Monthly Archives: December 2011

CCSi Awarded Three New Contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs

Creative Computing Solutions announced that it received and began work in September on three new contracts, building upon their existing work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) respectively. Under the terms of the first contract, which was awarded by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Informatics and Analytics, Veterans and Consumers Health Informatics Office (V/CHIO), CCSi will provide support for the secure delivery of health information services, business, and clinical work flow processes, including “Secure Messaging”; “Blue Button”; “My Recovery Plan”; “Health Risk Appraisal”; “Veterans Virtual Library”; and additional Personal Health Record (PHR) services.

The company also received a task order under the Alliant Small Business (ASB) Contract Vehicle to support the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Network Services Department. CCSi will provide strategic planning and business process engineering services to assist the agency’s effort to define policies for its DoD-wide ‘Unified Communications’ planning and deployment strategy.

Additionally, CCSi was awarded a contract under the DHS EAGLE IDIQ, which will allow CCSi to build on its current security and information assurance services implementation within the DHS’ Security Operations Center (SOC). CCSi will provide information technology (IT) support services, including engineering and monitoring of the unclassified networks of the DHS headquarters (DHS HQ) Security Operations Center (SOC).

“Each of these contracts is evidence of our continuing evolution and long-standing history of superior service and proven results in achieving our federal customers’ business and IT-related missions,” said Manju Bewtra, founder & CEO of CCSi. “As we continue to expand our footprint in the federal market, we will maintain the same focus and commitment to our customers’ success that has set us apart in the federal contracting community, to date.”

OSI Systems Receives $5 Million Order for Cargo and Vehicle Inspection Systems

OSI announced that its Security division, Rapiscan Systems, was awarded an order for approximately $5 million from an Eastern European customer to provide multiple units of its Rapiscan Eagle® M-60, mobile cargo inspection system.

OSI Systems CEO, Deepak Chopra, commented, “We are excited about this award from a key customer and look forward to providing the Eagle M-60, one of the most powerful X-ray inspection systems available in a mobile configuration. Our Eagle cargo inspection product line is available in multiple configurations on fixed and mobile platforms allowing us to customize our offering to best suit the customer’s requirements.”

The Eagle® cargo and vehicle inspection systems are used by customs agencies, military organizations and homeland security worldwide because they provide outstanding image quality and threat detection, while maximizing the operational effectiveness of customers. Eagle cargo and vehicle inspection systems use proprietary transmission X-ray technology that, unlike other inspection technologies, is able to penetrate well beyond the surface of a container or vehicle to provide comprehensive detection of threats.

Air Force Hosted Payload on SES Satellite Completes Initial On-Orbit Tests

SES Government Solutions (SES-GS) announced that the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP), hosted on the SES-2 satellite launched in September, has successfully completed initial on-orbit testing and has begun its demonstration period. In addition to being the first commercially hosted payload for the U.S. Air Force and the first government payload on an SES satellite, CHIRP recently broke new ground as it observed the launch of a NASA weather and climate satellite in an early test of its capabilities.

The CHIRP program integrates a new type of wide field-of-view sensor technology, designed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) on board the SES-2 satellite, built by Orbital Sciences Corporation.

Tip Osterthaler, President and CEO of SES Government Solutions noted, “Since completing initial on-orbit tests, we are pleased to share that the sensor continues to provide valuable insight into the potential for future wide field-of-view technologies and the benefits of this type of innovative arrangement.”

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Military Fuel Cell Shipments to Reach 272,000 Units Annually by 2017, According to Pike Research

The U.S. military is the single largest consumer of energy in the world. As such, the volatility of the international oil markets represents a significant strategic risk to the operational capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces. Realizing the need to mitigate this strategic vulnerability, U.S. military leaders are actively promoting the development of new technologies, including fuel cells. The increased emphasis on energy security and efficiency, particularly under the complex and challenging operational conditions encountered in remote battlefield environments such as Afghanistan, represents a significant opportunity for fuel cell manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). According to a recent report from Pike Research, shipments of fuel cells for military applications will increase to more than 272,000 in 2017, from just over 1,200 in 2011. That will translate into revenues of $1.2 billion for military fuel cells in 2017, up from only $9 million in 2011, the cleantech market intelligence firm finds.

“Fuel cells will be used in a range of applications by military agencies, including stationary power, mobile electric power, auxiliary power units, unmanned vehicles, and non-tactical vehicles,” says research director Kerry-Ann Adamson. “The largest opportunities for military fuel cells, however, lie in soldier wearable and portable power applications for devices such as radios, ruggedized computers, and night-vision goggles, in which fuel cells are primarily used as a replacement for portable batteries, and in power for unmanned sensors and surveillance systems.”

The strongest drivers for the adoption of fuel cells by the world’s armed forces are performance and energy density, particularly for use by individual troopers. On average, each soldier carries around nine pounds of disposable batteries in their kit, used for powering a range of portable electronics such as imaging and communications equipment. The burden on today’s soldiers to carry more and more high-tech equipment is increasing, and the batteries required to power all this equipment already constitutes an impractical percentage of total weight. Fuel cells, with a far greater energy density than conventional military batteries, represent an excellent means of lightening the load for soldiers and systems in the field.

Nevertheless, fuel cell manufacturers face formidable barriers in their pursuit of the military market. Military users are the world’s most demanding customers for fuel cells and, while they will be less price sensitive than the commercial market in the near term, their performance and production scale requirements may ultimately prove too difficult for some vendors to meet.

Pike Research’s report, “Fuel Cells for Military Applications”, examines the stationary, transport, and portable power applications for fuel cell technologies currently being explored and validated by the U.S. Department of Defense, including a detailed analysis of market drivers as well as potential barriers to adoption. Forecasts through 2017 are also provided for those technologies and applications that are deemed as offering a realistic possibility of being deployed within that timeframe. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.

Globecomm Awarded Service Contract From US Government Agency Valued at $6.0 Million

Globecomm Systems announced that the Company has been awarded a one year service contract from a US Government agency valued at $6.0 million. This contract is a combined effort between Globecomm’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, Globecomm Services Maryland and Cachendo.

Under the terms of the contract, Globecomm will provide IT support services relating to internet connectivity via its teleport facilities, IP telephone, Satellite television, and WAN optimization. In addition, the contract includes program management, operations and maintenance, systems development, communications and field operations support, IT equipment procurement, maintenance, storage, distribution, and network connectivity.

ManTech Wins Multiple Task Orders to Support DOJ IT Infrastructure

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded ManTech International Corporation (NASDAQ:MANT) two new technology-support task orders valued at more than $32 million under the Information Technology Support Services 4 (ITSS-4) contract. Both wins expand ManTech’s presence within DOJ. The first of several task orders, which is the first award that DOJ has made to ManTech under the new ITSS-4 contract vehicle, supports the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the office responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. ManTech will provide network and systems operation, customer support, help desk and trouble ticket management, asset management and business process improvements. The award has a one-year base period and four option years.

ManTech was also awarded an additional task order on the ITSS-4 vehicle to manage and provide help desk support services to the DOJ’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, the office charged with representing the United States in matters concerning stewardship of the nation’s natural resources and public lands. The award has a one-year base period and five option years.

“We are pleased to deepen our support for the Department of Justice by helping ensure continuity of operations,” said L. William Varner, president and chief operating officer of ManTech’s Mission, Cyber and Technology Solutions Group. “We look forward to supporting these two new customers and are optimistic about the added potential for growth of our DOJ business.”

A-T Solutions Awarded $38M Task Order Supporting the Marine Corps Engineer Center

A-T Solutions has been awarded a four-year, $38 million task order by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, supporting the Marine Corps Engineer Center to provide forces with training on countermeasures related to operating in the presence of improvised explosive devices. “We’re proud to continue working closely with the Marine Corps to provide this critical counter-IED training to help save the lives of our service members,” said Dennis Kelly, president and CEO of A-T Solutions. “In addition to having one of the largest teams of Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts in the private sector, our organization provides real-time analysis and intelligence of IED threats, which drives relevancy for our training, products and services about enemy tactics, techniques and procedures. This unparalleled capability allows us to help organizations successfully accomplish their mission.”

Under the SeaPort-e task order, A-T Solutions will support the Marine Corps operating forces and meet the Marine Air Ground Task Force C-IED training requirements. The company will also provide Marine Corps engineers with subject matter expertise to support the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Education, Personnel and Facilities process and will be responsible for coordinating and participating in Marine Corps engineer community forums on related topics.

Internally, A-T Solutions has the greatest concentration of EOD and C-IED defeat experts outside of the U.S. government. These experienced veterans possess current, relevant knowledge from the field and have accumulated vast amounts of practical knowledge and lessons learned. The company has operational experience in more than 40 counties, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Alion Awarded Navy Contract Valued at $4.6M to Analyze Naval Submarine and Surface Ship Survivability and Underwater Explosions Response

To help the Navy in determining the survivability and operational reliability of the fleet, Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, will analyze the effects of underwater explosions (UNDEX) on U.S. Navy platforms under a $4.6 million SeaPort Enhanced award. Alion’s team of experts will examine submarines, surface ships and associated platforms for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division’s Survivability and Weapons Effect Department. Under the contract, Alion will provide engineering and technical support for UNDEX testing, shock qualification and ship survivability programs. Alion will develop and validate algorithms for predicting the response of test vehicles, scale models, and submarines and surface ships due to UNDEX events. Alion will also develop and validate novel approaches for increasing survivability of hull structure, systems and equipment in the UNDEX response environment.

“UNDEX incidents pose a different threat to Navy vessels than above-water explosions because of the pressure shock wave generated by a blast below the surface,” explained JJ Waickwicz, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Design, Engineering & Technology Group. “By providing the Navy with UNDEX engineering support, Alion is enabling leaders to conduct physical security assessments of the Naval fleet for survivability and long-term performance, helping to extend the fleet’s lifecycle.”

The period of performance runs Sept. 30, 2011 through Sept. 29, 2014.

The Naval Sea Systems Command’s SeaPort Enhanced Multiple Award Contract provides support for Navy systems that range from weapons systems to fleet readiness and homeland security to logistics. The contract supports the Navy Systems Commands (NAVSEA, NAVAIR, SPAWAR, NAVFAC, and NAVSUP), the Office of Naval Research, the United States Marine Corps, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

U.S. Army Green Laser Interdiction System (GLIS) Awarded to B.E. Meyers & Co. and ADS

PEO Soldier, through its Soldier Maneuver Sensors Office, has announced B.E. Meyers as the winner of the Green Laser Interdiction System (GLIS) Program. This award reinforces B.E. Meyers’ leadership position in the non-lethal laser market, and maintains the GLARE® product line as the only widely deployed non-lethal green lasers in use by the U.S. military. This latest award calls for an initial delivery of 12,542 units of the new GLARE® MOUT Plus non-lethal laser, and provides for additional orders in 2012 and 2013. “This win is the culmination of two years of effort to develop and deliver the best non-lethal laser device to the U.S. Army,” said Brad Meyers, CEO of B.E. Meyers. “Military units across the globe are challenged to provide security and safety while also minimizing the danger to civilians. Non-lethal lasers have been proven to save lives by reducing the number and severity of incidents with non-combatants, and are a great addition to these young soldier’s capabilities.”

ADS, Inc. is the procurement solutions provider for this program, and will service the requirements of PEO Soldier via the Special Operational Equipment Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) Program. ADS and B.E. Meyers have a long history together serving our nation’s men and women in uniform, having provided thousands of GLARE® MOUT devices to the U.S. military since 2007. Today, this partnership continues to grow as B.E. Meyers and ADS work together to provide industry-leading solutions in the non-lethal space. “ADS is the right partner to work with to get our GLARE® MOUT Plus devices deployed. They have a great team, legendary customer focus, and a global reach. Together we will deliver success to PEO Soldier and the U.S. Army,” said B.E. Meyers President and COO, Dr. Greg Quarles.