Acquisition and Contracting Blog

Thales to Equip Army with Multiband Radios

December 12, 2017

Under a $37 million contract, Thales will provide its AN/PRC-148C Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio (IMBITR) to security force assistance brigades (SFAB) in the U.S. Army. The dual-channel, certified networking radio technology will enhance communications at the tactical edge providing joint and coalition forces interoperability, a capability sought by the Amry's Office of the Chief of Staff. The IMBITR is a variant of the Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio (MBITR) and the world’s first 2-channel handheld networking radio embedding the Tactical Scalable MANET waveform, Thales indicated.

Evanhoe & Associates Awarded Navy IT Support Contract for Higher Education Consortium

December 11, 2017

Evanhoe & Associates, Incorporated,* as the prime contractor, along with with teammates Altamira Technologies, Segue Technologies, Sonalysts, Strategic Data Systems, TransQuest, Woolpert, and HawkTail, was awarded one of 11 contracts for Navy Higher Education IT Consortium (NHEITC) Information Technology (IT) Support Services. The 5-year, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contract (MAC) has an estimated ceiling value of approximately $84 million and started on July 15, 2017.

U.S. Army Taps Black Box for Ukrainian IT Security Initiative

December 11, 2017

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Black Box Corporation, a digital solutions provider, will continue to provide supplies and services to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, under a $10.4 million award from the U.S. Army. Under the new tasking, Black Box will expand the Ukraine Ministry of Defense’s enterprise information technology (IT) architecture to additional sites within Ukraine.

Mercury Systems to Provide Missile Defense RF Modules

December 11, 2017

Andover, Massachusetts-based Mercury Systems, Incorporated will provide state-of-the-art radio frequency (RF) modules for missile defense systems, under a $2.2M defense prime contractor order. The modules will be integrated into a ballistic missile defense radar system using the company’s small form factor packaging of RF microelectronics.

Senior Leaders to Get ViaSat Communications While Traveling on Aircraft

December 6, 2017

ViaSat Incorporated of Carlsbad, California, was awarded a modification to exercise option two of a non-competitive firm-fixed-price contract to provide senior leaders and their support staff with Ku-band and Ka-band communications utilizing ViaSat subscription service while travelling via aircraft. The face value of this action is $20,888,383 and is funded by fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funding. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $73,217,722.  The period of performance for this option is December 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018.

Air Force to Explore Air-Launch Operations for UAVs

December 6, 2017

University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $14,999,880 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the air-launched off-board operations program, which involves small unmanned air systems development including pre-launch and post-launch command and control, system integration, capability development, and flight testing. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, with an expected completion date of March 1, 2023.  Fiscal year 2017 and 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $290,000 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Researc

DIA Taps John Hopkins to Develop Specialized Sensor Systems

December 6, 2017

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, has been awarded a cost-plus fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (HMM402-18-D-0002) to engineer, integrate, and test specialized sensor systems for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The contract has a ceiling of $125,000,000. The university will provide essential engineering, research and development capabilities in support of multiple divisions of DIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology Office of Advanced Technologies.

Navy Improving its ISR Capabilities

The Navy is working to improve its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and information operations systems across ocean, airborne, land and space platforms. It recently executed four contracts for engineering, software development, test and evaluation support services in this area. All awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period.

BAE Supplying Naval F/A-18 Aircraft with Electronic Countermeasures

December 6, 2017
An F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf, December 2, 2017. The Navy just tapped BAE Systems to produce integrated defensive electronic countermeasures for the F/A-18E-F aircraft platform. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rachael Treon.

Under a recent contract option, BAE is providing electronic countermeasures for 310 Naval F/A-18E/F Aircraft.

Navy Adding More Acoustic Systems

December 6, 2017

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $101,998,222 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification to previously awarded contract N00024-15-C-6222 to exercise options for the procurement of technical insertion (TI)-16 Acoustic Rapid Commercial Off-the-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) systems, pre-cable kits, and A-RCI sonar engineering services. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (95 percent); and Clearwater, Florida (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2018.  Fiscal year 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) in the amount of

Transportation Security Administration Adding Threat Hunting Platform

December 6, 2017

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be using Sqrrl's Threat Hunting Platform to see intrusions on its network. Under a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FirstSource II contract with Govplace, a reseller and integrator, TSA will deploy the Cambridge, Massachusets-based company's software to inspect its IT environments to proactively identify compromises and evict any cyber adversaries.

Boeing Doing Radar Upgrades for the F-15 APG-82

December 5, 2017

The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded an $8,344,476 modification (P00044) to a previously awarded contract (FA8634-16-C-2653) for F-15 APG-82 version 1 radar modernization program radar upgrades. This modification exercises the options for support and repairs, and deployable field service representative for required support under the basic contract.  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an expected completion date of December 31, 2018. Fiscal year 2016 procurement funds in the amount of $8,344,476 are being obligated at time of award.

Navy Adding Ship Computing and Maintenance Support for DDG 1000-Class Ships

December 5, 2017

Raytheon Company, Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $26,910,423 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5145) to exercise an option for DDG 1000 class software mission system equipment/total ship computing environment software life cycle maintenance. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Rhode Island (45 percent); Tewksbury, Massachusetts (45 percent); Ft. Wayne, Indiana (8 percent); and San Diego, California (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2018.

Marine Corps Boosting SESAMS Training

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 weapon

Lockheed to Provide F-35 Air System Software Support

December 5, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $22,999,282 modification (P000012) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0045) to procure 53,164 level-of-effort hours to support air system software integration and 53,122 level-of-effort hours to support flight test operations in support of the F-35 aircraft platform for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and non-U.S.

Leidos to Provide C4 Support to Army Intelligence and Security Command

December 5, 2017

Leidos Incorporated of Reston, Virginia, has been awarded an $11,664,071 modification (P00003) to contract W911W4-17-C-0009 to maintain command, control, communications, computers and information management services in support of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; and Army G2. Work will be performed in Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Arlington, Virginia; Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Kuwait; and Belgium, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 3018.

AFRL Improving its Enterprise Business System

December 5, 2018

The Department of Defense (DoD) Information Analysis Center’s (IAC) Cybersecurity Technical Area Task (TAT) awarded $37 million to MacAulay-Brown, Incorporated of Dayton, Ohio. Under the task order, the company will provide cybersecurity and information systems support to the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL's) Enterprise Business System (EBS).

Advanced Concepts and Technologies International to Support Marine Corps Logistics

November 28, 2017

Advanced Concepts and Technologies International, LLC,* known as ACT I, will provide equipment sustainment support to the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command (MCLC) Marine Force Storage Center (MFSC) under the GSA's OASIS Small Business Pool 1 vehicle for three years.

State Department Beefs Up Security at Embassies

November 27, 2017

The U.S. Department of State has tapped ManTech International Corporation to improve the safety and security of diplomats and staff at posts around the world. Under the $816 million contract, the Reston, Virginia-based company will provide a range of electronic and physical security countermeasure programs to safeguard personnel supporting the State Department’s mission, both overseas and domestic.

MyPilotStore Providing Headsets

November 21, 2017

MyPlane Incorporated, doing business as MyPilotStore,* Scottsdale, Arizona, has been awarded a maximum $15,615,663 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for electrical headsets. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. This is a three-year base contract with two one-year option periods. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract, including options. Locations of performance are Arizona and Massachusetts, with a November 19, 2022, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force.