Small business qualifier Compass Systems, Inc. in Lexington Park, MD received a $12.4 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the research and development for various command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting programs, sensors, mission and targeting systems, communication suites, and small aircraft vehicle systems. These efforts are in support of the Roll-On Roll-Off Sensor System for the Contingency Airborne Response program.
Adara Networks, Inc. in Scotts Valley, CA received a $7.3 million firm-fixed-price contract for designing and testing an integrated service platform to solve problems of network latency, scalability and integration complexity for the Naval Health Research Center. Which leads one to ask the question on everybody’s mind: do they make house calls?
They probably do, but only for people with very complex in-house networks. Their NPX(TM) technology coordinates all sites, servers, and content in the network using a GOLD (Generic Object Locator by Distance) approach. The system builds tables that contain the best location for objects on the network, then maintains and updates the tables. This provide a single platform for additional network services and objects, and offers global load balancing, fail-over capability, and dynamic content management/ object re-location. Low-overhead encryption is also part of NPX’s services. See technology page for relevant Flash movies.
This contract for the Naval Health Research Center also covers evaluation and project support. Work will be performed in San Jose, CA (85%); Charleston, SC (10%); San Diego, CA (2%); Dahlgren, VA (1%); Patuxent River (1%); and Quantico, VA (1%), and is expected to be complete by May 2008. This contract was awarded competitively through Navy Electronic Commerce Online, with 1 offer received by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center in San Diego, CA (N00244-07-C-0027).
Monday, May 28, 2007 is Memorial Day in the USA. DID honors those who have given all of their tomorrows in American military service; we will not be publishing. Carmella LaSpada is executive director of the White House Commission on Remembrance which was set up by Congress in 2000, and urges Americans to remember and honor the true spirit and purpose of Memorial Day:
“The national Moment of Remembrance is a time for Americans to contemplate those things that bind us together by remembering the legacy of those who died to better our country… We encourage all Americans, no matter where they are and what they are doing, at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to stop and give thanks [via a moment of silence, or something symbolic like ringing a bell].”
Nov. 11, 2007, known most frequently as Remembrance Day around the world, will also be a non-publishing day except for a memoriam post. Thank you to those who are serving, those who have served, and those who give their all so that the people at the tip of the spear have the right tools to do a difficult, dangerous… and vitally necessary job.
As it happens, new House of Congress rules passed in January 2007 provide more transparency into the sponsors, recipients, and purposes of earmarks. A May 23, 2007 TCS release mines some of that data from the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House last week, and presents highlights.
Carothers Construction in Water Valley, MS received a $10.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for renovations of a Battle Seminar facility at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Work is expected to be completed by July 15, 2008. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on March 23, 2007, and 3 bids were received by the U.S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, MO (W912DQ-07-C-0021).
Founded in 1827, Fort Leavenworth is probably most well-known for its Center for its military prison – the United States Disciplinary Barracks. It is also home to a wide range of training and doctrine commands, however, and serves as a key link that provides training and learning opportunities to members of other mailitaries around the world. Leavenworth is home to the Battle Command Knowledge System, Center for Army Leadership, Center for Army Lessons Learned, Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate Combined Arms Center – Training, Command and General Staff College, Combat Studies Institute, Current Force Integration Directorate, and elements of US Army TRADOC (Training & Doctrine).
Mainot’s most visible unit is the 5th Bomb Wing, making it one of two B-52H Stratofortress bomber bases in the USAF. The base also hosts the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles assigned to the 91st Space Wing. With 2,447 family housing units (426 officer units; 255 senior enlisted and 1,766 for junior enlisted), Minot AFB has one of the largest housing complexes in the US Air Force.
DID covered a $41.6 million August 2006 contract to Small business qualifier RMR Joint Venture in Minot, ND. Now they’re received an additional $160.7 million firm-fixed-price contract for replacement of family housing at Minot Air Force Base, ND. Work is expected to be complete by May 24, 2011. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on Feb. 7, 2007, and 1 bid was received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Omaha, NB (W9128F-07-C-0008).
Sweden’s Saab Underwater Systems makes UUVs like the Double Eagle, and has a special focus on littoral, shallow and difficult underwater environments due to Sweden’s underwater geography. Seaeye Marine, with approximately 50 employees and annual sales of approximately GBP 12 million (currently about $23.75 million), is located in Fareham, Hampshire on the south coast of England. The company develops and manufactures a range of electric powered remotely-operated underwater systems, and has become a leading supplier to the offshore oil and gas industry. The firm has expanded its vehicles’ capabilities of late to include the tasks like security, salvage and coastal observation.
The parties appear to think that the two are a good fit, as Saab just bought Seaeye Holdings Ltd. for GBP 13 million (currently about $25.7 million). Saab sees it as a way of strenthening their naval products portfolio with offerings that can serve both civilian and military markets. Seaeye CEO Chris Tarmey sees Saab as a way into maritime security and defense applications, and believes there may be technical synergies as well. Saab Release | Seaeye release.
ITT Corp. Night Vision Division in Roanoke, VA received a $6 million firm-fixed-price five-year indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for 18MM Image Intensifier Tubes for use in ground system night vision devices. The 18MM Image Intensifier Tubes are used in night vision goggles, night vision weapon sights, night vision binoculars and night vision monoculars. The tubes magnify and enhance existing natural light or laser illumination to allow users to see in the dark.
Work will be performed in Roanoke, VA and is expected to be complete by May 2012. $137,000 in contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured and solicited via the World Wide Web via Federal Business Opportunities, with 1 offer received by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division in Crane, IN (N00164-07-D-8520).
In the wake of the USA’s Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) 2005 process, Aberdeen Proving Ground is preparing for an influx of new personnel – including Team C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) from the U.S. Army’s Fort Monmouth.
To help Maryland’s business community understand and capitalize on these future changes at APG, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), the Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) and APG will jointly host the event “Aberdeen Proving Ground: Current and Future Capabilities for Business Opportunities.” Co-sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Tech Council, the event is designed to highlight new collaboration and commercialization opportunities for businesses, government agencies and academia.