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Astrium Selects iDirect Platform To Meet Increased Demand 

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Raytheon announces completion of JLENS PDR

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The Army’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) passed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR). See the press release here. This is a key step of the System Design and Development (SD&D) phase of the program. The next major step will be the Critical Design Review, and then lead into testing. The JLENS is a sensor suite and fire control system that uses an aerostat to carry the sensor.

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Good summary of the problems facing Boeing with the GAO

The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch has a good article summarizing the protest process. See the story here. It stresses that the GAO will overturn only if they find that the acquiring agency did not apply their criteria correctly during the source selection process, and even if they uphold the protest, the most likely result will be a reopening of the competition. Of note, 29% of protests last year were upheld.

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Lockheed Martin team wins JTRS contract

In my previous post I was quite incorrect as I thought Boeing would win the new JTRS AMF SD&D contract. It turns out that Lockheed Martin’s team did based on this newspaper story. The JTRS AMF had just passed a DAB and the work for the next phase was waiting to be awarded. I had made the assumption that Boeing would win it based on their earlier work on the system. The initial contract value is $766 M.

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Busy day for contract awards

A great deal of contracts were announced today by DoD. See Defenselink.mil press release for more here. Highlights include a $50 M contract to General Atomics for the Air Force to buy 24 Predators and a $119 M contract to Raytheon for South Korean FMS of PATRIOT PAC-3.

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Final border travel rules receive mixed reaction on Hill

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Beginning in June 2009, travelers to the U.S. must present secure identification documents, such as passports.

Shortage of helicopters hampers troops in Afghanistan, observers say

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Some call for more Chinooks to move troops and equipment in mountainous regions.

Northrop Grumman wants ‘facts known’ on tanker bid

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Defense contractor to run ads, pen op-eds explaining why it won lucrative contract for aerial refueling tankers.

Contracts for March 31, 2008

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DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Valero Marketing & Supply Co., San Antonio, Texas is being awarded a maximum $397,444,621.88 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, partial set-aside contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Texas City, Texas. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Apr. 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0480).

Placid Refining Co. LLC., Port Allen, La.*, is being awarded a maximum $134,823,041.55 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for aviation fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. There were 48 proposal originally solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Apr. 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0481).

Gary-Williams Energy Corp, Denver, Colo.*, is being awarded a maximum $127,153,444.80 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, partial set-aside contract for aviation fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Apr. 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0477).

Alon USA, LP., Dallas, Texas is being awarded a maximum $111,102,800.00 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, partial set-aside contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Big Spring, Texas. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Mar. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0474).

Calumet Sales Co. Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a maximum $37,108,800.00 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, partial set-aside contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Shreveport, La. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Mar. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0475).

General Electric Transportation Aircraft Engines, Lynn, Mass., is being awarded a maximum $8,513,262.15 firm fixed price, requirements type contract for engine line parts. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. There was one sole source proposal solicited with one response. This contract is for ten years with a two-year base and four two-year options. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Mar. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va., (SPM400-00-D-9403).

AIR FORCE

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. of Littleton, Colo., is being awarded a modified firm fixed price contract for $124,100,000. This modification is issued to purchase launch services from Lockheed Martin Co. under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program and Atlas medium-plus rocket (Atlas 5510 to launch the Mobile Users Objective System (MUOS)-1 Satellite. At this time $124,100,000 has been obligated. El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8816-06-C-0004, Modification Number P00002).

Raytheon Co. Missile Systems of Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a cost plus fixed fee with performance incentive contract for $80,295,119. This action will provide miniature air-launched decoy JAMMER risk reduction phase II effort to include tasking to support through a Critical Design Review and taking a subsystem development into system level. At this time $21,317,355 has been obligated. Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity (FAB676-08-C-0062).

General Atomics Aeronautical System, Inc., of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a firm fixed price contract for $49,870,416. This action provides for 24 Predator MQ-1B Aircraft, Hellfire missile kit installation, IMAs, and core tasks. At this time $49,870,416 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-05-G-3028 0042).

Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a contract for $31,162,736. This modification will allow research and development in accordance with the contractor’s statement of work entitled risk reduction of the Alternative Infrared Satellite System. The additional effort provides for upgrading the integrated sensor assembly components to yield a space qualifiable configuration of the integrated sensor assembly. These upgrades will allow enhanced ground environmental testing of the sensor assembly in order to determine that it is a “Space Qualified” design and additionally reduce the risk associated with building space qualification satellite units in the future. At this time $18,750,000 has been obligated. Kirtland AFB, N.M., is the contracting activity (FA9453-06-C-0378, P00010).

General Atomics of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a firm fixed price contract for $28,947,434. This effort is for the manufacture, test, and delivery of four Predator B Reaper MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. At this time $28,947,434 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-05-G-3028 ORDER 0031).

FMC Technologies Airport Division of Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a firm fixed price supply contract for $9,659,316. This action provides for Halvorsen Aircraft Cargo Loaders: Aircraft Cargo Loader 14 each; Production Support 14 each; Packaging 14 each; Data one lot. At this time $6,726,120 has been obligated. Robins AFB, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8519-08-D-0004 and delivery order 0001).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., of Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost plus fixed fee contract for $9,630,212. The Information Assurance Technnical Analysis Center will provide research to further the development and integration of confidentially, integrity, and authentication capabilities of the Global Information Grid. At this time $1,091,787 has been obligated. Offutt AFB, Neb., is the contracting activity (SPO700-98-D-4002, DO 0334).

ATK Missile Systems Co. Integrated Systems Division of Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a modified contract for $9,234,375. This action exercises options to procure multiple Common Munitions Built-In-Test Reprogrammable Equipment (CAMBRE) Plus units and to modify CMBRE units to a CMBRE Plus configuration. CMBRE’s Plus is designed to interface with Munitions in an Air Force backshop/flightline or Navy carrier deck environment. CAMBRE Plus will support the fielding of the next generation AMRAAM and Small Diameter Bomb Munitions and allow the war fighter to maintain one configuration for maximum War Fighter flexibility. W-23 Cables (also part of this contract mod) support simultaneous testing of four AMRAAM missiles at one time (which saves time). This action exercising options to purchase 37 CMBRE Plus’s; Data for CMBRE Plus Production; 175 Modifications of CMBRE units to CMBRE Plus; 9 W-23 cables; and 6 Initial Spares through the CMBRE Program Office at WPAFB, Ohio (ASC/647 AESS). At this time $9,234,375 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8626-06-C-2060, P00010).

McDonnell Douglas Corp., A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of the Boeing Co., of Long Beach, Calif., is being awarded a modified contract for $6,125,000. This contract modification is a Foreign Military Sales requirement for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership (GSP) program. This action incorporates the FY08 Quarter III Option Exercise for site activation and material for RAAF aircraft sustainment. At this time $0 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8614-04-C-2004 P00241).

NAVY

Lockheed Martin Integrated Defense Systems, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $57,046,566 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #5012 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement contract (N00383-06-G-016F) for procurement of initial and wholesale spares requirements for six different weapons replaceable assemblies that are required to support the system used on the MH-60R/S helicopter. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., and work is expected to be completed by Oct. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications, Titan Group, Panama City Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $44,594,382 cost-plus-fixed-price contract for the procurement of engineering logistics and material support for the mine roller in-service program. Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and work is expected to be completed by Sep. 2012. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Navy Electronic Commerce Online and the Federal Business Opportunities websites, with three offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61331-08-C-0007).

McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $38,540,436 firm-fixed-price, definite-delivery/definite-quantity contract modification #0004 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-06-D-001J) for new spares to support the F/A-18 AN/APG-79 AESA radar. Work will be performed in El Segundo, Calif., (90 percent) and St. Louis, Mo., (10 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Aug. 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

Walbridge Aldinger Co. Detroit, Mich., is being awarded a $35,883,000 firm-fixed price contract for an addition and alterations to the Naval Hospital at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The work to be performed provides for construction of a three-story addition with an eight-story elevator tower and areas of alteration and partial renovation. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., and work is expected to be completed by Jul. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively negotiated via the Naval Facilities Engineering Command e-solicitation website two proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-08-C-1271).

Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Integrated Systems Division, Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $37,482,191 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-06-G-0014) for the engineering study to modify the AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems in order to improve probability of detection in operational environments. This delivery order will also include the development of a class one engineering change proposal and delivery of modified government furnished equipment for developmental test. Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla., (50 percent); Austin, Texas (45 percent); Santa Barbara, Calif., (3 percent); Atlanta, Ga., (1 percent); Natanya, Israel (.5 percent); and Hamamatsu, Japan (.5 percent), and work is expected to be completed in Aug. 2008. Contract funds in the amount of $16,000,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $20,627,930 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-07-C-0060) for the procurement of Power By The Hour® maintenance support, including program management, field engineering, and site specific logistical support at V-22 Osprey operating and production sites for the U.S. Navy $17,495,778; 84.8 percent) and the U.S. Air Force ($3,132,152; 15.2 percent). Work will be performed in New River, N.C., (74.9 percent); Kirtland AFB, N.M., (7.4 percent); Hulburt Field, Fla., (7.4 percent); Indianapolis, Ind., (5.2 percent); Patuxent River, Md., (3.6 percent) and Amarillo, Texas (1.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in Dec. 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $19,476,930 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

CACI Systems, Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $19,279,281 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00421-06-C-0074) to exercise an option for technical and engineering services and supplies in support of the Special Communications Requirements Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. This modification provides support for various Navy, Army, and Air Force, Special Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Electronic Systems. The estimated level of effort for this contract is 286,000 man-hours. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md., (80 percent) and St. Inigoes, (20 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 Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting activity.

Pearson Engineering Ltd, Wincomblee Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom is being awarded $16,910,573 for firm-fixed-price, delivery order #0032 under previously awarded contract (M67854-05-D-5000) for 20 lane marking system, 20 high-lift adapter systems, 21 full width mine plow, and six dozer blade subsystems. Work will be performed in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, and work is expected to be complete Mar. 2009. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is a sole source award to Pearson Engineering Ltd for the manufacturing the Assault Breecher Vehicle components. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $12,177,810 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop technology that supports the Globally Netted Maritime Headquarters with Maritime Operations Center Component Commander by an applied research program which calls for innovative technologies in support of war fighters. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and work is expected to be completed Mar. 2011. Contract funds will not expire at end of current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under Office of Naval Research BAA Number 07-021. The Naval Research Laboratory. Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00173-08-C-4008).

L-3 Services, Inc., Unidyne Division, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $11,223,059 cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering and program support services associated with Battle Force Tactical Training (BFTT) legacy shipboard training systems. The BFTT system is a highly flexible, interactive simulation/stimulation tactical combat training system. BFTT is used on all combatant and amphibious ships. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., (53 percent) and San Diego, Calif. (47 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Mar.2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-08-D-GR02).

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an $8,406,000 modification to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-05-C-0045) to provide persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) services supporting the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Operation Enduring Freedom surge detachment. Work will be performed in Afghanistan (90 percent) and St. Louis, Mo., (10 percent) and is expected to be completed in Oct. 2008. Contract funds in the amount of $8,406,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

C. E. Niehoff & AMP, Co., Evanston, Ill., is being awarded an $8,385,720 firm-fixed-price contract for 3,000 N1602-5 Alternators. Work will be performed in Evanston, Ill., and work is expected to be complete by Mar. 2011. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is a sole source award as C. E. Niehoff & AMP, Co., is the sole manufacturer of the N1602-5 Alternators. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-08-C-5025).

Belonger/Blinderman Joint Venture LLC.*, West Bend, Wis., is being awarded a $7,742,000 firm-fixed-price contract for repairs and renovations to building three at Naval Station Great Lakes. The contract contains one option totaling $8,068,200, which may be exercised within 180 calendar days, bringing the total contract amount to $15,810,200. The work to be performed provides for the design and construction for repairing and renovating deficiencies in building three and bringing the facility within all code standards at Naval Station, Great Lakes. Building three is listed as a property of major significance located within the Historic District of the Naval Station. The project will include infrastructure improvements including new heating, ventilation and air conditioning, fire protection, fire alarm, plumbing and electrical systems, new space configuration and architectural finishes, handicap accessibility upgrades, new Anti-Terrorism Force Protection compliant exterior windows and replacement of the existing roof. Work will be performed in Great Lakes, Ill., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively negotiated via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online websitewith six proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Midwest, Great Lakes, Ill., is the contracting activity (N40083-08-C-0055).

Niking Corp.*, Wahiawa, Hawaii, is being awarded $6,422,074 for firm-fixed price task order #0004 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract (N62478-07-D-4005) for switchgear replacement at Building 112, Main Base Power Plant, at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands. The work to be performed provides for removal of existing primary generator and distribution switchgears at the Building 112 power plant and providing new primary generator and distribution switchgears, modern integrated electronic generator and switchgear instrumentation and controls, monitoring, and protection equipment, building extension with general power, lighting, and grounding, adding a redundant primary power feed for the existing station service, fire alarm and suppression, and incidental related work. Work will be performed in Kauai, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by Jun. 2009. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Five proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems, Nashua, N.H., is being awarded a $6,012,934 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-08-C-0003) to exercise an option for the procurement of five OE-120 Antenna Groups. The OE-120 antenna group is one of two major subsystems that provide a centralized identification system for Fleet tactical ships. Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H., and is expected to be completed in Aug. 2010. 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.

ARMY

Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $118,092,940 firm-fixed price contract for the design, development, fabrication, production, training, integration, testing and delivery of PATRIOT hardware to be issued to the Republic of Korea Air Force for the PATRIOT program. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Feb. 26, 2008. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-08-C-0288).

Raytheon Co., AMDS, Andover, Mass., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $38,710,000 firm-fixed price contract for procurement, installation and testing of three PATRIOT Radar Enhancement Phase 3 classification, discrimination and identification Phase three modification kits. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass., and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Mar. 12, 2008. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-07-C-0151).

L-3 Communications, Linkabit Division, San Diego, Calif., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $28,913,720 firm-fixed price contract for PROPHET electronic support. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. And Melbourne, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jun. 12, 2001, and three bids were received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (DAAB07-0-C-L539).

General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla., was awarded on Mar. 27, 2008, a $28, 899,825 firm-fixed price contract for M865 kinetic energy training rounds and M1002 target practice multipurpose tracer cartridges. Work will be performed in Middletown, Iowa, and is expected to be completed by Mar. 31, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were two bids solicited on Jan. 11, 2008, and two bids were received. U.S. Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-08-C-0010).

ACC Construction, Augusta, Ga., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $23,755,932 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of a battalion headquarters, a co. operations facility and a tactical maintenance facility. Work will be performed at Fort Benning, Ga., and is expected to be completed by Apr. 15, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Four bids were solicited on Nov. 26, 2007, and three bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W912HN-07-D-0042).

L-3 Communications, Corp., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $20,845,306 firm-fixed price contract for remanufactured Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems transmissions. Work will be performed in Muskegon, Mich., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 4, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Oct. 17, 2007, and one bid was received. U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0119). San Juan Construction, Inc., was awarded on Mar. 27, 2008, a $13,378,020 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of a C-17 parking ramp. Work will be performed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by Sep. 1, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Dec. 17, 2007, and five bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (W9128A-08-C-0007).

Walbridge Aldinger Co., Inc., Detroit, Mich., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $13,354,750 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of a two-story company operations facility of approximately 40,000 square feet. The project includes all utilities, site improvements and demolition of existing buildings. Work will be performed at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 28, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Four bids were solicited on Oct. 19, 2007, and three bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W912HN-07-D-0054).

Emerson Construction Co., Inc., Temple, Texas, was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $10,865,800 firm-fixed price contract for construction of basic expeditionary airman skill training Phase II. Work will be performed at Lackland, Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 23, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Dec. 8 2007, and four bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-08-C-0014).

F – E Contracting, In., Palmer, Alaska, was awarded on Mar. 27, 2008, a $8,880,000 firm-fixed price contract for the construction of the United States Air Force Reserve Group Headquarters facility. Work will be performed in Elmendorf, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jan. 15, 2008, and two bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Alaska, is the contracting activity (W911KB-08-C-0006).

BAE Systems, Ground Systems Division, York, Pa., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $8,340,793.99 firm-fixed price and cost-plus fixed fee contract for procurement of M88 Counter Remote Electonic Warfare A-Kits and CONUS installation, Paladin CREW II A-Kits and CONUS installation, and Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle CREW II A-Kits and CONUS installation, and M1113 CREW II A-Kits and CONUS installation. Work will be performed primarily in York, Penn., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on May 21, 2007. U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-05-G-0005).

Conoco Inc., Louisville, Ky., was awarded on Mar. 27, 2008, a $8,180,972 firm-fixed price contract for PA161 and PA103A2 metal containers. Work will be performed in Louisville, Ky., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 27, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jun. 11, 2004, and three bids were received. Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-04-C-1139).

Record Steel & Construction Inc., Meridian, Idaho, was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $6,578,019 firm-fixed price contract for a ground water treatment plant capable of treating arsenic and fluoride. Work will be performed at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Nov. 6, 2007, and four bids were received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, Calif., is the contracting activity (W91238-08-C-0002).

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Russia continues deliveries of Su-30 fighters to Algeria

MOSCOW, March 31 (RIA Novosti) - The Irkutsk aircraft-manufacturing plant, a subsidiary of the Irkut corporation [RTS:IRKT], said on Monday it had del...

Royal Air Force Celebrates 90th Anniversary

A flypast of the Red Arrows and four Typhoons will take place over the London Eye and the MOD's Main Building at 1300 hrs on Tuesday 1 April 2008 to m...

US weapon system acquisition policy

March 31, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Federal Budget Process, Industry Analysis 

When the US government orders a new development program for a weapon system there are a variety of steps that must be done to get to the point of awarding the contract. Congress through law and regulation strictly dictates how a system may be acquired. The process is supposed to be driven by requirements. The users specify the requirements and then the material developer gets a system that meets the requirements at a good price for the government. Read more

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Indian C-130J ordered

The Department of Defense ordered the six Indian C-130J aircraft from Lockheed Martin. See the article here. As in the case of most Foreign Military Sales (FMS) India just piggy-backed on the current production contract. This gives them the lowest price possible due to production quantities and stability. The total contract is worth over $1 B, but the aircraft part is about $600 M.

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GE wins contract to provide engines for the KC-45

This article, is I hope, commentary and not a news story. Or perhaps it is one of those commentaries that masquerade as a news story. Yes, P&W lost the chance to build engines, but GE won. If Boeing had won the contract I doubt there would have been an article saying “GE loses contract.” As to how politicians could change this, that I still haven’t figured out, since the whole source selection process is supposed to be removed from such things.

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Bell Boeing signs $10.4bn deal for 167 V-22s

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (March 28, 2008) -- Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the U.S. Department of Defense has awa...

Boeing gets next V-22 production option

The US Air Force and Navy gave Boeing and its team a contract for another 167 V-22 aircraft. See the story here. The contract is worth over $10 B and will also provide necessary support services. The V-22 is deployed to Iraq and conducting heavy lift cargo and personnel transport missions.

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House panel asks congressional budget office to score immigration bill

March 28, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Industry Analysis, Syndicated Industry News 
Legislation would expand voluntary federal program by requiring employers to verify their workers' eligibility within four years.

Department of Defense Contracts Awarded on March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008 by · Comment
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Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $10,399,123,179 modification to convert a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-07-C-0001) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract for the manufacture and delivery of 141 MV-22 (Marine variant) and 26 CV-22 (Air Force variant) tiltrotor aircraft, including associated rate tooling in support of production rates. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa. (50 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (15 percent), and work is expected to be completed in Oct. 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $24,218,579 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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Focus on outcomes will advance Army health care, surgeon general says

March 28, 2008 by · Comment
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Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker says shifting focus away from process will improve health care for soldiers and could cut costs.

Female U-2 pilots say gender isn’t a factor

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- In its 50 years of flight, only six women pilots have been at the controls of the U-2 Dragon Lady. Three of those six are...

Russia to display Su-35 fighter at Chile air show

MOSCOW, March 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will exhibit a variety of military equipment including super-agile Su-35 multi-role fighters at the FIDAE-2008...

Russia freezes Su-30 fighter jet deliveries to Algeria

MOSCOW, March 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has postponed deliveries of Su-30MKI fighter jets to Algeria over non-payment, following the North African cou...

Military Contractors Report Strong Quarterly Earnings

March 28, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Northrop Grumman Corp., Syndicated Industry News 
Profits at the aerospace and military contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman climbed in the third quarter on strong sales of jet fighters, submarines and mail-sorting machines, the companies said yesterday.

Plans for Airfield Gain No Traction

Ambitious proposals to develop a 2,900-acre block of land have fallen flat.

Billions Later, Plan to Remake the Coast Guard Fleet Stumbles

An initial venture has been canceled after hull cracks and engine failures made the first eight boats unseaworthy.

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