ManTech Awarded $25 Million to Support Defense Commissary Agency Information Applications Worldwide

ManTech was awarded a task order under its GSA IT Schedule 70 contract to provide technical and operations support services for the Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA) worldwide information applications. The award is valued at $25 million, with a one year base period and four additional option years. DeCA is responsible for the management, operation, and maintenance of all Department of Defense commissaries worldwide. Under this task order, ManTech will provide program management, software maintenance, integration, application migration/upgrades, and deployment services for existing DeCA information applications, including mission critical ordering, receiving and financial systems. The work will be performed primarily at DeCA headquarters in Fort Lee, Va.

“DeCA operates about 250 DoD commissaries with approximately 15,000 employees, all supported by a variety of information systems accessed by 5,500 computers worldwide,” said Louis M. Addeo, president and chief operating officer of ManTech’s Technical Services Group. “ManTech’s extensive information technology and software engineering experience around the globe will provide DeCA a valuable resource for continuing their efforts to enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families.”

Harris Corporation Receives $50 Million Order Under U.S. Army’s Modernization of Enterprise Terminals Program

Harris has received a $50.5 million delivery order for advanced satellite communications terminals under the U.S. Army’s Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) program. The next-generation military satellite communications terminals will provide the worldwide backbone for high-priority military communications and missile defense systems. Harris is the prime contractor for the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity MET contract, which has a potential value of $600 million. This includes a five-year base period and a five-year option period for production, as well as installation, depot and engineering services to support fielding of the terminals. This brings to $264 million the total MET orders Harris has been awarded since 2009.

Under this latest order, Harris will supply additional terminals, including large fixed X-/Ka-band terminals, and transportable X-/Ka-band terminals. The order also includes common electronics equipment, spares to support the fielding of the terminals and operator training.

“The MET program has successfully completed all required testing for SATCOM Certification of this new generation of strategic, multiband terminals, which provide critical reach-back capability for soldiers in the field,” said Bill Gattle, vice president, Aerospace Systems, Harris Government Communications Systems. “The MET terminal provides the warfighter with high performance, cost effective solutions for their MILSATCOM needs.”

Under the MET program, managed by the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS), Harris will replace up to 80 AN/GSC-52, AN/GSC-39, AN/FSC-78 and other aging strategic satellite communications terminals with new X-band or simultaneous X-/Ka-band terminals. Harris also is supporting field activities such as site preparation, installation and testing.

Installations are already complete at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and Ft. Detrick, Maryland, with rapid progression toward transition to their operations commands. The terminals will interface with the new Wideband Global Satellite constellation, as well as with legacy satellite systems.

PPG Aerospace Awarded Cockpit Window Contract for Eclipse 550 Jet

PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group has been awarded a contract by Eclipse Aerospace to manufacture cockpit windows for the new Eclipse 550 very light jet. Terms also include supplying improved-design windshield spares and side cockpit window spares to Eclipse for the existing Eclipse 500 fleet. The PPG windshields for both aircraft will be glass-faced acrylic to afford the chemical, abrasion and crazing resistance of glass with the lightweight benefits of acrylic. The windshields will also be heated, meet requirements to resist strike by a 2-pound bird at 200 knots and have an anti-static coating. The side cockpit windows will be acrylic. PPG will design and produce the windshields and side cockpit windows at its Sylmar, Calif., transparencies facility, with the windshield heating system to be designed and manufactured at its Huntsville, Ala., location.

PPG met Eclipse’s requirement for lightweight transparencies while improving design of the windshields, according to Arthur Scott, PPG global director for general-aviation aerospace transparencies.

“PPG’s glass-faced acrylic windshields will be more durable, have improved aesthetics and optics, and be coated to drain precipitative static charges. These new transparencies capitalize on PPG’s core design and manufacturing expertise,” Scott said.

PPG will begin cockpit window deliveries to Eclipse in mid-2013 to coincide with the first Eclipse 550 delivery positions.

U.S. Air Force Approves Crystal Clear Technologies

Crystal Clear announced that the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has approved a 24-month Mentor-Protégé relationship with SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions to government organizations. The Mentor-Protégé program encourages larger-business, prime contractors to provide mutually beneficial developmental assistance to small businesses. Crystal Clear Technologies is eligible to participate in the program as a woman-owned small business.

“SRA is thrilled to serve as mentor to Crystal Clear Technologies as part of the Air Force Small Business Mentor-Protégé program,” said SRA’s Vice President, Air Force Business Area Bill James. “This Air Force program is unique because it focuses on cyber security and information technology. SRA’s role as mentor serves as a living example of our corporate desire to give back to others in our professional community and demonstrates that our ethic of Honesty and Service® is a key ingredient in the success of strong, developing businesses like Crystal Clear Technologies.”

Through the Mentor-Protégé program, the USAF expects to enhance its contracts, foster the establishment of long-term business relationships between the USAF, and its large and small contractors, while increasing prime and subcontracting opportunities. SRA will provide developmental assistance in various forms, including but not limited to cyber technology, process improvements and business development training.

“Crystal Clear Technologies is honored and excited to be accepted into the Air Force Mentor-Protégé program with SRA,” said CCT CEO Crystal Culberston. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with SRA to deliver advanced cyber security solutions to the Air Force. This is a wonderful opportunity for our company and our employees to enhance our offerings in the areas of technology transfer, business infrastructure and business development.”

Together, the companies will work to capture work, deliver and implement complex cyber security solutions for the Air Force and the Department of Defense (DOD).

The proposed mentor-protégé agreement will directly benefit the DOD and USAF by accelerating development of USAF capabilities by expanding the number of fully qualified cyber specialists dedicated to the AF mission. Nation-wide demand for cyber expertise is expected to grow significantly, raising the potential for longer implementation cycles due to limited availability of critical resources. The agreement will also aid in increasing the pool of available cyber talent, putting well-qualified experts in place more quickly.

GE Researchers to Study Link Between Microgravity and Vision Impairment in Astronauts

Scientists at GE Global Research will soon begin a three-year project to build and test a new ultrasound probe and measurement techniques that could eventually be used in space to monitor how the spaceflight environment affects the vision of astronauts. The new probe, to be developed as part of this study, is smaller than what is currently on the market. It is being designed to deliver real-time, three-dimensional pictures, showing the entire globe of the eye and any potential changes in the structure and function of the eye.

“NASA’s interest is in a tool that can be used to monitor astronauts, in-flight, to watch for changes in eye structure and how the eye functions,” said Aaron Dentinger, an Electrical Engineer in the Ultrasound Systems Lab at GE Global Research. “The goal is to develop a new ultrasound probe that has the ability to take an entire volume of the eye with a single scan, providing 3-D information optimized for better image quality, and image-based measurement techniques for tracking changes in the structure and functioning of the eye.”

There have been at least seven documented cases of astronauts, with otherwise healthy eyes, returning to Earth and needing adjustments in their vision prescription. For some, the vision loss lasts only a few weeks; for others the condition persists much longer and may not resolve. One possible cause for these symptoms is elevated intracranial pressure from exposure to spaceflight.

“Spaceflight causes fluid to pool in the upper body and head resulting in increased pressure in the head and the optic nerve. That could trigger a change in the shape of the eye leading to vision problems,” said Dentinger. “So far, mild vision changes have been observed, but the potential for permanent damage is a major concern on longer term missions, making real-time monitoring in space crucial so that NASA could evaluate treatments.”

Knowledge gained from this research could also help the medical community better understand the underlying causes of traumatic brain injuries, which are a major cause of death and permanent injury worldwide. Advances in ultrasound could help lead to better monitoring of changes in pressure in the brain in those who sustain violent blows to the head, like military service members.

“ICP monitoring is very important especially when you’re dealing with patients with head trauma,” said Dentinger. “The same sort of technology we’re developing here also has potential for use on the ground to monitor ICP in the emergency room. Ultrasound has been used to look at blood flow in the brain and to the eye to predict ICP; this could be a new way to do that.”

In an agreement announced last July, GE Healthcare’s laptop-sized “Vivid q” Cardiovascular Ultrasound system was chosen by NASA to replace a 10-year-old machine aboard the International Space Station. It was delivered on NASA’s final space shuttle flight, Atlantis’s STS-135 mission, on July 8, 2011. Through this study, GE hopes to further expand the functionality of “Vivid q” as it pertains to imaging blood vessels in and around the eye.

Funding for the project totals approximately $1.2 million, and includes a joint commitment from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) and GE. Work will get underway in October.

GE Aviation Implementing Nation-wide RNP Program in Malaysia with AirAsia

GE Aviation is deploying the world’s first network of ICAO Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR) flight paths designed by a third-party in Malaysia. The program includes GE-designed ICAO 9905 compliant RNP AR approach paths at 15 Malaysian airports. The highly-precise paths will improve operating efficiencies for AirAsia by reducing track miles and fuel burn while also providing aircraft with precise lateral and vertical arrival and missed approach guidance. Under the agreement, GE will design, deploy, validate and maintain a network of precise RNP procedures to utilize the performance characteristics of AirAsia’s A320 fleet. Work is underway at the first two airports – Kuching International and Penang International. A preliminary review of Kuching airport showed potential flight track miles savings of up to 8 miles for runway 04 and up to 13 miles for runway 22.

“This collaborative project is a notable milestone in the global effort to deploy Performance-based Navigation (PBN) solutions that streamline air traffic management operations,” said Giovanni Spitale, general manager of GE Aviation’s PBN Services. “AirAsia joins a growing number of aviation leaders around the world that recognize the value and urgency of implementing RNP programs.”

In collaboration with the Malaysia Department of Civil Aviation Authority (DCA), the regulator and air navigation service provider, GE’s PBN Services recently completed a customized assessment of AirAsia’s readiness to adopt RNP, examining the airline’s current equipment and operations. Based on the assessment, GE has developed a roadmap for PBN implementation and is working with the DCA and AirAsia to develop the carrier’s regulatory approval to fly RNP in Malaysia. Furthermore, GE will assist in the development of education and training for the flight crew, technical staff, dispatchers and air traffic controllers.

“AirAsia selected GE for this significant project because of its history of successful PBN program deployments that deliver both operational and environmental benefits,” said Bo Lingam, AirAsia Chief of Operations and Planning. “We look forward to working with GE and the DCA to further develop our PBN plan in Malaysia.”

“This PBN program will improve air traffic management at a network of commercial airports in Malaysia while ensuring our country meets ICAO PBN resolution in a timely manner,” said Director General of Civil Aviation Malaysia Dato’ Azharuddin Abd Rahman. “Our organization is proud to work with GE and AirAsia to accomplish this significant milestone.”

RNP AR is the highest-performing type of PBN procedure. PBN technology allows aircraft to fly precisely-defined flight paths without relying on ground-based radio-navigation signals. RNP procedures can be designed to shorten the distance an aircraft has to fly en-route, and to reduce fuel burn, exhaust emissions and noise pollution in communities near airports. Because of RNP’s precision and reliability, the technology can help air traffic controllers reduce flight delays and alleviate air traffic congestion.

Harris Corporation Receives $30 Million Order from Kingdom of Jordan for Falcon Tactical Radio Systems

Harris has received a $30 million order to provide the Kingdom of Jordan with tactical radios that will provide advanced communication capabilities in the next phase of the deployment of a modernized C4ISR system for its military. The Harris Falcon III® and Falcon II® radio family will deliver the voice and data communications core for the country’s new command and control system.

“Harris is delivering tactical C4ISR solutions to our customers around the world with systems that address the widest range of mission applications,’’ said Brendan O’Connell, president, International Business, Harris RF Communications. “Our products, systems and support are leading the transformation of tactical communications globally.’’

The latest order is a follow-on to a $26 million order, announced in February, in support of Jordan’s C4ISR system.

iRobot Receives $7.7 Million Order from the U.S. Navy

iRobot has received a $7.7 million order from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for robot upgrades. The order calls for iRobot Aware® 2 software upgrades and the delivery of advanced sensor suites for 248 fielded Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) MK 1 MOD 1 robots. MTRS MK 1 MOD 1 is modeled after the iRobot 510 PackBot®. The company expects to complete these deliveries by November 2012.

Sensor suites include the iWARVVS (iRobot Wide-Angle Robot Vehicle Vision System) camera, thermal camera and iRobot’s User Assist Package (UAP). The cameras provide greater situational awareness through increased fields of view and imaging in low light environments. iRobot’s UAP adds improvements to the operator control unit, GPS mapping and critical semi-autonomous features to 510 PackBot, including self-righting, retro-traverse and heading hold. These capabilities speed up operations and reduce workload for the operator, letting them focus on successful completion of the mission.

“iRobot is pleased the Navy is continuing to invest in its current fleet of robots. These upgrades will provide our troops with some of the most advanced, life-saving robotic technologies available today,” said Tim Trainer, interim general manager of iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit. “iRobot’s UAP improves mission effectiveness while reducing workload and further minimizing operator exposure to dangerous environments.”

iRobot has delivered more than 4,500 robots to military and civil defense forces worldwide. They are used to perform search, reconnaissance, bomb disposal and other dangerous missions.

CACI Awarded Two Task Orders Totaling $72 Million to Provide Operations Support for the Department of Justice

CACI announced that it has been awarded two task orders totaling $72 million to provide operations support services for two U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) divisions: the Justice Management Division and the Criminal Division. These task orders were awarded under DOJ’s $1.1 billion ITSS-4 contract vehicle, which CACI won in March 2011. They represent new work for CACI and leverage the company’s enterprise IT solutions to help the U.S. government transform operations for increased productivity and higher cost savings. CACI won a $59 million task order that will provide an overall solution to enable efficiency gains and lower program costs for the Justice Management Division for a five-month base period and five option years. CACI’s work will include service desk, engineering, and IT infrastructure services as well as DOJ data center support. CACI will also leverage its expertise in innovative technologies to improve data center performance.

CACI also won a $13 million task order to support the Criminal Division by providing office automation operations support for a five-month base period and five option years. The mission of the Criminal Division is to establish federal criminal law enforcement policies and facilitate their implementation. CACI’s enterprise IT support will include service desk, operations and maintenance, and asset management services.

CACI has supported DOJ for more than 30 years. Key factors in these task order wins, which are the fourth and fifth awarded to CACI under ITSS-4, are CACI’s proven innovative system maintenance methodology, track record of success modernizing IT systems, and strategic partnerships with leading technology vendors.

CACI Awarded $165 Million Prime Contract to Support Procurement Initiatives Across the Department of Defense

CACI announced that it has been awarded a $165 million prime contract to support the Department of Defense (DoD) with procurement initiatives through the company’s Standard Procurement System (SPS). The single-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is for five years (one base year and four option years) and continues the SPS services CACI has been providing through previous awards. CACI’s work on the contract will automate procurement activities and offer decentralized purchasing capability for all DoD components. The award of the prime contract was accompanied by an order in the amount of $3 million to provide customer support services to U.S. Air Force SPS users.

SPS provides the full range of contract management capabilities to the procurement community across the DoD enterprise, while integrating with financial logistics and other business systems. In the 2011 fiscal year alone, SPS processed more than 875 million transactions totaling over $190 billion in value.

CACI provides acquisition and procurement solutions throughout the federal sector and oversees the largest installed base of acquisition solutions within DoD. This has positioned the company as a leader in acquisition domain expertise. This broad knowledge base, obtained through the SPS Program in addition to other acquisition systems, has positioned CACI to work with a leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider to produce an overall solution capable of meeting the government’s current and future procurement needs.

According to Dan Allen, CACI President of U.S. Operations, “This significant award from the Department of Defense illustrates the high level of confidence it has in the capabilities of our Standard Procurement System. Now deployed and installed at nearly 800 sites worldwide, SPS is an important tool in transforming the federal procurement process within the department.”

CACI President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Cofoni said, “As the cornerstone for the Department of Defense’s paperless acquisition initiative, our Standard Procurement System offers huge cost savings, efficiency, and consistency across the department. Certainly of equal importance, SPS enhances the efficiency of the purchasing process to speed the flow of critically important equipment and technology to our servicemen and women deployed overseas.”