University of California San Diego, San Diego, California, is awarded a $20,340,276 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support the Office of Naval Research's Marine Robotics Testbed. This contract provides for the continued development of state-of-the-art improvements and evaluations of unmanned systems and in situ ocean sampling systems. This line of effort will continue to improve oceanographic sampling techniques and methods. Planned experiments will collect data to define best practices for practical applications of sciences. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (87%); and Woods Hole, Massachusetts (13%). Work is expected to be completed by January 11, 2027.
Frequency Electronics Inc.,* Uniondale, New York, is awarded a $20,263,099 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Mercury Ion Atomic Clock. This contract provides for a compact mercury ion clock for use as a next-generation Department of Defense atomic clock, which is currently under development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Work will be performed in Uniondale, New York, with an expected completion date of January 11, 2024. The maximum dollar value, including a 24-month base period, one 24-month option period and one 12-month option period is $20,263,099.
Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, is awarded a $22,467,124 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development, build and demonstration of the Compact Rubidium Extended Stability Timing (CREST) — a ruggedized atomic clock module with a unique combination of performance and size, weight and power, capable of the absolute accuracy of a commercial cesium beam clock in a VPX-card-like form-factor. The CREST module will be designed to provide uninterrupted Global Positioning System (GPS)-quality timing holdover in challenging military environments. Work will be performed in Phoenix, Arizona, with an expected completion date of December 21, 2026.
The University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, is awarded a $10,019,055 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for science and technology research into digital twin technologies for Navy power and energy systems. This contract provides for commissioning a land-based, ship-like electrical grid testbed to enable experimentation, validation and demonstration of component and system-level digital twins, as well as digital twin-informed tactical energy management on a physical testbed, extendable with real-time simulation and power hardware in-the-loop capacity.
The CNA Corp., Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $1,217,000,000 sole-source indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Navy Studies and Analysis Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). This contract provides for independent, authoritative studies, analysis and technical support that is focused on major present and future issues affecting the Navy, Marine Corps, and other intelligence and Department of Defense organizations. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2031. The maximum dollar value, including a 60-month base period, and five 12-month option periods, is $1,217,000,000.
Ideal Aerosmith Inc., Grand Forks, North Dakota, is awarded a $25,685,970 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Expeditionary Mission Support Station (EMSS) effort. EMSS, including updating the advanced mission planning systems, is strategically important for allowing dedicated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets to gather ISR data that can be used in the planning process. This contract provides for the creation of mission planning software that will have the ability to plan multi-day routes with dynamic weather considerations changing over both time and location. Work will be performed in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with an expected completion date of September19, 2024.
Simmonds Precision Products, Vergennes, Vermont, is awarded a $13,712,394 modification (P00004) to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00014-19-C-1062 for the Low-Cost Air-Drop Munition (LCAM) weapon system development program. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $28,522,207 and no options were proposed. Work will be performed in Vergennes, Vermont (74.4%); Arlington, Virginia (5.2%); Indian Head, Maryland (3.9%); Yuma, Arizona (3.8%); Burlington, Vermont (3%); Torrance, California (2.6%); Westminster, Maryland (2.3%); Rancho Cordova, California (1.9%); and various places below 1%. Modification P00004 extends the period of performance; work is expected to be completed by December 31, 2022.
Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, is awarded a $49,417,035 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Multi-Domain Radar for a Contested Environment (MuDRaCE) effort. The Marines currently uses centralized, high power radio frequency radar assets to detect and target adversaries. These systems have limited mobility, are susceptible to detection and attack which represents a significant failure point. MuDRaCE seeks to provide greater interoperability, ease of integration with emerging technologies and improved sensor fusion-based situational awareness while maintaining legacy capability resulting in a robust survivable sensing network.
MZA Associates Corp.,* Albuquerque, New Mexico, is awarded an $18,697,835 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the counter unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAS) High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS). The contractor will design, develop, deliver, integrate, test and demonstrate a compact, portable, low-cost and reliable C-UAS HELWS using the latest available commercial components. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico (80%); and Dayton, Ohio (20%). Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 17, 2023, and if all options are exercised, will continue until Aug. 17, 2025.
Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is awarded a cumulative $9,508,104 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the “Science and Technology Research for the SSBN Security Technology Program (SSTP)” program, also referred to as “Oban 3.” The contractor will conduct scientific investigations of novel non-acoustic phenomenologies associated with SSBN security and submarines in general. These physics-based analyses will include development of new products in the areas of signature modeling and validation, clutter modeling and validation, signal processing algorithm development and countermeasure concept development. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, with an expected completion date of August 9, 2024.
Navatek LLC,* Honolulu, Hawaii, is awarded a $9,653,744 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for systematic advances in asymmetric Naval forces and logistics. The contract provides for research to identify opportunities in our current operating fleet and operational methods where asymmetric concepts can be evaluated for further development.
Undersea Signal Systems Inc., Columbia City, Indiana, is awarded a $28,323,687 cost-plus-fixed-fee-contract to develop a prototype sonobuoy, known as Extended Range Directional Frequency Analysis and Recording (ER-DIFAR), to address new and quiet threat submarine targets. Work will be performed in Columbia City, Indiana, and is expected to be completed by July 2024. The total cumulative value of this contract is $28,323,687. This is a three-year base contract with one one-year option period. The base period is $24,128,769 and the option year is $4,194,918.
Innovative Defense Technologies LLC,* Arlington, Virginia, is awarded a $22,506,572 modification (P00007) to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00014-19-C-1054 for the Cloud to Edge Environment. This modification adds Options 5 through 10, and exercises Options 5, 9 and 10, which increases the contract value by $22,506,572. Under this modification, the contractor will continue work to deliver a secure development and operations (SecDevOps) environment enabling cloud-based collaborative development, simulation, testing and certification of evolving Navy software systems. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia (68%); Mount Laurel, New Jersey (23%); Washington, D.C. (6%); Rhode Island (2%); and various places below 1%.
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, is awarded a $7,558,949 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Quantum Gravimeter Navigation System (Q-Grav). Work will be performed at the Draper Laboratory Inc. (94.4%); and Lightmachinery Inc. (5.6%), and is expected to be completed January 7, 2022. The period of performance is a 39-month base period and without options from October 8, 2019, through January 7, 2022. Fiscal year 2019, research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,500,000 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of current fiscal year.
Innovative Defense Technologies,* Arlington, Virginia, is awarded a $12,972,431 option under a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00014-19-C-1054 for the Cloud-to-Edge development under Small Business Innovative Research project in Phase III. With the exercise of this option, it brings the value of the contract to $13,001,964. Work will be performed at the contractor's facility in Arlington, Virginia, and work is expected to be completed June 28, 2024. Fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,774,000 will be obligated at the time of award. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Georgia Tech Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, is awarded an $8,138,096 cost reimbursement contract for development of vector sensors and arrays for deep and shallow water applications. Work will be performed at the contractor’s facility in Atlanta, Georgia, and is expected to be completed March 31, 2024. Fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $332,401 will be obligated at the time of award. No funds will expire at end of current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under long range broad agency announcement (BAA) N00014-18-S-B001 for science and technology projects for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations.
Science Applications International Corp., Reston, Virginia, is awarded an $18,999,989 cost-plus–fixed-fee contract for the Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle At the Edge. This contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the total cumulative value of this contract to $20,499,989. Work will be performed at the contractor’s facility in Reston, Virginia, and is expected to be completed March 31, 2021. If all options are exercised, work will continue through April 2, 2023. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,083,000 will be obligated at time of award. Funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded a $9,775,501 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for Low Cost UAS Swarm Technology Distributed Autonomy prototyping, analysis, and support. The contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the total cumulative value of the contract to $17,441,037. Work will be performed in Atlanta, Georgia, and work is expected to be completed January 31, 2020. If options are exercised, work will continue through January 31, 2022. Fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,061,486 are obligated at the time of award. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under N00014-18-S-
Saab Defense and Security USA LLC, East Syracuse, New York, is awarded an $8,184,781 firm-fixed-price contract for research and development of an X-Band Active Aperture Array radar prototype in support of the Office of Naval Research and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Foreign Comparative Testing Program. Work will be performed in Gothenburg, Sweden (80 percent); and East Syracuse, New York (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2020. Fiscal year 2017 and 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy and Defense) funds in the amount of $8,184,781 will be obligated at time of award, $1,000,000 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is awarded a $7,719,478 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for development and demonstration of advanced ocean battlespace capabilities. Work will be performed at the contractor’s facilities and various on-site locations with the Navy. Work is expected to be completed June 2023. Fiscal year 2017 and 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,527,255 will be obligated at the time of award. Funds in the amount of $1,000,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
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.
U.S. Marine Corps operations are demanding. Weapons need to be ruggedized and mobile for quick assaults. And high-energy laser weapons such as those the Navy is developing will be large and draw high levels of power. For the Marines to be able to employ these laser weapons, the technologies must be as efficient and as small as possible, says Jeff Tomczak, deputy director of the Science & Technology (S&T) Division at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.
For lasers—and really all weapon systems—in Marine Corps applications, the focus primarily is to make capabilities as light and as expeditionary as possible. Tomczak emphasizes that weapon size matters when warfighters have to get gear ashore.
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.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded 33 scientists $16 million through its 2017 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The winners’ research holds strong promise across several naval-relevant science and technology areas. Typical grants are $510,000 over a three-year period.
The candidates were selected from more than 360 highly qualified applicants. Awardees come from 25 academic institutions nationwide, in disciplines ranging from robotics and lasers to nanomaterials. They will use the funds to support laboratory equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships, and other expenses critical to ongoing and planned investigational studies.
Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), with support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), have developed a portable measurement system to precisely and inexpensively monitor the amount the electricity used by individual household appliances, lighting fixtures and electronic devices.
The system was developed by MIT professor Dr. Steven Leeb and one of his graduate students, Dr. John Donnal, a former U.S. Army captain. Five postage stamp-sized sensors are placed above or near power lines coming into a house and are designed to be self-calibrating—enabling them to automatically pinpoint the strongest electrical signals.
The Defense Department's futuristic research agency reached a huge milestone in its robot sea vessel program Thursday, christening the unmanned prototype "Sea Hunter" and entering a two-year extended test phase.
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.
The technological lead the U.S military has over its adversaries could be a fleeting one as repeated budgetary cuts have bled funding from research and development coffers while rivals grew their technology prowess, said the U.S. Navy’s top military officer.
Adversaries rapidly grew near-matching technology “and we’re not—not as quickly as I would like,” Adm. Jonathan Greenert, USN, the chief of naval operations, warned attendees at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C.
Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter, USN, has taken the helm of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), where he will oversee the nearly $2 billion Navy Department budget for science and technology programs and serve as the director of Innovation Technology Requirements and Test and Evaluation.
Adm. Winter relieves Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, USN, who is retiring after 32 years of military service.
U.S. Marines are testing skill sets integrated with technology in an effort to succeed in a combined conventional warfare/cyber warfare setting, employing devices such as integrated head-mounted displays and sensors on the battlefield and avoiding information overload.
Superlative Technologies Incorporated, Ashburn, Virginia, is being awarded a contract potentially valued at more than $35 million to provide information technology support services for the command, control communications, and computer (C4) systems that support the Office of Naval Research (ONR) headquarters. The scope of the contract is to provide services for program management business process improvement and operational support services to ONR as it further develops its emerging business processes supported by state-of-the-art information technologies.