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By Debbie Gregory.

Having electronic health records vs. previous hard copy records will go a long way in saving money, buy information pills time, and lives.

After a two year search, the Defense Department awarded a $4.3 billion contract to Leidos, Inc.

Previously known as Science Applications International Corporation, Leidos is an American company headquartered in Reston, Virginia. The company provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services.

The new contract will cover more than 9.5 million Defense Department beneficiaries and the more than 205,000 care professionals who provide them with support.

Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, called electronic health records “a critical enabler for supporting and maintaining medical readiness” around the world. The new system is global, and must operate in remote places like Afghanistan, in addition to DoD’s 55 hospitals and more than 600 clinics, according to Woodson.

“Even apart from the wartime requirements, the patients we serve are frequently on the move, as are our caregivers, so it is very important to have a highly integrated system that is portable to serve the needs wherever they may be required,” he said.

The DoD and the VA are interoperable now, said Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, but this contract ensures it will continue by including future software upgrades.

Training is also included in the contract, he said.

“The trick … in getting a business system fielded isn’t about the product you’re buying, it’s about the training, the preparation of your people, it’s about minimizing the changes to the software that you’re buying,” Kendall said. “We’ve done a lot of work to ensure that our users … are prepared to take on this product and use it.”

The next big hurdle is testing the software to ensure it is secure and does what is needed. This will be carries out at eight locations in the Pacific Northwest late next year. Ultimately, the system will be fielded at more than 1,000 locations worldwide. The cost over 18 years was placed at $11 billion, but new figures suggest the ultimate cost will be below $9 billion, Kendall said.

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Leidos, Inc Wins DoD Contract: VAMBOA: By Debbie Gregory

 

military connection: ffvBy Debbie Gregory.

The Future Fighting Vehicle (FFV) program may not be totally down for the count. The Army has awarded two contracts, worth more than $28 million each, to BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems to develop design concepts for the FFV.

The effort is meant to determine whether the Army will produce an entirely new vehicle or a modern armed and armored personnel carrier to replace the Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

The Bradley, which the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program was to replace, has been in service since 1981, and is expected to remain in the Army inventory perhaps for decades in the future.

In October, Brig. Gen. David Bassett, commander PEO Ground Combat Systems, said the FFV program was largely a science-and-technology development effort, meant to help the Army explore its options while it pursues various engineering-change proposals for its existing armored vehicles.

The Army is asking BAE Systems and General Dynamics to study technologies, costs, and risks against future infantry fighting vehicle requirements for a FFV system.[Native Advertisement]

From their GCV work, BAE Systems engineers will try to recycle integrated hybrid-electric propulsion and mobility subsystems, automotive test rigs, and hybrid-electric integrated propulsion subsystems.

Due to the use of a hybrid-electric propulsion, the company will design and implement calibration maps for all components within their hybrid systems to test component efficiencies within integrated propulsion systems.

The Army’s other vehicle efforts include its pursuit of a Humvee replacement, the joint light tactical vehicle, and M113 infantry carrier replacement, the armored multipurpose vehicle, along with upgrades to the Abrams, Stryker and Paladin.

Currently in the development stage is a light vehicle that’s designed to enable airborne troops to move quickly to an objective after they’ve parachuted in. On May 28, Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno said the service is exploring the needs for a vehicle that provides mobile protected firepower, an infantry fighting vehicle and a light tank, using 20 collaborative war-fighting challenges to identify capability gaps — with near-, mid- and long-term solutions.

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VAMBOA: US Army Awards Contracts for FFV Designs: By Debbie Gregory

F35The Department of Defense (DOD) contract watch for building F-35 fighter jets for the U.S. military has received a lot of publicity over the past several years. So far, the F-35 program has generated over $1 billion in contracts to companies involved with various components of the project.

On August 13, 2014, the Lockheed-Martin Corporation was given an additional $233 million to work on flight-training and maintenance simulators for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The contract increase calls for production of 19 training simulators and nearly 70 technical support systems. The bulk of the money and the work for this contract will be done at Lockheed’s facilities in and around Orlando, Florida.

Lockheed’s Orlando training systems unit manages the F-35 flight training center at Eglin AFB. This division of the company also produces automated logistics computers for the stealth fighter jets. More than 500 jobs in Orlando are tied to the F-35 work, including weapons-targeting systems produced by Lockheed’s missiles group.

The F-35 program has survived scrapping from the DOD through frequent schedule delays, cost overruns and technical problems. One of the most notable incidents was an engine fire on June 23rd that temporarily halted the project. The DOD acknowledged that Lockheed has taken a number of measures to cut costs and address performance issues over the past year.

Last month, Lockheed and its F-35 partners unveiled a plan to reduce costs on each individual aircraft by the end of the decade. The plan calls for spending $170 million through 2016 to shave costs from each F-35 to $80 million, down from $100 million.

But with a projected overall price of $400 billion, the F-35 is still on track to become the most expensive U.S. weapons system in history, with 2,400 planes built for the U.S. military and its allies.

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VAMBOA: DOD Expands F-35 Contracts:  By Debbie Gregory


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET
No. CR-046-14
March 12, 2014

CONTRACTS
NAVY
General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $128,500,000 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-2229) to accomplish the detail design and construction of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB).  This modification will provide the detail, design and construction efforts to convert the MLP 3 to an AFSB variant.  Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by October 2015.  Fiscal 2012, 2013 and 2014 national defense sealift funds in the amount of $95,093,500 will be obligated at time of award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Interstate Electronics Corp., Anaheim, Calif., is being awarded an $8,911,790 modification under previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00030-14-C-0006) to exercise option line items for a new technology refresh of the C-Band Pulse Doppler Radar (RADAR-C) Transmitter and replacement of the Navy Mobile Instrumentation Ship Communication System in support of Trident II flight tests.  These option line items provide for, but are not limited to, engineering services (system engineering, design and development), system testing, verification and validation, logistics and full system documentation in order to achieve Flight Test Instrumentation Steady State for Strategic Systems Programs flight test mission support.  The maximum dollar value of the option line items is $8,911,790.  Work will be performed in Anaheim, Calif. (80 percent); Cape Canaveral, Fla. (18 percent); and San Jose, Calif. (2 percent), and work is expected to be completed March 15, 2016.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement, Navy contract funds in the amount of $8,911,790 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was a sole source acquisition pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).  The Department of the Navy, Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
ARMY
Northrop Grumman Technical Service Inc., Herdon, Va., was awarded a $30,793,383 modification (P00010) to contract W9124B-13-C-0005 for continued logistic support services.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $30,793,383 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Jan. 31, 2015.  Work will be performed at Fort Irwin, Calif.  Army Contracting Command, Fort Irwin, Calif., is the contracting activity.
DRS Technical Services Inc, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $30,271,266 hybrid firm-fixed price, cost-plus fixed-fee and cost reimbursable multi-year contract to operate control and maintain satellite communications between the continental United States and worldwide locations.  It will also provide help desk and field operations support.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $30,271,266 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is March 11, 2017.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work will be performed in Rock Island, Ill., Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Germany.  Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0026).
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
API LLC**, Camuy, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $11,716,450 modification (P00102) exercising the first option period on a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1037) with four one-year option periods for permethrin Army combat uniform coats.  This is a firm-fixed-price contract.  Location of performance is Puerto Rico with a March 18, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military service is Army.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
Northrop Grumman Space and Missions Systems, Colorado Springs, Colo. is being awarded A $750,000,000 in-scope contract modification (P00023) to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to increase the estimated contract maximum from $2,500,000,000 to $3,250,000,000.  The contract remains a ten (10) year contract with an ordering period from Nov. 21, 2005 through Nov. 21, 2015.  The contract is a hybrid omnibus contract performing predominantly research, development, test and evaluation services for the development of the Ballistic Missile Defense System’s Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications; the support infrastructure including all information technology; facilities; ground and flight test; warfighter wargames and exercises; modeling and simulation; several operational cells including the Ballistic Missile Defense Network Operations and Security Center, the Joint Functional Command Component for Integrated Missile Defense, and the 100th Missile Defense Brigade. Places of performance under the contract are worldwide but mainly support the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Also supported are the Missile Defense Agency sites in Huntsville, Ala., the National Capital Region, and Dahlgren, Va.  No task order is being issued as a result of this award. No funds are being obligated as all funding takes place at the task order level. The Missile Defense Agency, Colorado Springs, Colo. is the contracting activity (#H95001-10-D-0001).
*Small Business
**Small Disadvantaged Business
http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5240


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March 11, 2014

CONTRACTS
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Draeger Medical Inc., Telford, Pa., has been awarded a maximum $140,000,000 modification (P00067) exercising the third option period on a five-year base contract (SPM200-07-D-8003) with five one-year option periods for anesthesia machines, monitors, ventilators and related accessories.  This is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  Location of performance is Pennsylvania with a March 11, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, federal civilian agencies, and Department of Veterans Affairs.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
Genesis Vision, doing business as Rochester Optical*, Rochester, N.Y., has been awarded a maximum $50,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for optical frames.  This is a three-year base contract with two one-year option periods.  Location of performance is New York with a March 10, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM2DE-14-D-7559).
NAVY
Computer Systems Center Inc.*, Springfield, Va., is being awarded a $12,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the development and fielding of command, control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting systems for Deployable Tactical Operations Center Components.  Work will be performed in Springfield, Va., and is expected to be completed in March 2018.  Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation, Navy funds in the amount of $1,200,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-14-D-0013).
Mikel, Inc.*, Fall River, Mass., is being awarded a $6,689,497 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-6295) to exercise options for engineering and technical services for combat systems of the future.  Work will be performed in Middletown, R.I. (77 percent), Fall River, Mass. (10 percent), Manassas, Va. (10 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (2 percent) and North Kingstown, R.I. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2014.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Navy funding in the amount of $365,000 will be obligated at time of award and contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured, as award is being made under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(5)-Authorized or Required by Statue 15 U.S.C. 638 (r)-Aid to Small Business.  The Naval Sea System Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity.
AIR FORCE
The Boeing Co., Defense, Space and Security, Kent, Wash., has been awarded a $10,814,354 modification (001) on an existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (F19628-01-D-0016) for trade studies and analysis for the Japan AWACS mission computing upgrade DMS 3.X requirements planning and hardware procurement to procure end of life hardware.  This contract action is implemented as a modification to delivery order #0097 under the AWACS modernization and sustainment support basic contract.  Work will be performed at Kent, Wash., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2014.  This is an unclassified foreign military sales contract for Japan.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/HBSK, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity.
*Small Business
http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5239
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