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The New Obama Administration Releases Rules for Government Contractors

January 31, 2009 by · Comment
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One of the biggest Democratic complaints over the last eight years has been that the Federal Government has used too many contractors. President Obama on Friday, FederalTimes.com reports, released three new executive orders related to the use of contractors. All are related to strengthening the rights of contract employees over their corporate [...]

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Congressman Murtha Makes Inefficient Recommendation for KC-X

Congressman Murtha, the powerful Democratic head of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for defense, was visiting Mobile, AL and made a rather stupid recommendation for the KC-X program. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that he said the Air Force should split the work between Boeing and the EADS-Northrop Grumman team. Unless the military is going to buy large numbers of a system — and 150 odd tankers does not count — the costs associated with having two training, support and parts systems are unjustifiable. The aircraft would also end up more expensive as there is less economy of scale available with small lot buys. Murtha is just trying to split the knot but the suggestion is not practical.

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Congress to Investigate Alaskan Set Aside Contracts

January 30, 2009 by · Comment
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The House of Representatives Small Business Committee will investigate the Small Business Associations (SBA) contract practices in Alaska. Federal Computer Week reports that problems have arisen with two companies winning Section 8A set aside contracts for Native Alaskan firms that were managed by non-natives. These two companies were awarded several million dollars [...]

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Contracts for January 30, 2009



NAVY

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded a $146,156,130 cost plus incentive fee contract for a Trident II (D5) MK6 Life Extension Guidance System. Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla., (35 percent); Plymouth, Minn., (27 percent); Bloomington, Minn., (16 percent), Cambridge, Mass., (12 percent); Pittsfield, Mass., (10 percent), and work is expected to be completed Dec. 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. Strategic systems Programs, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (N00030-09-C-0011).

Pave-Tech, Inc.*, Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded $13,995,000 for firm fixed price task order #0002 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62473-09-D-1605) for concrete and lighting repairs of Runway 13R-31L at Naval Air Station, Fallon. Work will be performed in Fallon, Nev., and is expected to be completed by Nov. 2009. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Four proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

IAP World Services, Inc., Cape Canaveral, Fla., is being awarded a $13,352,747 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for base operating support services at Naval Support Activity Annapolis. The work to be performed provides for all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, and other items to provide services included, but not limited to, operation and maintenance of the Central Heating Plant, Water Treatment Plant, Waste Water Treatment Plant, utility systems, sustainment of site utilities, infrastructure, building structures and systems, and transportation. The contract also contains eight unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $179,829,122. Work will be performed in Annapolis, Md., and work is expected to be completed Nov. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Online Website, with five proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington D.C., Public Works Department Annapolis, Annapolis, Md., is the contracting activity (N40080-09-D-0512).

Eastern GCR, LLC, JV*, Pinehurst, N.C., is being awarded a $9,461,295 modification under a previously awarded firm fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (N40080-05-D-3002) to exercise Option 3 for small business base operating support services at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River Complex. The work to be performed provides for all managerial, supervision, labor, tools, materials, equipment and transportation necessary to provide janitorial, portable toilets, pest control, grounds maintenance, snow removal, street sweeping and transportation services. The current total contract amount after exercise of this option is $34,181,276. Work will be performed primarily at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md., (79 percent); Webster Outlying Field, St. Inigoes, Md., (19 precent); and Solomons Recreation Center, Solomons, Md., (2 percent), and work is expected to be completed Jan. 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineer Command, Washington, Public Works Department, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

T. B. Penick & Sons, Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $7,625,101 for firm fixed price task order #0004 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62473-08-D-8612) for design and construction of a Combined Child Care and Youth Center at the Naval Air Facility, El Centro. The contract also contains two unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $8,223,724. Work will be performed in El Centro, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Jul. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Four proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $6,490,441 cost plus fixed fee order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-05-G-0026) to assess and define the static structural and fatigue capabilities of the LITENING Targeting Pod to support a Fleet flight clearance for carriage on weapons station four of the F/A-18A-D aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., (60 percent); Patuxent River, Md., (20 percent); El Segundo, Calif., (10 percent); and Rolling Meadows, Ill., (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in Apr. 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $2,743,444 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

Propper International, Inc., Mayaquez, Puerto Rico is being awarded a maximum $74,293,980 firm fixed price, total set aside, indefinite quantity and indefinite delivery contract for Army Combat Uniform, coats and trousers. Other locations of performance are in Puerto Rico. Using service is Army. The proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0408).

American Apparel, Inc., Selma, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $34,782,000 firm fixed price, partial set aside, indefinite quantity and indefinite delivery contract for Army Combat Uniform coats. Other locations of performance are in Alabama. Using service is Army. The proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0406).

D.J. Manufacturing Corp., Caguas, Puerto Rico is being awarded a maximum $32,114,016 firm fixed price, total set aside, indefinite quantity and indefinite delivery contract for Army Combat Uniform, coats and trousers. Other locations of performance are in Puerto Rico. Using service is Army. The proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0407).

Golden Manufacturing Inc., Golden, Miss., is being awarded a maximum $19,942,920 firm fixed price, total set aside, indefinite quantity and indefinite delivery contract for Army Combat Uniform coats. Other locations of performance are in Mississippi. Using service is Army. The proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0409).

Woolrich, Woolrich, Pa., is being awarded a maximum $13,004,376 firm fixed price, total set aside, indefinite quantity and indefinite delivery contract for Army Combat Uniform trousers. Other locations of performance are in Ga, Texas and Illinois. Using service is Army. The proposal was originally Web solicited with 36 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM100-05-D-0410).

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., is being awarded a maximum $8,913,246 firm fixed price contract for runway snow broom/blowers. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Air Force. There were originally two proposals solicited with 1 response. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is Jan. 15, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM500-01-D-0066-0021).

AIR FORCE

The Air Force is awarding a firm fixed contract to Northrop Grumman, Palmdale, California for $35,150,555.00. This contract action will provide for B-2 Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment Team Contract, Performance Based Logistics, and CY09 Contract Depot Maintenance. At this time the entire amount has been obligated. 448 SCMG/PKBF Tinker AFB, Oklahoma is the contracting activity (F33657-99-D-0028).

The Air Force is awarding a contract modification to Lockheed Martin Co., Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems of Marietta, Ga., for $29,087,742.00. This modification will exercise options to purchase initial spares for the Global War on Terror aircraft, support equipment and other items. The work will be performed in Marietta, Ga. USAF/AFMC, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-06-C-6456).

The Air Force is awarding a contract to BAE Systems Electronic Intelligence Support of Nashua, N. H., for $6,275,262. This contract will provide a three-year technology development program to develop a radio frequency detection and space warning receiver system for satellites. The work will be performed in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M., is the contracting activity. (FA9453-09-C-0335)

The Air Force is awarding a contract to L3 Communications Corp., Integrated Systems Joint Operations of Lexington, Ky., for $6,156,863. This contract is to exercise the remaining option for the production and installation of dual rails applicable to the MC-130P. The work will be performed in Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. WR-ALC/580th ACSSG/Contracting, Robins AFB, Ga., is the contracting activity (USZA22-03-D-0006-RJ31-03).

*Small Business

Colorado’s Amendment 54 Challenged

January 30, 2009 by · Comment
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We had written in the past about Amendment 54 in Colorado which barely passed on election day. This amendment banned political contributions from those receiving contracts from the state. There had been concern that the wording was over broad — preventing unions who sign contracts with the state from participating in the political [...]

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L-3 Has Record Quarter

January 29, 2009 by · Comment
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L-3 Communications released its earnings for the last quarter of 2008 and reported record sales of $4 billion. The company said that its earnings were $2.21 per share compared to $1.17 in the similar quarter of 2007. TradingMarkets.com has the press release here. The company also had record orders and backlog in [...]

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Northrop Grumman Wins Global Hawk Sustainment Contract

MSNBC reports that the U.S. Air Force gave Northrop Grumman a contract to provide support for the growing Global Hawk strategic UAV fleet. Northrop Grumman manufactures the long range intelligence surveillance aircraft. The contract is valued at over $275 million and will primarily be carried out at Beale AFB in California. Unlike the more tactical Predator and Reaper UAV the Global Hawk is a large aircraft that can fly at high altitudes and long ranges to collect different types of intelligence to support combat operations. The Global Hawk in many ways has replaced the U-2 type reconnaissance aircraft.

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Alliant Utilizes Defense Skills in Commercial Aviation

January 29, 2009 by · Comment
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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Alliant won a contract from Rolls-Royce of Great Britain to build fan blade containment cases for a new engine. The cases will be used on the Trent XWB engine to power the Airbus A350 wide body aircraft. This is the second commercial aircraft contract that Alliant has won [...]

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Contracts for January 29, 2009



NAVY

Maritime Helicopter Support Company, Woodbridge, Va., is being awarded a $326,596,424 firm fixed price, definite delivery, definite quantity Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract for support for Navy H-60 weapons repairables assemblies (WRAs) and shop replaceable assemblies covering various airframes and avionics systems in support of the H-60 series helicopters. Work will be performed at Stratford, Conn. (83 percent) and Owego, N.Y. (17 percent), and work is expected to be completed by January 2010. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This announcement combines purchases with the U.S. Navy (98 percent), the U.S. Coast Guard (1 percent) and the Governments of Australia, Greece, Spain, Thailand, and Taiwan - 1 percent). This contract was not awarded competitively. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00383-09-D-010F).

Lockheed Martin Sippican, Inc., Marion, Mass., is being awarded a $35,774,572 cost plus incentive fee contract for design and development of a Communications at Speed and Depth (CSD) Family of Systems (FoS). SPAWAR awarded the contract on behalf of its organizational partner, the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence systems. This contract includes options for Low Rate Initial Production and Full Rate Production quantities of CSD hardware, as well as options for engineering services and provisioning item orders, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $177,949,593. Work will be performed in Marion, Mass. (46 percent); DeLeon Springs, Fla. (18 percent); Braintree, Mass. (15 percent); Columbia City, Ind. (13 percent); Eagan, Minn. (8 percent), and is expected to be completed by Jan. 2011 (Sept 2017 with options exercised). Contractfunds in the amount of$6,469,857willexpire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract wascompetitively procured with one offer received via the Commerce Business Daily’s Federal Business Opportunities website, and the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif. is the contracting activity (N00039-09-C-0017).

Sauer Incorporated, Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded $20,976,700 for firm fixed price task order #0003 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62467-05-D-0181) for construction of market style apartments (Bachelor Quarters) at Naval Air Station - Joint Reserve Base, Belle Chasse. The work to be performed provides for the design and construction of market style apartments featuring multi-story design to incorporate anti-terrorism and force protection features. Each apartment will be comprised of two bedrooms (two personnel in each bedroom) with four closets, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, washer/dryer area, and living/dining area. The maximum number of constructed units (apartments) shall be 61 units. Work will be performed in Belle Chase, La., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Two proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $17,816,580 modification to a previously awarded firm fixed price contract (N00019-04-C-0569) to exercise an option for the procurement of 42 Tomahawk Composite Capsule Launching System (CCLS) Capsules. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in October 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.

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings, Alexander, Ark., is being awarded a $9,515,570 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with firm fixed price orders for the supply of paint products and services worldwide to the Military Sealift Command fleet. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $47,260,200. Work will be performed worldwide and is expected to be completed by Jan. 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with four offers received. Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00033-09-D-8010).

FMW Composite Systems Inc., Bridgeport, W.V., is being awarded an $8,636,047 firm fixed price delivery order #0008 under previously awarded contract (M67854-05-D-5004) for 100 Small and 100 Medium Ground Expedient Refueling Systems (GERS) and one OCONUS training session. Work will be performed in Bridgeport, W.V., and work is expected to be completed by January 2010. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., is being awarded an $8,388,383 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-4402) for the repair and alteration for Non-Docking Scheduled Availability for the USS Dubuque (LPD-8). NASSCO furnishes the material, supports (electrical, crane, and rigging) and facilities necessary for the maintenance and modernization of the LSD/LPD class ships. This availability includes replacement of labyrinth seals, high power, low power turbine No. 2 and the 5-Year Strength and Integrity Inspection of the Auxiliary Boiler No. 1 and No. 2. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by April 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $8,388,383 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier, LLC., Bethesda, Md., is being awarded a $7,636,500 firm fixed price contract for the six-month time charter of the U.S.-flagged, contractor-owned roll-on/roll-off vessel MV Liberty. The contract includes one six-month option that, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $15,272,500. MV Liberty will be operated primarily between the U.S. East Coast and the Persian Gulf in support of the U.S. Central Command and the war on terrorism. Work is expected to be completed in Sept. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Military Sealift Command website, with three offers received. The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command is the contracting activity (N00033-09-C-5501).

AIR FORCE

The Air Force is modifying a contract with M7 Aerospace, San Antonio, Texas for $59,000,000. The extension is necessary to continue Contractor Logistics Support for the C-20 program opening the resolution of the corrective action on contract FA8106-08-C-0010. At this time $10,400,008 has been obligated. 727 ACSG/PKB is the contracting activity. (FA8106-04-C-0003)

The Air Force is modifying a cost plus award fee contract with Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems, San Diego California for $29,000,000. This action will add contingency operations for FY09 and additional Incentive Fee Metrics into the Performance Plan. 560 ACSG/GFKAB is the contracting activity. (FA8528-09-D-0001-P00001)

The Air Force is awarding a firm fixed price contract to DRS Sustainment Systems Inc., St. Louis, Missouri for $18,178,220. This action will provide Service Life Extension Program for the APQ-170 Radar Systems, supporting the MC-130H Combat Talon II (CT-II) Aircraft. At this time, $18,178,220 has been obligated. 580 ACSG/GFKAA is the contracting activity. (FA8509-09-C-0012)

The Air Force is modifying a firm fixed price contract with Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronic Company, Navigation System Division, Woodland Hill, California for $10,862,060. This action will provide for one hundred ninety-four EGI Production Units for the European Participating Aircraft Countries. At this time $10,862,060 has been obligated. 647 AES/PK is the contracting activity. (FA8626-06-C-2066 P00043)

The Air Force is modifying a fixed price contract with Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Navigation Systems Division for $10,302,160. This action will provide for one hundred and eighty-four EGI Production Units for the USAF F-16. At this time $10,302,160 has been obligated. 647 AESS/PK is the contracting activity. (FA8626-06-C-2066 P00045)

The Air Force has awarded a cost plus fixed fee contract to Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus , Ohio for $7,724,695. This action will determining in place destruct, initial morphology, and aerodynamic breakup, of chemical/biological agent payloads to advance the state of art in representation of source term from the missile intercept events. At this time $309,179 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD is the contracting activity. (SP0700-00-D-3180)

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

American Apparel, Selma, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $20,209,824 firm fixed price contract for airmen battle uniforms, coats and trousers. Other locations of performance are Excel Manufacturing, El Paso, Texas, and Warmkraft, Taylorsville, Miss. Using service is the Air Force. The proposal was originally Web solicited with 12 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is January 31, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Pa. (SMP1C1-07-D-0009).

Propper International, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is being awarded a maximum $13,274,520 firm fixed price contract for airmen battle uniforms, coats and trousers. Other locations of performance include Cabo Rogo, Las Marjas, Lagas, and Lajas, Puerto Rico. Using service is the Air Force. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 6 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is January 31, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-0008).

Epic Aviation dba Air BP, Salem, Ore.* is being awarded a maximum $6,754,424 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for jet fuel distribution. Other location of performance are Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, Johnstown, Pa. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and other Federal agencies. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is March 31, 2013. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-09-D-0038).

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Boeing Reports a Loss for Last Quarter

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Boeing reported a loss for the last quarter of last year. CNNMoney.com also reports that aerospace company is lowering expectations for 2009. The company also has plans to cut about 10,000 workers company wide to control costs. Analysts had predicted that Boeing would make about $7.00 a share in 2009; while the [...]

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Obama Administration to Delay Defense Budget Submission to Congress

January 28, 2009 by · Comment
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The Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Budget was due to be submitted on February 2nd but the incoming Obama administration has decided to delay it until April. The official press release is at Defenselink.mil. The budget is normally required to be in Congress at least at the top level on the first Monday in [...]

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Force Protection Looks at Expansion in Michigan

Force Protection which had ridden the boom in the demand for MRAP vehicles from the U.S. military had its struggles in the past two years. See this previous article for more. Recently the company had bid on the new MRAP-ATV requirement for lighter, more maneuverable MRAPs for Afghanistan along with several other companies. In preparation in case it wins one of the multiple development contracts that are part of this plan the company as reported by Crain’s Detroit Business is looking at more space in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Other companies who bid include Oshkosh and BAE Systems. The contract announcements are expected in April.

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USMC Contract Awarded to Elcan Optical Technologies

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The U.S. Marine Corps selected Elcan Optical Technologies for the Medium Range Thermal Bi-Ocular (MRTB) program. This subsidiary of Raytheon won the contract as reported here at Reuters. The $180 million contract was hoped to be won by FLIR Systems. Elcan has in the last few years aggressively moved into the military [...]

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Contracts for January 28, 2009



NAVY

General Dynamics—Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $37,750,000 basic ordering agreement for Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) on the Littoral Combat Ship, USS Independence (LCS-2). 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 2, 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); Norfolk, Va. (24 percent); and Mobile, Ala. (23 percent), and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2012. 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-2301).

Environmental Tectonics Corporation, Southampton, Pa., is being awarded a $19,517,027 firm fixed price contract for a Disorientation Research Device in support of the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory (NAMRL). Work will be performed in Southampton, Pa., and work is expected to be completed by July 2011. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was awarded competitively through Navy Electronic Commerce Online, with two offers received. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Philadelphia Division is the contracting activity (N00189-09-C-Z025).

Q.E.D. Systems, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity cost plus fixed fee with provisions for firm fixed pricing contract in the amount of $13,868,023 for ship alteration installation and marine/mechanical engineering design services. This contract contains a base period with four one-year option periods, which if exercised, bring the total value of the contract to $68,041,545. Work will be performed at Virginia Beach, Va., and work is expected to be completed by Jan. 2010. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was awarded through full and open competition, with three offers received. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk is the contracting activity (N00189-09-D-N003).

AMSEC LLC, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded an $8,403,169 modification (P00029) under a previously awarded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity with cost plus fixed fee pricing contract (N00189-02-D-0037) for engineering, technical, and maintenance services in support of aircraft carrier maintenance and modernization advance planning, work package development and integration, and work package execution associated with U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and battle groups. Work will be performed at Norfolk, Va. (20 percent); San Diego, Calif. (20 percent); Bremerton, Wash. (10 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Philadelphia, Pa., and Jacksonville, Fla. (15 percent combined); onboard aircraft carriers and associated battle groups (15 percent); and other areas, including outside the U.S. (20 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Jan. 2010. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was awarded competitively, with two offers received. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk is the contracting activity.

Alion-BMH Corp., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded an $8,061,692 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, cost plus fixed fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N65236-04-D-3831) for engineering and technical services to support modeling and simulation, experimentation, exercises, and training. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va. (55 percent); Newport, R.I. (30 percent); and Charleston, S.C. (15 percent), and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems e-Commerce Central website, with three offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications, Randtron Antenna Systems, Menlo Park, Calif., is being awarded a not-to-exceed ceiling price $7,085,480 delivery order under previously awarded contract (N00383-06-G-072B) for repair of TRAC-A rotodome antenna assemblies in support of the E2-C aircraft. Work will be performed at Menlo Park, Calif., and work is expected to be completed by March 2011. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not awarded competitively. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.

Innovative Technical Solutions, Inc.*, Walnut Creek, Calif., is being awarded $6,059,349 for firm fixed price Modification 02 to Task Order #0002 under a previously awarded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity environmental multiple award contract (N62473-08-D-8813) at to exercise Options 0001 and 0002 which provides for the removal of an additional 16,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil at the Naval Command Control and Ocean Surveillance Center, Morris Dam Facility. The total task order amount after exercise of this option will be $7,571,710. Work will be performed in Azusa, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 2012. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Janssen Contracting Co., Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, was awarded on Jan 26, 2009, a $6,360,752 firm fixed price contract for the design and construction of the U.S. Air Force F-22 aerospace ground equipment (AGE) shop & storage facility at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Work will be performed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, with an estimated completion date of Feb 10, 2010. Bids were solicited on FedBizOpps with two bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Alaska, Elmendorf Air Base, Alaska, is the contracting activity (W911KB-09-C-0004).

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UK Government Learns the Whole Supply and Demand Thing with Beer

January 28, 2009 by · Comment
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Last year England’s government raised the excise tax on beer eighteen percent. Now for some inexplicable reason beer sales have fallen roughly eight percent. The Daily Telegraph reports that brewers and pub owners are asking the government to rescind the tax. Seems that if you rise the price of something significantly you [...]

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KC-X Competition to Restart Soon

Secretary of Defense Gates testified today to Congress as he continues his role with the new Obama administration. Reuters reports that Gates said the KC-X tanker competition would restart this spring with an expected award date in the first or second quarter of Fiscal Year 2010. If you remember the original contract was awarded to a team of Northrop Grumman and EADS but Boeing protested and the GAO upheld it. The original plan to conduct a recompete in late 2008 was postponed with a decision to wait for a new administration. One key change is that DoD will handle the proposal and source selection instead of the U.S. Air Force.

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FEMA Buys Wireless Communications

January 27, 2009 by · Comment
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The U.S Government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it had signed a contract with AT&T to provide wireless communication capabilities. NewsOXY.com has a report on the award. The contract is worth about $50 million and will provide Blackberries and wireless laptop connections for the agency. FEMA responds to disasters internal [...]

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Contracts for January 27, 2009



ARMY

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Fla., was awarded on Jan. 23, 2009, a $121,144,000 firm fixed price contract for construction of the FY09 Special Forces Complex, Eglin, Air Force Base, Florida. The work shall consist of the following: Project will require clearing, grubbing, earthwork and erosion control of approximately 350 acre containment site and 130 acre access road, construction of a road system and electrical and communications distribution, water wells and elevated water storage tanks, water distribution, wastewater collection and storm drain systems. Buildings to be constructed include the Group Headquarters, 4-Battalion Headquarters/Company Operations Facility, Combat Readiness Training Facility (GYM), a Group Support Battalion Headquarters/Company Operations Facility, a dining facility and audio visual equipment purchase and installation. Site work includes pavements, curb and gutter, sidewalks, site utilities and landscaping. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2011. Bids were solicited on FedBizOps with seven bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (9W91278-09-C-0017).

General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on Jan. 21, 2009, a $80,741,022 firm fixed price contract for Award Program-Year Two(PY 2), Increment Two of the Abrams Multi-Year Contract for a quantity of 24 M1A2 Systems Enhancement Package Version Two (SEPv2) Upgrade Vehicles. This action also provides for Increment One of PY 3 for a quantity of 6 M1A2 SEPv2 Upgrade Vehicles. Work will be performed at Sterling Heights, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Jun. 30, 2012. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Tank & Automotive Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-06-G-0006).

DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems, Optronics Division, Palm Bay, Fla., was awarded on Jan. 26, 2009, a $10,520,387 firm fixed price contract for new work modification under the authority of Unusual and Compelling Urgency for 761 Driver’s Vision Enhancer (DVE) TWV B-Kits (sensor assembly, display control module, and cabling) for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Program and 224 DVE CV B-Kits. Work will be performed at Melbourne, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Mar. 31, 2009. Bids were solicited on the WEB with three bids received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-04-C-J202).

Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corp., Cheswick, Pa., was awarded on Jan. 22, 2009, a $9,406,162 cost plus award fee contract for cost overrun modification – Pulsed Power Supply and Hi Fidelity Breadboard. Work will be performed at Cheswick, Pa., with an estimated completion date of Jun. 30, 2010. One bid was solicited and one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Joint Munitions & Lethality Contracting Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-04-C-1103).

Biltwell Development Co., San Francisco, Calif., was awarded on Jan. 23, 2009, a $6,301,000 firm fixed price contract to construct and install a security booth, truck canopy, guard shack, truck control office, access roads, vehicle parking lots, and truck scale. Work will be performed at the Defense Depot Joaquin Complex, Tracy, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 9, 2010. Bids were solicited on the WEB with 11 bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, Sacramento, Calif., is the contracting activity (W91238-09-C-0002).

Coiling Technologies Inc., Houston, Texas, was awarded on Jan. 23, 2009, a $6,082,898 firm fixed price contract for coil springs for the Armor Suspension Kit on High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle. Work will be performed at Houston, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Jul. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Rock Island Arsenal, Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W9098S-09-C-0002).

DEFENSE LOGISTCS AGENCY

Food Services Inc., Mount Vernon, Wash.*, is being awarded a maximum $42,500,000 firm fixed price, sole source, indefinite quality contract for full-line food distribution. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, and Air Force. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is May 20, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM30009D3293).

NAVY

Cascade General, Portland, Ore., is being awarded a $13,895,891 firm fixed price contract for post-shipyard availability of Military Sealift Fleet Support Command dry cargo/ammunition ships USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7). This shipyard availability is primarily for ship alterations, including lube-oil-tank, second-deck-cargo and galley modifications; cargo hold overhead insulation; and deck air compressor and radar installation. Naval Sea Systems Command (PMS 325) provided funding to accomplish approved alterations during the post-shipyard availability. The ships’ primary mission is to deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to the Navy’s carrier strike groups and other naval forces at sea. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $17,855,609. Work will be performed in Portland, Ore., and is expected to be completed within 75 calendar days. Contract funds will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with two offers received. The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Fleet Support Command, a field activity of Military Sealift Command, is the contracting activity (N40442-09-C-3009).

Maritime Institute, Inc.*, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $6,650,518 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract to provide qualified instructors and incidental material support for the Navy supply and engineering courses in the Norfolk Fleet Concentration Area. Training will be in support of the Naval Education Training Command/Naval Personnel Development Command. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed in Jan. 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $149,189 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via electronic Request for Proposal as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Concern set-aside, with five offers received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61339-09-D-0001).

Intelsat General Corp., Bethesda, Md.,is being awarded a $6,198,264 firm fixed price contract for on-orbit Ultra-High-Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communication (SATCOM) services. These services will be provided via the Skynet satellite constellation and the Leased Satellite (LEASAT) satellite #5. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $34,837,260. Work will be performed in Bethesda, Md., (50 percent) and Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, (50 percent), and is expected to be completed by Feb. 2010 (Feb. 2014 with options exercised). Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N00039-09-C-0018).

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration Owego, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $5,967,984 firm fixed price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) to provide Integrated Logistics Support for the MH-60S Common Cockpit. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., (89.75 percent) and Norfolk, Va., (10.25 percent), and is expected to be completed in Jan. 2011. 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.

Correction: Contract awarded Jan. 23, 2009 to Garvey Precision Machine, Inc., Willingboro, N.J., (N65540-09-D-0010) should have stated that the amount of the expiring contract funds were $61,909.

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DARPA Moves Out on Biofuel Contracts

January 27, 2009 by · Comment
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Last December we wrote about Hawaii BioEnergy and that company’s hope it would be able to team with either Bechtel or SAIC on a biofuel development contract. SAIC announced that they had been awarded a $25 million contract to work on this DARPA funded project. PRNewswire has the press release here. SAIC [...]

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Boeing Laser Avenger Shoots Down Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Tests – Press Release

Boeing Laser Avenger Shoots Down Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Tests
Jan. 26, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully
demonstrated that a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle
can shoot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like those that
increasingly threaten U.S. troops deployed in war zones.
During tests last month at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Laser
Avenger achieved its principal test objectives by using its advanced
targeting system to acquire and track three small UAVs flying against a
complex background of mountains and desert. The laser system also shot
down one of the UAVs from an operationally relevant range. These tests
mark the first time a combat vehicle has used a laser to shoot down a
UAV.

Representatives of the U.S. Army’s Cruise Missile Defense Systems
project office observed the tests.

“Small UAVs armed with explosives or equipped with surveillance sensors
are a growing threat on the battlefield,” said Gary Fitzmire, vice
president and program director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems. “Laser
Avenger, unlike a conventional weapon, can fire its laser beam without
creating missile exhaust or gun flashes that would reveal its position.
As a result, Laser Avenger can neutralize these UAV threats while
keeping our troops safe.”

The tests follow a 2007 demonstration in which an earlier version of
Laser Avenger neutralized improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and
unexploded ordnance (UXO) on the ground.

“We doubled the laser power; added sophisticated acquisition, tracking
and pointing capability; and simplified and ruggedized the design,” said
Lee Gutheinz, Boeing program director for High-Energy
Laser/Electro-Optical Systems. “Boeing developed and integrated these
upgrades in less than a year, underscoring our ability to rapidly
respond to warfighters’ needs.”

Laser Avenger integrates a directed energy weapon together with the
kinetic weapons on the proven Avenger air defense system developed by
Boeing Combat Systems in Huntsville, Ala. It is a Boeing-funded
initiative to demonstrate that directed energy weapons are maturing and
are relevant to today’s battlefield.

Boeing leads the way in developing laser systems for a variety of U.S.
Air Force and Army warfighter applications. These systems include the
Airborne Laser, the Advanced Tactical Laser, the High Energy Laser
Technology Demonstrator and the Tactical Relay Mirror System.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
is one of the world’s largest space and defense
businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer
solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of
military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense
Systems is a $32.1 billion business with 71,000 employees worldwide.

Contact Info:
Marc Selinger
Boeing Missile Defense Systems
(703) 414-6138
[email protected]
Chuck Cadena
Boeing Missile Defense Systems
(703) 872-4503
[email protected]

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Two Aspects of Government Spending

January 26, 2009 by · Comment
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These two articles discuss government spending in the U.S. and the U.K. They seem unrelated, but they are. First, this article in PhillyBurbs.com discusses two local companies that received earmarks from their local Congressman. ARCCA Inc. and Argon both got contracts from Defense and Homeland Security through earmarks. Second, a story [...]

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Contracts for January 26, 2009



NAVY

Elcan Optical Technologies, Richardson, Texas, is being awarded a ceiling $180,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for the procurement, delivery, maintenance, and logistical support of the Medium Range Thermal Bi-Ocular (MRTB). The MRTB is capable of providing an individual thermal imaging capability to the Marine Rifle Squad, Machine Gun Squad, and other Marine Corps units, engaging in offensive and defensive operations. This contract will buy a minimum of 25 MRTB systems within the first year. Work will be performed in Richardson, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 2014. Contract funds in the amount of$43,292,469 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with proposals solicited via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online, with five offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-09-D-1017).

CH2M Hill, Englewood, Colo.; Shaw Environmental, Irving, Texas; and Weston Solutions, West Chester, Pa., are each being awarded a firm fixed price, indefinite indefinite, quantity, multiple award bridge contract, utilizing the same terms and conditions as the recently expired contracts (December 2008) with the same firms. The maximum dollar value for all three contracts combined is $36,000,000. This work is in support of the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization (SRM) program for Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricant (POL) facilities and systems at various locations, worldwide. These contracts are to ensure uninterrupted support to the DESC SRM Program to avoid delay in award of critical projects which must be in place prior to the projected award date of the follow-on contract in mid March 2009. Once the award of the follow-on contract is made, the use of these contracts will be immediately discontinued. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. These three contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Specialty Center Acquisitions, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity (N62583-09-D-0038/0039/0040).

National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $26,309,890 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-4200) for the repair and alteration for the Extended Dry-Docking Chief of Naval Operations Scheduled Availability Supplemental Proposal on the USS Germantown (LSD-42). NASSCO furnishes the material, supports (electrical, crane, and rigging), and facilities necessary for the maintenance and modernization of the LSD class ships. This availability includes the complete overhaul of the Ship’s Service Diesel Generators and the upgrades to the Power Distribution, SCD LSD-3290.2k. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by August 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $23,372,517 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

L-3 Services, Inc., Marlton, N.J., is being awarded a $16,432,260 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, cost plus fixed fee contractto provide for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems; Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) motion imagery software development; remote sensing; multispectral exploitation; imagery analysis; intelligence operations; digital production; knowledge management; virtual reality systems; signal exploitation; surveillance activities; information assurance, network security, emergency preparedness planning, technology validation, and mission training. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $87,424,534. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C., (65 percent) and Charleston, S.C., (35 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2010 (January 2014 with options exercised). Contract funds in the amount of $50,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with an unlimited number of proposals and one offer received via the Federal Business Opportunities website and the SPAWAR e-commerce website. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic is the contracting activity (N65236-09-D-6814).

CDI Marine Company, Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $16,283,438 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, cost plus fixed fee with provisions for firm fixed pricing contract for ship alteration installation and marine mechanical engineering design services. This contract contains a base period with four one-year option periods, which if exercised, bring the total value of the contract to $85,378,043. Work will be performed at Virginia Beach, Va., and work is expected to be completed by Jan. 2010. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was awarded through full and open competition, with three offers received. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk is the contracting activity (N00189-09-D-N002).

AMSEC LLC, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $15,316,776 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, cost plus fixed fee with provisions for firm fixed pricing contract for ship alteration installation and marine/mechanical engineering design services. This contract contains a base period with four one-year option periods, which if exercised, bring the total value of the contract to $80,549,113. Work will be performed at Virginia Beach, Va., and work is expected to be completed by January 2010. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was awarded through full and open competition, with three offers received. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk is the contracting activity (N00189-09-D-N001).

AIR FORCE

The Air Force is awarding a firm fixed price contract to The Boeing Company of Seattle Washington for $11,718,500. This contract will provide the C-40 communication equipment subscription service for CY09. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. ASC/655 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity (F33657-01-C-0013).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas is being awarded a maximum $11,295,863 firm fixed price, sole source contract for procurement of items used in support of the CV-22 helicopter. Other location of performance is in Pennsylvania. Using service is Air Force. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is December 31, 2011. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR-ZC), Philadelphia, Pa., (N00383-03-G-001B-0298).

Angst About Movement Between Government and Defense Contractors

January 26, 2009 by · Comment
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Although the headline of this piece is misleading as it discusses in a non-partisan way the movement between contractors and government service this article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review does discuss an important issue with government contracting. One of the problems that faces efficient contracting is that often a person will serve in a job [...]

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Israel Buys More UAV’s

Fresh off the recent successful use of UAV in support of operations against Hamas in Gaza, the Israeli government awarded Elbit Systems a contract for more Skylark 1 systems.  The press release is carried at PRNewswire.com.  The contract will also buy logistics support and training for the system. The value of the contract is about $40 million.

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UK Extends Starstreak Contract

January 26, 2009 by · Comment
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The British Government announced that it had awarded Thales a contract worth almost $400 million (U.S.) to continue production and support of the Starstreak light weight anti-aircraft missile. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the new contract will add jobs to the Thales plant in Northern Ireland. The British defense budget has been under [...]

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