April 16, 2021

Penguin Computing Inc., Fremont, California, was awarded a $25,480,000 firm-fixed-price contract for commercially-available, production-grade, high-performance computer systems. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Hancock, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of November 12, 2026. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $25,480,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W912DY-21-F-0126).

September 4, 2020

Technical and Project Engineering LLC,* Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $9,221,888 firm-fixed-price contract to provide computer programming support services to Headquarters, Department of the Army; U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; U.S. Army Special Operations Command; the Office of the Chief of Army Reserve; Army National Guard; and TRADOC Centers of Excellence. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of September 6, 2024. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $9,221,888 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S.

August 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Blockchain technology has evolved to become an effective back office tool of information assurance, experts say. Credit: Shutterstock/phive

Blockchain, the digital ledger technology, offers an immutable record of a transaction based on a distributed consensus algorithm. The technology gained notoriety through the use of bitcoin, the digital commodity. However, experts say that the blockchain technology has moved well beyond its initial underpinning role. “Bitcoin is basically like the Model T of blockchain technology, because it was the first one,” says Lee McKnight, associate professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

May 14, 2019

Transaero Inc.,* Melville, New York, has been awarded a maximum $10,504,719 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for air data computers. This was a limited competitive acquisition using justification from Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2), which states only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements, and extended to include only one or a limited number of responsible sources. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Locations of performance are New York and the United Kingdom, with a May 10, 2024, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2024 Army working capital funds.

November 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Daniel Leithinger, assistant professor at the ATLAS Institute and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, suggests that advanced computer interfaces can allow users to touch, grasp and deform data physically, transforming computer and human interaction.  MIT Media Lab

Researchers envision a day when shape-shifting materials, novel sensors and other interactive technologies replace the flat, insipid computer screen. Such advances will allow users to interact in a tactile manner, enhancing their understanding of information and data. Researchers on the cutting edge of human-computer interaction are working on physical representations of data or information. Computer scientists portend that computers can, and should, have an output of information that mirrors the adroitness and expressiveness of the human body.

March 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Air Force Tech Sgt. Matthew Coutts launches a Raven B Digital Data Link drone during a demonstration in Southwest Asia in January. The Navy is developing a video game-based tool to evaluate the skills of potential unmanned vehicle operators. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Kleinhol

The rapid increase in the use of unmanned vehicles has created a demand for the U.S. Navy to find talented drone operators. Typically, the Navy has assigned aviators to operate drones, but this has taken away from their traditional aviation assignments, according to an article from Warren Duffie of Office of Naval Research (ONR) Corporate Strategic Communications.

March 16, 2018

The Defense Health Agency is turning to Panamerica Computers Inc., Luray, Virginia, for information technology hardware. A recent $9,326,449 firm fixed priced contract with Panamerica provides for the one-time purchase of 16,199 small form factor desktops which will support the DHA's Windows 10 upgrade effort. The contract award differs from a previous contract awarded on March 8, 2018, by type of computer requirement purchased, laptop vs desktop, for enterprise replacement and upgrade.


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, has been awarded an $11,430,408 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00002) to a previously awarded contract (FA8620-17-F2351) for the MQ-12 Block 5 kits, to include extended-range kits, beyond-line-of-sight kits and Barrett Asymmetrical Digital Datalink Computer routers. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2020. Fiscal year 2017 procurement funds in the amount of $10,461,551 are being obligated at time of award. Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial Systems Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

September 25, 2017

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded a $10,114,000 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 3000, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0026. The modification provides for the procurement of 52 technical refreshed mission computers for retrofit on the H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland (42 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (38 percent); and Woodland Hills, California (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2020. Fiscal year 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,114,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command,

August 23, 2017

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated of Poway, California, has been awarded an $18,772,521 sole-source contract to fabricate, deliver and/or provide hardware, software, and documentation to activate the organic depot maintenance capability for software management system computer software configuration item. Work will be performed at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and is expected to be completed by September 4, 2019. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-17-F-2357).

June 21, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Students in a Virginia Tech laboratory test Popcorn Linux, an operating system that can compile different programming languages into a single cyber tongue. The research is a collaborative effort between the university and the Office of Naval Research. Photo courtesy Binoy Ravindran

A collaborative government-academia collaboration is crafting a new operating system that, if it comes to fruition, would compile different computer programming languages into what U.S. Navy officials have termed a single cyber tongue.

It's called Popcorn Linux, and the operating system unites the language spoken, if you will, by the many processors that otherwise use their own programming languages.

March 6, 2017

Trident Technologies LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $48 million firm-fixed-price contract for building, staffing and maintaining the computer communications network to support the research and development activities of the Engineer Research and Development Center. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 28, 2022. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity (W912HZ-17-D-0004).

* Small Business

February 17, 2017

Blue Tech Inc.,* San Diego (W52P1J-17-D-0009); Iron Bow Technologies LLC,* Chantilly, Virginia (W52P1J-17-D-0010); Red River Computers Co. Inc.,* Claremont, New Hampshire (W52P1J-17-D-0011); Intelligent Decisions Inc.,* Ashburn, Virginia (W52P1J-17-D-0012); NCS Technologies Inc.,* Gainesville, Virginia (W52P1J-17-D-0013); Dell Federal Systems LP, Round Rock, Texas (W52P1J-17-D-0014); Strategic Communications LLC,* Louisville, Kentucky (W52P1J-17-D-0015); GovSmart Inc.,* Charlottesville, Virginia (W52P1J-17-D-0016); and Ideal Systems Solutions Inc.,* Minnetonka, Minnesota (W52P1J-17-D-0017), were awarded a $2.5 billion firm-fixed-price contract for Army Desktop and Mobile Computing-3 (ADMC-3).

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.

March 19, 2012
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, sole-source contract with a maximum $9,317,074 for computer systems. Using service is the U.S. Army. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation-Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

August 26, 2011
By George Seffers

Iron Bow Technology, Chantilly, Virginia, was awarded a more than $13 million firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 5,096 Lenovo tablets; 217 Lenovo think pads; 520 Lenovo think centre; 261 Fujitsu computers; and 40 Wyse computers. The Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity. The depot also awarded an approximate $7 million firm-fixed price contract to Dell Federal Systems, L.P., Round Rock, Texas, for 354 Latitude E6520 computers and 6,295 Dell OptiPlex small form factor computers.