Army

December 7, 2018
 

Riptide Software Inc.,* Oviedo, Florida, was awarded a $103,221,000 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price) contract to work on the One Semi-Automated Forces system, known as the OneSAF. OneSAF is a next-generation, entity-level modeling and simulation software system that supports both Computer Generated Forces and Semi-Automated Forces applications. Bids were solicited with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of December 5, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-19-D-0003).

 *Small Business

December 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
A smart skin technology for robots or prosthetics developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington is undergoing testing with three companies and could soon be ready for fielding.  Courtesy University of Texas at Arlington

A research team at the University of Texas at Arlington may one day cover robots and prosthetic devices with nanotechnology skin to provide them with a sense of touch far superior to humans.

A sense of touch could allow for greater precision and control. A robot needs to know, for example, how much pressure to apply when picking up an elderly patient from a bed, an airplane engine from a factory floor, or a glass of champagne from a tabletop.

November 29, 2018
 

Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $217,670,998 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for monitoring, configuring, and maintaining of the wideband satellite communications operational management system network. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Detrick, Maryland; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Wahiawa, Hawaii; Fort Buckner, Japan; and Landstuhl, Germany, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2027. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $7,912,428 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S.

November 29, 2018
 

Trace Systems Inc., Vienna, Virginia, was awarded an $11,857,548 modification (P00006) to contract W91RUS-17-C-0044 for information technology engineering and logistics support services. Work will be performed in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar; and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of November 30, 2019. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of $11,857,548 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

November 8, 2018
 

Aegis Defense Services LLC, McLean, Virginia (W52P1J-19-D-0001); Janus Global Operations LLC, Lenoir City, Tennessee (W52P1J-19-D-0002); Reed International Inc., Leesburg, Virginia (W52P1J-19-D-0003); Sallyport Global Services, Reston, Virginia (W52P1J-19-D-0004); and Triple Canopy Inc., Reston, Virginia (W52P1J-19-D-0005), will compete for each order of the $4,000,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for security support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with seven received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of November 1, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

November 7, 2018
 

The Army Contracting Command (ACC) selected Sev1Tech to support the Army's Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) Program Office. Under the contract, Sev1Tech will provide support services that center on command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities through a multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle. The RS3 Program Office is responsible for ensuring warfighter operational readiness by delivering program management and procurement services.

November 5, 2018
 

The Boeing Co. Huntsville Division, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $23,700,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacture, test and deliver of Avenger fire control computers. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; and Tukwila, Washington, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2020. Fiscal  year 2018 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $23,700,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W13P4Q-19-C-0024).

November 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers

For three years, the U.S. Army has been asking questions about how to converge cyberspace operations, electronic warfare and spectrum management capabilities at the corps level and below to deny, degrade, destroy and manipulate enemy capabilities. Now, officials say, they are drawing closer to answers.

In 2015, the service created a pilot program known as Cyberspace Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) Support to Corps and Below. The CEMA concept integrates elements from offensive and defensive cyber, electronic warfare, and intelligence into expeditionary teams that support tactical units.

November 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Army’s C4ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards, also known as CMOSS, allows military vehicle communication components to share a common platform. Curtiss-Wright

A suite of open architecture standards developed by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center enables the convergence of hardware and software to improve the Army’s command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. The C4ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards, referred to as CMOSS, allows the communication components of military vehicles to share a common platform. The open architecture applies necessary Army baseline as well as industry standards.

October 23, 2018
 

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $192,660,310 contract modification for Gray Eagle performance-based logistics. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of April 23, 2019. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $41,825,728 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

October 8, 2018
 

Keysight Technologies, Englewood, Colorado, was awarded an $8,977,287 firm-fixed-price contract for Oscilloscopes 307/U. Two 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 September 28, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

October 2, 2018
 

Alion Science and Technology Corp., was awarded a $49,873,115 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to increase knowledge and understanding of state-of-the art technologies and techniques suitable to developing the agile and adaptive capabilities needed to ensure the success of the future Army. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of September 29, 2021. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,130,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911NF-18-C-0090).

October 2, 2018
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $12,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for development, test, and purchase of Counter Unmanned Aerial System solutions. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-18-D-0008).

October 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Centers of Excellence participate in the Army's Cyber Blitz in April 2016 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Cyber Blitz provides the Army a way to learn about cyber and electromagnetic activity. U.S. Army CERDEC photo by Kristen Kushiyama

The U.S. Army’s Cyber Blitz experimental exercise September 17-28 turned out to be an eye-opener for one maneuver officer regarding cyber’s capabilities on the battlefield.

Military leaders often describe the “speed of cyber” as being measured in milliseconds or microseconds, which means the operations tempo in the cyber realm is incredibly high and decisions are made rapidly. But an offensive cyber campaign can sometimes take much longer than maneuver commanders might expect. In a teleconference with reporters to discuss Cyber Blitz results, Lt. Col. John Newman, USA, deputy commanding officer, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, reports that the experiment proved to be a revelation.

October 1, 2018
By Chief Warrant Officer 2 Juan Muralles, USA; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Wavell Williams Jr., USA; Maj. Nicolas Beck, USA; and Maj. Daniel Canchola, USA
The worldwide regional hub nodes, including in the Pacific, are the largest satellite transport nodes of the Army’s tactical communications network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), enabling robust network communication exchange in, out and within theater. U.S. Army photo by Liana Mayo, PAO 311th Signal Command

Future U.S. Army regionally aligned forces will benefit from experiences—and solutions—discovered during last year’s integration with the U.S. Army Europe communications network. Although their communicators expected to hit the ground running when they arrived in theater, integrating tactical communications systems was more difficult than expected. Fortunately, new technology and soldiers’ know-how not only solved the immediate problems but also set the stage for easier communications integration in the future.

September 28, 2018
 

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $7,364,514 modification (0202) to contract W31P4Q-17-G-0001 for Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target (PATRIOT), Advanced Capability-3, missile segment enhancement basic ordering agreement and solid rocket motor dechlorane plus obsolescence. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of October 30, 2021. Fiscal year 2018 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $7,364,514 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. 

September 27, 2018
 

World Wide Technology, Maryland Heights, Missouri, was awarded a $10,395,411 firm-fixed-price contract for hardware, software, and installation. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Maryland Heights, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of December 21, 2018. Fiscal year 2016 and 2017 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $10,395,411 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W81XWH-18-F-0391).

September 25, 2018
 

The Army has selected companies to compete for each order of the $12,100,000,000 hybrid (cost, firm-fixed-price, and time-and-materials) contract for Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-3 services, known as ITES-3S.

September 25, 2018
 

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, was awarded a $7,285,595 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and firm-fixed-price) contract for First Article Testing prototypes of a Medical Hands-Free Ultra-Wideband Broadcast device capable of meeting airworthiness. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Sparks, Nevada, with an estimated completion date of August 25, 2023. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,614,043 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QY-18-C-0232). 

September 25, 2018
 

Carasoft Technology Corp., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $25,017,802 firm-fixed-price contract to migrate Army Enterprise System Integration Program Hub to Cloud along with managed services to accomplish their mission. Three bids were solicited with three bids received. Work will be performed in Reston, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of September 13, 2021. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of $24,914,298 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-18-F-0375).

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