Acquisition and Contracting

June 6, 2017
By Breann Pendleton
haron Jones, director of DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), received the 2016 Tracey L. Pinson Small Business Professional of the Year Award in recognition of her commitment to the DOD’s small business mission.

Sharon Jones met her hero. It was in 1999, when she interviewed for a job at the Defense Information Systems Agency. Fast-forward 18 years, and Jones recently was honored with an award named for the very woman who, years earlier, inspired her.

This year Jones, now director of the DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs, received the Tracey L. Pinson Small Business Professional of the Year Vanguard Award in recognition of her commitment to the Defense Department’s small business mission—an award she was not even aware of receiving until two weeks before the April ceremony.

“Tracey helped me understand why it’s important to support small business programs,” Jones says.

June 20, 2017

The FBI recently awarded a $100 million, multi-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for Tactical Mesh/Mobile Ad Hoc Network Systems to support the bureau’s Operational Technology Division.

June 20, 2017

DRS Laurel Technologies, Johnstown, Pennsylvania (N00039-17-D-0006); Leidos, Reston, Virginia (N00039-17-D-0007); SAIC, McLean, Virginia (N00039-17-D-0008); and Serco Inc., Reston, Virginia (N00039-17-D-0009), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract for Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) – Increment III production units. ADNS Increment III production units and supplies support the tactical wide area network (WAN) component of the naval communications

June 20, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $61,271,837 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5132) to exercise options for technical engineering, configuration management, associated equipment/supplies, quality assurance, information assurance, and other operation and maintenance efforts required for the AEGIS development and test sites, including the Combat Systems Engineering Development Site, SPY-1A Test Facility and the Naval Systems Computing Center. Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey, and is expected to be completed by June 2018. Fiscal 2013 and 2015 s

June 16, 2017

General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $250,000,000 hybrid cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract to modify, test, train and sustain the Prophet System, a tactical signals intelligence and electronic warfare capability. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 15, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W56KGY-17-D-0006).

 

June 16, 2017

Jeppesen Sanderson Inc., Englewood, Colorado, is being awarded a $13,846,460 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of performance planning software tools in support of the P-8A aircraft for the Navy and the governments of Australia, UK, Norway, and New Zealand. The software tools include MilPlanner, FliteDeck Pro, On-Board Performance Tool (OPT) database and OPT software, and provides an accurate, portable and error tolerant electronic means of calculating aircraft performance. Additionally, the NAV Database tool is required by the P-8A to provide aeronautical radio incorporated (ARINC)-424 navigational data. Work will be performed in Englewood, C

June 16, 2017

L3 Technologies, Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $90,700,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hardware, sustainment, and training of video data link devices. Work will be performed at Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be complete by May 16, 2022. This contract involves foreign military sales to Australia with the potential for other approved countries to join the contract. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $12,560,947 are being obligated at the time of award on the first delivery order.

June 16, 2017

Gryphon Technologies LLC, Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded a $57,675,835 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, including options for sea-based X-band (SBX) radar mission integration. This contract provides for communication operations and support for the SBX Strategic Mission. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; and Honolulu, Hawaii, with an expected completion date of June 14, 2024. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,000,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the buying activity (HQ0147-17-C-0040).

 

June 16, 2017

Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $34,190,336 firm-fixed-priced contract for procurement of one E2-D Advanced Hawkeye Tactics Trainer in support of the E-2D Hawkeye Integrated Training Systems III effort. In addition, this contract provides for aircraft-to-simulator concurrency updates; aircraft change directives/engineering change proposals to be retrofitted into other Hawkeye Integrated Training Systems (HITS) devices (tactics trainer, simulated maintenance trainer, power plant trainer, aircrew procedure trainer, operational flight trainer); integration and testing of third party software applications; address obsolescence issues acros

June 14, 2017
U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded a contract to Harris Corporation to purchase next-generation manpack radios.

Harris Corp., RF Communications, Rochester, New York, has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a $255,000,000 maximum ceiling value to provide the Special Operations Forces Tactical Communications Next Generation Manpack (STC NGMP) Radio system in support of U.S. Special Operations Command to conduct a Capital Equipment Replacement Program, replacing legacy manpack radios such as the AN/PRC-117F and AN/PRC-117G. The STC NGMP will provide Special Operations Forces teams with the ability to communicate utilizing a two-channel manpack radio.

June 14, 2017

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, has been awarded a $104,634,353 single award, fixed-price-incentive-firm and firm-fixed-price contract for Advanced Radar Threat System Variant 2 (ARTS-V2). Contractor will provide the development and test of an ARTS-V2 production representative article and options to produce up to 20 systems.

June 9, 2017
AAI Corporation and Insitu will support U.S. Special Operations Command intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions with mid-endurance unmanned aircraft.

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is being awarded a multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a $475,000,000  (H92222-17-D-0019), along with Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, (H92222-17-D-0011), maximum combined order ceiling for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services at multiple locations worldwide. This multiple award contract supports competition at the task order level.

June 9, 2017

Frontier Electronic Systems Corp.,* Stillwater, Oklahoma, is being awarded a $72,935,748 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of the AN/SPQ-14 Advanced Sensor Distribution System (ASDS) and the AN/SPQ-15 Data Distribution System (DDS), to include logistics support and engineering services. DDS was developed as a replacement for AN/SPQ-14 ASDS. The intended use of the equipment is to provide radar and sensor distribution on board Navy ships and foreign military sales customers as requested.

June 9, 2017

Raytheon Company has announced that it has been awarded a contract valued up to $600 million for software support and sustainment to modernize missile defense and other strategic systems. The work will be conducted at the Software Engineering Directorate, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal. Rapid prototyping, hardware development, testing and validation will support Raytheon's software engineering. Systems include: Strategic missiles and launchers; radars; data mining and visualization tools; condition-based maintenance; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; virtual operations centers; and cyber resiliency of fielded systems.

June 7, 2017

BAE Systems, Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded $13,166,281 for firm-fixed-price task order modification (P00007) under a previously awarded contract (N00604-16-F-3004) to exercise the second option year for services of operation and maintenance of Navy communication, electronic, and computer systems. The exercise of this option will bring the estimated cumulative value of the total contract to $34,186,921. Work will be performed at various locations on the island of Oahu, Hawaii (94 percent); and Geraldton, Australia (6 percent). Work will be completed by June 2018.

June 7, 2017

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp.,* Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $12,527,206 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N6833517F0118) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-14-G-0040) to provide engineering analyses, advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor evaluation, and enhanced surveillance capabilities to the deployed warfighter that can be integrated into existing naval platforms to support the Special Operations Command’s Special Surveillance Program activities. These efforts are in support of Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III work that derives from, extends, or completes an effort performed under SBIR Topics N08-023 Precision H

June 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
Two U.S. Air Force airmen install network-switch panels at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is striving to improve its acquisition processes to procure and deploy innovative information technologies to its customers more quickly.

The Defense Information Systems Agency is working to streamline its acquisition processes by using a mixture of efficiency and expertise. In some cases, the agency is adopting methods to free it from onerous Federal Acquisition Regulations. But mostly, its approaches leverage existing skills to condense traditionally drawn-out procedures.

June 1, 2017

An extensive list of current contract vehicles available through the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is now online. The list includes contract titles and numbers, a description of available information technology, communications and other mission support products and services, contractor names and periods of performance.  

June 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

Adapted from an online report

The very qualities that define small businesses—agility, flexibility, inherent innovation—are driving the Defense Information Systems Agency to increase its efforts to bring those capabilities under the big tent of defense network services.

May 30, 2017
By Ben Sharfi
Adm. Harry Harris, USN, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, delivers a keynote address at West 2017 in San Diego, saying the U.S. military needs more “exponential thinking” among its ranks.

While I might not go so far as to pen an open letter to President Donald Trump, consider this a note for anyone with a need to know how the procurement process works for defining and moving ahead on military expenditures. It’s safe to say the behemoth process borders on the absurd and wastes millions of taxpayer dollars.

There are two types of government procurement issues many might find infuriating and prevent warfighters from getting the best industry offers. The two problem areas include the small business set-aside and the absurdity of asking for revolutionary capabilities but telling businesses how to do it using an evolutionary process.

Both procedures just get in the way of progress.

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