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…
Small business qualifier RMR Joint Venture in Minot, N.D., won a $34.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of family housing. Work will be performed at Minot Air Force Base, ND, and is expected to be complete by Oct. 15, 2006. There were 314 bids solicited on Dec. 1, 2004, and two bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, NB issued the contract (W9128F-05-C-0007).
EDO MTECH Inc. in Huntingdon Valley, PA is being awarded an $11 million firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 135 BRU-55 Smart Racks (Bomb Release Units), first article acceptance testing, lot acceptance testing, integrated logistics support, and technical data. BRU-55 allows carriage of two smart weapons(up to 1000lb class) on a single aircraft station. BRU-55 weapons currently consist of JSOW missiles, 1000 lb JDAMs, and WCMD smart cluster bombs, and it is currently deployable on F-16 and F-18 aircraft. The BRU-55 uses the MIL-STD-1760 interface (A/C-to-Rack and Rack-to-Weapons), and future expansion to other MIL-STD-1760 aircraft and weapons is possible.
Work on this contract will be performed in Huntingdon Valley, PA and is expected to be complete in June 2007. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract (N00019-05-C-0026).
On April 21, 2005, Did noted that the U.S. Defense Department was moving closer to Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) for its telecommunications needs, expanding its control over this area and potentially reducing costs. Now General Dynamics Network Systems has been chosen by the U.S. Army to modernize communications and data network infrastructure at two of the Army’s strategic Power Projection Platform sites, Fort Drum, NY, and Fort Lewis, WA. The work is valued at approximately $7 million.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, SC has issued a pair of indefinite-delivery /indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-incentive-fee, performance-based, multiple-award type contracts for engineering, analytical, technical, and programmatic support services re: the U.S. Army Prophet/Cobra program and project office. Both are one-year contracts with four one-year option periods, with an immediate cumulative value of $103.4 million and a potential cumulative value of $530.5 million.
Prophet, which is being developed under the Army Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S), is is a lightweight tactical signals intelligence and electronic warfare system designed to support the US Army division and brigade forces.
International Systems, LLC in San Diego, CA received a $32.3 million modification to a previously awarded cost-plus award-fee/ cost-plus fixed-fee contract for the FY 2005 demonstration, test and evaluation phase of the Affordable Weapon System. Work will be performed in San Diego, CA, and is expected to be complete by September 2006. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Wash. DC issued the contract (N00024-04-C-6301).
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has a program to use commercially-based equipment to build a “cruise-like” missile with good performance at a price ten times less than the norm. The new missile is called, appropriately, the Affordable Weapon. Launched from its shipping container by a small rocket booster and powered in flight by a small turbojet engine, the Affordable Weapon is designed to carry a significant payload to a target several hundred miles away. Equipped with both line-of-sight and satellite data links, the Affordable Weapon can fly directly to its target guided by the Global Positioning System (GPS). Alternatively, it can fly to an area and loiter until a forward observer directs it to a target. It can also be retargeted in flight – an observer can direct it to switch to a target different from the one the weapon was originally sent to attack.
The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD is exercising a contract option with Lockheed Martin Services Inc. for P-3 Orion aircraft phased depot maintenance, special structural inspections, and enhanced special structural inspections. Lockheed’s Aircraft and Logistics Center in Greenville, SC is receiving an $81.2 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (N00019-03-D-0007). Work will be performed in Greenville, SC and is expected to be complete in May 2006.
Stanford University in Stanford, CA, is being awarded a $13.1 million cost contract for R&D to design, build, calibrate, test, and deliver a flight-qualified very low frequency receiver and transmitter. Very Low Frequency (VLF) communications transmitters use digital signals to communicate with submerged missile ans attack submarines on at frequencies of 3-30 kHz. The supporting infrastructure for these submarines includes connectivity links such as the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF), Very Low Frequency (VLF), and TACAMO Airborne VLF communications systems.
Work will be performed at Stanford University in Stanford, CA and Lockheed Martin Corp. in Palo Alto, CA. Solicitation began March 2004, negotiations were completed May 2005, and work will be complete by March 2009. The Headquarters Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA issued the contract (FA8718-05-C-0027).
I.E. Discovery Inc. in Austin, TX won a cost-plus fixed-fee task order contract in the amount of $8.8 million for general litigation support services to the Navy Litigation Office of the Office of General Counsel. This contract includes one base year and four one-year option periods, which if exercised, bring the total approximate value of the contract to $45.8 million. Work will be performed in Washington, DC, and is to be complete by September 2010 if all options are exercised. This contract was competitively procured through FEDBIZOPs. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Detachment in Philadelphia, PA issued the contract (N00600-05-D-0186).