Acquisition and Contracting Blog

Air Force Selects Firms for $950 Million JADC2 Capability Effort

November 5, 2020

Altamira Technologies Corp., McLean, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0076); Amergint Technologies Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado (FA8612-21-D-0077); Carahsoft Technology Corp., Reston, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0078); Geosite Inc., Stanford, California (FA8612-21-D-0079); Lyteworx Automation Systems LLC, Alexandria, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0080); MarkLogic Corp., San Carlos, California (FA8612-21-D-0081); Rebellion Defense Inc., Washington, D.C.

Boeing Retrofits Sonar Kits for the Navy's Poseidon Aircraft

Novermber 5, 2020

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is awarded a $14,181,537 modification (P00009) to firm-fixed-price order (2017) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0001. This modification exercises options for production, delivery and installation of 24 P-8A Poseidon Increment III Block I retrofit kits for the Navy. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington (98.7%); and Mesa, Arizona (1.3%), and is expected to be completed in November 2022.

GD Electric Boat Continues to Support $9.5 Billion Columbia Class Submarine Construction

Novermber 5, 2020

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $9,473,511,245 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2117.

A Digital Future May Reshape Aircraft Acquisition

November 10, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Two scores of airmen and four B-1B Lancers from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrive at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam in May to conduct missions in the Indo-Pacific theater, supporting the Pacific Air Forces’ training with allies and partners and performing strategic deterrence missions to reinforce the rules-based international order in the region. Credit: PACAF Public Affairs/Tech. Sgt. David Scott-Gaughan

Innovative acquisition may mean fewer sets of major aircraft buys, commander says.

L3 Harris is Repairing Electronic Warfare Suite for F-16s

November 2, 2020

L3 Harris Technologies Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $97,505,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide repair and return (R&R) services for unclassified and classified line-replaceable unit/standard equipment module assets of the ALQ-211 (V)4, (V)8, and (V)9 systems of the airborne F-16 Advanced Integrated Defense Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) weapon systems. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to support air forces of Chile, India, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Turkey, Iraq and Morocco. Procurement of these R&R logistical support

Raytheon is Preparing Missile-3 Block Variants for the Missile Defense Agency

November 2, 2020

Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a sole-source, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a ceiling value of $722,400,000.  The contract is a hybrid of fixed-price incentive firm-target, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee. This contract is for fiscal years 2021-2029.  Under this contract, the contractor will provide the management, material and services associated with the sustaining engineering and product support services of the Standard Missile-3 Block missile variants for the U.S.

Lockheed is Preparing Aegis Weapon System for Shore Applications, Cruisers and Destroyers

November 2, 2020

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus fixed-fee contract from the Missile Defense Agency. The total value of the contract is $724,001,438, inclusive of all options. Under this follow on contract, the contractor will conduct full development and lifecycle engineering for the Aegis Weapon System (AWS) fielding for cruisers, destroyers and Aegis Ashore configurations. The AWS contract will support the following efforts: Aegis Baseline (BL) 5.4.1 (Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) 4.2) development;

Naval Supply Systems Command Selects Firms for IT Support

November 2, 2020

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (N00189-18-D-Z067); CACI Inc.

GDIT Re-Secures $4.4 Billion DEOS Cloud Contract

November 2, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The new $4.4 Billion Defense Enterprise Office Solutions blanket purchase agreement will provide comprehensive cloud-based enterprise capabilities, including productivity tools. Credit: Shutterstock/jijomathaidesigners

The government asserts it determined GDIT would provide the best value.

Trofholz is Supporting Naval Special Warfare Command Enterprise Requirements

October 27, 2020

Trofholz Technologies Inc., Rocklin, California, was awarded a $15,000,000 maximum single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92240-21-D-0001) with an ordering period of up to five years for contractor-provided non-personal Integrated Electronic Security System services in support of Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) enterprise requirements. Fiscal year 2021 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $145,899 are being obligated at the time of award. The work will be performed in various locations inside and outside the U.S.

Missile Defense Agency Selects a.i. solutions for Mission Assurance Support

October 27, 2020

a.i. solutions Inc.,* Lanham, Maryland, is being awarded a $203,204,319 competitive, cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort contract with a three-year base value of $77,728,390 and two one-year options for quality and mission assurance advisory and assistance services.

Texas A&M to Lead First-of-its-Kind Hypersonics Consortium for DOD

October 26, 2020

The Defense Department reported on October 26 that it had awarded a $20 million per year contract to Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to establish and manage the University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics, known as UCAH. The award has a base year and four additional optional years of $20 million, with a total value of up to $100 million.

Lockheed is Continuing F-35 Pilot Training Device Software Development

October 23, 2020

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $138,769,282 modification (P00027) to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract N00019-19-C-0010. The modification adds scope to continue the development of pilot training device software to align the F-35 air system with continued capability development.

Mississippi State is Virtually Prototyping Autonomous Ground Systems

October 23, 2020

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, was awarded an $11,131,723 modification (P00030) to contract W56HZV-17-C-0095 for simulation-based reliability and safety virtual prototyping of autonomy-enabled ground systems. Work will be performed in Mississippi State, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of October 22, 2022. Fiscal year 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Army) funds in the amount of $11,131,723 were obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

DOD Awards $87 Million to nonprofit BioMADE to Advance Bio-Industrial Manufacturing

October 20, 2020

On October 20, the Defense Department announced an $87 million, seven-year award to the Bio-Industrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE), a nonprofit created by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium, for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII). BioMADE, headquartered at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, will collaborate with public and private entities to advance sustainable and reliable bio-industrial manufacturing technologies, according to a DOD statement.

CIO-SP4 Contracting Opportunities Abound

October 14, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
(Credit: Shutterstock/Jaroslaw Grudzinski)

A new approach to governmentwide information technology contracting opens up a world of opportunities for small businesses.

Army Releases RFI for Satellite Communication Service

October 14, 2020
Posted by: Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Col. Natashia Coleman (c) assumes the role as product lead for the Unified Network Capabilities and Integration (UNCI) office created in January. The UNCI office is consolidating tactical network integration efforts to support future capabilities, including the pursuit of Sustainment Tactical Network. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Lynn Harkins, PM TN Graphics

The service wants an understanding of industry very small aperture terminal capabilities for use under a potential satellite-as-a-service model.

TCG is Helping to Modernize the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System

October 15, 2020

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded a contract to Washington, D.C.-based TCG to assist with the modernization of the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). Through the ECFS, the public and industry are able to submit comments on possible FCC regulations. Under the $5 million, 2-year contract, TCG will support the modernization of the system using AWS, Red Hat OpenShift, and other technologies, to ensure that the ECFS is flexible, scalable, and reliable.

TCG is Preparing Data Visualization and Analysis for the SEC's Quantitative Research Program

October 7, 2020

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has selected Washington, D.C.-based TCG to assist the data visualization efforts of its Quantitative Research Analytical Data Support program. Under the $5.6 million, four-year task order, TCG will support knowledge sharing, data display and data analysis throughout SEC, the company reported. In addition, TCG will provide project management, web development and technical writing support for the SEC’s Data Insights and Data Visualization initiatives of the recently-created Office of the Chief Data Officer.

HHS Selects TCG to Provide Enterprise Information Technology Support

October 9, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services has selected Washington, D.C.-based TCG to supply enterprise information technology support to its Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Under the $51 million Office of the Chief Information Officers (OCIO) Information Technology Enterprise Support Services (ITESS) contract, the company will support the ACF ICIO over the next five years.