Army

August 6, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
After 10 rotations with brigades, the Army’s Cyber-Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) teams are hitting their stride, Army experts explain at an Association of the U.S. Army event August 2. Photo credit: Anna Neubauer

The U.S. Army’s efforts to bring electronic warfare, information warfare and cyber capabilities into expeditionary forces is succeeding, Army leaders report. To better support tactical commanders, the service developed a pilot program in 2015 to add such capabilities to brigade combat teams (BCTs). In addition to providing equipment, abilities and authorities to BCTs, the service deployed cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) teams to support the initiative known as CEMA Support to Corps and Below (CSCB). The CEMA teams, under the guidance of the U.S. Army Cyber Command, provide training to brigade combat teams (BCTs) through National Training Center (NTC) rotations at exercises and home-base training.

August 8, 2018
 

General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, has been awarded a $10,330,619 firm-fixed-price contract for heads-up display units. The one-year contract has a one-year option that is being exercised at time of award. This was a sole source acquisition. Locations of performance are Michigan and Florida, with a May 31, 2021, performance completion date. Using military service is Army and the type of appropriation is fiscal year 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan (SPRDL1-18-C-0330).

August 8, 2018
 

Government Marketing & Procurement LLC,* Wimberley, Texas, was awarded an $18,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract to deliver, install, configure, engineer, furnish, and test hardware for the Vocera Wireless Hands-Free Communications Systems and supporting hardware/software infrastructure for Defense Health Agency facilities. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of August 1, 2023. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W912DY-18-D-0024). *Small Business

August 7, 2018
 

Envistacom was selected as a prime contractor for a $18 Million, 3-year task order under the Army Contracting Command's (ACC's) Deployable Adaptive Global Responder Support (DAGRS) contract, the company announced in an August 7 statement. Under the award, the company will provide mission-critical information technology, rapid-prototyping, data analysis and intelligence support to both the Army and Navy. Envistacom is one of 10 companies selected to compete for task orders on the DAGRS Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) vehicle, worth up to $480 million over five years, the company said. Envistacom's work will satisfy requirements for engineering and technical assessment enhancements through rapid-prototyping initiatives.

August 6, 2018
 

SAIC, Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $23,514,100 modification (0001 04) to contract W31P4Q-18-A-0011 for the performance of system improvement and design optimization systems engineering and live-virtual modeling and analysis to Entry Control Point and associated force protection systems. Work will be performed in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Bagram Airfield and Kandahar, Afghanistan; Quayyarah Airfield West, Iraq; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Syria and Jordan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of $23,514,100 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

August 1, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Researchers at Boeing's new Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts to continue to develop autonomous aircraft systems.

The Northeast is drawing in companies and military organizations seeking innovation. The Boeing Co. announced that it would be opening the new Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, according to an August 1 statement.

The center will focus on “designing, building and flying autonomous aircraft and developing enabling technologies,” the statement said. The facility will house employees from both Boeing and its subsidiary Auora Flight Sciences, purchased last year. Aurora creates flight autonomy software, among other innovations.

 

Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $60,005,230 modification (P00024) to contract W911QX-16-C-0012 for operations and sustainment services in support of the Saturn Arch Quick Reaction Capability continued operations, sustainment, and integration program. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of September 16, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $23,969,904 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

July 31, 2018
 

DRS Sustainment Systems Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $13,259,257 modification (P00008) to contract W31P4Q-17-C-0113 for engineering and testing of the Mobile Low, Slow Small Unmanned Aerial System Integrated Defeat System Increment 1 vehicles. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of May 20, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $13,259,257 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

July 24, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Now an NSA hacker, Army Specialist Alexander Woody made a major career change similar to the one his mother made shortly after his birth. Credit: alan9187/Pixabay

When Alexander Woody was born, his mother knew she needed to forge a new path career-wise. She enrolled in an associate's degree program at her local community college and studied computer programming.

“She hit that program really hard back in the '90s and was able to succeed,” says Woody, who is now an Army specialist working as a counter pursuit operator within the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center.

Spc. Woody ended up with the NSA after finding himself also at a career crossroad. He studied chemistry at North Carolina State University and sometimes tutors high school students struggling with chemistry. But he realized it wasn’t the right career choice for him.

July 27, 2018
 

Readyone Industries Inc., El Paso, Texas, was awarded a $9,601,733 firm-fixed-price contract for Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources MicroGrid kits. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in El Paso, Texas, with an estimated completion date of October 30, 2019. Fiscal year 2016, 2017 and 2018 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $9,601,733 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QR-18-C-0189). 

July 27, 2018
 

Raytheon Co., Fort Wayne, Indiana, was awarded a $49,025,060 modification (P00005) to contract W15P7T-14-D-C006 for the development of Electronic Warfare Program Management Tool, Capability Drop 4 (CD4) along with interim contractor support required for the maintenance and fielding of CD3 through CD4. Work will be performed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2022. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

July 25, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Lead Engineer Dan Lenhardt of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) explains the new speech recognition platform that the center developed to facilitate hands-free computer interaction for soldiers on the move.

The U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as CERDEC, has unveiled new mission command software that provides improved real-time command and control capabilities.

CERDEC, a part of the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command, has been developing capabilities under its Expeditionary Mission Command (EMC) Science and Technology Objective (STO). This year, it is rolling out 15 new capabilities, including software advances such as the Tactical Computing Environment (TCE) and the Single, Multimodal, Android Service for Human-Computer Interaction software known as SMASH.

July 24, 2018
 

BANC 3 Inc.,* Princeton, New Jersey; Barbaricum LLC,* Washington, District of Columbia; Dynamis Inc.,* Fairfax, Virginia; Polaris Alpha Advanced Systems Inc., Fredericksburg, Virginia; Fibertek Inc.,* Herndon, Virginia; Intuitive Research and Technology Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama; MicroTechnologies LLC,* Vienna, Virginia; Middle Bay Solutions II LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama; Manufacturing Techniques Inc.,* Kilmarnock, Virginia; and Trideum Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama, will compete for each order of the $192,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for rapid acquisition of materials for prototyping. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 13 received.

July 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
An improved command post platform is one of many capabilities that the Expeditionary Mission Command at the U.S Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is rolling out to help soldiers communicate and be connected on the move. Photo credit: U.S. Army Fort Carson Public Affairs

The division at the U.S Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) that covers Expeditionary Mission Command (EMC) technologies has been busy. It has completed the development of more than 15 projects as part of its science and technology objectives.

July 20, 2018
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $16,634,000 modification contract for non-personal Information Technology support services for the U.S. Army Regional Cyber Center-Europe. Work will be performed in Wiesbaden Erbenheim, Germany, with an estimated completion date of July 18, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of $2,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

July 20, 2018
 

Intrepid LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $94,528,386 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for support of the Program Executive Office Missiles and Space staff. Twenty-three bids were solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of July 18, 2023. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $12,500,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W9113M-18-F-0012). *Small business

 

July 17, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
From left, Army Undersecretary Ryan D. McCarthy, Army Secretary Mark Esper, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville hold a briefing about the Army’s new Futures Command on July 13 at the Pentagon.

The U.S. Army took another step toward developing its fourth command when it announced that Austin, Texas, would be the location of the new Futures Command.

The service is pursuing the new command as a way to modernize and position itself “to achieve clear overmatch in future conflicts,” according to the Army. Having a central location for its modernization will unify its efforts, Army leaders said.

“The creation of the Army’s Futures Command constitutes the Army’s most significant reorganization effort since 1973,” said Army Secretary Mark Esper. “It is a new organization that epitomizes our commitment to bold reform and transforming the Army’s modernization process.”

July 17, 2018
 

Korte Construction Co., doing business as The Korte Co., Saint Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $28,985,169 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of a virtual warfare center operations facility. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Work will be performed in Las Vegas, Nevada, with an estimated completion date of July 15, 2020. Fiscal year 2018 military construction funds in the amount of $28,985,169 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, California, is the contracting activity (W912PL-18-C-0026).

 

July 16, 2018
 

Thales Defense & Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland; Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems Corp., San Diego, California; Harris Corp., Rochester, New York; and General Dynamics Mission Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona will compete for each order of the $249,600,000 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and firm-fixed-fee) contract to support the Waveform Development Environment Ecosystem, multiple waveforms and network services. Bids were solicited via the Internet with five received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 12, 2023. U.S.

July 12, 2018
 

General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $14,303,431 modification to contract W91QUZ-06-D-0012 for combined mission command network operations and maintenance information technology services. Work will be performed in Seoul, Republic of Korea, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $14,303,431 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army 411th Combat Support Battalion is the contracting activity.

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