Tag Archives: prototyping

Alion Awarded $39M Task Order to Provide Prototyping, Experimentation Research and Development for (OUSD(R&E)); Terri Walker-Spoonhour Quoted

Terri Walker-Spoonhour

Alion Science and Technology announced on Thursday that the company has received a five-year, $39 million task order to provide Prototyping and Experimentation Research, Development, Engineering, Technical Analysis, and Solutions for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). Alion received this task order under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center's (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle.  

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Defense Innovation Unit Transitioned 11 Commercial Prototypes in 2020

Defense Innovation Unit

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) said in its annual report that it launched 23 new projects in 2020, which reflects a year-over-year increase of 35 percent, and transitioned 11 prototypes to Department of Defense partners for large-scale procurement. DIU received 944 commercial proposals and awarded 56 prototype other transaction agreements to companies in 2020, bringing the total number of prototype OTAs issued to 208.

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Alion Wins $89M USAF Task Order to Support Warfighting Integration Capability; Alan Dietrich Quoted

Alan Dietrich

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Alion Science and Technology a five-year, $89 million task order to provide advanced analysis and engineering, as well as research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) with technology insertion for the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC). Alion will provide RDT&E of emerging technologies, examine cross-domain and multi-domain techniques and develop innovative technical solutions

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Michael Brown Offers Update on Defense Innovation Unit’s Tech Projects

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), told Defense News in an interview published Monday about technology projects DIU plans to transition into service in the near term and those include work on predictive maintenance and time indications and warning. Brown discussed the organization’s efforts to improve its transition rate for tech projects. 

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U.S. Space Force Taps NSTXL to Manage Space Enterprise Consortium

U.S. Space Force

The U.S. Space Force has tapped a new manager for the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC), the agency’s prototyping organization, which will oversee $12 billion in awards for space-related projects over the next 10 years. The SMC Space Development Corps has selected National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) to manage its SpEC Reloaded portfolio.

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Northrop Grumman Wins Contract to Advance SATCOM Program; Cyrus Dhalla Quoted

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Space Force for the rapid prototyping phase of the Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) program, the company reported on Thursday. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will develop a modernized strategic communications space segment with enhanced resilience and cybersecurity capabilities.

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Jeff White on Army’s Use of Other Transaction Authorities

Jeff White, principal deputy to the assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said the service is keen to use other transaction authorities to accelerate the acquisition process but wants to exercise caution when using OTA agreements, National Defense reported Wednesday. During the Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference in California, White said that he considers OTA a “highly effective business tool” for the service’s prototyping, research and production initiatives.

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