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Murtha Starting To Get Testy As Pressure Builds

May 31, 2009 by · Comment
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The circling around Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) by Federal investigators and the news media continues and some of the pressure is obviously getting to him. Murtha has used Federal earmarks, especially defense ones, for years to build an economic base for his district. One of his former staffers formed a lobbyist group called [...]

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Contracts for May 29, 2009



AIR FORCE

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a cost-plus fixed fee contract for an amount not-to-exceed $1,487,400,000. This contract action is for the production of the 3rd Space Based Infrared Systems Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite 3, the production of Highly Elliptical Earth Orbit payload 3 and modification of the Space Based Infrared Systems Ground systems to accommodate operations of three payloads simultaneously. At this time, $1,115,550,000 has been obligated. SMC/ISSW, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8810-08-C-0002, P00002).

Raytheon Co., of McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a firm fixed price contract for an amount not-to-exceed $87,327,441. This action will provided 35 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems Model A, 25 Preproduction Units including one retrofit gyro and one retrofit imager, and associated replaceable unit spares and containers to support the predator/reaper. At this time $14,094,649 has been obligated. 703rd ASG, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-06-G-4041).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost-plus fixed fee requirements contract for an estimated $19,322,673. This action will provide Technical Area tasks to provide the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration/Department of Defense Chief Information Officer with state of the art technologies and innovative solutions to ensure they are incorporated into all components of the Global Information Grid. At this point, $49,662 has been obligated. 55CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a contract for $14,492,056. This action will provide Information Assurance and full spectrum defensive network warfare operations, analytical and techniques, and procedures for the Air Force Network Warfare Wing. At this time, $966,184 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost-plus fixed fee contract for $11,593,313. This action will provide Information Assurance Research & Development/Scientific & Technical analysis for the Air Force Communications Agency in order to ensure IA compliant secure communications for the warfighter. At this time, $966,184 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost-plus fixed fee contract for $10,014,409. This contract action will provide International Affairs Research and Development Scientific and Technical analysis of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers remote sensing geographic information systems networks and capabilities. At this time, $154,589 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., for is being awarded a cost-plus fixed fee contract for $6,521,436. This contract action will provide Technical Area Task to provide the Office of Naval Operations with sound, unique International Affairs solutions for transforming the Navy’s enterprise architecture capability for Office of Naval Operations to ensure development of an assured secured information solution for naval, joint, and coalition environments. At this time, $74,396 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

BAE Systems, Specialty Group, Jessup, Pa., is being awarded a maximum $114,034,530 firm fixed price contract for modular lightweight load-carrying equipment. Other locations of performance are in Ky., Penn., Tenn., Ariz., Wis., and Puerto Rico. Using service is Army. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for the first term option period with one one-year option period remaining. The original proposal was Web solicited with six responses. The date of performance completion is May 28, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-08-D-1080).

World Fuel Services, Inc., Miami, Fla., is being awarded a maximum $5,263,420 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. Other location of performance is District of Columbia. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There was originally one proposal solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is Mar. 31, 2013. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-0114).

NAVY

Caddell Construction Co., Inc., Montgomery, Ala., is being awarded a $91,600,000 firm fixed price contract for construction of a new 3rd Army Headquarters Complex to be located at Shaw Air Force Base. The work to be performed provides for the construction of an Army Central (ARCENT) Headquarters Complex. The project will include the design and construction of the ARCENT Headquarters Complex which includes the Command and Control Facility (C2F Facility), the Headquarters, and a Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility exterior covered equipment hardstand area and staff parking. The contract is incrementally funded with the first increment of $58,079,920 being allocated at the time of award. The second increment will be funded in fiscal 2010 at $33,520,080. Work will be performed in Sumter, S.C., and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 18 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-09-C-1756).

W.F. MaGann, Corp., Portsmouth, Va., is being awarded a $24,550,000 firm fixed price contract for repairs to the floor and walls of Drydock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The work to be performed provides for demolition, concrete installation, dewatering and removal, replacement, reinstallation of existing utilities, equipment, structures and appurtenances within the dock as well as incidental civil sitework. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Va., and is expected to be completed by June 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with three proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-09-C-5040).

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $15,131,483 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract action (UCA) for the procurement and installation of 90 Tactical Video Data Links, 10 spares, and associated non-recurring engineering and technical data for the U.S. Marine Corp AH-1W helicopters. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, (50 percent), Camp Pendleton, Calif., (25 percent); Afghanistan, (10 percent); Patuxent River, Md., (5 percent); China Lake, Calif., (5 percent); and Iraq, (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $7,565,742 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.301-2. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-09-C-0057).

Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., Monroeville, Pa., is being awarded an $11,657,866 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-2100) for Naval Nuclear Propulsion Components. Work will be performed in Pittsburgh, Pa., (90.5 percent) and Schenectady, N.Y., (9.5 percent). Contract funds in the amount of $233,157 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. No completion date or additional information is provided on Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program contracts. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc., Aiea, Hawaii, is being awarded $8,723,483 for firm-fixed price task order 0024 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62742-04-D-1300) to provide repairs to V-1 Dock in Naval Station Pearl Harbor. The work to be performed provides for repairs to concrete piles and concrete wharf, superstructure; replace damaged mooring hardware; replace deteriorated timber fender systems with new concrete piles; plastic wales, chocks and blocks; install oil spill containment flotation device; install pneumatic floating fenders; upgrade safety deficiencies; and miscellaneous mechanical and electrical work. Work will be performed in Pearl City Peninsula, Oahu, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by July 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $7,929,028 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-08-G-0010) for 22 Armed Helo Weapons System Fixed Provision Armament Retrofit Kits for the retrofit of the MH-60S Block 2A aircraft to Block 3A configuration. The kits will allow the installation of Removable Mission Equipment which includes the Integrated Self Defense Countermeasures Dispensing System, Forward Looking Infrared and Armor, and various weapons. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., (21.8 percent); Ontario, Calif., (13.1 percent); Ronkonkoma, N.Y., (11.3 percent); Milford, Conn., (8.6 percent); Tallassee, Ala., (6.7 percent); Mineola, N.Y., (5.9 percent); Wallingford, Conn., (5.4 percent); Sylmar, Calif., (5.3 percent); Vernon, Conn., (4.1 percent); Berlin, Conn., (3 percent); Orange, Conn., (2.7 percent); Coxsackie, N.Y., (1.7 percent); Shelton, Conn., (1.2 percent); Yaphank, N.Y., (1.1 percent); Tempe, Ariz., (1 percent); and at various locations across the United States, (7.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 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.

Virtxeco Corporation, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded $7,369,000 for firm-fixed-price task order #0003 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-09-D-5033) for the construction of Navy Cargo Handling Operations Training Center at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Cheatham Annex. The work to be performed provides for construction of a two-story facility of instructional and administrative space. The task order also contains two unexercised options, which if exercised would increase the cumulative contract value to $7,489,900. Work will be performed in Williamsburg, Va., and is expected to be completed by September 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Seven proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

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Conference Will Provide Hard Hitting Analysis Of Vehicle Survivability – Press Release

Vehicle SurvivabilityAs the impact of IEDs on military operations continues to dominate the headlines, more than 40 high level speakers from around the globe are being brought together in Amsterdam from June 2 – 4 this year in what is set to be a defining conference on vehicle survivability.

Organised by Clarion Events, which also stages DSEi and ITEC, the Vehicle Survivability conference will address both the threats and the solutions associated with keeping armoured vehicles and their crews safe, examining the critically important areas of technical advancements, procurement methods and the lessons learned from operations.

Over 35 global experts at the forefront of vehicle survivability will be speaking. They include Lt Gen A R D Shirreff, Commander, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, UK: Maj Gen Marcel van den Broek, Deputy Commander Land Forces, Royal Netherlands Army; Dr Vernon Joynt, MRAP and Anti-Mine Technology Expert and Chief Scientist of Force Protection, USA; Col Martin France, Chief Scientist and Technical Adviser to the Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organisation, USA; and Dr Dennis Nandlall, Head of Weapons Effects and Protection, Defence Research and Development, Canada.

The agenda pulls no punches, posing questions about the future of the main battle tank, whether too many MRAPs been bought, the potential and limitations of defeating IEDs from the air, and what systems are simply too expensive to contemplate. Also under the spotlight is how insurgents have the ability to adjust their weapons to exploit the weaknesses of security forces, and the vexed question of weight versus protection.

The event begins with a pre-event workshop on June 2 at which Cranfield University will make a presentation that examines what fundamental solutions will ensure greater survivability in future operations.

Vehicle Survivability will be an exceptional learning and networking opportunity. For full details visit www.vehicle-survivability.com.

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Air Force Buys C-130J Engine Support From Rolls-Royce

The United States Air Force awarded an eighty million dollar contract to Rolls-Royce to provide spare engines and parts for the C-130J transport fleet. The C-130J is the most recent version of the venerable Hercules transport. This contract will provide support for the Air Force, Marines, Norway and India’s aircraft. Under this contract twenty-seven spare engines and other parts will be provided over the next three years.

Rolls-Royce also makes the engine for the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor used by the Air Force and Marines. This completed its first combat deployment to Iraq last year where all reports show it performed adequately. The U.S. military and overseas customers are committed to purchasing more C-130J aircraft which will mean more engine sales and support for the British company.

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Credit Card Abuse Costs Federal Government Plenty

May 29, 2009 by · Comment
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The Federal Executive branch employs a great deal of people. They travel a great deal as well. A reform from several years ago was to issue credit cards for travel to these employees similar to what many large companies do.
The Associated Press writes about a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on [...]

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Contracts for May 28, 2009



NAVY

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $87,208,599 cost-reimbursable letter contract to procure long lead material in support of the FY09 Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIB all up rounds (AURs) production. This contract will provide long lead material to support the procurement of 50 domestic SM-2 Block IIIB AUR’s, 104 Block IIIB ordalt missile rounds and 69 SM-2 Block IIIA/B AUR’s for international customers. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass., (37 percent); Camden, Ark., (36 percent); Netherlands, (14 percent); St Petersburg, Fla., (5 percent); Middleton, Conn., (3 percent); El Segundo, Calif., (3 percent); and Reisterstown, Md., (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by Dec. 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 Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-5301).

Orbital Sciences Corp., Chandler, Ariz., is being awarded a $41,756,065 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-07-C-0031) for the full-rate production of 14 GQM-163A supersonic sea skimming target air vehicles, including associated hardware, kits, booster kits and sustaining engineering. Work will be performed in Chandler, Ariz., (98 percent); and South Bend, Ind., (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in Mar. 2012. 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 Technical Services Co., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $15,501,285 firm-fixed-price award fee requirements contract for performance based logistics support of the MK 57 NATO Seasparrow surface missile system and MK 23 target acquisition system. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., (55 percent) and Chula Vista, Calif., (45 percent), and work is expected to be completed by May 2014. Contract funds will expire before the end of the fiscal year. This announcement includes foreign military sales to the countries of Canada, (2 percent); Germany, (2 percent); Australia, (1.25 percent); Netherlands, (1.25 percent); Belgium, (.5 percent); Denmark, (.5 percent); Greece, (.5 percent); Norway, (.5 percent); Portugal, (.5 percent); Spain, (.5 percent); and Turkey, (.5 percent). This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00104-09-D-ZD41).

Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $14,493,164 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a cost-plus-award-fee pricing arrangement for logistics services in support of the Maritime Prepositioning Ships Program, the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway and operational logistics support to engaged Marine Corps and Department of Defense operating forces. This contract includes nine one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $707M. Work will be performed at the Blount Island Command in Jacksonville, Fla., (86 percent); aboard 16 maritime prepositioning ships (12 percent); and in six locations in Norway, (two percent), and work is expected to be completed Sept. 2009 (Sept. 2018 with options exercised). Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities web site (solicitation number M67004-08-R-0001), with five offers received. The Contract Support Management Office, Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (M67004-09-D-0020).

Reliable Builders, Inc.*, Tamuning, Guam, is being awarded a $10,502,576 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction to repair and modernize Bachelor Quarters Building 580, Camp Covington at U.S. Naval Base Guam ($4,200,000); and repair and modernize Bachelor Quarters Buildings 581 and 584, Camp Covington at U.S. Naval Base Guam ($6,302,576). The work to be performed provides for the repair and alteration of Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) to comply with BEQ construction standards as outlined in MIL-HDBK 1036A Bachelor housing standards to increase the quality of life and safety of personnel. Project provides for seismic strengthening to resist major earthquakes, meet the 170-mph wind resistance criteria for Guam, and upgrades the fire protection system. Renovation will utilize energy efficient plumbing, mechanical, and electrical fixtures/ equipment. Work will be performed in Santa Rita, Guam, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2010. Funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured utilizing the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program with three proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas, Guam, is the contracting activity (N40192-09-C-1322).

AMSEC LLC, Fairfax, Va., is being awarded an estimated $9,386,061 modification to previously awarded contract (N65540-02-D-0042) for engineering and technical services for alteration installations, engineering research, design, computer programming and logistics on hull, mechanical, electrical and electronics systems onboard Navy ships. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., (50 percent); San Diego, Calif., (25 percent); Mayport, Fla., (10 percent); Annapolis, Md., (10 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, (3 percent), and Yokosuka/Sasebo, Japan, (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by Mar.h 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $251,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship Systems Engineering Station, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $8,236,771 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair and post production services for the sustainment of the High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). Raytheon will be required to repair, modify, calibrate, test, certify and evaluate HARM missiles, missile sections, assemblies, subassemblies and related equipment and provide related technical data for the Navy, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in May 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $8,236,771 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. This contract combines purchase for the U.S. Navy ($1,638,487; 19.8 percent) and the U.S. Air Force ($6,598,284; 80.2 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-09-D-0005).

Solpac Construction Inc., dba Soltek Pacific Construction, Co., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $7,597,500 for firm-fixed-price task order #0009 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62473-08-D-8615) for construction of ordnance storage facilities at the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, Calif. The task order also contains four unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative task order value to $18,989,500. Work will be performed in China Lake, Calif., and is expected to be completed by September 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Five proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Atlas Technologies, Inc., Charleston, S.C., was awarded a $5,717,706 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract on

May 27, 2009, for C41SR integration and engineering support. The contract includes four one-year option periods which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $29,983,584. Work will be performed in Charleston, S.C., (75 percent); Norfolk, Va., (20 percent); and San Diego, Calif., (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2010. If all options are exercised, work could continue until May 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities web site and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-commerce web site, with an unlimited number of proposals solicited and two offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic is the contracting activity (N65236-09-D-5821).

Progeny Systems Corp.,*, Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $5,512,863 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-6297) for the development of the AN/WLY-1 system, Archival Media Center and Active Intercept and Ranging (AI&R) System. The AN/WLY-1 AI&R System developed under SBIR topic N00-049 provides for the modernization of existing Active Intercept Acoustic Signal Processing Systems onboard all U.S. Submarines in order to satisfy the functional requirements for acoustic intercept capability in the Va., Class SSN. Work will be performed in Charleroi, Pa., (95 percent) and Manassas, Va., (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Akima Intra-Data, LLC, Anchorage, Ala., was awarded on May 27, 2009 a $19,600,000 firm-fixed-price with award fee contract for the base operation services to support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency-West. Work is to be performed in St. Louise, Mo., with an estimated completion date of Jun. 30, 2014. Thirty-One (31) bids were solicited with six (6) bids received. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, ACSS, St. Louise, Mo., is the contracting activity (HM1575-09-C-0009).

Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded on May 27, 2009 a $6,362,555 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide support for contingency planning operations and exercises for the prevention of potential incidents involving nuclear weapons. Work is to be completed in Fort Belvoir, Va., with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2010. One bid solicited with one bid received. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (HDTRA1-04-D-0021).

The Korte Co., St. Louise Mo., was awarded on May 26, 2009 a $14,342,700 firm-fixed-price contract to design, build, and construction of medical and dental clinic located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Work is to be performed in Fort Campbell, Ky., with an estimated completion date of Mar. 31, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with Four (4) for Phase II bids received. Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912QR-09-C-0034).

AIR FORCE

The Air Force is modifying a firm fixed-price contract with Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc. of El Segundo, Calif., for $6,289,303. This contract action will exercise the third three-month storage option for the third wideband global satellite communication. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. HQ SMC/PK, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (F04701-00-C-0011, P00182).

The Air Force is modifying a firm fixed price contract with Lockheed Martin Corp., of Marietta, Ga., for $7,297,950. This contract action will provide installation of a quantity of six C-5 aircraft with the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program kits and the consolidated load panel under a firm fixed price effort; and under a time-and-material effort acquiring rapid response and repair for potential legacy issues which may arise during the Avionics Modernization Program kit installation. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 716 AESG/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity (F33657-98-C-0006, P00223).

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Raytheon to Upgrade Radars on F-18 Aircraft

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a contract to retrofit new AN/APG-79 advanced radars on older F-18 aircraft. The APG-79 is an advanced, electronic beam scanning radar. This allows the radar to be steered digitally rather then mechanically like older systems. The radar provides a more reliable, higher resolution and longer range system then previous equipment.

The contract is worth almost $60 million and will be installed on F-18E/F Super Hornets already in service with the Navy. Raytheon has been providing the APG-79 to Boeing as it delivers the new aircraft over the last few years. 134 radars have been provided for new construction and with this contract 38 total aircraft will be retrofitted. The current plan is to retrofit 133 existing aircraft.

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EADS Reiterates Decline In Commercial Aviation Affecting Bottom Line

May 28, 2009 by · Comment
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Right after passing Boeing to become the world’s larges aerospace company EADS continues to state that the decline in airline orders for its products will affect its earnings and revenues. Reiterating what it said in early May when the quarterly earnings report came out that airlines are restructuring their orders for airliners and this [...]

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Contracts for May 27, 2009



NAVY

Sound & Sea Technology, Inc.*, Lynnwood, Wash., (N62583-09-D-0064); PCCI, Inc.*, Alexandria, Va., (N62583-09-D-0065); Truston Technologies, Inc.*, Annapolis, Md., (N62583-09-D-0066); GPA Technologies, Inc.*, Ventura, Calif., (N62583-09-D-0067); and MAR, Inc.*, Rockville, Md., (N62583-09-D-0068), are each being awarded a cost-plus fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract in support of the Naval Ocean Facilities Engineering Program (NOFP) at Navy and Marine Corps Installations worldwide. The work to be performed provides for support of the NOFP requirements managed by the Engineering Service Center, Port Hueneme. Projects may involve incidental construction work or equipment fabrication and primarily include: ocean cable systems, ocean work systems, waterfront facilities, hyperbaric facilities, offshore structures, moorings, and ocean construction equipment. This work will be performed in environmental conditions ranging from arctic to tropic and at all water depths where equipment installation or removal, maintenance, inspection, repair, and salvage operations may be required. The maximum dollar value, including the base period and four option years, for all five contracts combined is $250,000,000. Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government facilities worldwide, and the expected completion date is May 2014. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. These contracts were competitively procured as a 100 percent small business set-aside via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with six proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Specialty Center Acquisitions, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Sauer, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $12,322,300 firm-fixed price construction contract for the design and construction of a 575-person enlisted dining facility at the Marine Corps Air Base, New River. This project will include demolition of building AS4012 and an existing parking area. The contract also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised would increase the cumulative contract value to $12,947,300. Work will be performed in the Jacksonville, N.C., area, and is expected to be completed by December 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with 27 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-09-C-3208).

Rolls Royce, Bristol, England, is being awarded $10,587,795 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 5085 under an existing basic ordering agreement (N00383-08-G-003M) for turbine blades used in support of the F-402 engine. Work will be performed at Bristol, England, and work is to be completed by June 2010. Contract funds will expire before the end of the contract ordering period. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.

Broadmoor Limited Liability Corp., Metairie, La., is being awarded $5,950,000 for firm-fixed price task order #0003 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62467-05-D-0096) for design and construction of a jet engine maintenance shop addition and an aircraft test cell foundation at Naval Air Station - Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The jet engine maintenance shop addition will contain service work bays for engine repair, parts and tool room, shop circulation and delivery areas, offices, communications room, mechanical and electrical room, and covered exterior secure storage, restrooms, showers, and locker room areas. The aircraft test cell foundation project shall provide water supply connection, electrical service, industrial waste piping, communications conduit, and taxiway. Work will be performed in Belle Chase, La., and is expected to be completed by June 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Walbridge Aldinger Co., Inc Detroit, Mich., was awarded on May 22, 2009 a $149,669,000 firm-fixed price contract for a project that includes the design and construction of three (3) small and three(3) medium tactical vehicle equipment maintenance facilities (total 159,870 square foot) with accompanied tactical/ organizational vehicle parking hardstand (155.511 square foot); and six(6) standard design company operations facilities (364,777 square foot) consisting of administrative modules, supply (readiness modules) and covered hardstand area (66,555 square foot) to support an Infantry Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga. The project also includes all necessary construction of the infrastructure and utilities to include access roads, electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer services, water storage tank and well, security perimeter fencing with gates, security lighting, exterior lighting, parking, walks, and gutter, storm water and drainage, signage, information systems, lightning protection systems, site improvements, and landscaping. Work is to be performed in Fort Stewart, Ga., with an estimated date of Mar. 15, 2011. Four proposals solicited with three proposals received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W912HN-07-D-0054).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas was awarded on May 21, 2009 a $20,230,149 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for requirement is for performance of the following: 1) eliminate obsolete parts affection PAC-3 Seeker, minus the Exciter, through a block redesign ; and 2) perform the development, integration, qualification, and transition to production tasks necessary to produce the seeker block redesign. Work is to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas with an estimated date of Apr. 30, 2011. One proposal solicited with one bid relieved.

U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-07-G-0001).

Rockford Corp., Anchorage, Ark., was awarded on May 22, 2009, a $14,832,351 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a hydrant fuel system in Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Work is to be performed in Hill Air Force Base, Utah with an estimated completion date of Nov. 29, 2010. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with eight (8) bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Sacramento, Calif., is the contracting activity (W91238-09-C-0010).

Far East Construction Corp., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded on May 22, 2009 a $13,750,756 firm-fixed-price contract will require construction of parking lots and infrastructure. The infrastructure includes electrical and communication distribution, water distribution and wastewater collection. Buildings to be constructed included the group support battalion (GSB) logistics, GBS tactical equipment maintenance facility, GSB organization equipment storage facility, GSB oil storage facility, GSB hazardous materials storage facility and rack/platform. Work is to be performed in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of May 22, 2010. Corps of Engineers Mobile Regional Contracting Center, Mobile, Ala.m is the contracting activity (W91278-09-C-0027).

Venegas Engineering Management & Construction Inc. El Paso, Texas was awarded on May 20, 2009 an $8,612,200 firm-fixed-price construction contract to construct of a training support center (TSC) at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The primary facility included as approximately 84,550 square foot TSC facility and storage shed. Supporting facilities included utilities, electric service, fire protection, storm drainage, information system, and landscaping and site improvement. The TSC will support tactical units being stationed at Fort Bliss and is required to support increases in virtual live training devices. The building is being designed to allow for future expansion access for individuals with disabilities will also be provided. Work is to be performed in El Paso, Texas with an estimated completion date of Jul. 31, 201. Two Hundred (200) bids were solicited with six (6) bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Worth, Texas is the contracting activity (W9126G-09-C-0040).

General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc. Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on May 20, 2009 a $6,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for System Technical Support for the Abrams tank program to continue the M1A1 parts obsolescence resolution. Work is to be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM-WARREN, AMSTA-QA-AHLC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-C-0046).

BAE Systems, Tactical Vehicle Systems LP, Sealy, Texas was awarded on May 20, 2009 a $5,803,631 firm-fixed-price contract for 60 vehicles will be reset and any damage repaired. Work is to be completed in Texarkana, Texas, (60 percent) and Sealy, Texas, (40 percent) with an estimated completion date of Dec. 18, 2009. TACOM Contracting Center-Warren, AMSCC-TAC-ATBB, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-D-0138).

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich., was awarded on Jun. 30, 2013 a $5,620,000 cost-labor-hours contract to perform advanced technology design, development, and testing to provide countermine roller wheel suspension and power solution, countermeasure maturation, simulated instrumented mines and simulated improvised explosive devices, production-ready push roller designs, and demonstration hardware. Work is to be performed in Houghton, Mich., with an estimated date of Jun. 30, 2013. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Center-Warren, AMSCC-TAC-ASGB, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0525).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Science Applications International Corp., Fairfield, N.J., is being awarded a maximum $50,000,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for maintenance, repair and operations of supplies. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the forth option year period. The original proposal was Web solicited with six responses. The date of performance completion is May 30, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM500-04-D-BP06).

McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a maximum $15,124,055 firm fixed price, sole source contract for parts. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Navy. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There was one proposal originally solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is May 30, 2014. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Philadelphia., (DSCR-ZC), Philadelphia, Pa., (N00383-06-D-004H-THA3).

General Electric Co., Lynn, Mass., is being awarded a maximum $14,428,393 fixed price with economic price adjustment, sole source contract for combustion chamber frames. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Air Force. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There was one response to the original proposed solicitation. The date of performance completion is August 31, 2011. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency (DSCR-ZBAB), Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., (SPRTA1-09-G-0004-0001).

AIR FORCE

The Air Force is awarding a cost plus fixed fee contract to Georgia Technical Applied Research Corp., of Atlanta, Ga., for a maximum of $9 million. This contract action will provide for improvement of the modeling and simulation capabilities within the product manager Infrared CounterMeasures Office for Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures/Common Missile Warning System. At this time, $2,898,551 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4000).

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Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN (Ret.), Joins AtHoc’s Board of Directors — Press Release

Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN (Ret.), Joins AtHoc’s Board of Directors

Former U.S. Pacific Commander Expands Military Expertise on AtHoc Board to Support Critical Department of Defense and Homeland Defense Operations

SAN MATEO, Ca. (May 27, 2009) – AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency notification systems, today announced the appointment of Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN (Ret.), former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, to the company’s board of directors.

Admiral Fargo has been part of the AtHoc team since late 2007, serving as a member of the company’s strategic advisory board. With the appointment to the AtHoc board of directors, Admiral Fargo broadens his role by working with the AtHoc executive team and fellow board members to help set the company’s business strategy.

“After serving as an AtHoc advisor for nearly two years, I welcome the opportunity to extend my role and work with the AtHoc board to help align the company with the military’s evolving and expanding needs for emergency notification capabilities,” said Admiral Fargo. “As a past naval commander, I have a vested interest in helping my former colleagues prepare for critical missions and emergency operations. I look forward to serving on the AtHoc board and helping address current Department of Defense, government agency and first responder community needs while also adding value for AtHoc.”

As the former senior U.S. military commander in East Asia, the Pacific and Indian Ocean, Admiral Fargo led the largest unified command while directing the joint operations of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. He will offer valuable insight across the entire range of AtHoc’s business opportunities.

Admiral Fargo retired from the military on March 28, 2005, after a distinguished career serving the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense. He was the 20th officer to hold the position of Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. He was responsible to the President and the Secretary of Defense and was the U.S. military representative for collective defense arrangements in the Pacific.

“It’s an honor to welcome a leader of the caliber of Admiral Fargo to our board,” said Guy Miasnik, president and CEO of AtHoc. “Admiral Fargo’s background and expertise in defense and homeland security will further strengthen our market position and our ability to continue our significant growth momentum while assuring in-depth understanding of the requirements of this market.”

About AtHoc

AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing enterprise-class, network-centric emergency notification systems to military, government and commercial organizations for physical security, force protection and personnel accountability. Millions of end users worldwide, in organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, NASA, Microsoft, Boeing and PricewaterhouseCoopers rely on AtHoc’s unified management systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs. AtHoc has partnered with market leaders including Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Harris, Siemens, Avaya, Lockheed Martin and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets.

For more information on AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com.

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Murtha Wove A Web Of Companies And Contracts

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This article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette discussing how Federal grant to upgrade police equipment for Monongahela, PA from Congressman Murtha shows how even little pieces of money add up. It is starting to emerge that a company MountainTop Technologies located in Murtha’s hub of Johnstown and started by a friend and donor was [...]

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U.S. Army To Reform Battle Command Systems With Raytheon’s Aid

May 27, 2009 by · Comment
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The U.S. Army made two announcements in the last week as they move to reform their multiple battle command systems. The Army has suffered by having a variety of systems for different missions and levels of command that were not properly integrated.
First the Army is establishing a new engineering organization to support acquisition in [...]

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India Releases Helicopter Requests For Proposals

India has released this week two separate Requests for Proposals (RFP) for new helicopters. The first one is to purchase twenty-two advanced attack helicopters. The second for fifteen heavy lift aircraft. India faces many of the same problems that the Allied forces in Afghanistan do because of the high, hot environments that aircraft must fly in.

The country had released a RFP last year for attack helicopters but withdrew after receiving non-responsive bids. India has looked at major upgrades to its armed forces by broadening the base of whom they buy from. Rather then relying primarily on Russian or British equipment Israel and the United States have begun to make inroads into the market. India also had invested heavily in domestic development and production but to get more technology faster has started buying overseas in greater amounts.

With the new proposals Boeing is considering a bid for each. They make the AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook both heavily used in Afghanistan by the U.S. and Allies. Boeing is also looking at taking major hits in the Obama budget and will try to counter that with sales overseas.

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Contracts for May 26, 2009



DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Mansfield Oil Co., Gainesville, Ga.*, is being awarded a maximum $56,868,550 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. Other locations of performance are in various military and federal civilian locations throughout Midwestern states. Using services are Army, Air Force and federal civilian agencies. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were 48 responses to the original proposed solicitation. The date of performance completion is Jun. 30, 2012. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC-PLB), Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-4528).

MedImmune Vaccines, Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., is being awarded a maximum $32,293,397 firm fixed price, sole source contract for influenza vaccine. Other location of performance is in Pennsylvania. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There was one response to the original proposed solicitation. The date of performance completion is Jun. 30, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM2DP-09-D-0005).

Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, Pa., is being awarded a maximum $12,368,596 firm fixed price contract for influenza vaccine. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were eight proposals originally solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is May 26, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM2DP-09-D-0007).

Paquin Energy & Fuel LLC., Keller, Texas *, is being awarded a maximum $9,204,270 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. Other locations of performance are in various military and federal civilian locations throughout Midwestern states. Using services are Army, Air Force and federal civilian agencies. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were 48 responses to the original proposed solicitation. The date of performance completion is June 30, 2012. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC-PLB), Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-4535).

NAVY

Oceaneering International, Inc. – Marine Services Division, Chesapeake, Va., is being awarded a $14,095,184 firm-fixed-price contract for the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) of three Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) craft. The LCAC SLEP will extend the service life of LCAC from 20 to 30 years, sustain/enhance craft capability, replace obsolete electronics, repair corrosion damage, reduce life cycle cost by improving reliability and maintainability, increase survivability, and establish a common configuration baseline. The LCAC SLEP scope of effort includes repair and upgrade of the buoyancy box, gas turbine engine replacement, installation of a new skirt, installation of an integrated C4N equipment package, and accomplishment of selected craft alterations and repair work. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $38,883,193. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by November 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Federal Business Opportunities, with four offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-2240)

Trident Systems, Inc.*, Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $10,213,699 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-6265) for Phase III engineering services, including software development, procurement of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf products and hardware/software integration in support of USS Va., Class Submarines and other submarine/surface ship systems, surveillance and air platforms. The contract modification is for engineering services in support Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Topic No.N99-106 “Mobile Computing for Submarine Application.” The Phase III SBIR effort addresses systems and subsystems ranging from simple single processors to highly complex multi-processor network architecture. Work will be performed in Uniontown, Penn., (70 percent); Fairfax, Va., (20 percent); and Raleigh, N.C., (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C. is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded $8,153,362 for task order #0037 under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M67854-02-A-9014) for C4 item unique identification. Technical support under this effort is to provide general engineering and scientific support to the Marine Corps Systems Command, Operation Forces Systems Product Group for item unique identification marking of Marine Corps Automated Readiness Evaluation Systems (MARES) legacy equipment, assemblies/subassemblies. Work will be performed at Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., and work is expected to be completed in May 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

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England Faces Downgrade On Debt Rating, Is The U.S. Next?

May 26, 2009 by · Comment
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England has been informed by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) that they might be facing a downgrade from AAA to AA on their bond rating. This will make the country have to pay higher rates when they issue debt. The United States eventually may face the same issue. The situation probably isn’t helped [...]

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Israel Bucks Trends And Raises Taxes And Defense Spending

May 26, 2009 by · Comment
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The new Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu has announced their first budget. Unlike most countries across the globe struggling with finances they propose to raise taxes, run a large deficit, and increase defense spending significantly. This is counter to the trends where defense spending is taking whacks across North America, Europe and Asia.
Israel, [...]

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Army Moves To Build New Generators

Due to grounding issues generators provided by KBR led to the accidental deaths of several soldiers in Iraq as they went to take showers. The generators were powering hot water systems. The Army went ahead and designed new systems that are larger and have more sophisticated circuitry to prevent these issues. By centralizing power generation more fuel is saved as well as less individual generators are used.

Fidelity Technologies of Pennsylvania has begun to ramp up to produce these generators. The initial contract is for about $24 million and will produce over three thousand of the generators. In order to meet this new order the company is actually hiring personnel.

This shows that as programs end others start. Different priorities allow companies to move into niches that may not have existed before. This allows new business lines to develop and grow. Unfortunately the boom-or-bust nature of U.S. defense procurement can make this difficult for sustained growth or stability.

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Uncertainty About The Defense Budget In Ohio

Dayton and Columbus, Ohio are near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). This is the location of the U.S. Air Force’s Material Command (AFMC) which oversees all acquisition for that service. As such a large number of contractors small and large have work and facilities there as they provide support to AFMC and the various research labs at WPAFB.

Two recent articles from Dayton’s media reflect the concerns people have about Obama’s future defense plans.

First WHIO reports that MacAulay-Brown, Inc. a local company has won two more contracts and may grow so much it will no longer be considered a small business by the U.S. Department of Defense. There are benefits in being in that category when it comes to bidding on contracts but a larger company is capable of winning bigger contracts with more value and work.

Second is the Dayton Daily News which writes that many companies are concerned with the plans to reduce contractor work forces and add government employees. Nobody is usre how that will work and if the jobs will go away in Dayton and be added somewhere else. Will all the current contractors involved in acquisition the prime work at WPAFB just be absorbed into the government or lose their jobs?

This kind of situation will be faced in communities across the U.S. large and small as the policy is implemented. The direct economic effect of all this could be highly negative if contractors are replaced by government people in D.C. or another state. It might not as the contract work force may just transition to civil service. The key economic affect of these jobs is the good salaries and the spending they generate. If those go away due to program cuts or workforce restructuring the effect on a community can be devastating. Look at what Owego, NY is now facing due to the end of the VH-71 program. This could be mirrored across the country in the months to come.

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Obama’s NASA Director Choice Has Conflict Issues

May 25, 2009 by · Comment
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President Obama looks set to name former astronaut and U.S. Marine Corps General Charles Bolden the director of the National Air and Space Administration (NASA). In many ways this is a good choice. He worked as a deputy director there, has flown on shuttle missions, and has leadership abilities. This choice also [...]

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Contracts for May 22, 2009



NAVY

United States Marine, Inc., Gulfport, Miss., is being awarded a $61,562,641 firm-fixed-price contract for detail design and construction of 10 Mark V Patrol Boats for the Kuwaiti Navy under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The vessel is designed for coastal patrol and interdiction, and other special operations at sea. Work will be performed in Gulfport, Miss., and is expected to be completed by Jun. 2013. 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 Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-2252).

URS Group, Inc., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a maximum $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect/engineering contract for environmental restoration projects in the NAVFAC Northwest area of responsibility. The work to be performed provides for environmental restoration under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and similarly complex local and state environmental investigations. Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government facilities within NAVFAC Northwest AOR including, but not limited to Washington, (75 percent), Alaska, (22 percent), Oregon, (1 percent), Idaho, (1 percent), and Montana, (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the NAVFAC e-solicitation websitewith four proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Northwest, Silverdale, Wash., is the contracting activity (N44255-09-D-4001).

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc., Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $21,000,000 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-2100) for the accomplishment of the FY08 Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) of USS Enterprise (CVN 65). EDSRAs are similar to overhauls in that they restore the ship, including all subsystems that affect combat capability and safety, to established performance standards. Additionally, an EDSRA provides an opportunity to perform hull inspections and recoating and other maintenance related evolutions below the waterline that cannot be accomplished while the ship is waterborne. The EDSRA provides sufficient time to perform more extensive propulsion plant repairs and testing than is possible during an Extended Selected Restricted Availability. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be completed by August 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $21,000,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla., is being awarded $18,574,472 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #0019 under previously awarded contract (M67854-05-D-6014) for the procurement of 70 full rate production Internally Transportable Vehicles together with their corresponding Basic Issue Item kits and Additional Authorization List hardware. The Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV) is a USMC program to field an expeditionary vehicle supporting Over-the-Horizon amphibious operations, Irregular Warfare and Enhanced Company Operations. The ITV will provide a deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) with a ground vehicle that is internally transportable in the MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft and CH-53 helicopter, as well as the US Army MH-47 helicopters and U.S. Air Force CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft. The vehicle will serve primarily as a high mobility weapons-capable platform to support a variety of operations to provide ground units equal or greater mobility than the MAGTF maneuver elements they support, thereby enhancing their mission performance and survivability. Work will be performed in Forest, Va., (19 percent); Robbins, N.C., (26 percent); Columbus, Ohio, (11 percent); and St Petersburg, Fla., (7 percent), and work is expected to be completed by May 21, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Skill Metric Machine & Tool, Inc.*, Delray Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $7,690,670 fixed-price contract for the manufacture and delivery of 196 AM-2 Accessory Packages for the U.S. Marine Corps. These AM-2 Accessory Packages are utilized to build and maintain Expeditionary Airfields. Work will be performed in Delray Beach, Fla., and is expected to be completed in October 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $7,690,670 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-2. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-09-C-0325).

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QinetiQ’s Expansion Plans Pay Off

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QinetiQ is a company formed when the British government privatized their defense test and evaluation centers and work. The company absorbed various facilities and most of the former civil service work force. As such they are very reliant on spending by the Ministry of Defence on the work done at the places they [...]

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British Parliament Spending Scandal Spiraling Out Of Control

May 22, 2009 by · Comment
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Like the United States, Britain is facing a massive increase in their deficit spending that in the long term will be unsustainable. The Gordon Brown government has invested in borrowing to keep up the required social spending while considering tax increases to rates over fifty percent on the richest earners.
Not only this approach to [...]

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Austria Invests In Machine Guns

Defense procurement and contracting often focuses on the big deals but a modern army must purchase all sorts of things from beans, bullets, small arms and support equipment. Austria just signed a twenty-five million Euro (about $37.5 million) contract with Elbit Systems to buy 12.7 mm machine guns and mounts for vehicles. While this may seem like peanuts to a country like the U.S. that spends six hundred billion a year on defense it represents a significant investment for a country that size.

The contract also illustrates how the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan are flowing out into the world. The U.S. invested a lot of money into remotely manned turrets for their HUMVEE and MRAP vehicles. This allowed the crew to remain behind the most effective armor of the vehicle. Of course these systems drive up the cost of what used to be basic vehicles for troop transport and light utility missions.

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Contracts for May 21, 2009



ARMY

DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc,

Saint Louis,

Mo. was awarded on May 20, 2009 a $103,855,708 firm-fixed-price contract for 274 each heavy equipment transporter system M1000 semi-trailers. Work is to be performed in

Saint Louise,

Mo., with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM-Warren, AMSCC-TAC-ATBC,

Warren,

Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0107).

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, Poway, Calif., was awarded on May 20, 2009 a $10,614,469 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the issuance of contract W58RGZ-09-C-0153 for contractor logistics support for the extended range multi-purpose quick reaction capability unmanned aircraft systems in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Work is to be performed in

Adelanto,

Calif., (13 percent),

Palmdale,

Calif., (8 percent),

Salt Lake City,

Utah, (14 percent), and

Hunt Valley,

Md., (19 percent). The estimated completion date of this project is May 19, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command,

Redstone Arsenal,

Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-09-C-0153).

NAVY

ATK Space Systems, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, (N00014-09-D-0699); Argon ST, Inc., Fairfax, Va., (N00014-09-D-0708); BAE Systems, Nashua, N.H., (N00014-09-D-0690); Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Broomfield, Colo., (N00014-09-D-0711); The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., (N00014-09-D-0705); Cobham Defense Systems, Landsdale, Pa., (N00014-09-D-0703); Colorado Engineering, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., (N00014-09-D-0707); DRS Signal Solutions, Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., (N00014-09-D-0698); FTL Systems, Inc., Rochester, Minn., (N00014-09-D-0706), General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Va., (N00014-09-D-0709); HYPRES, Inc., Elmsford, N.Y., (N00014-09-D-0700); ITT Corp., Electronic Systems & Radar Systems, Van Nuys, Calif., (N00014-09-D-0704) ; ITT Force Protection Systems, Thousand Oaks, Calif., (N00014-09-D-0701); Lockheed Martin Corp., Moorestown, N.J., (N00014-09-D-0702); Northrop Grumman Corp., Baltimore, Md., (N00014-09-D-0710); Raytheon Co., Tewksbury, Mass., (N00014-09-D-0696); S2 Corp., Bozeman, Mont., (N00014-09-D-0697); and Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, (N00014-09-D-0691), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for the Integrated Topside Program. The Integrated Topside (InTop) Program encompasses the technology development and system development and demonstration phases of a Navy acquisition program. The program will develop in a spiral manner InTop technology development phase advanced development models suitable for proof-of-concept, and subsequent SDD phase systems for full system demonstration prior to installation and deployment on various Navy platforms. Each contractor will provide efforts that lead to the appropriate integration and management of radio frequency sensor and communications functions into future platforms, with reduced cost, manning and impact on ship design relative to an assembly of federated systems with similar capability. The ordering ceiling for each contract is between $50,000,000 to $800,000,000. Work will be performed Dayton, Ohio; Fairfax, Va.; Nashua, N.H.; Broomfield, Colo.; Seattle, Wash, Landsdale, Pa., Colorado Springs, Colo., Gaithersburg, Md., Rochester, Minn., Fairfax, Va., Elmsford, N.Y., Van Nuys, Calif., Thousand Oaks, Calif., Moorestown, N.J., Baltimore, Md., Tewksbury, Mass., Bozeman, Mont., and San Antonio, Texas, as determined by each delivery order, and the end of ordering period is May 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via electronic solicitation. These 18 contractors may compete for delivery orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Office of Naval Research,

Arlington,

Va., is the contracting activity.

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co.,

St. Louis,

Mo., is being awarded a $32,373,219 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-03-C-0055) to exercise an option for the manufacture, test and delivery of 23 reconfigurable transportable consolidated automated support systems for the Navy, (21) and the Air Force, (2). In addition, this modification provides for 12 Self Maintenance and Test/Calibration Interface Devices for the Navy, (10) and the Air Force, (2). Work will be performed in

North Reading,

Mass., (60 percent) and

St. Louis,

Mo., (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in Sept. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy, ($29,466,863; 91 percent) and the U.S. Air Force, ($2,906,356; 9 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,

Patuxent River,

Md., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp.,

Groton,

Conn., is being awarded a $15,800,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for advance planning and off-hull fabrication of the replacement hull patch and bridge access trunk, advance planning and material procurement for the port retractable bow plane, and advance planning for the sail for restoration of USS Hartford (SSN 768) to full service condition. Work will be performed in

Quonset Point,

R.I., (70 percent) and

Groton,

Conn., (30 percent), and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $15,800,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-08-G-6321).

Tetra Tech EC Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $12,782,243 firm-fixed-price contract modification to a previously awarded cost-plus award-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity remedial action contract (N62473-07-D-3211) for installation restoration Sites 5 and 10 at Operable Unit 2C, Buildings 5 and 400, for storm drain and sewer line time critical removal actions at Alameda Point. After award of this modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $23,102,974. Work will be performed in

Alameda,

Calif., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities engineering Command Southwest,

San Diego,

Calif., is the contracting activity.

Bowhead Information Technology Services, Inc.,

Anchorage,

Alaska, is being awarded $6,292,697 modification to increase the ceiling amount to previously awarded contract N00178-04-D-3093 for engineering, scientific analysis, technical, information technology and engineering services for non-NMCI systems and operational support. Work will be performed in

Dahlgren,

Va., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The

Naval

Surface

Warfare

Center, Dahlgren Division,

Dahlgren,

Va., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

The Air Force is modifying a firm fixed priced contract with IAP Worldwide Services Incorporated,

Cape Canaveral,

Fla for $24,075,800. This contract action will increase the estimates of project work on the CE Services contract to allow for the execution of American Recovery and Reinvestment Action and mid-year sustainment, restoration and modernization by contract projects. At this time, no money has been obligated. 66 CONS LGCA, Hanscom Air Force Base,

Mass., is the contracting activity (FA2835-08-D-0001, P00007).

The Air Force is awarding a firm fixed price contract to Immix Technology, Inc., of

McClean,

Va., for $11,492,000. This action will proved IBM NetCool Enterprise Licenses Agreements products. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 753 ELSG/PK, Hanscom Air Force Base,

Mass., is the contracting activity (DABL01-03-A-1003).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Farstad Oil, Inc.,

Minot,

N.D.*, is being awarded a maximum $5,896,114 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. Other locations of performance are at various military locations throughout

North Dakota. Using service is Air Force. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were 48 responses to the original proposed solicitation. The date of performance completion is Jun. 30, 2012. The contracting activity is the

Defense

Energy

Support

Center,

Fort Belvoir,

Va., (SP0600-09-D-4514).

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Budget Woes Affecting Key Canadian Modernization Program

Canada has suffered from a shortage of internal lift capability both strategic and tactical. The government had decided to purchase sixteen CH-47F Chinook helicopters to provide the tactical lift capability needed in Afghanistan. Operations there require substantial helicopter forces and the high and hot conditions need big, powerful aircraft.

Now there is a report that Canada may look at reducing the number of aircraft procured due to the budget problems facing all of the world’s governments. The contract with Boeing is still in negotiation so a change like this of cutting two aircraft bringing the total to fourteen is certainly easier then after the award. The total cost savings though may not be that much unless other customers can be found for the two aircraft. The more you buy of something the cheaper they are so reducing the buy to save money may cause a slight cost increase in the ones remaining.

Unfortunately Canada is now joining Britain with its Typhoon problems were the lack of money available is starting to affect military procurement programs. Discretionary spending in budgets is limited and weapons spending is one area that may be cut. If the world’s economy doesn’t turn around soon we will see more of these program changes. The start will be nibbling around the edges and then whole programs finally being ended.

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