Army

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
 

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 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 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 5, 2018
 

BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, New York, was awarded $28,299,762 for modification P00006 to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-17-D-0003). The modification exercises an option for the procurement of up to 528 AN/APX-117A(V), AN/APX-118A(V) and AN/APX-123A(V) Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders; up to 590 Mode 5 change kits; up to 13 integrations of Mode 5 change kits; up to 18 Mode 4/5 remote control units; up to 42 IFF mounting trays; up to 600 shop replaceable assemblies for the IFF transponders; up to 40 Mode 4/5 chassis and up to 73 IFF transponder repairs for the Navy.

January 31, 2018
By Alberto Dominguez
Fort Leonard Wood is the first Army site to transition to a modernized, Internet protocol-based network. Credit: U.S. Army photo

U.S. Army stakeholders are working together to steadily modernize the network that reaches from the home station to the tactical edge. To understand this effort, one needs to understand the changing mission requirement for the command element at home station to maintain a consistent, secure, and reliable connection with dispersed, tactical teams maneuvering on the battlefield.

February 1, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
As part of the ‘ Wingman’ program, the U.S. Army is developing the Autonomous Remote Engagement System, which is mounted on the Picatinny Lightweight Remote Weapon System and coupled with an M240B machine gun. The system will employ both vision-based automatic target detection and user-specified target selection to reduce the time needed for target identification. Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo.

The Army is pairing traditional weapons and vehicles with autonomous systems, an effort they characterize as the first step toward weaponized robotics. The goal is to be able to use robotic vehicles to leverage capabilities during enemy stand-offs.

Dubbed the ‘Wingman’ Joint Capability Technology Demonstration program or JCTD, the program already has seen success with Army engineers at the Detroit Arsenal, autonomously piloting a revamped Humvee that can accurately hit targets with a mounted 7.62 milometer weapon system, according to Sean Kimmons of the Army News Service.

January 4, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
A group of U.S. Army soldiers sets up manpack radios during a recent Network Integration Evaluation exercise. The Army is on the cusp of dramatic change as it revisits its technological needs for networking in a new battlefield environment. Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, USA, is the Army chief information officer (CIO) and G-6.

The U.S. Army is creating a new definition of communications on the move as it prepares to shift from past information systems. Without weakening operations, the land service looks to incorporate a state-of-the-art class of capabilities by overhauling its relationship with technology providers.

January 29, 2018
 

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., Sierra Vista, Arizona, was awarded a $12,500,000 modification (P00006) to contract W58RGZ-14-D-0111 for engineering services to the Hunter unmanned aircraft systems. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of January 17, 2019. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

January 24, 2018
 

The Army issued a contract to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, to help boost national cyber range capability, by allowing potentially virulent code to be introduced and studied on the range without compromising the range. The award is a $33,916,629 modification (P00036) to contract W900KK-14-C-0020. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2019. Fiscal year 2017 and 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $33,916,629 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

January 24, 2018
 

Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $75,110,227 firm-fixed-price contract for continued deployed contingency operations in support of the existing Night Eagle system, which provides counter-improvised explosive device airborne detection. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with one received. Work will be performed in Reston, Virginia; and Bagram, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of April 25, 2020. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $75,110,227 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-18-C-0009).

January 18, 2018
 

Sotera Defense Solutions Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $10,271,933 modification (P00012) to contract W911NF-16-C-0005 for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency research and development effort titled "Technology Demonstrations and Assessments Using a Data Science Approach to Situation Understanding for Counter Insurgency Operations (TDA for COIN)." Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of January 20, 2019. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,276,839 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

January 17, 2018
By Benjamin K. Sharfi
An MVD plug-in enables use of high-magnification sensors, which means that crews can perform roadway and roadside threat detection at extended ranges while on the move. Credit: Army photo

I have an entirely new appreciation for the U.S. Army. On a recent project, service officials broke the government’s often too-slow acquisition model, and instead worked together with us, the contractor, to define its needs, develop the right hardware and software, and then support the Army’s internal development and integration. This experience represents a significant change in the Army’s typical way of doing business, and it taught us both a few lessons.

January 10, 2018
 
The U.S. Army has kicked off a new effort to modernize expeditionary command posts. Credit: U.S. Army

The U.S. Army intends to improve expeditionary command-post capabilities by providing mobile, scalable and survivable platforms, the service announced. The Army recently authorized the implementation of the Command Post Integrated Infrastructure, or CPI2, effort in December to address mobility issues and to ensure communications hardware and mission-command application integration across platforms.

The Army has established several technological goals, which include:

• Leveraging secure wireless technology for rapid connectivity.

• Improving mobility.

December 20, 2017
 

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $64,972,538 modification (P00019) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0008 to extend services for performance-based logistics in support of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors program. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of December 31, 2018. Fiscal year 2018 Army working capital funds in the amount of $64,972,538 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

December 12, 2017
 

Under a $37 million contract, Thales will provide its AN/PRC-148C Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio (IMBITR) to security force assistance brigades (SFAB) in the U.S. Army. The dual-channel, certified networking radio technology will enhance communications at the tactical edge providing joint and coalition forces interoperability, a capability sought by the Amry's Office of the Chief of Staff. The IMBITR is a variant of the Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio (MBITR) and the world’s first 2-channel handheld networking radio embedding the Tactical Scalable MANET waveform, Thales indicated. It will provide SFAB soldiers with narrowband and tactical satellite communications in an ad hoc capability.

December 11, 2017
 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Black Box Corporation, a digital solutions provider, will continue to provide supplies and services to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, under a $10.4 million award from the U.S. Army. Under the new tasking, Black Box will expand the Ukraine Ministry of Defense’s enterprise information technology (IT) architecture to additional sites within Ukraine. Over the next 12 months, the company will provide IT supplies and services to both expand the enterprise system and enable command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities to more users at military installations throughout the country.

December 7, 2017
 
The U.S. Army conducts a demonstration of robotic and autonomous systems at Fort Benning, Georgia. Service officials want to design a Remote Combat Vehicle more lethal and maneuverable than an Abrams tank. Photo credit: Patrick A. Albright

Within five years, the Army would like to start testing remote combat vehicle (RCV) prototypes that are as light and as fast as a Stryker but provide the same level of firepower as an M-1 Abrams tank, according to a service press release.

While the holy grail is the Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV), the Army thinks it can more quickly field a limited number of RCVs, and importantly, the results of that testing could help inform the requirements for the NGCV, which is slated for fielding in 2035.

December 5, 2017
 

Leidos Incorporated of Reston, Virginia, has been awarded an $11,664,071 modification (P00003) to contract W911W4-17-C-0009 to maintain command, control, communications, computers and information management services in support of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; and Army G2. Work will be performed in Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Arlington, Virginia; Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Kuwait; and Belgium, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 3018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $1 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

December 4, 2017
By James Christophersen
U.S. Army soldiers unload critical supplies in Puerto Rico. The Army also is providing satellite communications in support of hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

More than 2,000 miles away from the path of devastation cut by hurricanes Irma and Maria, network engineers at the Rock Island Arsenal Integrated Network Operations Center (INOC) work around-the-clock to support the relief efforts of American aid workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Operated by the Army’s product lead for Defense-Wide Transmission Systems, the INOC establishes and supports satellite (SATCOM) communications links for a wide range of missions.

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