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AFOTEC Picks SAIC, Battelle for CBRNE Engineering
On September 30, 2005, the U.S. Air Force Operational Test
and Evaluation Center, Detachment 1 (AFOTEC Det. 1) (Kirtland
AFB, NM) awarded two parallel, four-year, cost-plus-fixed-fee,
IDIQ contracts, worth $98 million collectively, for chemical,
biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) Rapid
The recipients were:
— Battelle Memorial Institute, National Security Div.
(Columbus, OH) (FA7046-05-D-0050).
— SAIC Research, Development, Test and Evaluation
(RDT&E) Group - Engineering, Test & Analysis Business Unit
(Albuquerque, NM) (FA7046-05-D-0060). The SAIC-led team
includes 10 small businesses, one minority institution, and a
Under the multiple-award program, the two companies now will
compete for task orders to support operational test and
evaluation (OT&E) activities by providing mission area
research, task decomposition, test concept, test scope, costing,
planning, conducting, managing, and reporting of technical and
scientific efforts. The contract will provide technical
performance in accomplishing tasks related to the CBRN OT&E
major objectives of operational suitability and operational
effectiveness, joint test and evaluation (JT&E) and multiservice
operational test and evaluation (MOT&E) and headquarters and
AFOTEC Det. 1 supports the Air Force, DoD, combatant
commanders, and other government agencies in support of
operational test and evaluation (OT&E), as well as Deputy
Undersecretary of Defense Advanced Systems and Concepts
requirements for all non-traditional acquisition programs to
complete a military utility assessment. Work will be performed
at Kirtland AFB, NM.
Army C-E LCMC Names Three Companies for TEIS II
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle
Management Command, Southwest Operations Office (Ft.
Huachuca, AZ) awarded three parallel, five-year, IDIQ contracts
for the Total Engineering and Integration Services II (TEIS II)
The recipients were:
— Signal Solutions, Inc. (Fairfax, VA), which was
awarded a $775.6 million contract (W9128Z-06-D-0001).
— NCI Information Systems, Inc. (Reston, VA), which
was awarded a $780 million contract (W9128Z-06-D-0002).
— STG, Inc. (Reston, VA), which was awarded a $771.7
million contract (W9128Z-06-D-0003).
Under the multiple-award program, these three companies now
will compete for task orders to support the mission of the U.S.
Army Information Systems Engineering Command (USAISEC)
(Ft. Huachuca, AZ). Task orders will cover engineering-related
activities in support of all aspects of information and
communication systems. Support will be required for full
lifecycle USAISEC project support to include planning, design,
development, engineering, implementation, procurement,
logistics, evaluation, sustainment, and ancillary services
intrinsic in engineering tasks at CONUS and OCONUS locations
in support of C-E LCMC and USAISEC and its supported
The contracts were competitively procured through solicitation
W9128Z-05-R-0003, which was issued on February 15, 2005,
and called for full & open competition. At least one award was
reserved for small businesses (NAICS 517110). Proposals were
due on March 17, 2005.
Army RDECOM Selects Six for Interceptor Body
Armor (IBA) Procurement
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering
Command (RDECOM) (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD) awarded
six parallel, three-year, firm-fixed-price, fee contracts, worth
$461 million collectively, for Interceptor Body Armor (IBA)
The recipients were:
— Ceradyne, Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA), which was awarded
a $28.1 million delivery order on a $461 million contract
— ArmorWorks LLC (Tempe, AZ), which was awarded a
$10.6 million delivery order on a $276.8 million contract
— Cercom, Inc. (Vista, CA), which was awarded a $5.9
million delivery order on a $424.7 million contract (W91CRB
— ForceOne LLC (Spruce Pine, NC), which was awarded
a $5.1 million delivery order on a $461 million contract
— Composix Co. (Newark, OH), which was awarded a
$5.1 million delivery order on a $362.1 million contract
— Simula Military Personnel Safety Systems (Asheville,
NC), which was awarded a $5.3 million delivery order on a
$461 million contract (W91CRB-04-D-0042).
Under the multiple-award program, these companies now will
compete on individual delivery orders to produce the IBA
system, which combines a 9mm and fragmentation-protective,
soft outer tactical vest (OTV) with ballistic protective inserts.
IBA is designed to increase soldier survivability and CIE
compatibility, while minimizing impacts to mobility and heat
load. The Army plans to procure up to 829,000 sets of IBA,
— a maximum of 300,000 sets of Over-Weight Inserts.
— a maximum of 429,000 sets of Small Arms Protective
— a maximum of 100,000 sets of Special Operation
Forces Personal Equipment Advance Requirements (SPEAR)
body armor systems.
Work is expected to be completed by August 19, 2007. Contract
funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The contract was competitively procured through solicitation
W91CRB-04-R-0033, which was issued on May 19, 2004, and
called for full & open competition (NAICS 315999). A total of 16
offers were received.
DARPA Taps AirLaunch for FALCON Small Launch
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
(Arlington, VA) awarded AirLaunch LLC (Reno, NV) a one-year,
$17.8 million increment as part of a $28.3 million fixed-price-
milestone contract (HR0011-04-9-0016) for the detailed design
phase, Phase 2B, of the DARPA/USAF FALCON Small Launch
Under Phase 2B, AirLaunch and its team will continue
development of the QuickReach small satellite booster.
AirLaunch and its team of contractors recently completed Phase
2A of the program, culminating with the company
demonstrating the safe release of a dummy booster from an
Air Force C-17A cargo aircraft. During Phase 2B, AirLaunch will
conduct further risk reduction activities (including additional C
-17 drop tests and an integrated stage-two firing), provide an
initial Interface Control Document (ICD) for a payload, and
complete a Critical Design Review (CDR). The contract includes
an option for Phase 2C, to conduct a flight demonstration of the
QuickReach booster and launch a small payload into Low Earth
Orbit (LEO). The FALCON program goal is to develop a booster
that can launch a small satellite for less than $5 million with
only 24 hours notice. AirLaunch's design achieves
responsiveness by carrying its QuickReach booster to altitude
inside the cargo bay of an unmodified C-17A or other large
In Fall 2003, DARPA and the U.S. Air Force challenged nine U.S.
competitors to develop a small launch vehicle that can carry
small satellites to orbit for no more than $5 million per launch
based on a rate of 20 flights per year. In mid-2004, AirLaunch
and three other contractors were selected for Phase 2A.
AirLaunch is responsible for program management and
integration of the complete system in cooperation with Space
Vector. Other subcontractors include:
— Space Vector Corp. (Chatsworth, CA): providing
launch operations, integration support, avionics wafer, storage
and launch carrier. Space Vector will be the integrating
contractor in facilities co-located with AirLaunch LLC (receiving
19% of the contract's value).
— HMX, Inc. (Reno, NV): providing propulsion
technologies, including tanks and engines (receiving 48% of the
— Universal Space Lines, LLC (Newport Beach, CA):
providing Vehicle Management System hardware and software
including flight controls (receiving 8% of the contract's value).
— Wilson Composite Technologies (Folsom, CA):
providing composite tank expertise (receiving 4% of contract's
— Spincraft (Billerica, MA): providing aluminum tanks
(receiving 9% of contract's value).
— AAE Aerospace (Costa Mesa, CA): providing thrust
— Orion Propulsion Inc. (Huntsville, AL): providing
propulsion test equipment and test support.
— Delta Velocity Corp. (Leesburg, VA): providing
payload fairing, payload planner and user's guide.
Work will also be performed in Madison, AL (6%), and
Huntington Beach, CA (6%), and is expected to be completed
by October 30, 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end
of the current fiscal year.
The contract was not competitively procured. It was awarded
on a sole-source basis, and initiated on May 7, 2004.
NAVSEA Taps Progeny Systems for Design,
Development and Delivery of EDMs for CWL
The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) (Washington,
DC) awarded Progeny Systems Corp. (Manassas, VA) a $5.5
million cost-plus-award-fee, Small Business Innovative
Research (SBIR) Phase III contract (N00024-06-C-6238) for the
design, development, and delivery of two Engineering
Development Models (EDM) for the Common Weapon Launcher
This effort is for Phase III SBIR topic number N02-024
(Automated /Simplified Weapons Operator Machine Interface)
and will leverage from an earlier Phase III Small Business
Innovative Technology Topic N96-278 (Technology Infusion
Methodology for Commercial Off The Shelf items). This effort
includes the design and development of an EDM for the CWL
subsystem delivery to U.S. Navy submarine platforms.
SMDC Taps ITT Industries for Lethality Testing and
On behalf of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) (Arlington,
VA), the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
(SMDC) (Huntsville, AL) awarded ITT Industries, Advanced
Engineering & Sciences Div. (AES) (Reston, VA) a five-year,
$57.3 million, cost-plus-award-fee contract (W9113M-05-C
-0219) for lethality testing and criteria development.
Under the contract, the company will define kill modes,
determine lethal damage requirements (LDRs), and develop/
validate lethality criteria for threat configurations designated as
targets for the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS)
elements and components. Near-term focus is on the Ground
Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) and Terminal High Altitude
Area Defense (THAAD) systems. This will be done through
testing and analysis for current Kinetic Energy Weapons (KEW)
systems and concepts but also may require the development of
LDRs associated with targets for directed energy weapons or
small yield nuclear weapons. Determination of LDRs for the
(Kinetic Engergy Interceptor (KEI), Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV),
Aegis BMD and Airborne Laser (ABL) systems are within the
scope of this procurement. The effort consists of designing,
fabricating, instrumenting and testing models of threat payload
targets and/or models of interceptors and kill enhancement
devices such as rods and fragments. First principle
computational analyses consisting of hydrocodes, and/or
structural codes are required to develop pre-test predictions,
interpret test data and design threat payload and interceptor
test models. These analytical techniques will also be utilized to
extend the empirical database beyond current test capabilities
and conduct parametric analyses. Fast-running computer
algorithms, which accurately model the critical parameters of
the empirical database, are required in this effort for
development of lethality criteria, evaluations of interceptor
lethality, and other parametric analyses.
The work will be performed at ITT's facility in Huntsville, AL.
— Dynetics, Inc. (Huntsville, AL)
— Physitron, Inc. (Huntsville, AL)
— 3D Research Corp. (Huntsville, AL)
— East West Enterprises (Huntsville, AL)
— Morgan Research Corp. (Huntsville, AL)
— Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)
(Albuquerque, NM) facility in Huntsville, AL
— KBM, Inc. (Huntsville, AL)
The contract contains a one-year base (worth $7.3 million) and
four one-year options that, if exercised, could increase its
estimated total cumulative value to $57.3 million and extend
the period of performance through November 2010.
The contract was competitively procured through a solicitation
(W9113M-05-R-0003), issued on March 11, 2005, and called for
full & open competition (NAICS 541710).
USMC Taps Computing Technologies for Distance
The Regional Contracting Office Northeast, Marine Corps Base,
(Quantico, VA) awarded Computing Technologies, Inc. (Fairfax,
VA) a $5 million modification to previously awarded 8(a)
contract (M00264-04-C-0001) for distance education services in
support of the Marine Corps College of Continuing Education.
This contract includes options that, if exercised, would increase
its cumulative value to $21.7 million.
Work will be performed in Quantico, VA (80%); Camp Lejeune,
NC (2%); Pendleton, CA (2.0%); Miramar, CA (2%); Oahu, HI
(2%); Okinawa, Japan (2%); and Pensacola, FL (2%), and work
is expected to be completed by September 2006. The contract
funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
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