October 21, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo

As part of its transformation back to a maritime force, the U.S. Marine Corps is focusing on greater integration with naval and joint forces. This will require information technology systems that are extremely mobile, can work anywhere and operate in a denied environment, according to the Marine Corps deputy chief information officer (CIO).

August 18, 2021

Caddell-Nan JV, Montgomery, Alabama, was awarded a $36,571,666 firm-fixed-price task order (N6274221F9933) under a multiple award construction contract for the design and construction of a high-bay warehouse at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Guam. The task order also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised would increase cumulative task order value to $38,314,666. Work will be performed in Finegayan, Guam, and is to be completed by November 2023. The work to be performed provides for the design and construction of a base warehouse to serve MCB Guam.

June 4, 2021

Blue Tech Inc., San Diego, California, is awarded an $18,708,000 delivery order issued against NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract NNG15SD00B. The delivery order will provide for procurement of a distributed common ground/surface systems antenna solution and software/firmware maintenance renewal packages. Work will be performed in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by June 15, 2027. Fiscal 2021 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $17,940,000 will be obligated under this delivery order award and funds will not expire at the end of current fiscal year.

May 11, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Marine Corps has elected to continue the use of and maintain Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapons System, pictured installed on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. Credit: Boeing

Happy with the five compact laser systems in hand, the U.S. Marine Corps issued a $2.5 million contract to Boeing to maintain the versatile weapon over the next year, with four possible one-year extensions. The Marine Corps’ Ground-Based Air Defense Program Office moved to add the maintenance service contract for the manportable weapon system after going from initially evaluating single demonstration prototype units to receiving the five manufactured systems from The Boeing Company in 2018.

February 4, 2021

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $19,429,150 modification (P00005) to cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00019-19-F-2972 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029. This order provides for non-recurring engineering, engineering change order, logistics and programmatic support of the Data Transfer Unit and Defensive Electronic Countermeasure System Replacement and ARC-210 program, to replace existing subsystems within the CH-53K production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (55.82%); Stratford, Connecticut (35.7%); and Fort Worth, Texas (8.48%), and is expected to be completed in August 2021.

January 19, 2021

EC America Inc., McLean, Virginia, is awarded a $9,053,930 firm-fixed-price order (M67854-21-F-4906) against previously issued Department of Defense Enterprise Initiative blanket purchase agreement N66001-19-A-0057. This blanket purchase agreement call order provides for the renewal of Tanium brand software license subscriptions currently deployed in the Marine Corps Enterprise Network environment and associated onsite technical support in Quantico, Virginia (100%). Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $9,053,930 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will expire September 30, 2021.

January 12, 2021

Atlantic Signal LLC,* Topeka, Kansas, is awarded a $45,128,388 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of up to a combined maximum quantity of 233,736 units inclusive of hearing enhancement devices, cables, push-to-talks, hygiene kits and helmet adapters. Work will be performed in Topeka, Kansas, and is expected to be complete by September 2025. Fiscal 2020 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $9,999,420 will be obligated on the first delivery order immediately following contract award and funds will expire on March 19, 2021. This contract was competitively procured via the website, with seven offers received.

December 2, 2020

Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded an $888,422,571 modification (P00451) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 to exercise options (1,001 trailers; 2,679 vehicles; and 6,725 kits) for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Family of Vehicles for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of October 31, 2022. Fiscal 2019, 2020 and 2021 other procurement (Army); 2021 procurement (Marine Corps); 2020 and 2021 procurement (Air Force); and 2021 procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $888,422,571 were obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

December 1, 2020

Raytheon Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a $642,000,000 not-to-exceed, cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target undefinitized contract. This contract provides for the procurement of performance-based logistics activities including maintenance of support equipment, common program activities, unique and common base recurring sustainment, repair of repairables, field service representatives, common replenishment spares, conventional take-off and landing/carrier variant F135 unique maintenance services and short take-off and landing F135 unique services in support of the F-35 Lightning II F135 propulsion system for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Departme

December 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, and Norwegian soldiers pause for surveillance during Exercise Thunder Reindeer in Setermoen, Norway, in May 2020.  USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Chase W. Drayer

Given adversarial threats in the Indo-Pacific region and Europe, especially from Russia and China, the Arctic region’s strategic importance is increasing. As such, over the last several years, the U.S. military has focused on growing its cold weather operation capabilities. Beginning in 2016, the U.S. Marine Corps in particular, through host and NATO ally Norway, has maintained a presence in the Kingdom of Norway to train and develop the skills necessary to operate in extreme conditions.

December 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Marines participating in the Thunder Reindeer exercise in Setermoen, Norway in late May practice their cold weather survival skills while living in the Arctic. Credit: USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Chase Drayer

Even in the summer, Norway offers challenging, rugged terrain that helps hone the cold-weather survival and mountain warfare skills of the U.S. Marines. In May, Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, along with the Marine Forces Europe and Africa, deployed to northern Norway above the Arctic Circle as part of Marine Rotational Force-Europe (MRF-E) 20.2. The warfighters worked directly with the Norwegian Army to advance their skills and improve allied interoperability, says Lt. Col. Brian Donlon, USMC, commander of 3rd Battalion, who leads the MRF-E contingent.

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 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.

September 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Master Sgt. Bryan Norman, USMC, marks targets for close-air support during last fall’s Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-18 in Yuma, Arizona. The course provided air wing personnel a first chance to try the THS V.2 in that environment.

As they field the remainder of their new and improved target handoff systems, the U.S. Marines are planning further enhancements and applications, including possibly using the technology to control an unmanned aircraft or its sensor payload.

August 29, 2018

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, is awarded $17,559,070 for a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, one-year task order (M95494-18-F-0009) under a previously awarded General Services Administration (GSA) One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contract (GS00Q14OADU108) for Marine Corps Installations Command Headquarters directorate wide professional services.  The services procured include: program management; logistics program support; information technology program support; operations support; planning support; government and external affairs support; facilities support; and enterprise content management support.

August 22, 2018

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is awarded a $53,965,378 firm-fixed-price contract to procure four full-rate production, Lot II RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems and eight attrition air vehicles; seven for the Marine Corps and one for the government of Poland.  Additionally, this contract award includes the procurement of ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, shipboard equipment kits as well as systems engineering and program management support.  Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (70 percent); and Hood River, Oregon (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2019. Fiscal 2018 procurement (Marine Corps); fiscal 2018 overseas contingency operations (Marine Corps); and Foreign Military Sales

August 15, 2018

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Virginia, is awarded a $50,000,000 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67485-14-D-4802) for a 24-month bridge contract to continue the support services for post-deployment software support, engineering change proposals, and software upgrades of the portfolio of information technology systems for the Marine Corps System Command, Program Manager, Applications. Work will be performed in Quantico, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by August 14, 2020. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Subsequent funding will be applied to future task orders as they are issued.

August 8, 2018

DOD reported that Insitu Inc. of Bingen, Washington will support both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with unmanned aircraft systems. 

August 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 18.1 conduct a patrolling exercise in May at the U.S. Army’s Novo Selo Forward Operating Site in Bulgaria. RadioMap technology, developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and transitioning to the Marine Corps, will offer radio-frequency situational awareness to such warfighters on the move. Photo by Lance Cpl. Angel Travis, USMC.

The U.S. military is moving an advanced radio-frequency mapping capability from the laboratory into the hands of warfighters. Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the technology will give land-based forces vital situational awareness of the radio spectrum as they fight on an increasingly digitized battlefield.

Facing daily threats in an ever-changing operating environment, warfighters need a quick way to assess the digital topography. And for modern-day soldiers and Marines fighting in dense urban environments, this means having a read on the spectrum.

July 27, 2018

General Dynamics Missions Systems Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona, is awarded a $15,108,782 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract M67854-17-C-0261 to exercise an option for the manufacturing, assembly and testing of nine Full Deployment Units of the Common Aviation Command and Control System, Air Command and Control Subsystem in support of Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona (94 percent); Fulton, Maryland (4 percent); Huntsville, Alabama (1 percent); and San Diego, California (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2020.

July 26, 2018

Capt. Gregory N. Todd, USN, has been selected for promotion to rear admiral and will be assigned as chaplain of the Marine Corps; deputy chief of chaplains; and deputy director of religious ministries, N097B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

July 24, 2018

Maj. Gen. Charles G. Chiarotti, USMC, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commandant for installations and logistics, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.

July 24, 2018

Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, USMC, has been nominated for assignment as deputy commandant for combat development and integration, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

July 24, 2018

Lt. Gen. Michael G. Dana, USMC, has been nominated for assignment as director of the Marine Corps Staff.

July 11, 2018

AT&T Government Solutions Inc., Vienna, Virginia, is awarded $9,281,843 for modification P00003 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to provide operations and sustainment support to Marine Corps Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) and assist the government in expanding and sustaining Marine Corps ITSM capabilities across the enterprise. The scope of this contract includes planning, system enhancement, documentation, configuration, systems engineering, operational support, integration, installation, certification and accreditation, training, maintenance, and testing. Work will be performed in Quantico, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance

June 18, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's Force Reconnaissance Platoon waits on the flight deck while training in the Pacific Ocean. Marine Corps Systems Command unveiled its new Binocular Night Vision Goggle II that it is fielding to Force Recon and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines this year, with full capability next year. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. T. T. Parish, USMC

U.S. Marines on the move need to be able to negotiate the battlefield effectively. Part of operating on the fly also means working in the dark. To aid warfighters, the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) recently began fielding advanced binoculars to help with improved vision at night, according to a June 18 report from Kaitlin Kelly, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication.

July 2, 2018

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $4,191,533,822 for a modification to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract. The contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 34 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; 1 CV-22B for the Air Force; and 4 MV-22B aircraft for the government of Japan.

June 29, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The addition of the U.S. Marines Corps’ networking on the move platform known as NOTM-A Increment II system onto the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft will enhance the Marines’ abilities to communicate in the air. (U.S. Marine Corps photo courtesy of Chris Wagner)

The effort of the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command in bringing the networking on-the-move platform to more aircraft is coming to fruition. The service announced on June 28 that it had placed a new iteration of tactical network family of systems known as the NOTM onto the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

The new NOTM-Airborne Increment II System can provide communications access for up to five users, including access to networks, voice, email, video and texting capabilities while airborne, command officials noted.

June 10, 2018

FAAC Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, is being awarded a $17,720,486 firm-fixed-price, hybrid supply-and-services contract for the Combat Convoy Simulator (CCS). The mission of the CCS virtual trainer is to train small unit personnel, vehicle operators, and convoy commanders on immediate action execution in a combat environment while incorporating Marine Corps training standards and doctrine.

June 4, 2018

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, Dulles, Virginia, is awarded a $64,476,915 fixed price modification P00024 under a previously awarded firm-fixed price contract (M67004-16-C-0005) in support of the Marine Corps Logistics Integration Support (LIS) program. Work will be performed in Albany, Georgia (50 percent); Camp Pendleton, California (21 percent); Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (12 percent); Barstow, California (11 percent); Okinawa, Japan (5 percent); and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (1 percent). Work is expected to be completed May 31, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $14,000,000 will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Working capital

April 30, 2018
A U.S. Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fires a M27 infantry automatic rifle at simulated enemies during an Integrated Training Exercise at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. Under a new contract award to Heckler and Koch, the service will be purchasing 15,000 additional M27s to partially replace the M4 carbine semi-automatic rifle. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez.

The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) announced on Friday that they will be purchasing up to 15,000 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles (IAR) and spare parts from Heckler and Koch (H&K) in Ashburn, Virginia, under a five-year, firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum ceiling of $29.4 million.