Monthly Archives: January 2012

Adayana Awarded $20M Contract to Support the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office

Adayana announced that it has been awarded a prime contract to provide broad spectrum training research and development support to the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). The five-year, single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a ceiling value of $20 million if all options are exercised.

Supported by team members AMTIS, Aptima, DRC, Praevius, and VCOM3D, Adayana will provide blended learning solutions backed by research, proven learning science, and subject matter expertise to support the interagency mission of CTTSO/TSWG. Adayana will provide research, analysis, design, development and evaluation of custom training solutions related to the mission of the combating terrorism community that include initiatives related to addressing an asymmetric threat and improvised explosive devices defeat operations.

“We are excited about the opportunity to support the interagency, multi-user mission of TSWG,” said Jeff Kidwell, President Adayana Government Group, “We look forward to applying our experience and passion for developing highly innovative and compelling training solutions based on instructionally sound solutions for CTTSO.”

BAE Systems to Deliver Head Mounted Displays to U.S. Army

BAE Systems has received a $21.7 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity order for Head Mounted Displays from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier. The Head Mounted Display, also known by its company product name Remote Eyepiece Display Imager, or RED-I®, is compatible with military night sensors such as thermal weapon sights, and can support a variety of mission requirements by providing the user with an easily configurable private viewing display that can mount to eyeglass frames or fit under visors.

“The unique capabilities of our Head Mounted Display, coupled with a thermal imager, significantly enhance the warfighter’s operational effectiveness,” said Vadim Plotsker, president of BAE Systems OASYS. “Our Head Mounted Display is one of the smallest and most versatile remote display imagers available on the market today. It is lightweight, low-power, and has a patented design that allows simultaneous see-through viewing with a forgiving eye-box.”

More than 3,000 RED-I devices have been fielded to date. BAE Systems has the largest quantity contract ever awarded by the U.S. Army for this type of device, which supports a variety of missions, night vision sensors, and weapon systems.

Maersk Tests SoladieselRD in 6,500 Nautical Mile Commercial Voyage

Solazyme announced that Maersk Line, one of the biggest shipping companies in the world, has completed the testing of Solazyme’s 100% algal derived renewable diesel as part of an integrated testing and certification program with the U.S. Navy. The test, which substituted Solazyme’s renewable fuel for diesel, took place aboard the 300-meter Maersk Kalmar container vessel over a one-month, 6,500 nautical mile voyage from Northern Europe to India, burning about 30 tons of Solazyme’s renewable advanced biofuel, SoladieselRD. This test, performed in collaboration with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), represents the first use of Solazyme’s fuel aboard a Maersk Line vessel. Maersk’s Kalmar had a dedicated auxiliary test engine, and engineers and crew onboard the vessel, testing fuel blends ranging from 7% to 100% in the auxiliary engine throughout the voyage.

“Maersk Line is committed to exploring the potential of biofuel for becoming a fuel for shipping in the future. We are pleased to see progress on algae-based biofuels and we encourage further development to make such fuels available at commercial scale,” said Jacob Sterling, Head of Climate and Environment at Maersk Line.

“We are honored to be a part of the Navy’s fuel testing and certification program and we applaud the Navy’s collaboration with Maersk and other major fuel users to increase fuel efficiencies and reduce GHG and sulfur emissions by utilizing Solazyme’s advanced renewable diesel,” said Solazyme CEO, Jonathan Wolfson. “The completion of this test underscores the Navy’s commitment to implementing impactful sustainability initiatives and continued leadership and dedication to ensuring energy security, and illustrates Maersk’s continued commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry. We’re pleased to be working with both organizations to meet their fuel efficiency goals with our drop in replacement advanced biofuel.”

“The results of this collaboration will better inform the Navy’s test plan as we prepare to demonstrate a Green Strike Group of ships this summer operating with a 50/50 renewable fuel blend,” stated Glen Sturtevant, director for Science and Technology at the Navy’s Program Executive Office, Ships. “The results of this test build on the Navy’s ongoing efforts to test the use of biofuels in our ships, boats and craft.”

Norfolk, Virginia-based Maersk Line, Limited which has worked with the U.S. Navy for nearly 30 years, led the test. The Navy also plans to test more ships on algal fuel this year as part of its “green fleet” initiative, pledging to meet 50% of its energy requirements with alternative sources by 2020.

Solazyme has successfully completed the delivery of over 360,000 liters of the in-specification fuel to the U.S. Navy, the largest delivery of microbially-derived advanced biofuels in history. Solazyme’s renewable diesel and jet fuels meet all of the EU, ASTM and Military specifications for fuel.

NASA Kennedy Space Center’s IT Network Reaches New Frontier

Ciena announced a new partnership with Abacus Technology Corporation to upgrade the expansive campus IT network at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The enhanced network, which supports activities that range from managing NASA’s space launch program to hosting millions of visitors from around the world, will leverage Optical Transport Network (OTN) technology from Ciena to consolidate the Center’s Ethernet, video and legacy ATM and TDM traffic.

Key Facts:

  • NASA’s KSC, large enough to have its own zip code, is comprised of more than 200 facilities spread across a 144,000 acre complex.
  • With an aging and fragmented campus network bearing the weight of growing bandwidth demands, the Center is turning to Ciena and Abacus Technology to create a robust, converged telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Abacus Technology, which is contracted to provide support for all information management and communications services related to launch operations at KSC, is leading the design and installation of the new campus network, with completion of the campus upgrade expected in March.
  • The new intelligent network is connecting major campus facilities via a fiber optic infrastructure using Ciena’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform. The OTN-enabled network will support the transport of Ethernet, SONET and video traffic and will facilitate the consolidation of the campus’s aging technology backbones – such as ATM and SONET – onto a common infrastructure.
  • KSC is also leveraging Ciena’s leading-edge network management solution for efficient service deployment and proactive network management of its next-generation architecture.

“Here at KSC we are upgrading our communications infrastructure as part of our center transformation from the Shuttle Program to provide launch capability for NASA’s next generation Heavy Lift Vehicle and commercial launch vehicles. Ciena’s OTN solution will enable telemetry, data, voice and video convergence onto a common transport and allow us to seamlessly migrate off multiple independent and obsolete legacy transport systems. The OTN implementation will simplify our network and streamline operations, and enables KSC to provision reliable, high speed/high bandwidth communication services to commercial launch operations in a more cost effective manner.” – Kerry Stinson, director communication services, Abacus Technology Corp.

CACI Awarded Prime Position on $9.7 Billion Multiple-Award Contract to Provide Linguist Services for U.S. Army

CACI announced that it has been awarded one of six prime positions on the Defense Language Interpretation Translation Enterprise (DLITE) contract to support the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). With this new work, CACI will provide translation and interpretation services for personnel. In addition, the company will provide equipment, supplies, facilities, transportation, tools, materials, supervision, and other non-personal services. This indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity award has a ceiling value of $9.7 billion and a period of performance of five years.

INSCOM is a global command within the U.S. Army that conducts intelligence, security, and information operations for military commanders and national decision makers. Headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, it consists of major subordinate commands and smaller units in more than 180 locations worldwide. The DLITE contract is a key element of INSCOM’s mission and calls for staff assistance for more than 28 mission-critical languages in support of the Department of Defense.

CACI has an in-depth familiarity with the INSCOM mission and already provides language services on several U.S. Army contracts. CACI’s work on the DLITE contract will ensure effective, efficient communications and help safeguard U.S. forces in ongoing operations worldwide.

CACI President of U.S. Operations Dan Allen said, “CACI has an outstanding record of program management on large contracts, and the DLITE award continues our longstanding support of the Department of Defense. By providing language and communications services across the globe, our experienced linguists and interpreters will ensure that U.S. Army troops can accomplish their missions both effectively and safely.”

Paul Cofoni, CACI President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The DLITE contract draws upon CACI’s strong capabilities in language translation, interpretation, and analysis. Language translation and interpretation is a growth area for the Department of Defense, and CACI is proud to meet the projected needs of the U.S. Army by providing services that support our nation’s most vital security missions.”

Intelligent Software Solutions Awarded $120 Million in New U.S. Air Force Contract Orders

Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS) has been awarded three task orders totaling nearly $120 million by the U.S. Air Force Research Labs to support a number of U.S. government customers with data integration, analysis and reporting software aimed at improving situational awareness. These projects will provide the software tools and services that allow users to aggregate, process, analyze and visualize large amounts of intelligence information from multiple, and often disconnected sources.

“The appetite for enterprise-wide analytical tools continues to grow. More and more organizations have unwieldy amounts of data, and are in desperate need of software and services to process and analyze that data,” said Carl Houghton, vice president, strategic initiatives, ISS. “Through the use of our WebTAS software, we provide the Air Force with a low-cost, highly effective data analysis solution that can be used across multiple organizations, providing a critical cost savings during a time of severe budget constraints.”

The WebTAS-TK contract encompasses over 100 projects for 70 different user communities. Associated projects range from efforts supporting advanced research and development of machine learning and complex event processing to the development and deployment of state of the art command and control applications, as well as intelligence analysis tools.

In addition to providing a vehicle for many software development efforts, this program enables ISS to maintain its ongoing support to combat operations in Afghanistan, as well as on-site support at many locations around the United States and internationally.

ManTech Awarded Contract to Provide Integrated Systems Engineering Support Services to DARPA TTO Office

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic has awarded ManTech International Corporation (NASDAQ:MANT) as one of the four contractors in a multiple award environment to provide scientific engineering and administrative support services to the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO). The three year, multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a total ceiling value across all contract holders of $150 million, if all options are exercised.

Under the TTO contract, ManTech will continue to provide integrated systems engineering, technical analysis, and program management solutions to equip future warfighters with the tactical, mobile and responsive technologies for advanced weapons systems, platforms and space systems.

“ManTech is a trusted and longstanding supporter of DARPA,” said Terry Ryan, president and chief operating officer of ManTech’s Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology Group. “We fully appreciate the importance of DARPA’s mission to our national security and look forward to continuing our mission-critical support.”

CACI Awarded Two Task Orders Totaling $19 Million to Provide IT Systems Support for the DOJ

CACI announced that it has been awarded task orders totaling $19 million to support information technology (IT) systems for two U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) divisions: the Executive Office for United States Attorneys and the Civil Rights Division. These task orders fall under DOJ’s $1.1 billion ITSS-4 contract vehicle, awarded to CACI in early 2011. They represent new work for CACI and expand the company’s capabilities in IT modernization and government transformation. CACI won a $16 million task order that will provide enterprise applications operations and maintenance support for case management systems to the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) for one base year and four option years. EOUSA serves as a close liaison between DOJ and the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys, all of whom access IT systems to build and manage cases. CACI will draw on its experience supporting high-volume, high-availability systems to help maintain these systems while improving performance, modernizing components, and conducting cost-benefit analysis in order to reduce operations and maintenance costs.

CACI also won a $3.2 million task order to support the Civil Rights Division’s (CRT) Geographic Information System (GIS) by providing analysis, development, data integration, and mapping for a base period of one year and five option years. The legal staff within CRT relies on the GIS team’s ability to review over 11 million census records in order to support or deny claims associated with sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act prohibiting discrimination.

CACI has supported DOJ for more than 30 years and has a track record of success modernizing IT systems for federal government customers. Additionally, the company has a proven innovative system maintenance methodology as well as strategic partnerships with leading technology vendors.

Dan Allen, CACI President of U.S. Operations, said, “CACI’s long history of providing litigation support to the Department of Justice gives us a deep mission understanding that uniquely qualifies us to meet DOJ’s goals and needs. These awards demonstrate DOJ’s confidence in our ability to dramatically improve the performance of their IT systems.”

According to Paul Cofoni, CACI President and Chief Executive Officer, “CACI continues to win large awards, such as the Department of Justice’s ITSS-4 vehicle, that enable us to offer high-value solutions for the government’s greatest challenges. Our recent task order wins reflect the continued success of our strategy to focus on delivering IT modernization and government transformation solutions that improve productivity for federal agencies and save money for the nation’s taxpayers.”

Booz Allen Wins $43 Million Task Order

Booz Allen Hamilton announced it has been awarded a $43 million task order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Management Information Systems Office for Information Management Support Services. The work will be performed over 3 years. Under the terms of the contract, Booz Allen will provide full-scale software development lifecycle support for CDC’s enterprise systems, including application design, development, testing, operation and maintenance data management and reporting, SharePoint collaboration support, enterprise systems Help Desk, information assurance, IT project management office support, IT consulting, and secure access management services.

“As a large scale provider of software development services, we are pleased to be able support CDC in new ways,” said Senior Vice President Susan Penfield. “This win is a testament to the firm’s use of the integrated service delivery model, as well as our ability to blend technology and integration skills to help drive efficiencies in information systems.”

Booz Allen will partner with CDC to drive improvements to their enterprise system support processes, including standing up a new Earned Value Management process to understand the effectiveness of current project estimates (cost and schedule) and use the findings to drive improvement in both areas.

Booz Allen has been supporting CDC’s Management Information Systems Office since January 2009, when it began writing a strategic plan for an enterprise data warehouse. It later added Electronic Data Interchange support and application development support to its existing data warehouse and business intelligence services for CDC.

Navy’s Electromagnetic Railgun Reaches Testing Milestone

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Materials Testing Facility demonstrated, the one-thousandth successful firing of its Electromagnetic Railgun, reaching a materials testing milestone in the weapon’s technological development and future implementation aboard U.S. Navy warships. “This test demonstrates continued advances in armature development, rail design, and barrel materials used in high power railgun launch,” said Dr. Robert Meger, head, NRL Charged Particle Physics Branch. “Firing up to 15 shots per week on the laboratory’s experimental railgun, researchers at NRL perform detailed testing and analysis of rails and armatures, providing S&T expertise to the Navy program that is directly applicable to tests at large-scale power levels.”

Many of the 1000 shots taken on the Materials Testing Facility railgun have been designed to test different barrel designs and to quantify damage generated during high power launch. The innovations and understanding generated by NRLs’ S&T program have been fed directly into the Office of Naval Research’s Electromagnetic Railgun program and transferred to full-scale tests conducted at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va.

A railgun is a form of single turn linear motor. Magnetic fields generated by high currents driven in parallel conductors, rails, accelerate a sliding conductor, known as an armature, between the rails. The velocity generated by the system is limited by rail strength and armature materials and their response to the high currents and extreme pressures generated during launch.

At launch, heat deposited in the armature and near the surface of the rails due to high currents and friction, or. viscous heating generated at the sliding interface, leads to temperatures sufficient to melt most metals including the armature material. If the heating and extreme pressures also damage the rail surface, it can destroy the contact surface and condemn the gun barrel. NRL S&T research has pioneered multiple barrel and armature designs that minimize or mitigate this damage even during successive high power launches.

First fired March 6, 2007 at a magnitude of 0.5 megajoules, the railgun system at NRL has been modified and enhanced over the last four years to operate routinely at a 1.5 megajoule launch energy — a megajoule is a measurement of kinetic energy associated with a mass traveling at a certain velocity. In simple terms, a one-ton vehicle moving at 100 mph has approximately one megajoule of kinetic energy.

“A railgun weapons system must be able to launch hundreds of projectiles and withstand extreme pressures, currents and temperatures,” said NRL Commanding Officer, Capt. Paul Stewart. “Today’s firing of the one-thousandth shot demonstrates Navy researchers are steadily progressing toward achieving that goal, developing a more effective and efficient future ship combat system.”

The Railgun Materials Testing Facility railgun focuses on materials issues for a major Navy effort to develop a long-range, electromagnetic launcher for a future electric ship. The NRL Plasma Physics Division conducts a broad program in laboratory and space plasma physics and related disciplines, high power lasers, pulsed-power sources, intense particle beams, advanced radiation sources, materials processing, and nonlinear dynamics.