Boeing Phantom Works and a team of U.S. bio-defense companies have been given a two-year $8.2 million Phase I contract to modify the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to look for biological warfare agents as part of a program funded by the USA’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Under the Biological Combat Assessment System (BCAS) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) program, the DTRA and the Boeing-led team will work with U.S. Pacific Command and the U.S. Navy Third Fleet to design and develop a remote sensor system that can assess battle damage and collateral effects, and also locate, track, collect and detect simulated biological warfare agents in a designated area.
The team will integrate the sensor system into the Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle UAV and then will demonstrate the system’s capabilities in flight tests. Successful flight tests will lead to a possible Phase 2 follow-on contract and limited production options with the DTRA worth approximately $15 million.
This is the first time Boeing has served as a lead systems integrator on a program directed solely toward chemical and biological defense, so they’re drawing on scientists and engineers from across the company and industry. Industry team members include the Midwest Research Institute, Applied Research Associates and Steris. Internal Boeing participants, meanwhile, will be drawn from Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the Advanced Systems group of Integrated Defense Systems, and the Engineering & Information Technology and Advanced Homeland Security groups within Boeing’s Phantom Works unit for advanced R&D. See Boeing’s June 2006 release | The Bright Onyx sensor contract | Boeing’s March 2008 release.
Alaskan-headquartered Alutiiq Global Solutions LLC in Hanahan, SC has received $92 million in contracts for technical services in support of Electronic Security System projects and programs. Program security requirements encompass numerous facilities; vary in scope, magnitude and complexity and will range from modification/additions to existing security systems, to large-scale integrated base-wide or facility-wide systems. These systems/subsystems include:
Northrop Grumman IT has been awarded a indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract with a potential value of approximately $375 million over four years, in order to provide a range of scientific and technical advisory and assistance services to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA, also known by some as Nunn-Lugar) that will support DTRA’s mission to reduce the threat from weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) in Sterling Heights, MI received a $19 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract to make the M93 Fox Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance Systems deployed to Iraq more survivable. The Fox is in service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. It detects chemical contamination in its immediate environment through point detection and at a distance of up to three miles with a stand-off detector.
GDLS’ corporate release notes that the improvement package includes slat armor, armor protection against land mines, accommodations for the CROWS remotely operated machine gun, and heavy-duty axles for 17 Fox vehicles and four spares deployed in theater. The vehicles’ swim capability will be deactivated to accommodate these improvements. Work on this contract will be performed in Anniston, AL (90%), and Camp Anaconda, Iraq (10%), and is expected to be complete by Sept. 29, 2006 under contract DAAM01-96-C-0028. This was a sole source contract initiated on Aug. 31, 1995 by the Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.
Schaefer Corp. in Chelmsford, MA received a $6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide for particle analysis services and non-personal services for the processing and analyzing of particle samples. These services will be used in support of the United States Atomic Energy Detection System for nuclear test ban treaty verification, on behalf of the Air Force Technical Applications Center. Work will be performed at Schafer Vallecitos Laboratory in Sunol, CA. Solicitations began in June 2005 and one proposal was received. Negotiations were completed in August 2005, and work will be complete by September 2006. The 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, FL issued the contract (FA2521-05-C-8009)
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in San Diego, CA received a $6.1 million cost-plus award-fee contract modification to a $50 million maximum May 2000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract that provide for 29 major upgrades to the worldwide seismic sensor network used to monitor nuclear detonation and testing. That contract also included seismic network sustainment, and installation of four new seismic array sites.
Under Delivery Order 2405-16, Near Term Seismic Upgrade, the contractor will provide program management, site design, material procurement, production/integration, testing, packaging and shipping, installation, and documentation services at four sites (Indian Mountain, Eielson, Cambridge Bay and Burnt Mountain). The location of performance is Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, FL. Negotiations were completed July 2005, and work will be complete by December 2006. The United States Atomic Energy Detection Systems Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, FL issued the contract (F33657-00-D-5700).
General Electric Co. in Niskayuna, NY wo an $11.1 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-reimbursement no-fee contract for R&D into active screening and imaging of shielded special nuclear materials, plus ultra-large field of view x-ray imagers for cargo radiography.
Work will be performed in Niskayuna, NY, and is expected to be complete by February 2009. This contract was competitively procured with an unrestricted Broad Agency Announcement solicitation via the Federal Business Opportunities web site, with 79 proposals solicited and 40 offers evaluated as selectable. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego, CA issued the contract (N66001-05-D-6033).
MTC Technologies in Dayton, OH received a $10 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) maintenance and technical support contract. The objective is to help AFTAC meet operational mission requirements for monitoring treaties and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Rep. James Walsh (R-Onondaga-NY), a member of the Appropriations Committee, pointed to a $1.8 million appropriation for Source Sentinel, a partnership of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, OBrien and Gere, and Sensis Corp. The system uses sensors to detect small amounts of toxins in water supplies, eliminating the need to take samples for time-consuming laboratory analysis. It also offers water purveyors a fully integrated system by integrating the data from various sources, then uses the information in unique ways to determine future water quality. This capability enables the decision maker to manage the water before large scale escalation takes place. Walsh noted that the technology has both military and civilian applications in the post-9/11 world. Syracuse.com (June 8/05) – Bill Has More than $36M for CNY Projects
The Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) from Idaho Technology, Inc. in Salt Lake City, UT is designed to vastly increase the speed and accuracy of biological warfare agent detection and identification. Prior to JBAIDS, it took the military two to four days back in a lab to accurately identify the presence of a biological warfare agent, using a technology called RAPIDS. The new JBAIDS is a 40-pound device small enough to slip into a rucksack, and can reportedly do the job on the spot in 40 minutes with 85-90% accuracy.
The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense in Falls Church, VA, found the technology in 2002 while seeking a quicker way to detect biological warfare agents in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, and later anthrax scares…