Leidos and L3Harris Technologies announced they are teaming up for the U.S. Army’s Theater Level High-Altitude Expeditionary Next Airborne – Signals Intelligence (ATHENA-S) proposal. Together the companies will seek to deliver two enhanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft in support of the program.

“The Leidos-L3Harris team focuses each of our companies’ extensive and diverse talents to achieve mission success with ATHENA-S,” said Tim Freeman, Leidos senior vice president and Airborne Solutions Operations Manager. “With our combined integration, investment, engineering and design expertise, we look forward to producing a highly-configurable platform with more ISR capabilities to create an operational picture of the battlefield. The Leidos-L3Harris team is excited to deliver a decision advantage for the U.S. and our allies.”

Together, the Leidos-L3Harris team is the only one with experience designing, integrating, certifying and operating ISR business jets for the U.S. Army. The team will work to modify two Bombardier Global 6500 jets with radar, electronic and communications intelligence capabilities tailored to ATHENA-S requirements. The aircraft are intended to support U.S. Army missions in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility and are designed to close the gap between the Army’s medium- and high-altitude ISR aircraft fleet. ATHENA-S will fly at higher operating altitudes, provide increased range, greater endurance, more capacity for larger payloads and greater standoff ranges, along with next-generation sensor technology.

Contract Opportunities to Watch: Arc

Armaments Research Company, Inc. (ARC) is a privately-owned, Top-Secret-cleared, Washington D.C.-based technology firm that’s been around since 2016. The U.S. Air Force awarded a $950 million contract for the maturation, demonstration, and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software, and algorithm development to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).

This multiple award contract provides awardees the opportunity to compete for efforts within seven different competitive pools that support the development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms.

“ABMS offers an opportunity to securely connect ground warfighters to necessary aerial support, reducing sensor-to-shooter timelines. The U.S. Air Force’s ABMS IDIQ represents an expansion of our participation in the U.S. Army’s JADC2 initiative, Project Convergence. It’s a chance for ARC to streamline coordination across military services and break down information silos. We couldn’t be prouder of the potential impact,” said Michael Canty, ARC’s CEO.

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NASA has awarded a sole-source contract to Columbia UniversityNew York, to operate the agency’s Socioeconomic Data and Application Center’s (SEDAC) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).

The cost-no-fee contract supports the integration of socioeconomic and Earth science data used for Earth science research as well as the production of data products and applications used by the broader science community and educational institutions.

The basic period of performance is scheduled to begin Aug. 1, with four option periods. The total potential contract value is nearly $30 million if all options are exercised.

SEDAC synthesizes Earth science and socioeconomic data and information in ways useful to a wide range of decision-makers and other applied users, providing an “information gateway” between the socioeconomic and Earth science data and information domains. SEDAC has extensive holdings related to population, sustainability, and geospatial data and provides access to many multilateral environmental agreements.


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.