November 25, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
A traveler inserts her driver’s license into a new credential authentication technology unit at BWI Airport. In response to COVID-19, the TSA has purchased and continues to contract for innovative technologies that protect its personnel and data as well as travelers. Credit: Photo courtesy of TSA

When COVID-19 started ravaging the U.S. travel industry economically, the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA's) contracting and procurement division had to put gear into place to prevent the spread of the virus in environments that are literally the hub for millions of customers every day. Bill Weinberg, the assistant administrator for contracting and procurement, who began at the agency this month, understands the organization must continue to move quickly to ensure both the security and the safety of both its passengers and the agency’s workforce.

July 16, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Maj. Nadine Quashie, USA, prepares to ask a question during a breakout session at a contracting symposium the 408th Contracting Support Brigade hosted at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Waters, USA

Companies, especially small businesses, need to mix Best In Class contracts in their business development quiver if they hope to stabilize and grow in today’s government acquisition environment. Although it’s valuable to be on large contract vehicles, if for no other reason than to list them on a corporate website, small firms must be careful not to depend only on them for steady business income.

June 11, 2020
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Unified communications benefit from mobile access and multi-use smart technologies such as smartphones and tablets to enable personnel to conduct their mission tasks. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released

More than two dozen research contracts have been awarded to 23 small businesses to participate in phase one of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s

October 25, 2017
Blackwing is a submarine-launched unmanned air vehicle (UAV) developed by AeroVironment for the U.S. Navy.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport, awarded AeroVironment Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, a contract award for the continuation and expansion of its Blackwing program.

The contract includes orders for multiple Blackwing small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), sensor payloads and refurbishment kits for a total value of $2,578,822 to be delivered by November 2018.

June 1, 2017

An extensive list of current contract vehicles available through the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is now online. The list includes contract titles and numbers, a description of available information technology, communications and other mission support products and services, contractor names and periods of performance.  

March 27, 2017

The NATO Communications and Information Agency will preview details of 40 upcoming business opportunities at its annual industry conference NITEC17 to be held April 24-26 in Ottawa, Canada. Agency officials intend to put 40 contracts out to tender in the next 18 to 24 months as part of a €3 billion ($3.26 billion) technology refresh.

Various program officials will discuss tangible opportunities coming to market, including international competitive bids in the following areas:

June 17, 2016

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $24,848,504 modification (P00019) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0008 for an additional six months of logistics support for the Warrior A and Gray Eagle Block 0 unmanned aircraft systems. Work will be performed in Poway, with an estimated completion date of December 15. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $24,848,504 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.