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TACOM Awards Oshkosh FHTV Order worth $1.2 Billion

October 31, 2008 by · Comment
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The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) awarded Oshkosh Defense (a division of Oshkosh Corporation NYSE:OSK) an order for the supply of more than 6,000 upgraded vehicles over three years, to the U.S. Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicle (FHTV) fleet. The upgraded FHTV family of vehicles are delivered 'armor ready' and include increased horsepower and performance features due to power-train and suspension upgrades.

Introducing: GULF C4ISR 2009

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Taking place in partnership with the UAE Air Force & Air Defence Gulf C4ISR is the only place where you will have direct access to many of the Gulf nations’ leading C4I and NEC/NCW experts, including essential updates from the US, UK, Germany and Sweden. Defense Update was selected to be an official sponsor of this unique event, where you can hear from those who are responsible for shaping the future military communications strategies and requirements in the Middle East and hear how your solution can fill their capability gap. Visit www.gulfc4i.comfor further information and discounted pricing. Call +44 (0) 207 368 9465 or email [email protected] to register.

USCG Cutter Contract Protested

One of the losing bidders on a contract to build new cutters for the US Coast Guard, Marinette Marine, protested the award to Bollinger Shipyards for a new class of small ships the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.. The initial contract is for $80 M and will begin a program that might see up to 34 ships procured. This program arose out of a failed attempt to upgrade existing USCG ships by extending the hull and adding capability. Bollinger was heavily involved in that program, and some feel that the past performance there should have disqualified them from participating in this contract. Marinette Marine has previously built other ships for the USCG as well. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has 100 days to rule on the protest. Normally the contract is put on hold while the protest is resolved.

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Army Awards Next Generation Heavy Vehicle Contract

Oshkosh Defense won a contract from the US Army to provide 6,000 heavy transport vehicles. Welt Online has the press release. When all phases of the contract are executed it will be worth over a billion dollars. The Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Pallatized Load System (PLS) combine to make it more efficient to move large loads in hostile terrain. The HEMTT have been in use since 1985 and demonstrated their capabilities during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

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Norweigian Left Supports JSF

Aftenposten writes that the far left party, Socialist Left Party, will not stop the procurement of the JSF fighter by the government. Norway is considering the JSF to replace its F-16 fleet, although Sweden has also made an unsolicited offer with the Gripen aircraft. The decision as to which aircraft will be purchased will be made by the end of the year. There was some concern that the Socialist Left would not support buying the US aircraft, preferring the Gripen. They accept though that with Norway being part of NATO it may influence the decision.

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Contracts for October 31, 2008



MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Arizona, is being awarded a $441,900,000 (maximum) indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for development and test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System Multiple Kill Vehicle Payload System. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona and is expected to be complete by December 2011. This is a sole source contract award. The contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (HQ0147-09-D-0001). The contract will be incrementally funded. The Task Order 0001 negotiated value is $54,013,313 with a period of performance of 1 Nov. 2008 through 1 Nov. 2009. We anticipate funding approximately $24,000,000 at time of award. Both FY09 and FY10 research, development, test and evaluation funds will be used.

NAVY

BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $55,000,000 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-06-D-0038) to exercise an option for engineering, analytical and manufacturing to support aging aircraft. Work will be performed in various locations throughout the United States (80 percent) and Rockville, Md. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 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.

Lockheed Martin Corp., Maritime Systems & Sensors, Baltimore, Md., is being awarded a $37,500,000 Basic Ordering Agreement for Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) on the Littoral Combat Ship, USS Freedom (LCS-1). The orders to be issued will encompass services which support the total PSA effort which include, but are not limited to program management, advance planning, engineering, material kitting, liaison, scheduling and participation in PSA planning conferences and design reviews, and preparation of documentation as required by the Contract Data Requirement List. The orders will also encompass material and labor to perform the PSA for LCS 1, all testing, including post repair trials required to verify the accuracy and completion of all shipyard industrial work, non-standard equipment when approved, and technical manuals for non-standard equipment. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (53 percent) and Norfolk, Va. (47 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-G-2300).

Walton Construction Co., LLC, Harahan, La., is being awarded a $34,020,000 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed price contract (N69450-08-C-1759) to exercise an option which provides for the design and construction of two barracks at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $59,280,000. Work will be performed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., and is expected to be completed by Nov. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

LTM, Inc.*, Havelock, N.C., is being awarded a $25,345,721 ceiling priced modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-01-D-0101) to exercise an option for approximately 353,600 hours of maintenance planning and design interface technical/management support services for the Fleet Readiness Center(FRC) East, Cherry Point, N.C. These services include evaluating initial designs and proposed design changes, maintenance planning, and sustaining maintenance plans. Work will be performed at FRC East, Cherry Point, N.C. (99 percent), and at various locations across the United States (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Lejeune Support Services, LLC, Sterling, Va., is being awarded $14,047,049 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-deliver/indefinite-quantity contract (N62470-05-D-4192) to exercise option year four for facilities maintenance and repair and heavy equipment repair at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River, Jacksonville, N.C. The work to be performed includes all labor, materials, tools, equipment, supervision, technical expertise, transportation and management necessary to operate, maintain, and repair the facilities, roads, grounds, equipment, and utilities and perform other specialized functions, such as locksmith services, machinery, sign fabrication, etc. After exercise of this option, the total cumulative contract amount will be $75,704,122. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, N.C., and work is expected to be completed Oct. 31, 2009. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The solicitation was available for full and open competition, and three proposals were received. Award was made to Lejeune Support Services, LLC on Jan. 26, 2005. The Officer in Charge of Construction, Marine Corps Installations East, is the administering contracting activity.

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $5,841,577 order against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-05-G-0026) for near and long term requirements to continue the analysis required for an efficient and orderly shutdown of the T-45 production line transition Phase II and the associated post-production support efforts for the T-45 A/C aircraft series. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo. (77 percent) and Warton, Lancashire, UK (23 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $1,653,085 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Turbo Combustor Technology, Inc., Stuart, Fla.* is being awarded a maximum $10,640,000 firm fixed price, total set-aside contract for aircraft engine platform equipment. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Air Force. There were originally three proposals solicited with two responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is November 30, 2009. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va., (SPM4A7-09-C-0003).

ARMY

AeroVironment Incorporated, Sun Valley, Calif., was awarded Oct. 30, 2008, a $5,810,622 firm/fixed/price contract. This effort is to procure research, development, test & evaluation digital data link effort for the Raven RQ-11B unmanned aircraft System. Work will be performed in Simi Valley, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. US Army Contracting Command Aviation & Missile Command/AMSCC/AMC/ARA, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-05-C-0338).

* Small Business

Army Announces Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Teams

October 30, 2008 by · Comment
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The U.S. Army announced the three teams of companies that will be awarded development contracts for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The companies have a little over two years to develop a prototype vehicle for a series of tests. Then at least one, but hopefully from the Department of Defense side possibly two, of the teams will be awarded production contracts. BAE is on two of the winning teams, those led by Navistar and Lockheed Martin. The third winning team was a new company, General , made up of AM General and General Dynamics. The contract has the potential to be large with tens of thousands of JLTV vehicles being procured to replace the HUMVEE.

See Crain’s Detroit Business for the story.

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Contracts for October 30, 2008



NAVY

Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., is being awarded a $605,030,234 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-2102) for additional naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Pittsburgh, Pa. (68 percent) and Schenectady, N.Y. (32 percent). Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. No completion date or additional information is provided on contracts supporting the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Oshkosh Corp, Oshkosh, Wis., is being awarded a $45,919,820 fixed-price delivery order (0066) under their existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, M67854-04-D-5016. This delivery order is for the purchase of 173 Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) variants, 172 Ready to Accept Armor kits (ECP 68R1), and 63 Sliding 5th Wheel kits (ECP 73) for MTVR vehicles. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., and work for this delivery order is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $28,745,380 modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract (N00019-06-D-0011) to exercise an option for logistics services in support of the E-6B Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) aircraft fleet. Work will be performed at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Okla. (70 percent); Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. (10 percent); Travis AFB, Calif. (10 percent); and Offutt AFB, Nebraska (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $2,427,875 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

L3 Services, Inc., Marlton, N.J., is being awarded a $17,429,154 modification to a previously awarded cost plus award fee contract (N00421-05-C-0009) to exercise an option for engineering and technical support services and supplies to design, develop, procure, prototype, modify, integrate, test and evaluate, install and provide logistics support for telecommunication and related communication-electronic (C-E) systems for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Special Communications Requirements Division. The estimated level of effort for this option is 184,000 man-hours. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md. (80 percent) and St. Inigoes, Md. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 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.

Systems Application & Technologies, Inc.*, Oxnard, Calif., is being awarded an $11,233,629 cost plus award fee contract for operational, maintenance, and technical support services for the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Ranges Department. These requirements include preparation of land targets and target areas, operations and maintenance of range instrumentation/communication systems, frequency monitoring, field power systems (fuel-powered generators and photo-voltaic systems), photo-electronics (maintenance and repair of video equipment, cameras, tracking mount trailers, and domes), land targets, range scrap removal, ordnance removal and cleanup, range scheduling and billing, meteorology, operational support, stand-by maintenance, and post-operation analysis of test data. The estimated level of effort is 215,433 man-hours. Work will be performed in China Lake, Calif. (70 percent), and Point Mugu, Calif. (30 percent) and is expected to be completed in April 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif. is the contracting activity (N68936-09-C-0003).

Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $9,933,738 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, firm fixed price contract for the acquisition of various quantities of Digital Video Surveillance Systems (DVSS) for installation on U.S. Navy Surface Combatant Ships and technical support. The required Digital Video Surveillance Systems is one of four core DDG Modernization alterations designed to reduce workload in the Central Control Station and Bridge on DDG 51 Class Destroyers. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Federal Business Opportunities, with three offers were received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship Systems Engineering Station, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N65540-09-D-0002).

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $9,600,000 modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract (N00019-05-D-0012) to exercise an option for training support and up to 2,000 flight instructor hours on a Boeing 737 next-generation aircraft to serve as an E-6B in-flight trainer. Work will be performed at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Okla., and is expected to be completed in October 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $9,500,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

LINXX Security Services*, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $9,037,024 ceiling priced modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract (N61339-07-D-0003) to exercise an option to procure the services of instructors for the Non-Compliant Boarding Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (NCB VBSS) and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure Boarding Officer (VBSS BO) courses in support of the Center for Security Forces, Little Creek, Va. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va.(30 percent); San Diego, Calif.(30 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (20 percent); and Mayport, Fla.(20 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity.

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $6,499,998 modification for delivery order #0004 under a previously awarded contract (N00383-06-D-001J) to purchase repair-of-repairables support for the E/A-18 G Growler. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

Correction: Contract awarded Oct. 24, 2008, to Atlas Elektronik UK Ltd., Newport Great Britain, had an incorrect contract number. The correct contract number is N61331-09-D-0003.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Herndon Products, Inc., Maryland Heights, Mo.* is being awarded a maximum $274,400,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, total set-aside contract for total supply chain management and customer direct initiative to provide equipment delivery support. Other location of performance is Chambersburg, Pa. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps. There were originally 10 proposals Web solicited with 5 responses. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is October 30, 2012. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC), Columbus, Ohio (SPM7LX-09-D-9002).

Hess Corp., Woodbridge, N.J. is being awarded a maximum $16,639,153 firm fixed price contract for electricity supply. Other locations of performance are in New York. Using services are Air Force and Federal Civilian Agencies. There were originally 50 proposals solicited with 4 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is December 31, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-09-D-8006).

AIR FORCE

General Atomics of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a cost plus fee term contract for $177,082,588. This contract includes all programs management, urgent repairs and services, logistics support, configuration management, technical manual and software maintenance, engineering technical services, contractor engineering technical services, contractor engineering technical specialists (formerly field support representatives), contractor inventory control point (formerly depot supply support) and spares management, depot repair, flight operations support, reliability/maintenance enhancements, CAMs/REMIS/CEMS data collection/entry and numbered Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) for the Predator/Reaper MQ-1 and MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) programs. At this time $163,082,588 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-05-G-3028 003502).

Northrop Grumman Information Technology of Herndon Va., is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for $177,082,588. This effort will accomplish the delivery of Joint Enterprise DoDIIS Infrastructure (JEDI) software and DoDIIS Trusted Workstation (DTW) software. This effort will include requirements definition analysis, systems engineering, development, integration management, quality control, requirements definition analysis, systems engineering, development, integration management, quality control, familiarization, integration/interoperability testing, security and system operation and administration. This effort will result in the delivery of several software releases (approximately one release every 6 months) to the DTW/JEDI user community, to include computer software, technical documentation, and as required, the installation and maintenance of the current systems located at existing intelligence sites worldwide. At this time $3,500,000 has been obligated. Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-08-D-0001 (Umbrella) and Order 0001).

Honeywell International Inc. of Clearwater Fla., is being awarded a firm fixed price modification contract for $15,433,853. This action will provide one hundred eighty-one EGI production units, thirty EGI retrofit units, twenty-one EGI contractor depot repairs and one EGI mount. The Embedded GPS/INS Unit is a non-development item being procured to meet the navigation requirements of Tri-Service and Foreign Military Sales platforms. This is a modification to exercise options for the aforementioned efforts. At this time $15,433,853 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8626-06-C-2065 P00058).

Boeing Co., Integrated Defense Systems of Wichita, Kan., is being awarded a firm fixed price modification contract for $8,220,600. This contract modification will provide additional contract funding in support of the fourth year of a five year Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for contract the VC-25A aircraft. At this time $8,220,600 has been obligated. Tinker AFB, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8106-04-C-0006 / P00081).

ARMY

General Tactical Vehicles, Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded Oct. 29, 2008 a $45,061,720 cost share contract for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Family of Vehicles technology development phase. Work will be performed in Livonia, Mich., Sterling Heights, Mich., Muskegon, Mich., and South Bend, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2011. Bids were solicited via the Web with seven bids received.Tank & Automotive Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity ((W56HZV-08-C-0430).

BAE Systems Land & Armaments-Grounds System Division, Santa Clara, Calif., was awarded Oct. 29, 2008 a $40,493,203 cost share contract for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Family of Vehicles technology development phase. Work will be performed in Santa Clara, Calif., Warrenville, Ill., Johnson City, N.Y., and Troy, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2011. Bids were solicited via the Web with seven bids received. Tank & Automotive Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity ((W56HZV-08-C-0426).

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, N.Y., was awarded Oct. 29, 2008, a $35,942,059 cost plus fixed fee contract. The contract is for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Family of Vehicles technology development phase. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., and Sealy, Texas with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2011. Bids were solicited via the Web with seven bids received.Tank & Automotive Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0431).

*Small Business

Army announces JLTV teams


The US Army announced the three teams of companies that will be awarded development contracts for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The companies have a little over two years to develop a prototype vehicle for a series of tests. Then at least one, but hopefully from the DoD side possibly two, of the teams will be awarded production contracts. BAE is on two of the winning teams, those led by Navistar and Lockheed Martin. The third winning team was a new company, General Tactical Vehicles, made up of AM General and General Dynamics. The contract has the potential to be large with tens of thousands of JLTV vehicles being procured to replace the HUMVEE.

See Crain’s Detroit Business for the story.

Cross posted at BNET.

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Industry Teams Show Progress Toward JLTV at AUSA 2008

October 29, 2008 by · Comment
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Defense Update reports from AUSA 2008, where some of the JLTV teams displayed the latest versions of their concept vehicles. Among these companies were Boeing/Textron Systems and Blackwater International which were not selected, and the three winners - General Dynamics/AM General, BAE Systems/Navistar, Lockheed Martin.

US Army Selects Three Teams to Develop JLTV

October 29, 2008 by · Comment
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GTV (General Tactical Vehicles), Navistar-BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin are the teams selected by the US Army to develop three competing designs of the future armored, high mobility vehicle to replace part of the HMMWVs. Final selection is expected within 27 months.

Companies to develop contract management software

CACI and Oracle announced today that they would work together to build a software solution to manage government contracts. The software would be for the total life cycle of the contract through development, award and execution. The program will utilize an existing Oracle product with CACI providing the expertise on understanding Federal rules and regulations and the actual conduct of contracting. Contract management within the Department of Defense is a laborious process requiring a great deal of manpower. This software will help agencies carry out this function in a more accurate, timely fashion.

See the press release at MarketWatch.com.

Cross posted at BNET.

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CACI and Oracle to Develop Contract Management Software

October 29, 2008 by · Comment
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CACI and Oracle announced today that they would work together to build a software solution to manage government contracts. The software would be for the total life cycle of the contract through development, award and execution. The program will utilize an existing Oracle product with CACI providing the expertise on understanding federal rules and regulations and the actual conduct of contracting. Contract management within the Department of Defense is a laborious process requiring a great deal of manpower. This software will help agencies carry out this function in a more accurate, timely fashion.

See the press release at MarketWatch.com.

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Australia will participate in JLTV

The Australian Defence Minister announced that the country would participate in the development phase of the JLTV. As we posted yesterday three development contracts are due to be announced soon by the US Army. JLTV will be used to replace Land Rover vehicles in the Australian inventory. The benefit to them of course is that there 4200 unit buy will be a drop in the bucket compared to the thousands the US military will purchase guaranteeing them a good price. Mr. Fitzgibbon also announced upgrades to a variety of current vehicles and the purchase of more Bushmaster armored vehicles.

See the Heraldsun.com.au for more.

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Contracts for October 29, 2008



NAVY

Navistar Defense LLC (ND), Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded a $56,440,112 firm fixed priced delivery order #0007 modification under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5032) to procure several engineering changes and sustainment items to support the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Category I (CAT I) vehicles currently in theater. Work will be performed in WestPoint, Miss., and work is expected to be completed by the end of November 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Applied Technologies, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $25,401,782 modification to a previously awarded cost plus fixed fee contract (N00421-07-C-0013) to exercise an option for approximately 394,000 hours of engineering and technical services. These efforts are in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Requirements Division’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) communications-electronics program. Work will be performed in California, Md. (80 percent), and St. Inigoes, Md. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

ManTech Systems Engineering Corp., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $16,203,677 modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract (N00421-08-D-0008) to exercise an option for the procurement of warfare analysis, modeling and simulation (M&S), software development, and analytic program support for the Naval Air Systems Command’s Warfare Analysis and Integration Department. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (85 percent) and Lexington Park, Md. (15 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 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 Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $12,646,800 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00421-05-C-0048) to exercise an option for 200 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Command Launch Computer (CLC) systems in support of F/A-18E/F and EA-18G platforms. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in November 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $1,707,318 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Canadian Commercial Corp., Ontario, Canada is being awarded a $12,439,765 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity long-term contract for repair of the Advanced Imaging Multi-spectral Sensor used on the P-3 Aircraft. This contract contains a 2-year base period and three one-year option periods -- FY 2009 is $6,038,249; FY 2010 is $6,401,516; FY 2011 is $6,595, 291; FY 2012 is $6,822,033; FY 2013 $7,056,270 -- which if exercised, the total contract value will $32,913,359. Work will be performed by Wescam, a subcontractor, in Ontario, Canada, and work is expected to be completed by September 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. On a competitive basis, Canadian Commercial Corporation was the sole responsible and responsive offeror. The Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

Force Protection Industries, Inc., Ladson, S.C., is being awarded an $11,820,775 firm fixed priced modification to previously awarded delivery order #0007 under contract M67854-07-D-5031 for the purchase of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle EOD cages, increased quantities of prescribed load lists, authorized stockage list, Battle Damage Assessment repair kits, deprocessing kits. Work will be performed in, Ladson, S.C. and in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom area’s of responsibilities. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Navistar Defense LLC (ND), Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded $8,289,394 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order #0006 modification under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5032) to fund additional Maintenance Workshop Blocks to support MRAP Category I (CAT I) vehicles currently in theater. Work will be performed in WestPoint, Miss., and work is expected to be completed by the end of February 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, N.Y., was awarded Oct. 29, 2008, a $35,942,059 cost plus fixed fee contract. The contract is for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Family of Vehicles (FoV) Technology Development Phase. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., and Sealy, Texas with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2011. Bids were solicited via the Web with seven bids received. Tank & Automotive Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0431).

General Tactical Vehicles, Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded Oct. 29, 2008 a $45,061,720 cost share contract for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Family of Vehicles (FoV) Technology Development Phase. Work will be performed in Livonia, Mich., Sterling Heights, Mich., Muskegon, Mich., and South Bend, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2011. Bids were solicited via the Web with seven bids received. Tank & Automotive Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity ((W56HZV-08-C-0430).

BAE Systems Land & Armaments-Grounds System Division, Santa Clara, Calif., was awarded Oct. 29, 2008 a $40,493,203 cost share contract for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Family of Vehicles (FoV) Technology Development Phase. Work will be performed in Santa Clara, Calif., Warrenville, Ill., Johnson City, N.Y., and Troy, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2011. Bids were solicited via the Web with seven bids received. Tank & Automotive Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity ((W56HZV-08-C-0426).

AIR FORCE

The Air Force is modifying a firm fixed price contract with DTS Aviation Systems of Fort Worth, Texas, for $11,456,736. This action will provide for contractor logistics support for the C-21 Aircraft, consisting of maintenance, repair and support functions. At this time all funds have been obligated. OC-ALC/727 ACSG/PKA, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8106-05-C-0001/P00125).

California strikes out on alternative energy

Pacific Gas & Electric had signed a contract to build a wave electrical generating station of the coast of California near Eureka. This prototype plant would produce 2 MW of power eventually. Wave power is seen as an alternative way to generate electricity over gas or coal power plants. Unfortunately the California Public Utilities Commission did not approve of the contract citing cost and the fact that the technology was not developed enough. This seems short sited as it is only through using development contracts like this that reliable sources of energy other then fossil fuels can be developed.

See MercuryNews.com for the story.

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JLTV decision may be imminent

The JLTV will be the next generation utility vehicle for the US armed forces. It will supplant the ubiquitous HUMVEE and will incorporate the lessons of the last seven years fighting. The Army had planned to announce that three teams won development contracts which over the next two plus years would lead to a prototype last week. Now the decision has been delayed for at least a few more days. The ultimate contract would be worth tens of billions of dollars as their would be thousands of the vehicles produced. Most of the major US defense contractors are part of one team or another with a variety of smaller companies as this is one of the largest procurement programs in sight.

See this story at WJACTV.com and another at Rueters for more on the program. Defensenews.com is reporting, here, that delays are due to concern about protests.

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Contracts for October 28, 2008



USSOCOM

Assessment and Training Solutions Consulting Corp. of Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $26,840,222.72, firm fixed price contract for a base year with four one-year options to provide medical instruction and medical support services in support of U.S. Army Special Forces Command's Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center and U.S. Army Special Operations Command's Acquisitions and Contracting Office. The work will be performed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2013. This contract was awarded through a small business set-aside. The contract number is H92239-09-C-0001.

NAVY

General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn is being awarded a $10,250,000 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-4005) for non-nuclear maintenance and repair support at the Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF), Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn. Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will continue to provide services required to support planned and emergent non-nuclear maintenance and repair for operational nuclear submarines, floating dry-docks, support & service craft and other platforms and equipment at NSSF. Work will be performed in New London, Conn., and is expected to be completed bySeptember 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $10,250,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C. is the contracting activity.

Canadian Commercial Corp, General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada, is being awarded an $8,060,000 firm fixed priced modification to delivery order #0004 under a previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5028) for the purchase of engineering change proposal upgrades for enhanced maneuverability and associated non-recurring engineering costs to 100 vehicles. Work will be performed in Durban, South Africa, and work is expected to be completed April 24, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

The Air Force is modifying a cost plus award fee and cost plus fixed fee contract with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. of Littleton, Colo., for $7,259,874. The Mobile Consolidated Command Center (MCCC) FY09 and FY10 3400 sustainment effort provides depot level support and some organizational level support required to sustain the US Northern Command MCCC platforms. This effort will provide MCCC program management support, on-site support, engineering hardware and software support, depot repair and schedule depot maintenance, configuration management, logistic/warehousing support, product management, quality assurance support, and material purchase for the MCCC platform. This effort also provides project engineering for support with finance, program control, planning, quality assurance, data management, security, and contracts. In addition to the MCCC platform, this effort also supports the MCCC System Integration Laboratory and the 153rd Command and Control Squadron, FE Warren AFB. Lastly, this effort will provide the man hours needed to support Exercise Granit Hammer. The FY09 and FY10 Replenishment Spares labor hours will provide management of depot and unit spares, to include items in the repair cycle and costs associated with packaging, handling, shipping and transportation of spares assets. The MCCC Digital Small Switch (DSS-2A) effort will upgrade/replace existing Defense Red Switch Network components with modern components. The DSS-2A effort will provide: 1) Migration path for converged networks; 2) potential migration to new-centric capability; 3) higher systems capacities and improved reliability; 4) simplication of logistics support; 5) Alleviates obsolescence concerns. At this time all funds have been obligated. 850 ELSG/PK, Peterson AFB, Colo., is the contracting activity (F19628-00-C-0019; Modification No.: P00144).

US Government takes a step to allow DRS purchase by Finmeccanica

October 27, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Acquisitions, DRS Technologies, Finemeccanica, IT, Italy 

The US Government’s Committee on Foreign Investment approved the planned acquisition of DRS Technologies by Italian company Finmeccanica. The deal is worth over $5 B and is structured as a stock purchase at $81 or so a share. DRS traded today at just over $80. DRS had long been rumored as an attractive takeover target, and the purchase by a European company again highlights their desire to get into the US Defense market.

See a short article at NJ.com.

Cross posted at BNET.

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T-45 logistics contract awarded by the Navy

Vertex, a subsidiary of L-3 Company, was awarded a contract to provide logistics support to the Navy’s fleet of T-45 training aircraft. The contract, if all options are awarded, is worth over $500 M. The T-45 is used by both the Navy and Air Force to provide jet training for their flight personnel. Boeing teamed with L-3 to provide the parts management. The military has turned to Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for a variety of systems – ground and air – in a bid to lower costs. One of the major areas is that the Department of Defense does not need to invest in a large pool of spare parts; relying on the contractor to do that.

See the press release at MarketWatch.com.

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US Government takes a step to allow DRS purchase by Finmeccanica

October 27, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: BNET, Syndicated Industry News 

The U.S. Government’s Committee on Foreign Investment approved the planned acquisition of DRS Technologies by Italian company Finmeccanica. The deal is worth over $5 billion and is structured as a stock purchase at $81 or so a share. DRS traded today at just over $80. DRS had long been rumored as an attractive takeover target, and the purchase by a European company again highlights their desire to get into the U.S. Defense market.

See a short article at NJ.com.

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Contracts for October 27, 2008



NAVY

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Newport News, Va. is being awarded a $300,705,466 cost plus fixed fee contract for continuation of the refueling complex overhaul advance-planning efforts for the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and its reactor plants. This effort will continue to provide for advanced planning, shipchecks, design, documentation, engineering, procurement, fabrication and preliminary shipyard or support facility work to prepare for and make ready for the refueling, overhaul, modernization and routine work. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-07-C-2117).

Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., Columbia, Md., is being awarded an $8,475,973 modification to a previously awarded cost plus fixed fee contract (N00421-05-C-0002) to exercise an option for engineering and logistics services in support of the Light Airborne Multi-purpose System MKIII AN/SRQ-4 data link. The estimated level of effort for this option is 124,000 man-hours. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md. (51 percent) and St. Inigoes, Md. (49 percent) and is expected to be completed in October 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.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

AmeriQual Group, LLC D/B/A AmeriQual Packaging, Evansville, Ind. is being awarded a maximum $174,320,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite quantity contract for delivery of Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) and Humanitarian Daily Ration (HDR). There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally 3 proposals solicited with 3 responses. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is December 31, 2009. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM3S1-06-D-Z103).

Sopakco Inc., Mullins, S.C.* is being awarded a maximum $154,257,500 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite quantity contract for delivery of Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) and Humanitarian Daily Ration (HDR). There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally 3 proposals solicited with 3 responses. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is December 31, 2009. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM3S1-06-D-Z104).

The Wornick Company, Cincinnati, Ohio is being awarded a maximum $138,012,500 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite quantity contract for delivery of Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) and Humanitarian Daily Ration (HDR). There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally 3 proposals solicited with 3 responses. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is December 31, 2009. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM3S1-06-D-Z105).

Jianas Brothers Packaging Company, Kansas City, Mo.** is being awarded a maximum $7,369,320 firm fixed price, total set-aside, indefinite quantity contract for delivery of Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) food components. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally 7 proposals solicited with 5 responses. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is November 13, 2009. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM3S1-06-D-Z119).

AIR FORCE

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics of Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for a maximum of $30 million. The objective of the VAATE Phase II and III program is to develop revolutionary and innovative technology by the 2017 timeframe that will provide a 10X increase in turbo-propulsion affordable capability when carped to a year 2000 state-of-the-art baseline engine. To achieve this goal, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Propulsion Directorate (RZ) has committed resources to the development of an advanced technology base for aero-thermodynamics and innovative structures, the development of advanced components, and the assessment and verification of these components in TRL—6 demonstrator engines. The VAATE Program is structured in three phases to achieve 4X (2009), 6X (2013) and 10X (2017) increases in affordable capability, major U.S. turbine engine and weapon system contractors have planned their future turbine engine and weapon system contractors have planned their future turbo-propulsion research and development consistent with the goals of the VAATE Program. Efforts sought under the announcement were to address turbine engine technologies necessary to meet the VAATE Phase II and/or make progress towards Phase III goals. The technologies proposed may apply to more than one capability area and as such may be considered a pervasive technology. Examples of these technologies are Modeling and Simulation, Emissions and Noise, High Impact Technologies, Manufacturing Technology, Materials, Safety and Readiness and Cost Reduction. There were six areas of research on this effort as follows: Strike/Persistent Engagement, Multi-Mission Mobility, Persistent Agile Combat Support/Enterprise and Platform Enablers (ACS/EPE C2ISR (P-C21SR), Responsive Space Access (RSA), Agile Combat Support/Enterprise and Platform Enablers (ACS/EPE), Air Superiority/Protection. At this time $1,000 has been obligated. AFRL/PKPB, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-09-D-2926).

The Air Force is modifying a cost plus award fee contract by exercising an option with Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corp of Herndon, Va., for a total estimated cost of $7,600,477.68. This action will provide USSTRATCOM Intelligence Enterprise Support (UIES), for option period two to extend performance period for FY09 (CLIN’s 2001 through 2006). The contract is for operations, maintenance, and management of the intelligence information technology networks and intelligence applications through system administration, database management, software maintenance and enhancements, and communications security, etc. At this time $200 has been obligated. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb., is the contracting activity (FA4600-07-C-0001, Modification No.: P00031).

The Air Force is modifying a Time & Materials contract with Spectrum Communications, Inc., of Hampton, Va., for an estimated $6,353,224. This action will provide Performance Work Statement entitled ‘Air Force Distributed Common Ground Station (AF DCGS) Regional Chief Information Assurance Officer, Site Information Assurance, and Developmental Security Manager Support of the AF DCGS Information Assurance Program”. At this time $4,375,000 has been obligated. AF ISR Agency, A7KA, San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity (GS-35F-0445N, Task Order FA7037-09-F-0021).

President Signs Defense Budget

October 26, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: BNET, Syndicated Industry News 

The last step for any of the appropriation bills passed by Congress is the approval of the President. This year after going through the House and Senate, and then Conference; before finally being rolled into a large omnibus spending bill the defense bill was signed by President Bush in early October. Last week he signed the companion Authorization Bill. The Authorization Bill comes out of the House and Senate Armed Services committees and specifies what the money given in the Appropriation Bill can buy. This is the largest Defense budget in US history, and based on comments by Congressional Democrats looking forward to a Democratic President may be the peak. Representative Franks (D-MA) displays how little he knows about the budget overall with his idea of cutting 25 percent of the budget by forcing the Pentagon “to start choosing from its many weapons programs”; as the majority of the budget is not made up of investment accounts. Personnel and operations and maintenance are the majority of the budget. Eliminating a large number of the Services acquisition programs may save 25 percent but then they wouldn’t be buying much.

See Your Industry News for a story on the bill. You can also see SouthCoastToday.com for news about Representative Barney Frank’s (D-MA) comments on cutting defense spending by 25 percent.

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President signs defense budget

October 26, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Congress, Federal Budget Process 

The last step for any of the appropriation bills passed by Congress is the approval of the President. This year after going through the House and Senate, and then Conference; before finally being rolled into a large omnibus spending bill the defense bill was signed by President Bush in early October. Last week he signed the companion Authorization Bill. The Authorization Bill comes out of the House and Senate Armed Services committees and specifies what the money given in the Appropriation Bill can buy. This is the largest Defense budget in US history, and based on comments by Congressional Democrats looking forward to a Democratic President may be the peak. Read more

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Contracts for October 24, 2008



ARMY

Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Inc, Kansas City, Mo., was awarded Oct. 22, 2008, a $53,504,000 firm fixed price contract. The project consists of construction of a 145,000 square foot office/laboratory building for the Air Force. Work will be performed in Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., with estimated and completion date of July 10, 2010. Ten bids were solicited and four bids were received. US Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque, N. M., is the contracting activity (W912PP-09-C-0001).

Alliant Ammunition and Power Company LLC, Radford, Va., was awarded Oct. 23, 2008, a $18,095,000 firm fixed price contract. This award is in support of the modernization effort at Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Work will be performed in Radford, Va., with estimated and completion date of March 31, 2010. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. Headquarter Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAA09-03-E-0001).

AM General LLC, South Bend, Ind., was awarded on Oct. 22, 2008, a $6,878,864 firm fixed price contract for theses kits and kits parts provide for essential improvementof the Frag 5 kit, resulting in overall survivability enhancements from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Work will be performed in Mishawaka, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 20009. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. TACOM, Warren, Mich is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S0001).

Global Fleet Sales Inc, Charlottesville, Va., was awarded Oct. 22, 2008, a $6,540,749 fixed-price contract for 323 quantity for Cargo Transport II trucks. Work will be performed in Laem, Chabang, Sriracha, and Chonburi, Thailand, with estimated and completion date of Feb. 04, 2011. TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-06-D-G002).

NAVY

Atlas Elektronik UK Ltd., Newport Great Britain, is being awarded a $12,864,929 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for services and materials for the development and fabrication of tow cables to support organic airborne mine countermeasures systems. Work will be performed at Atlas’ facility in Great Britain, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61331-08-D-0037).

EaglePicher Technologies LLC, Joplin, Mo., is being awarded a $6,000,000 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for battery and manufacturing improvements. This contract will provide the Missile Defense Agency and its prime contractors with improved batteries from EaglePicher Technologies, which is the supplier of many specific oxyhalide and thermal battery designs. These improvements will include updated manufacturing processes, procedures, techniques and demonstrations of these improvements in batteries. Work will be performed in Joplin, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $591,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-09-D-GS16).

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