Marine Corps

May 22, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
A commercial drone serves as a proof-of-concept vehicle as the U.S. Marine Corps works toward autonomous supply delivery via unmanned aerial vehicles. Once further developed, the same technology could provide relief to a civilian populace devastated by a natural disaster.

The U.S. Marine Corps is exploring the use of a family of unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver vital supplies to Marines in combat. Drones would remove humans from the dangerous role of forwarding essential logistics to warfighters while allowing greater flexibility of delivery.

Once developed, these drones also could have civilian emergency response applications. Instead of speeding ammunition to Marines on the front lines, the vehicles would be used to provide emergency supplies to civilians left without power, food or clean water following a natural disaster. Either mission would have the same sense of urgency; only the cargo would be different.

May 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Scientist Arne Odland works in the Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality (BEMR) laboratory at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific). BEMR’s use of mixed reality technology in training applications is helping the Navy cut costs and reduce risks. Alan Antczak

Mixed reality technologies, including augmented reality or virtual reality, are changing the way the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps handle system training, operations, maintenance and prototyping. Augmented reality is a combination of computer-generated images partially overlaid on a real-world view. In virtual reality, which has been around for decades, a user’s vision is obscured and totally replaced with computer-generated graphics. Both technologies visually employ degrees of computer-generated information. With the help of the Navy’s Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality laboratory in San Diego, the services are looking into both types of mixed reality applications using low-cost commercial off-the-shelf technologies.

April 5, 2018

Cubic Global Defense, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $11,605,378 firm-fixed-price modification under a previously awarded contract for Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Training Systems Support (MTSS), managed by Program Manager Training Systems, Orlando, Florida. MTSS provides pre-deployment training to Marine Corps (USMC) operating forces within a joint and combined environment to improve USMC warfighting skills.

March 13, 2018

August Schell Enterprises,* Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded a $41,210,000 five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the establishment of a strategic sourcing vehicle for the procurement of Axway software licenses and associated maintenance under the Department of the Navy (DON) Enterprise Software Licensing program. Ordering will be available to all DON agencies.

December 11, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
A multipurpose canine handler with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, applies medical dressings to a realistic canine mannequin during medical training at Stone Bay on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Photo by Cpl. Bryann K. Whitley, USMC

U.S. Marine Corps soldiers in the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) are adding a new tool to the doghouse: a “robot dog” for hands-on canine medical training. The realistic dog mannequin simulator, used recently for the first time at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, will help the soldiers improve their canine medical skills, according to a report by Cpl. Bryann Whitley, USMC. 

December 5, 2017

Canadian Commercial Corporation of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on behalf of General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Repentigny, Quebec, Canada, is being awarded a $37,720,562 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production and training in the use of Simunition FX 5.56mm Special Effects Small Arms Marking System (SESAMS) cartridges for the Marine Corps force-on-force training.  The cartridges are non-lethal, non-toxic, low velocity training ammunition used in conjunction with Simunition FX weapons conversion kits for the M4/M16 and M249 service weapons.

September 29, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
The USS Oscar Austin travels in the Atlantic Ocean during a routine deployment supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe and increasing theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. The Navy’s Program Executive Office of Enterprise Information Systems is engaging in a new contracting process to provide IT for the next five years to better support missions such as these. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Utah Kledzik

Looking to create a more agile contracting process, the Department of the Navy's Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) is trying out a new approach for next year's recompete of its major information technology contracts.

The so-called “sprint” process strives to bring in contract services that more directly align with the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ mission-related IT network and hardware requirements. Modeled after the computer industry’s agile software development process, the sprint contracting method rolls out contract documents more frequently and harnesses industry feedback on the front end, while incorporating the needs of end users.

September 1, 2017

Bell-Boeing JPO of Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,671,686 by the Navy for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification 11 to deliver order 0096 under previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 in support of the V-22 aircraft. The modification provides for the procurement of Marine Corps MV-22 integrated aircraft survivability equipment and Air Force CV-22 directional infrared counter measures, advanced mission computer kits, validation/verification kits, delta kits, non-recurring engineering and installation. Work will be performed at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be completed in May 2019.

August 25, 2017

General Dynamics Missions Systems Incorporation, Scottsdale, Arizona, is being awarded a $37,136,744 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the full rate production of the Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S), managed by Program Executive Office Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia.

The contract will procure 41 full deployment units and quarterly software maintenance releases, in four lots from fiscal year 2017 through 2020, to include the servers, network switches, network routers, radios and ancillary equipment, and assembly of the components into a deployable system. The contract includes three one-year options, which if exercised, will bring the total value to $104,850,491. 

August 23, 2017

Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc., Stamford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $768,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for digital imaging network picture archiving communications system products and maintenance. This is the fourth contract competitively awarded under the open solicitation SPE2D1-15-R-0004. This was a competitive acquisition with eight offers received. This is a five-year base contract with one five-year option period. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. Locations of performance are Connecticut, and other U.S. areas, with an August 21, 2027, performance completion date.

August 23, 2017

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Incorporated in Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $60,648,252 firm-fixed-price contract for new construction (design-bid-build) of a two story of a regimental consolidated communications/electronics facility and a six story multi-level concrete framed parking facility at Marine Corps Base, Hawaii. The contract also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $63,358,424. Work will be performed in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by March 2020. Fiscal year 2017 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $60,648,252 are obligated on the award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contra

August 23, 2017

Raytheon Company of McKinney Texas, is being awarded a maximum ceiling $33,100,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Firepower Enhancement Program (FEP), System Technical Support. The FEP was developed in order to implement a second generation forward looking infrared that met detection and identification ranges under different battlefield conditions as well as a far target location capability.

August 23, 2017

Trimble Incorporated in Dayton, Ohio is being awarded $9,860,584 for firm-fixed-price delivery order M67854-17-F-5037 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-13-D-5023) for 95 Laser Leveling systems, 95 Global Positioning Satellite systems, four Army 120M road grader kits, installation kits, and associated transportation and installation, to sustain operational readiness of the systems. Work will be performed in Dayton, and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2018. Fiscal year 2017 (Army) procurement funds in the amount of $9,860,584 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

August 22, 2017

C4 Planning Solutions LLC, Blythe, Georgia, is being awarded a $48,750,000 five-year, firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for engineering support services for the Marine Corps. The services include technical expertise; assistance with installing fielded command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems; troubleshooting; issue resolution; tactical communications network analysis; diagnostics; maintenance; systems; engineering; technical support; configuration management; and over-the shoulder-training.

August 15, 2017

Maj. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, USMC, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as deputy commandant for aviation, Headquarters, Marine Corps.

May 8, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
An unmanned aerial vehicle launches from a multi-utility tactical transport vehicle after exiting an autonomous amphibious assault vehicle during Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2017. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

Direct feedback and technical evaluations from warfighters and senior leadership participating in an amphibious, autonomous warfare exercise could affect the way the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps look at prototyping and rapidly acquiring technology. By pairing sailors and Marines with scientists and technologists, the Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (S2ME2 ANTX) will help increase the pace of innovation, says Dr. David E. Walker, director of technology, Office of Naval Research (ONR).

May 1, 2017

CSRA LLC, Falls Church, Virginia, is being awarded a $24,106,957 five-year, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the performance of knowledge-based, information technology support services to the Marine Corps Technology Services Organization (TSO). The TSO is responsible for developing and maintaining critical information technology systems.

December 9, 2016

Executive Protection Systems LLC, doing business as RavenTek Solutions, Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a $19,211,795 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (N66001-17-D-0041) for cyber and information technology training in support of the Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command.

November 15, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Brian Cavanaugh, USMC, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, addresses attendees at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific 2016. Photo by Bob Goodwin

To obtain mission success, the U.S. military must maintain an emphasis on distributed operations that rely heavily on technological capabilities offered through cyberspace, said Brig. Gen. Brian Cavanaugh, USMC, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific.

September 8, 2016

Lt. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC, has been appointed to the rank of general and assigned as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.