The U.S. Department of Defense has recently awarded a notable contract related to the field of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense or life science research of interest for potential applications in biodefense:
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $7,603,043 cost-plus-fixed-fee term-type contract for JPEO-Chem-Bio Defense, Joint Program Manager, Information Systems, Joint Warning and Reporting Network (JWARN) software development and maintenance.
This contract will provide various updates to support modernization efforts of the currently fielded JWARN product baseline, carry forward existing functionality and develop new capabilities that will provide joint automated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warning and reporting capability across the services. This contract contains options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $31,498,929. Work will be performed in Herndon, Va., and is expected to be completed in December 2014. If options are exercised, work could continue until December 2018.
Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds and fiscal 2014 procurement funds in the amount of $1,323,000 will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This requirement was solicited using full and open competition via the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command E-Commerce Central website and the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. On behalf of its organizational partner, Joint Program Executive Office Chem-Bio Defense, Joint Program Manager, Information Systems, JWARN, the Space and Naval Warfare System Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N00039-14-C-0027).