Graf Research Corp. of Blacksburg, Virginia, has been awarded a $49,500,000 single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee task orders for research and development. The contract provides for applied and advanced research for the advancement of trusted and assured microelectronics technologies; trust assessment strategies in areas related to known and potential system vulnerabilities; development and implementation of mitigation strategies and methodologies to prevent vulnerabilities; development and implementation of mitigation strategies and methodologies to prevent vulnerabilities before mitigation is required.
Herrick Technology Laboratories Inc.,* Manchester, New Hampshire, has been awarded a $40,712,166 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for Spectrum-Agile, Location Aware, Enhanced Electromagnetic Kit (SLEEK) hardware and software. This contract provides for research, develop, integrate, prototype, demonstrate, validate and verify new software capabilities for a software-defined and reprogrammable transceiver that has broad applicability to military-relevant missions. Work will be performed at Germantown, Maryland; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Rome, New York, and is expected to be completed by October 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.
John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, Maryland, has been awarded a $11,442,418 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This contract is to support the government with development of prototypes, test plans, rapid fielding, operational experiments and changes in existing acquisition programs with a focus on identification and reduction of programmatic and technical risk provides for applied research. Work performance will take place primarily in Laurel, Maryland. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $607,000; fiscal 2019 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $8,835,418; and fiscal 2019 procurement funds in the amount of $2,000,000 are being obligated on this award.
General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax, Virginia (FA8750-19-D-0005); American Systems Corp., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8750-19-D-0002); Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia (FA8750-19-D-0003); and Polaris Alpha LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado (FA8750-19-D-0004), have been awarded a $427,000,000 maximum ordering amount indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price orders for the enhancements, modifications, integration, testing, demonstrations, deployments, maintenance and research and development of Global Application Research, Development, Engineering and Maintenance software baselines. Work will be performed at Fairfax, Virginia; Chantilly, Virginia; McLean, Virginia; a
Phase Sensitive Innovations, Newark, Delaware, has been awarded a $10,553,397 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development. This contract will design, develop and demonstrate RF-photonic systems, sub-systems, components and devices for the Coherent Homodyne Integrated RF-Photonic System. Work will be performed at Newark, Delaware, and is to be completed by November 15, 2023. This award is the result of a Small Business Innovation Research III request for proposal acquisition with one offer received. Fiscal year 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $10,553,397 are being obligated at time of award for the effort.
Fairfax, Virginia-based Highlight Technologies reported on July 31 that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) selected the company to provide communications and outreach support services under an $18 million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). As part of the effort, the company will support NIH's Office of Extramural Research (OER) with communications and technical writing support; website and social media support; grants information support; training support; workshop and seminar logistical support; and technical and administrative support. “Highlight is honored to work with NIH OER to support its important mission," said Adam McNair, COO of Highlight Technologies.
Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, is awarded a maximum $99,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, single award task order contract for aerospace medical and environmental health research support services at the Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton. Work will be performed in Dayton, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by July 7, 2024. Fiscal 2019 research, development, testing and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $1,000,000 will be obligated upon award under an initial incrementally funded task order and the funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with six offers received.
The colossal reliance on semiconductor chips by the military and commercial industry reaches across weapons, machines and systems that perform key defense and national security functions. And while the Defense Department and the industry use secure chips, they are expensive and hard to design. To remedy that, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, is looking to automatically include defense mechanisms into the design of microchips. The agency is creating tools to manage the supply chain custody throughout the life cycle of a microchip and increase the availability and economics of secure microelectronics.
As semiconductor manufacturers aim to produce devices at the 5-nanometer node, the ability to find tiny defects created inadvertently during the fabrication process becomes harder. In addition, there is a growing need to verify that a chip was built as specified and doesn’t contain a malicious agent. Harnessing optical methods for semiconductor wafer inspection is one way to effectively look for anomalies, says Lynford Goddard, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Laurel, Maryland, is awarded a $2,351,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, contract ceiling increase modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-D-6400) for research, development, engineering, and test and evaluation for programs throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). Funds are obligated on individual task orders for efforts that fall within the core competency areas.
As the Defense Department’s acquisition and sustainment office works to improve the military’s contracting processes, the research and engineering component—newly separated from acquisition and sustainment in a major reorganization last year—is ready for industry advancements, said Doug Schroeder, DASD Space, Strategic and Intelligence Systems and deputy director, National Intelligence Division, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).
Applied Research Laboratory, University of Hawaii, Menoa, Hawaii, is awarded a maximum value $77,209,225 five-year, sole source, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, task order contract for research, development, engineering, and test and evaluation for programs throughout the Department of Defense. Running concurrently with the maximum ceiling announcement is an initial delivery order of $777,710. Work will be performed in Manoa, Hawaii, and is expected to be complete by May 2024. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of a $777,710 will be obligated at initial delivery order and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory LLC, a not-for-profit University Affiliated Research Center, Laurel, Maryland, has been awarded a ceiling $100,000,000 modification (P00003) to previously awarded indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract HR0011-17-D-0001 for engineering, development and research capabilities. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $198,000,000 from $98,000,000. Work will primarily be performed in Laurel, Maryland, with an expected completion date of November 2021. IDIQ task orders can extend an additional six months until May 2022. No funds are being obligated at time of award.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $2,038,147,146 modification (P00020) to previously awarded contract FA8702-15-D-0001 for the operation of the Lincoln Laboratory Federally Funded Research and Development Center. The modification provides for advanced technology research and development activities that focus on long-term technology development as well as rapid system prototyping and demonstration. Work will be performed in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2020. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $9,600,000,000, and no funds are being obligated at the time of award.
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.
Peraton Inc., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $32,345,388 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides research, development, test and evaluation services to include technology demonstrations and flight test events in support of mission, maintenance and future requirements for the development, employment and deployment of range instrumentation systems for the Pacific Range support team. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama (45 percent); Camarillo, California (15 percent); and Point Mugu, California (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2024. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued.
Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), Lexington, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $21,559,320 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development. This contract will provide for comprehensive, next-generation space environment model development, verification and validation, space environment related product development support, and design/prototyping of advanced space weather sensors. Work will be performed in Lexington, Massachusetts; and Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by July 1, 2024. The award is the result of a competitive acquisition and four offers were received. Research and development funds in the amount of $2,107,785 are being obligated at the time of award.
Boston College, Institute for Scientific Research, Boston, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $10,632,835 cost reimbursable contract for research and development. This contract provides for extending and exploiting existing tools, assets and information to maximize near-term benefits to the government, while simultaneously generating new ideas, innovations and basic research for next-generation technologies promising new, in some cases revolutionary, capabilities for the warfighter. Work will be performed at Boston College, Massachusetts; and Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; and a few other locations in the U.S., and is expected to be complete by April 1, 2024.
SRI International, Menlo Park, California, is awarded an $11,312,731 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for low frequency high power satellite calibration research and development. The contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to a total of $63,482,059. The places of performance will be at the contractor’s facility located in Menlo Park, California (65 percent); and at the Bluestar Antenna Facility in Stanford, California (35 percent). Work is expected to be completed March 7, 2020. If all options are exercised, work will continue through March 2024.
Millennium Engineering and Integration Co., Arlington, Virginia, has been awarded a $340,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research and development. This contract provides research, engineering, and technical management for performing space technology concept development, analysis, development, integration, experimentation, demonstration, and evaluation in support of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2026. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and five offers were received.