CONTRACTS / National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Selects Leidos / Jobs in Florida, Missouri and Virginia

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RESTON, VIRGINIA /PRNewswire/ — Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a national security, health and engineering solutions company was awarded a prime contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide mapping production services. The single-award indefinite-delivery requirements contract has a one-year base period of performance, two one-year options and a total contract value of $20 million if the options are exercised. Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO, Chantilly, Va., and Melbourne, Fla.

LeidosThe NGA provides imagery, map-based intelligence and geospatial information in support of national security and supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG). Under the contract, Leidos will provide high quality products, information, and services through the use of a quality management system. The team will utilize advanced technology to meet these Government driven innovations to support emerging production to provide production process flow efficiencies and improved customer service, conversion of current data and production types to support a format driven rather than a specification driven production environment, production of product derivatives and online/on-demand capabilities service to the previous process or service, if one existed.

The Leidos team will finish products using NGA data to produce digital and plate-ready, standard and non-standard NGA GEOINT products at NGA traditional scale outputs for NAVPLANs (Navigation Planning Charts) and CADRG/ECRG/Geo-Referenced PDFs (Compressed ARC Digitized Raster Graphics/Enhanced Compressed Raster Graphics). In addition, Leidos will provide process improvements through innovative practices and the use of new tools and procedures.

“We look forward to providing global products as scale specific graphic representations of the dynamic NSG Map of the World (MoW), as well as services designed to further automate and streamline NGA’s effort to deliver global products to its customers,” said Leidos Group President Larry Hill.

About Leidos

Leidos is a FORTUNE 500(®) science and technology solutions leader working to address some of the world’s toughest challenges in national security, health and engineering. The Company’s 22,000 employees support vital missions for our government and the commercial sector, develop innovative solutions to drive better outcomes, and defend our Nation’s digital and physical infrastructure from ‘new world’ threats. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $5.77 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2014, after giving effect to the spin-off of the company’s technical services and information technology business. For more information, visit

Chantilly, Florida, GEOINT, GIS, Imagery, IMINT, Melbourne, Missouri, NGA, St Louis, Contracts, Virginia

ILLINOIS / Transition – Jobs for (Defense) Professionals / Outlook and Trends

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Bill Golden’s assessment of Illinois for military professionals that are transitioning and looking for a new home:

There is no defense jobs marketplace of any significance in Illinois. Your military background will get a smile and a nod but it will be unappreciated. There is a semi-robust jobs market around Scott AFB, but it is largely IT skillsets. You would be frustrated if you focused on this geographic area and tried to sell your military skillsets, unless you came from the IT field.

Illinois has a diverse marketplace BUT its strengths are in manufacturing and selling stuff that gets built. The marketplace is agnostic. Some of everything gets designed, marketed and sold out of Illinois. Average salaries for professionals ranges from $93-105K. Illinois is an area where educators also get respect and make decent money: $90K for ES, MS, HS administrators.

Illinois’ unemployment rate recently improved to 6.8% but it has been stuck in the 7-8.5% range for much of 2014. The trend is one of improvement since the year’s start — and there has been significant improvement (Jan 2014: 8.7%, Jul 2014: 6.8%). What this means for you: it could take 8-10 weeks to find that ‘good job’. If the market really is improving for the long haul then there could be some significant opportunities pop up as employers decide that they need to ramp up to meet demand. Being in Illinois now could mean being at the right place at the right time! However, it also means that employers are going to be sluggish in their hiring until they see a few more months of market improvement — although many Illinois companies would probably be quite happy even if it were to stay where it is for the rest of 2014.

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CONTRACTS / U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) signs 5 year contract for Carl-Gustaf weapon system

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U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) signs a 5 year framework contract for the Carl-Gustaf weapon system

WASHINGTON, DC /PRNewswire/ — Defence and security company Saab has signed a new framework contract with the USSOCOM for the company’s Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system (in the US named MAAWS; Multi-role, Anti-armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System). The contract is a follow on agreement to a previous 5 year contract for the 84mm recoilless rifle system. In connection with award of the contract, USSOCOM issued an initial order with a value of $14.3 million dollars (Approx. MSEK 99.1).

The framework contract enables the USSOCOM to place orders for weapons and ammunition over a 5 year contract period up to a total value of $187 million dollars (approx. BSEK 1.3).

"This is another great milestone for Saab and the Carl-Gustaf system. This new order demonstrates the continued belief by the customer in the capabilities and versatility of our product as well as its future potential." says Gorgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.

"The Carl-Gustaf has repeatedly proven itself in the most demanding environments and it is a versatile, powerful tool for the soldier. The fact that the system is also being fielded to U.S. Army light infantry combat teams speaks for itself," said Lars Borgwing, President and CEO of Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC.

The Carl-Gustaf system has a successful history and has successively been modernized and adapted to meet new requirements. Anticipating future operational needs, a new, lighter weight, version of the Carl-Gustaf is currently under development. The next generation system will also include additional functionality that will greatly increase the capability of the already formidable weapon system.

Other recent advances to the Carl-Gustaf system include the release of the new 655 CS (Confined Space) High explosive anti-tank (HEAT) round designed to reduce back blast and allow soldiers to safely employ the weapon in confined spaces, minimizing the hazardous effects of traditional shoulder fired munitions.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. Follow us on Twitter: @Saab

Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC. (SDAS) delivers advanced technology and systems to United States armed forces and other government agencies. Headquartered in Sterling Virginia, the company has business units and local employees in four states. SDAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saab Group.

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Contracts/BizOp – WANTED – Persistent Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (PS-ISR), Analytic Software

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Jobs WorldwideSolicitation Number: W911QX14R0020

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD) wants a new kind of intelligence and battlefield dominance software toolset.

What ARL/SEDD wants are technologies that form a holistic approach to locating terrorist networks and insurgent activities through Persistent Surveillance (PS), Open Source Intelligence, identification and localization of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) systems, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Technologies include sensors, cloud computing, multi-source data fusion, munitions detection systems, signal processing tools and concepts, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) tool automation capabilities, and Counter-IED (CIED) technologies and systems in asymmetric, counter-terrorism, and counter-insurgency warfare scenarios. These technologies will convert sensor and intelligence data to actionable intelligence and enable the local commander to make informed real-time decisions based on all available intelligence.

Offerors must have a valid U.S. facility clearance of Top Secret, Secret storage capability, and have technical personnel with Top Secret/ Special Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance in order to have access to details under this draft and/or formal solicitation process.

The mission of the ARL Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD) is to research, develop, and operate sensors and electron devices to ensure U.S. military superiority and to provide the U.S. Army with effective intelligence and information tools, guaranteeing our soldiers’ the information dominance needed on today’s battlefield. Currently, there are many existing Persistent Surveillance (PS) platforms and data collection efforts and programs that are in the test and deployment stage. Each of them has exhibited various levels of capability and particular expertise in certain environments or modes of operation. As new technological problems are identified, an effort is needed to identify what capabilities currently exist, what lessons have been learned, and the development of a methodology to solve these technological problems.

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SEDD, WMD, IED, Surveillance, Future, Contracts, C-IED, Army, RDECOM, IDIQ, C4ISR, X201508

Holloman showcases MQ-1 Predator Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPV) UAVs UASs

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An MQ-1 Predator sits on the flight line of Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, August 19, 2014 prior to maintenance that will keep it flying and training the next generation of Air Force pilots and sensor operators. The MQ-1 is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. The MQ-1′s primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets. When the MQ-1 is not actively pursuing its primary mission, it acts as the Joint Forces Air Component Commander-owned theater asset for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of the Joint Forces commander.

MQ-1 Predator Holloman Air Force Base, NM

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Montoya

An MQ-1 Predator

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Montoya

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Bill Golden’s Defense and Intelligence Careers News – 2014.08.22

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#WAR #IRAQ #ISIS #ISIL / Hagel: Iraq Crisis May Require DoD To Rethink 2015 $555B Budget @ICDefenseJobs … Pentagon might have to retool its 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.  The fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. If Congress does not pass a 2015 spending plan by then, the government would likely be funded through a continuing resolution, which would limit funding at 2014 levels.


#DoD gives #Amazon cloud/Amazon Web Services approval to handle sensitive data. @ICDefenseJobs … Amazon announced that it has achieved approval under the Defense Department’s cloud security model to operate commercial cloud services for the department’s sensitive, higher-security data management.   … #CLOUD Jobs


#FUTURE #SECURITY / Top Six Strategic Threats to Worry About in Today’s Global Headlines @ICDefenseJobs …  What do hundreds of nuclear-weapons wonks discuss when cloistered for two hot August days in a windowless Midwest conference center? Turns out, it’s not just nuclear weapons. It’s about their deepest and well informed fears of how conflicts dominating today’s global headlines could translate into real life-altering events for Americans.  … Threat Analyst Jobs


VIDEO - #SECDEF Discusses Scope of #ISIS #ISIL Threat in #Iraq | aka @ICDefenseJobs … 100+ CounterTerrorism Jobs currently available.


Jobs Growth / Metro DC, Maryland and Virginia #Trends #Employment @USAJobZoo >> Ack!! Wrong direction. Total jobs increased in DC and VA but NOT enough to keep up with population growth. Maryland bleeds jobs. // Bill G sez: Part of it is probably the cost of living: too damned high! It is very difficult to be a startup jobs creator in an area where $alary needs to be fairly high (>$70K) to attract middle class professionals … and $70K itself is on the bottom edge of being a liveable salary for a professional in the region.


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Bill Golden,, is available for 1099 recruiting or Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) assignments. Has passport, will travel. Reasonable rates.

About Bill’s background:

Founder and Senior Recruiter,, AKA

Background: Bill Golden joined the U.S. Army at age 17, working his way through the NCO ranks to SFC/E7 and then he switched over to the officer corps. Bill retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO), went into defense contracting, and started his own recruiting company in 1999:

About Bill’s career and expertise: 26L, 96B, 98C, 98GCXGMRU, 982A, 352C, K3. Graduate of University of Maryland: Double BA in European Studies, Government; University of Oklahoma: Master of Public Administration (MPA).


SECDEF Discusses Scope of ISIS ISIL Threat in Iraq

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs GEN Martin Dempsey address ISIL’s threat to the U.S.

Harris gets $450M from DISA for Crisis Management System

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Jobs WorldwideHarris IT Services Corp., Herndon, Virginia was awarded a ceiling $450,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity hybrid contract (firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost reimbursement contract line items) for services to provide engineering, maintenance, and program management support for the Crisis Management System. The IDIQ total cumulative ceiling value of the contract is $450,000,000 over the one-year base period and nine one-year option periods. There is no guarantee that the contract will be extended beyond the base one-year ordering period. Performance will be at various locations in the continental United States, with an estimated completion date of August 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,412,872 will be obligated on the first task order at time of award. The original solicitation was issued as other than full and open competitive action pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304(c) (6) or 41 U.S.C. 3304(a) (6), and two proposals were received. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization-National Capital Region, Fort Meade, Maryland is the contracting activity (HC1047-14-D-4006).


$300M for Small Businesses – USAF Seeks Small Business Innovation Research Ideas

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Jobs Worldwide WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — The Air Force is searching for innovative, technology-based small businesses to compete for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer, or SBIR and STTR, research and development contracts.

“We’re trying to foster innovative technology solutions for the warfighter and the U.S. Air Force SBIR and STTR programs ( by providing) more than $300 million in funding for research and development activities by small businesses annually,” said David Sikora, the Air Force SBIR/STTR program manager. “With this budget, the Air Force funds research from the early stages of concept development until it transitions to military or commercial use.”

During a September roadshow, Sikora will visit several western U.S. cities, meeting with small business owners and community leaders to discuss funding for high-risk projects that meet Air Force needs, intellectual property rights for the small business and Air Force assistance with transitioning or commercializing SBIR and STTR funded technology. The roadshow will take place September 22-26, visiting locations in Bozeman, Montana; Idaho Falls and Boise, Idaho; and Salt Lake City.

The Air Force SBIR and STTR programs are mission-oriented programs that integrate the needs and requirements of the Air Force through research and development topics that have military and commercial potential. The SBIR program was established by Congress in 1982 to fund research and development, or R&D, through small businesses of 500 or fewer employees. The STTR program was established in 1992 to fund cooperative R&D projects with small businesses and nonprofit U.S. research institutions, such as universities.

For more information about the roadshow and the programs, including commercialization readiness assistance for existing contracts visit the program website at

(Information courtesy of an 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs news release)

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U.S. Air Force ISR Agency – Mission Challenges

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Jobs WorldwideBy Wayne Amann, Air Force ISR Agency Public Affairs / Published August 20, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — For the eighth consecutive year tacticians and subject matter experts from across the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community, met at the Air Force ISR Agency headquarters here to help shape the future direction of the Air Force — this time in concert with its sister services.

The ISR Weapons and Tactics Working Group, or WEPTAC, and Tactics Review Board, or TRB, convened Aug. 4-8 to tackle critical ISR issues and formulate ways to effectively manage ISR capabilities to meet the challenges ahead. This year’s event attracted more than 120 attendees, including first-time representatives from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

The weeklong event sported a hashtag style theme: “#WINNINGinCDO,” or contested, degraded operations, and featured an exchange of operational lessons learned and validation of ISR tactics, techniques and procedures, or TTPs.

“You are here to ensure ISR not only survives, but wins in a CDO environment,” said Maj. Gen. John Shanahan, the Air Force ISR Agency commander. “This is the only event in existence that brings together this much horsepower and mental capacity with the pure objective of improving the way we employ ISR.
“WEPTACs are incredibly effective events, but they will only make a difference if you see things through completion,” he continued. “I expect you to be passionate in solving these problems, but never forget we are a team and because of it, we will fight and win.”

The WEPTAC Working Group and TRB convened with a mission of enabling the Air Force to do its job smarter, faster and more effectively. It brought tangible and varied support to the warfighter.

“The event tackled so many relevant and timely issues to the warfighter, it’s almost impossible to highlight just one,” said Capt. Adam Young, an ISR weapons officer and the WEPTAC Working Group chairman. “Teams tackled efforts from standardizing the manner intelligence is reported on the battlefield, to coming up with ways to integrate our cyber warfare partners into operations to determining how our ISR organizational structures can better support the tactical fight.”

Diversity continued to be a staple of this annual event. Once again coalition attendees were major contributors to its strategic success.

“Our coalition partners remain invaluable teammates,” Young said. “In any future fight we’ll likely find ourselves standing side by side with them. That thought was not lost on our U.S. participants or our allies. It was clear the more we do now to integrate our tactics and training will pay huge dividends on future battlefields.”

The future of ISR will encompass the upcoming reorganization of the agency into 25th Air Force under the Air Combat Command. The WEPTAC Working Group and TRB addressed that impending transformation.

“This working group examined whether or not current and future ISR organizational structures are best postured to meet tactical demands — this included a detailed look at the role of the 625th Operations Center that will stand up with the creation of 25th Air Force,” Young said. “We’re grateful and humbled by the level of coalition participation at this year’s event and trust it will continue in whatever form it evolves into under ACC.”

Five mission area working groups, or MAWG, tackled some daunting ISR challenges, including ISR collection TTPs in CDO, analytical TTPs for CDO and intelligence dissemination.

“The MAWG teams took on very tough issues in a short time and I know our Air Force and the nation are better for their efforts,” Young said. “The next step is to see these efforts through to completion, only then can we count it a success.”

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