Total Immersion Software (TIS) in Alameda, CA received a $12 million modification to a previously awarded contract for development of the RealWorld Transition program, which enables soldiers to carry out mission-specific simulations using a laptop computer.
Sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the RealWorld Program uses technology innovation to provide soldiers with the ability to open a laptop computer and create a mission-specific simulation in a relevant geo-specific 3-D world. The program is intended to overcome problems with current simulation programs – they are time consuming to set up, expensive to buy, and require graduate-level expertise in computer programming. RealWorld is intended to remove these barriers and, for the first time, put the tactical advantage of real-time simulation into the hands of frontline troops.
DID has more on the RealWorld system, including a link to a sample RealWorld scenario…
Archer Western/RQ Construction Joint Venture in Chicago, IL won a $151 million firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of multiple bachelor enlisted quarters at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, NC. The contract also contains 1 unexercised option, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $162.9 million.
Camp Lejeune is the home of the Expeditionary Forces in Readiness, including the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. The base is home to more than 47,000 Marines and sailors from around the world. The base’s 14 miles of beaches make it a major area for amphibious assault training, and its location between two deep-water ports (Wilmington and Morehead City) allows for fast deployments. The main base is supplemented by 6 satellite facilities: Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, Camp Johnson, and the Greater Sandy Run Training Area.
Archer Western/RQ Construction will perform the work in Jacksonville and expects to complete it by August 2011. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 18 proposals received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, in Norfolk, VA (N40085-09-C-3215).
The Columbia Group, a small business based in Washington, DC received a $10.6 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide 3 Pluto Plus unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV), associated technical support and training to the Egyptian Navy under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Pluto Plus system is a remotely operated UUV intended primarily for military use in mine identification and destruction.
The Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, IN awarded 4 small businesses a $49.9 million multiple award ($5,000 min.) indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract to supply machine shop services used for the fabrication of prototype hardware and items requiring low rate production. The four contractors are J&R Tool in Loogootee, IN (N00164-09-D-JS60); Process Development & Fabrication in Brazil, IN (N00164-09-D-JS61); C&S Machine in PlainVille, IN (N00164-09-D-JS62), and American Manufacturing Solutions in North Vernon, IN (N00164-09-D-JS63). This contract will provide prototype fabrication, low rate production, prototyped development support to include items manufactured from metals, polymers, ceramics, fabrics, woods, glass, masonry materials, and coatings for such materials.
The contractors will perform the work at their facilities as determined by each task order; they expect to complete the work by May 2013. The contractors will compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the contract, which was competitively procured via the FedBizOpps with unlimited proposals solicited and 15 offers received.