Acquisition and Contracting Blog

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center to Use Commercial Satellite Capacity

October 17, 2017

To support its Global Hawk Program, NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) is tapping Gaithersburg, Maryland-based UltiSat, Incorporated to provide commercial Ku-band satellite capacity with coverage of the Continental United States (CONUS), Atlantic and Pacific. AFRC operates Global Hawk UAV aircraft for atmospheric research, including the assessment and monitoring of developing tropical storms to forecast storm tracks and potential landfall points for advanced notifications and warnings. UltiSat is a provider of end-to-end managed satellite communications (SATCOM) networks.

CSRA to Provide Tactical Trainers for Littoral Combat Ship

October 17, 2017

Under a $51 million, 3.5 year delivery order on the Training Systems Contract III, Falls Church, Virginia-based CSRA Incorporated will develop and deliver Integrated Tactical Trainers (ITTs) for the Littoral Combat Ship 6, Independence variant, in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Fla. The ITTs will be installed and operated at the Littoral Combat Training Facility in San Diego. The ITTs will be used as part of CSRA's VirtualShip training platform to help the Navy train its bridge teams for operations at sea.

Peraton to Sustain Airport Security Equipment

October 13, 2017
Peraton wins $578 million award to support and maintain security screening equipment at TSA checkpoints in airports nationwide.

Peraton was awarded $578 million to support and maintain TSA-owned checkpoint security screening equipment in U.S. airports for five years.

Highlight Technologies to Provide Program and Records Management to HHS

October 13, 2017

Fairfax, Virginia-based Highlight Technologies has been awarded a first task order under the GSAs 8(a) STARS II contract vehicle. Under the prime contract, the company will provide program management, records management, technical and administrative support services to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Highlight will provide support by using an electronic management system to capture and store records for the HRSA Records Management program.

Navy Implementing Critical Infrastructure Monitoring

October 12, 2017

On September 29, 2017, 3e Technologies International Incorporated, Rockville, Maryland, was awarded a $16,163,099 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N00174-16-C-0046) to exercise option year one for continued implementation of a facilities critical infrastructure control and monitoring system interface to the Navy Virtual Perimeter Monitoring System that will allow for monitoring and control of critical facility infrastructure for potential operating hazards or intrusions.

Navy Updating Missions Systems Equipment

October 12, 2017

Raytheon Company, Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was awarded on September 29, 2017 a $17,268,162 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5145) to exercise options for DDG 1000-class total ship activation test conduct and for modification and upgrades to missions systems equipment/total ship computing environment hardware and software. The contract provides production, integration, activation and testing on DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class ship mission systems and missions systems equipment (MSE).

Navy Receiving Computer-based Combat System Trainers

October 12, 2017

On September 29, 2017, Lockheed Martin Canada, Ottawa, Canada, was awarded a $21,439,277 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide development, maintenance and upgrade of the Visual Interactive Simulation Training Application (VISTA) computer based synthetic operations and maintenance trainers in support of the Center for Surface Combat Systems. VISTA is a flexible high-fidelity computer based networked system that provides a training environment for both operation and corrective maintenance tasks on selected combat systems.

Marine Corps Getting Dell Laptops

October 12, 2017

Dell Federal Systems, Round Rock, Texas, received $22,420,790 on September 29, 2017 for a firm-fixed-price delivery order M67854-17-F-4102 under a previously awarded contract (NNG15SC06B) for a quantity of 27,013 general purpose laptops to support the Next Generation Enterprise Network mandatory Windows 10 transition. Work will be performed at Round Rock, Texas, and is expected to be completed by February 2, 2018.

Envisioneering to Support Naval Radar Research

October 12, 2017

Envisioneering Incorporated of Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $49,880,154 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract on September 29, 2017 to provide development, design, fabrication and testing for the Naval Research Laboratory Radar Division.

Lockheed to Provide Engineering Support for Trident II Navigation System

October 12, 2017

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Mitchel Field, New York, was awarded a $55,719,955 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract on September 29, 2017 to provide United States and United Kingdom Trident II (D5) strategic weapon system navigation subsystem technical engineering support services. The contract will provide United States and United Kingdom fleet support, trainer systems support, logistics management, shipboard systems integration increments 8 and 13 training curricula design and development, test equipment, spares, tools, material procurement, and U.S.

Lockheed to Handle Trident II Missile Production for the Navy

October 12, 2017

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, was awarded $418,653,874 on September 29, 2017 for fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification PZ0002 to a previously awarded unpriced letter contract (N00030-17-C-0100) for new procurement of Trident II (D5) missile production, D5 life extension production, and D5 deployed systems support. The work will be performed in Sunnyvale, California (26.08 percent); Cape Canaveral, Florida (22.84 percent); Bangor, Washington (21.05 percent); Kings Bay, Georgia (20.67 percent); Magna, Utah (2.51 percen

Navy Contracts for Sensor Netting System

October 12, 2017

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, St. Petersburg, Florida, was awarded $70,917,689 on September 29, 2017 for a cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5212) to exercise fiscal 2018 options for cooperative engagement capability (CEC) design agent and engineering services efforts. CEC is a sensor netting system that significantly improves battle force anti-air warfare capability by extracting and distributing sensor-derived information such that the superset of this data is available to all participating CEC units.

Army to Tackle 'Significant' Modernization

October 10, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
At the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting, Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Gen. Mark Milley, USA, Army chief of staff, unveil plans to improve the Army's acquisition process and modernize the force.

The Army is set to modernize by standing up a new command to transform its acquisition processes, among other things.

U.S. Missile Defense Agency Looks to Lockheed Martin to Develop Technology to Intercept Missile Threats with Laser

October 6, 2017

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency tapped Lockheed Martin to develop a low power laser demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor technology. Under a nine-month, $9.4 million contract, Lockheed examine the use of its beam control concept demonstrator on an airborne platform to destroy missiles during the boost phase. "Our LPLD concept puts advanced beam control systems and a fiber laser on a high-performance, high-altitude platform to maximize risk reduction value over the demonstration period,” said Sarah Reeves, director in Strategic and Missile Defense programs at Lockheed Martin.

Navy Embraces "Sprint" Contracting Method

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 process, the Navy's PEO EIS is trying out a new approach for its 2018 recompete of its major IT contracts.

NIST Small Business Innovation Research Program Awards 21 Grants for Tech Development

September 25, 2017

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded nearly $3.9 million in grants to 21 small businesses to support innovative technology development. Awardees in 16 states will receive Phase I or Phase II funding through NIST’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The innovative products to be developed through the grants aim to solve specific technology challenges in collaboration and partnership, data and modeling, precision measurements, and systems.

Naval H-1 Aircraft Mission Computers Up for a Retrofit

September 25, 2017

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded a $10,114,000 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 3000, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0026. The modification provides for the procurement of 52 technical refreshed mission computers for retrofit on the H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland (42 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (38 percent); and Woodland Hills, California (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2020. Fiscal year 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amo

Saab Defense and Security to Handle Coast Guard Radar Systems

September 25, 2017

Saab Defense and Security USA LLC, East Syracuse, New York, is being awarded a $16,838,188 firm-fixed-price contract for Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter multi-mode radar systems. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $118,529,109.  Work will be performed in East Syracuse, New York (64 percent); and Gothenburg, Sweden (36 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2019.

Lockheed Mission Systems Upgrading Aegis Weapon System in Support of Japanese Test Site

September 25, 2017

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $49,215,810 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5111) to provide equipment upgrades and spares to the Aegis Weapon System baseline, systems engineering, and staging services in support of the Japanese Computer Program Test Site. Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey (97.8 percent); Yokosuka, Japan (2.0 percent); and Clearwater, Florida (0.2 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2020.  Foreign military sales f

Navy to Receive Support for Torpedo Sonar Systems

Septermber 25, 2017

Lockheed Martin Sippican Incorporated of Marion, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $52,963,189 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-6412) to exercise option year one for the production of Mk 48 Mod 7 guidance and control sections, Mk 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) functional item replacement kits, factory test equipment, spares, production support material and related engineering services and hardware support for guidance and control sections and CBASS kits. The modification combines purchases for the Navy (65 percent); the Royal Australian Nav