Army

January 1, 2016
By Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney D. Harris, USA
Soldiers with the U.S. Army Cyber Command take part in network defense training. The Army has reclassified its military occupational specialty as 17C for cyber operations specialists, but more remains to be done to build an effective cyber corps for the service.

The U.S. Army and its Cyber Command are building momentum to create the institutional and operational structure required to conduct and support missions in the cyber domain. Now is the time to seriously address the challenges of attracting and retaining soldiers with the talent needed to take on the enemy. As Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, USA, commanding general of Army Cyber Command, often states: Technology, as significant as it is in the rapidly changing face of warfare, will not be the deciding factor in who will dominate in this domain. It’s the people.

December 16, 2015
Raytheon was awarded a foreign military sales contract modification for software support to Qatar’s PATRIOT program.

Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $35,832,321 modification (P00004) to foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-15-C-0022 for software support to Qatar’s PATRIOT program. Work will be performed in Andover and Burlington, Massachusetts; Farmington Hills, Michigan; Versailles, Ohio; Lawton, Oklahoma; and El Paso, Texas, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2020. Fiscal 2010 other procurement funds in the amount of $1,026,086 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

December 11, 2015

Lockheed Martin Corp., Oswego, New York, was awarded a $53 million fixed-price-incentive, foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia, Korea, Qatar) contract for Modernized-Radar Frequency Interferometer (M-RFI) Lot 1 production, inclusive of 34 M-RFI kits, three sets of initial spares, and one set of lay-in spares. One bid was solicited with one received. Work will be performed in Oswego, New York, with an estimated completion date of March 3, 2019. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $53 million were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-16-C-0007).

December 7, 2015

Jacobs Technology, Tullahoma, Tennessee, was awarded a $52,417,624 contract for scientific and engineering support to the Army Electronic Proving Ground. Bids were solicited via the Internet with eight received. Work will be performed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of December 31, 2020. Fiscal 2015 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $100,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity (W91RUS-16-C-0006).

 

December 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Army Rangers fire at an enemy bunker during a night live-fire training exercise. While live training always will be integral to Army readiness, the service intends to rely more heavily on gaming and simulation.

The U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World,” which was released last year, acknowledges a great deal of uncertainty about the future. The operational environment, enemy, locations and coalitions involved all are unknown. But one thing is certain: Superior training will be required to win. To that end, the service is preparing to initiate or expand training for complex environments—cyber, mega-city and subterranean warfare—where it seldom, if ever, trains today.

November 9, 2015

Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $661,840,250 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the design, architecture engineering, configuration management, system integration, aircraft integration, testing, technical and logistics support of the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) system. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with three received, with an estimated completion date of November 3, 2020. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W56KGY-16-D-0001).

 

November 3, 2015

Engineering Services Network Inc., Arlington, Va., recently announced it has been awarded a follow-on task order to provide information technology services to the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Battle Lab in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. If all option years are exercised, the task order would be worth up to $1 million under the Army’s Information Technology Services–Small Business Contract. ESN will provide services for the setup, operation, administration, maintenance and repair of information technology systems used in the Army’s Maneuver Support Battle Lab Simulation Network facilities at Fort Leonard Wood.

 

November 3, 2015

SOS International, Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $32,997,697 firm-fixed-price, multiyear, incrementally funded contract with options for services for the Military Information Support Task Force–Afghanistan. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with six received. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 28, 2020. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $4,500,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W560MY-16-C-0001).

 

Nobember 3, 2015

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., Sierra Vista, Arizona, was awarded a $42,694,244 modification (P00041) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0010 to continue logistical services for the Hunter unmanned aircraft system. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and Sierra Vista, with an estimated completion date of April 28, 2016. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $17,254,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

November 1, 2015
By Col. James Ross, USA, Dave Williamson and William Wygal
Product Manager Handheld, Manpack and Small-Form Fit engineers perform tests on the manpack radio in the Unified Lab for Tactical Radios–Army (ULTR-A) facility in Maryland. The ULTR-A lab is used for radio and waveform testing and integration.

The ubiquitous catchphrase “there’s an app for that” applies even to the U.S. Army. However, soldiers toss around the term waveform rather than app. Waveforms, which connect soldiers to the Army network through radios, are similar to apps because they allow communication via voice, data, images and video.

Waveforms draw on available spectrum to implement functions needed to operate software-defined radios, providing a secure method for troops to receive and transmit information in various forms. An open architecture of cutting-edge radio waveform technology lets multiple systems communicate and increases joint interoperability.

October 26, 2015

NCI Inc., Reston, Virginia, recently announced it was awarded a five-year, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract valued at $211 million to provide agile acquisition, systems engineering and logistics services for the U.S. Army Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier headquarters and subordinate PEO programs at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. NCI will continue to support PEO Soldier headquarters and its subordinate project management offices in their mission to rapidly outfit U.S. soldiers with the best products available. Expanded efforts also will include engineering, quality assurance, test, acquisition, business management, logistics and fielding, operations and administrative support.

October 26, 2015

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $38,155,365 modification (P00114) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0075 for MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems performance-based logistics support for the Block 1 program of record and Special Operations aviation regiments. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of October 23, 2016. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and other procurement funds in the amount of $38,155,365 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

October 21, 2015

KDH Defense Systems Inc.,* Eden, North Carolina (W91CRB-16-D-0003); and Point Blank Enterprises Inc., Pompano Beach, Florida (W91CRB-16-D-0004), were awarded a $14,601,731 firm-fixed-price, multi-year, contractor-shared contract for up to 35,000 Light Air Warrior systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Oct. 19, 2018. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

*Small business

October 21, 2015

DRS Technical Services, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $7,982,346 firm-fixed-price, incrementally funded contract with options for Kabul ultrahigh frequency (UHF) trunking radio operations and maintenance. One bid was solicited with none received. Work will be performed in Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of April 19, 2016. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $6,923,621 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command Iraq is the contracting activity (W56KJD-16-C-0003).

 

October 7, 2015

Syracuse Research Corp. Inc., North Syracuse, New York, was awarded a $7,128,211 firm-fixed-price, incrementally funded 12-month bridge contract with options to continue critical support to the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, J3X (Operations-Special Plans) Branch, Sensitive Integrated Office. One bid was solicited with one received.  Work will be performed in Reston, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Afghanistan, Iraq, and Qatar, with an estimated completion date of Oct.

October 7, 2015

Syracuse Research Corporation Inc., Syracuse, New York, has announced it was awarded a follow-on contract to provide Aklus Shield biological defense systems, training and support to the Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition (JUPITR) program. JUPITR, a program led by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, and supported by the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, will provide unique biological detection capabilities to decrease soldier workload, lower operational costs, increase performance and create a stronger biological defense capability throughout South Korea.

 

October 5, 2015

Northrop Grumman Space & Missile Systems Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded an $83,924,622 modification (P00118) to contract W31P4Q-C0-8-0418 for an integrated battle command system. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 research, development, testing, and evaluation funds in the amount of $4.700 million were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

October 5, 2015

Lockheed Martin Corp., MS2 Radar Systems, Liverpool, New York, was awarded an $84,999,000 modification (P00037) to contract (W15P7T-12-C-C015) for purchase of seven AN/PQ-53 IP radar systems. Work will be performed in Liverpool, New York, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $ 84,999,000 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

October 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
Soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 780th Military Intelligence Brigade take part in a cyber development and mentorship exercise at Fort Meade, Maryland. Army cyber is experiencing a convergence of intelligence, electronics and communications disciplines.

The U.S. Army is converging many of its communications, electronics and intelligence disciplines to combat a cyberthreat that already has eroded much of the competitive advantage the U.S. military has possessed in recent years. Countering this threat virtually mandates that cyber operations move into the realm of fully integrated operations.

September 30, 2015

Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $18,088,906 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for field service representative support of the sensor components of the AH-64D/E Apache system, with an estimated completion date of December 31, 2019. One bid was solicited with one received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-D-0002).

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