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April 13, 2020
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $8,920,848 modification (P00012) to cost-plus-incentive-fee delivery order N00019-18-F-2474 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This modification exercises an option to procure the tooling needed to meet both production and retrofit demands of the Technical Refresh 3 (TR3) avionics system. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Florida, and mandates that the contractor will procure materials and fabricate the special tooling that will allow for production of TR3 components for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work is expected to be complete by May 2022.

April 10, 2020
 

Systems Planning and Analysis Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, is awarded $10,000,000 for a hybrid firm-fixed-price, cost only, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity and single award contract M95494-20-D-0004 to provide professional analytic and advisory support services to the Office of the Commandant of the Marine Corps. This contract has a five-year ordering period with a maximum value of $10,000,000. Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia, and is expected to be complete by April 2025. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $5,000 is being obligated under the contract's initial task order to fund the minimum guarantee and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

March 2, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood

The U.S. Marine Corps selected Wixom, Michigan-based Trijicon to deliver Squad Common Optic Systems for use with infantry assault rifles, including the M27, M4 and M4A1. Under the $64 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite quantity firm fixed contract, the company will produce 19,000 units of the optic technology.

Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC), the contracting authority, will begin fielding the tool to Fleet Marine Forces beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 and through 2023, MCSC reported on February 24.

February 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, fast ropes from a MV-22B Osprey during drills in November at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Technologies fielded by the service’s Command Element Systems must be lightweight and effective for expeditionary forces.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Kirk, USMC

A Marine Corps of the future with a “reinvigorated Fleet Marine Force” and a strong Marine Expeditionary Force requires robust command and control and other advanced communications technologies, says the service’s top leader. As such, the Marine Corps Systems Command’s Command Element Systems is pursuing advanced satellite communications, electronic warfare, biometrics and other solutions.

January 14, 2020
 

The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command selected Herndon, Virginia-based ManTech International Corporation to provide scientific and technical information support to the command's Systems Engineering Directorate (SED). Under the five-year $67 million award, the company will assist efforts regarding: Joint and Naval integration and transportability, modeling and simulation, USMC systems and equipment safety, systems engineering, systems security, technology transition, knowledge management, spectrum management, fire support systems integration, and assured command and control technologies, ManTech stated.

November 14, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, USMC, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, speaks to Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Reyes

Multidomain operations (MDO) are not new for the U.S. military’s amphibious force. The Marine Corps approach of maneuver warfare “easily accommodates multidomain operations,” claimed Lt. Gen. Robert Hedelund, USMC, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and commanding general, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic. “In fact, it is central to that requirement.”

November 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Cyber experts (l-r) Ray Letteer, Will Bush, Jean-Paul Bergeaux and Lisa Lee, discuss the risks of Internet of Things devices during AFCEA Quantico-Potomac’s Annual Cyber Security Panel event on October 31 at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

With the increase of available equipment that connects to the Internet, the military needs to address the associated cybersecurity risks. The Defense Department is lacking a comprehensive strategy of how to harness these so-called IoT devices, which could be based on existing cybersecurity frameworks, advised experts at an October 31 AFCEA Quantico-Potomac Chapter luncheon.

October 25, 2019
 

FreeAlliance.com LLC,* McLean, Virginia, is awarded a $15,299,578 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for advanced cyber support services in support of the Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group.  Work will be performed in Quantico, Virginia.  This one-year contract includes four one-year option periods which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $79,599,761. The period of performance of the base period is November 1, 2019, through October 31, 2020.  If all options are exercised, the period of performance would extend through October 31, 2024.  Fiscal year 2020 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $1 million will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2020 operations and ma

September 26, 2019
 

CACI, Inc.–Federal, Chantilly, Virginia, is awarded a $249,960,831 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-19-D-7614) for continued post-deployment system support including, service management, service operations; production and pre-production system sustainment; solution development environment; enterprise training and training devices; product lifecycle support; and service transition for change requests, engineering change proposals, and reduction of reports, interfaces, customizations, and extensions; and potential tasks to support Global Combat Support System – Marine Corps future initiatives.

July 15, 2019
 

Harris Corp., Rochester, New York, is being awarded a $7,392,098 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a base ordering period of one year for the refurbishment of Marine Corps Radio components associated with controlled cryptographic communications. This contract includes two one-year option ordering periods which, if exercised, could bring the cumulative value of this contract to $22,850,412. Work will be performed in Rochester, New York. Work is expected to be completed October 2020. If all options are exercised, work will continue through January 2023.

June 19, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh
A U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal is assembling an AN/PRC-117G radio on the flight deck of an amphibious assault ship. The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) adds updated firmware to the radio, giving warfighters more advanced satellite communications.” Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tawanya Norwood.

The U.S. Marine Corps recently began using a next-generation narrowband satellite communication system called the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) to help warfighters in connecting to networks on the battlefield and communicate in a tactical environment.

MUOS works by using antennas that let Marines access SATCOM networks while also providing them with secure and nonsecure internet access. The system applies to both mobile or stationary marines and was fielded in the first quarter of 2019. It includes updated firmware to the AN/PRC-117G radio system and one of three antenna kits.

May 21, 2019
 

Portland, Oregon-based PacStar announced on May 21 that the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) selected aspects of the company's ​Secure Wireless Command Post solution to support the Marine Air Ground Task force (MAGTF). The equipment includes network infrastructure, encryption and cybersecurity for the Marine Common Handheld (MCH) program. The MCH, a digital information processing and display system, provides integrated command and control (C2) and situational awareness to commanders, leaders and other C2 nodes, during tactical combat and combat support.

May 20, 2019
 

Corps Solutions, Stafford, Virginia, is awarded a firm-fixed-price task order M67854-19-F-7886 with a total value of $18,543,043 under a previously awarded contract (M67854-19-D-7872) to provide support services for the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Support Service, Battle Simulation Center/Combined Arms Staff Training Facilities. Support services will include delivering instruction; supporting live, virtual, and constructive training events; providing modeling and simulation system operations; developing and modifying training curricula; and maintaining networks and information technology equipment. Training will support a number of military systems designed to train Marines in a virtual environment.  The place of performance fo

December 13, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command is leveraging other transactional authority to spur a Next Generation Handheld Targeting System, which is meant to replace four legacy systems. Credit: Marine Corps Systems Command.

To spur innovation for a necessary handheld targeting system, the U.S. Marine Corps is turning to the Other Transaction Authority contracting tool, which provides for rapid prototyping of technologies.

The Marine Corps Systems Command awarded four Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs) to BAE Systems, Elbit Systems of America, Fraser Optics and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., according to the command.

The command will use the OTAs to assess how the companies are able to produce a Next Generation Handheld Targeting System. The Marines need such a system to quickly acquire targets; perform guidance against targets; and generate target location data during combat operations, the command reported.  

October 9, 2018
Kimberly Underwood
James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy, speaks at the recent Modern Day Marine event in Quantico, Virginia.

The move away from technologies meant for a static battlefield environment continues for the U.S. Marine Corps, as the service fields technologies needed for operating in austere environments.

Leaders want ruggedized and resilient technologies that are low in size, weight and power for soldiers on the move. The technology gaps to fill come across all aspects of command, control, communications and computing, or C4. Marine Corps leaders identified the service’s top technological needs during the Modern Day Marine event September 25-27 at the Marine Corps Quantico base.

September 27, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Appearing at the Modern Day Marine industry-related exhibits, Boeing’s compact laser weapon system is shown mounted on OshKosh Defense’s joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV). Credit: Kimberly Underwood

This summer, the U.S. Marine Corps accepted delivery of five compact laser weapon systems, and is now considering many aspects of the weapon’s functionality. The service is looking for reliable, cost effective protection against the growing threat of unmanned aerial vehicles.

September 27, 2018
 

DOD announced on September 26 that the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) had awarded a contract to produce lighter-weight body armor, known as Plate Carrier Generation IIIs, which will help Marines increase their mobility and safety in training and deployments, according to a DOD contract notice as well as a statement from Kaitlin Kelly, public affairs, MCSC. A small business, Vertical Protective Apparel, LLC, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, was awarded a $62,612,464 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to produce and deliver the body armor. A maximum quantity of 225,886 will be delivered, and the work will be completed by September 2023, Kelly reported.

September 25, 2018
 

DRS Network and Imaging Systems LLC, Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $20,966,982 modification to previously awarded contract (N00164-12-D-JQ49) for the procurement of improved day/night observation device(s) (INOD) in support of the Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command. The INOD is a cooled thermal mid-wave infrared imager with the ability to import data and export images. The system enables operators to successfully engage targets beyond 800 meters as well as see their bullet trace. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Florida (84 percent); and Dallas, Texas (16 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2020.

September 13, 2018
 

Web Business Solutions Inc.,** Fredericksburg, Virginia, was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, with a contract ceiling of $70,553,538, to provide support for the Command and Control Training and Education Center of Excellence.

September 6, 2018
 

On September 6 the U.S. Marine Corps released a request for information (RFI) for industry input to identify potential sources for a suite of hearing enhancement devices. The service is looking for a next-generation hearing system that will protect Marines’ hearing while increasing their situational awareness in a variety of training and combat environments, the service reported. The Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) will spearhead the effort and assess possible systems for compatibility with existing Marine Corps radios and the Marine Corps Enhanced Combat Helmet, known as ECH. Any system would also be used with the current Combat Arms Earplugs that Marines wear.

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