Army

September 16, 2015
An AH-64D Apache attack helicopter departs the flightline under a full moon to conduct operations from Camp Taji, Iraq. Boeing has received a contract for an additional Longbow crew trainer.

Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri was awarded a $12,461,218 modification (P00006) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0086 for one additional Longbow crew trainer for the Apache helicopter program.  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $12,461,218 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

September 14, 2015

R.A. Miller Industries Inc., a woman-owned small business, Grand Haven, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $8,730,080 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of antenna long manpack assemblies. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a five-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Michigan, with a September 11, 2020, performance completion date. Using service is the Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (SPRBL1-15-D-0021).

September 4, 2015

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $61,846,330 fixed-price-incentive contract for 67 radar electronics units with spares. Work will be performed in Orlando, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal year 2013, 2014, and 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $61,846,330 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-C-0078).

September 2, 2015

NetCentrics Corp., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $18,062,724 firm-fixed-price, incrementally-funded contract with options for information technology support to the Army Information Technology Agency, Washington, D.C., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 29, 2018.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received.  Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $11,440,763 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-15-F-4021).

 

September 2, 2015

Cleveland BioLabs Inc., Buffalo, New York, was awarded a $9,226,455 cost-plus-fixed-fee multi-year contract for advanced research into mitigating and treating the effects of ionizing radiation. Work will be performed Buffalo, New York; Bethesda, Maryland; and in Canada, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 45 received.  Fiscal 2014 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $9,226,455 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Frederick, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W81XWH-15-C-0101).

 

August 31, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, was awarded a $35,372,762 cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price incentive, and firm-fixed-price hybrid contract with options for engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production of the Common Infrared Countermeasure program. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 28, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, testing, and evaluation funds in the amount of $35,372,762 were obligated at the time of the award.

August 31, 2015

Thales Raytheon Systems Co. LLC, Fullerton, California, was awarded a $82,606,668 cost-plus-fixed-fee, multi-year, foreign military sales contract (Finland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Chile) for Sentinel radar technical/logistical services. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2018. One bid was solicited with one received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-15-D-0058).

 

August 26, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
The U.S. Army has awarded a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to Oshkosh Defense LLC.

The U.S. Army has awarded a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to Oshkosh Defense LLC, part of Oshkosh Corporation. The Army and the U.S. Marine Corps are expected to replace the bulk of their high-mobility, multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) with 17,000 JLTVs beginning in 2016.

August 26, 2015

Augustine Consulting Inc., Monterey, California, was awarded a $9,790,387 cost-plus-fixed-fee, incrementally-funded contract with options for Nett Warrior software development, production and sustainment. Work will be performed in Eatontown, New Jersey, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 24, 2018.  One bid was solicited with one received.  Fiscal 2013-2015 research, development, testing and evaluation and other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $6,551,905 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-15-C-0025).

 

August 19, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $13,586,965 modification (0002) to contract W91RUS-14-D-0002 for non-personal information technology for the Army Regional Cyber Center-Europe, 5th Signal Command (Theater), with an estimated completion date of July 18, 2016.  Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $6,508,863 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity.

 

August 17, 2015

Advanced IT Concepts Inc., Winter Springs, Florida, was awarded a $45 million firm-fixed-price contract for procurement, delivery, installation, and testing of hardware to promote total life cycle support at the combat training centers and Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 13, 2021. Bids were solicited via the Internet with eight received. Army Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-15-D-0006).

 

August 17, 2015

BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $8,666,962 firm-fixed-price contract with options for 49 Fire Support Sensor System (FS3) mod kits and five authorized stockage list spares. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 14, 2016. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Fiscal 2013 other procurement funds in the amount of $8,666,962 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-15-C-0117).

 

August 5, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
The Army completed the bulk of migration to the DOD Enterprise Email in July 2013. Size limitations will be enforced for mailboxes beginning October 1.

Get ready to clear out the email inbox—because size matters.

Effective Oct. 1, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will enforce size limits of military mailboxes. Each of the U.S. Army's more than 1.4 million Defense Department Enterprise Email (DEE) accounts has a storage limit, with most lumped into the basic class that has a maximum storage space of 512 MB. Business class users have a maximum storage limit of 4 GB. While most workers adhere to size restrictions, as of July 31, more than 75,000 Army personnel stored more than 4 GB of email and more than 7,700 mailboxes exceed 10 GB of storage each, according to an Army statement. That level of heavy use slows the systems and increases costs.

August 5, 2015

General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $10,408,061 contract for security and maintenance services for the Military Health System. Work will be performed in Falls Church, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of May 3, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $10,408,061 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Frederick, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W81XWH-15-F-0373).

 

August 5, 2015

WisEngineering LLC, Dover, New Jersey (W15QKN-15-D-0074); Decilog Inc., Melville, New York (W15QKN-15-D-0075); Intelligent Decision Systems Inc., Centreville, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0076); SimIs Inc., Portsmouth, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0077); and Subsystem Technologies Inc., Arlington, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0078), were awarded a $49,778,189 firm-fixed-price contract for software development for the Tactical Effects, Protection and Interactive Technologies Directorate, Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

August 4, 2015

The U.S. Army has released a request for proposals (RFP) to procure additional Manpack Radios, which officials describe as the Army’s first two-channel, software-defined radio capable of supporting advanced and current force waveforms.

The RFP, which was posted August 3 to the Federal Business Opportunities website, is the next step as the Army moves toward full rate production of the system. The Manpack Radio is part of the Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit program.

August 3, 2015

Technology and Supply Management LLC, was awarded a $49,734,506 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for services and materials technical support for the Persistent Ground Surveillance system. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with a completion date of July 28, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W56KGY-15-D-0016).

 

August 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Digital sensors in the U.S. Army’s new night vision goggles let warfighters view images on helmet displays and fuse digital images with symbols.

U.S. soldiers might not have super-X-ray and heat vision to see across the full electromagnetic spectrum—yet—but recent technological strides are enhancing sight on the battlefield by leaps and bounds. Researchers at the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), in collaboration with industry partners, have evolved night vision and thermal imagery technology to the point where soldiers can see clearly, whether fighting in darkness or in less-than-ideal weather conditions.

August 1, 2015
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

The U.S. Army has seized on the concept of complexity in warfighting as it faces a multitude of potential threats. Gone are the days when enemies were defined by clear lines, both substantively and operationally. Instead, the Army must be able to operate amid significant force cuts in a dizzying array of environments against widely varied enemies.

August 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
Soldiers at the U.S. Army Cyber Operation Center at Fort Gordon monitor networks for possible attacks by adversaries. The Army is striving to bring signal, cyber and military intelligence together in a partnership to meet challenges in the changing information environment.

The U.S. Army is working to team with industry and the other services to update its information technologies amid a greater emphasis on cyber. A multiyear plan establishing short- and long-term goals serves as the campaign map, but obstacles remain if the Army is to achieve its aims.

Challenges include integrating cyber and signal in a way that does not reduce the effectiveness of either key discipline. New commercial technologies must be incorporated early in their development and more quickly. And the new networking environment must be secure and interoperable with the rest of the Defense Department’s networks.

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