USMC

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.

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