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CACI Awarded Prime Position on $1.5 Billion, Multiple-Award Contract to Support U.S. Special Operations Command

CACI International, announced that it has been awarded one of four prime contracts to support the United States Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Global Battlestaff and Program Support (GBPS) effort. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a ceiling value of $1.5 billion and a period of performance that consists of a three-year base period and a two-year option period.

USSOCOM provides fully capable Special Operations Forces to defend the United States and its interests, and synchronizes planning of global operations against terrorist networks. This new work with the command grows CACI’s functional core competency in integrated security and intelligence solutions (ISIS) through its support to USSOCOM’s force sustainment, equipping, and modernization efforts, particularly focused on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. ISIS assists customers in developing integrated solutions to help them meet mission objectives in the areas of security, intelligence, and law enforcement.

Simultaneous to winning the ID/IQ contract award, CACI also won one of four task orders (Task Order 1) that were bid with the overall GBPS contract proposal. The $4 million Task Order 1, Intelligence Production Support for the USSOCOM Integrated Survey Program, has a five year period of performance and will provide USSOCOM with multimedia intelligence production, publication, and dissemination support services over the life of the task order.

Bill Fairl, CACI President of U.S. Operations, said “Our selection as one of only four primes on this contract is a significant win for CACI. By providing USSOCOM with operations and intelligence, acquisition and logistics, and business operations and financial management support services, we’re able to help the Special Operations Forces with their critical missions worldwide.”

According to Paul Cofoni, CACI President and Chief Executive Officer, “Winning this contract partners us with a customer whose mission sets are expanding and whose contributions to national interests are becoming more important as threats by non-nation states increase. Working with USSOCOM will enable us to make meaningful contributions to national interests as well as support warfighters serving in harm’s way.”

PPG Aerospace Surveys Show Travelers Interested in Electronic Window System

Air travelers on commercial and private-jet flights like the idea of electronic systems they control to lighten and darken passenger-cabin windows, preferring the light transition to occur at a moderate rather than rapid speed, according to surveys conducted for PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group.

In a survey of private-jet fliers, 71 percent of respondents said a passenger-controlled window darkening system would improve their flying experience, with two-thirds of participants saying they would request such a system on their next aircraft. In another survey of commercial fliers, about three-fourths of respondents said controlling a window’s external lighting is important for resting or relaxing, reading, watching a movie or working on a laptop computer.

The surveys were conducted for PPG by an independent research company to qualify fliers’ interest in electronic window-dimming systems, according to Ryan Aspy, PPG Aerospace market development manager. PPG Aerospace supplies aircraft manufacturers with Alteos(TM) Interactive Window Systems that enable passengers to control the amount of light coming through their cabin windows.

“Having hard data on fliers’ preferences enables us to work with our customers to fine-tune and customize the operation of Alteos window systems,” Aspy said. “For example, knowing fliers prefer light transmittance to change at a moderate speed, rather than abruptly, shows us we are on the right track.”

Sixty percent of respondents in the commercial-flier survey and 52 percent in the private-jet flier survey said they prefer the shading to change in about 30 seconds, like theater lights dimming before a performance or coming up after, Aspy said. Least popular was a rapidly changing system.

Participants in both surveys said they were most interested in a passenger-controlled system that shields heat and glare while enabling them to see outside clearly. Nearly 80 percent of commercial fliers and two-thirds of private-jet fliers who responded ranked such a system a 5, 6 or 7 on a scale from 1 being “not at all interested” to 7 being “extremely interested.”

BAE Systems and Portendo Sign IED Threat Detection Agreement

BAE Systems and Portendo AB have signed an agreement to co-operate on civil and military detection systems for improvised explosive devices. The agreement means that BAE Systems obtains an exclusive license to market, sell and manufacture Portendo’s P.Eye-S in the United States and Canada, for the civil market. The P.Eye-S is Portendo’s first product for remote detection of explosives, providing safer working conditions for security personnel at airports, military establishments, government buildings and other potential targets.

The agreement also covers the development of a military detection system for roadside bombs based on this technology. It will, under a separate license agreement, be manufactured and sold exclusively by BAE Systems.

This technology can be adapted to vehicle-mounted weapons and sensor systems, such as BAE Systems’ Lemur, helping troops to secure an area and clear concealed explosives from a safe distance.

“We have worked with several different initiatives for countering the improvised explosive device threat and the Portendo equipment is technologically ground breaking. This agreement will ensure that technologies developed in support of the war against terrorism are exploited in the most efficient way,” said Ulf Einefors, head of business development for BAE Systems Weapons.

“Our system has a great potential in the homeland security market in the US and Canada and, with further development, for IED clearance on military operations. With its vast experience in the defense market, BAE Systems is an ideal partner for us when it comes to development and marketing of such products,” said Portendo CEO Gunilla Savring.

Swedish threat detection and security company Portendo, working with the FOI (the Swedish Defence Research Agency), developed the P.Eye technology which can detect minute quantities of explosives using lasers.

Their detection methods are based on the phenomenon known as Raman scattering (C. V. Raman was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery) which provides a unique molecular signature enabling selective identification. The Raman scattering is triggered by energizing the substance with directed energy from laser beams.

The civil P.Eye-S system is optimized for vehicle check points. It works by aiming a laser beam at a particular area on the target vehicle. The reflected light is collected by the apparatus and is analyzed using the Raman scattering method, which provides a unique molecular signature which can be compared against an explosives database.

Portendo uses proprietary, patent-applied enhancements to Raman spectroscopy to enhance the otherwise weak Raman signal and achieve performance improvements of several orders of magnitude over the original technology.

ManTech Awarded $160M Contract to Provide Systems Engineering and Integration Services to U.S. Air Force for Space Launches

ManTech announced that it was awarded a prime contract to provide system engineering and integration services to support current and future space launch operations for the U.S. Air Force Launch and Range Systems Wing (LRSW). The competitively awarded contract, a new award for ManTech, has an initial value of $15,665,703, and includes option periods for extended contract performance up to 10 years that bring the total value of the contract to $160M.

ManTech will provide system engineering and integration services in support of the LRSW Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program to include enterprise integration of launch and range programs, interfaces with both the EELV and any future LRSW launch systems, and support to the Launch and Test Range System. Technical support to be provided by ManTech includes systems engineering and integration, mission integration management, systems safety engineering, systems environmental engineering, systems security and information assurance, product assurance, launch schedule management and launch risk management.

“This award reflects a lot of hard work by our employees in providing valued, cost effective services for our nation’s space launch capabilities,” said Greg Roman, Senior Vice President, Space and ISR Services, ManTech Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology group. “Our previous work in this area, coupled with new initiatives and offerings, was instrumental in winning this award. ManTech is proud of its long-term space launch heritage and our successful partnership with Space and Missile Systems Center/LRSW, 30th and 45th Space Wings. We look forward to assisting LRSW in achieving all of its near-term priority operational objectives and maintaining its focus on mission success.”

“Our group has been recognized for consistently providing federal customers with talented systems engineers capable of resolving complex mission-critical challenges,” said Terry Ryan, President, ManTech Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology group. “Since the beginning of the year we have won four major systems engineering awards totaling approximately $432 million. Last year we were certified by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) as being non-conflicted and able to provide systems engineering and technical services. The NRO certification and our recent awards demonstrates our leadership as a premier provider of systems engineering and integration services throughout the federal government.”

The LRSW’s mission is to develop and acquire expendable launch systems and manage launch integration, mission assurance and launch campaigns, and provide range systems for space launch operations and ballistic missile and aeronautical testing at the Eastern and Western Ranges. It is located at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA.

Technology Solutions Company to Research Technologies for Detecting Weapons of Mass Destruction

To best meet weapons of mass destruction detection requirements, Alion Science and Technology, under a $6.8 million Air Force contract, will research and develop a complete modeling and simulation environment for the employment of sensors and sensor system technologies that will be used to detect radiological and nuclear threats.

Awarded as a task order under the Modeling and Simulation Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) contract vehicle, Alion will support the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA’s) mission of safeguarding the United States and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Alion will advance the effectiveness of DTRA’s nuclear detector programs through the development and employment of detailed sensor system representations in a realistic WMD environment.

Alion will automate the perception and decision-making processes, enabling fast operation of nuclear detector simulation programs. Once developed, the simulated virtual prototyping environment will support systems engineering analysis to evaluate technology solutions for WMD detection.

“Alion’s examination and development of critical nuclear detection simulation capabilities will enable DTRA to determine which WMD detection sensors and sensor technologies to deploy to give warfighters the best first line of defense against threats to our nation’s security, ” said Sue Archer, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Operational Solutions Group. “Using a realistic operational environment with scientifically accurate models created by Alion, DTRA will be able to determine where to apply research and development dollars to obtain the best investment and to set transition paths for innovative detection approaches.”

The period of performance runs from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2013.

BAE Systems Awarded $10 Million Contract for Commercial Armored Vehicles

BAE Systems has received a $10 million contract from the U.S. Government for commercial armored SUVs and pick-up trucks. “With the current growth in areas of conflict, we are seeing global demand for commercial armored vehicles continuing to keep pace,” said Don Dutton, Vice President with BAE Systems’ Security & Survivability business. “Because they’re designed to blend in with local, indigenous cultures, and they send out a decidedly different ‘message’ than military-style vehicles, we’re seeing more and more commercial armored vehicles being used, both here in the U.S. and abroad,” added Dutton.

The commercial armored vehicles will be manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio. Production will begin in late 2010, with first deliveries scheduled for 2011.

BAE Systems’ Security & Survivability business assists in protection, security and survivability systems for land, air and naval applications. It is a technology leader in lightweight materials, including composites, ceramic and transparent armor technologies; integrated vehicle armor systems; vehicle and aircraft survivability components and accessories; and soldier protection equipment, sold primarily to the government and other defense contractors.

Orbital Selected by Naval Research Laboratory for $95 Million Technical Services Contract

Orbital Sciences announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for a spacecraft and airborne system support services contract valued at approximately $95 million over a five-year period. The contract was won in a competitive process by Orbital’s Technical Services Division (TSD), which is part of the company’s Space Systems Group. The NRL contract calls for Orbital technical personnel to conduct prototype spacecraft and airborne system and subsystem research, analysis and development, as well as integration, testing, and data processing and documentation activities.

Orbital has previously supported numerous NRL aerospace programs, including Microwave Imager Sounder (MIS), Tactical Microsatellite Experiments (TacSat-1, TacSat-2, TacSat-4), Special Sensor Ultraviolet Limb Imager (SSULI), Upper Stage, Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE-5, MISSE-7), Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation (SECCHI), Spacecraft for the Universal Modification of Orbits (SUMO), Microelectronics and Photonics Test Bed (MPTB), WindSat, Interim Control Module (ICM), Low-Power Atmospheric Compensation Experiment (LACE), and Deep Space Program Science Experiment (DSPSE).

“This new contract marks the fourth time over the past 23 years that NRL has chosen Orbital as a supplier of technical support services,” said Mr. John L. Pullen, Vice President of Orbital’s Technical Services Division. “NRL has been a valued customer and we very much appreciate their continued confidence in our team. We are committed to strengthening our already highly successful relationship well into the future.”

Orbital’s TSD, based in Greenbelt, MD, provides space-related engineering, manufacturing and management support to U.S. Government agencies, typically supplying engineers, scientists, technicians and other professionals to work side-by-side with a customer’s technical staff. Other major TSD customers include various NASA centers such as Goddard Space Flight Center, Ames Research Center and Johnson Space Center, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. More information about Orbital TSD can be found at: http://www.orbital.com/SpaceTechnicalServices

U.S. Navy Selects BAE Systems-Led Team to Provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting System

It’s been a big week for defense contracts. A BAE Systems-led team will partner with the military to develop the U.S. Navy’s primary intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting (ISR&T) system. Under a $72 million contract from PEO C4I PMW 120, the team will enhance the current version of the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy and continue to transition DCGS-N to an application-based system through the DCGS-N Prime Mission Product.

Making ISR&T data visible, accessible, and understandable across services, DCGS-N is part of the Department of Defense’s DCGS family of systems and integrates ISR&T support capabilities into a Web-enabled, net-centric, and interoperable enterprise. DCGS-N uses commercial and government off-the-shelf hardware, software, tools, and standards to build a scalable, modular, and extensible multisource intelligence system that is interoperable with other DCGS systems.

“DCGS-N is a highly successful program that has recently achieved its Full Deployment Decision. We look forward to working with BAE Systems on near-term capability upgrades as we align towards the CANES architecture,” said Capt. Robert E. Parker, program manager for PMW 120.

Along with BAE Systems, the team also consists of General Dynamics, Sun Microsystems, MTCSC, Space Dynamics Laboratory, InVisM, Argon ST, and Athena Consulting. As a DCGS-N Block 1 contractor, BAE Systems participated in the system’s development and operational evaluation aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.

“An integrated system will enable the Navy to maintain information dominance in any battle space by accelerating its ability to exchange information and data across multiple security domains, warfare areas, environments, and theaters,” said John Jarman, vice president and general manager of defense systems and solutions for BAE Systems. “With this award, we will continue working with PEO C4I and the fleet to improve information sharing within the Navy, other services, and the intelligence communities.”

SRA Awarded $1.5 Billion Multi-Award Contract from Department of Defense

SRA announced it has won an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) Global Battlestaff and Program Support contract from the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. The multi-award contract has an estimated value of $1.5 billion over five years, if all options are exercised.

USSOCOM’s mission is to provide fully capable Special Operations Forces that will defend the United States and its interests, and synchronize planning of global operations against terrorist networks. SRA will provide global special operations-unique services and expertise to support the USSOCOM in three functional areas: operations and intelligence, acquisition and logistics, and financial management and business operations.

“The SRA team looks forward to continuing its long standing partnership with SOCOM,” said SRA Senior Vice President National Security Sector Gordy McElroy. “SRA is fully committed to supporting their mission and providing high quality services to our nation’s most important warriors who serve at the tip of the spear every day around the globe protecting America’s vital interests.”

The SRA team includes major subcontractor General Dynamics Information Technology, an operating company of General Dynamics.