MEI Technologies, Inc.,* Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $10,231,304 multi-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for National Aeronautics and Space Administration research, engineering and mission integration services. This contract provides for contractor services to support Department of Defense payloads on NASA exploration vehicles and other available space transportation capabilities. Work will be performed at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2025. One request for proposal was advertised and one offer was received. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,122,944 will be obligated at the time of award.
IST Research Corp.,* Fredericksburg, Virginia, was awarded a $48,382,716 firm-fixed-price contract for the Pulse platform. According to the company, Pulse is a human security data collection tool for operating in challenging operating environments. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of August 14, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911NF-18-D-0007). *Small Business.
Manufacturing Techniques Inc.,* Kilmarnock, Virginia, and Hart Technologies Inc.,* Manassas, Virginia, were both awarded separate $47,462,100 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract, with a five-year ordering period cost-plus-fixed-fee completion and level-of-effort, and firm-fixed-price delivery orders. Under the awards, the companies will provide the Navy rapid prototype development, hardware fabrication, hardware and software for prototype or prototype pre-production units and kits in support of the battle management systems, amphibious assault vehicle projects, manned and unmanned platform integration and robotic systems, and weapon control systems development.
ClearForce of Vienna, Virginia, a small business with a prestigious board of directors, was named the champion of an AFCEA shark tank tournament that featured a total of 14 small businesses offering 15 different entrepreneurial technologies. The winner of a two-month long shark tank competition for entrepreneurial cyber-related technology was selected by audience participants in an innovation summit.
A small business providing advanced data security is the third and final firm selected in an AFCEA Small Business Innovation Shark Tank competition to uncover innovative emerging technologies. The company, Avocado of San Jose, California, won against six other firms with its distributed and deterministic layer-7 application security platform.
Government Marketing & Procurement LLC,* Wimberley, Texas, was awarded an $18,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract to deliver, install, configure, engineer, furnish, and test hardware for the Vocera Wireless Hands-Free Communications Systems and supporting hardware/software infrastructure for Defense Health Agency facilities. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of August 1, 2023. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W912DY-18-D-0024). *Small Business
Radiance Technologies Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, has been awarded a $19,776,547, cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for Small Business Cyber Security Operations Center (SB-CSOC). The scope of this effort is the development of a SB-CSOC capability. Unlike private security operations centers or managed security services providers, the SB-CSOC will provide direct integration with state and federal organizations and cyber mission forces, enabling small businesses to adopt best-of-breed cybersecurity strategies (such as those based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework). Work will be performed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is expected to be completed by July 29, 2021.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, California (N66604-18-D-C801); Alion Science and Technology, Burr Ridge, Illinois (N66604-18-D-C802); AMERICAN Systems, Chantilly, Virginia (N66604-18-D-C803); BAE Systems Electronic Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire (N66604-18-D-C804); The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts (N66604-18-D-C806); DRS Power Technology, Fitchburg, Massachusetts (N66604-18-D-C807); General Atomics, San Diego, California (N66604-18-D-C808); General Dynamics One Source, Fairfax, Virginia (N66604-18-D-C809); Hamilton Sundstrand (UTC Aerospace); Windsor Locks, Connecticut (N66604-18-D-C810); Huntington-Ingalls (AMSEC); Virginia Beach, Virginia (N66604-18-D-C811); Hydroid Inc., Pocasset, Massachusetts (N666
Apogee-SAIC Capabilities Integrator LLC.,* Colorado Springs, Colorado (N61340-18-D-5001); Aero Simulation Inc.,* Tampa, Florida (N61340-18-D-5002); The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri (N61340-18-D-5003); CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Florida (N61340-18-D-5004); CSRA LLC., Falls Church, Virginia (N61340-18-D-5005); CymSTAR LLC.,* Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (N61340-18-D-5006); DiSTI LLC.,* Orlando, Florida (N61340-18-D-5007); General Dynamics One Source LLC., Fairfax, Virginia (N61340-18-D-5008); J.F.
Small business may hold the key to helping the Navy meet its advanced technology requirements as it girds for a contested future. Speeding new capabilities into the force, along with breaking the traditional mold of acquisition, could prevent the Navy from falling short of its modernization goals.
These points were presented by James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. Speaking at the AFCEA Small Business Innovation Summit, Geurts described the agility of small businesses as a key asset that could serve Navy needs—and one where small business can have an effect.
The U.S. Navy is working to speed cyber capabilities to the force to keep up with both technology innovation and adversarial activities. Major obstacles can be found both internally and externally, and security concerns dominate all modernization efforts.
BANC 3 Inc.,* Princeton, New Jersey; Barbaricum LLC,* Washington, District of Columbia; Dynamis Inc.,* Fairfax, Virginia; Polaris Alpha Advanced Systems Inc., Fredericksburg, Virginia; Fibertek Inc.,* Herndon, Virginia; Intuitive Research and Technology Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama; MicroTechnologies LLC,* Vienna, Virginia; Middle Bay Solutions II LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama; Manufacturing Techniques Inc.,* Kilmarnock, Virginia; and Trideum Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama, will compete for each order of the $192,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for rapid acquisition of materials for prototyping. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 13 received.
Intrepid LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $94,528,386 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for support of the Program Executive Office Missiles and Space staff. Twenty-three bids were solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of July 18, 2023. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $12,500,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W9113M-18-F-0012). *Small business
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.
Small businesses often lead the pack in innovation and agility, but cumbersome acquisition processes can stall the way forward when working with government agencies. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) hopes to grease the skids between ingenuity and warfighters by offering a streamlined method for carrying out prototype projects and transitioning successes into follow-on production.
The U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) has awarded a five-year, $6.5 million cybersecurity contract to Ashburn, Virginia-based Applied Insight and Warrenton, Virginia-based DV United, a small business joint venture that provides federal government information technology. Under the contract, Applied Insight and DV United will be responsible for managing, maintaining and enhancing the ARCYBER User Activity Monitoring Program (UAM) for insider threats.
The U.S. Army has issued a $45 million firm-fixed-price contract to several companies to provide software engineering, infrastructure, technology and equipment requirement support to the service's Armament Software Engineering Center (SEC) Directorate. Engility Corp., Andover, Maryland; Envision Innovative Solutions Inc.,* Manasquan, New Jersey; Nexagen Networks Inc.,* Morganville, New Jersey; Polaris Alpha LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Serco Inc., Herndon, Virginia; and Universal Technical Resources Inc., Cherry Hill, New Jersey will share in the award. The companies will provide services related to: software development, software sustainment, software process assurance and Armament SEC infrastructure support.
World Wide Technology,* Maryland Heights, Missouri, was awarded a $19,091,526 firm-fixed-price contract to procure CISCO brand Voice over Internet Protocol phones with related hardware and software. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of August 31, 2018. U.S. Army 408th Combat Support Battalion, Qatar, is the contracting activity. *Small Business
Despite some challenges, the U.S. Air Force’s culture is changing in favor of small businesses, according to Valerie Muck, the service’s new director of small business programs.
"The main thing we’re trying to do in the Air Force is create that culture where we’re looking to small businesses first to maximize opportunities. Right now, the culture in the Air Force is in a really good place for that,” said Muck, who has been in the position nearly a year. She made the comments while addressing the AFCEA Small Business Committee at AFCEA’s headquarters building in Fairfax, Virginia.
System Studies & Simulation Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $10,165,810 modification (000012) to contract W31P4Q-09-A-0019 to provide technical support services to the Precision Fire and Missile Systems Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2019. Fiscal year 2018, 2019 and 2020 other procurement (Army); operations and maintenance (Army); and research, development, test and evaluation funds in the combined amount of $10,165,810 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. *Small Business