Army

June 2, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Soldiers will experiment with a range of cyber, electronic warfare and signal technologies during Cyber Quest 2017.  (Photo courtesy CCoE Public Affairs)

The U.S. Army is adjusting its cyber aperture a bit, refocusing attention from developing in-house talent to seeing what the commercial world has to offer. On Monday, an Army branch launches its annual Cyber Quest 2017 event, a multiweek exercise in cyber and electronic warfare (EW) exploration and collaboration hosted by the Army Cyber Center of Excellence (CCoE) at Fort Gordon, Georgia. 

The intent of this year’s event is to provide external vendors the opportunity to demonstrate innovative solutions and integrate capabilities within Army systems.

May 18, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
The FORTIS K-SRD supports warfighters’ legs and boosts knee capacity, enabling them to travel longer distances while carrying heavy equipment.

A new computer-controlled exoskeleton is now available to help warfighters carry heavy equipment in physically challenging environments. The FORTIS Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD) features military-specification batteries approved for infantry use, improved control box ergonomics and faster actuators that generate more torque.

Using Dermoskeleton bionic augmentation technology developed by B-Temia Incorporated, the device increases leg capacity for tasks that require repetitive or continuous kneeling, squatting, lifting, dragging, carrying or climbing with heavy loads.

May 5, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
U.S. soldiers conduct cyberspace operations during a training rotation last January at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. They are among several cyber organizations taking part in pilot programs to help the Army develop how it will build and employ cyber in its tactical formations.

Zipping past a Plan B for cyber defense solutions to the end of the alphabet, the U.S. Defense Department's research arm launched Plan X and advanced platforms to conduct and assess cyber warfare like kinetic warfare. 

After five years of development by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Plan X is scheduled to transition in September to the Army's Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) Project Manager Installation Information Infrastructure–Communications and Capabilities (I3C2). 

May 8, 2017
 

Yorktown Systems Group Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $22,469,405 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for operations support services, including conducting and providing predictive modeling and trend analyses concerning global asymmetric threats. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven received. Work will be performed in Fort Meade, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of May 14, 2021. No funding will be obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia, is the contracting activity (W911S0-17-C-0007).

*Small Business

 

May 5, 2017
By Sandra Jontz

A new U.S. Army cyber-based task force hit the ground running this week to do a deep-dive, Army-wide review and strategically assess the service’s cyber needs, strengths, weaknesses and assets, officials say. Task Force Cyber Strong is one tangible outcome from a new cyber directorate created in July to spearhead the convergence of cybersecurity and electronic warfare.

May 1, 2017
 

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $332,136,017 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (United Kingdom, Egypt, India, Korea, Republic of Indonesia, Taiwan, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Poland) contract for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System, subcomponent production, and technical services for the Apache attack helicopter. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2018. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-17-D-0043).

 

April 17, 2017
 

Alutiiq Professional Training LLC,* Anchorage, Alaska, was awarded a $7,487,108 time and materials contract for repair and maintenance of radio systems in support of the Afghan National Police on behalf of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and Hanahan, South Carolina, with an estimated completion date of April 13, 2020. Fiscal 2016 other funds in the amount of $7,487,108 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-17-C-0010).

*Small Business

 

April 7, 2017
 

Leidos, Reston, Virginia (W911QY-17-D-0017); AASKI Technologies Inc., Tinton Falls, New Jersey (W911QY-17-D-0018); and AAI Corporation/Textron, Hunt Valley, Maryland, will share in a $900,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for technical services and field support in support of Product Office Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems. 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 April 5, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

 

April 7, 2017
 

Atlantic CommTech Corp.*, Norfolk, Virginia (W912DY-17-D-0008); Evergreen Fire and Security*, Tacoma, Washington (W912DY-17-D-0009); Infotec Systems Corp.,* Summerville, South Carolina (W912DY-17-D-0010); Integrated Security Solutions,* Kalispell, Montana (W912DY-17-D-0011); Low Voltage Wiring (LVW), LTD,* Colorado Springs, Colorado (W912DY-17-D-0012); Signet Technologies Inc.,* Beltsville, Maryland (W912DY-17-D-0013); Kbrwyle Technology Solutions, LLC, Columbia, Maryland (W912DY-17-D-0014); Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC, Huntsville, Alabama (W912DY-17-D-0015); M.C.

April 6, 2017
 

Northrop Grumman Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $48,061,680 modification (P00144) to contract (W31P4Q-08-C-0418) to provide support to the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) development contract engineering and manufacturing development phase activities; and provide continuity during transition of the IBCS effort. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2017. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $20,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

April 5, 2017
 
Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, USA, commander of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, presents a flag to Henry Muller Jr., who has retired as director of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center after a nearly 33-year federal career. Donald Reago Jr. is serving as acting director.

Donald Reago Jr., director of the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, has stepped in as the center’s acting director following the retirement of Henry Muller Jr. after a nearly 33-year federal career.

Army officials began April 1 a search to permanently fill the position, a process that should take no more than 120 days, officials stated in a press release.

April 3, 2017
 

Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $17,468,173 firm-fixed-price contract for information technology support and services to support the mission of the 2nd Signal (Theater) Brigade within the U.S. Army Europe, U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of responsibility. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work will be performed in Germany, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Israel, Turkey, and Kosovo, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $6,455,776 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S.

April 3, 2017
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $288,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Instrumentable Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System acquisition, which will complete the basis of issue and potentially replace older legacy systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order; with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2024. Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-17-D-0003).

 

April 1, 2017
By Lt. Cmdr. Jon T. Wende, USN
Tapping the expertise of the flood of cyberspace users could hold the key to solving many of the dynamic realm’s challenges.

An offshoot of social media, crowdsourcing could hold solutions to some of the biggest cybersecurity problems the U.S. Defense Department faces. The burgeoning field could find fixes for thorny legacy problems as well as emerging cyberthreats. This is exactly what is taking root at the Joint Forces Staff College in a course offered to service members and their Defense Department civilian equivalents learning cyber concepts in joint, interagency and multinational environments.

March 30, 2017
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $33,671,707 modification (P00016) to contract (W31P4Q-15-C-0065) for continued software development, training, maintenance of the Counter-Rocket, Artillery Mortar command and control system. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California; and Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $33,671,707 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

March 13, 2017
 

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $15,687,725 modification (1Q0149) to contract W911SE-11-D-2010 to provide battle command training, technical, exercise, simulation and administrative support services to support the Mission Command Training Center, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, Fort Hood, Texas, and its supported installations (Forts Carson, Riley, Bliss, Sill and Knox). Work will be performed at Fort Hood, with an estimated completion date of September 22, 2017. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of $15,687,725 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S.

March 13, 2017
 

M.C. Dean Inc., Sterling, Virginia, was awarded a $45 million firm-fixed-price contract for information technology services and infrastructure support services. 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 March 12, 2021. U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W904TE-17-D-0120).

 

March 8, 2017
 

Blue Storm Associates Inc., doing business as PEMDAS Technologies and Innovation,* Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $49,500,000 order dependent contract for the Atmospheric Sensing and Prediction System. 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 5, 2022. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is the contracting activity (W911NF-17-D-0001).

*Small Business

March 6, 2017
 

Trident Technologies LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $48 million firm-fixed-price contract for building, staffing and maintaining the computer communications network to support the research and development activities of the Engineer Research and Development Center. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 28, 2022. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity (W912HZ-17-D-0004).

* Small Business

February 28, 2017
 

Orbital Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Plymouth, Minnesota, was awarded a $69,540,852 modification (P00043) to contract W15QKN-13-C-0074 for the procurement of 8,001 M1156 precision guidance kits for the Army and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Plymouth, Minnesota, with an estimated completion date of January 20, 2020. Fiscal 2015, 2016 and 2017 other funds in the collective amount of $69,540,852 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

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