DOD renews contract for integration office

The Defense Department has renewed a contract with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va., for $106 million to continue providing information management support to the Joint Requirements and Integration Office.

Under the five-year contract, Booz Allen will provide support to the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, hone requirements for the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System, and provide outreach and change management functions under the Business Management and Modernization Program (BMMP).

With BMMP, Booz Allen will develop DOD architecture for human resource systems and use portfolio management to help the department 'manage systems to reduce redundancy,' according to a company release.

Booz Allen has supported JRIO since April 2002.

Air Force issues RFPfor air and space ops

The Air Force recently issued a request for proposals for its Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System Integrator procurement.

Proposals for the 10-year contract, which consists of a three-year base period and seven one-year options, are due Oct. 11. The Air Force has not specified an award date, but the market research firm Input of Reston, Va., estimates the award will be made in November.

The government has budgeted $604.3 million for this procurement, according to Input. Federal Sources Inc. of McLean, Va., another market research firm, values the procurement at more than $1 billion from fiscal year 2006 through 2010.

The RFP asks for a lead systems integrator to manage IT in its air and space operations centers worldwide.

Army halts development of spy plane project

The Army has instructed Lockheed Martin Corp. to stop development on a multibillion-dollar battlefield spy plane and given the contractor 60 days to develop plans to resolve ongoing production problems.

The Army's Communications and Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J., runs the $7 billion Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) program, a next-generation airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system for the Army and Navy.

'Although we're issuing a stop-work order, it is important to note that we're not terminating the contract at this time,' said Edward Bair, the Army program executive officer for intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors, in a news release. 'Current contract performance is not supporting critical program milestones, and the Lockheed Martin design does not fully support key performance requirements.'

The weight of the ACS payload and required airframe modifications exceed the structural limits of Lockheed's selected aircraft, the Embraer 145.

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