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April 8, 2020
 

L3 Technologies Inc., Wilmington, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $9,356,200 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Wide Field of View testbed, Wide-Area Six-Degree Payload pre-launch and post-launch services. This contract provides for pre-launch and post-launch services to include launch site integration support and preparation, on-orbit calibration and analysis, and mission operations and anomaly resolution services. Work will be performed in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by March 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition, and fiscal 2020 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,275,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

April 8, 2020
 

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $167,470,014, fixed-price-incentive-firm and firm-fixed-price contract for 48 long range anti-ship missiles and tooling and test equipment. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed April 6, 2023. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 Air Force missile procurement funds in the amount of $52,334,380; and fiscal 2019 Navy weapon procurement funds in the amount of $115,135,634 will be obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin, Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8682-20-C-0003).

April 8, 2020
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $7,020,441 modification (P00018) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0071 to support the Hellfire missile and Joint Air-to-Ground Missile programs. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 6, 2021. Fiscal 2020 missile procurement, Army; fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance, Army; and fiscal 2019 Department of Defense procurement funds in the amount of $7,020,441 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

April 6, 2020
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Manassas, Virginia, is awarded $29,485,050 for a cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement-type contract to provide systems engineering, software design/development, integration, testing, installation, training, management support and system documentation for continued modernization of the Office of Naval Intelligence Measurement and Signature Intelligence Enterprise for Global Acoustic Intelligence system. Work will be performed at the contractor's facilities in Manassas, Virginia. The one-year contract includes four option periods which, if exercised, will bring the overall potential value of this contract to an estimated $90,314,266. The period of performance of the base award is from April 6, 2020, through Apr

April 6, 2020
 

DCS Corp., Alexandria, Virginia, is awarded $7,584,179 for a cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00019-20-F-0703 against previously-issued basic ordering agreement N00019-20-G-0001. This modification provides for the continued support and redesign of weapon and stores planning from version 4.1 to 5.0 (the beginning of the initial transition to micro-services architecture in support of Next Generation Naval Mission Planning).  Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Maryland, and is expected to be complete by December 2021. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

April 1, 2020
 

Dumfries, Virginia-based ALEX - Alternative Experts, LLC announced on April 1 that is was awarded a Joint Non-lethal Weapons Directorate contract. Under the measure, the company will support the Joint Non-lethal Weapons Directorate by providing subject matter experts to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and to eight U.S. Combatant Commands across the globe, related to human effects scientific support and range coordination.

 

 

 

April 1, 2020
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded a $64,343,574 modification (P00011) to previously-awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-18-C-1009 to exercise options for operations and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance - Demonstrator Program, including logistics and sustaining engineering support. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (70%); Rancho Bernardo, California (5%); and at forward operating locations (25%). Work is expected to be complete by June 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $59,500,000 are being obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

April 1, 2020
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $202,800,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee, undefinitized contract that provides engineering, maintenance, logistics manpower and material support to continue to develop, sustain and produce software builds as well as carryout developmental flight tests in support of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base, California (40%); Patuxent River, Maryland (39%); Fort Worth, Texas (12%); and Orlando, Florida (9%). This contract action also provides unique sea trials on aircraft carriers for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work is expected to be complete by September 2020.

March 31, 2020
 

Rockwell Collins Inc. (a part of Collins Aerospace), Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is awarded an $8,065,106 cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00019-20-F-0711) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00421-17-G-0003. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and provides for the cryptographic modernization of the Tactical Air Command Network 1.0/1.1 weapon data link radio for the Navy Harpoon Block II+ (HII+), Joint Standoff Weapon and Small Diameter Bomb Increment II programs. Work is expected to be complete by December 2021. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds for $5,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

April 1, 2020
 

Carahsoft Technology Corp., Reston, Virginia, was awarded an $11,493,287 modification (P00004) to contract W52P1J-18-F-0029 for software maintenance. Work will be performed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $11,493,287 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

March 30, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
 The Defense Department could help struggling small business contractors by advising contracting officers to use their legal authority to implement more flexible requirements, experts say. Credit: U.S. Defense Department

Small business contractors working with the federal government are facing unique challenges as they try to fulfill their contractual obligations amid COVID-19 site shutdowns. Their problems range from workers compensation details to meeting contractual specifications when not allowed to work on government sites. These problems may just be the tip of the iceberg as the government moves forward in the post-COVID-19 era, experts say.

March 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The greatest threat to the global electronics supply may be a break at a weak point in the chain.  Shutterstock/Sashkin

The electronics supply chain to the West faces a greater threat from total cutoff than from having its components tinkered with by malefactors, according to some experts. Many measures currently in place to help ensure quality also serve to thwart saboteurs and counterfeiters. However, a far greater menace looms in the potential for a complete damming of the flow of chips and circuit boards, as the United States and most Western countries lack the infrastructure to pick up fabrication and manufacturing on short notice.

March 1, 2020
By Theresa Fox

The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) Memorandum M-19-18, “Federal Data Strategy - A Framework for Consistency” acts as a foundation of guiding principles and best practices to help agencies update the way they manage and use data and improve on information delivery, service and consistency. The intent is to pull government into the modern technological times in which we live while focusing on the ethical and compliance challenges of governing, managing and protecting data.

February 27, 2020
 

Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $7,992,944 cost plus fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5405) for design agent engineering and technical support services for the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System, SeaRAM, and Land-based Phalanx Weapon System. Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) is a fast-reaction terminal defense against low and high-flying, high-speed maneuvering anti-ship missile threats that have penetrated all other defenses. CIWS is an integral element of the Fleet Defense In-Depth concept and the Ship Self-Defense Program.

February 27, 2020
 

Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Virginia; Boston Consulting Group Federal Corp., Bethesda, Maryland; Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc., Reston, Virginia; Mid-Atlantic Technical and Executive Consulting LLC,* Arlington, Virginia; and CACI Inc., Federal, Chantilly, Virginia, are awarded a cumulative not-to-exceed $249,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts for the Navy's System-Level Cost Analysis with Total Ownership Cost Analysis initiative. The competitive ordering period for both firm-fixed-price or cost-plus-fixed-fee type orders shall not exceed five years. Work will be performed at contractor and vendor facilities as determined on individual orders and is expected to be completed by February 2025.

February 26, 2020
By Cameron Chehreh
Principles for artificial intelligence stewardship will give agencies a clear framework for promoting safe, ethical AI development in the private sector. Credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

By 2030, artificial intelligence (AI) is projected to add $13 trillion to the global economic output. In government, AI applications promise to strengthen the federal workforce, safeguard our nation against bad actors, serve citizens more effectively and provide our warfighters the advantage on the battlefield. But this success will require collaboration and advancements from government and industry.

February 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Hands-on events, such as the Capture the Flag competitions at recent AFCEA chapter conferences, are helping to build the next generation of cybersecurity protectors. Credit: Shutterstock

At conference halls throughout the year, groups of students work intensely to complete digital challenges in cyberspace, vying to win so-called Capture the Flag Contests, such as several hosted by Deloitte. The company sponsors several such educational cybersecurity competitions, including recently at AFCEA Alamo ACE in San Antonio and in Colorado Springs at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium.

February 11, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Navy information systems technician works on a computer in a Carrier Vessel Nuclear Information Technology space. The Navy is incorporating the mechanism in its new information systems contract to provide capability upgrades on the fly. Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network Re-Compete (NGEN-R) Service Management, Integration and Transport (SMIT) contract, recently awarded to Leidos, is structured to enable innovative capabilities to be introduced at various points throughout the five-year base period and three one-year options, say Navy officials.

February 4, 2020
 
Boeing and the U.S. Navy have demonstrated that one EA-18G Growler can be used to autonomously control two others. Credit: Boeing

Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully flew two autonomously controlled EA-18G Growlers at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as unmanned air systems using a third Growler as a mission controller for the other two, Boeing has announced.

The flights, conducted during the Navy Warfare Development Command’s annual fleet experiment (FLEX) exercises, proved the effectiveness of technology allowing F/A-18 Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers to perform combat missions with unmanned systems.

February 3, 2020
By Brandon Shopp
A U.S. Army soldier tests his battle systems in the field at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Credit: Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Cloud computing can quicken U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) efforts toward information dominance, but agencies must be measured and deliberate in the march toward the cloud.

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