July 27, 2016

The U.S. Air Force and industry partners are developing a unique phased array for high-throughput intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services for X-band satellite services.

During a recent display at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Ball Aerospace and XTAR demonstrated that Ball’s Airlink X-1 antenna configured for the C-130 hatch was able to transmit 4.5 megabits of data per second over the XTAR-LANT satellite, a marked throughput increase over existing terminals, officials say.

June 30, 2016

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been awarded a one-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-16-D-0032) for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services. The services will be provided worldwide, as specified in individual task orders.

June 27, 2016

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, has been awarded a one-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-16-D-0031) for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS 1.5-B) intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services. The services will be provided worldwide, as specified in individual task orders. The period of performance is 12-months (six-month base period with two three-month options). This is a sole-source requirement and was issued under the authority 10 U.S.

June 9, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
NATO officials highlight several business initiatives to meet future needs during the NITEC 2016 cyber conference in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Marcos Fernandez Marin, NCI Agency

Industry said, “Show me the money,” and NATO obliged.

Officials shared several key business initiatives to meet future NATO needs during the three-day NITEC 2016 cyber conference, informing industry members about 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) worth of upcoming business opportunities and contract work.

April 26, 2016

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, is being awarded a $7,778,244 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for basic and applied research for methodologies and technologies that support rapid development, evaluation and deployment of interoperable surveillance, tracking, security and access control solutions to provide increased capabilities to the warfighter. These efforts will provide a modular and open system architecture approach for creating systems and system of systems across domains to develop sensors and systems that support a variety of aviation platforms/systems. Work will be performed in Princeton, New Jersey (75 percent); and Stonington, Connecticut (25 percent), and is expected to be completed

March 1, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

Maj. Gen. Burke Edwin Wilson, USAF, commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber, offers that the 24th is working with industry “on a plethora of capabilities.” At the top of the list are defensive capabilities, particularly counter-reconnaissance for determining the threats that are coming at Air Force cyber. These include intrusion detection and protection systems, which would be especially useful for meeting the service’s critical infrastructure cyber challenge, he says.

The Air Force is experiencing significant growth in offensive cyber operations, he adds. The service wants to be able to conduct these offensive operations globally. 

November 6, 2015
By Joel Dolisy

Across the entire Defense Department, situational awareness is mission critical. Real-time understanding of mission activities and the information delivered by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, in particular, is crucial for military commanders to make key decisions.

To ensure that ISR systems provide mission-critical information, the information technology infrastructure must run flawlessly—relaying collected data to people quickly and accurately.

How do you ensure successful information flow? And just as important, how do you increase real-time visibility across traditionally siloed systems run by different teams and monitored and managed by different products?

September 30, 2015

Fourth Dimension Engineering, Columbia, Maryland (W911QX-15-D-0028); Applied Research Associates, Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-15-D-0029); and Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (W911QX-15-D-0030) were awarded a $49,701,849 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award task order contract for persistent surveillance, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mechanical and electromechanical design, fabrication, assembly, test/evaluation and documentation efforts. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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 23, 2015

Modern Technology Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $24,998,436 Small Business Innovation Research III sole-source, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Rapid Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Technology Integration Program effort. Contractor will extend the sensor resource management system developed in Phase I for the Missile Defense Agency and apply it to the integration of air, ground and space sensor systems and their associated platforms to provide ISR data products. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by September 17, 2019.

August 17, 2015

Wright State Applied Research Corp., Beavercreek, Ohio, has been awarded a $42,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for human-machine teaming for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) analysis. Contractor will provide research in three areas: (1) ISR knowledge elicitation; (2) ISR concept design and development; and (3) ISR performance assessment.

July 1, 2015

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $358,938,513 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0067) for the procurement of long-lead items for the manufacture and delivery of nine United States Navy Full-Rate Production Lot II P-8A aircraft, 16 USN FRP Lot III P-8A aircraft, and four Royal Australian Air Force FRP Lot III P-8A aircraft. This contract combines purchase for the U.S. Navy ($219,407,863; 61 percent) and the government of Australia ($139,530,650; 39 percent) under a cooperative agreement.

July 1, 2015

Mission Essential Personnel, New Albany, Ohio, was awarded a $9,672,838 modification (P00005) to contract W560MY-15-C-0003 for intelligence support and ISR within Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of January 9, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $9,672,838 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois is the contracting activity.

July 1, 2015

L-3 National Security Solutions Inc., Reston, Virginia was awarded a $7,705,643 modification (P00003) to contract W52P1J-15-C-0002 for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Work will be performed in Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of January 9, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,705,643 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois is the contracting activity.

June 29, 2015

Airtec Inc., California, Maryland, is being awarded an $80,661,914 modification against a previously issued firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68335-14-D-0030) for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in support of the U.S. Southern Command. The contractor will provide ISR services utilizing a contractor-owned, contractor-operated Bombardier DHC-8/200 multi-sensor aircraft, with government-furnished property previously installed on the aircraft. Work will be performed in Bogota, Columbia (90 percent); and California, Maryland (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018. No funds will be obligated at time of award.

May 6, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
An Intelsat EpicNG satellite. Rendering courtesy of Boeing

Years ago, commercial satellite providers successfully nudged their way into the military space domain, providing critical bandwidth services for platforms for which the Defense Department could not, particularly for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (AISR) missions. More than a decade later, some companies are gambling with technological improvements in hopes of retaining that hold on the lucrative market.

May 8, 2015

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $10,919,060 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0008 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-11-G-0009). This effort is for the procurement of site activation services, and field service representative personnel to perform site lead, pilot/operator, and maintenance personnel duties to support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services program and force protection services for the government of Iraq. It will also procure one Mark 4 Launcher, two Full Mission Training Devices and spares kits.

April 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
A soldier looks at intelligence data via the Distributed Common Ground System. The NRO’s Future Ground Architecture aims to revolutionize the capabilities of NRO assets available to ground users.

The organization tasked with deploying and maintaining orbital reconnaissance assets is working on improving its ground architecture to keep those space-based capabilities relevant amid a changing threat picture. The National Reconnaissance Office, facing stringent budget pressures, is counting on architecture and technology advances on the ground to enhance the capabilities of existing platforms hundreds of miles above the Earth.

April 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
This Web-based NGA map of a portion of Sierra Leone includes data compiled for the fight against Ebola. The agency expects to be providing geospatial intelligence for many more nontraditional missions in the foreseeable future.

Geospatial intelligence is moving into the fourth dimension as temporal factors weigh heavily in future capabilities. The agency tasked with generating geospatial intelligence will be relying significantly on new commercial satellites that will increase the richness of the intelligence it provides its customers.

This development cannot come at a more opportune moment. Geospatial intelligence increasingly is being called on to support nontraditional missions in new and unusual areas of focus. Even its traditional support of conventional geopolitical and military activities is being extended to include new adversaries in new hot spots around the globe.

April 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Future warfighters may be able to query collaborative software about available intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors and then task a particular system to provide updated information.

Researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom aim to identify inconsistencies between the data provided by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies and the understanding of that data by combat soldiers or other emergency personnel. The ultimate solution may be a Google- or Siri-type capability for intelligence.