Cask Technologies LLC, California, is being awarded a $25 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-15-D-4801) for program analytical and technical support for Marine Corps Total Force Information Technology Systems. The company also was awarded another $25 million contract (M67854-15-D-4803) for business analytics, cost analysis and portfolio support. Work for both contracts will be performed in Stafford, Virginia, and is expected to be completed May 19, 2020. No funds will be obligated at the time of award.
Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, is being awarded $64,243,133 for firm-fixed-price task order 0008 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-13-D-4701) for the procurement, build, integration, test, accreditation and delivery of the Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology (IT) Services technology refresh. This effort will refresh the existing Enterprise IT Center (EITC1) and technical assistance center at the Marine Corps Information Technology Center in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as build a second EITC (EITC2) at building FC540 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, is being awarded $10, 202,036 for firm-fixed-priced task order against previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-14-D-2517) for product support integration services for the Marine Corps Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Systems. Work will be performed in Charleston, South Carolina (60 percent); Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (10 percent); Camp Pendleton, California (10 percent); Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan (10 percent); and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (10 percent). Work for this task order is expected to be completed August 20, 2016.
Insight Public Sector Inc., Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded $30,934,596 for call MU01 against a previously awarded blanket purchase agreement (N66001-15-A-0001) to procure Microsoft brand name enterprise licenses and support, known as software assurance. The company also is being awarded $18,401,694 for call MU02 under the same contract. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking toward its major information technology support projects to serve its tactical command, control, communications and computers needs. This represents a melding of two traditionally separate disciplines, but one that is necessary to enable tactical forces to have the same capabilities found in garrison. These efforts are taking place against the backdrop of the Joint Information Environment, with which they would interoperate.
The Marine Corps’ development of its own private cloud serves both a functional role in information technology and an operational role in the Corps. Yet challenges remain to its effective exploitation.
U.S. Marines are working with new technology that seeks to improve close air support operations, minimize friendly fire incidents and mitigate collateral damage, particularly in urban environments.
Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the persistent close air support (PCAS) program allows ground-based troops to share real-time situational awareness and improve upon the delivery of airborne munitions. “This is definitely overriding, game-changing technology,” says Maj. Scott Cuomo, USMC, Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner and ground combat element integration officer, Headquarters, Marine Corps Aviation.
U.S. Navy researchers recently wrapped up development of prototypical augmented reality glasses designed to display situational awareness data for combat Marines. The head-mounted display will provide warfighters a stream of relevant mission data within their field of view, allowing them to conduct operations in remote environments without taking their hands off their weapons or their eyes off the battlefield.
The U.S. Marine Corps has consolidated its communications and command and control training under a single organization at its major base in Twentynine Palms, California. This move, which included transferring some training and associated equipment from Quantico, Virginia, enables related elements to work more interoperably as well as in a broad-spectrum Marine Corps operational environment. Officers, noncommissioned officers and entry-level personnel all train together at the new facility.
The U.S. Department of Defense Information Analysis Center, managed by the Defense Technical Information Center, has awarded ManTech International Corporation, Fairfax, Virginia, a task order under its Defense Systems Technical Area Task contract to provide research, development, test and evaluation support to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Program Manager Marine Intelligence (PMMI), the company has announced. The task order has a five-year period of performance with a contract ceiling of $39.8 million.
Kollsman Inc., Merrimack, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $43,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of Night Targeting Systems Upgrade (NTSU) and associated support for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The NTSU system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high-altitude target acquisition, tracking, range-finding, and laser designation for the USMC. Work will be performed in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and is expected to be completed by April 2020.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded an $83,738,954 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research and development efforts associated with the system improvement of system configuration sets for the AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers in support of the U.S. Marine Corps. Efforts include designing, developing, and implementing upgrades to existing mission computer software and ancillary hardware and/or improved functionality and obsolescence management of the mission computer.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is being awarded $15,292,388 for modification P00149 under a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (M67854-07-C-2072) in support of Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) program managed by Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia. This modification incorporates a change order to implement Phase II of the computer program reliability improvement plan within the framework of the low rate initial production contract. Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland (82 percent); and Syracuse, New York (18 percent), and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2016.
iGov Technologies Inc., Reston, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,400,323 firm-fixed-price task order under a previously awarded NASA contract (NNG07DA27B) for Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) (MCEN-S) Enterprise Service Stacks (ESS). The scope of this effort includes procuring and delivery of a technical solution, (i.e., hardware, software, and infrastructure), support services, user training, and lifecycle sustainment support to replace MCEN SIPR ESS. This task order includes options which, if exercised would bring the cumulative value of this order to $9,341,310.
Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is being awarded a $113,276,299 modification under a previously awarded contract (M67854-07-C-2072) to exercise an option for procurement of two additional Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) low-rate initial production (LRIP) systems. Exercise of this option brings the total production of G/ATOR LRIP systems to six systems.
Kollsman Inc., Merrimack, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $73,400,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Common Laser Range Finder-Integrated Capability. This contract provides for the low-rate initial production and full-rate production for a maximum of up to 1,500 systems, contractor logistics support, training, technical data, and spare parts. Work will be performed in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and work is expected to be completed March 2020. Fiscal 2015 procurement funds (Marine Corps) in the amount of $7,566,927 will be obligated at time of award under delivery order 0001 and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was compet
Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, California, was awarded $13,577,198 to exercise a firm-fixed-price option under a previously awarded contract (M67854-12-C-4900) to provide operations and support for Marine Corps enterprise information technology (IT) services, including the processes and functions necessary to ensure successful management, oversight, operations and maintenance of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network.
TCOM L.P., Columbia, Maryland, was awarded an $11,236,214 modification to definitize a previously awarded letter contract (M67854-14-C-2400) on March 4, 2015, for contractor engineering technical support for the Kuwait Low Altitude Surveillance System (KLASS), to perform operation and maintenance of the KLASS aerostat. Work will be performed in Kuwait City, Kuwait (90 percent); Elizabeth City, North Carolina (5 percent); and Columbia, Maryland (5 percent); and is expected to be completed in June 2016. This is a Foreign Military Sales contract which is 100 percent funded by the government of Kuwait. The funds do not expire.
Thirteen years of sustained U.S. combat troop presence in war zones overseas compelled the U.S. Marine Corps to set aside its expeditionary nature and dig in alongside its U.S. Army counterpart for long deployments and occupying missions. The longest war in U.S. history—the Afghanistan War—had Marines conducting yearlong assignments to expunge terrorists, train foreign armies and security forces and help rebuild nations torn apart by the punishing battles.
After a successful three-year logistics run in Afghanistan aiding the U.S. Marine Corps, an unmanned aerial asset may be repurposed for battles of a slightly different kind, if officials from the Department of the Interior have their way. The unmanned version of the K-MAX medium-lift helicopter, used in the war zone to ferry cargo, might find a new mission in the United States—fighting wildfires under the purview of the federal agency tasked with protecting the country’s natural resources.