- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 28, 2008


CACI wins pact for data management

ARLINGTON | The U.S. Army has contracted CACI International Inc. to provide the Force Management System with operations and maintenance support.

The five-year, $26 million task order, from the Army deputy chief of staff, G-3, director of force management, is for CACI to support the Force Management System as part of an information-technology enterprise solutions services contract vehicle.

The Force Management System is responsible for streamlining the data exchange between the Army and the Defense Department, among other tasks. Officials say CACI will support the Force Management System’s software development, including design and modernization.

“CACI offers the Army considerable experience supporting its Force Management System, assuring rapid contract startup and continuous high-quality service,” Bill Fairl, CACI president of U.S. operations, said in a statement.

“Our certified expertise in software development, backed by a solid understanding of the Force Management System technical environment and the Army’s manpower and resources goals, will help the Army meet its needs effectively and on time.”


Tel-Instrument wins avionics contract

CARLSTADT | The Army has contracted Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. for T-47N military flight-line avionics test set technologies.

Tel-Instrument Electronics, a New Jersey-based developer of testing and measurement systems for the military, government and commercial aerospace and defense markets, will supply the Army with 100 of its T-47N test sets under a $1.71 million award.

Company officials say the announced deal fills out the remaining units of Tel-Instrument Electronics’ indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with the Army.

“The T-47N remains the world’s premier military flight-line avionics test set,” Jeff O’Hara, Tel-Instrument Electronics president, said in a statement.

“It provides identification of friend and foe, tactical air-navigation and traffic-collision-avoidance system testing functionality in one rugged and easy-to-use product.”


General Dynamics wins chemical-detection pact

CHARLOTTE | General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been contracted by the U.S. Army for vehicle-based chemical-threat-detection technologies.

General Dynamics received the six-year, $15.7 million contract from the Army Research Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, for its Joint Service Lightweight Standoff Chemical Agent Detector systems.

Officials say the JSLSCAD technology is deployed with military ground vehicles, enabling the detection of chemical-agent vapors with 360-degree coverage.

“General Dynamics’ JSLSCAD provides U.S. armed forces with an effective tool to detect potentially harmful and even fatal chemicals at a safe distance,” Bill Gural, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products vice president and general manager of detection systems, said in a statement.

“Our team in Charlotte (N.C.) is proud to provide technology that protects the men and women who protect us.”


Point Blank to build advanced body armor

POMPANO BEACH | The Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan has awarded Point Blank Solutions Inc. a deal for protective body armor.

Point Blank Solutions, a Florida-based developer of advanced body-armor technology for the U.S. military and law-enforcement agencies, announced its Protective Apparel Corp. of America subsidiary received the contract.

Under the $8.3 million deal, PACA will supply the Joint Contracting Command with 30,000 tactical, concealable vests and 60,000 Level IV plates.

“This is a very important win for our company, as it represents another international award,” said Larry Ellis, Point Blank Solutions president and chief executive officer. “This is a testament that our strategy is working.”


ManTech vehicles to clear away IEDs

FAIRFAX | The U.S. Army has contracted ManTech International Corp. for specialized improvised-explosive-device route-clearance vehicles.

The Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command Life-Cycle Management Command awarded ManTech an $820 million contract for up to two years, if all options are exercised.

Under the deal, ManTech will provide its route-clearance IED detection and removal vehicles along with equipment and systems service and support for TACOM operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“ManTech has a strong interest in sustainment of these critical assets, which protect our armed forces,” George Pedersen, ManTech chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

“We are committed to the safety and security of our troops and helping to fight the global war on terrorism.”


General Dynamics gets Stryker gun pact

STERLING HEIGHTS | General Dynamics Land Systems has been contracted to provide the U.S. Army with 62 of its Stryker Mobile Gun System vehicle variants.

The contract, worth $326.5 million if all options are exercised, is from the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command Life-Cycle Management Command.

Under the deal, General Dynamics will provide 62 of its Stryker MGS vehicles. The MGS is a variation of the company’s line of Stryker combat vehicles that offer troops the ability to engage enemy targets with a 105 mm mounted cannon while in motion.

The MGS, with more than 79,000 miles logged supporting U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, is capable of destroying “vehicles, equipment and hardened positions with its bunker- and wall-breaching capability,” the release said.


Lockheed to upgrade Pentagon telecommunications

MANASSAS | The U.S. Defense Department has contracted Lockheed Martin Corp. to support the Pentagon Telecommunications Center’s messaging systems.

U.S. company Lockheed Martin - under a two-year, $5.8 million follow-on network-centric contract - will continue to support the Pentagon’s message-routing infrastructure.

Officials say the Lockheed Martin contract with the Pentagon Telecommunications Center supports the message technologies that provide a constant open channel to top defense officials, commanders and other decision-makers in order to maintain U.S. military operations.

“The Pentagon Telecommunications Center’s mission is critical. Any disruption of service to the decision-makers in the Pentagon has the potential to impact mission operations worldwide,” Gerry Fasano, from Lockheed Martin information systems and global services, said in a statement.

“Lockheed Martin has been supporting the center for more than 10 years, and we are proud to continue helping them plan for the future.”

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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