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Marines Want a Few Good Cyber Specialists

Marines Want a Few Good Cyber Specialists

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President-elect Donald Trump thinks the Marines need more good men — 12 new battalions of infantry and one of tanks to be exact. But the USMC commandant respectfully suggests there are other additions the service needs more, Breaking Defense reports. Gen. Robert Neller is talking about cyber specialists, electronic warfare troops, intelligence analysts, targeteers, engineers, anti-aircraft troops, and artillerymen with anti-ship missiles.

President Barack Obama gave federal employees a small parting gift, Federal News Radio reports, by increasing the pay raise for civilian agency employees so that it equals that of Defense Department employees. Obama sent a letter to Congress late last week saying he is directing all agencies to give employees a 2.1 percent pay raise for fiscal 2017. The new order supersedes the one he signed Nov. 29 calling for a 1.6 percent pay raise for next year when combined with locality pay.

The US Air Force will select two Air National Guard bases to host its F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jet, govwire.com reports. Among the choices: Dannelly Field Air Guard Station, Gowen Field Air Guard Station, Jacksonville Air Guard Station, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, and Truax Air Guard Station.

The US and Indian governments look to close a deal that will potentially bring the production of fighter aircraft from Lockheed Martin and Boeing to India, executivebiz.com reports. Lockheed Martin has proposed to move its Texas-based F-16 assembly line to India, which will make the country the sole producer of the single-engine aircraft that the US military is looking to replace with the F-35.

All three variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are being used by the 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base in California in recent multi-ship testing, which employs four or six jets to ensure communication systems between the planes are working properly and accurately, aerotechnews.com  reports.

Alyssa Wilson

Lt. Alyssa Wilson, MQ-4C Triton project officer with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20, is this year’s recipient of the Adm. Merlin O’Neill Officer of the Year Award.

The Tester newspaper reports Lt. Alyssa Wilson, MQ-4C Triton project officer with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20, is this year’s recipient of the Adm. Merlin O’Neill Officer of the Year Award recognizing the most outstanding junior officer at NAS Patuxent River.

The Malaysian Digest offers everything you need to know about the South China Sea conflict.

Military News reports the Philippine defense secretary said late last week it is highly unlikely his country will allow the US to use it as a springboard for freedom-of-navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea.

US Navy and NATO force are attempting to track down Russian nuclear-powered submarines in the Mediterranean Sea, The National Interest reports. At least one of the submarines is thought to be a Project 949A Antey guided missile submarine.

The Streak is over. Army ended a 14-year run of football frustration against the Midshipmen of the US Naval Academy, using an overpowering running game and opportunistic defense to carve out a long overdue 21-17 victory Saturday in Baltimore, The Associated Press reports. Army last won the matchup in 2001.

A study on military families released Thursday found that more than a quarter of the troops, family members, and veterans who responded to the Blue Star Families 2016 Military Family Lifestyle Survey said they “felt changes in benefits, budget cuts and sequestration illustrated that commitments are not being kept for those who serve,” Washington Examiner reports. Only 19 percent of military families say they would recommend serving in the military to others “if the current trend of cutting benefits continues.”

Commissary customers worldwide will start seeing private-label products on their stores’ shelves in May 2017, with an initial assortment of about 400 items, Military Times reports. Officials announced they have selected MDV SpartanNash, a longtime distributor of products to commissaries and exchanges, to supply the products to commissaries.

Contracts:

Ocean Construction Services Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia (N40080-17-D-0008); Edifice LLC, Beltsville, Maryland (N40080-17-D-0009); Hascon LLC, Columbia, Maryland  (N40080-17-D-0010); Pinnacle Construction & Development Group Inc., Cleveland, Ohio (N40080-17-D-0011); Reilly Construction Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (N40080-17-D-0012); and Tuckman-Barbee Construction Co. Inc., Upper Marlboro, Maryland, are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract for construction projects located primarily within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington Integrated Product Team (IPT) Blue area of responsibility (AOR). The maximum dollar value including the base period and two option years for all six contracts combined is $99,000,000. Ocean Construction Services Inc. is being awarded task order 0001 at $6,636,700 for Building 8008 repairs, alterations, and addition at Webster Field St. Inigoes, Maryland. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by February 2018. All work on this contract will be performed primarily within the NAVFAC Washington IPT Blue AOR to include Maryland (90 percent); and Virginia (10 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 36 months, with an expected completion date of November 2019. Fiscal 2017 supervision, inspection, and overhead; and Navy working capital funds in the amount of $6,686,700 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Future task orders will be primarily funded by military construction (Navy); operations and maintenance (Navy); and Navy working capital funds. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with 24 proposals received. These six contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean Virginia (N00189-17-R-Z011); Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Virginia (N00189-17-D-Z012); Reef Point Group LLC, Edgewater, Maryland (N00189-17-D-Z013); and Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc., Reston, Virginia (N00189-17-D-Z014), are being awarded an estimated $45,804,991 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts that will include terms and conditions for the placement of both cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders for performance and process improvement support services in support of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery of Falls Church, Virginia, for the Military Health System at its headquarters, medical treatment facilities, the Defense Health Agency, and the health systems for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Each contract will run concurrently and includes a 60-month ordering period.  Work will be performed in Falls Church, Virginia (25.5 percent); Portsmouth, Virginia (13 percent); San Diego, California (11 percent); Bremerton, Washington (4 percent); Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (4 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (4 percent); Pensacola, Florida (4 percent); Camp Pendleton, California (4 percent); Twenty-nine Palms, California (4 percent); Lemoore, California (4 percent); Japan (4.5 percent); Guam (4.5 percent); Europe (2.5 percent); and 10 percent in contractor facilities in response to awarded task orders which cannot be reasonably estimated at the time of contract award. The ordering period of the contract is expected to be completed by January 2022. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $100,000 will be obligated ($25,000 on each of the four contracts to fund the contracts’ minimum amounts); and funds in the amount of $100,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with the solicitation posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website, with eight offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department, Philadelphia Office, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $350,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) engineering integration. Contractor will provide delivery of the JMPS Mission Planning Environment and JMPS Integrated Build Environments. Work will be primarily performed at Reston, Virginia; and Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 7, 2027. This contract involves foreign military sales to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, NATO, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with one offer received. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 research, development, test and evaluation; operations and maintenance; procurement; and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $9,392,996 are being obligated at the time of award on the first two delivery orders. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-17-F-0053).

Executive Protection Systems LLC, doing business as RavenTek Solutions, Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a $19,211,795 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for cyber and information technology training in support of the Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command. Cyber and information technology training includes basic level courses, intermediate level courses, opportunity level courses, opportunity areas from Pipeline 2.2, and other software applications. Training will provide commercially available technical courses required to meet operational standards at national level organizations providing support to cyber security missions. This is one of four multiple-award contracts; all awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period.  This three-year contract includes two one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $31,110,172.  Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia (25 percent); Fort Bragg, North Carolina (25 percent); Tampa, Florida (25 percent); and Scott Air Force Base, Illinois (25 percent). Work is expected to be completed Dec. 9, 2019. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Operations and maintenance (Navy) funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured using full and open competition via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website, with 13 proposals received and four were selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-17-D-0041).

Onyx Consulting Services LLC, Columbia, Maryland, is being awarded a $14,624,996 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for cyber and information technology training in support of the Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command. Cyber and information technology training includes basic level courses, intermediate level courses, opportunity level courses, opportunity areas from Pipeline 2.2, and other software applications. Training will provide commercially available technical courses required to meet operational standards at national level organizations providing support to cyber security missions. This is one of four multiple-award contracts; all awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This three-year contract includes two one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $24,058,751. Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia (25 percent); Fort Bragg, North Carolina (25 percent); Tampa, Florida (25 percent); and Scott Air Force Base, Illinois (25 percent). Work is expected to be completed Dec. 9, 2019. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Operations and maintenance (Navy) funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured using full and open competition via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website, with 13 proposals received and four were selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-17-D-0040).

CSR Group, Crownsville, Maryland, is being awarded a $14,162,221 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for cyber and information technology training in support of the Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command. Cyber and information technology training includes basic level courses, intermediate level courses, opportunity level courses, opportunity areas from Pipeline 2.2, and other software applications. Training will provide commercially available technical courses required to meet operational standards at national level organizations providing support to cyber security missions. This is one of four multiple-award contracts; all awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This three-year contract includes two one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $23,145,294. Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia (25 percent); Fort Bragg, North Carolina (25 percent); Tampa, Florida (25 percent); and Scott Air Force Base, Illinois (25 percent). Work is expected to be completed Dec. 9, 2019. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Operations and maintenance (Navy) funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured using full and open competition via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website, with 13 proposals received and four were selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-17-D-0039).

Ultimate Knowledge Corp., Scottsdale, Arizona, is being awarded a $13,312,423 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for cyber and information technology training in support of the Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command. Cyber and information technology training includes basic level courses, intermediate level courses, opportunity level courses, opportunity areas from Pipeline 2.2, and other software applications. Training will provide commercially available technical courses required to meet operational standards at national level organizations providing support to cyber security missions. This is one of four multiple-award contracts; all awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This three-year contract includes two one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $21,759,771.  Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia (25 percent); Fort Bragg, North Carolina (25 percent); Tampa, Florida (25 percent); and Scott Air Force Base, Illinois (25 percent). Work is expected to be completed Dec. 9, 2019. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Operations and maintenance (Navy) funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured using full and open competition via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website, with 13 proposals received and four were selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-17-D-0038).

Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $13,215,605 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-6247) to procure six AN/BVY-1 Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems and associated spare parts. The Integrated Submarine Imaging System provides mission critical, all-weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning, and platform architecture interface capabilities for the Los Angeles class; Seawolf class; Ohio class and Converted Ohio class; and Virginia class submarines. The Integrated Submarine Imaging System rolls up existing components and near-term capabilities, and provides a robust architecture for efficiently inserting future capabilities as they become available for Technical Insertion Advance Processor Builds within the Submarine Warfare Federated System process. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (58 percent); Northampton, Massachusetts (19 percent); Marion, Massachusetts (12 percent); and Chantilly, Virginia (11 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2018. Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2013 and 2014 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $13,215,605 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, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. – Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $55,275,786 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement modification (P00048) to previously awarded contract FA8726-13-C-0001. Contractor will perform comprehensive tasks and provide personnel, facilities, aircraft subsystems and support equipment for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node E-11A platform. Work will be performed at San Diego, California; and international locations, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 23, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance overseas contingency funds in the amount of $55,275,786 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8726-13-C-0001).

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