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KC-45 impact by state

Northrop Grumman and EADS have this up on their site. It shows the state-by-state impact of the program job wise. So you might want to look up your state.

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More KC-X reaction

Seattle PI on Union Reaction.

Seattle Times on Washington’s Congressional delegation reaction. Notice even the Democrats are unhappy – all DoD dollars are local.

Reuters on general Congressional reactions – Alabama happy.

California Fox station says the larger capacity of the KC-30 was key.

Spokane just wants new tankers to replace their KC-135 aircraft.

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Northrop, EADS win Air Force tanker deal in upset

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Boeing, which has been supplying refueling tankers for nearly 50 years, had been expected to win the deal.

Reaction to the KC-X award

Here are some links that are commenting on the win by Northrop Grumman and EADS.

http://www.aero-news.net/ – KC-45A Wins Deal Over Boeing’s KC-767 Note: I think no matter what aircraft was chosen it would be called the KC-45A.

Wichita, KS News on MSNBC – Key phrase from Sen Roberts of KS: “”I am deeply troubled by the Air Force’s decision to award the KC-X tanker to a French company that has never built a tanker in its history. We should have an American tanker built by an American company with American workers. I can not believe we would create French jobs in place of Kansas jobs.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer – “Tanker award caps tumultuous period” – Good round up of the history of the KC-X program.

Leeham Company LLC Analysis by Scott Hamilton – “Boeing will be out of the tanker business for the next 20-40 years if it loses the KC-45A
award, its spokesman predicted, which helps explain why Boeing is fighting so hard to win the competition.”

Oh yeah, how they feel at Northrop Grummand and EADS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX5oqEfAydg

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Air Force awards KC-X to team of Northrop Grumman and EADS

The Air Force announced today that the Northrop Grumman and EADS team won the KC-X contract. News story is here. This is a huge decision and marks a major change in US defense policy. Read more

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Contracts for February 29, 2008

February 29, 2008 by · Comment
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AIR FORCE (Revised)

Northrop Grumman Corp., of Los Angeles, Calif., is being awarded a cost plus incentive/award fee, fixed price incentive, firm fixed price contract for the newly-named KC-45. This contract is awarded after full and open bidding, and provides for the system design and development of four test aircraft for $1.5B. This contract also includes five production options targeted for 64 aircraft at $10.6B. At this time no funds have been obligated. Contracting activity is the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio (contract number FA8625-08-C-6451).

Boeing Co., of St Louis, Mo., is being awarded a contract for $23,947,100. This action provides for Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) Full Rate Production four (FRP 4) for F-15E, JHMCS pilot equipment. At this time $25,011,094 has been obligated. 641 AESS/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (F33657-01-D-0026, Delivery Order 006604).

Engineered Fabrics Corp., of Rockmart, Ga., is being awarded a contract for $20,623,385. This is a requirement contract for the procurement of KC-135 Fuel Cells. This function will store fuel for use during flight. At this time no funds have been obligated. 848 CBSG/PKB, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8103-08-D-0036).

Boeing Launch Services of Huntington Beach, Calif., is being awarded a contract modification for $20,000,000. This undefinitized contract action for pre/post mission engineering and critical components under the Assured Access to Space Program. Boeing Launch Services, Inc., will perform supply chain management and technological improvement tasks to minimize the risk of launch failure for the Delta IV Rocket on the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program under the Launch and Range Systems Wing. At this time all funds have been obligated. SMC, Launch and Range Systems Wing, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8816-06-C-0001, P00020).

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corp., of San Diego, Calif, is being awarded a contract for $18,600,000. The objective of the Virtual Combat Environment for Electronic Conflict program is to develop a virtual combat environment for the: 1) design and development of advanced electronic warfare (EW), cyberspace and information operations technologies, 2) evaluation and demonstration of new sensor technologies 3) development and demonstration of layered sensing and battle management techniques and 4) identification of “game changing” disruptive technologies. The virtual combat environment will prepare the United States Air Force and other services for a wide range of challenges, including traditional, irregular, catastrophic and disruptive threats. This unique environment will permit the assessment of existing and conceptual sensor technologies and characterize the application of these “disruptive” technologies. In addition, it will support the identification of sensor technologies that are potential “game-changers” for the evolving battlefield. The virtual combat environment must represent the electro-magnetic spectrum to support Radio Frequency countermeasure development, enable advanced sensor utility analysis, represent Integrated Air Defense System attack, permit software application development, facilitate warfighter analysis, support development of electronic warfare battle management methods and technologies, allow evaluation of layered sensing techniques and concepts, enable demonstrations of network centric technologies, and produce future electronic warfare, cyberspace, and Information Operations (IO) system designs and applications. At this time $25,000 has been obligated. AFRL/PKSE, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-08-D-1301).

Raytheon Co., of Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a contract for $9,700,900. This contract is for the Lot 7 production of High-Speed Anti Radiation Missile (HARM) Targeting System (HTS) pods and the purchase of initial spares. At this time all funds have been obligated. 693rd Armament Systems Squadron Contracting, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-08-C-0048).

TW and Co., of Lanham, Md., is being awarded a contract for $8,809,640. This requirement contract is for certified armed security guard services for installation entry control, commercial vehicle inspection and visitor control center manning at 14 Air Force CONUS locations. At this time all funds have been obligated. AETC CONS/LGCK, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA3002-07-D-0023).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics of Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a contract for $6,248,000. This action provides for new aircraft procurement for 30 F-16 aircrafts. This is a foreign military sales procurement for the country of Turkey. This modification incorporates items included in Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) amendment 1. At this time $4,714,000 has been obligated. 312AESG/PKA, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8615-07-C-6043 P00003).

NAVY

CBZG Design Builders, LLC, (Clark, Blinderman, M+W Zander, and Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer) Chicago, Ill., is being awarded $24,493,447 for firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N40083-06-C-4017) to exercise Contract Line Item #0003 for the next phase of the Camp Porter Barracks and Infrastructure project at the Recruit Training Command, Naval Station Great Lakes. The work to be performed provides under this option includes the design and construction of a simulated arms marksmanship trainer, visitor’s center, Gate 8 entry control facilities, parking garage, related demolition, and other related infrastructure work. Infrastructure includes voice, data, telephone, electrical, security, and TV distribution system, steam and condensate loop system, potable water loop system, fire protection water mains distribution system, sanitary sewer loop system, storm water system, extension of natural gas utilities, paving, and landscaping. The project includes the demolition of existing facilities, site utility services disconnections, and underground and overhead site utilities. The current total contract amount after exercise of this line item will be $152,900,913. Work will be performed in Great Lakes, Ill., and work is expected to be completed by Sep. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Midwest, Great Lakes, Ill., is the contracting activity.

DME Corp., Orlando, Fla., is being awarded $21,507,615 for delivery 0rder #0007 under previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-05-D-3011) for VIPER/T Third Echelon Test Set (TETS) and related equipment. TETS is a weapon system field portable, automated, diagnostic fault isolation mechanism. TETS has 3 variants; Radio Frequency (RF), Electro-Optical (EO), and RF/EO. The order is specifically for a quantity of 30 RF variants, quantity 5 EO variants, quantity 35 Stand Alone Instrument Fixtures (SAIF), and quantity 33 calibration interface devices. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with limited subcontractors, and work is expected to be completed by January 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively awarded through full and open competition, with two proposals received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $16,337,846 cost-plus-award-fee contract to provide support services for Philippines Operations Support in the Republic of the Philippines for the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines. The work to be performed provides for all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, incidental engineering, and other items necessary to provide support services. This contract contains four 12-month options, which if exercised will bring to total estimated value of the contract to $164,234,414. Work will be performed in the Republic of the Philippines and will commence with a threee-month phase-in/mobilization period beginning on Mar. 7, 2008, through Jun. 5, 2008. Four months, Jun. 6, 2008, through Sep. 30, 2008, of full performance will complete the base period. The term of the contract is not to exceed the seven month base period and four 12-month option periods, with an expected completion date of Sep. 2012. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Naval Facilities Engineering Command e-solicitation website with two proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Hawaii is the contracting activity (N62742-08-C-1115).

Platinum One Contracting, Inc., Landover, Md., is being awarded a maximum $10,000,000, guaranteed minimum of $25,000, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity construction contract for roofing repair/replacement at various Navy and Federal Government installations in the Wash. metropolitan area. The work to be performed provides roof repairs and replacement. Other incidental type work associated with roof repairs and replacement is included and may be ordered for industrial, commercial, and residential locations. This contract contains four option years, which if exercised, will bring the total contract value to an amount not to exceed $50,000,000. Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps installations within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Wash. area of responsibility including Wash. D.C., (50 percent); Md., (25 percent); and Va., (25 percent), and work is expected to be completed Feb. 2009 (Feb. 2013 with options exercised). Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured as an eight(a) set-aside via the NAVFAC e-solicitation website, with eight proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Wash., Wash., D.C., is the contracting activity (N40080-08-D-0304).

General Dynamics, Advanced Information Systems Division, Fairfax, Va., is being awarded an $8,898,556 cost-plus-award-fee contract modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-5439) for Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 1B System Integrator Efforts. This contract action includes system engineering, integration, and testing in preparation for SEWIP Block 1B upgrades to the AN/SLQ-32(V) Electronic Warfare system. The SEWIP program is a spiral development strategy intended to field improved surface Electronic Warfare (EW) capability via a series of Block upgrades that progresses towards an approved requirements capability. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Va., and 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, Wash. Navy Yard, D.C. is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications, Randtron Antenna Systems, Menlo Park, Calif., is being awarded a $6,900,000 not to exceed ceiling priced order #7003 under previously awarded contract (N00383-06-G-072B) for repair of E-2C TRAC-A rotodom antenna assemblies. Work will be performed in Menlo Park, Calif., and work is expected to be completed by Jan. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not awarded competitively. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.

CTSI-CES Facility Services, LLC*, Wash., D.C., is being awarded a $6,544,363 (base period) combination firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery award fee/award option contract for base operating and support services at Naval Support Activity Mid-South and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. This contact contains options, which if exercised, will bring the total contract value to an amount not to exceed $91,466,346. Work will be performed in Millington, Tenn., (95 percent) and Memphis, Tenn., (5 percent), and work is expected to be completed Sep. 2008 (September 2017 with options exercised). Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively negotiated as an eight (a) set-aside via the Naval Facilities Engineering Command e-solicitation website, with 10 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Midwest, Great Lakes, Ill., is the contracting activity (N40083-08-D-0066).

ARMY

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co., LLC, Independence, Mo., was awarded on Feb. 28, 2008, a $20,995,228.84 firm-fixed-price contract for small caliber ammunition items; total quantity awarded is 47,855,400 rounds. Work will be performed in Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There was one bid solicited on Jan. 2, 2008, and one bid was received. The U.S. Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity DAAA09-99-D-0016.

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co., LLC, Independence, Mo., was awarded on Feb. 28, 2008, a $13,485,088.27 firm-fixed-price contract for small caliber ammunition items; total quantity awarded is 27,779,760 rounds. Work will be performed in Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There was one bid solicited on Jan. 2, 2008, and one bid was received. The U.S. Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity DAAA09-99-D-0016.

Caesar Rodney School District, Camden, Del., was awarded on Feb. 28, 2008, an $8,140,207.00 firm-fixed-price contract for the provision of comprehensive education program services. Work will be performed in Camden, Del., and is expected to be completed by Jun. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Bids were solicited by FedBizOpps Synopsis and Solicitation on Feb. 8, 2007, and one bid was received. DDESS, Peachtree City, Ga., is the contracting activity HE1254-07-C-0008.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Valero Marketing & Supply Co., San Antonio, Texas, is being awarded a maximum $30,268,650.00 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery, and indefinite quantity contract for diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline. Other locations of performance are Corpus Christi and Pasadena, Texas. Using service is foreign military sales. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This proposal was originally Web solicited with three responses. Date of performance completion is Oct. 31, 2008. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Supply Center, Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-08-D-0454).

*Small Business

Panel witnesses press for GAO audits of intelligence agencies

February 29, 2008 by · Comment
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Scope and complexity of agencies have grown enormously since 9/11.

Northrop Grumman/EADS KC-30 Wins USAF Tanker Award – UPDATED

WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb announced the selectio...

Agencies join forces to expedite supplies to troops

February 29, 2008 by · Comment
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Partnership between Defense and General Services Administration aims to save money, time.

House panel OKs tech funds to protect borders

February 29, 2008 by · Comment
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Bill backing development of new technology for border patrol and maritime security draws rare bipartisan support.

Global Hawk UAV Aircraft Reaches 10 Years of Flight, 20,000 Flight Hours

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 29, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system (UAS), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), cele...

Russia’s MiG hands 12 upgraded fighters over to Slovakia

MOSCOW, February 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's MiG aircraft manufacturer transferred on Friday 12 MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters, modernized in line with NATO ...

Holland to Participate in F-35 IOT&E Phase; Intends to Buy 2 Test Articles

The Dutch Parlement has announced it intends to participate in the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) phase of the F-35 Lightning II prog...

Guard expects recruiting funds to run out in April

February 29, 2008 by · Comment
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Service relies heavily on supplemental appropriations to pay for recruiting and retention needs.

Air Force leaders testify about 2009 budget request

WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The Air Force's top two leaders testified before the House Armed Services Committee about the service's budget request for fiscal...

Russia’s Bear bombers conduct patrol mission over the Atlantic

MOSCOW, February 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers have successfully conducted a 10-hour routine patrol flight over the Atlantic...

Australian government now attacks F/A-18 buy

The Australian Defence Minister, Mr. Fitzgibbon, now has decided that the plan to buy F/A-18 and then JSF for the nation is a bad idea. Just a few days ago, here, he was applauding the F/A-18. He now states that the US aircraft were not necessarily the way to go to buy modern fighter aircraft. The options, though, were limited. Australia could have bought Russian, or the Eurofighter, or SAAB Viggens, I guess? But I don’t know if the cost would have been comparable. He continues to say that the country really wants F-22 aircraft, which is currently not allowable under US law, even though the US DoD have expressed some support for the idea.

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DARPA awards contract for new spacecraft development

February 29, 2008 by · Comment
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Orbital Systems won a contract from DARPA for research with the F6 satellite program. See the press release here. DARPA is trying to develop, through this program, a more flexible way of linking modules of space craft to allow greater flexibility in their configuration.

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Navy damage control training

February 29, 2008 by · Comment
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While the recent contract announcement here for upgrade of the USS Buttercup Damage Control (DC) trainer may seem innocuous, it is rather important. I know that when I went through my basic training in the Navy we spent a pleasant few hours in the Buttercup. While I cannot attest to the realism of the training, it certainly introduced us to the idea of working under pressure and in feet of cold water to use the standard Navy DC tools. I am sure it certainly helps crews respond to the situation with the right tool and training. Read more

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DHS gives itself a ‘C’ for cybersecurity

February 28, 2008 by · Comment
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OMB hints at new metrics for assessing agencies' vulnerability to computer attacks.

Contracts for February 28, 2008

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NAVY

Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA), Okatie, S.C., a quasi-state organization categorized as other than small business and the regional water and wastewater utility provider in the Beaufort-Jasper County Region, is being awarded an estimated $251,486,063 utilities privatization contract for the operation and maintenance of the water and wastewater utility system of Marine and Naval activities in the Beaufort, S.C. area. The work to be performed provides for initial system modifications required to bring the systems up to industry standards, operation, maintenance and repair of the systems, as well as renewal and replacement of the system’s components over the term of the contract. 10 U.S.C. 2688 authorized the privatization of Government utility systems if certain criteria were met. The water and wastewater utility systems will be conveyed to BJWSA through a quit claim deed. The contractual instrument is a fixed price contract with prospective price redetermination with a term of 50 years. Work will be performed in the Beaufort, S.C. area. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Naval Facilities Engineering Command e-solicitation website with five proposals received. BJWSA is the current provider of water for the Beaufort facilities. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-08-C-0070).

Nan, Inc., dba Ocean House Builders, Honolulu, Hawaii; Niking Corp.,*, Wahiawa, Hawaii; Pioneer Contracting Co., Ltd.*, Wahiawa, Hawaii; Triton Marine Construction Corp.*, Bremerton, Wash.; and Watts Constructors LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract for various construction projects at locations within the State of Hawaii. The work to be performed provides for the acquisition of new construction, repair, alteration, and related demolition of existing infrastructure based on design build, two phase design build, modified design build or full plans and specifications for Department of Defense infrastructure. The total amount for all contracts combined is not to exceed $100,000,000 (base period and four option years) with a guaranteed minimum of $10,000 for each contract. Work will be performed in the State of Hawaii. The term of the contract is not to exceed five years, with an expected completion date of Feb. 2009 (Feb. 2013 with options exercised). Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with 41 offers solicited and 12 proposals received. These five contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (N62478-08-D-4009/4010/4011/4012/4013).

General Electric Co., Aircraft Engines Business Group, Lynn, Mass., is being awarded a $30,114,736 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-06-C-0088) for the Fiscal Year 2007 Full Rate Production of eight F414-GE-400 engines and eight device kits for the F/A-18E/F aircraft. Work will be performed in Lynn, Mass. (50 percent); Madisonville, Ky. (22 percent); Hooksett, N.H. (13 percent); Albuquerque, N.M. (6 percent); Rutland, Vt. (5 percent); Dayton, Ohio, (2 percent); Evandale, Ohio, (1 percent); and Bromont, Canada (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in Mar. 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.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $22,000,000 for delivery order #0005 under a previously awarded firm-fixed ceiling priced definite-delivery/definite-quantity contract (N00383-04-G-200H) for various line items of F/A-18 advanced targeting forward looking infra red (ATFLIR) system components. Work will be performed in El Segundo, Calif., (70 percent), and Forrest, Miss., (30 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Dec. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not awarded competitively. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.

The Haskell Co., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded $12,030,960 for firm-fixed price task order #0004 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract (N62472-01-D-0075) for design and construction of a two story Damage Control School Trainer Facility at Naval Support Activity, Norfolk. The facility will provide student training on techniques to arrest ship flooding situations. Construction includes a damage control wet trainer (Buttercup), trainer rooms, classrooms, and support spaces. Demolition includes a portion of Building #N30 (also including a pool, trainer device and associated equipment) where the current wet-trainer exists on Naval Station, Norfolk. The contract contains one additional option totaling $220,000, which may be exercised within 120 calendar days, bringing the total contract amount to $12,250,096. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and work is expected to be completed by Sep. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Two proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

Great Eastern Group, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is being awarded a $10,843,223 modification to previously awarded contract N61331-07-C-0011 for crew support, operation and maintenance of the SeaFighter (FSF-1). The SeaFighter (FSF-1) is a wave-piercing catamaran (262 ft long/950 ton displacement/15 ft draft) powered by a Combined Diesel or Gas (CODOG) power plant. The SeaFighter (FSF-1) operates as a technology demonstrator/risk reduction platform. Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $314,052 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $9,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to the previously awarded contract (N00024-96-C-2100) for the planning efforts of the USS N. C. (SSN 777) Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work will include performing planning efforts, including long lead time material procurement, in preparation to accomplish the maintenance, repair, alterations, testing, and other work. Work will be performed in Groton, Conn. (99 percent) and Quonset Point, R.I. (1 percent), and is scheduled to be completed by Dec., 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.

Virtexco Corp., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded $7,498,902 for firm-fixed-price task order #0003 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract (N40085-06-D-4010) for construction of a Field Medical Services School at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, N.C., and work is expected to be completed by Dec. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

Harry Pepper & Associates, Inc., (large business), Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded $6,943,722 for firm-fixed-price task order #0004 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity design-build multiple award construction contract (N69272-03-D-0031) for improvements of Gate Structures at Blount Island Marine Corps Command. The work to be performed provides for the replacement of existing gate structures at both the rear and main entrances and installation of cable-reinforced security fencing in the vicinity of the new, canopied gate locations. The old gatehouses will be demolished and new, hardened gatehouses will be constructed at both entrances. A new Pass and ID Office with parking will be constructed at the main entrance location outside of the secured installation perimeter. A new automatic sliding gate will be installed at the perimeter at both entry control point locations and a new base identification sign. Design and installation includes all necessary barrier, utilities and services. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., and work is expected to be completed by Jul. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems of Bellevue, Neb., is being awarded a contract for $239,000,000. The contract is for Systems Engineering, Management, and Sustainment, for the Air Force Weather Systems. At this time no funds have been obligated. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (FA4600-08-D-0002).

General Atomics of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a contract for $17,202,335. This

action is for non-recurring engineering development for eh Advanced Cockpit Increment Two

for Predator/Reaper Ground Control Station. At this time $7,804,672 has been obligated. 658 AESS/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-05-G-3028 0030).

Taitech, Inc. of Beavercreek, Ohio, is being awarded a contract for $5,700,000. The objective of this five-year effort is to advance the state of the art in diagnostic and component development for high-speed propulsion systems. There are unique problems associated with sustained-combustion in supersonic flows. This program will address those problems through innovative inlet, isolator, injector, combustor and exhaust designs. These design concepts will be fabricated and evaluated in a controlled research environment and complimented by numerical simulations. The research is divided into two technology areas, Technology Area 1 (TA1) and Technology Area 2 (TA2). At this time no funds have been obligated. AFRL/PKPC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-08-D-2844).

Innovative Scientific Solutions, Incorp., of Dayton Ohio, is being awarded an indefinite quantity/indefinite delivery contract for $8,400,000. The objective of this five-year effort is to advance the state of the art in diagnostic and component development for high-speed propulsion systems. There are unique problems associated with sustained-combustion in supersonic flows. This program will address those problems through innovative inlet, isolator, injector, combustor and exhaust designs. These design concepts will be fabricated and evaluated in a controlled research environment and complimented by numerical simulations. The research is divided into two technology areas, Technology Area 1 (TA1) and Technology Area 2 (TA2). At this time no funds have been obligated. AFRL/PKPC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-08-D-2845).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Strategic Energy, LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa., is being awarded a maximum $33,511,680.00 firm fixed price contract for electrical support. Other locations of performance are Ill. Using services are Federal Civilian Agencies. There were originally 147 proposals solicited with 11 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Dec. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-08-D-8011).

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No announcement today either on KC-X

5:00 PM EST came and went with no contract announcement yet. I guess we will need to wait until tomorrow. The SeattlePI.com Boeing blog says it now looks like Friday, according to this entry. Governor Gregoire of Washington says that there is a good chance of a protest or Congressional action if Boeing does not win. No pressure there on the Air Force.

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