Army

September 6, 2016
 

The Boeing Co., Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $46,216,088 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support the Wideband Satellite Communications Operational Management 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 September 1, 2021. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-16-D-0079).

September 1, 2016
 

DATRON World Communications Inc.*, Vista, California, was awarded a $495,000,000 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Afghanistan) contract for DATRON family of radios and support equipment. 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 August 30, 2021. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-16-D-5010).

*Small Business

August 29, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, USA (Ret.), receives her second star. The retired general says she was glad to find the same can-do attitude in industry as in the Army.

The After Active Duty blog series examines the challenges, rewards and lessons learned for those who have transitioned from active duty to the private sector and the role AFCEA played in this progression.

Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, USA (Ret.), vice president, Defense and Intelligence Group, Unisys Federal Systems, says she respects people willing and able to accomplish the mission regardless of obstacles.

August 12, 2016
 
The U.S. Army has released a draft request for proposals for the Small Airborne Networking Radio.

The U.S. Army initiated full and open competition for the Small Airborne Networking Radio (SANR) by releasing a draft request for proposals (RFP) yesterday.

The SANR will replace the ARC-201D radios in the Army’s aviation platforms and provide soldiers with increased data, video, situational awareness, friendly force tracking and voice clarity.

August 24, 2016
 

Raytheon, Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded an $18,129,512 modification (PZ0001) to contract W31P4Q-15-C-0153 for 206 cryptographic modernization kits for Patriot missile systems. Work will be performed in Andover, Massachusetts (74 percent); Nashua, New Hampshire (21 percent); and Burlington, Massachusetts (5 percent), with an estimated completion date of October 31, 2018. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $18,129,512 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

August 19, 2016
 

Foster-Miller, Waltham, Massachusetts, was awarded a $35,400,000 modification (P00013) to contract W56HZV-11-D-0057 for tactically adaptable light ordnance neutralization, family of robots, sustainment, maintenance and repair parts. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of September 14, 2016. The Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

August 4, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Panelists discuss requirements for innovative solutions, primarily in the cyber realm, at AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2016.

AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2016
The SIGNAL Magazine Online Show Daily, Day 3

Quote of the Day:
“We need a network environment where cybersecurity and cyber situational awareness is, in real time, capable of automated response, reacting at machine speed, self-diagnosing and self-healing.”—Gen. Dennis Via, USA, commander, Army Materiel Command

Officials with the Army’s Materiel Command (AMC) have initiated discussions with Army Cyber Command officials to see if the command can play a greater role in the cyber arena, according to Gen. Dennis Via, USA, AMC commander.

August 4, 2016
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army's organic industrial base helps equip the force with a wide range of equiment, including Stryker vehicles.

The workload for the Army’s organic industrial base facilities—depots, arsenals and ammunition plants—is nearly the same as it was prior to conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

August 4, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Gen. Dennis Via, USA, commander, Army Materiel Command, discusses the worldwide threat and the need for cybersecurity at TechNet Augusta.

The Army Materiel Command (AMC) is modernizing and deploying pre-positioned stocks in Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific to ensure the service can rapidly and effectively respond to threats as they occur. Those so-called activity sets include the latest in communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment.

July 29, 2016
 

Dynamic Animation Systems Inc.,* Fairfax, Virginia (W911NF-16-D-0019); Cole Engineering Services Inc.,* Orlando, Florida (W911NF-16-D-0020); Dignitas Technologies LLC,* Orlando, Florida (W911NF-16-D-0021); Intelligent Decision Systems Inc.,* Centreville, Virginia (W911NF-16-D-0022); VCOM3D, Orlando, Florida (W911NF-16-D-0023); Cole Engineering Services Inc.,* Orlando, Florida (W911NF-15-D-0024); STS International Inc.,* Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (W911NF-16-D-0025); Intelligent Decision Systems Inc.,* Centreville, Virginia (W911NF-16-D-0026); Engineering & Computer Simulation, Orlando, Florida (W911NF-16-D-0027); Cole Engineering Services Inc.,* Orlando, Florida (W911NF-16-D-0028); Digintas Technologies LLC,* Orlando, Florida (W

July 28, 2016
 

Six3 Intelligence Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $9,578,964 modification (P00001) to contract W564KV-16-C-0058 for intelligence analysis services. Work will be performed in Germany, Italy and Syria, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2017. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $6,370,000 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany APO AE, is the contracting activity.

July 18, 2016
 

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $20,790,247 modification (P00006) to contract W58RGZ-15-C-0078 for version six software integration effort; radar electronic unit full-rate production lots 5-6b awarded as an unpriced change order. Work will be performed in Orlando, with an estimated completion date of October 31, 2017. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $10,395,124 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

 

July 14, 2016
 

The U.S. Army is testing how cyberwarriors adjust to morphing cyber threats and electromagnetic warfare (EW) attacks during its Cyber Quest 2016, an exercise now underway at the Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Georgia. The event examines concepts and products that could influence future technologies and requirements as well as other Army and Defense Department exercises and experiments.

June 24, 2016
 

Applied Research Associates Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-16-D-0002); Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia (W911QX-16-D-0003); Concurrent Technologies Corp.

June 17, 2016
 

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $24,848,504 modification (P00019) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0008 for an additional six months of logistics support for the Warrior A and Gray Eagle Block 0 unmanned aircraft systems. Work will be performed in Poway, with an estimated completion date of December 15. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $24,848,504 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

June 17, 2016
 
A U.S. Marine Corps sergeant performs a radio check during a security patrol in the Nawa district of the Helmand province, Afghanistan. Harris Corp. has been awarded a $1.7 billion contract to provide radios to Afghanistan under the Foreign Military Sales program.

Harris Corp., Rochester, New York, was awarded a $1.7 billion firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiyear foreign military sales contract (Afghanistan) to procure Harris radios, ancillaries, spare parts and services. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with one received. The estimated completion date is June 15, 2021. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-16-D-5006).

 

June 15, 2016
 

ECS Federal LLC, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,685,758 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-14-F-0060) to exercise an option to deliver enterprise-wide information technology services to the Naval Air Systems Command and its respective customers. This effort will provide help desk services, desk-side services and organizational messaging and communications. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (99.7 percent); and San Diego (0.3 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2017. Fiscal 2016 working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $2,217,841 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the curre

June 15, 2016
 

Television Equipment Associates Inc., Brewster, New York, was awarded a $15,758,350 firm-fixed-price contract for Tactical Communications and Protective System kits. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Brewster, New York, with an estimated completion date of September 13, 2016. Fiscal 2016 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $15,758,350 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-16-F-0028).

 

June 2, 2016
By Joel Dolisy

No one needs reliable connectivity more than the nation’s armed forces, especially during the heat of battle. But reliable connectivity often can be hampered by a hidden enemy: latency and bandwidth concerns.

The military heavily relies on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) for calls, web conferencing, high-definition video sharing and other bandwidth-heavy applications. While this might sound more like the communication tool for a business boardroom, it is equally applicable within the military and compromised systems come with potentially life-altering consequences.

June 1, 2016
By Lt. Gen. Jeff Sorenson, USA (Ret.)

The second in a series of articles

Among the latest steps the federal government has taken to reform the acquisition process, the U.S. Defense Department initiatives Better Buying Power 2.0 and 3.0 aim to improve the affordability of weapon system development and reduce the bureaucracy of program acquisition. In addition, Congress recently passed H.R. 1232, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which seeks better ways to obtain and manage federal information technology systems.

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