Special Operations

March 2, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
John Hickey, director of the Cyber Development Directorate for DISA, kicks off the 6th annual Mobile Tech Summit hosted by AFCEA DC Chapter. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Ushering in full-blown mobility for the U.S. Defense Department will require key technology advances, particularly in areas of automation and security management. With mobile no longer a fringe idea, troops want to avail themselves of all the bells, whistles and efficiencies the ecosystem has to offer. But security concerns continue to crimp the department’s migration to what is otherwise commonplace in the private sector, experts shared Wednesday during the day-long AFCEA DC Chapter Mobile Tech Summit.

September 16, 2016

CACI National Security Solutions Inc., Reston, Virginia, is being awarded a $77,038,543 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based contract (N65236-16-D-8011) for Special Operations communications systems (SOCS) satellite communications (SATCOM) and network support services (NSS). Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic has been tasked to provide SOCS SATCOM NSS in support of U.S. Special Operations Command and other joint warfighting commands. The scope of work includes worldwide technical and logistics support for approximately 2,500 deployable SATCOM systems, and supporting wide area network infrastructure distributed over approximately 90 sites.

November 19, 2014

Rockwell Collins Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $72,500,000, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide post-deployment software support IV for the common architecture avionics system, cockpit management system and avionics management system for the Technology Applications Program Office to support the Army Special Operations aircraft fleet. The majority of the work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The last ordering period will end on November 30, 2019. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $80,997 are being obligated at time of award on task order 0001. This contract was a noncompetitive award in accordance with FAR 6.302-1. U.S.

February 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

iGov Technologies Inc., Reston, Va., has been awarded a $500 million single award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide the Tactical Local Area Network Family of Systems acquisition, design, integration, production, and delivery in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., which is the contracting activity. 

July 11, 2012
By George Seffers

Pilkington Commercial Company, Yuma, Arizona, was awarded a $10,030,000 firm-fixed-price contract to design and construct a special operations forces free fall simulator facility in Yuma. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, California, is the contracting activity.

April 5, 2012
By George Seffers

Arma Global Corporation, Tampa, Florida, has been awarded a $500 million single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) family of system acquisition, design, integration, production, and delivery in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. U.S. Special Operations Command is the contracting activity.

February 10, 2012
By George Seffers

L-3 Communications Corporation, Londonderry, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $49,958,000 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Special Operations visual augmentation systems binocular night vision device (BNVD). The BNVD's will provide special operations forces with enhanced surveillance, identification, recognition, and detection in all light and weather conditions, especially where vision is limited or restricted due to obscured and low/no light conditions. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

FLIR Government Systems Pittsburgh Incorporated, Freeport, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $30,058,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the clip-on night vision device, image intensified, and accessories in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command. In addition, FLIR Boston Systems Incorporated, North Billerica, Massachusetts, is being awarded a similar $18,141,400 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity contract for the clip-on night vision device, thermal, short-range, and accessories. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity for both awards.

August 12, 2011
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded an approximate $8 million firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of the Digital Automatic Flight Control Systems to support the Special Operations MH-47G aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Contracting Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

March 18, 2011
By George Seffers

L3 STRATIS, Reston, Virginia, was awarded a nearly $85 million contract for Special Operations Forces Information Technology Enterprise Contracts distributed computing management services (DCMS) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The contractor will assist the government in performing the daily operations necessary to facilitate U.S. SOCOM's ongoing ability to effectively and efficiently optimize delivery and performance of DCMS to sustain and maintain U.S. SOCOM's global enterprise information technology distributed computing environment. U.S. SOCOM is the contracting activity.

March 2, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $48 million contract to provide lifecycle contractor support for sustainment of the Forward Looking Infrared Radar System (FLIR) and Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, Technology Applications Program Office. The resulting contract will provide life cycle contractor support to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) as well as the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine components, for FLIR and EOSS systems, and subsystems for ancillary equipment.

September 29, 2010
By George Seffers

L-3 Communications Corporation Electro-Optical Systems, Garland, Texas, is being awarded a contract valued at more than $48 million for a clip-on night vision and image intensification device in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command weapons accessories program. The device is being procured to provide U.S. Special Operations Command operators with a ruggedized sight that permits night vision capability without the need to remove the day optic sight. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.

September 1, 2010
By George Seffers

AeroVironment Incorporated recently announced that it has received a contract delivery order valued at $35 million for digital Puma All Environment unmanned aircraft systems spares and training services. The equipment and services were procured under the existing U.S. Special Operations Command All Environment Capable Variant contract. Capable of performing multiple surveillance and reconnaissance missions over water or land, Puma systems will be used by soldiers to protect troops and vehicles in combat areas.

August 27, 2010
By George Seffers

L-3 Global Communications Solutions Incorporated, Victor, New York, was awarded a contract with a ceiling of $170 million for the integration, configuration, test and sustainment of the Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Lite (SDN-L) in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command Research, Development and Acquisition Center. The SDN-L will provide the tactical communicator an enhanced operational capability; an increase in bandwidth/data throughput; enhanced security capability; and an overall size and weight reduction as compared to existing legacy systems. U.S. Special Operations Command is the contracting activity.

May 2006
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. Army special forces soldier trains members of the Philippine armed forces in counterterrorism capabilities as part of operation Enduring Freedom. Language skills are an important capability for special operations forces as they train more allied militaries in foreign countries.
Psychological operations and language skills join new technologies as important parts of the arsenal.

May 2006
By Rita Boland

 
The USS Ohio, converted from a nuclear ballistic missile to a guided missile submarine, sails during its return-to-service ceremony. The boat is the first refurbished vessel of four.
Refurbished submarines find new life in joint, stealth role.