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USSOCOM Offering Prize For Algorithm for Real-Time Parallax Correction Challenge

Friday, February 12th, 2016

If you’ve got a system that will correct parallax in worn (powered) sensors, you could win a prize of up to $50,000. US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is sponsoring a public prize challenge for a wearable system to correct optical parallax resulting from offset sensors.

USSOCOM is developing a multi-spectral visual system; however, fusing the inputs of offset optical sources results in parallax – a perceived change in the position of an object due to the offset positions of the optical sensors. To address this issue, USSOCOM is sponsoring the Algorithm for Real-Time Parallax Correction prize challenge. For additional details and to register to solve the challenge, visit

Challenge Structure.
Begin Date: 27 Jan 16
Submission Close Date: 29 Feb 16
Phase I winners will be announced approximately 2 weeks later, and invited to participate in Phase II
Phase II will be a live demonstration of the solvers solutions.

Prize Structure.
$50,000 in total prize awards is available.
Phase I winners are eligible for up to $15,000
Phase II winners are eligible for up to an additional $35,000

Get the rest of the details on how to participate at

In Case You Ever Wondered Why Contracts Are So Expensive 

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016


UPDATE – Barrier Wear Manufactured Issue Cold Weather Clothing In Mexico – Broke Law

Monday, February 1st, 2016

According to a story in the Arizona Republic, in 2009, Barrier Wear, subcontractor to ADS Inc for military issue cold weather clothing systems like ECWCS Gen III, manufactured cold weather trousers in a factory in Mexico, yet passed them off as Berry Compliant, in violation of federal law.  Their actions were unknown by ADS.  In fact, Barrier Wear created a ruse to fool ADS inspectors when they visited the US facility by adding machinery and workers.  Barrier Wear also falsified reports to ADS and the Army.

The violations were first noted in 2009 when inspectors at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales noticed the country-of-origin labels on the trousers were not permanently affixed.  Instead, the ‘Assembled in Mexico of U.S. components’ labels could easily be removed, which was accomplished at night in Barrier Wear’s factory in Nogales, Arizona.  Investigation eventually revealed that about 320,000 trousers supplied by Barrier Wear were made in Mexico.  All told, the company made $48,000,000 in the deal.  

In December, 2016, Barrier Wear owners Paul Grillo and Raymond Lawson pleaded guilty to one felony count of obstructing a federal auditor.  Although the maximum penalty for this violation is a $250,000 fine, five years in prison and three years of supervised release, in their plea deal, Grillo and Lawson agreed to pay a $2.1 million fine and serve probation. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7.

UPDATE : Barrier Wear is currently not debarred from doing business with the government but does appear in the database when you do a query for their company name.  They have no active exclusions.  

Federal Resources Awarded GSA IT Schedule 70

Sunday, December 20th, 2015


Government Contractor, Federal Resources, has been awarded the GSA Federal Supply IT Schedule 70 IDIQ contract for innovative information technology products, services and solutions.

Stevensville MD December 16, 2015 – Federal Resources, a government contracting company located in Stevensville, MD, has recently been awarded a United States General Services Administration (GSA) Information Technology (IT) Schedule 70 contract. The IT Schedule 70 contract is a multiple award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract and is the largest, most widely used acquisition vehicle in the United States government offering a wide variety of information technology products, services and solutions.

Partnering the IT Schedule 70 contract with their current GSA Schedule 84 contract for Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue, Clothing, Marine Craft and Emergency/Disaster Response, Federal Resources can now supply their customers with the latest technology available to them for all of their networking and communications needs.

“We understand the need for technology in the world today,” says Federal Resources’ CEO, Robert McWilliams, “and we are excited to provide government agencies and more specifically the war fighters, the tools needed to perform their mission at the highest level possible.”

Federal Resources has increased both market penetration and product offerings every year through unique partnering with manufacturers like Airbus Defense and Space, Klas Technologies, Haivision, Engility and Sonus. The first offering on the GSA Schedule 70 contract is the Airbus Defense and Space’s Ranger Flyaway Multi-Band Terminal, the Ranger 1000, complimented by an array of options.

“With the rise of terrorist threats in the United States, we strive to support the brave men and women who plan to track down these threats.” exclaims McWilliams. “The addition of this contract enables us to further support them by offering not only the equipment, but the training and support needed.”

Kratos Awarded $3.8 Million Task Order From U.S. Army Targets Management Office (TMO) To Provide Unmanned Aerial Drone Target Systems

Friday, December 18th, 2015

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its Defense & Rocket Support Services (DRSS) Division’s Madison Research Corporation business unit has been awarded a $3.8 million task order under its TMO Aerial Target Support Prime Contract.

Under this task order award, Kratos’ Unmanned Systems Division (KUSD) will provide TMO with High Speed Aerial Target Plus (HSAT Plus) unmanned aerial targets.

Jennifer Price, Senior Vice President of Madison Research Corporation, said, “We are pleased to provide continued support to our valued U.S. Army TMO customer. This award demonstrates the strategic partnerships and synergies between Divisions within Kratos.”

Scout Sniper Mount Awarded To LaRue Tactical

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015


December 14, 2015

LaRue Tactical is proud to announce that their LT840-34 QD Scope Mount has been selected as the new USMC Scout Sniper Day Scope-Improved Mount (SSDS-IM). Over 2,800 units have been ordered with the first delivery already in the Marine’s hands.

The LT840-34 (SSDS-IM) is a lightweight, ruggedized quick-disconnect (QD) mount capable of mounting M8541 and M8541A optics to the inventory of M110 and M107 rifles. Like all LaRue QD Mounts, the mounting attachment method is adjustable, durable and repeatable if removed and reinstalled. The 34mm mount is offered in two versions; zero-MOA and 20-MOA bias for different applications.

This award adds to the growing number of LaRue Tactical mounts currently being used for virtually every optic operated by the USMC. A commercial version of the LT840-34 will be available in early 2016.

Burlington Wins $8.4 Million Performance Fabric Contract For Army Physical Training Uniform

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Burlington Wins $8.4 Million Performance Fabric Contract for Army Physical Training Uniform
Unique domestic manufacturing capabilities provide Armed Services with technically advanced textiles

GREENSBORO, NC, December 3, 2015 — Burlington Industries LLC, a division of International Textile Group (ITG), announced it has been awarded a $8.4 million contract to supply micro denier polyester fabrics to the United States Army for use in physical training (PT) shorts. These fabrics will be produced at the company’s facilities in Cordova and Burlington, North Carolina.

The new Army Physical Training Short uses an advanced microdenier woven polyester fabric that features Burlington’s MCS®, Moisture Control System, a proprietary wicking and absorption technology. The fabric is lightweight with a soft hand and improved breathability as well as inherent moisture management properties. The MCS® fabric works by absorbing moisture, moving it away from the skin, and releasing it for quick evaporation. This allows the wearer of the shorts to remain cool, dry and comfortable.

“Light weight performance fabrics are one of Burlington’s core competencies,” said Burlington President Jeff Peck. “Our MCS® technology foundation provides the performance needed to support the Army’s renewed emphasis on physical training. These shorts offer moisture management, durability and stain resistance, resulting in the most advanced PT uniform in the Army’s history.”

Since 1923, Burlington has been a global textile leader with core competencies in worsted wool and performance synthetics and has been an integral part of the defense supply chain for more than 50 years. Offering a diverse range of vertical manufacturing capabilities, fiber, and fabric blends, Burlington® Military is proud to provide quality fabrics for United States Military personnel. Through innovation, Burlington’s® in-house Research and Development department, Burlington Labs®, engineers advance fabrications and technical finishes that are applied to protect and enhance performance while providing troops easy-care and comfort in combat and training.

“We continue to explore new opportunities to equip and protect our U.S. Armed Forces,” said Peck. “Our products range from basic innovations that elevate the performance of PT, battle and dress uniforms to the newest advanced technologies in infrared, insect repellant, cold weather, fire, and ballistic protection.”

Several years ago, to expand its military business, ITG combined the resources from its Burlington, Safety Components and Carlisle business units to create an extensive military products platform of diversified fabrics developed to service the specific needs of the military market. Products include fabrics for camouflage combat and utility uniforms, Class A dress uniforms, physical training and extreme cold weather wear, flame resistant and fire fighting protective clothing, high performance equipment, ballistic fabric for body armor and load carrying equipment, and other specialty items.

New Zealand Defence Force To Replace Current Service Pistol With Glock 17

Monday, November 30th, 2015


Earlier this month, the New Zealand Defence Force announced their current SIG Sauer P226 service pistol is to be replaced with the “new generation” (likely GEN 4) Glock 17 pistol. The pistols will be introduced into service across the New Zealand Navy, Army, and Air Force in the second half of 2016.

Lieutenant Colonel Dean Paul of the Land Capability Delivery Branch had this to say about the adoption of the Glock 17 pistol:

“Ensuring we remain a force equipped to succeed means supplying our people with fit-for-purpose personal protection weapons. This is part of our 2020 strategy for enhanced combat capability and we are pleased to be rolling out the new pistols next year.”

Australian company NIOA Nominees Pty Ltd was awarded the $1.8 million contract to supply approximately 1900 Glock 17s to the NZDF. The contract includes the pistols, along with ancillaries and through-life support.

This follows the announcement earlier in the year that the NZDF is replacing the Steyr AUG rifle currently in service with a Lewis Machine & Tool AR-15 pattern rifle. The particular model of rifle has yet to be announced.