Defense Operations Blog

What's Hot in 2015 for the Evolution of Federal IT

January 28, 2015
By Ed Bender
In this file photo, Marines develop their private cloud, focusing on ensuring the right access for the right people.

With 2014 in the rearview mirror, federal agencies now are looking ahead to what the next year will bring. For information technology professionals working in the Defense Department and intelligence community, 2015 will be the year of the cloud, application stacks, security challenges and centralization.

Continuing Development for Interoperable ISR Systems for Military Services and Defense Agencies

January 15, 2015
By Ralph Wade

The changing nature of threats and diversity of adversaries bring unique challenges to maintaining a strong national security posture. In 2015, we will see nation-states, extremist groups and individuals bring a distinctive set of intelligence challenges to U.S. defense officials. By making the best use of ISR technological capabilities, coupled with innovative commercial information technology, we can equip our military leaders with an integrated ISR enterprise to evaluate and anticipate threats so they more fully and quickly understand proper courses of action, whether on a battlefield or at home.

U.S. CENTCOM's Social Media Accounts Back Online After Hack

January 14, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

The Twitter and YouTube accounts for U.S. Central Command are back online after hackers, stated to be in support of Islamic State militant group, broke into the accounts and posted menacing messages.

DISA Director Announces Reorganization Details

January 13, 2015

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is reorganizing to focus on five Cs: cyber, cloud, collaboration, and command and control, Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, DISA director, announced Monday at a luncheon event hosted by AFCEA's Washington, D.C. Chapter.

Navy Increases Submarine C5I Contract

January 12, 2015

URS Federal Services Incorporated, Germantown, Maryland, is being awarded a $35,951,345 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee with firm-fixed-price provisions, performance-based contract (N65236-12-D-4806) for a ceiling increase and period of performance extension to July 10, 2016, to provide submarine C5I and NC3 system engineering, technical, logistics and management support services including test and evaluation, certification, modernization, repair, refurbishment, overhaul and logistics support

U.S. Army Procures Intelligence Support Services in Afghanistan

January 12, 2015

Six3 Intelligence Solutions Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $12,783,597 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for intelligence support services in Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of July 9, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $9,587,697 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W560MY-15-C-0004).

SAIC to Provide Computer Resources Support to 11 Countries

January 12, 2015

Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $7,179,527 modification (003748) to multi-year foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-05-A-0031 (Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany) for systems and computer resources support. Fiscal 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 research, development, testing and evaluation, operations and maintenance (Army), and other procurement funds in the amount of $7,179,527 were obligated at the time of the award.

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