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
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded its $7.5 billion Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) contracts, unrestricted competition pool, to 14 large businesses. The procurement will help streamline critical engineering expertise to research, design, develop, integrate, and optimize Department of Defense (DOD) information technology capabilities, systems, and solutions, DISA reported.
Simulation Technologies Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $20,255,120 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Phase III Small Business Technology Transfer Research High Fidelity Obscurant Modeling for the Aviation, Missile, Research, Development, and Engineering Center. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 7, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-18-D-0039). * Small Business
Aerospace Mass Properties Analysis Inc.,* North Wales, Pennsylvania, awarded a $9,135,797 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to design, develop, install and/or modify sensors and systems, as well as aircraft integration of ultra-fast switch systems sensors. It also includes the equipment used to develop, integrate, test and evaluate associated avionics systems/sub-systems that can utilize ultra-fast switch technology. The contractor will also provide and or design unique prototype software, sensor systems including prototype electro-optical, communication, and electronic attack systems, high accuracy gimbal support units, and advanced material development. These efforts are in support of Small Business Innovation Research Phase III research an
Aptima Inc.,* Woburn, Massachusetts, was awarded a $19,000,000 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-price) contract for research to provide a means to enhance the Army Research Institute programs of research in the general area of Army personnel development and training. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 10 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 7, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911NF-18-D-0003). *Small Business
This is a revised version of an earlier article.
An acquisition vehicle sponsored by the General Services Administration (GSA) provides a repository of veteran-owned businesses that have been categorized as part of a best-in-class vehicle. Yet, despite having this ready-made group vetted for rapid contracting, few government agencies are tapping what on the surface should be an easy choice to meet best value needs efficiently.
Defense Systems and Solutions,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $2,560,000,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee; cost-plus-incentive-fee; firm-fixed-price; and fixed-price-incentive) contract for technical support of the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, Engineering Center's Prototype Integration Facility. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 21, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Griffon Aerospace Inc.,* Madison, Alabama; Kord Technologies Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama; Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services Inc., San Diego, California; and Trideum Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama, will compete for each order of the $93,376,751 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Aerial Target Systems 2 research, development, test and evaluation. 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 May 21, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.