- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 26, 2009

WASHINGTON

Navy contracts for PMO support

The Navy has contracted engineering firm Herren Associates for the company to provide support services to the Program Management Office.

Herren Associates was selected to provide PMO support services for the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning program. The $33.6 million deal was awarded under the Navy’s SeaPort Enhanced Contract vehicle.

Officials say the contract with Herren Associates, which has been working with the Navy for 20 years, is part of an effort by the Navy to modernize its business operations to better support mission objectives.

“Transforming Navy business operations while driving enterprise-wide efficiencies calls for a support team with significant depth of experience across executive, managerial and technical areas,” said Jeff Herren, chief executive officer of Herren Associates.

“We have that team in place, and we’re proud that we can help the Navy’s Enterprise Resource Planning Program continue to modernize and standardize Navy business operations,” he said.

MICHIGAN

Navy awards deal for sonobuoys

JACKSON | The Army has contracted Sparton Corp. for the company to deliver its hostile submarine detection buoy technologies.

Michigan-based Sparton was awarded the Navy contract for its sonobuoy threat detection technologies. Under the approximately $34.1 million contract, Sparton will deliver its AN/SSQ-53F passive sensor and the AN/SSQ-62E active acoustic sensor sonobuoy variants to the Navy.

Officials say the sonobuoy, deployed with Navy ships, detects potentially hostile submarines’ acoustic emissions. A detected threat is then transmitted to the Navy anti-submarine fleet to take appropriate countermeasures.

Sparton says its AN/SSQ-53F sonobuoy is used for “detection, classification, and localization of adversary submarines” and the AN/SSQ-62E sonobuoy is used in the “final localization and attack phase of submarine prosecutions.”

VIRGINIA

SOCOM contracts for lab support

The U.S. Special Operations Command has contracted the National Interest Security Co. (NISC) to support a research and development lab.

NISC says its Information Manufacturing portfolio company received the SOCOM contract. As part of the $2.8 million contract, NISC will continue development and support of SOCOM’s unclassified test bed.

Officials say the unclassified test bed is a lab designed to rapidly evaluate information technology products for potential use by U.S. operational forces.

“NISC has been supporting SOCOM since 2006 in rapid testing of new IT products for operations against terrorist networks,” said Andrew Maner, NISC chief executive.

“Our employees are personally and professionally committed to SOCOM’s mission to provide fully capable Special Operations Forces to defend the United States and its interests,” he said.

NEW YORK

L-3 to support ISR capabilities

NEW YORK | The Navy has contracted L-3 Communications to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance software and engineering services.

New York-based L-3 says its Command and Control Systems and Software (C2S2) division was awarded the contract. As part of the deal, worth $87.4 million if all options are exercised, L-3 C2S2 will provide software, planning and engineering services for the Navy’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

Officials say the contract includes support for unmanned aerial vehicles and mission training among other services.

“Our solid program performance and commitment to our naval customer over the past five years has resulted in this follow-on award,” said John Medea, L-3 C2S2 president.

“By blending information technology and software capabilities from across our services business, our L-3 team will continue to be a cost-effective, low-risk source for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems support and extended applications to other Navy and joint programs,” he said.

TEXAS

Raytheon to support MRTB program

RICHARDSON | The Navy has contracted Raytheon to provide support services for a Marine Corps observation and targeting device.

Raytheon was contracted by the Navy to support the Medium Range Thermal Bi-Ocular (MRTB) program. Under the $180 million deal, Raytheon will provide the MRTB program with logistics and maintenance support services, among other requirements.

The Marine Rifle Squad, Machine Gun Squad and other Marine Corps units used the MRTB as an observation and targeting device for reconnaissance and surveillance missions.

“Our system includes upgrades in the latest Raytheon Vision Systems microbolometer detector technology, which provides double the resolution of earlier models,” said Mike Allgeier, Raytheon Operations and Precision Components vice president.

“This allows Marines to see at a greater distance with better identification capability and gives our troops a decided advantage on the battlefield,” he said.

• Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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