Monthly Archives: August 2010

REV Awarded Contract to Provide First of Its Kind Ancillary Power Vehicles for US Military TARDEC Program

Production has begun at the Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) headquarters on a revolutionary new automotive solution: 100% electric bi-directional charging Ancillary Power Vehicles (APVs) as part of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC) Micro-Grid contract for delivery, testing and demonstration of a Micro-Grid at Wheeler Air Base, Hawaii. Commenced this spring, the order will incorporate three REV 300ACXs and one REV 300AZX based on the best-selling Ford Escape and Ford F150 platforms, respectively. APVs are specialized 100% electric light-duty fleet vehicles designed to increase the security, reliability and efficiency of the electric grid. They combine proprietary propulsion, power management and mobile communication technologies developed by REV. The vehicles are propelled by powerful 125 kW permanent magnet AC motor and gearbox drive systems that deliver 300 Nm (221 ft. lbs) of torque to the wheels. Combined with REV’s wireless networked energy storage systems, this drive system can convert utility and fleet vehicles into 100% electric APVs, thereby displacing the high environmental and economic costs of fossil fuel use. In addition fleets can interact with the APVs in real-time and rely on their combined energy storage for fast-response backup power in the event of damaged transformers, broken power lines, or large spikes in demand.

As the Department of Defense focuses on energy security and looks for ways to further reduce dependence on fossil fuels, there is a need to efficiently manage the power it uses and to supplement that power consumption with renewable sources. The program will involve the design, build and demonstration of a Micro-Grid with plug-in electric vehicles to determine the technical readiness of Micro-Grids to accept power from various inputs while charging the selected vehicles and provide output power to various applications in both AC/DC. The focus area is efficient power management, renewable energy integration, energy storage and smart charging of plug-in electric vehicles.

As a subcontractor to Honeywell Aerospace, REV has been awarded three contracts and is supplying TARDEC with four 100% electric APVs, four 240V Coulomb ChargePoint™ charging stations and 200 kWh of stationary energy storage powered by Valence™ Technology (NASDAQ: VLNC), a leader in advanced energy storage solutions. “REV is an innovative leader within the electric vehicle market and Valence is proud to partner with them as they introduce their extremely versatile all electric vehicles,” stated RJ Adleman, Sr VP of Sales and Marketing for Valence.

Using REV’s proprietary control strategies, the APVs energy storage systems can be remotely notified to respond in real-time and store intermittent sources of energy such as solar or wind power. In connection with the use of Micro-Grids, REV’s APVs allow this stored electricity to flow into and out of the vehicles and power high consumption equipment and buildings when connected through the Chargepoints, thereby reducing petroleum consumption.

REV’s CEO Jay Giraud notes, “This is an exciting partnership between REV, Honeywell and TARDEC, demonstrating a collaborative shift in recognizing electric vehicle technology as much more than just a transportation alternative. APV’s in fleet operations will play an important role in increasing the efficiency, sustainability and stabilization of our electricity grids. We are thrilled to be part of a leading team of companies committed to changing how we use energy.”

The TARDEC program underway is one of many partnerships bringing REV’s automotive energy efficiency technologies to industries in North America.

CSC Awarded $33 Million Subcontract to Support U.S. Coast Guard

CSC announced that Digital Management awarded CSC a subcontract to support the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Operations Systems Center (OSC) on the Application Product Lines Enterprise Services Program. The subcontract, which was awarded during CSC’s fiscal 2011 first quarter, has a five-year performance period and an estimated total value of $33 million.

Under the terms of the subcontract, CSC will work collaboratively with prime contractor DMI and other team members to sustain, modernize and develop Coast Guard mission systems. CSC will provide a program manager lead for two of the OSC’s product lines — logistics and financials. In addition, CSC will provide approximately 60 personnel across all six product lines. USCG defines a product line as a compilation of functionally similar systems that support Coast Guard mission and organization requirements.

“CSC looks forward to teaming with Digital Management, Inc., in modernizing and sustaining the capabilities of the Operations Systems Center,” said Aaron Fuller, president of CSC’s North American Public Sector Enforcement, Security and Intelligence group. “CSC employees will provide innovative information technology solutions to support the United States Coast Guard in its mission to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic and security interests in maritime regions.”

The OSC is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Center of Excellence for software development, providing full lifecycle support for delivering command, control, communications, computers and information technology systems and solutions for the Coast Guard, nationwide.

ManTech Receives $23 Million Contract from DoD’s Defense Information Systems Agency

ManTech announced that it has received a $23 million contract to support the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Manpower, Personnel and Security (MPS), Security Division. The contract has an initial one-year base period with four one-year renewal options.

For the contract, ManTech will support the start-up of new DISA facilities at Fort Meade, Md., which are moving from Arlington, Va., as a result the Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) process. Specifically, ManTech will be supporting DISA’s security operations by providing full-scope, integrated security services.

DISA, a combat support agency, engineers and provides command and control capabilities and enterprise infrastructure to continuously operate and assure a global net-centric enterprise in direct support to joint warfighters, national-level leaders and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of operations. The agency’s Security Division provides security policy, guidance and oversight to DISA activities worldwide, using a multi-discipline and risk management approach. It also provides traditional security assistance in information, personnel, physical and special security reviews/assessments in support of the DISA’s certification and accreditation process.

“ManTech is honored to have been selected to support DISA’s Security Division in relocating vital operations as a result of BRAC,” said L. William Varner, president of ManTech’s Mission, Cyber and Technology Solutions group. “ManTech has extensive experience in providing industry-leading security support services to our federal customers, and we are fully committed to supporting DISA in its transition to Fort Meade, Md.”

BAE Systems to Support U.S. Marine Corps Air Traffic Control under $30 Million Contract

BAE Systems will provide engineering and technical services to support the U.S. Marine Corps’ air traffic control systems under a readiness and sustainment contract worth up to $30 million. The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD), based at St. Inigoes, Maryland, which BAE Systems has supported for three decades.

The company will perform a range of services, including systems design and analysis, on-site technical assistance, and training. The systems encompass expeditionary equipment to control future and fielded air traffic navigation, integration, and coordination, as well as precision radars.

“These systems are vital to ensuring Marine Corps readiness,” said Richard Anderson, vice president and general manager for integrated technical solutions at BAE Systems. “We’ve supported NAWC-AD for more than 30 years, and we continue to make significant contributions to its critical role as a center for engineering excellence.”

The contract includes an initial one-year term plus four option years. If all of the options are exercised, the total value could reach approximately $30 million. The work will be performed at the Naval Air Station at Pax River, Maryland and at other U.S. military bases around the world.

Attain Wins $3.0 Million Army LMP Contract

Attain announced that it has won a $3.0 million prime contract to support the implementation of the Department of the Army’s Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) at the Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) in Anniston, Alabama.

The goal of the Logistics Modernization Program is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Army’s supply chain management process by implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system across the Department. The program aims to streamline the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), planning, finance, acquisition and delivery of weapon systems, spare parts, services and materiel to the warfighter. When the program is fully implemented, it will support more than 17,000 users in more than 1,000 Army locations.

As the prime contractor supporting the LMP deployment at ANAD, Attain will work hand-in-hand with Army personnel to provide ERP advisory and training services, including on-demand demonstrations and exercises, workshops and coaching. With a legacy of ERP expertise, Attain consultants will use proven implementation best practices to deliver LMP success at Anniston. The fifteen-month contract, effective August 16, 2010, includes a six-month base and three three-month options.

“We are pleased at the opportunity to continue our support of this critical program that helps to better meet the needs of the warfighter in the field and achieve the Army mission,” said Richard Roberts, president of Attain Federal Services. “As the Logistics Modernization Program is rolled out to various Army sites, Attain’s ongoing involvement is a testament to the strength of our technical expertise and depth of the customer knowledge our people deliver.”

Attain has provided support services including training, data analysis and migration, and independent verification and validation services to the LMP Program Office since 2000.

SRA Wins $100 Million Contract with Department of Defense

SRA announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded the company a re-compete contract to support the receipt and scientific review of research grant applications for DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). The contract has a potential total dollar value of $100 million over five years, if all options are exercised.

SRA has provided a vast range of services supporting scientific and technical merit review of the thousands of research grant applications received by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s (USAMRMC) CDMRP. Research initiatives supported by SRA have included breast, prostate and ovarian cancers; chronic myelogenous leukemia; osteoporosis; neurofibromatosis; tuberous sclerosis complex; autism spectrum disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, prion diseases; and initiatives related to the health and readiness of military personnel.

“CDMRP plays an important role in supporting disease-specific research, and in addressing the issues faced by our military members and their families. SRA fully shares this mission and we are proud that CDMRP will allow us to continue this partnership,” said SRA Health Programs Vice President Paul Nedzbala. “By leveraging our scientific expertise, information technology and administrative support, SRA has been able to provide an unsurpassed level of service to CDMRP. Our team is focused on CDMRP’s mission as we make meaningful contributions to advances in important areas of biomedical research.”

A centerpiece of SRA’s support for CDMRP (and other scientific peer review clients) is its proprietary Program and Peer Review Management Information System (P2RMIS®) application, which supports the scientific review process, including online application evaluation and scoring, meeting and travel support, document management and information reporting. P2RMIS also houses a database of thousands of scientific professionals who have served on peer review panels and/or who are available to serve.

CACI Awarded Prime Position on $49 Million Program With Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane

CACI announced that it has been awarded one of six prime positions covering all fourteen requirement areas included in a new program supporting the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane (NSWC Crane). The multiple award, five-year Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) has a potential value of $49 million. The BOA calls for CACI to provide wide ranging support for basic science and/or engineering research and development work at the Navy facility located in Crane, Indiana. The new work is an extension of CACI’s ongoing research, development, test, and evaluation efforts at the Center.

The award will help increase the Navy’s sensor, weapons systems, and associated logistics capabilities with support from CACI’s functional core competencies in C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) and logistics support analysis.

NSWC Crane is the third largest Navy installation in the world. The facility provides comprehensive support for complex military systems spanning development, deployment, and sustainment in three mission areas: electronic warfare/information operations, special missions, and strategic missions. The Center leverages its unique technical capabilities and those of its industry partners to provide rapid response, technical solutions to meet the mission needs of the warfighter.

Under the BOA, support for research and development efforts will focus on traditional science and engineering disciplines to address issues of critical concern to NSWC Crane. CACI’s primary areas of support will include special operations hardware, energy and power systems, defense security systems, electro-optics systems, and logistics activities at NSWC Crane’s electronics depot. CACI is one of the few vendors with the depth and breadth of technical capability to be able to provide basic science, engineering research, and development work across all of NSWC Crane’s fourteen critical disciplines.

According to Bill Fairl, CACI’s President of U.S. Operations, “The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane is developing some outstanding capabilities for warfighters. This award allows CACI to increase our contribution to these essential efforts with everything from additional R&D support, to building equipment prototypes, and installing aircraft electro-optic systems.”

ITT awarded $800 million in Afghanistan National Security Forces facilities support contracts

ITT has received two contracts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District to provide facilities operations, maintenance and training services for the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) in Afghanistan. Each award is for a one-year base period with options for four additional years. The contract for Northern Afghanistan is valued at up to $450 million and the contract for Southern Afghanistan is valued at up to $350 million for a total of up to $800 million if all options are exercised. The two contracts are independent of one another.

Under this award, ITT will provide operations and maintenance support for ANSF facilities, while simultaneously training Afghan personnel to assume responsibility for operating and maintaining the facilities at the completion of the contract.

Work will be performed by ITT’s Systems business, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., a global leader in providing maintenance, sustainment and operations support for U.S. government facilities, vehicles, equipment, ranges, communication networks and information systems.

“Under the unique structure of this award, we’ll be providing a robust support capability for ongoing security operations in Afghanistan, while training and developing local ANSF personnel to eventually take over this critical support mission in the future,” said Michael Gulino, president and general manager of ITT Systems.

iRobot Receives $20.3 Million Order from NAVSEA

iRobot announced that it has received a $20.3 million order from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The order has been issued as a standalone contract. It calls for the delivery of 125 PackBot Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) robots, spare parts and repairs. The PackBot MTRS is modeled after the iRobot 510 PackBot.

The iRobot 510 PackBot is one of the most successful battle-tested robots in the world. The robots are currently being used by warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan to conduct dangerous missions from safe distances. The 510 PackBot can be used to identify and neutralize roadside bombs, car bombs and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It is also ideal for other missions, including reconnaissance and route clearance.

“Robots have consistently proven their worth on the battlefield,” said Joe Dyer, president of iRobot’s Government and Industrial Robots division. “As roadside bombs and similar devices remain a constant threat in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is crucial that we continue outfitting our troops with tools to ensure they stay as safe as possible. The iRobot PackBot is saving lives, and we are honored to be providing this technology to the military.”

iRobot has delivered more than 3,500 unmanned ground vehicles to the military and public safety organizations worldwide.

CSC Awarded $28 Million Contract Modification to Increase Simulation-Based Aviation Training For US Army

CSC announced that it was awarded a $28 million modification to its Flight School XXI contract for an increase in simulator-based flight and related aviation training support to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Ft. Rucker, Ala. CSC won the original contract, which has a six month base period and 19 one-year options in 2003. CSC received the modification during the company’s fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended April 2, 2010.

The Flight School XXI contract modification is issued through the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). Under the terms of the contract modification, CSC will provide training services for new Army aircraft configurations to support aviation training activities. This increase in simulators and services will allow 25 percent more students to take the Initial Entry Rotary Wing course, where officers learn the skills to become an Army Aviator.

“We are proud to expand our role in support of the U.S. Army’s charge to prepare highly trained, combat-ready pilots,” said Randy Cash, vice president and general manager of CSC’s North American Public Sector Huntsville Alabama Operations. “CSC brings together the best equipment available from industry and the knowledge of top training experts in military and commercial aviation to enhance readiness and improve proficiency.”

Under the Flight School XXI contract, CSC provides cost-effective simulation training in realistic combat environments that supplement the live aircraft experience. The CSC-led team built a 136,000-square-foot facility to house 34 high-fidelity flight simulators, and provided 18 reconfigurable devices for unit training. Students experience combat conditions in realistic environments on terrain that they will see in the future while learning to fly and fight.