Air Force

September 15, 2021
 

Vienna, Virginia-based Trace Systems Inc. was awarded a competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity $600 million contract to provide communications and information technology systems, integration, installation, and operations and maintenance support to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) deployed mission requirements. Trace Systems and its industry partners team will support the USAFCENT's Communications Technical Support Services (CTSS) IV requirements at locations throughout Southwest Asia  and Continental United States.

September 7, 2021
 

Trace Systems Inc., Vienna, Virginia, was awarded a competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide communications systems acquisition, integration, installation, and operations and maintenance in support of U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) deployed mission requirements. The not-to-exceed/ceiling value of the contract is $600,000,000.  The minimum guarantee will be funded by fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds. Primary performance will be at USAFCENT locations throughout Southwest Asia. The solicitation (HC1028-19-R-0009) was issued as a full and open competitive action via Beta.Sam.Gov, and seven proposals were received.

September 3, 2021
 

The Air Force awarded a multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling of $46,000,000,000 to 55 vendors: Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia; Sierra Nevada Corp., Centennial, Colorado; Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc., Sacramento, California; Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona; General Dynamics OTS Inc., Niceville, Florida; Integrated Solutions for Systems Inc., Huntsville, Alabama; Applied Research Associates Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico; L3 Technologies Inc., Camden, New Jersey; General Atomics, San Diego, California; MBDA Inc., Huntsville, Alabama; Tangram Flex Inc., Dayton, Ohio; Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Northridge, California; Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Alabama; Logicquest LLC, Huntsvill

September 1, 2021
 

L3 Harris, Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract in the amount of $947,292,440 for the AN/ALQ-172 Countermeasures Program and modernization. This contract provides for engineering services for block cycle, non-block cycle and sustaining engineering services and for Air Force Global Strike Command enhancement modernizations. Work will be performed in Clifton, New Jersey, and is expected to be completed by August 30, 2031. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition, and fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $9,789,811 are being obligated at the time of award.

September 1, 2021
 

Rockwell Collins Inc., Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $43,300,000 firm-fixed-price modification (P00010) to contract FA8102-16-D-0005 for services and supplies in support of modernization, expansion and depot-level contractor logistic support. The contractor will provide support for SCOPE Command’s High Frequency Global Communications System in support of Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard requirements. Work will be performed in Richardson, Texas, and is expected to be completed August 30, 2022. This option exercise is the result of a sole-source acquisition. The estimated cumulative contract value is $113,300,000, and no funds are being obligated at the time of the award.

September 1, 2021
 

Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $39,660,399 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract FA8682-21-C-0008 for Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE) Project Phase I Preliminary Design Review.  The contract modification is an option exercise to mature a solid-rocket boosted, air-breathing, hypersonic conventional cruise missile, air-launched from existing fighter/bomber aircraft, through the completion of a preliminary design review. The location of performance is St. Louis, Missouri. The work is expected to be completed by August 31, 2022.

August 27, 2021
 

Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $77,107,920 non-competitive fixed-price incentive (firm) modification (P00007) to previously awarded contract FA8675-21-C-0034 for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 35 Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM) and CATM guidance sections. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2024.

August 27, 2021
 

L3 Harris Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $23,386,618 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Air Force and Army Anti-Jam Modem Half Transport Rack U.S Air Force Airborne Modem. This contract provides for the purchase of 16 pre-production units under the delivery order. The location of performance is Salt Lake City, Utah; and Camden, New Jersey, and work is expected to be completed by September 30, 2023. This award is the result of a Fair Opportunity competitive acquisition in which two solicitations were mailed and one offer received. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,888,716 were obligated at the time of award.

August 25, 2021
 

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, was awarded a $12,619,647 modification (P00023) to previously awarded FA8523-16-F-0049 for Miniaturized Airborne Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver 2K-M development. This contract modification implements a period of performance extension due to a program delay with the Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) Program. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California; and Huntsville, Alabama, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2024. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,399,487 were obligated at the time of award, and the total cumulative face value of the contract is $89,331,098.

August 25, 2021
 

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $98,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order (FA7014-21-F-0108) under a General Services Administration One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Pool 1 contract for A10 strategic plans and policy support services. This task order will provide technical, analytical, operational, programmatic, and planning subject matter expertise support for Air Force A10-S, and its component branches, as well as the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Branch missions.

August 25, 2021
 

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $200,000,000 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee task orders for research and development. This contract provides for innovative research and development in order to identify, mitigate and protect avionics systems against cyber‐attack, and prototype agile, next‐generation platform and system of systems architectures to enable rapid integration and fielding of enhanced mission system capability. The location of performance is Beavercreek, Ohio, and work is expected to be completed by August 23, 2028. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and three offers were received.

August 20, 2021
 

Datum Software Inc., Johns Creek, Georgia, was awarded a $9,675,186 firm-fixed-price and cost reimbursement modification (P00013) to previously awarded contract FA4890-17-F-0044 for Operational Support Center operational and technical services. This contract modification exercises Option Period Four which provides continued specialized contract Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) functional operators and technicians to augment and enhance forces and operations at the 700 Air Support Squadron and the 710 Combat Operations Squadron, and provide extended services to the Combat Air Force (CAF) AOCs. Work will be performed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by August 31, 2022.

August 19, 2021
 

QB Group LLC,* San Juan, Puerto Rico, is awarded a $33,765,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of a communications and contingency response facilities at Muñiz Air National Guard Base. The contract also contains six unexercised options, which, if exercised, would increase cumulative contract value to $36,453,195. Work will be performed in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, and is expected to be completed by November 2023. The work to be performed provides for design and construction of communications and contingency response facilities. The communications facility will be constructed utilizing conventional design and construction method.

August 18, 2021
 

KBRwyle Technology Solutions LLC, Columbia, Maryland, has been awarded a $9,657,329 task order for refurbishment and upgrades to eight Eddy Current Inspection Systems (ECIS). This contract provides for enhancements to hardware and software for eight robotic ECIS, to include new bases, robotic arms, computers and station executive software. The location of performance is Dayton, Ohio, and work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2025. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition; one solicitation was sent and one proposal was received. Fiscal 2021 4930 working capital funds in the amount of $9,657,329 are being obligated at the time of award.

August 18, 2021
 

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $9,987,543 modification (P00001) to previously awarded contract FA8621-21-C-0001 for F-15C and F-15E Mission Training Centers (MTC). The contract modification provides for updates to the F-15 MTC training systems in order to achieve training service objectives. The locations of performance are Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina; Nellis AFB, Nevada; Kadena Air Base, Japan; and RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, England. Fiscal 2021 Air Force 3400 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $9,987,543 were obligated at the time of award. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. 

August 10, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron completes agile combat employment (ACE) maneuvers during Operation Pacific Iron 2021 at Northwest Field, Guam, in July. The austere conditions of the former World War II airfield offered ideal conditions for airmen to train in ACE. Credit: Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra Minor.

In preparation for a contested near-peer environment, the U.S. Air Force is working to send forces and assets to austere locations on short notice as part of its agile combat employment concept. The service’s ability to support the greater Joint Force’s dynamic force employment will provide a range of air-related military options and quickly deployed forces when needed in response to emerging requirements. To sharpen its skills in providing a more lean, agile and lethal force that can generate airpower from smaller and more dispersed locations in the Indo-Pacific Command’s area of responsibility, the service’s Pacific Air Forces, also known as PACAF, conducted Operation Pacific Iron 21 during the month of July, ending last Friday.

September 1, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Detachment 12, otherwise known as Kessel Run, has created a powerful command and control tool called C2IMERA that will provide airmen, wing commanders and major command leaders with a real-time operational sight picture of installation resources for force projection and emergency management, amongst other mission applications. Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of the Air Combat Command (ACC) has directed its use at all of ACC’s installations. Credit: Kessel Run

The Command and Control Incident Management Emergency Response Application, or C2IMERA, software tool, created by Kessel Run, one of the U.S. Air Force’s software factories, will now be employed at all of Air Combat Command’s facilities, the Boston-based Kessel Run announced on September 1.

Gen. Mark Kelly, USAF, commander of Air Combat Command (ACC), has specified that the tool—which provides installation reporting, planning, force generation, emergency management, and command and control (C2) monitoring and execution functions—be used at all of its installations.

July 14, 2021
 
The Air Force is concentrating on governance, configuration management and customer focus to improve its IT networking capabilities. Credit: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com

The U.S. Air Force’s recent IT modernization efforts are focusing on speeding up access to data across the service’s enterprise network by removing redundant and often contradictory devices and procedures to improve warfighter’s user experiences and speed operations.

Achieving this goal is the culmination of years of networking initiatives and data migration projects that transformed the way the service managed its IT operations, Douglas Dudley, director of Air Force programs for Akima LLC, told Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine’s editor in chief during a SIGNAL Media Executive Video interview.

August 20, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood

The U.S. Air Force is pursuing zero-trust architecture on a level not seen before with the lead command, the Air Combat Command, driving many initiatives with a comprehensive view to employ zero-trust architecture across the service’s bases, weapon systems and mission environments. Supporting the cyberspace and engineering side of the effort is the 16th Air Force’s 688th Cyberspace Wing.

August 18, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, USSF (r), pictured with Gen. Jay Raymond, USSF, chief of Space Force Operations, takes leadership of the U.S. Space Force’s newest command, the Space Systems Command (SSC), during a ceremony last Friday. He has outlined several key initial priorities for SSC, including budgetary funding from Congress and having lawmakers understand how SSC “must be postured and empowered” to keep pace against adversaries. Credit: Van Ha, SSC Public Affairs

The commander of the U.S. Space Force’s new Space Systems Command, or SSC, is prioritizing the budgetary funding, technology preparations and partnerships as a few of his early goals. Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, USSF, set the stage for the SSC’s future during the U.S. Space Force’s official stand up of the new field command last week. The command—which was redesignated from the U.S.

August 16, 2021
 

Systems & Technology Research, Woburn, Massachusetts, was awarded an $8,894,199 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop and demonstrate autonomy technologies for the Science and Technology for Autonomous Teammates program. This research will be part of experimentation campaigns in multi-domain command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) processing exploitation and dissemination (PED) and manned-unmanned combat teaming. The location of performance is Woburn, Massachusetts, with base support at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  The work is expected to be completed by August 11, 2024.

August 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force awarded a $70 million sole-source contract Red 6 to widen the use of the company’s unique augmented reality air combat training platform to fighter pilots. Red 6 is adding another Berkut 540 test plane to its resources to bolster the air combat environment testing of its system Credit: Red 6

More fighter pilots will be able to use Red 6’s synthetic air combat training system over the next several years, thanks to a $70 million, five-year contract award from the U.S. Air Force. Red 6 received the sole source SBIR III contract to provide its groundbreaking Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System, known as ATARS, for use in the air by pilots training for initial pilot qualification, dogfighting, refueling and maneuvering.

August 13, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, USSF, commander, Space Systems Command, pictured at the podium during the official stand up ceremony of the U.S. Space Force’s new Space Systems Command August 13, takes the reins as the command’s first leader.

The U.S. Space Force officially stood up the Space Systems Command, or SSC, today. Leaders spent the last year developing the new field command redesignated from the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base.

The SSC stand up cleared one of the last hurdles with the U.S. Senate’s July 26 voice vote approval of SSC’s first commander, Maj. Gen. Michael Guetlein, USSF, to become lieutenant general. The commander, who had most recently served as the deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), took lead of SSC during a ceremony at the base today; Lt. Gen. John Thompson, USAF, the commander of SMC, retired July 27.

July 28, 2021
 

Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, has been awarded a $13,567,781 cost-plus-fixed-fee competitive contract for the System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) effort. Lockheed Martin will demonstrate an ASIC using their Hardware Architecture Resilient by Design (HARD) techniques and emulation developed under the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s SSITH Program. Work will be performed in Owego, New York; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and Eagan, Minnesota, and is expected to be completed Sept. 28, 2023. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $10,186,241 are being obligated at the time of award.

July 28, 2021
 

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $301,369,831 task order off of the Aircraft Maintenance Enterprise Solution (ACES) multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aircraft maintenance flight operations support, with an expected completion date of July 31, 2026. This contract will provide all Organizational level (O-level), Intermediate level (I-level), and maintenance support services for all training aircraft (T-1A Jayhawk, T-6A Texon II and T-38C Talon), and services will be performed at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma. Fiscal 2021 funds in the amount of $602,687 will be obligated at the time of award.

July 28, 2021
 

Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, has been awarded $83,600,000 for technical risk reduction work efforts associated with the Defense Avionics System Sustainment Update (DSU) program. The location of performance will be a combination of the contractor’s facility and government facilities, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 16, 2024. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance appropriations funds in the amount of $38,955,222 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8523-21-C-0001).

July 27, 2021
 

Spiral Solutions and Technologies Inc., Bellevue, Nebraska, has been awarded a $47,004,603 firm-fixed-price-level of effort contract for joint exercises, training, assessment (J7) and related support. This contract provides for advisory and assistance services in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s J-7 planning, development, execution, and analysis of the command-wide joint training, education, professional development, and organizational development programs. Work will be performed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and is expected to be completed August 19, 2026. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with seven offers received.

July 22, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Air Force airmen at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, work to refuel an F-35A Lighting II aircraft assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska during the Cope North exercise in February. The airmen were conducting agile combat employment, or ACE, training during the exercise. The service’s ACE operations, which aim to bring more agility, resiliency and deterrence in a near-peer competitive environment, will be supported by its zero-trust architecture platforms. Credit: Pacific Air Forces/Senior Airmen Jona

Led by the Air Combat Command, the U.S. Air Force is pursuing zero-trust architecture on a level not seen before. One of the service’s first main use cases applies the cybersecurity measure to the agile combat employment (ACE). ACE operations provide a more lean, agile and lethal force that can generate airpower from multiple locations. ACE requires a different kind of command and control (C2) environment, as well as advanced planning concepts and logistical supply line support.

July 21, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
In developing the active electronically scanned array AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) software for the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 Viper fighter aircraft, Northrop Grumman had to balance a new way of interacting with and delivering to its customer. Credit: Northrop Grumman

As the U.S. Air Force is pursuing digital transformation and agile software development, its contractors are also leaning into new processes to provide swift updates to key systems. Northrop Grumman, the manufacturer of the active electronically scanned array AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) software for the F-16 Viper fighter aircraft, has seen some initial success in providing lean-agile software development, according to the company.

June 22, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood

Following the success of some initial, smaller-scale efforts, the U.S. Air Force is pursuing zero trust architecture on a level not seen before. The service’s Air Combat Command is leading the charge into many more initiatives with a comprehensive view to employ zero trust architecture across its bases, weapon systems and missions.

July 20, 2021
 

Pelatron Technologies LLC, Lindon, Utah, has been awarded a maximum estimated $38,000,000 singe-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for information technology consolidated services. This requirement is to provide both unclassified (NIPR) and secret (SIPR) services, including the following: support work for the service desk, system administration, information assurance and protection, client services, asset management, networking, messaging and directory services and server support. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be completed June 30, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 16 offers received.

July 19, 2021
 

Black River Systems Inc.,* Utica, New York (FA8750-21-D-1001), North Point Defense Inc.,* Rome, New York (FA8750-21-D-1002); and Geon Technologies LLC,* Columbia, Maryland (FA8750-21-D-1003), have been awarded a $49,900,000 maximum ordering amount, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee or firm-fixed-price orders for technical documentation, technical reports, software, and hardware. The scope of this effort is to perform research, development, enhancement, and integration of technologies to develop digital signal processing capabilities that will scan through the Radio Frequency spectrum to detect high priority-emissions.

July 12, 2021
 

Collins Aerospace, Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $22,369,617 firm-fixed-price contract for High Fidelity Visual Display Systems required to support the F-35 Joint Simulation Environment. The contractor will deliver, install, and provide training for the visual display systems. Work will be performed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; Edwards AFB, California; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and is expected to be completed July 31, 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

July 9, 2021
 

Black Sage Technologies Inc., Boise, Idaho (FA8612-21-D-0168); Clarity Innovations LLC, Columbia, Maryland (FA8612-21-D-0139); Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0140); Frontier Technology Inc., Beavercreek, Ohio (FA8612-21-D-0142); Global Infotek Inc., Reston, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0143); Greystones Consulting Group LLC, Washington, D.C.

July 8, 2021
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has been awarded a $3,860,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ground subsystems support. This contract provides for sustaining engineering, maintenance engineering, test and assessment, modification of systems and equipment, software maintenance, developmental engineering, production engineering, repair and procurement. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base (AFB), Utah; Vandenberg AFB, California; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Minot AFB, North Dakota; FE Warren AFB, Wyoming; and Offutt AFB, Nebraska. The work is expected to be completed July 6, 2039.

July 2, 2021
 

Threat Management Group LLC, North Charleston, South Carolina, has been awarded a $7,621,740 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for commercial off-the-shelf training aid items. This contract provides for training aid supplies for Counter-Improvised Explosive Device and Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft systems. Work will be performed in Ladson, South Carolina, and is expected to be completed June 30, 2026. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,385 are being obligated at the time of award. The 338th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA3002-21-D-0006).

July 2, 2021
 

Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded an approximately $2,000,000,000 (to include all options) cost-plus-fixed-fee with performance incentives contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) Weapon System. During the EMD phase, manufacturing processes will continue to mature and the manufacturing environment will be demonstrated and transitioned to a pilot line readiness state. The objective at the end of EMD is to demonstrate full production readiness. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed February 2027. This contract is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

June 21, 2021
 
A U.S. Army soldier provides security during the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Sept. 3, 2020. Staged at multiple military sites, ABMS simulated an attack on the national infrastructure testing the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) which allowed for a fast-coordinated response.  U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young

The next-generation battlefield has gone digital. The United States Air Force (USAF) is taking a major defensive leap into that new reality with its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) initiative.

June 21, 2021
 

Aechelon Technology, San Francisco, California, has been awarded a $24,069,170, firm-fixed price, C-type option contract for Image Generation Systems. Image Generators are required to support high fidelity F-35 and F-22 JSE Flight Simulation Visual Display Systems in Joint Simulation Environment. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base and Nellis AFB, and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2023, if option is exercised. This award is the result of a non-competitive, sole-source acquisition.  Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $20,252,904 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Air Force Training Center, Edwards AFB, is the contracting activity (FA9302-21-C-0011).

June 17, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. James C. Slife, USAF, (c), commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, explains AFSOC history and capabilities to Lt. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh, USAF, commander 16th Air Force during a visit in April at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The Air Combat Command and 16th Air Force are working to further evolve the Air Force’s information warfare approach, now that it has successfully integrated capabilities into the two-year old Numbered Air Force. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Ai

The U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command and the 16th Air Force are taking further steps to advance the service’s information warfare operations. Championed by Air Combat Command’s (ACC’s) so-called A2-6 leaders, the “accelerate information warfare” approach requires the correct data management strategy, the right teams and problem-centric operations, officers say.

June 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A Gulfstream C-37A taxis on the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 3, 2021, carrying Gen. Mark Kelly, USAF, commander of Air Combat Command and his team for a visit about the base’s rebuild. The Air Force’s innovation hub, AFWERX, is conducting a new consecutive three-part challenge to bring in solutions for flightline security, advanced sensors and communication, and aircraft maintenance. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anabel Del Valle

The U.S. Air Force’s innovation arm, AFWERX, is looking for state-of-the-art data, sensor and communication solutions in three concurrent competition areas: the Aircraft Maintenance Operations Challenge; the Flightline Security Challenge; and the Airfield Maintenance and Repair Challenge, which are all part of a greater effort called the Revolutionizing USAF Flightline Operations Challenge.

June 15, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Senior Airman Thomas Goodnoe, USAF, tactical network operations technician, 1st Combat Communications Squadron (l), and Staff Sgt. Darryl Terry, USAF, cyber transport supervisor, 1st CBCS, review their systems against their technical guides during a cybersecurity audit in 2017 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The Air Force has added a new detachment that will provide initial training to cybersecurity airmen before they reach their mission locations. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

The Air Force has stood up the Cyber Security and Defense Formal Training Unit, or FTU, at Keesler Air Force Base. The new cyber education detachment will enable a more “streamlined training pipeline” for airmen to build their foundational cyber warfare capabilities for future service, joint and national responsibilities, leaders say.

June 9, 2021
 

The Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California has been awarded a $3,120,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for F-15 Radar Eagle Vision. This contract provides for the production, modernization and support of the F-15 APG-82 radar system to rapidly deliver and stay aligned with the F-15 weapon system program. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed June 8, 2036. This contract currently does not have any delivery orders for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) but does allow for future FMS orders and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $471,662 are being obligated at the time of award.

June 8, 2021
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., McLean, Virginia, has been awarded an $8,851,622 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide engineering and hardware sustainment for the AN/ALQ-131 and AN/ALQ-184 electronics countermeasures pods. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia, and is expected to be completed June 3, 2031. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8523-21-D-0006).

May 27, 2021
 

Oracle America Inc., Redwood City, California, has been awarded a $16,061,658 firm-fixed-price contract for my personnel (myPers) Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Oracle Service Client (OSvC) Bridge. This contract provides for the continued operations, sustainment and support of a CRM software platform of personnel knowledge, business processes and transactional services for active-duty, guard, reserve, retirees, and civilian personnel and their families with a total force knowledge base and data model. Work will be performed at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., and is expected to be completed November 30, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

May 27, 2021
 

Stephenson Stellar Corp., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been awarded a $22,738,300 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Stellar Space Cyber Range Software/Hardware prototype. This contract provides the Air Force with tools and techniques to facilitate defensive cyber operations for space through the research and development of a land and space-based cyber experimentation platform entitled the “Stellar Space Cyber Range.” Work will be performed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is expected to be completed May 28, 2024. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-21-C-1503). 

By Kimberly Underwood
The 67th Cyberspace Wing of the U.S. Air Force is examining the concept of software factory-as-a-service that could aid in cyber space operations, reports Wing Commander Col. Jeffrey Phillips, USAF.

The U.S. Air Force’s 67th Cyberspace Wing has been busy. The wing operationally acts as the execution arm of Air Forces Cyber, performing comprehensive cyber operations on a service and nation level. The wing has successfully proven its ability to operationalize on top of its duties to organize, train and equip, reported Col. Jeffrey Phillips, USAF, wing commander. The wing took action against Russia’s information warfare campaign over the last year, responded to the SolarWinds compromise and helped ensure the digital security of the 2020 election, Col. Phillips said during a May 18 presentation to the AFCEA Alamo Chapter.

May 11, 2021
 

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Baltimore, Maryland, was awarded a $46,375,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of the Air Force Targeting Center facility at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received. Work will be performed in Hampton, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of May 21, 2023. Fiscal 2017 and 2021 military construction, Air Force funds in the amount of $46,375,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity (W91236-21-C-2005).

May 6, 2021
 

CACI Inc. - Federal, Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded an estimated maximum $496,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Automated Test System Sustainment Initiative II (ATSSI II). This contract provides support to the Ogden Air Logistics Complex’s (OO-ALC) ATSSI II program for the continued development and sustainment of a depot technology infrastructure supportive of the OO-ALC mission to perform critical test functions important to the ongoing operational safety, suitability, and effectiveness of multiple Air Force weapon systems/subsystems. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be completed May 5, 2030.

May 5, 2021
 

Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded an estimated $12,016,370 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for the production of ARN-153 Tactical Air Navigation receiver transmitters. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Iowa, with a May 4, 2026, ordering period end date. Using customer is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2021 through 2026 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Warner Robins, Georgia (SPRWA1-21-D-0008).