Air Force

October 1, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, has been awarded a $3.2 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Global Hawk development, modernization, retrofit and sustainment activities for all Air Force variants. Contractor will provide management, including program, business and technical areas; engineering efforts, including configuration management, data management, reliability, availability and maintainability; and related areas of concern such as technical refresh, diminishing manufacturing sources, etc. This contract’s ordering period ends on September 30, 2020.

October 1, 2015
By Maj. John Chezem, USAFR
Students at the U.S. Air Force Network War Bridge Course learn modern cyber operations under the aegis of the Air Force Space Command. The Air Force risks losing the effectiveness, and the personnel, of its cyber force unless it addresses critical cultural issues in that domain.

As the U.S. Air Force develops its computer security forces, it finds itself caught in a web of ineffective policies and generational conflict. The arrival of people who have grown up in the information age exacerbates the 21st-century generation gap. Fortunately, a clear understanding of the root causes of problems illuminates sound models that can be evaluated and adopted to support the success of Air Force cyber.

The service has seen a mass exodus of talented cyber professionals over the past few years. Many leave because they are frustrated with Air Force cyber’s constraints and flawed policies. Although not typically the driving factor, pay for industry jobs is often better, further encouraging departure.

September 30, 2015

Range Generation Next LLC, Sterling, Virginia, has been awarded a $8,087,335 modification (P00018) cost-plus-fixed-fee for the frequency monitoring station phase II project at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Contractor will replace and upgrade frequency monitoring equipment that is part of the launch and test range system (LTRS) to better comply with documented operational requirements. Work will be performed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and is expected to be completed by February 20, 2020. This award is the result of an in-scope modification/project for the LTRS integrated support contract. Fiscal 2013 other procurement funds in the amount of $8,087,335 are being obligated at the time of award.

September 30, 2015

L-3 Communications, Platform Integration Division, Waco, Texas, has been awarded a $9,782,108 undefinitized contract action for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft and training to the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF). Contractor will provide the delivery/ferry of four ISR aircraft; RJAF pilot, maintainer and mission system training; and field service representative support in support of the counterterrorism efforts in Jordan. Work will be performed in Waco, Texas, and in Jordan, and it is expected to be completed by September 30, 2016. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

September 30, 2015

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Littleton Colorado, has been awarded an $11,031,154 modification (P00300) for Global Positioning System III space vehicle production. Contractor will provide the purchase of one electrical ground support equipment and four mechanical ground support equipment units. Work will be performed at Newtown, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by August 28, 2017. This award is the result of an in-scope modification. Fiscal 2013 missile procurement funds in the amount of $11,031,154 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8807-08-C-0010).

 

September 30, 2015

Jacobs Technology, Lincoln, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $21,235,801 cost-plus-fixed-fee level of effort contract for air operations center (AOC) interim sustainment services. Contractor will provide sustaining engineering and technical services for the AOC weapon system. Work will be performed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by September 27, 2016. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

September 28, 2015
By George I. Seffers
More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft.

The Space Fence System, including the large-scale digital radar and turn-key facility, were deemed technically mature and provided evidence that all requirements will be met through the program's critical design review (CDR) conducted by the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor on the program, has announced. 

The Space Fence S-band radar system design will detect, track and catalog space debris more than 1.5 million times a day to predict and prevent space-based collisions. The three-day CDR featured the demonstration of a small-scale system built with end-item components that detected and tracked orbiting space objects. 

September 28, 2015

Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $47 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services applicable to the AN/ALQ-172 line replaceable unit (LRU)-8 countermeasures phased array antenna. Contractor will provide non-recurring engineering services for the form, fit and function interface; redesign; development of data, manufacturing and delivery of prototypes that will meet legacy LRU specification requirements. Work will be performed at Clifton, New Jersey, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 24, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

September 28, 2015

Exelis Inc., Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $9,700,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for nuclear stockpile and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, high-yield explosive (CBRNE) technical studies. Contractor will provide scientific analysis, engineering, simulation, computational analysis, computer model development, test support, and test planning for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Activities include counterforce concept evaluation and development for strikes against CBRNE targets; conventional and advanced nuclear weapons effectiveness studies and analyses; and nuclear stockpile management and stewardship.

September 28, 2015

Northrop Grumman, Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded an $8,516,473 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development. Contractor will support the Advanced Staring Infrared Search and Track Technologies program intended to identify, mature, and demonstrate technology solutions supporting the development of a future airborne long-range offensive infrared search and track capability based on staring (non-scanned) system configuration. Work will be performed at Linthicum Heights, Maryland, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 25, 2019. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with nine offers received.

September 28, 2015

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, has been awarded a maximum $13,259,396 firm-fixed-price contract for aircraft countermeasure receivers. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). This is a two-year, seven-month contract with no option periods. Location of performance is New York, with an April 30, 2018, performance completion date. The company also has been awarded a maximum $7,928,132 firm-fixed-price contract with a Jan. 31, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2018 Air Force working capital funds.

September 28, 2015

AQYR Technologies Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, has been awarded a $100 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Contractor will provide Global Broadcast Service (GBS) rucksack portable receive suites (AN/PRS-12) and GBS spares to the Air Force and other branches of the U.S. military. Work will be performed at Nashua, New Hampshire, and is expected to be complete by August 31, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $13,950,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (F A8705-15-D-0001).

September 23, 2015

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded an estimated $18,382,499 requirements type, firm-fixed-price contract for repair of various Low-Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) assets. Work will be performed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 21, 2020. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8539-15-D-0005).

 

September 23, 2015

Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $17,964,380 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services applicable to the AN/ALQ-172 line replaceable unit (LRU)-4 countermeasures transmitter. Contractor will provide non-recurring engineering services for the form, fit and function interface; redesign; development of data, manufacturing; and delivery of prototypes that will meet legacy LRU specification requirements. Work will be performed in Clifton, New Jersey, and is expected to be complete by September 20, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

September 23, 2015

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, has been awarded a $9,516,004 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for enterprise engine software and hardware prototype system. Contractor will provide design and develop the technology and operational prototypes to satisfy the undersecretary of defense for intelligence goals of optimizing information sharing within the intelligence community (IC), and to enable decision making while maximizing IC capabilities to discover, access, retain, store, share, and exploit information.

September 23, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded a $7,449,000 modification (P00178) to previously awarded contract FA8625-12-C-6598 for large aircraft infrared counter measures interim contractor support (ICS). The contractor will provide ICS for large aircraft infrared countermeasures interim line replaceable unit and support equipment repairs and upgrades under this contract effort. Work will be performed at Rolling Meadows, Illinois, with an expected completion date of Sept. 3, 2016.

September 18, 2015

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $12,066,646 undefinitized contract action modification (0140-03) to previously awarded contract FA8620-10-G-3038. Contractor will provide an additional 60 MQ-9 electrical safety improvement program retrofit kits on 60 Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command and Air National Guard aircraft. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by September 15, 2017. Fiscal 2015 procurements funds in the amount of $6,029,323 are being obligated at the time of award.

September 18, 2015

Scientific Systems Co. Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $6,600,242 firm-fixed-price Small Business Innovation Research III contract for advanced navigation common capability (ANCC). Contractor will expand upon ANCC previous work by generalizing the process of integrating the technology into weapon systems. Work will be performed at Woburn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by September 14, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 research and development funds in the amount of $6,600,242 are being obligated at the time of award.

September 18, 2015

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $29,527,049 modification (0105) to previously awarded contract FA8620-10-G-3038 for retrofit of medium-altitude unmanned aerial systems Block 30 ground control stations. Work will be performed in Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2019. Fiscal 2013 and 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $9,372,348 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

September 18, 2015

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $100 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) production support. Contractor will provide MALD system upgrades, integration, sustainment, management and logistical support. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by September 30, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Funds will be obligated on individual orders. The Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8682-15-D-0082).

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