A new federal lab at the CIA has come out of the shadows, moving from “stealth mode” to posting and accepting public solicitations to capitalize on emerging technologies from industry and academia. The agency has added a public website with technology development information and is in the process of setting up intellectual property protections, explained Dan Wang, director of CIA Federal Labs.
Progeny Systems Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $38,876,284 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N66604-21-D-H100) containing cost type provisions. This contract is for continued development of the Data Acquisition and Retrieval System. Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut (90%); Manassas, Virginia (5%); and Newport, Rhode Island (5%). The ordering period will be completed by May 2026. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $245,606 will be obligated at time of award on the first task order and will not expire at the end of this fiscal year.
Mile Two LLC, Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $14,788,874 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for support to the Air Force Research Laboratory Autonomy Capabilities Team Three mission through the development of production level software systems and rapid prototyping of new operational concepts that leverage best practices for application development operations by expanding, extending, or enhancing work performed under the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research Phase II, Air Force Topic 183-005, FA8751-19-C-A048, entitled “TechSuite: TechScout and Project Tracking Prototype Applications.” Work will be performed in Dayton, Ohio, and is expected to be completed January 15, 2026.
Geospark Analytics Inc.,* Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $95,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five year ordering period for the Phase Three commercialization of their Small Business Innovation Research Phase One technology of Hyperion Artificial Intelligence. The enterprise-level contract provides near real time situational awareness capabilities to the entire U.S. federal government, enabling users to make better decisions faster. This is accomplished by identifying and forecasting emerging events on a global scale to mitigate risk, recognize threats, greatly enhance indications and warnings and provide predictive analytics capabilities.
A first-of-its-kind Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) pilot seeks to leverage small business innovators to help increase the rate of fire of self-propelled howitzer systems. A new program, the Special Program Awards for Required Technology Needs (SPARTN), is combining government and industry best practices to introduce a whole-of-Army, collaborative approach to solution innovation.
SeaLandAire Technologies Inc.,* Jackson, Michigan, is awarded a $9,706,013 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N68335-20-F-0456) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N68335-20-G-1049. This order provides for continued advanced technology research and development efforts for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) products for airborne anti-submarine warfare systems under SBIR topic N010-014 titled, “High Gain Array of Velocity Sensors.” Further development and research efforts will include systems engineering, modeling and analyses, measurement of target and environment data, architecture, fabrication, installation, test, maintenance, aircrew training and procurement activities. Additionally, this order provides engineering serv
Scientific Systems Co. Inc.*, Woburn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $9,575,556 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N68335-20-F-0006) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-15-G-0030). This order provides for continuing improvement of the software development processes to enhance cybersecurity and software safety for the Image Based Navigation for Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Shipboard Landing program in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle. This is a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III for research and development performed under the SBIR topic numbers N112-127, N03-025 and AF06-149.
Trident Systems Inc.,* Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a $35,000,000 maximum ordering amount, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price orders for Secure Collaborative Technology (SCTECH) software and hardware. This contract provides for the research, adaptation, enhancement and transition of critical Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) technologies to provide new capabilities which are secure and provide access between multiple levels of security domains and bridge between different chat protocols.
Systems Engineering Associates Corp. (SEA CORP),* Middletown, Rhode Island, is awarded a $26,643,618 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only contract for services to develop, upgrade and apply the Extensible Markup Language Test Data Analysis Tool (XTDAS). Work will be performed in Middletown, Rhode Island (55%); Newport, Rhode Island (25%); Port Canaveral, Florida (5%); Andros Island, Bahamas (5%); other contractor labs and facilities (5%); and on-board platforms and ranges (5%), and is expected to be complete by June 2025. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(b)(2) because the Systems Engineering Associates Corp.
A group of entrepreneurs presented their nascent products and discoveries during a virtual pitch meeting on April 8 held as part of Starburst Aerospace Accelerator’s latest Selection Committee event. Headquartered in Paris, Starburst's U.S. team brought in 10 hopeful companies, all vying for partnership agreements, venture capitalist funding and a chance to join Starburst's Accelerator Program. The event pairs the startups with potentially interested corporations, investors and government agencies. The startups’ prospective products, which range in level of technical readiness, cut across all aspects of aerospace, from power generation to launch platforms, satellite-enabled connectivity and autonomous aerial vehicles.
Monkton Inc., Vienna, Virginia, has been awarded a $500,000,000 hybrid firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the commercialization of mobile strategy. This contract provides for the technology and support necessary to enable the Department of Defense to rapidly design, develop and deploy mission enabling solutions to uniformed active duty members, reservist and civil servants that operate at the tactical edge. Work will be performed in Tysons, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by October 1, 2025. This award is the result of a Small Business Innovation Research (SIBR) Program and is a Phase III award directly born from Monkton Inc.'s SBIR Phase I award. Fiscal 2020 operations and
A technology that harnesses augmented reality will enable the U.S. Air Force to train in the air for initial pilot qualification, dogfighting, refueling and maneuvering. The A-TARS augmented reality platform, or Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System, developed by California-based Red 6, provides virtual opponents, such as the fifth generation Chinese J-20 and Russian Su-57, for pilot’s aerial dogfighting training runs, as well as other aerial digital assets to develop and enhance different piloting skills.
Progeny Systems Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $14,822,628 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-19-C-6204 to exercise options to provide engineering and technical services for Navy submarines and aircraft carriers via the software infrastructure and build process related to a maintenance management tool. This option exercise is under Small Business Innovation Research Topic N05-051 for software build production, engineering and technical services, and includes all material travel, subsistence and incidental material in support of the related production orders and services.
Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI), Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract in the amount of $11,141,208 under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase-III program. Under this SBIR Phase III effort, MTSI will mature the technologies developed in the previous Phase I and III contracts, which relate to the acquisition and fusion of data for space situational assessments.
North Star Scientific Corp., Kapolei, Hawaii, is awarded an $11,955,975 firm-fixed-price order (N68335-20-F-0025) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-19-G-0037). This order continues research and development efforts under Small Business Innovation Research Phase III topic N06-125 entitled "L-Band Solid-State High Power Amplifier for Airborne Platforms." Additionally, it provides for the production and delivery of 55 Link-16 compatible high power amplifier Multi-Functional Information Distribution Systems – Joint Tactical Radio Systems in support of the E-2D aircraft for the Navy (35), Air Force (3) and the government of Japan (17).
The ability to train top U.S. military aviators in air-to-air combat usually requires pilots acting as opposing aerial fighters. Representing the enemy in training dogfights is quite costly and dangerous, says Daniel Robinson, RAF (Ret.). Robinson, co-founder and CEO of Red6 Aerospace, developed an augmented reality platform, called Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System, known as A-TARS, that creates virtual opponents, such as the Chinese J-20, for pilots to dogfight against.
Milpatis, California-based Avocado Systems* received a $1.8 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program Phase II award from the U.S. Air Force to evaluate the company's ability to protect Air Force data centers and cloud systems, according to a company announcement. Through AFWERX, the award has the company evaluating Avocado's patented application security solution to secure enterprise level cloud and data center infrastructures. The company's Pico-Segmentation technology secures application, web and data tiers inside of clouds and data centers, a company official stated. *Small Business
Oceanit Laboratories Inc.,* Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $9,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N68335-19-F-0393) against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N68335-16-G-0028) in support of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for emerging capability and prototype technology. This order is for a Small Business Innovation Research Phase III effort for the continued development of a Prototype Test Unit (PTU) sensor for integration, test and demonstration with a non-kinetic system. The PTU sensor will incorporate the necessary hardware and software subsystems to demonstrate the viability of a novel defensive capability in an at-sea-demonstration aboard a Navy ship.
Deployable flood inundation sensors based on the Internet of Things are being developed to monitor flood-prone areas in real time to rapidly detect them and alert officials, industry and citizens to potential threats. State and local government jurisdictions operationally field tested early versions of the technology over a nine-month period. During the next phase, the sensors will be enhanced for production and commercialization to both domestic and international partners to help densify their flood sensing networks for alerts, warnings and notifications.
The U.S. Air Force awarded a contract to Chandler, Arizona-based Privoro to demonstrate the company's SafeCase anti-surveillance mobile device technology. The solution will be used with the Air Force's Mobile Device Management system to prevent mobile espionage by securely masking microphones and blocking cameras on smartphones, providing users improved 24/7 operational security. The Air Force will also use SafeCase in a blue force tracking platform to enhance Air Force Command Center awareness and improve agent safety for personnel in and outside the United States, the company announced recently.
NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp.,* Warminster, Pennsylvania, is awarded $13,389,665 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6833518F0414 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-18-G-0033). This delivery order provides for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III effort that continues intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensor development, testing, and evaluation under SBIR topic numbers N92-170 and AF-083-0006 in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Fleet Innovative Team.
Physical Optics Corp.,* Torrance, California, is awarded $32,844,760 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement in support of the Navy and the Air Force. This order provides for non-recurring effort to mature the Joint Avionics Reconfigurable Visual Information System (JARVIS) Small Business Innovation Research Phase II prototype through Engineering Manufacturing and Development to Technical Readiness Level 8. JARVIS is a mission processing system that will operate in conformance with the Future Airborne Computing Environment standard, incorporate software re-configurability, leverage distributed processing and address cybersecurity requirements.
Mercury Defense Systems Inc., Cypress, California, is awarded $20,515,570 for a firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for the procurement of 36 Advanced Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM) units in support of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III work that derives from, extends, or completes an effort performed under SBIR Topic N06-036 entitled “Advanced Techniques for DRFM.” Work will be performed in Cypress, California (63 percent); and West Caldwell, New Jersey (37 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2020. Fiscal year 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force); FY 2018 weapons procurement (Air Force); and FY 2018 research, development,
The military is developing a new battlefield tool that will help ground forces navigate hostile territory without the susceptibility of GPS platforms. Instead, warfighters will use radio frequency signals as a source of positioning information. To display navigational solutions on a map, the tool connects to a smartphone running the Air Force’s Android Tactical Assault Kit.
In conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Sterling, Virginia-based Echo Ridge LLC is designing the technology to fit in a small, low-power package that can be carried by ground operators, according to Mark Smearcheck, an electronics engineer with the AFRL Sensors Directorate.
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The very qualities that define small businesses—agility, flexibility, inherent innovation—are driving the Defense Information Systems Agency to increase its efforts to bring those capabilities under the big tent of defense network services.
Nimbis Services Inc., Oro Valley, Arizona, has been awarded a $9 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase III, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee task orders for research and development. The contractor will continue research and development for a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)-wide, DoD-owned, cloud-based silicon integrated circuit design environment, which will allow for seamless linkage of the best design and verification capabilities across the DoD. Work will be performed in Columbus, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by June 15, 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
Kent Optronics Inc., Hopewell Junction, New York, is being awarded a $47,600,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase III, firm-fixed-price, basic ordering agreement for wide field-of-view night vision systems, retrofits and data. The wide field-of-view night vision system uses optical foveal design that features an 80 degree field-of-view without compromising optical resolution or size, weight and power consumption. The night vision systems will be used by Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, U.S.
Mercury Defense Systems, Cypress, California, is being awarded $15,430,634 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0005 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N68335-12-G-0059 for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topic N06-036, entitled “Advanced Techniques for Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM).” This order includes production of 28 Type II advanced DRFM units. Work will be performed in Cypress, California, and is expected to be completed in January 2018. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Air Force); and fiscal 2015 missile procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $15,430,634 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expir
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for fiscal year 2016. The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) jointly issued the solicitation. S&T and DNDO are seeking technical solutions from small businesses in 13 topic areas. The pre-solicitation is available online.
Securboration Inc., Melbourne, Florida, has been awarded a $40 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract for Collaborative Event Processing Environment (CEPE) software development and enhancement of decision aiding tools. Contractor will develop and transition foundational research in semantics and related technologies to provide and enhance capabilities in weapons systems to warfighters in today's information intensive battle space using SBIR-developed technology. The CEPE will facilitate the advancement and transition of advanced technologies to the warfighter keeping with the fundamental objective of the SBIR program.
Material Sciences Corp., Horsham, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $24,526,386 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This is a phase III effort under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with Material Sciences Corp. and is for the use of innovative technologies developed under the phase I and II contracts to design, analyze, and fabricate a wide array of structure and mechanical components intended for use by the Navy.
Mercury Defense Systems, Cypress, California, is being awarded $7,567,134 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-12-G-0059) for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topic N06-036, entitled "Advanced Techniques for Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM)." This order includes production of 14 Type II Advanced DRFM units. Work will be performed in Cypress, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2016.
Progeny Systems Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $16,193,364 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-6296) for the procurement of engineering and technical support services associated with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Topic No. N96-278 Technology Infusion Methodology for Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Based Systems. This effort includes engineering services involving software development, procurement of COTS products and hardware/software integration for submarine and undersea warfare weapon systems. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by January 2016.
The U.S. Defense Department broke records last year with small business contracts, but with the pending release of Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0, which stresses the importance of innovation, smaller companies may see even greater opportunities.
Besides having one of the coolest names in the Defense Department, Bonny Heet may arguably have one of the coolest jobs as well—program manager for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
The SBIR program and its sister program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, encourage domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development with an eye toward commercialization. Heet reports that 11 federal agencies, including the Defense Department, participate in the SBIR program. Special Operations Command is one of only 13 Defense Department component agencies that have a SBIR program.
BSC Partners LLC, San Diego, is being awarded a $13,679,958 modification to exercise an option on a previously awarded firm-fixed-price Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract (N61340-14-C-0002) under Topic #03-190, helicopter operations aircrew/crew chief trainer. The objective of this SBIR effort is to design, fabricate, install and test MH-60 Naval aircrew training system (S/N 2) and MH-60S aircrew virtual environment trainer (S/N 3) device. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (90 percent), and Binghamton, New York (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2018.
Organizational Strategies Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,531,203 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topic N98-057, entitled “Advanced Training Technology Delivery System.” Work will be performed in Jacksonville, North Carolina (92 percent), and Lexington Park, Maryland (8 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,463,715 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-5.
Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,638,109 cost-plus-fixed-fee option to previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-6294) for the procurement of engineering and technical services associated with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Topic Number N96-278–Technology Infusion Methodology for Commercial Off-the-Shelf-Based Systems and Topic N98-115–Commercial Off-the-Shelf Approach to Information Security. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (40 percent) and the government of the United Kingdom (60 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia, and is expected to complete by December 2018.
3 Phoenix Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $6,886,142 modification to previously awarded SBIR Phase III contract for additional engineering and system integration support for the AN/SPS-74 periscope detection radars system program. This effort includes equipment, engineering services, and field services in support of in-service engineering requirements as well as material and services required for equipment changes, repair, and spare and repair parts. The contractor will provide drawings, software engineering, and documentation development in support of the AN/SPS-74 periscope detection radars system. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif. is the contracting activity.
Science Applications International Corporation, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $6,961,768 firm-fixed-price contract for advisory and assistance services for the Weather Sustainment Division. Space-based infrared systems and military satellite communications must sustain effective and responsive consolidated logistics management support for mission-critical national defense weapons ground/command and control systems. U.S. Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.
Progeny Systems Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $16,238,064 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification for Small Business Innovative Research Phase III engineering and technical support services in support of technology infusion methodology for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) based systems. This effort includes the services involving software development, procurement of COTS products and hardware/software integration for submarine and undersea warfare weapon systems. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, is the contracting activity.
Progeny Systems Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $14,801,175 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) phase three contract to mature, adapt, and utilize the Data Acquisition and Retrieval System developed by Progeny Systems under Naval Sea Systems Command SBIR topic N99-100, used to collect combat systems data used on Navy submarines. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island, is the contracting activity.
Scalable Network Technologies (SNT) Incorporated recently announced that the company was awarded a contract to support the acquisition and enhancement of Joint Tactical Radio System Network Emulator for use by numerous U.S. Defense Department programs and agencies. The contract from the Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) is a follow-on to previous Army and Navy efforts with SNT, with an estimated value of $11 million.
APIC Corporation, Culver City, California, recently announced that it has received a U.S. Naval Air Systems Command Small Business Innovation Research Phase I contract to design an integrated optical code division multiple access (CDMA) network system that addresses multi-level security at speeds beyond what is possible with electronics. CDMA provides efficiency, security, and multi-access benefits in wireless communications. APIC's system takes the basic ideas of CDMA and implements it in fiber optic network.
Logos Technologies Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a $10 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for a Phase III small business innovation research project that supports Topic SB072-019 "Wide Area Video Image Storage Techniques" and Topic SB072-017 "False Alarm Mitigation." This order provides services in support of: wide area persistent surveillance aerostat payloads and ground stations, integration and maintenance in-theater; integration onto persistent ground surveillance systems platforms; lightweight expeditionary airborne persistent surveillance; and the Army global civil military emergency preparedness and persistent threat detection system. The work will be perfor
Progeny Systems Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a contract modification of more than $10 million for Phase III engineering and technical support services in support of Small Business Innovative Research topic, "Automation and Work Flow Advances Using Technology Infusions for Manning Reduction." The concept is for a Navy-wide implementation of portal technology for internal and external information sharing requirements.This procurement will use the prototype products, processes and methodologies developed by Progeny Systems under the SBIR Phase I and II efforts.
Logos Technologies Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a $48 million contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research project entitled Wide Area Video Image Storage Techniques. This contract provides for the design development, production, fielding, operation, and sustainment of a reliable wide area persistent surveillance system (Kestrel) for deployment on aerostats and airships operating at altitudes between 1,000 and 5,000 feet for the U.S. Army. The contractor will provide one engineering development unit and 13 production copies along with one prototype Kestrel Lite, as well as deployed operations and maintenance support for 12 months. The U.S.
1st Detect Corporation recently announced that the Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in conjunction with U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Dugway, Utah, has awarded a $735,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract to the company to design and develop a novel sample inlet system intended to significantly improve the sensitivity of mass spectrometers used for chemical detection in the field. The Phase II award enables the company to transition its proof of concept pre-concentrator into a field-testable prototype.
The U.S. government’s Small Business Innovation Research program is taking aim at technologies that would generate increased economic growth in coming years. The program, which has provided billions of dollars in research funding over the past 32 years, will continue to back basic research, but it also will look toward technologies that would be able to affect the marketplace sooner rather than later.