DHS Selects 30 Small Vendors to Compete for $1.5B under PACTS II

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected 30 Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses to compete for up to $1.5 billion in task orders under the new Program Management, Administrative, Clerical and Technical Services (PACTS II) contract. The vendors will supply non-information technology support services to enable DHS business and program units to accomplish their mission objectives, as well as cross-organizational missions. DHS selected 12 vendors to compete for orders under Functional Category 1, which is for program management and technical support, and 18 vendors to compete for work under Functional Category 2, which is for operations and administrative support. For FC1, the awardees are: Agile Homeland Security Group; Archimedes Global Inc.; Flatter & Associates; gTANGIBLE Corp.; Integrated Finance and Accounting Solutions LLC; ITility LLC; Management and Technical Services Alliance JV; Old Dominion Strategies; Pathfinder Consultants LLC; ScaVet Technologies LLC; and Strategic Operational Solutions Inc. Under FC2, the awardees are:  Aktarius LLC; Analytic Strategies; APG TECHNOLOGIES LLC; Information Technology Coalition Inc.; Interior Systems Inc. dba ISI Professional Services; Lukos-VATC JV LLC; MIRACORP Inc.; ProTech Services Alliance USA LLC; Sciolex Corp.; Strategic Alliance Business Group JV; Systems Kinetics Integration Inc.; Szanca Solutions Inc.; TechOp Solutions International Inc.; The Reger Group LLC; TMC-TeleSolv; Totally Joined For Achieving Collaborative Techniques LLC; Vision Centric Inc.; and X Corp Solutions Inc.

USCIS Awards PAE $92M for Field Office Support Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has awarded PAE a potential three-year $92.3 million contract to provide field office support services at various agency facilities throughout the U.S. Contractor support services include correspondence management, file operations and maintenance, data reviews and updates, interview scheduling, certificate preparation and production, ceremony support, interview preparation, and file retrieval and maintenance.

DARPA Awards Univ. of Illinois, SRI RADICS R&D Contracts

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded separate contracts to the Univ. of Illinois and SRI International for research and development (R&D) under the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program that is aimed at developing innovative technologies for detecting and responding to cyber attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure, in particular those parts essential to Defense Department mission effectiveness. DARPA awarded $18.7 million to the Univ. of Illinois for Cyber-Physical Experimentation Environment (CEER) under RADICs. The school will provide R&D and a CEER hardware and software system to enable RADIC research, development, testing and evaluation. SRI nabbed a potential $7.3 million for Threat Intelligence Grid Recovery under Technical Area 3 of RADICS.

Marine Corps Awards Aware Contract for Tactical Biometric Software Solution

Aware Inc. [AWRE] has received a contract from the Marine Corps to provide software and services in support of identity operations. The value of the award wasn’t disclosed. The solution was originally deployed by the Navy and has been modified for the Marines for mobile biometric identification, access control, and identity management. The solution is base on Aware’s URC/Tactical software, which originally deployed as part of the Navy’s Identity Dominance System. URC/Tactical is a software application that runs on military-grade mobile biometric hardware devices from third parties, and is used to collect biometrics and establish identities in tactical environment. Aware’s Biometric Services Platform (BioSP) is also used by the Marines as a portable biometric identity management platform. BioSP is being used on hardened laptops in the field to update, manage, and share identity data between devices and databases. The solutions enables Marines personnel to establish the identity of unknown individuals encountered during operations, and also to verify the identity of foreign associates and employees, such as for access control to facilities.

Battelle’s CBRNE Defense Group Wins R&D Contracts

Battelle’s CBRNE Defense group in July won positions on two contracts to provide mission support services to the Army. Under a potential $42 million contract for the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center, Warfighter Directorate, Battelle will work with the Mission Equipment Systems Branch and conduct tasks for advanced technology development and human system integration of personal protective equipment, body armor, exoskeletons, energy generation, energy storage, integrated helmet systems, personal electronics and man-portable nano-unmanned aerial systems, infrared night vision sensing capability, and chemical and biological protection. Under a potential five-year $150 million Blanket Purchase Agreement with the Amy Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Battelle will support the Research and Development Directorate with technical support within biosciences, physical sciences, chemical sciences, toxicology and obscurants.

DNDO Awards Four Contractors $18M in Wearable Nuke Detection Awards

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office has awarded a total of $17.7 million in contract to four separate companies under the Wearable Intelligent Nuclear Detection (WIND) Advanced Technology Demonstration effort. Leidos [LDOS] received $5.2 million, Physical Sciences, Inc. $4.8 million, Passport Systems, Inc. $4.4 million, and Bubble Technology Industries, Inc., $3.3 million. The WIND program will explore the design and development of a modular and cross-functional wearable, or pedestrian-based, radiation detection, localization, and identification performance test unit. The development efforts will lead to an Advanced Technology Demonstration of a WIND system comprised of a network of individual performance test units containing various sensors. Successful test units will fill the same role as existing backpack-based technology in wide-area search but will seek to be flexible enough to apply to other radiation detection mission spaces such as pedestrian chokepoint monitoring, low-profile or covert detection, stand-off or mobile detection, and unattended stand-alone detection over long timeframes. Leidos’ and Bubble’s awards are for Research Topic Area 1, which relates to the design, development, fabrication, and testing of the WIND performance test unit hardware. The other companies will conduct their work under Research Topic Area 2, which focuses on advancements in the algorithms used to facilitate detection decisions for the user and software used to visualize the system performance and data.

Magal S3 Nabs $5M Safe City Contract for Israel City

Magal S3 Ltd. has signed a framework agreement to supply a safe city turnkey solution for the city of Holon in Israel. The project will be implemented over five years and with the potential value of $5 million. Under the contract Magal will supply an integrated solution including an advanced command and control center based on its Fortis 4G security management platform, hundreds of surveillance cameras, automated access and alarm system for municipal buildings, public address system, intercom, and emergency buttons for pubic areas. Magal will deploy a wide area network over fiber and wireless supported by the company’s Tungsten outdoor switch with built-in cyber security for the entire network.

Army Awards Phoenix Nuclear Labs $4M for Neutron Radiography System

Phoenix Nuclear Labs (PNL) has received  multiple contracts from the Army valued at $3.6 million to build an advanced neutron radiography system to detect defective munitions and to demonstrate the ability to use their neutron generators to detect and identify concealed explosive threats. The Neutron-Emitting Mobile Explosives Sensing and Identification System, called NEMISIS, will utilize PNL’s commercial neutron generator technology to demonstrate active neutron interrogation for explosive threat detection. The Wisconsin-based company says the generator is the enabling technology for mobile explosive threat detection from “large standoff distances.”