Navy SPAWAR chooses four companies for research into cyber security tests and technologies

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Navy researchers are choosing four small businesses for contracts cumulatively worth a potential $128.2 million to develop and evaluate new and emerging technologies for military cyber security.

Mar 13th, 2017
Navy SPAWAR chooses four companies for research into cyber security tests and technologies
Navy SPAWAR chooses four companies for research into cyber security tests and technologies
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Navy researchers are choosing four small businesses for contracts cumulatively worth a potential $128.2 million to develop and evaluate new and emerging technologies for military cyber security.

Officials of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego announced the four cyber security contracts last week for the small business portion of the Cyberspace Science, Research, Engineering, and Technology Integration program.

The companies are:

-- Avanti Technologies Inc. in Annandale, Va., which won a $22.9 million contract with a potential value of $38.6 million;

-- Sentar Inc. in Huntsville, Ala., which won an $18.1 million contract with a potential value of $30.8 million;

-- Vector Planning and Services Inc. (VPSI) in San Diego, which won a $17.9 million contract with a potential value of $30.3 million; and

-- Millennium Corp. in Arlington, Va., which won a $16.9 million contract with a potential value of $28.6 million.

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Each contract is for three years, including two-year optional ordering periods that could bring these contracts to their maximum potential value.

The Cyberspace Science, Research, Engineering, and Technology Integration program involves cyberspace science, research, engineering, and technology integration.

The program also involves support services that include innovative technology assessment and development; rapid software development and prototyping; enabling capability training; security engineering; and cyber security risk management.

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The four companies will have the opportunity to compete for task orders over the next three to five years.

Last September SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific chose seven large companies for the large-business portion of the Cyberspace Science, Research, Engineering, And Technology Integration project. The seven large companies chose were the Raytheon Co. Trusted Computer Solutions segment in Dulles, Va.; Leidos Inc. in Reston, Va.; Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in McLean, Va.; the Northrop Grumman Corp. Mission Systems segment in San Diego; Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in McLean, Va.; Scientific Research Corp. (SRC) in Atlanta; and Vencore Inc. in Chantilly, Va.

SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific is the Navy's primary research center for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and information operations (IO), and is responsible for mission analysis, assessment and development of technology base, basic and applied research, demonstration of technology, engineering in support, and tactical cyberspace systems.

As such, this organization needs expertise and technologies for operational planning, assessment, integration, and technology development to assure cyber superiority for the warfighter.

These contracts for the Cyberspace Science, Research, Engineering, and Technology Integration program are follow-ons to similar contracts announced in 2011 to Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Leidos, whose ordering period was 2011 to 2016.

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