March 13, 2018

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.

March 1, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
A Marine radios in after contact with a simulated enemy during a training exercise in Shizuoka, Japan. The Defense Department has mandated a new software architecture standard for tactical radios. Credit: Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson

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.

March 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
3-D metal printing is breaking the mold of traditional manufacturing designs. Credit: Optisys

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.

March 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood

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.

December 20, 2017

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).

December 6, 2017

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.

December 5, 2017

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.

November 14, 2017

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.

October 17, 2017

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.

September 7, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Technical Sgt. Brandon Middleton, USAF, tosses a smoke grenade from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during training at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, in June. Increased real-time battlefield data, improved processing capabilities and the need for rapid action call for the increased use of agile software development.

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.

August 25, 2017
By Mark Ettrich
Software developers win an agile warrior mindset can slay the government procurement process, says Mark Ettrich, vice president for NCI Inc., Reston, Virginia.

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.

August 2, 2017
By Tony Bardo
A U.S. Air Force tactical network operations technician adjusts an AV-211 antenna at Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey. The latest networking techniques, such as software-defined wide area networks, may offer both budgetary and operational benefits for the Defense Department.

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.

August 3, 2017
The U.S. Army is updating mission command network software and hardware, condensing more than a dozen versions to one standard baseline. (U.S. Army photo by Bridget Lynch, PEO C3T Public Affairs)

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.

June 9, 2017

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.

March 8, 2017

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.

February 15, 2017

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.

January 18, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) equipment is pictured in preparation for the Army's Network Integration Evaluation 12.1 in November 2011.

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.

January 1, 2017
By Henry S. Kenyon
In addition to military uses, the iCommand system offers civilian governments applications for law enforcement, disaster management and transportation authorities.

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.

November 14, 2016
By David Young

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?

August 22, 2016

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.