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LEADERSHIP: The Captain is a Prince

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
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MORALE: Down In The Hole

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
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SPACE: USAF Wants A Blank Check For Defense

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
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PROCUREMENT: Iranian F-14s Fly Again

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
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INDIA-PAKISTAN: For A Few Billion Dollars More

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
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Raytheon’s numbers come in very good

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Earnings, Raytheon 

Raytheon reported increased sales for 2007 with a solid fourth quarter. Sales were $6 B for the year. Profit in the fourth quarter surged 84% to almost $1.50 a share. See Bloomberg.com for more information. The company also raised its 2008 forecasts by a minimum of $300 M.

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Norwegian military cleared in investigation

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: crime, Norway, Siemens 

In a switch three Norwegian naval officers were cleared of taking kickbacks from Siemens related to contract awards. The three had gone on a golf outing to Spain, I guess all senior sailors are alike no matter what the country, that Siemens paid for. They were exonerated of not knowing who paid for it. Siemens did win some contracts from the Norwegian government at the time. See this article for more.

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Indian investigators claim former Navy chief received kickbacks

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Contract Awards, crime, India, Russia 

In the continuing saga that is Indian defense contracting comes word that the former head of the Navy, Admiral S M Nanda is being investigated for kickbacks as part of the deal to buy the former Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Gorshkov. See The Times of India article for further sordid details. It turns out that the admiral’s son was acting as a broker for various deals including this one.

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Boeing to invest in Canadian companies as offset for C-17 buy

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Canada, production program 

Under Canadian law Boeing will invest some $150 M Canadian in various companies as part of an offset for being awarded the contract for 4 C-17 aircraft. See the story here in The Star Phoenix. The law requires Boeing to invest 100% of the contract value in Canada.

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Australian company Austal awarded Navy contract for ship design

According to this press release, Austal was awarded a $3.3 M Australian contract to do design and development for the US military under the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program. There may also be work related to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as well.

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‘Cyber Storm’ war game tested government’s hacker defenses

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
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Documents detail $3 million, invitation-only simulation in February 2006 plausible attacks over five days.

Contracts for January 31, 2008

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
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NAVY

General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $459,780,045 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-02-C-2300) to exercise an option for construction of T-AKE 10, including technical manuals, special studies, analyses and reviews; engineering and industrial services, and data; and long lead time material for T-AKE 11. T-AKE is a new Combat Logistics Force Underway Replenishment Naval vessel intended to replace the current capability of the Kilauea-Class (T-AE 26) Ammunition Ship, Mars-Class (T-AFS 1) Combat Stores Ships, and when operating in concert with a Henry J. Kaiser-Class (T-AO 187) Oiler ship, the Sacramento-Class (AOE 1) Fast Combat Support Ship. As an auxiliary support ship, T-AKE will directly contribute to the ability of the Navy to maintain a forward presence. In its primary mission role, the T-AKE will provide logistic lift from sources of supply such as friendly ports, or at sea from specially equipped merchant ships by consolidation, and will transfer cargo (ammunition, food, limited quantities of fuel, repair parts, ship store items, and expendable supplies and material) at sea to station ships and other naval warfare forces. In its secondary mission, the T-AKE may be required to operate in concert with a Henry J. Kaiser-Class (T-AO 187) Oiler as a substitute station ship to provide direct logistics support to the ships within a Carrier Battle Group. I n its Maritime Prepositioning Force (Future) role T-AKE will contribute to the accomplishment of the seabasing mission area. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and work is expected to be completed by Feb. 2012. Contract funds will not expireat the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Mass., is being awarded a $193,000,000 performance based logistics (PBL) requirements contract for repair, replacement, consumables support, and program support for F414 engine components used on the F/A-18 E, F, and EA-18G aircraft. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., (80 percent); and Lynn, Mass., (20 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Dec. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the contract ordering period. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00383-08-D-002M).

Rolls-Royce Corp. Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $127,728,256 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-07-C-0060) for the procurement of 53 MV-22 and 13 CV-22 Lot 12 AE1107C engines. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and work is expected to be completed in Dec. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Bell Boeing Tiltrotor Team, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $38,623,787 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to repair items used on the V-22 helicopter. This contract includes one base year and two one-year option periods which if exercised, bring the total estimated value of the contract to $116,243,680. Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas (40 percent) and Ridley Park, Pa., (60 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Oct. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00383-08-D-001N).

The Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $36,367,391 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-03-C-3017) to provide additional administrative and logistics services in support of the MV-22 Total Life Cycle Logistics Support effort. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa., (45 percent); Fort Worth, Texas, (40 percent); New River, N.C., (10 percent); and in various locations outside the U.S. (5 percent); and is expected to be completed in Jul. 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

MacGREGOR USA Inc. Cedar Knolls, N.J., is being awarded a $19,560,381 firm-fixed-price contract for the detail design, fabrication, installation, and documentation of the Test Article Vehicle Transfer System (TAVTS). The TAVTS will demonstrate the transfer of vehicles between a surrogate Maritime Prepositioning Force Future (MPF(F)) Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship and a Large Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off (LMSR) ship. The two primary components of the TAVTS are a self-deploying ramp system that will be installed on a dynamically positioned surrogate MLP and a self-deploying sideport platform that will be mounted to an existing LMSR ship, either a T-AKR 300 BOB HOPE CLASS or T-AKR WATSON CLASS. Work will be performed by MacGREGOR in Chesapeake, Va., Cedar Knolls, N.J., and with MacGREGOR USA affiliates in Poland, Sweden, and Norway, and work is expected to be completed by Nov. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with proposals solicited via Federal Business Opportunities, with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-08-C-2222).

Northrop Grumman Newport News, Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $16,338,114 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-2116) to exercise an option for CVN 79 Integrated Product and Process Development. The integrated product and process development contract provides research and development efforts with investment objectives to: reduce acquisition cost, reduce total ownership cost, and maintain weight/center of gravity service life allowance thresholds. The contract will also provide continuation of systems development, engineering services, and feasibility studies for the CVN 79 and technology refresh, as required. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and work is expected to be completed by Oct. 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Multinational Logistic Services Limited, Valletta, VLT 10, Malta, is being awarded an $8,970,162 indefinite-delivery requirements contract with firm-fixed-price provisions for husbanding services to support Navy and U.S. government vessels that make OCONUS port calls in Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and South America (C3MS region). This contract consists of one base year and four one-year option periods, which if exercised, bring the total value of the contract to $44,850,811. Work will be performed in various OCONUS commercial ports throughout the C3MS region, and work is expected to be completed by Feb. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured through Government-wide Points of Entry, Navy Electronic Commerce Online, and Federal Business Opportunities websites, with three offers received. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N00189-08-D-0020).

Chesapeake Sciences Corp. Millersville, Md., is being awarded a $6,214,805 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-6223) for TB-34 Next Generation Fat Line Towed Bodies, interface hardware, and associated services in support of the TB-34 Towed Array System. The TB-34 was developed to provide improved Anti-Submarine Warfare and contact avoidance capability in cluttered littoral environments as well as maintain the U.S. Submarine Fleet’s Ready for Issue fat line towed array inventory. Work will be performed in Millersville, Md., (70 percent), and Syracuse, N.Y.,(30 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Dec. 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $6,214,805 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

McDonnell Douglas Corp. doing business as Boeing Aerospace Operations, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, is having a fixed-price contract option exercised for $307,500,000. This action will exercise option IX/KC-10 and option J/KDC-10 contractor logistics support for Feb. 1, 2008, through Jan. 31, 2009. At this time no funds have been obligated. 727 ACSG/PKA, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (F34601-98-C-0125/P00258).

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corp. of King of Prussia, Pa., is being awarded a cost plus award fee contract modification for $39,489,058. This modification provides for launch support, on-orbit operations, satellite storage and compensatory security measures for satellites that remain to be launched under contract F04701-89-C-0073. At this time $35,408,023.64 has been obligated. SMC/GPSW/PK, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (F04701-89-C-0073).

ATK Tactical Systems of Rocket Center, W.Va., is being awarded a firm fixed-price contract modification for $11,674,806.44. The DSU-33D/B is a nose-mounted sensor used on M117 and MK-80 series general-purpose bombs and the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM). The DSU-33D/B provides a fire pulse to a fuze, which in turn, initiates bomb detonation at a Height-of-Burst (HOB) nominally 20 feet. The HOB capability enhances the performance of the weapon systems for above ground targets. The DSU-33D/B can provide a fire pulse to the following fuzes: FMU-139B, FMU-139A/B, FMU-139B/B, FMU-152/B and the FMU-152 A/B. Internal battery power for the DSU-33D/B is initiated by either an FZU-48/B, FZU-55/B, or FZU-55A/B in the Air Force configuration, or the Fuze Control Set in the Navy configuration.

The sensor is qualified for use on the following aircraft and each variant in their series: Marine AV-8, Navy/Marine F/A-18, and Air Force A-10, F-15, F-16, F-22, B-52, B-1 and B2 including FMS versions. This action is to exercise option two for procurement of 11,492 DSU-33D/B proximity sensors and cables for the Air Forces. At this time all of the funds have been obligated. 679 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-06-C009. P00017).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Propper International, Inc. Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is being awarded a maximum $73,378,860.00 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery, and indefinite quantity contract for Army Combat Uniform Coats. Other locations of performance are in Puerto Rico. Using service is Army. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. This contract represents a third option year. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0408).

American Apparel Inc. Selma, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $61,621,800.00 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery, and indefinite quantity contract for Army Combat Uniform Coats. Other locations of performance are in Ala. Using service is Army. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. This contract represents a third option year. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0406).

D.J. Manufacturing Corp. Caguas, Puerto Rico, is being awarded a maximum $57,834,840.00 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery, and indefinite quantity contract for Army Combat Uniform Coats. Other locations of performance are in Puerto Rico. Using service is Army. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. This contract represents a third option year. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0407).

Woolrich, Inc., Woolrich, Pa., is being awarded a maximum $23,183,040.00 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery, and indefinite quantity contract for Army Combat Uniform Coats. Other locations of performance are Ga., Texas, and Ill. Using service is Army. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. This contract represents a third option year. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0410).

Golden Manufacturing Co. Inc. Golden, Miss., is being awarded a maximum $19,396,080.00 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery, and indefinite quantity contract for Army Combat Uniform Coats. Other locations of performance are in Mississippi. Using service is Army. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. This contract represents a third option year. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0409).

Propper International, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is being awarded a maximum $19,276,428.00 firm fixed price contract for Battle Uniforms. Other locations of performance are in Puerto Rico. Using service is Air Force. This proposal was originally Web solicited with six responses. This contract represents the first option year. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Feb. 2, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-0008).

American Apparel, Selma, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $13,730,220.00 firm fixed price contract for Battle Uniforms. Other locations of performance are Texas and Mississippi. Using service is Air Force. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 12 responses. This contract represents the first option year. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Feb. 2, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-0009).

ARMY

BJK Solutions, Inc. Perkins, Okla., was awarded on Jan. 30, 2008, a large firm-fixed price contract for a Training Resource Arbitration Panel. Work will be performed at Fort Sill, Okla., and is expected to be completed by Jun. 1, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Dec. 20, 2007, and one bid was received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, Tulsa, Okla., is the contracting activity W912BV-08-C-2000.

Smith’s Detection, Edgewood, Inc. Edgewood, Md., was awarded on Jan. 30, 2008, a $23,835,708 firm-fixed price contract for 5,400 joint chemical agent detectors. Work will be performed in Edgewood, Md., and Herts, UK, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jun. 13, 2007, and one bid was received. The Army Research and Development Command, Acquisition Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity W911SR-07-C-0054.

Utility Contractors, Inc. Wichita, Kan., was awarded on Jan. 30, 2008, a $10,371,766 firm-fixed price contract for a project consisting of excavation and grading Sand Creek Channel. Work will be performed in Newton, Kan., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 5, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Bids were solicited via FedTeDS on Aug. 11, 2007, and five bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, Tulsa, Okla., is the contracting activity W912BV-08-C-1003.

BCP International Limited, Alexandria, Va., was awarded on Jan. 29, 2008, a $6,637,459 indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity-time-and-materials contract for technical and analytical support for the Army Security Cooperation Program. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Sep. 26, 2002, and one bid was received. The U.S. Army Contracting Center of Excellence, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity W74V8H-05-D-007.

Report: Military not prepared for homeland attack

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
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Pentagon says it is putting together a specialized team to respond to catastrophic events.

Northrop Awarded $12.5M for Global Hawk operations

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a contract for $12,250,000. This effort ...

Unmanned Aircraft Transform Combat Operations

KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan. 31, 2008 – They are known as the "commander's eyes on the battlefield." Coalition forces have used them to find roadside bomb...

Edwards Airman flies high as first military F-35 pilot

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT WORTH, Texas -- An Edwards pilot became the first Air Force and government test pilot to fly the F-35 Lightning II during a tes...

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract for LITENING Advanced Targeting Systems

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Jan. 31, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a contract to deliver LITENING Advanced ...

F-35 Program Adjusts for Transition to Production – 250 layoffs

More than halfway through its 12-year development phase, with most engineering work complete, the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II progra...

Second Tranche of Eurofighter ASTA Programme Launched

Hallbergmoos - Following signature of the Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids (ASTA) Supplement 5 agreement between Eurofighter GmbH and NETMA on 13 Decem...

TSA launches airport security blog

January 31, 2008 by · Comment
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TSA Administrator says one goal is to explain why travelers must go through certain steps at checkpoints.

Canadian company Norsat awarded contract to support Irish troops in Chad

January 30, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Ireland, logistics, Norsat 

In the rather confusing world of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Ireland plans to deploy troops to Chad. As part of their support Norland was awarded a $1.6 M contract to provide satellite communications for these troops. See the press release here. This is probably a decent chunk of the Irish defense budget going to support this deployment. There was no description of how the troops were going to get there, but NATO has some lift ability.

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General Dynamics Austrian subsidiary, Steyr Daimler Puch, given second chance on Czech contract.

The new Czech government had cancelled a contract with Austrian based Steyr Daimler Puch for armored vehicles due to the General Dynamics subsidiary’s problems with schedule and performance. The government has now decided to allow more negotiations on this contract. See CNNMoney.com for more information here.

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McDonnell Douglas awarded Navy Harpoon contract

The US Navy awarded Boeing component McDonnell Douglas a $74 M contract for anti-ship missile Harpoon III development. See Forbes here for more information. The Harpoon is one of only two successful anti-ship systems developed in the west. The other being the French designed and produced Exocet. For more on the Harpoon system see this at Wikipedia.

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Army signs contract for development of composite helicopter drivetrain components

According to Rotorhub.com, the US Army has awarded a ID/IQ development contract to V Systems Composites worth up to $20M. The contract is to rapidly develop and implement composite rotorcraft drive train components. See the press release here. For more information on V Systems Composites see this as well. Obviously the development of non-metal transmission parts may offer benefits in reliability and weight. How easy it will be to design and fabricate such parts will have to be seen.

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Further erosion of the US industrial base

According to this article at DefenseNews.com, Boeing and Lockheed are planning on teaming to develop the next generation bomber for the US Air Force. Since that is the only two companies that could do it, it eliminates any potential of competition for this contract. This would violate one of the key tenets of DoD acquisition policy. The US would be forced to look at foreign companies to provide that competition. That would open up a whole host of other issues related to technology transfer.

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