Defense Operations Blog

Preaching the Small Business Gospel to Special Forces

January 9, 2015
By George I. Seffers

SBIR program manager with U.S. Special Operations Command helps spread the word about small business innovation.

Cubic to Enhance CBRN Counter Proliferation Program

January 7, 2014

Cubic Applications Incorporated, San Diego, has been awarded a $9,900,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for solutions to enhance the U.S. Air Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) counter proliferation and survivability missions program. The contractor will provide research, test, evaluate and analyze short-term and long-term CBRN technologies.

Argon ST to Provide Countermeasure Decoy System

January 7, 2015

Argon ST Incorporated, Smithfield, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $6,532,838 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-D-6216) for the procurement of five AN/SLQ-25A/C countermeasure decoy systems and spares that provide improved naval defense for current threat torpedoes in support of the Undersea Defensive Warfare Programs. The AN/SLQ-25A/C is a digitally controlled, modular design, electro-acoustic softkill countermeasure decoy system.

Jordanian Armed Forces Procure Fiber Optic Cable

January 7, 2015

Technical Communications Solutions Corporation, Swampscott, Massachusetts, was awarded a $8,622,068 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Jordan) contract for the installation of fiber optic cable that will satisfy the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) fiber optic-last mile (FO-LM) and fiber optic-long haul (FO-LH) requirements, and shall include the installation, testing and sustainment activities required for the JAF FO-LM and the FO-LH cable links. Work will be performed in Jordan, with an estimated completion date of January 6, 2016.

Exelis Awarded Multiple Contract Modifications

January 7, 2015

Exelis Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded an $8,976,038 modification (P00577) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for Globus II sustainment support. The company also was awarded an $8,446,234 modification (P00580) to sustain the infrastructure of the C-6 radar at Eglin Air Force Base, Florid, to include the weapon system management and engineering; field service team; radome maintenance; and requirements definition, analysis and modeling.

General Atomics to Provide MQ-9 Reaper Retrofit Kits

January 7, 2015

General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, has been awarded a $43,291,564 firm-fixed-price contract for MQ-9 Reaper field retrofit. The contractor will provide retrofit kits for the MQ-9 Reaper Block 1 configuration aircraft with field retrofit capabilities. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be completed by July 5, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

Guest Blog: Effectively Monitoring Video Traffic

January 5, 2015
By Ed Bender

Outside the world of government, video traffic is mostly about watching clips on YouTube and streaming a favorite Netflix series. Within the government, particularly the Defense Department, video traffic—more specifically videoconference calling—often is far more mission critical.

Adm. Winter Takes Helm of U.S. Naval Research Efforts

January 5, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter, USN, has taken the helm of the Office of Naval Research, where he will oversee the nearly $2 billion Navy Department budget for science and technology programs and serve as the director of Innovation Technology Requirements and Test and Evaluation.

Navy Modifies Boeing’s P-8A Contract

January 5, 2014

The Boeing Company, Seattle, is being awarded a $60,745,967 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for the procurement of recurring Advanced Airborne Sensor Capability Platform Integration Kit In-Line modifications in support of the P-8A Poseidon low-rate initial production lot IV (13 aircraft) and full-rate production lot I (16 aircraft).

Two Companies to Deliver P-8A Application-based Architecture

January 5, 2014

Raytheon Company, Dallas, is being awarded a $15,494,873 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to design, develop, demonstrate, document and deliver a P-8A application based architecture system. Lockheed Martin Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $19,710,309 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to design, develop, demonstrate, document and deliver a P-8A application based architecture system. The contracts were competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals and five offers were received.

Raytheon Receives Multi-Spectral Targeting Job Orders

January 5, 2014

Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas, has been awarded $27,594,138 for firm-fixed-price job order 0057 under a previously awarded contract (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for procurement of multi-spectral targeting systems and data for the MH-60 U.S. Navy. The company also was awarded $17,800,000 for firm-fixed-price job order 0056 for procurement of multi-spectral targeting systems and data for the MH-60 U.S.

Boeing to Provide Aircraft Automated Maintenance Environment

January 5, 2014

The Boeing Company, St. Louis, is being awarded a $27,497,699 modification to a firm-fixed-price delivery order 0140 previously issued against Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for an F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G automated maintenance environment (AME). AME is a suite of integrated software application designed to support the “O” level maintenance activity by providing enhanced procedural and technical support and data collection for performance analysis and trending. Work will be performed in St.

Bell-Boeing Awarded V-22 Software Sustainment Funds

January 5, 2014

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $21,326,083 for cost-plus- fixed-fee order 0090 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the V-22. This order provides for fleet software sustainment that includes engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics software; flight test planning and coordination of changed avionics and flight control configuration; and upgrade planning of avionics and flight controls, including performance of qualification testing and integration testing

Orbital to Launch Aerial Target Systems for United States and Japan

January 5, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation, Chandler, Arizona, is being awarded a $12,454,893 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for six trajectory developments and build-ups, test and launch of 40 GQM-163A aerial target systems for the U.S.

DARPA's Video Countdown of Top Technologies of 2014

December 31, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

So the countdown is on … the countdown for a new year, new challenges and new triumphs. During 2015, the nation’s top weather experts are slated to get a new weather satellite. The Pentagon will get a new chief. The Army will get at least four new uniforms. But before we look into the future, we highlight DARPA's video countdown that sums up 2014.

Navmar to Enhance TigerShark Sensors in Afghanistan

December 29, 2014

Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded an $11,831,173 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N68335-14-C-0131) to extend a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort in support of the Copperhead Unmanned Air Systems, specifically TigerShark unmanned aerial vehicle. This effort includes the improvement of sensor and platform capabilities, sustainment and reset of current detachments in theater for the TigerShark UAV. Work will be performed in Afghanistan (50 percent); Patuxent River, Ma

En Pointe to Provide Software Assurance

December 29, 2014

En Pointe Gov Inc., Gardena, California, has been awarded a maximum $11,207,546 modification (P00003) exercising the first option year to a one-year base contract (SP4701-14-F-0035) with two one-year option periods for Microsoft software assurance, maintenance, and support. This is a firm-fixed-price contract. Location of performance is California with a Dec. 25, 2015 performance completion date. Using service is federal civilian agencies.

Three Small Businesses to Support Meteorological and Oceanographic Systems

December 29, 2014

Assured Space Access Technologies Inc., Gilbert, Arizona, is being awarded a $19,943,982 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide in-service engineering agent functions for meteorological and oceanographic systems, foreign military sales systems, and expeditionary and joint systems, projects and tasking engaged in worldwide operations, ashore and afloat. Forward Slope Inc., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $19,090,075 contract with one two-year option period,

Northrop Grumman to Provide Airborne Laser Detection Systems

December 29, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Melbourne, Florida is being awarded a $35,514,955 firm-fixed price contract for the fabrication, integration, test and production of airborne laser mine detection systems (ALMDS) and delivery of peculiar support equipment and engineering services to support those systems. This contract is in support of the Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). ALMDS is a laser-based system, which uses streak tube imaging light detection and ranging to detect, classify, and localize surface and near-surface moored sea mines. The system is mounted on the MH-60S

Boeing to Provide Trident II Navigation System to United Kingdom

December 29, 2014

The Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, California, is being awarded $39,540,071 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide the U.S. and U.K. Trident II (D5) maintenance, repair, and rebuilding and technical services in support of the navigation subsystem. This contract contains options, which, if exercised, would bring the contract to a maximum dollar value of $80,164,349. Work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California (75 percent), and Heath, Ohio (25 percent), and work is expected to be completed Sept.