May 22, 2019

IBM Global Business Services, Reston, Virginia (HQ0727-19-D-4000), is being awarded a $275,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  The purpose of this contract is to enable “trusted” manufacturing flows in the Trusted Foundry Access II contractor’s fabrication facilities; to enable a wide-range of associated leading-edge semiconductor technologies and services; and to create a trusted supply chain with the contractor, fully certified and accredited, to deliver classified and trusted mask and wafer fabrication within an “open” commercial environment.  This program provides the additional layer of security to the commercial environment that permits government access to advanced technology manufacturing capabilities for t

May 2, 2019

International Business Machines Corp., Yorktown Heights, New York, has been awarded a $7,500,000 other transaction agreement for experimental purposes to provide an IBM Q access license. This agreement provides for remote access to the IBM Q System, a quantum computer with approximately 20 to 50 qubits. Work will be performed in Yorktown Heights, New York, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2022. Fiscal year 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $5,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-19-9-0334).

October 10, 2018
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The outlook remains stormy for the Pentagon’s potential $10 billion cloud computing contract known as JEDI as technology giant IBM files a pre-award protest. Credit: 12019/Pixabay

IBM announced in a blog post that it has filed a pre-award protest against the Defense Department’s potential $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI)  cloud computing program. Proposals for the effort are due Friday, October 12.

Oracle filed a pre-award protest in August.

IBM’s blog post, written by Sam Gordy, general manager, IBM U.S. Federal, says that JEDI “as outlined in the final solicitation, would not provide the strongest possible foundation for the 21st century battlefield.”

January 29, 2018
By George I. Seffers
 IBM this summer will deliver to the Air Force Research Laboratory the 64-chip array, brain-inspired, IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System, an artificial intelligence supercomputing system that will enable deep-network learning and information discovery. (Image Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is set to receive a neuromorphic supercomputer from IBM this summer.

June 27, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
The TrueNorth chip has the equivalent of 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses in a form of a postage stamp.

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and IBM are collaborating on a brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array. The laboratory is investigating applications for the system in embedded, mobile, autonomous settings where limiting factors today include size, weight and power.

As an end-to-end software ecosystem, the scalable platform would enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. Its advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power would be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses; however, the processor component only will consume approximately 10 watts, the equivalent of a dim light bulb.

April 5, 2016

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Yorktown Heights, New York, has been issued a ceiling decrease modification in the amount of $7,397,671 (P00017) to previously awarded HR0011-12-C-0015, for research under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) I20 Broad Operational Language Translation (BOLT) program. The modification decreases the total cumulative face value of the contract from $32,761,127 to $25,363,456.

March 29, 2016

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, California, today announced it will receive a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing platform for deep learning developed by IBM Research. Based on a breakthrough neurosynaptic computer chip called IBM TrueNorth, the scalable platform will process the equivalent of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses and consume only 2.5 watts of power—the energy equivalent of a hearing aid battery.

February 29, 2016

IBM Corp., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $12,500,000 modification (BA0133) to contract W91QUZ-06-D-0010 for information technology services and support to the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information System Product Lead-Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services. Work will be performed in Radford, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 28, 2016. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $6,250,000 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.


September 2, 2015

IBM Corp., Yorktown Heights, New York, has been award a $10,193,876 modification (P00006) exercising the second option to previously awarded HR0011-13-C-0022 for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Power Efficiency Revolution For Embedded Computing Technologies (PERFECT) program. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $17,056,647. Work will be performed in Yorktown Heights, New York (66 percent); Cambridge, Massachusetts (12 percent); Charlottesville, Virginia (12 percent); and Stanford, California (10 percent), with an expected completion date of March 2018.

July 8, 2013
George I. Seffers

International Business Machines Corp., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., was awarded a $7,788,423 modification to a previously awarded contract for the development of a scalable graph analytic and statistical learning methods to detect abnormal behavior from large, dynamic and heterogeneous media. The Army Contracting Command, Research Triangle Park, N.C., is the contracting activity.

January 6, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Manassas, Virginia; International Business Machines Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland; HP Enterprise Services, L.L.C., Herndon, Virginia; Northrop Grumman, Herndon, Virginia; General Dynamics One Source, L.L.C., Fairfax, Virginia; MicroTech L.L.C., Vienna, Virginia; and Criterion Systems Incorporated, Vienna, Virginia, were awarded a $249.8 million firm-fixed-price contract between multiple contractors. The award will provide for the enterprise cloud computing services in support of the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

October 14, 2011
By George Seffers

International Business Machines Corporation, Yorktown Heights, New York, is being awarded a $6,576,024 cost contract for the Broad Operational Language Technology Program. The program has a goal of creating technology capable of translating multiple foreign languages in all genres, retrieving information from the translated material, and enabling bilingual communication via speech or text. Specifically, this contractor will conduct work for activity A, "Genre-Independent Translation and Information Retrieval System," and activity C, "Human-Human Dialogue System." The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

International Business Machines Corporation, Global Government Industry, Bethesda, Maryland, is being awarded a $12,171,809 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursement contract for Enterprise Information Services Production Environment, a cloud-like "platform as a service" information technology hosting environment used to host classified and unclassified Air Force data and software programs. Electronic Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

August 12, 2009
By Katie Packard

IBM Global Business Services is receiving a contract with a ceiling of $20 million from the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). This requirement is for the Special Operations Resource Business Information System, which will provide an enterprise business systems tool for the command.

July 29, 2009
By Katie Packard

IBM and Defence Equipment and Support, a department of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, have entered a five-year, 23 million pounds sterling agreement for IBM to manage the U.K. Air Surveillance Command and Control System.

July 22, 2009
By Katie Packard

IBM Corporation has been awarded a $24 million contract to develop a prototype machine-reading system that builds domain knowledge automatically from input text allowing the creation of U.S. Defense Department applications with limited cost.