Special Operations Command

June 20, 2019
 

Brig. Gen. Otto K. Liller, USA, has been assigned as commander, Special Operations Command–Korea, U.S. Special Operations Command, Republic of Korea.

May 29, 2019
 

DRS Global Enterprise Solutions Inc., Dulles, Virginia, was awarded a competitive single-award blanket purchase agreement (GS-35F-0148S / HC101319A0003) for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Deployed Operations telecommunication program. The total cumulative face value of the blanket purchase agreement is $977,000,000 (ceiling amount). Quotations were solicited via the General Services Administration's Information Technology Schedule 70, and one quotation was received from 39 quotations solicited. Performance will be at Headquarters USSOCOM, Florida.

May 21, 2019
 

Carlsbad, California-based Viasat Inc. announced on May 21 that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) had awarded the company a five-year, sole-source indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for rapid migration of command, control, communications, computers and cyber (C5AD) capabilities. The IDIQ, which has a maximum ceiling of $450 million, was structured by GSA to meet the immediate needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) in mobile networking, cybersecurity and broadband satellite communications technology sectors. 

December 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) personnel and partner nation representatives examine SOF radio equipment at Air Force Special Operations Command. SOCOM seeks radios that are independent of partners or places so that SOF operators on the move can communicate seamlessly.

Cutting the communications cord is a goal of the U.S. Special Operations Command as it prepares for missions against a new type of foe. The command is not looking to sever ties with its forces in the field, but instead wants to give them broad-based connectivity to function without being restricted by either environment or operating partner.

December 1, 2017
By George I. Seffers
U.S. special forces operate in extreme and austere environments, requiring a wide range of capabilities, including undergarments that warm the body in cold weather and cool the body when it is hot.

Special operations forces require a variety of systems—everything from satellites to submarines—to accomplish their mission, and officials are looking outside traditional circles for solutions. By the end of this month, they expect to decide on a path forward for problem solvers who fall outside of the norm and their new methods and ideas touching on biotechnology, machine learning and the Internet of Things.

December 1, 2017
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

When the public thinks of Special Operations Forces (SOF), the vision that usually comes to mind is of gun-blazing commando raids such as the one that brought justice to Osama bin Laden. Yes, certain elements of SOF receive considerable public attention and accrue celebrity-style glamour. While this attention is well-deserved, most of what SOF does is hidden from the public eye and is far more important than many realize.

May 15, 2017
 

Thales Defense Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded a $9,900,000 (estimated contract value) single award, indefinite–delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) family of radios sustainment in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Procurement Division. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,005 are being obligated at time of award via delivery order 0001. This contract is funded with operations and maintenance appropriation at the delivery order level, using current fiscal year funding, and is not multiyear.

January 10, 2017
 

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum of $475,000,000 for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services at multiple locations worldwide. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $150,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition and eight responsive proposals were received. The contract includes a 54-month period of performance, with four 12-month ordering periods followed by one six-month ordering period. Estimated completion date is July 2022.

June 30, 2016
 

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been awarded a one-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-16-D-0032) for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services. The services will be provided worldwide, as specified in individual task orders.

June 27, 2016
 

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, has been awarded a one-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-16-D-0031) for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS 1.5-B) intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services. The services will be provided worldwide, as specified in individual task orders. The period of performance is 12-months (six-month base period with two three-month options). This is a sole-source requirement and was issued under the authority 10 U.S.

May 20, 2016
 

Carahsoft Technology Corp., Reston, Virginia (H92222-16-D-0035), is being awarded a single $42,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide design, development, integration testing and operational support for a Distributed Common Ground/Surface System (DCGS) Integration Backbone (DIB) Metadata Catalog (MDC) and data integration in the extensible markup language (XML) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Operation Forces Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

May 3, 2016
 

Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, USA, has been assigned as commander, Special Operations Command Pacific, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

 

March 9, 2016
 

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa (H92241-16-D-0005), is being awarded a $41,285,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide non-recurring engineering and video processing module for the U.S. Special Operations Command Technology Applications Program Office. The majority of the work will be performed in Cedar Rapids and is expected to be completed by March 7, 2023. Fiscal 2015 procurement funds in the amount of $7,288,357 are being obligated at the time of award. Each individual task order will be funded with procurement appropriations under the appropriate fiscal year.

March 9, 2016
 

CACI - Athena Inc., Arlington, Virginia (H92222-16-C-0029), was awarded a maximum $179,859,727, five-year (base and four, one-year options) firm-fixed-price contract for Joint Geospatial Analytical Support Services in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The majority of the work will be performed in the United States. and overseas. Work is expected to be completed by February 28, 2021, assuming all options are exercised. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated. A contract was previously awarded in December 2014, but performance was stopped due to protest activity in January 2015. A new contract is being awarded as the result of corrective action. The U.S.

September 28, 2015
 

Harris Corp., RF Communications Division, Rochester, New York, was awarded an estimated $390 million, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Special Operations Forces tactical communications next generation handheld radio. The majority of the work will be performed in Rochester, New York, with an estimated completion date of August 2020. Fiscal 2015 procurement funds in the amount of $2,500 are obligated to satisfy the minimum guarantee. Additional funding shall be obligated on a delivery order basis. This contract was competitive acquisition, with three proposals received. The Special Operations Command Contracting Office, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.

March 5, 2015
 

L-3 Communications Corp., doing business as Warrior Systems Div., Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded a $9,900,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for high-performance image intensifier tube assembly. The image intensifier tubes are in direct support of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division in-service engineering agent for the repair and life cycle support of the AN/PVS-15 series of night vision goggles and AN/PVS-18 series of night vision monocular for the U.S. Special Operations Command.

March 5, 2015
 

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a university affiliated research center in Laurel, Maryland, is being awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum value of $405 million for theoretical analyses, exploratory studies, and/or experiments in various fields of science and technology; and engineering and/or developmental work for the practical application of investigative findings and theories of a scientific or technical nature through employment of their eight core competencies in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The work will be performed in Laurel, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by February 2020.

January 9, 2015
By George I. Seffers

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.

August 4, 2014
 

Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $190 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasure components and related services for the Technology Applications program office and CV-22 program offices. This contract has a five-year base period and a three-year incentive award period. Individual task orders will be funded with operations and maintenance or procurement appropriations under the appropriate fiscal year. U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity (H92241-14-D-0006).

June 30, 2014
 

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada is being awarded a maximum $10,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a four-year ordering period in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The results of this contract will allow ground-based forces to digitally provide overhead aircraft with Personal Location Information and designate targets digitally to on-board aircraft computer systems allowing pilots to see where friendly forces are located on the aircraft Common Operating Picture as well as the GPS location of the target. U.S. SOCOM/Directorate of Procurement, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (H92222-14-D-0023).

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