Acquisition and Contracting

July 5, 2022
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,636,575 firm-fixed-price modification (P00079) to a previously awarded contract (N0001917C0001). This modification adds scope to procure 22 Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System shipsets for Distributed Aperture System for Technology Refresh-3 developmental and operational testing, Block 4 testing, the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects aircraft, and a spare sensor set provision in support of F-35 Lightning II next generation capabilities. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (90%); and Fort Worth, Texas (10%), and is expected to be completed in July 2023.

July 5, 2022
 

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $185,922,484 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification to previously awarded contract N00024-20-C-6117 to exercise an option for engineering design and development. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (65%); Clearwater, Florida (32%); Syracuse, New York (2%); and Marion, Florida (1%), and is expected to be completed by September 2023.

July 5, 2022
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $337,943,520 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price and cost reimbursable indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides researching alternatives, investigating and documenting new capabilities and anomalies related to H-1 avionics and weapons; and the development, integration, verification, validation, and testing of H-1 Integrated Avionics Systems, as well as identifies maintenance capabilities, upgrading and/or updating test equipment and other support equipment required to support the systems. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills, California (99%); and various locations within the continental U.S.

July 5, 2022
 

ADDX Corp., Alexandria, Virginia (FA8612-22-D-B009); Capella Space Corp., San Francisco, California (FA8612-22-D-B007); AT&T Corp., Oakton, Virginia (FA8612-22-D-B008); Applied Information Sciences Inc., Reston, Virginia (FA8612-22-D-B010); Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates LLC, Louisville, Colorado (FA8612-22-D-B011); Credence Management Solutions LLC, Vienna, Virginia (FA8612-22-D-B012); Edge Technologies Inc., Arlington, Virginia (FA8612-22-D-B013); EOS Defense Systems USA Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8612-22-D-B014); Exfo America Inc., Richardson, Texas (FA8612-22-D-B015); Hermeus Corp., Atlanta, Georgia (FA8612-22-D-B016); Ierus Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8612-22-D-B017); Cyberspace Solutions

June 7, 2022
posted by Kimberly Underwood

On June 7, Raytheon Technologies announced that it was designating its global headquarters to be in Arlington, Virginia, instead of Waltham, Massachusetts, where the headquarters had resided for the last twenty or so years.

A company spokesman clarified that the number of employees in Waltham would not necessarily change. Nor would the 130 personnel count alter in the Rosslyn office in Arlington, where the new headquarters will be—just their focus as the global headquarters.

November 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. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds for $14,181,537 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

November 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. The contract modification exercises an option for construction and test of the lead and second ships of the Columbia class SSBN 826 and SSBN 827, as well as associated design and engineering support.  This modification to the integrated product and process development (IPPD) contract supports the fiscal 2021 construction start of the lead ship (SSBN 826) and advance procurement, advance construction, coordinated material buys and full construction of the follow hull (SSBN 827) in fiscal 2024.

August 22, 2019
 

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is awarded a $34,872,647 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for up to 505,560 man-hours of technical, engineering, operations and maintenance support for communication-electronic equipment/systems and subsystems.  These services are in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Special Communications Mission Solutions Division.  Work will be performed at various locations outside the continental U.S.

October 5, 2018
 

AeroVironment Inc. has been awarded a $13,000,000, single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, for Raven RQ-11B small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS). This contract satisfies recurring requirements for RQ-11B SUAS, spares kits, ancillary equipment, and recurring related training. The location of performance is U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility which includes Central America, South America and the Caribbean nations. The work is expected to be completed by September 28, 2023.  This award is the result of a non-competitive acquisition and one offer was received. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,800,000 is being obligated at the time of award.

June 11, 2018
 

Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $51,059,230 modification (0011 13) to contract W56HZV-09-D-0159 for procurement of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle variants based on the current A1P2 technical data package which includes the long term armored strategy design on the vehicles. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of August 25, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $51,059,230 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

November 14, 2017
 

The Air Force awarded Raytheon Company's Missile Systems Division in Tucson, Arizona, a $17,255,491 modification (P00009) to a previously awarded contract (FA8675-15-C-0004) for High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System (HTS) contractor logistics support (CLS) services. The contract modification provides for HTS pod CLS depot repairs and sustainment activities.  Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of November 30, 2018. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $12,825,015 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

September 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 Navy (RAN) via the PMS404 Joint Program Office’s (JPO) Armament Cooperation Program (ACP) (11 percent); and the governments of the Netherlands (23 percen

February 16, 2016
 

Block MEMS LLC, Marlborough, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $9,408,808 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development. Contractor will develop a portable system for real-time standoff detection and identification of trace chemical residues on surfaces using active infrared spectroscopy at a 30-meter range. Work will be performed at Marlborough, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by October 16, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition, with 17 offers received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,837,286 are being obligated at the time of award.

November 3, 2015
 

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., Sierra Vista, Arizona, was awarded a $42,694,244 modification (P00041) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0010 to continue logistical services for the Hunter unmanned aircraft system. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and Sierra Vista, with an estimated completion date of April 28, 2016. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $17,254,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

April 23, 2013
George I. Seffers

Ace Technology Partners LLC., Arlington Heights, Ill.; CDW Government LLC., Vernon Hills Ill.; CounterTrade Products Inc., Arvada Colo.; FedStore Corp., Rockville Md.; General Dynamics IT, Needham Mass.; Intelligent Decisions Inc., Ashburn Va.; Iron Bow Technologies LLC., Chantilly Va.

May 16, 2022
 

 

Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia (HDTRA1-17-C-0019), is issued a contract modification (P00031) to exercise an option for a six-month extension with a ceiling value of $18,664,816, to a time-and-materials contract for scientific and technical services in support of various projects under the Biological Threat Reduction Program.  Work will be performed at various locations throughout the world.  The anticipated completion date is Nov. 13, 2022.  The contract was a competitive acquisition; the government received 11 offers.  The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Cooperative Threat Reduction Contracting Office, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity. (Awarded May 13, 2022)

 

May 16, 2022
 

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colorado, has been awarded a $16,639,955 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification (P00052) to previously awarded FA8810-18-C-0002 for Weather System Follow-on Microwave. The contract modification is for the exercise of an option for integration, test, and operational work of the Weather System Follow-on Microwave Space Vehicle 1. Work will be performed in Boulder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by May 15, 2025. Fiscal 2022 research and development funds are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $417,366,982. Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity. 

May 16, 2022
 

On May 16 Herndon, Virginia-based ManTech International Corp. announced that it would be acquired by The Carlyle Group in an cash transaction valuing approximately $4.2 billion. ManTech reported that it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by Carlyle and that the intended sale was unanimously approved by ManTech’s Board of Directors. Assuming ManTech shareholders vote in favor of the transaction and regulatory approvals are reached, the deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.

May 9, 2022
 
The Environmental Protection Agency is pursuing high-performance scientific computing in a contract with General Dynamics Information Technology. Credit: Shutterstock/muratart/NASA

Falls Church, Virginia-based General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics, announced on May 6 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had awarded the company a $89.5 million High-End Scientific Computing (HESC) II Support Services contract. Under the task order, GDIT will provide HESC support through a one-year base term with six option years.

April 20, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
The Colorado Springs-based nonprofit engagement organization known as The Smalls works with businesses and government organizations such as the Defense Department-sponsored Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Centers to help companies procure federal, state and local government contracts. Credit: The Smalls

It just took an idea from two friends and interest from a couple of companies to create an organization that is fostering a supportive ecosystem for defense, government and industrial companies in Colorado.

April 20, 2022
 

Comtech EF Data, Tempe, Arizona, is awarded a $13,132,880 contract modification under an existing firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract (N00039-18-D-0007) for Comtech SLM-5650B modems, SLM-5650B modem upgrade kits, firmware upgrades, and technical support services. The commercially available modems support satellite communications and interoperability across Navy platforms and shore sites. The contract action will increase the ceiling values of existing firm-fixed-price line items by $13,132,880, increasing the current contract value from $58,812,559 to $71,945,439. Contract actions will be issued and funds obligated as individual delivery orders.

April 20, 2022
 

Utah State University/Space Dynamics Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded an $11,384,566 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for the Hybrid Space Architecture Testbed - Albuquerque Mission Operations Center. This contract provides for support tools for emerging satellite technologies that may solve many software and communications challenges among satellite antennae ground stations and orbiting assets. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by April 19, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received. Fiscal 2022 research and development funds in the amount of $4,616,007 are being obligated at the time of award.

April 20, 2022
 

The U.S. Army announced on April 19th that it had awarded a 10-year firm-fixed-price follow-on production contract to Sig Sauer for the manufacture and delivery of two Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) variations, including the XM5 Rifle and the XM250 Automatic Rifle, and the 6.8 Common Cartridge Family of Ammunition.

"This award was made following a rigorous 27-month prototyping and evaluation effort that included numerous technical tests and soldier touch points of three competing prototype systems," an Army spokesperson stated.

April 20, 2022
 

Jaria LLC, Manassas, Virginia, was awarded a firm fixed-price and time and materials contract (HQ0034-22-F-0131) in the amount of $10,738,576. The purpose of this contract is to provide business administrative management and consulting services to the Defense Innovation Unit. This contract will provide scientific and technical operating advice and assistance on administrative and management issues in the following task areas: executive administration, program management, network support, security operations, business development, and commercial executive support. Work will be performed in Mountain View, California; Washington, D.C.; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Austin, Texas.

April 4, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
A Falcon 9 rocket launches on January 6, 2020, at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, carrying an installment of Starlink satellites, was the first official launch of the U.S. States Space Force. In its second budget request to Congress, the service is seeking $24.5 billion to ensure space resiliency and dominance for the U.S. military. Credit: Air Force Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker

The U.S. Space Force is requesting $24.5 billion from Congress for its fiscal year 2023 operating budget, most of which is an ask for $15.8 billion for research, development, test and evaluation efforts, given the need to modernize and protect U.S. military space-based assets. The Space Force provides space-based capabilities in support of the Air Force’s core missions of command and control, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, amongst other efforts.

March 29, 2022
By George I. Seffers
A Bradley Fighting Vehicle acts as surrogate for testing advanced running gear technology for the future Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle. The Army continues funding the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program with its 2023 fiscal year budget request. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Mark Schauer

In a March 29 telephonic roundtable discussion with reporters, U.S. Army officials provided additional details about the service’s technology priorities in the 2023 budget request that reduces research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) dollars by 5.5 percent from 2022.

The Army released its $178 billion budget request Monday. The overall request includes a modest increase of $2.8 billion over the 2022 appropriations and balances current readiness and the continued transformation toward the Army of 2030 as the service strategically pivots from two decades of focus on counterterrorism to an Army ready to meet the challenges posed by more sophisticated adversaries, such as Russia and China, Army officials say.

March 22, 2022
 

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected Falls Church-based General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) for a single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, 10-year contract with a $4.5 billion ceiling. As part of the User Facing and Data Center Services Contract effort, the company will provide hybrid cloud services, including commercial clouds and data center, and innovative information technology (IT) design, engineering, implementation and operations and sustainment to NGA and its mission partners.

March 21, 2022
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Army is seeking industry 5G-network related solutions in a new $40 million effort meant to strengthen command post communications. U.S. Army Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division prepare to set up their tactical operations center in the Germany’s Hohenfels Training Area in 2015. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Caleb Barrieau

The U.S. Army is seeking industry solutions for fifth-generation wireless, or 5G, tactical technologies and capabilities under a new $40 million effort. The service is looking for a 5G network prototype integrated with tactical Army platforms, unmanned aerial systems (UASs) and other applications to support experimental evaluations on command post survivability and vehicular mobility.

March 17, 2022
 

Saab Inc., Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $68,867,437 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded undefinitized contract (M67854-21-C-8051) for Force on Force Training Systems-Next (FoFTS-Next). The FoFTS-Next is the next generation of Instrumented – Tactical Engagement Simulation System (I-TESS) for the Marine Corps. The FoFTS-Next Increment 1 consists of instrumentation systems for individuals, vehicles, buildings and weapons. FoFTS-Next Increment 1 also encompasses the command and control and network systems required to transport, process, and display data from the instrumentation. The contract contains 52 option contract line item numbers, which if exercised would increase the cumulative contract value to $248,041,332.

March 17, 2022
 

Novatio Engineering Inc., Belmont, Massachusetts, was awarded a $30,946,185 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of a family of lightweight tactical power source units and components. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 10, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W909MY-22-D-0003).

March 17, 2022
 

Northrop Grumman Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $91,277,706 modification (P00048) to previously awarded FA8615-19-C-6061 for electronic warfare radio frequency compatibility. The contract modification provides for software development, support for developmental testing and operational testing, initial production capabilities maturation, and hardware qualification testing. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $11,000,000 is being obligated at the time of award.

March 17, 2022
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Syracuse, New York, is awarded a $12,792,525 cost-plus-incentive-fee delivery order (N00024-22-F-6209) to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00024-19-D-6200 for the procurement of submarine modernization kits, equipment, and installation. Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York, and is expected to be completed by January 2024. Fiscal 2022 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $12,792,525 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Contract awarded March 10, 2022)

March 16, 2022
 

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract option modification (P00008) in the amount of $7,895,976 to a previously awarded contract (H98210-18-F-0062) for administering critical functions of the National Language Services Corps (NLSC), a major activity of the National Security Education Program (NSEP). This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $39,939,186 from $32,043,210, and is the result of a competitive acquisition with one solicitation and two offers received. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia. The option period of performance is from March 15, 2022, to March 14, 2023. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds.

March 16, 2022
 

L3 Harris Technologies Inc., Ayer, Massachusetts, is awarded a $19,161,016 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering services for CVN 78, DDG 1000, LSD 41/49, LPD 17, LHD 1, LHA 6, and LCS 1 and LCS 2 ship class steering control and navigation control systems and machinery control systems. This contract does not include options. Work will be performed in Ayer, Massachusetts (64%); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (3%); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3%); Norfolk, Virginia (3%); San Diego, California (3%); Bremerton, Washington (3%); Washington, D.C.

March 16, 2022
 

Serco Inc., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $15,788,396 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N61331-18-D-0007 to exercise options for the development, integration, testing, and evaluation of prototype systems into existing or emerging unmanned vehicles, unmanned weapons, and unmanned weapons control systems related to mine warfare, amphibious warfare, surface warfare, diving and life support, coastal and underwater intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and other missions in the littoral and riverine environments. Work will be performed at locations which will be determined with each delivery order and is expected to be completed by March 2023.

March 16, 2022
 

ACC Construction Co. Inc., Augusta, Georgia, was awarded a $71,082,137 firm-fixed-price contract to build an Advanced Battle Management System wing operations and support facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received. Work will be performed in Warner Robins, Georgia, with an estimated completion date of October 1, 2024. Fiscal 2022 military construction, defense-wide funds in the amount of $59,840,389 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah, Georgia, is the contracting activity (W912HN-22-C-3002). 

March 16, 2022
 

American Systems Corp., Chantilly, Virginia, is awarded a $42,149,432 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract. This contract provides for the development of a Combat Systems Integrated Product to assess operational performance against Navy standards in simulated and operational training environments, including predicting ability to perform assigned tasks, functions and missions. In addition, the system will recommend training and resource allocation to improve performance. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (51%); Jacksonville, Florida (37%); Long Island, New York (5%); Dallas, Texas (3%); Seattle, Washington (3%); and Boston, Massachusetts (1%), and is expected to be completed in October 2025.

March 16, 2022
 

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, was awarded a $58,435,814 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five-year ordering period for research, development, engineering, and technical support. This contract does not include options. Work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by February 2027. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test, and evaluation (Navy) funding for $8,116 will be obligated on the first delivery order at the time of award, and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.sam.gov website and two offers were received.

March 16, 2022
 

Carley Corp.,* Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $218,176,356 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for the design, development, testing, and delivery of courseware training products for Navy Ratings Fire Controlman, Gunner’s Mate, Interior Communications Electrician, Machinist's Mate – Submarine Auxiliary, Torpedoman's Mate, Construction Mechanic, Aviation Ordnanceman, and Aviation Support Equipment Technicians. Additionally, this contract provides for the development and delivery of Train-the-Trainer and Course Pilot events. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed in March 2027.

March 16, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
The Pierce Aerospace team aboard the U.S. Navy’s M80 Stiletto operate multiple UAS equipped with the company’s Flight Portal ID solution during Thunderstorm 2021 experimentations. Credit: Photo courtesy of Pierce Aerospace

Indianapolis-based Pierce Aerospace announced on March 16 that it had signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock. The CRADA with the warfare center will run for three years and will help the Navy consider solutions to remotely identify autonomous aerial vehicles, Aaron Pierce, CEO of Pierce Aerospace, told SIGNAL Magazine.

March 2, 2022
 

Conflict Kinetics Corp., Sterling, Virginia, is awarded a $31,351,956 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that will include terms and conditions for the placement of firm-fixed-price task orders for the procurement of the company's Tactical Ocular Reaction Area (TORA) small arms simulator software and upgrade support services to include software and contracted information technology system security; and software modifications/software warranty as needed to maintain all TORA simulators in training support of all Naval Expeditionary Combat Command locations inside and outside the continental U.S., and Conflicts Kinetics. The contract will include a five-year ordering period with no options.

March 2, 2022
 

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a not-to-exceed $498,310,000 firm-fixed-price undefinitized order (N0001922F0030) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0006). This order provides for the production and delivery of the Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launch System (HCDS) in support of the government of Taiwan, specifically 100 Launcher Transporter Units, 25 Radar Units, and HCDS training equipment. Work will be performed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (23.9%); Oshkosh, Wisconsin (18.53%); Lititz, Pennsylvania (13.64%); St.

March 1, 2022
 

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced on February 28th that it had selected Reston, Virginia-based Leidos, Inc., for its Defense Enclave Services (DES) four-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, with a ceiling value of $11.5 billion.

February 23, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
DISA Director Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner, USAF, shown here at a military retirement ceremony, discussed the agency’s technology needs at the 2022 Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium.

Amidst a complex global geopolitical environment, the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, is progressing in how it provides communication and information technology as a U.S. Department of Defense combat support agency. The agency is pulling in advanced and updated technologies to support the nation’s leaders, warfighters and U.S. combatant commands against near-peer adversaries.

February 18, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Frank Morley, USN, principal military deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), describes how new program approaches are speeding innovation in major Navy procurements during WEST 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Navy is bearing down on its own internal processes to improve production and speed new technology into existing and future systems. Once-experimental processes now have become everyday approaches as the sea service seeks to cut costs, maximize value and innovate ahead of adversaries.

February 17, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Panelists at WEST 2022 discuss acquisition and how the process can be changed to best meet future needs. Photo by Michael Carpenter

As it fields more advanced capabilities, the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are making changes to their acquisition processes, but the efforts are not without difficulties, system commanders from the services reported. Long-range fire missile systems, artificial intelligence, autonomy, 5G and C5I technologies require technical know-how as part of the acquisition process, and not just at the technical and engineering levels but also in the finance, contracting and human resource divisions, leaders said at WEST 2022, the conference and exposition hosted by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute in San Diego February 16-18. 

February 17, 2022
By Henry Kenyon
FedRAMP certification is key for companies wishing to get into the government IT space. Credit: Shutterstock

The federal government has been slowly migrating its IT capabilities to the cloud by outsourcing services to contractors. Those contractors need to meet strict requirements under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

While difficult to get, FedRAMP authorization is an important step for companies seeking to help federal agencies migrate to the cloud, Jon Green, chief security officer with Aruba Networks told SIGNAL Magazine Editor in Chief Bob Ackerman during a SIGNAL Executive Video Series discussion.  

February 10, 2022
 

Indianapolis, Indiana-based Pierce Aerospace unveiled its inaugural Board of Advisors. The step represents a milestone in the company’s development, as if further grows as a provider of remote identification technologies in the burgeoning autonomous aircraft sector, the company’s CEO Aaron Pierce reported on February 10.

“We are very honored to announce the formation of our formal advisory board and the depth of talent and experiences that they bring to Pierce Aerospace,” said Pierce. “The board brings fresh perspectives to the company from a variety of diverse backgrounds and decades of experience covering the finance, legal, commercial, government, and defense sectors.” 

 The new board members include:
 

January 27, 2022
 

The U.S. Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, has selected Irvine, California-based Anduril Industries to support SOCOM’s counter unmanned systems (CUxS) efforts as a Systems Integration Partner (SIP) under an $967,599,957 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract effort. As the Systems Integration Partner (SIP), Anduril will deliver, advance and sustain CUxS capabilities across the Special Forces' global operations. The company will maintain continuous system updates, develop and deploy new capability, and integrate best-in-class third-party sensors and effectors, future-proofing deployed systems at no additional cost to the customer.

January 26, 2022
 

L3 Technologies Inc., Harris Defense Communication, Rochester, New York, is awarded a $750,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of multi-channel hand held (MCHH) radios. The work to be performed provides for MCHH radios, MCHH-vehicle installation kits (VIKs) and MCHH accessories. The MCHH-VIK consists of the amplifier, antennas, and mounts necessary to integrate the MCHH into a High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The MCHH will replace legacy handheld systems that do not meet the National Security Agency 2024 cryptographic modernization mandate. Work will be performed at Rochester, New York, with an expected completion date of January 2032.