Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, has been awarded an $8,161,843 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for an Intent-Defined Adaptive Software (IDAS) Prototype. This contract provides for a software engineering performance baseline for measuring IDAS improvement over the current software by attempting challenges with existing tools and techniques and measuring the learning curve required for traditional developers to adopt emerging IDAS capabilities. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by April 27, 2024. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 20 offers were received.
Palantir USG Inc., Palo Alto, California (W56KGY-20-D-0005); and BAE Systems Information and Electronic SYS INT INC, San Diego, California (W56KGY-20-D-0006), will compete for each order of the $823,263,105 firm-fixed-price contract to upgrade/replace components found in the Distributed Common Ground System-Army. Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 24, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
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.
TFAB Defense Systems LLC,* Warner Robins, Georgia, was awarded an $8,918,791 firm-fixed-price contract for engineering services. The contract provides for develop the software, test hardware and related documentation for test program sets for use with the Air Force's Versatile Depot Automatic Test Station family of testers to isolate failures within line replaceable units and shop replaceable units. Work will be performed at Warner Robins, Georgia, and is expected to be completed by August 6, 2022. The award is the result of a Small Business Set Aside sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at time of award. The Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity for contract (FA8571-19
CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a $34,837,804 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for software agility and resiliency software/hardware. This contract provides for the development of technology and methods to test and evaluate the effectiveness of virtual infrastructure with regard to malware analysis and mission assurance and web-based mission management functionality integration with current operational systems. Work will be performed in Rome, New York, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2024. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.
Siemens Government Technologies, Arlington, Virginia, has been awarded a $24,586,803 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the reactivation and maintenance of Teamcenter software. This contract provides for the reactivation and maintenance of the Teamcenter software, as well as original equipment manufacturer support for the Air Force. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be completed by January 17, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Funding will be obligated on the initial order of the IDIQ contract. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8770-19-D-0517).
Affigent LLC, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $18,233,752 modification (BA04 08) to contract W91QUZ-09-A-0001 for software maintenance. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of May 24, 2020. Fiscal year 2019 Army working capital; research, development, test and evaluation; operations and maintenance Army; and other funds in the combined amount of $18,233,752 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
The Securities and Exchange Commission issued several Qualitative Research and Analytical Data Support (QRADS) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts to TCG. The company, an information technology solutions and advisory services provider based in Washington, D.C., is now supporting four lines of business at the SEC—classified as Channels 2,3,4 and 5—according to recent company statements. TCG is one company out of several that received work under the multi-award IDIQs, with other winners on each channel.
World Wide Technology, Maryland Heights, Missouri, was awarded a $10,395,411 firm-fixed-price contract for hardware, software, and installation. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Maryland Heights, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of December 21, 2018. Fiscal year 2016 and 2017 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $10,395,411 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W81XWH-18-F-0391).
Computer Technology Associates Inc.,* Ridgecrest, California, is awarded an $18,535,563 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide programmatic support of the Advanced Weapons Laboratory’s Software Management Information System applications and tools. Programmatic support applications include, but are not limited to, planning, estimation, risk management, event scheduling (including flight test events), anomaly tracking, project execution, project monitoring and control, and reporting. Work will be performed in China Lake, California, and is expected to be completed in September 2023.
Infoscitex, Littleton, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $48,443,038 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development of the Mission Effects Analysis of Multi-Domain Sensing program.
Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, was awarded a maximum $47,012,708 single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92401-18-D-0006) for Tactical Radio Application Extension (TRAX) and Android TRAX software sustainment and support, which includes software assurance, maintenance, integration, training, aircraft demonstrations, exercise support for the fielded systems and field service representative services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,223,879 are being obligated at time of award of the first delivery order. The work will be performed primarily at the Sierra Nevada Corp.
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a $60,469,599 cost contract for hardware and software. The university will use existing infrastructure and proven technologies to leverage, build upon and augment the capabilities of the Mobile Unmanned/Manned Distributed Lethality Airborne Network architecture. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by August 14, 2022. The award is the result of a competitive acquisition; offers were solicited electronically via an open broad agency announcement and two offers were received. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.
Volant Associates LLC, Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded an $11,058,269 modification to previously awarded contract FA8750-17-C-0001 for Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise Framework Integrated Collaborative Environment software. The contract modification changes the specifications for the Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise Framework Integrated Collaborative Environment software being produced under the basic contract to include developing and deploying the Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise reference implementation on unclassified Five Eye. Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by October 13, 2019.
Progeny Systems Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $17,158,836 cost-plus-fixed-fee level-of-effort, cost-only sole-source contract, with optional cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price production orders, for the procurement of engineering and technical services including software development, commercial off-the-shelf products and hardware and software integration for submarine and undersea warfare weapons systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $92,012,254. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (65 percent); Middletown, Rhode Island (25 percent); and San Diego, California (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2019.
Grammatech Inc., Ithaca, New York, has been awarded an $8,426,162, cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for Configuration Identification Normalization and Enforcement (CONFINE) software system. This contract provides for research, design, development, demonstration, test, integration, and delivery of a CONFINE software system that automatically generates, deploys, and enforces configurations of components and subsystems for use in commercial and military platforms. Work will be performed in Madison, Wisconsin, and is expected to be completed by January 27, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 35 offers were received.
The U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as CERDEC, has unveiled new mission command software that provides improved real-time command and control capabilities.
CERDEC, a part of the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command, has been developing capabilities under its Expeditionary Mission Command (EMC) Science and Technology Objective (STO). This year, it is rolling out 15 new capabilities, including software advances such as the Tactical Computing Environment (TCE) and the Single, Multimodal, Android Service for Human-Computer Interaction software known as SMASH.
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CGI Federal Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $10,559,277 modification (P00030) to contract W52P1J-15-C-0068 for maintenance and sustainment of software systems. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Virginia; Rock Island, Illinois; Charleston, West Virginia; Livorno, Italy; Grafenwoehr, Germany; Doha, Qatar; Camp Arifjan and Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait; Sagami, Okinawa and Yokohama, Japan; Bagram and Kandahar, Afghanistan; Camp Carroll and Pusan, Republic of Korea; Eygelshoven, Netherlands; and Zutendaal, Belgium, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $2,608,900 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S.
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.
The U.S. Air Force is exploring innovative ways to put technology to work and address both warfighter fitness maintenance issues and access to troop fitness readiness data. With the help of AF CyberWorx, a public-private design center, innovators will tackle one of two challenges during a daylong hackathon.
Middletown, Rhode Island-based Rite-Solutions was awarded a 7-year, $21 million contract to provide the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command with development and engineering services on two submarine subsystems. Under the contract, Rite-Solutions will add new capabilities to the Inter Subsystem Monitoring Tool (ISMT) and the Onboard Team Trainer - Master Controller (OBTT-MC), which are both part of the AN/BYG-1 combat system. AN/BYG-1 is deployed on U.S. Navy submarines and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Collins Class Submarines. The Submarine Combat and Weapon Control Systems Program Office (PMS 425) at NAVSEA awarded the contract to Rite-Solutions after a year-long proposal process.
Taking the network into battle can be challenging for Army soldiers operating on the tactical edge. The Army’s Command Post Computing Environment, known as CP CE, is an integrated mission command system that supports warfighters across intelligence, fires, logistics, maneuvers and airspace management capabilities. The need for this system to include open system architecture and be interoperable, cost effective and cyber secure are key goals of the Product Manager Mission Command (PM MC) of the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T).
Pivotal Software Inc., San Francisco, California, has been awarded a $47,537,079 fixed-base, production, other transaction agreement. This agreement will utilize the prototyped methodology, and the software and services that support them, across the entire Air Operations Center, as well as the targeting and geospatial-intelligence enterprises.
Raytheon Co., Intelligence, Information and Services, Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded $9,568,511 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F2351 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0003). This delivery order is for the procurement of smart multi-function color display repair support and software development activities to include APR-39D(V)2 integration as well as the ability to develop and deliver fix builds to correct existing and future software deficiencies in support of the H-53 aircraft. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in September 2021. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); and fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy)
L3 Technologies Inc., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $218,060,000 not-to-exceed indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of new training systems, as well as hardware and software upgrades and modifications to existing F/A-18C/D/E/F and EA-18G aircrew training systems. The contract will also support software configuration set upgrades, engineering change proposals, Naval Aviation Simulation Master Plan upgrades and spare parts for hardware deliverables. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed in April 2023.
August Schell Enterprises,* Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded a $41,210,000 five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the establishment of a strategic sourcing vehicle for the procurement of Axway software licenses and associated maintenance under the Department of the Navy (DON) Enterprise Software Licensing program. Ordering will be available to all DON agencies.
The Department of Defense Joint Enterprise Standards Committee today has listed the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) version 4.1 as a mandated tactical radio standard in the department’s Information Technology Standards Registry (DISR) and retired SCA version 2.2.2.
The SCA is an open architecture framework that defines a standard way to instantiate, configure and manage waveform applications running on a radio hardware platform. The SCA decouples waveform software from its platform-specific software and hardware, facilitates waveform software reuse and minimizes development expenditures.
The combination of so-called additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, electromagnetic simulation and mechanical design software is enabling innovative antenna and radio-frequency components. Engineers are harnessing these tools to design, fabricate, test and manufacture lightweight, highly complex antennas and radio-frequency products.
Melding materials three-dimensionally into state-of-the-art antennas would not be possible without key software platforms. For this, antenna producer Optisys relies on technology from ANSYS Incorporated. Started in 1970 as a small company in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, ANSYS now has 75 offices in 40 countries. As a multiphysics business, ANSYS looks at all aspects of physics design—structural, thermal, fluid dynamics and electronics.
Raytheon BBN Technologies Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $7,967,993 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Samson software. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an expected completion date of June 18, 2022. Fiscal year 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $421,758 are being obligated at the time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and 49 offers were received. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-18-C-0012).
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be using Sqrrl's Threat Hunting Platform to see intrusions on its network. Under a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FirstSource II contract with Govplace, a reseller and integrator, TSA will deploy the Cambridge, Massachusets-based company's software to inspect its IT environments to proactively identify compromises and evict any cyber adversaries.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $22,999,282 modification (P000012) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0045) to procure 53,164 level-of-effort hours to support air system software integration and 53,122 level-of-effort hours to support flight test operations in support of the F-35 aircraft platform for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (40 percent); Palmdale, California (30 percent); and Patuxent River, Maryland (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in in February 2018.
Four LLC,* Herndon, Virginia (modification P00018 to W52P1J-15-D-0006); Immix Technology Incorporated, McLean, Virginia (modification P00017 to W52P1J-15-D-0007); and Carahsoft Technology Corporation, Reston, Virginia (modification P00017 to W52P1J-15-D-0008), will share in a $130,000,000 modification to provide commercially available-off-the-shelf software products and maintenance that have obtained a full Certificate of Networthiness through the Army's Network Command networthiness process in the following categories: IT Utility and Security; Modeling and Simulation; Multimedia and Design; and Program and Development. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 10, 2020.
Under a $51 million, 3.5 year delivery order on the Training Systems Contract III, Falls Church, Virginia-based CSRA Incorporated will develop and deliver Integrated Tactical Trainers (ITTs) for the Littoral Combat Ship 6, Independence variant, in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Fla. The ITTs will be installed and operated at the Littoral Combat Training Facility in San Diego. The ITTs will be used as part of CSRA's VirtualShip training platform to help the Navy train its bridge teams for operations at sea.
The increasing nature of computing capabilities, the number of technologies that are interconnected to the cyber world, the amount of data generated, and the speed at which data is reported are all reshaping everyday life. To harness this new dynamic, the commercial computer industry has already switched to a more agile way of developing software. More and more, the military is moving to advance the development of cyber-based infrastructure under this changing environment.
In our real-world, show-and-tell environment, an ability to develop agile software solutions won't guarantee wins in the latest government programs. Companies and individual tech teams must tailor their approaches to meeting customer needs by using open source practices and assuming an agile warrior mindset: a single-minded determination to achieve goals and declare victory on the battlefield of government procurement.
Even though the U.S. Congress is poised to significantly boost the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2018 budget—to include surpassing what the White House seeks in defense spending—the lack of predictability still hampers long-term fiscal planning.
Beginning later this year, the U.S. Army will be updating mission command network software and hardware across 400 Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard units. The goal is to reduce more than a dozen mission command network software and hardware versions to one standard baseline. As a result, system complexity in the command-post environment will be mitigated, allowing for easier network initialization and sustainment.
Raytheon Company has announced that it has been awarded a contract valued up to $600 million for software support and sustainment to modernize missile defense and other strategic systems. The work will be conducted at the Software Engineering Directorate, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal. Rapid prototyping, hardware development, testing and validation will support Raytheon's software engineering. Systems include: Strategic missiles and launchers; radars; data mining and visualization tools; condition-based maintenance; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; virtual operations centers; and cyber resiliency of fielded systems.
FAAC Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been awarded a $9,500,000 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Common Weapon Engagement Zone - Operational Flight program software updates. Contractor will support updates on the F-16 weapon system to include, software capabilities upgrade, multi mission computer and European participating air forces mid-life updates for F-16 Block 15. Work will be performed at Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is expected to be complete by March 5, 2023. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition.
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $58,319,151 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1011 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22. This order provides for fleet software sustainment that includes engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics software; flight test planning and coordination of changed avionics and flight control configuration; and upgrade planning of avionics and flight controls, including performance of qualification testing and integration testing on software products.
A communications network management software solution deployed last year across the U.S. Army has proven to drastically reduce network downtime as soldiers operate in an increasingly complex command post environment.
Army and civilian communicators and network specialists, untrained on PacStar’s IQ-Core Software, configured and managed complex networking equipment up to 10 times faster than comparable manual methods and with nine times fewer errors, according to an independent research firm’s report released today.
A software-based fusion tool aims to ease the problem of tactical information overload by collecting and parsing incoming data, sending just the right types of intelligence to users in real time. The system represents this data graphically on a single screen, superimposing it over satellite and 3-D map imagery showing friendly and known enemy unit locations.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR) month serves as a reminder to not only understand, but appreciate, the various critical infrastructure sectors that play vital roles in the national and economic security of the United States. As a veteran of the telecom industry, my focus is to support those network infrastructure centers underlying these sectors. How do we improve networking capabilities within these sectors, not only addressing today’s complicated requirements, but allowing for continued innovation?
Ultra 3 Phoenix Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,938,524 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-13-C-6264 to exercise options for continuing engineering services in support of Virginia-Class submarines and other submarine/surface ship systems. Specifically, these options will support software development, procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products and hardware/software integration required to improve technology for the Navy open architecture and network centric operations and warfare systems.
One often-overlooked aspect of software development is how much programmers rely on open source libraries and packages for prewritten functions. Instead of writing code from scratch, or even copying and pasting code from one program into a new one, programmers often rely on what is called a dependency, the technical term for a shortcut to code maintained by a cloud service provider. Using the method makes a new program dependent on the existence and availability of that particular module. If that dependency is not available or the code functionality is broken, the entire program fails.
Sweeping changes are on the horizon for one NATO agency as it reshapes its software acquisition processes and embarks on a task to create what officials call an in-house “software factory.”
The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency wants to overhaul the way it buys software after inspections revealed acute shortcomings that led to several program cost overruns and delays, says Paul Howland, chief of command and control services for NCI Agency, which serves as NATO’s information technology and command, control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) provider, including cyber and missile defense.
Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Hauppauge, New York, is being awarded $27,461,965 modification P00028 to previously awarded contract N00024-12-C-6311 to provide additional contract line item numbers to support the existing mission package software platforms for the Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules Program. Advanced Acoustic Concepts will procure, install, fabricate, test, troubleshoot and perform operational maintenance. Work will be performed in Columbia, Maryland (50 percent); Hauppauge, New York (30 percent); and Lamont Furnace, Pennsylvania (20 percent). Work is expected to be completed by September 2017. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation; fiscal 2016 operatio
For too long, warfighters have struggled with issues of space, weight and power, each posing major problems in tactical environments. Networking equipment historically has contributed to all three—barriers that must be expunged. Soldiers must travel light. Humvees that barely fit four people must serve as both transport vehicles and portable communication hubs. And networks must be powerful yet agile.
Virtualization eliminates dependence on bulky and balky legacy systems. Applications run in shared environments, saving personnel the headaches involved in constantly installing, running and managing actual networks. The result is massive time, space and weight savings and better communication and security.