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Rosetta Mission Comes to An End

Rosetta Mission

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Rosetta, the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, is dead, setting down Friday on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Radio signals from Rosetta flatlined at 7:19 am after it did a soft belly-flop, The New York Times reported. An image of the cratered surface which is the Rosetta’s final resting place was revealed as the spacecraft headed for the landing, New Scientist reports. For more images of the Rosetta mission from the European Space Agency, click here.

Lockheed Martin’s Tony Antonelli, addressing the International Aeronautical Congress last week, told the audience that his company used 3D printing to make parts for Juno, 3D Printing Industry reports. Juno is the first solar-powered spacecraft built to travel to Jupiter. After a five-year journey, the NASA spacecraft arrived in orbit around Jupiter in July: a voyage of 1.76 billion miles.

It seems the world is excited about Elon Musk’s announcement that SpaceX will be selling tickets to Mars, but there are other pressing issues facing the company, such as the cause of the Sept. 1 explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and most of its launch pad, Breaking Defense reports.

Congress bought itself more time to work out a fiscal 2017 budget by passing a continuing resolution, but a fight remains on the defense spending front, Federal News Radio reports. Capitol Hill and Pentagon leadership have been sparring over the annual defense spending bill, namely the Overseas Contingency Operations, which members of Congress say has been exploited to avoid sequestration spending caps.

US News & World Report says the US is not fully prepared to match cyberattacks being launched by Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. Those countries are routinely engaging in cyberattacks on civilian areas, hacking private companies and undermining foreign militaries.

The National Background Investigations Bureau will open today, Oct. 3, with all employees of the Federal Investigative Service transitioning to the new Office of Personnel Management component. NBIB will house about 2,500 federal employees and an additional 6,000 contract workers, Government Executive reports.

Defense Systems reports that among the commercial practices being adopted by the military services is a shift toward open-source software and development designed to promote greater standardization and reuse of code for applications such as avionics. A new software standards initiative launched last week by the Open Group’s Future Airborne Capability Environment Consortium seeks to certify that registered software conforms to the group’s technical standard used by suppliers of avionics systems.

For most Americans, electing a new president comes down to casting a vote for the person best suited to ensure the security and prosperity of the nation. Federal employees are no different. But unlike most Americans, federal employees also will be voting for a new boss. Government Executive asks: What kind of manager would Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump be?

State Department spokesman John Kirby warns the collapse of US-Russian cooperation in Syria could lead to a rise in extremism and potential attacks against Russia. Russian officials are accusing the US of siding with terrorists in Syria, Military Times reports. Another State Department official sought to assure skeptical lawmakers that Russia is at risk of becoming mired in Syria if the civil war rages on, a prospect that gives the US an upper hand as it pressures Moscow to end attacks in Aleppo.

Boeing has rolled out the first P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft, based on its 737 commercial jet, destined for the Royal Australian Air Force, Aviation Pros reports. Things are going so smoothly that Boeing has been able to drop the base price of the aircraft by about 30 percent from about $170 million to $115 million.

First it was the Navy’s announcement in August that the branch would replace its blue camouflage, known as “blueberries,” for forest-green camouflage. The next fashion decision to make was whether Army soldiers were allowed to roll up their sleeves with the camo facing out. Last week, senior Army leaders decided to allow the sleeve-rolling. The policy was met with mostly positive reactions, with everyone from four-star generals to privates getting in on the sleeve-rolling, Army Times reports.

Contracts:

Neany Inc., Hollywood, Maryland, was awarded a $49,168,370 order dependent contract to provide unmanned aerial systems persistent ground surveillance capability. Bids were solicited on the Internet with one received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is the contracting activity (W911NF-16-D-0038).

L-3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $13,674,743 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-11-D-0010) for aircraft maintenance and logistical life cycle support for 49 C-12 aircraft. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (42 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (6 percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (6 percent); Manama, Bahrain (6 percent); Atsugi, Japan (6 percent); Beaufort, South Carolina (4 percent); San Angelo, Texas (4 percent);  Yuma, Arizona (4 percent); New Orleans, Louisiana (4 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (4 percent); New River, North Carolina (3 percent); Kadena, Japan (3 percent); Manassas, Virginia (2 percent); Miramar, California (2 percent); Futenma, Japan (2 percent); and Misawa, Japan, and is expected to be completed in December 2016. Funds will not be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Chesapeake Technology International Corp., California, Maryland, is being awarded a $12,835,004 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide approximately 66,000 hours of systems development services in support of the Department of Defense Joint Electronic Attack and Compatibility Office, including the modification, integration, and testing of networking services and applications. Work will be performed in Camarillo, California (70 percent); Point Mugu, California (15 percent), and Lamy, New Mexico (15 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2021. Fiscal 2016 research and development (Defense wide) funds in the amount of $25,000 are being 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 Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity (N68936-16-D-0037).

Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News (HII-NNS), Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to perform repair efforts for in-service nuclear-powered submarines, special mission submersibles, moored training ships, and submarine support facilities. Specifically, repair efforts include overhaul, maintenance, repair, modernization upgrades, technical engineering support, supplies and services, and nuclear related touch labor support efforts. The contract contains a five-year ordering period with a cumulative ceiling value of $400,000,000. The $400,000,000 ceiling value is the maximum dollar amount that may be potentially awarded under the HII-NNS multiple award contract. This contract does not include options. This contract allows all the naval shipyards and some Naval Supply Systems Command activities to place orders. Performance under a properly placed order can occur inside and outside the continental US (CONUS/OCONUS).  Specific work percentages of CONUS versus OCONUS are not known at this time. No funding is being obligated with the award. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). HII-NNS is a nuclear qualified shipyard and possesses the unique expertise, knowledge, and experience to perform nuclear submarine repair efforts for in-service nuclear-powered submarines, special mission submersibles, moored training ships, and submarine support facilities. The Naval Sea System Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-16-D-4301).

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $30,847,527 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo afterbody/tailcone sections, test equipment, production support material, engineering support, and hardware repair support. The work to be performed is manufacturing of MK 48 Mod 7 components to increase the quantity of the MK 48 Mod 7 ready for issue war shot inventory. The contract also allows for procurement of spares, production support material, engineering services, test equipment design and manufacturing, and hardware repair services. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract up to $383,171,740. Work will be performed in Bedford, Indiana (62 percent); Marion, Massachusetts (30 percent); Middletown, Rhode Island (6 percent); and Indianapolis, Indiana (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2020. Fiscal 2016 weapons procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $26,655,727 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-16-C-6425).

Nextiraone Federal LLC, doing business as Black Box Network Services, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $17,999,800 firm-fixed-priced contract to engineer, furnish, install, secure, test, and make operational a turnkey solution for the upgrade of the existing telecommunication network architecture to a Unified Capabilities compliant solution at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Black Box Network Services shall also provide all ancillary components, site and facility preparation, labor, training, all supporting equipment, software, firmware, licenses, power, grounding, and all interfaces associated with these systems for a complete turnkey solution. Work will be performed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and work is expected to be completed by March 29, 2018. Fiscal 2016 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of 12,825,907; and fiscal 2015 military construction funds in the amount of $5,173,892 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the General Services Administration Connections II, Government-wide Acquisition Contract, with two offers received. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-16-F-4955).

Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $17,700,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for planning of USS Helena (SSN 725) dry-docking selected restricted availability. The contracted requirements include planning efforts necessary to maintain full unrestricted operation of the submarine, as well as upgrades and modernization efforts required to ensure the submarine is operating at full technical capacity as defined in the availability work package. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by October 2017. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2015 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of 17,545,019 will be obligated at time of award. Funds in the amount of $17,500,961 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 US Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-16-C-4316).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $16,497,297 modification to delivery order 0031 previously placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for deployable spares packages in support of the low-rate initial production Lot 9 F-35B aircraft for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El Segundo, California (9 percent); Owego, New York (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, New Hampshire (5.8 percent); Torrance, California (5.5 percent); Orlando, Florida (4.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7 percent); San Diego, California (3.6 percent); Phoenix, Arizona (3.1 percent); Melbourne, Florida (3 percent); Irvine, California (2.5 percent); North Amityville, New York (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks, Connecticut (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (2.2 percent); Papendrect, Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Georgia (1.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy/Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $16,497,297 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Training, Baltimore, Maryland, is being awarded $15,402,236 for cost-plus-award-fee order ER07 against the previously issued basic ordering agreement N00024-15-G-2303 to provide engineering and management services for LCS-9 post shakedown availability. Services are in support of the following: 60,000 man-hours level of effort, and to provide the work specification, pre-fabrication, and material.  Work will be performed in New York, New York (60 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (33 percent); and Marinette, Wisconsin (7 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2017. Fiscal 2012 and 2016 shipbuilding conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $5,048,156 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Bath, Maine, is the contracting activity.

Diversified Service Contracting Inc., Dunn, North Carolina, is being awarded an $11,539,097 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N40080-11-D-3020) for the exercise of option one for base operations support at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River. The work to be performed provides for all management supervision, labor hours, training, equipment and supplies necessary to perform base operating services to include but not limited to providing janitorial services, grounds maintenance services, base support vehicles and equipment, street sweeping/snow removal services, and pest control services. After award of this option, the total cumulative contract value will be $58,826,992. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland, and work for this option period is expected to be completed September 2017. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2017 operation and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2017 Navy working capital contract funds in the amount of $10,492,022 for recurring work will be obligated on individual task orders issued during the option period. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Public Works Department, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $10,861,910 fixed-price-incentive-firm modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5225) for fiscal 2016 production of AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship Undersea Warfare Systems (USW). The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is a Surface Ship USW combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts, and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects and torpedo threats. The contract is for production of the Technical Insertion 14 baseline of the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 USW Systems. This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS) to Japan. Work will be performed in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania (56 percent); Syracuse, New York (14 percent); Clearwater, Florida (23 percent); Owego, New York (5 percent); and Marion, Massachusetts (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2019. Fiscal 2015 and 2016 other procurement (Navy); shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Navy); research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); and FMS funding in the amount of $10,861,910 will be obligated at the time of award, and funds in the amount of $173,850 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

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