the transaction and regulatory approvals are reached, the deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.
Acquisition and Contracting
Falls Church, Virginia-based General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics, announced on May 6 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had awarded the company a $89.5 million High-End Scientific Computing (HESC) II Support Services contract. Under the task order, GDIT will provide HESC support through a one-year base term with six option years.
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Comtech EF Data, Tempe, Arizona, is awarded a $13,132,880 contract modification under an existing firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract (N00039-18-D-0007) for Comtech SLM-5650B modems, SLM-5650B modem upgrade kits, firmware upgrades, and technical support services. The commercially available modems support satellite communications and interoperability across Navy platforms and shore sites. The contract action will increase the ceiling values of existing firm-fixed-price line items by $13,132,880, increasing the current contract value from $58,812,559 to $71,945,439. Contract actions will be issued and funds obligated as individual delivery orders.
Utah State University/Space Dynamics Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded an $11,384,566 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for the Hybrid Space Architecture Testbed - Albuquerque Mission Operations Center. This contract provides for support tools for emerging satellite technologies that may solve many software and communications challenges among satellite antennae ground stations and orbiting assets. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by April 19, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received. Fiscal 2022 research and development funds in the amount of $4,616,007 are being obligated at the time of award.
The U.S. Army announced on April 19th that it had awarded a 10-year firm-fixed-price follow-on production contract to Sig Sauer for the manufacture and delivery of two Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) variations, including the XM5 Rifle and the XM250 Automatic Rifle, and the 6.8 Common Cartridge Family of Ammunition.
"This award was made following a rigorous 27-month prototyping and evaluation effort that included numerous technical tests and soldier touch points of three competing prototype systems," an Army spokesperson stated.
Jaria LLC, Manassas, Virginia, was awarded a firm fixed-price and time and materials contract (HQ0034-22-F-0131) in the amount of $10,738,576. The purpose of this contract is to provide business administrative management and consulting services to the Defense Innovation Unit. This contract will provide scientific and technical operating advice and assistance on administrative and management issues in the following task areas: executive administration, program management, network support, security operations, business development, and commercial executive support. Work will be performed in Mountain View, California; Washington, D.C.; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Austin, Texas.
The U.S. Space Force is requesting $24.5 billion from Congress for its fiscal year 2023 operating budget, most of which is an ask for $15.8 billion for research, development, test and evaluation efforts, given the need to modernize and protect U.S. military space-based assets. The Space Force provides space-based capabilities in support of the Air Force’s core missions of command and control, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, amongst other efforts.
In a March 29 telephonic roundtable discussion with reporters, U.S. Army officials provided additional details about the service’s technology priorities in the 2023 budget request that reduces research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) dollars by 5.5 percent from 2022.
The Army released its $178 billion budget request Monday. The overall request includes a modest increase of $2.8 billion over the 2022 appropriations and balances current readiness and the continued transformation toward the Army of 2030 as the service strategically pivots from two decades of focus on counterterrorism to an Army ready to meet the challenges posed by more sophisticated adversaries, such as Russia and China, Army officials say.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected Falls Church-based General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) for a single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, 10-year contract with a $4.5 billion ceiling. As part of the User Facing and Data Center Services Contract effort, the company will provide hybrid cloud services, including commercial clouds and data center, and innovative information technology (IT) design, engineering, implementation and operations and sustainment to NGA and its mission partners.
The U.S. Army is seeking industry solutions for fifth-generation wireless, or 5G, tactical technologies and capabilities under a new $40 million effort. The service is looking for a 5G network prototype integrated with tactical Army platforms, unmanned aerial systems (UASs) and other applications to support experimental evaluations on command post survivability and vehicular mobility.
Novatio Engineering Inc., Belmont, Massachusetts, was awarded a $30,946,185 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of a family of lightweight tactical power source units and components. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 10, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W909MY-22-D-0003).
Saab Inc., Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $68,867,437 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded undefinitized contract (M67854-21-C-8051) for Force on Force Training Systems-Next (FoFTS-Next). The FoFTS-Next is the next generation of Instrumented – Tactical Engagement Simulation System (I-TESS) for the Marine Corps. The FoFTS-Next Increment 1 consists of instrumentation systems for individuals, vehicles, buildings and weapons. FoFTS-Next Increment 1 also encompasses the command and control and network systems required to transport, process, and display data from the instrumentation. The contract contains 52 option contract line item numbers, which if exercised would increase the cumulative contract value to $248,041,332.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Syracuse, New York, is awarded a $12,792,525 cost-plus-incentive-fee delivery order (N00024-22-F-6209) to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00024-19-D-6200 for the procurement of submarine modernization kits, equipment, and installation. Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York, and is expected to be completed by January 2024. Fiscal 2022 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $12,792,525 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Contract awarded March 10, 2022)
Northrop Grumman Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $91,277,706 modification (P00048) to previously awarded FA8615-19-C-6061 for electronic warfare radio frequency compatibility. The contract modification provides for software development, support for developmental testing and operational testing, initial production capabilities maturation, and hardware qualification testing. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $11,000,000 is being obligated at the time of award.
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract option modification (P00008) in the amount of $7,895,976 to a previously awarded contract (H98210-18-F-0062) for administering critical functions of the National Language Services Corps (NLSC), a major activity of the National Security Education Program (NSEP). This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $39,939,186 from $32,043,210, and is the result of a competitive acquisition with one solicitation and two offers received. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia. The option period of performance is from March 15, 2022, to March 14, 2023. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds.
Serco Inc., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $15,788,396 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N61331-18-D-0007 to exercise options for the development, integration, testing, and evaluation of prototype systems into existing or emerging unmanned vehicles, unmanned weapons, and unmanned weapons control systems related to mine warfare, amphibious warfare, surface warfare, diving and life support, coastal and underwater intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and other missions in the littoral and riverine environments. Work will be performed at locations which will be determined with each delivery order and is expected to be completed by March 2023.
L3 Harris Technologies Inc., Ayer, Massachusetts, is awarded a $19,161,016 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering services for CVN 78, DDG 1000, LSD 41/49, LPD 17, LHD 1, LHA 6, and LCS 1 and LCS 2 ship class steering control and navigation control systems and machinery control systems. This contract does not include options. Work will be performed in Ayer, Massachusetts (64%); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (3%); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3%); Norfolk, Virginia (3%); San Diego, California (3%); Bremerton, Washington (3%); Washington, D.C.
American Systems Corp., Chantilly, Virginia, is awarded a $42,149,432 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract. This contract provides for the development of a Combat Systems Integrated Product to assess operational performance against Navy standards in simulated and operational training environments, including predicting ability to perform assigned tasks, functions and missions. In addition, the system will recommend training and resource allocation to improve performance. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (51%); Jacksonville, Florida (37%); Long Island, New York (5%); Dallas, Texas (3%); Seattle, Washington (3%); and Boston, Massachusetts (1%), and is expected to be completed in October 2025.
ACC Construction Co. Inc., Augusta, Georgia, was awarded a $71,082,137 firm-fixed-price contract to build an Advanced Battle Management System wing operations and support facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received. Work will be performed in Warner Robins, Georgia, with an estimated completion date of October 1, 2024. Fiscal 2022 military construction, defense-wide funds in the amount of $59,840,389 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah, Georgia, is the contracting activity (W912HN-22-C-3002).
Carley Corp.,* Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $218,176,356 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for the design, development, testing, and delivery of courseware training products for Navy Ratings Fire Controlman, Gunner’s Mate, Interior Communications Electrician, Machinist's Mate – Submarine Auxiliary, Torpedoman's Mate, Construction Mechanic, Aviation Ordnanceman, and Aviation Support Equipment Technicians. Additionally, this contract provides for the development and delivery of Train-the-Trainer and Course Pilot events. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed in March 2027.
Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, was awarded a $58,435,814 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five-year ordering period for research, development, engineering, and technical support. This contract does not include options. Work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by February 2027. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test, and evaluation (Navy) funding for $8,116 will be obligated on the first delivery order at the time of award, and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.sam.gov website and two offers were received.
Indianapolis-based Pierce Aerospace announced on March 16 that it had signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock. The CRADA with the warfare center will run for three years and will help the Navy consider solutions to remotely identify autonomous aerial vehicles, Aaron Pierce, CEO of Pierce Aerospace, told SIGNAL Magazine.
Conflict Kinetics Corp., Sterling, Virginia, is awarded a $31,351,956 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that will include terms and conditions for the placement of firm-fixed-price task orders for the procurement of the company's Tactical Ocular Reaction Area (TORA) small arms simulator software and upgrade support services to include software and contracted information technology system security; and software modifications/software warranty as needed to maintain all TORA simulators in training support of all Naval Expeditionary Combat Command locations inside and outside the continental U.S., and Conflicts Kinetics. The contract will include a five-year ordering period with no options.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a not-to-exceed $498,310,000 firm-fixed-price undefinitized order (N0001922F0030) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0006). This order provides for the production and delivery of the Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launch System (HCDS) in support of the government of Taiwan, specifically 100 Launcher Transporter Units, 25 Radar Units, and HCDS training equipment. Work will be performed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (23.9%); Oshkosh, Wisconsin (18.53%); Lititz, Pennsylvania (13.64%); St.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced on February 28th that it had selected Reston, Virginia-based Leidos, Inc., for its Defense Enclave Services (DES) four-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, with a ceiling value of $11.5 billion.
Amidst a complex global geopolitical environment, the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, is progressing in how it provides communication and information technology as a U.S. Department of Defense combat support agency. The agency is pulling in advanced and updated technologies to support the nation’s leaders, warfighters and U.S. combatant commands against near-peer adversaries.
The U.S. Navy is bearing down on its own internal processes to improve production and speed new technology into existing and future systems. Once-experimental processes now have become everyday approaches as the sea service seeks to cut costs, maximize value and innovate ahead of adversaries.
As it fields more advanced capabilities, the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are making changes to their acquisition processes, but the efforts are not without difficulties, system commanders from the services reported. Long-range fire missile systems, artificial intelligence, autonomy, 5G and C5I technologies require technical know-how as part of the acquisition process, and not just at the technical and engineering levels but also in the finance, contracting and human resource divisions, leaders said at WEST 2022, the conference and exposition hosted by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute in San Diego February 16-18.
The federal government has been slowly migrating its IT capabilities to the cloud by outsourcing services to contractors. Those contractors need to meet strict requirements under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).
While difficult to get, FedRAMP authorization is an important step for companies seeking to help federal agencies migrate to the cloud, Jon Green, chief security officer with Aruba Networks told SIGNAL Magazine Editor in Chief Bob Ackerman during a SIGNAL Executive Video Series discussion.
Indianapolis, Indiana-based Pierce Aerospace unveiled its inaugural Board of Advisors. The step represents a milestone in the company’s development, as if further grows as a provider of remote identification technologies in the burgeoning autonomous aircraft sector, the company’s CEO Aaron Pierce reported on February 10.
“We are very honored to announce the formation of our formal advisory board and the depth of talent and experiences that they bring to Pierce Aerospace,” said Pierce. “The board brings fresh perspectives to the company from a variety of diverse backgrounds and decades of experience covering the finance, legal, commercial, government, and defense sectors.”
The new board members include:
The U.S. Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, has selected Irvine, California-based Anduril Industries to support SOCOM’s counter unmanned systems (CUxS) efforts as a Systems Integration Partner (SIP) under an $967,599,957 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract effort. As the Systems Integration Partner (SIP), Anduril will deliver, advance and sustain CUxS capabilities across the Special Forces' global operations. The company will maintain continuous system updates, develop and deploy new capability, and integrate best-in-class third-party sensors and effectors, future-proofing deployed systems at no additional cost to the customer.
L3 Technologies Inc., Harris Defense Communication, Rochester, New York, is awarded a $750,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of multi-channel hand held (MCHH) radios. The work to be performed provides for MCHH radios, MCHH-vehicle installation kits (VIKs) and MCHH accessories. The MCHH-VIK consists of the amplifier, antennas, and mounts necessary to integrate the MCHH into a High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The MCHH will replace legacy handheld systems that do not meet the National Security Agency 2024 cryptographic modernization mandate. Work will be performed at Rochester, New York, with an expected completion date of January 2032.
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics based in Falls Church, Virginia, announced that Cisco has made a strategic investment in GDIT’s 5G Emerge Lab to test and develop 5G technology, applications, and hardware. The corporate lab is a research and development environment used to develop wireless connectivity solutions and tools to support the adoption of 5G on enterprise networks.
The U.S. Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) has awarded ManTech a five-year $88 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity task order to provide Test and Evaluation (T&E) support for U.S. Navy weapons and combat systems, the company announced on January 26. Under the contract, ManTech will provide comprehensive T&E for software programs and safety certification of U.S. Navy weapons and combat systems programs, including the Aegis Combat System, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, Ship Self-Defense System Aircraft Carrier – Nuclear Propulsion, Littoral Combat Ship and Zumwalt class guided missile destroyers.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has announced the award of a $6.8 million contract to Booz Allen Hamilton for a Thunderdome prototype, a zero-trust security model.
During this six-month effort, the agency will operationally test how to implement DISA’s Zero Trust Reference Architecture, published in March 2020 for the Defense Department, by taking advantage of commercial technologies such as secure access service edge (SASE) and software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs). Thunderdome will also incorporate greater cybersecurity centered around data protection and integrate with existing endpoint and identity initiatives aligned to zero trust, according to the press release.
University of California San Diego, San Diego, California, is awarded a $20,340,276 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support the Office of Naval Research's Marine Robotics Testbed. This contract provides for the continued development of state-of-the-art improvements and evaluations of unmanned systems and in situ ocean sampling systems. This line of effort will continue to improve oceanographic sampling techniques and methods. Planned experiments will collect data to define best practices for practical applications of sciences. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (87%); and Woods Hole, Massachusetts (13%). Work is expected to be completed by January 11, 2027.
Chantilly, Virginia-based VTG was awarded a $20 million task order to modernize the Aegis Combat System through its Technical Insertion 16 (TI16) Sustainment, Installation, Procurement, and Engineering Services contract with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command. The TI16 program is the Navy’s enterprise approach to modernizing combat systems across the surface fleet, including the Aegis Combat System, and supports all cruisers and destroyers, aircraft carriers and amphibious ships.
Mechanical Technology Inc., Albany, New York, has been awarded a $9,000,000 firm-fixed-priced requirements type contract for the production and repair of the PBS4100 and associated adapter kits. The PBS4100 is used to perform trim balance and vibration diagnostics frequency spectrum analysis, act as an oscilloscope/voltmeter and perform balance analysis. The adapter kits allow the PBS4100 to work with multiple aircraft. Work will be performed in Albany, New York, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition and no funds are being obligated at the time of award.
L3 Technologies Inc., Northampton, Massachusetts, is awarded a $19,250,000 ceiling increase modification on firm-fixed-price contract line item numbers (CLINs) 0004 and 0005 to previously-awarded contract N6660419DG900 for depot level upgrade, repair, and overhaul services of photonics masts and depot-level repairable items, and procurement of parts under CLINs 0004 and 0005 which are required for photonics mast repairs. Work will be performed in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the ordering period is expected to be completed by June 2024. No funds are being obligated at time of award of this ceiling increase modification. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, is the contracting activity.
Frequency Electronics Inc.,* Uniondale, New York, is awarded a $20,263,099 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Mercury Ion Atomic Clock. This contract provides for a compact mercury ion clock for use as a next-generation Department of Defense atomic clock, which is currently under development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Work will be performed in Uniondale, New York, with an expected completion date of January 11, 2024. The maximum dollar value, including a 24-month base period, one 24-month option period and one 12-month option period is $20,263,099.
Science Applications International Corp., Fairfield, New Jersey, has been awarded a maximum $95,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for facilities maintenance, repair and operations supplies. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in the Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a 371-day bridge contract with no option periods. Locations of performance are Virginia; West Virginia; Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and New Jersey, with a January 14, 2023, ordering period end date. Using customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 through 2023 defense working capital funds.
Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded a not-to-exceed $1,643,701,284 firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, replacement, required availability, configuration management, and inventory management for supply support for 228 MV-22B (Marine); CMV-22 (Navy); and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey aircraft components. The contract will include a five-year base period with no options. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (97%); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (3%). Work is expected to be completed by December 2026.
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $24,538,730 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00010) to previously awarded contract FA8807-21-C-0003 for the Military Global Positioning System User Equipment Increment 2 Miniature Serial Interface (MSI) contract. The modification incorporates MSI Engineering Change Proposal-1 into the baseline and provides continued MSI with Next Generation Application-Specific Integrated Circuit Technology Development capabilities. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2025.
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Rockville, Maryland, is awarded a $32,295,592 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00027) to a previously awarded contract (N0042120C0003).
Peraton Labs Inc., Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been awarded a $19,278,529 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support the Mission-Integrated Network Control program. Work will be performed in Basking Ridge, New Jersey (60%); Cambridge, Massachusetts (18%); Woburn, Massachusetts (15%); Memphis, Tennessee (5%); Miami, Florida (1%); and Sherman Oaks, California (1%), with an expected completion date of June 2025. Fiscal 2021 and 2022 research, development, test, and engineering funds in the amounts of $82,797 and $758,722, respectively, are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition under broad agency announcement HR001121S0028.
VT Halter Marine Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, is awarded a $552,654,757 fixed-price incentive modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-2210 to exercise an option for the detail design and construction of the second Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi (61%); Metairie, Louisiana (12%); New Orleans, Louisiana (12%); San Diego, California (4%); Mossville, Illinois (4%); Mobile, Alabama (2%); Boca Raton, Florida (2%); and other locations (3%), and is expected to be completed by September 2026.
Leidos Inc., S&R and Intelligence System Services, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $44,439,158 modification (P00039) to previously awarded task order FA8730-19-F-0012 for installation, fielding and support of the Command and Control Incident Management Emergency Response Application (C2IMERA). This modification incorporates two additional 12-month option years. Work will be performed in Reston, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2023. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,648,643 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Sperry Marine, Saint Rose, Louisiana (N3220522D0005); Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Charlottesville, Virginia (N3220522D0006); NAV Systems Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia (N3220522D0007); and NAVTECH Marine Electronics, Honolulu, Hawaii (N3220522D0008), were awarded a multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a shared ceiling of $55,940,500.
ECS Federal LLC, Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $11,572,950 modification (P00010) to contract W911QX-20-C-0019 to support full motion video, visual search and single object tracker, and broad area search and tracking medium scale integration algorithm testing. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2022. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $250,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.