August 8, 2018

Science Applications International Corp., Reston, Virginia, is awarded a $596,600,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N6523618D8014) with provisions for cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive, firm-target, and firm-fixed-price delivery/task orders. The contract is for the production and delivery of integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, networks and support equipment. The work includes procuring, fabricating, assembling, integrating, testing, inspecting and delivering a highly diverse range of systems that include various complex designs provided by Navy program offices in the form of technical data packages.

August 8, 2018

Amsec LLC, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Serco Inc., Herndon, Virginia; VT Milcom Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia; KBRwyle Technology Solutions LLC, Columbia, Maryland; and M. C. Dean Inc., Tysons, Virginia, are awarded a combined $374,000,000 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, hybrid, cost-plus-incentive fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, multiple award contract to increase ceiling and extend period of performance for installation and operational certification of shipboard and shore facility command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. 

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.

June 27, 2018

Mercury Defense Systems Inc., Cypress, California, is awarded $20,515,570 for a firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for the procurement of 36 Advanced Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM) units in support of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III work that derives from, extends, or completes an effort performed under SBIR Topic N06-036 entitled “Advanced Techniques for DRFM.” Work will be performed in Cypress, California (63 percent); and West Caldwell, New Jersey (37 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2020.  Fiscal year 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force); FY 2018 weapons procurement (Air Force); and FY 2018 research, development,

June 18, 2018

John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, has been awarded a $47,000,000 face value, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for computer software. The contract provides for research and development, to provide the Air Force Research Laboratory with the necessary research and development to maintain an essential engineering, research and development capability in the areas of space control; space communications and positioning, navigation and timing; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; space situational awareness; high-power electromagnetics, lasers and space electro-optics. Work will be performed in Laurel, Maryland, and is expected to be complete by June 13, 2023.

November 9, 2016
By Ralph Wade

An impression exists among senior government officials that moving command, control, communication, computers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems into the cloud is overhyped. They question whether this will improve operational effectiveness. I admit I once shared these reservations, but recently evolved on the subject and now see a compelling rationale for moving C4ISR into the cloud. 

August 22, 2016

Tactical Engineering & Analysis Inc., San Diego, California, is being awarded a potential $37,099,684 option to a previously awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-13-D-0093) for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) test and evaluation, system engineering and integration, operational support, and configuration management supporting the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Enterprise Engineering and Certification Laboratory and Combined Test Bed.

June 21, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
A high school student explains her team's hovercraft project to Rear Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, while Norton visits the Engineering and Aerospace Sciences Academy (EASA) in McMinnville, Oregon.

There is a noticeable distinction between women in STEM in the military and women in STEM in the civilian world, says Rear. Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director of warfare integration and deputy director for Navy cybersecurity. For a while, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics were just about all that were open to women seeking a career in the armed forces. Times have changed, and the U.S.

May 18, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Vint Cerf, touted as one of the “fathers of the Internet” and now vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, speaks at AFCEA International/George Mason University Critical Issues in C4I Symposium.

Is the emergence of robotics raising a generation of meat puppets? Are you a meat puppet?

While the questions posed by Bob Gourley, co-founder of Cognitio, drew a little laughter from attendees at the AFCEA International/George Mason University Critical Issues in C4I Symposium, they should provide serious fodder for discussion on the people whose jobs are about to be replaced by robots. 

“I hope you laughed at that the term, but I hope that that makes it memorable for you,” Gourley said of slang adopted from sci-fi novels. “I hope it leads to a serious thought … about the people whose jobs are being displaced, because it’s going to be in the millions.” 

April 26, 2016

Lockheed Martin, Moorestown, New Jersey (N00014-16-D-2002); ArgonST, Fairfax, Virginia (N00014-16-D-2003); Northrop Grumman, Linthicum, Maryland (N00014-16-D-2004); Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Advanced Technology Programs, Tewksbury, Massachusetts (N00014-16-D-2005); EOIR Technologies, King George, Virginia (N00014-16-D-2006); SI2 Technologies, North Billerica, Massachusetts (N00014-16-D-2007); S2 Corp., Bozeman, Montana (N0

April 20, 2016

Coherent Technical Services Inc., Lexington Park, Maryland, is being awarded $20,471,350 for modification P00005 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-13-D-0107) to exercise an option for emerging navigation technology engineering services for air and shipboard command, control, communication, computers, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (80 percent); Los Angeles, California (10 percent); and Lexington Park, Maryland (10 percent), and is expected to be completed April 17, 2018. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $20,471,350 will be obligated on this mo

March 10, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy leaders address C4ISR capability gaps and needs during an AFCEA DC Chapter breakfast. From l-r, Maj. Gen. Martin Whelan, USAF; Brig. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, USAF; Maj. Gen. Jody Daniels, USA; and Capt. Jeff “Caesar” Czerewko, USN. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Adversaries have caused less of a disruptive aftermath on some U.S. military operations than a homegrown technology solution: big data.

Once viewed as a tremendous asset, troops can now be mired in the vast amount of information collected from ever-improving sensors of all kinds, impeding some missions in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, better known as C4ISR. The quagmire drives leaders to seek solutions.

December 10, 2015
By Cyndi Thomas
With electronic attack, adversaries now can deny use of command and control systems across all domains. Illustration courtesy NCI Inc.

The United States' dependence on valuable space assets and the nation's critical need to maintain superiority in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) disciplines have also made these fields somewhat of an Achilles' heel. The country had long held technological and capabilities advantages over the rest of the world. Those days are gone.

December 9, 2015

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $24,170,244 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable contract to provide services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Mission Solutions Division. Services to be provided include systems design; development; assessments; acquisitions; planning; integrated project management; and strategic and analytical services for the command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operational systems. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Maryland (57 percent); St.

July 1, 2015
By Mario de Lucia
The audience listens to a panel discussion at NITEC 2015.

Extensive cooperation among NATO member nations, their industries and their academics will be necessary to address the challenges facing the Atlantic alliance, according to speakers at NITEC 2015. Some examples of that cooperation emerged during the May 5-7 conference in Madrid, which had a theme of “Enabling C4ISR: Applications, Education and Training.”

September 28, 2015

Securboration Inc., Melbourne, Florida, has been awarded a $40 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract for Collaborative Event Processing Environment (CEPE) software development and enhancement of decision aiding tools. Contractor will develop and transition foundational research in semantics and related technologies to provide and enhance capabilities in weapons systems to warfighters in today's information intensive battle space using SBIR-developed technology. The CEPE will facilitate the advancement and transition of advanced technologies to the warfighter keeping with the fundamental objective of the SBIR program.

August 17, 2015

M.C. Dean Inc., Sterling, Virginia, is being awarded an $853,777,308 costs-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive (firm target), firm-fixed-price, and cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract (N00039-15-D-0035). Task orders under this multiple award contract will achieve the successful installation and operational certification of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems by the program executive office for C4I, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and other prospective U.S. government and foreign military sales customers.

August 5, 2015

CACI-ISS Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a $37,895,538 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable contract services in support of command, control, computers, communications, intelligence projects.

April 20, 2015

P E Systems Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee $8,500,000 modification (P00100) to previously awarded contract FA8721-13-C-0029 for advisory and assistance (A&AS) knowledge-based, non-engineering support. Contractor will provide non-personal A&AS support to the program offices and functional staff at Hanscom Air Force Base and its geographically separated units, detachments and operating locations.