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Good Summary Of The KC-X Situation

The Kansas City Star has this lengthy article that describes the whole situation and explains how we got where we are with the KC-X tanker RFP. The article by Cleon Rickle may be found here. Key takeaways are:

“”I am confident Boeing can build the best plane for the Air Force, no matter the competition,” said U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts,of Kansas. “However, I urge the Department of Defense to run a fair competition and avoid coddling EADS to the detriment of American warfighters who have waited eight years for this contest to end and decades for a new tanker.”

“We will offer a modern, more capable tanker in response to the Defense Department’s decision to encourage competition for this major taxpayer investment,” said EADS North America chairman Ralph Crosby, Jr. “Our KC-45 is the only real, flying, low-risk solution that today meets the demanding Air Force air refueling requirements and is actually in production now. ”

Nine Charged With Defrauding the U.S. Government of More Than $40 Million in Military Supply Scheme — Press Release

Nine Charged With Defrauding the U.S. Government of More Than $40 Million in Military Supply Scheme

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging six persons and three corporations with conspiring to defraud the U.S. government and wire fraud in connection with the supply and composition of critical materials used in the American war effort, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), along with other agencies mentioned below, investigated the case.

The indictment alleges that the defendants sold 1.8 million countermeasure flares, which are used in military aircraft to divert heat-seeking missiles, valued at $42 million to the Department of Defense (DoD) in violation of contract regulations. Such flares are composed primarily of magnesium powder.

The indictment states that the defendants violated DoD rules by obtaining magnesium produced by companies in China, rather than companies in the United States or Canada as required. The indictment further alleges that the defendants fraudulently mislabeled and undervalued the imported materials in order to evade customs and anti-dumping duties, which resulted in the loss of more than $10 million in customs duties. The U.S. Government enacted the anti-dumping duties on magnesium imports to protect the domestic magnesium industry. Such protection ensures a domestic supplier would always be available in times of war or national emergency given the critical need for magnesium for war fighting purposes.

The indictment specifically names: Gregory Magness, age 62, of Polk, Pa.; Justin Magness, age 34, Oil City, Pa.; Superior Metal Powders Inc., Franklin, Pa.; Charles Wright, age 60, Youngstown, N.Y.; William Nehill, age, 65, of Orchard Park, N.Y.; International Technology Group Inc., Orchard Park, N.Y.; Eldon Bott, age 58, of Brigham City, Utah; Innovative Materials & Solutions Inc., Brigham City, Utah; and Qian Chen, age 48, of Beijing, China.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, $250,000 fine or both (the conspiracy charge), and 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both (the wire fraud charge) along with the forfeiture of assets.

“The critical aspect of this case is that the defendants stand accused of intentionally evading Department of Defense regulations, jeopardizing military service men and women and a critical American industry, and defrauding the Government out of millions of dollars of tariffs and duties,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul.

“This is a case where men, operating under the guise of legitimate businesses, conspired to import mislabeled and undervalued magnesium powder – a key component of flares – from China into the United States,” said ICE Special Agent in Charge Lev Kubiak. “As a result, DoD was sold non-conforming flares, which could have put our war fighters at additional risk.”

The indictment was the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the ICE Buffalo Office of Investigations; Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Philadelphia Office under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Edward Bradley, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, New York Field Division, under the direction of Patricia Haynes and, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations under the direction of Port Director Joseph Wilson provided significant assistance in this case.

The evidence was presented to the grand jury by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who will handle the trial of the case.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

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The Road To Hell In Defense Procurement Reform Is Paved With Good Intentions

April 30, 2010 by · Comment
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Congress continues to make attempts to try and “reform” defense acquisition with the goal of doing things cheaper. Part of this latest bill rest on the assumption that the U.S. is under budgetary…

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Contracts for April 30, 2010



U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

Harris Co., Rochester, N.Y., was awarded a modification to contract H92222-07-D-0008 on April 25, increasing the contract not-to-exceed funding ceiling from $422 million to $464 million. This 10-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, with a five-year base period and one five-year option period, is for the procurement and sustainment of improved special operations forces high-frequency manpack radio systems in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. Work under this contract will continue to be performed in Rochester, N.Y., and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2012 for the base period, or April 30, 2017 if the five-year option period is exercised. U.S. Special Operations is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., Fort Wayne, Ind., was awarded a modification to contract H92222-08-D-0003 on April 26, increasing the contract not-to-exceed funding ceiling from $53,640,000 to $61,140,000. This three-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is for the procurement and sustainment of multiband/multimission radio systems in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. Work under this contract will continue to be performed in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Largo, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 24, 2011. U.S. Special Operations is the contracting activity.

NAVY

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded an $184,000,507 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-2222) for the procurement of materials in support of LPD 26, the 10th ship in the LPD 17 amphibious transport dock ship class. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by August 2012. 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.

The Applied Physics Laboratories at the University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $120,411,131 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity task order contract for up to 657,115 staff hours to provide research, development, and engineering in seven core competency areas to maintain essential core capabilities. The seven core areas are: experimental oceanography; acoustic propagation; underwater instrumentation and equipment; marine corrosion; acoustic and related systems; simulations and signal processing; and mission related research and development. These capabilities are determined to be essential to support a variety of specific programs managed by different technical sponsor organizations. This contract includes an option which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $257,437,031 for up to 1,314,230 staff hours. Work will be performed in Seattle, Wash., and is expected to be completed by April 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. No funds are obligated by award of this contract. Funds are obligated on individual task orders. Multiple appropriation types will be utilized throughout contract performance. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-10-D-6618).

J. Perez Construction, Inc.*, Davison, Mich. (N40083-10-D-0029); Old Veteran Construction, Inc.*, Chicago, Ill. (N40083-10-D-0030); A&D Powerline, JV*, Gallup, N.M. (N40083-10-D-0031); and Federal Construction Group, Inc.*, San Antonio, Texas (N40083-10-D-0032), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity design-build fire protection multiple-award construction contract for fire protection installation, repairs, new construction, and renovations with design capabilities at Naval Station Great Lakes and Department of Defense facilities in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Midwest area of responsibility (AOR). The maximum dollar value for all four contracts combined is $30,000,000. Work will be performed in the NAVFAC Midwest AOR including Arkansas (6.25 percent), Illinois (6.25 percent), Indiana (6.25 percent), Iowa (6.25 percent), Kansas (6.25 percent), Kentucky (6.25 percent), Michigan (6.25 percent), Minnesota (6.25 percent), Mississippi (6.25 percent), Nebraska (6.25 percent), North Dakota (6.25 percent), Ohio (6.25 percent), Oklahoma (6.25 percent), South Dakota (6.25 percent), Tennessee (6.25 percent), and Wisconsin (6.25 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of April 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured as an 8(a) set-aside via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online Web site, with 13 proposals received. These four contractors shall compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Midwest, Great Lakes, Ill., is the contracting activity.

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $27,739,490 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed price contract (N40080-08-C-0020) for furnishing and installing furniture, fixtures, and equipment in the co-located military department investigative agencies at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The total contract amount after exercise of this modification will be $356,681,004. Work will be performed in Quantico, Va., and is expected to be completed by December 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $27,349,824 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

L3 Services, Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a $15,147,985 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00421-05-C-0009) to exercise an option for engineering and technical services and supplies to design, develop, procure, prototype, modify, integrate, test and evaluate, install, and provide logistics support for telecommunication and related communication-electronic systems. These services are in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Special Communications Requirements Division. The estimated level of effort for this modification is 147,067 man-hours. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md. (80 percent), and St. Inigoes, Md. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md., is being awarded an $8,478,582 modification (P00002) under a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00189-08-D-P002) to exercise option year two for engineering and technical services supporting the Advanced SEAL Delivery System planning yard in Kittery, Maine. Work will be performed in Annapolis, Md. (95 percent), and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Contract funds will expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Annex, New Hampshire, is the contracting activity.

JLG Industries, Inc., McConnellsburg, Pa., is being awarded a $6,002,484 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-07-C-0451) to exercise an option for the procurement of 38 T-56 engine installation and removal vehicles. Work will be performed in McConnellsburg, Pa., and is expected to be completed in August 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $4,284,416 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $5,697,748 a firm-fixed-price, estimated indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for environmental laboratory services (sampling, analytical, and laboratory management) at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest area of responsibility (AOR). The work to be performed provides for all labor, materials, equipment, supervision, and transportation necessary to perform environmental sampling, field testing, and laboratory testing services to support environmental programs that ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local statutes and regulations, and Department of Defense policies, instructions and guidance. The maximum dollar value, including the base period, four option periods, and two award option periods, is $45,617,801. Work will be performed primarily in San Diego, Calif., and the NAVFAC Southwest AOR, including California (75 percent), Hawaii (20 percent), and Washington (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2017. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the NAVFAC e-solicitation Web site, with three proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N62473-10-D-4003).

Contracting Systems, Inc., II*, Quakertown, Pa., is being awarded a $5,584,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of an addition to the Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center Lehigh Valley. The work to be performed provides for a supply warehouse, gear locker room, communications shop, classroom and conference space, administrative space, and women’s and men’s bathrooms with male locker area and shower stalls. A secure internet protocol router room, communication room, and mechanical and electrical rooms are also required. A vehicle maintenance facility will also be constructed at the site and will include high bay compartments, single-story steel framed structure with concrete foundation, flat metal panel, and sloped metal roof. Facility will include vehicle lube system and engine hoist. Site work will include rigid paving for military vehicles, and asphalt paving for parking privately owned vehicles. The contract also contains one unexercised option which, if exercised, would increase cumulative contract value to $5,596,500. Work will be performed in Allentown, Pa., and is expected to be completed by July 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 Web site, with four proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-10-C-9436).

ARMY

GM GDLS Defense Group, LLC, JV, Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on April 27 a $122,804,670 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This action funds the material for 500 sets of Stryker mobility drivelines to support Stryker vehicles in the Operation Enduring Freedom theater. Work is to be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich. (41 percent), and London, Ontario (59 percent), with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Tank Automotive & Armament Command, CCTA-AIP, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-D-M112)

Navistar Defense, LLC, Warrenville, Ill., was awarded on April 28 an $88,510,791 firm-fixed-price contract for 629 general transport trucks. Work is to be performed in West Point, Miss., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, CCTA-ADBA, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-D-G097).

Caterpillar, Inc., Mossville, Ill., was awarded on April 28 a $49,833,457 fixed-price-economic price adjustment for the production of 198 Type I and Type II, T-5 and T-9 Dozer vehicles. Work is to be performed in Mossville, Ill., with an estimated completion date of June 6, 2013. Bids were solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site with seven bids received. TACOM-Warren, CCTA-ADEC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-D-0169).

Truck-Lite Co., Inc., was awarded on April 19 a $37,078,758 firm-fixed-price contract for Buffalo mine protected clearance vehicles, data items, a field support representative, and technical manuals. Work is to be performed in Falconer, N.Y., with an estimated completion date of May 22, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Center Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0113).

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded on April 23 a $23,189,862 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of two commercial Bell Helicopter 412EP aircrafts, logistical support, spare parts package, special tools, and training. Work is to be performed in Quebec, Canada (88 percent), Piney Flats, Tenn. (8 percent), and Fort Worth, Texas (4 percent), with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, CCAM-RD-F, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-10-C-0085).

Ahtna Facility Services, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, was awarded on April 28 a $21,700,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for hospital environmental services for designated military treatment facilities on Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas, to include Brooke Army Medical Center and U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. Work is to be performed on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Center for Health Care Contracting, Health Care Acquisition Activity, U.S. Army Medical Commands, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W81K04-10-D-0006).

Alutiiq International Solutions, LLC, Aurora, Colo., was awarded on April 27 a $14,040,623 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is to construct a vehicle maintenance facility as part of a standard design unit operations facility. Primary facilities include: covered hardstand; vehicle maintenance shop; organizational parking; and organizational storage. Provide installation of intrusion detection system; energy monitoring and control system connections; fire alarm detection; reporting systems; mass notification system; automatic building sprinklers; and force protection measures. Supporting facilities include electricity; security lighting; water, sewer, and natural gas services; fire protection; paving for privately owned vehicle parking area, service roads, walks, curb, and gutters; storm drainage; information systems; lightning protection systems; site improvements and landscaping; information systems; and anti-terrorism measures. Anti-terrorism/force protection will be provided by use of setbacks, special windows, and doors. Comprehensive building and furnishings related to interior design services are required. Access for individuals with disabilities will be provided in public areas. Work is to be performed in Fort Stewart, Ga., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 18, 2011. Three bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W912HN-08-D-0032).

Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded on April 28 a $13,286,616 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This procurement is for on-site depot level diagnostic, fault isolation, clean and repair capability for PATRIOT weapon system major items. This service is beyond the capabilities of the batter battalion and intermediate support units. This procurement includes depot level clean-up, repair, and maintenance of PATRIOT major items, including services required to return and maintain PATRIOT major items deployed in Southwest Asia, Germany, Korea, and locations inside the contiguous United States to maximize operational readiness. Work is to be performed in Korea (39.1 percent); Qatar (5.7 percent); Germany (14.0 percent); El Paso, Texas (18.6 percent); Killeen, Texas (2.5 percent); Fayetteville, N.C. (1.8 percent); Lawton, Okla. (1.8 percent); Andover, Mass. (7.0 percent); Japan (4.5 percent); and Kuwait (4.9 percent), with an estimated completion date of June 16, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aviation & Missile Command Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-06-C-0352).

CACI-WGI, Chantilly, Va., was awarded on April 23 a $12,731,855 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Joint Expeditionary Team. Work is to be performed in Reston, Va. (50 percent), and Afghanistan (50 percent) with an estimated completion date of April 21, 2013. Four bids were solicited with two bids received. Research Development & Engineering Command, Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-08-D-0027).

CACI-WGI, Chantilly, Va., was awarded on April 23 a $12,731,855 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Joint Expeditionary Team. Work is to be performed in Reston, Va. (50 percent), and Afghanistan (50 percent) with an estimated completion date of Aug. 28, 2009. Four bids were solicited with two bids received. Research Development & Engineering Command-Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-08-D-0027).

Military Sales Group, Inc., Nashville, Tenn., was awarded on April 27 an $11,602,674 firm-fixed-price contract for ground mobility vehicle components. This acquisition is to procure various quantities of 40 different components used on special operations command vehicles. Work is to be performed in Nashville, Tenn., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2015. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, Pa., is the contracting activity (W911N2-10-D-0010).

Cajun Constructors, Inc., Baton Rouge, La., was awarded on April 23 an $11,182,945 firm-fixed-price contract. This procurement is for the Lake Pontchartrain and vicinity Louisiana Project, north of Airline Highway, St. Charles Parish, floodwall under I-310 - Phase 2. The work consists of structural demolition of existing I-310 sheet pile floodwall and adjacent scour protection; construction of proposed I-310 floodwall and access swing gate and all embankment placement and grading; relocations; access roads; traffic control; scour protection; and all other work associated with the floodwall as shown in the drawing. Work is to be performed in St. Charles Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of June 9, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with nine bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hurricane Protection Office, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-10-C-0075).

LECON, Inc., Houston, Texas, was awarded on April 23 a $9,756,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The work consist of channel excavation backfill, storm drains, articulating concrete blocks, metal piling, relief wells, concrete lining, and storm drains. Work is to be performed in Harris County, Texas, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. Forty-eight bids were solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Galveston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W912HY-10-C-0018).

I.L. Fleming, Inc., Midway, Ga., was awarded on April 28 a $9,422,500 firm-fixed-price contract for the design/build of brigade/battalion headquarters at Fort Polk. Work is to be performed in Fort Polk, La., with an estimated completed date of Oct. 4, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, Calif., is the contracting activity (W912HN-08-D-0042).

TLW, Inc., Columbia, Miss., was awarded on April 23 an $8,511,259 firm-fixed-price construction contract with early contractor involvement for Chanel Complex PN 02239, Fort Bliss, Texas. Work is to be performed in Fort Bliss, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 12, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity (W9128F-08-C-0017).

Olin Corp., Winchester Division, East Alton, Ill., was awarded on April 28 an $8,802,810 basic ordering agreement with firm-fixed-priced-delivery orders. This award is made under the terms of the existing requirements contract for 9mm and M882 ball cartridges. This ammunition is used in the M9 Beretta pistol both for training and for combat. Work is to be performed in East Alton, Ill., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. HQ, U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-06-D-0031).

Alliant Ammunition and Powder Co., LLC, Radford, Va., was awarded on April 28 a $7,441,500 firm-fixed-price contract for support of the facility operations at Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Work is to be performed in Radford, Va., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Headquarters, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAA09-03-E-0001).

BAE Systems, Sealy, Texas., was awarded on April 26 a $5,575,385 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of eight M1086A1P2 and nine M1A096A1P2 Patriot vehicles with Patriot kits installed for the country of Taiwan, as well as seven M1088A1P2 tractors for the country of Taiwan, for a total of 24 vehicles purchased with this modification. Work is to be performed in Sealy, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Center, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0460)

AIR FORCE

Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., was awarded a $98,649,000 contract which will provide one C-130J aircraft for the government of Israel. The contract also includes additional non-developmental items for the aircraft. At this time, $18,461,112 of foreign military financing has been obligated. 657AESS, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-06-C-6456).

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $53,100,000 contract which will provide for the engineering and manufacturing development for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer. This includes the associated engineering, program management, supportability, mission planning, modeling and simulation, hardware fabrication, production readiness, software and testing. At this time, $24,500,000 has been obligated. 692 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-10-C-0010).

Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Rockville, Md., was awarded a $47,400,000 contract which will provide research with the 711th Human Performance Wing. The primary research areas are: nano-bio interaction effects; bioinformatics; toxicology; predictive modeling; biomarker discovery/assay development; and molecular foundations. At this time, $10,000 has been obligated. AFRL/PKHA, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-10-2-6A01).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $24,302,490 contract which will develop and implement enterprise-wide computer network defense solutions. At this time, $3,422,619 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Wyle Laboratories, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $24,014,219 contract which will provide for the research, test and development, and delivery of architectural drawings; system/subsystems/infrastructure/prototype assessments; system alternatives recommendations; feasibility studies; interoperability testing; results; survey and infrastructure implementation designs; schedules and summary reports. At this time, $160,725 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005).

Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $14,492,211 contract which will provide information assurance network operations cyber security solutions to the Army Accessions Command chief information officer in their evolving role as information technology lead in supporting military, civil, and commercial domains geographically dispersed around the globe. At this time, $50,000 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, was awarded an $11,797,939 contract which will provide for the conduct of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense technology and mission assessment in order to leverage cutting edge technologies to increase force protection and maritime interdiction capabilities. At this time, $50,000 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-00-D-3180).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded an $8,928,083 contract which will provide advanced technology, analysis, and layered defense for increased defense of the Air Force network. At this time, $744,048 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $6,760,660 contract which will provide fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011 option year sustaining support to the Lot 6 production contract. At this time, $3,371,832 has been obligated. 681 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-10-C-0013).

Veterans Northwest Construction, LLC, Seattle, Wash., was awarded a $6,006,965 contract which will provide renovation work of dormitories on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 62 CONS/LGCA, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force Base, Wash., is the contracting activity (FA4479-10-C-0004).

Wyle Laboratories, Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded a $5,846,052 contract which will provide for the research, test development, and delivery of reliability engineering reports, analysis reports, and technical reports. At this time, $3,411,912 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05D-4005).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

PPG Aerospace Transparencies, Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $50,126,406 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for aircraft windshields. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Navy. The original proposal was solicited via the Internet Bid Board System Web site with one response. The date of performance completion is April 29, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va., is the contracting activity (SPM4A7-10-D-0193).

DMS Pharmaceutical Group, Inc.*, Park Ridge, Ill., is being awarded a maximum $26,786,177 firm-fixed-price, total set-aside, prime vendor secondary contract for pharmaceutical requirements. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, and Air Force. The original proposal was Web solicited with four responses. This contract is exercising the second option period. The date of performance completion is Oct. 31, 2012. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM200-05-D-0902).

*Small business

General Dynamics Board Selects James S. Crown to be Lead Director

General Dynamics Board Selects James S. Crown to be Lead Director
April 30, 2010 10:02 AM

FALLS CHURCH, Va., --The board of directors of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has selected James S. Crown, 56, to serve as lead director. Crown's service as lead director will begin on May 5, 2010. He is the board's first lead director, filling a position that was created in February.

Crown is the longest-serving member of the General Dynamics' board, having been a director since 1987. He is president of Henry Crown and Company of Chicago, Ill. He also serves as a director of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Sara Lee Corporation.

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Today in the Department of Defense, Friday, April 30, 2010

Today in the Department of Defense, Friday, April 30, 2010
April 30, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates hosts an honor cordon to welcome Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Rasa Jukneviciene to the Pentagon today at 9 a.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn has no public or media events on his schedule.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks at 12:30 p.m. EDT at the National Press Club, regarding Energy Initiatives, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead delivers remarks at 10 a.m. EDT at the Florida A&M NROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead delivers remarks at 6 p.m. EDT at the Port Everglades Fleet Week Celebration Reception on board the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

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General Dynamics Awarded Mission Payload Module Technology Demonstration Contract by U.S. Marine Corps

General Dynamics Awarded Mission Payload Module Technology Demonstration Contract by U.S. Marine Corps
April 30, 2010 11:04 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., --General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a $3 million contract by the U.S. Marine Corps System Command (MARCORSYSCOM) for a technology demonstration (TD) and evaluation of a new hardware's ability to meet the program requirements for the Mission Payload Module -- Non-Lethal Weapon System (MPM-NLWS). A full-and-open competition will follow the initial technology demonstration phase of this program.

Called the Medusa Weapon System, the new system -- developed by General Dynamics with its subcontractor and partner, ATK Aerospace Systems -- will adapt advanced 66mm grenade and launcher technology to provide improved counter-personnel and non-lethal capabilities that temporarily incapacitate targets through intense light, sound and pressure stimuli.

The Medusa's articulated launcher and fire control system fires a new non-lethal grenade munition with electronic, in-tube, range-programmable fuzing that provides precision placement of the non-lethal effect. The system will provide longer range, greater area coverage, extended duration, lower risk of permanent injury and better scalability of effects over current non-lethal weapon systems. The Medusa system is also capable of launching the current inventory of 66mm non-lethal and obscuration-effect grenades and will be integrated onto the Marine Corps Transparent Armor Gun Shield (MCTAGS), ballistic-glass shields which are used to protect service members in close urban environments.

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Northrop Grumman Sets Media Briefings for Navy League Sea-Air-Space 2010

Northrop Grumman Sets Media Briefings for Navy League Sea-Air-Space 2010
April 30, 2010

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will offer a series of media briefings during Navy League's annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition in
Washington, D.C. These briefings complement this year's show theme of "Responding Globally: At Sea and Ashore" and the company's trade show display in Exhibit Hall Booth 922 representing a wide variety of its naval programs and related capabilities. A list of Northrop Grumman products to be spotlighted at the exposition follows. In addition, the company will preview its participation in the Centennial of Naval Aviation launching in early 2011, including its exclusive sponsorship of "Fly Navy" celebrating the first 100 years of naval aviation by famed aviation photographer Erik Hildebrant.

Detailed information on each briefing is available from the listed media contact.

When: May 3-4, 2010. Times listed below
Where: Gaylord National Resort and Convention CenterWashington, D.C.; Exact room locations listed below
RSVP: Please RSVP through the media contact listed for each
briefing byclose of business the day prior to the event.

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Time/Location Topic Presenter(s) Media Contact
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Mon., May 3; AN/ZPY-1 STARLite Mike Pefley, Tom Delaney
9 - 10 a.m. -- This briefing director, thomas.
will provide an Business [email protected]
Room: Annapolis 2 update on Development & Office
STARLite, a Strategic (410) 993-6454
breakthrough Planning, Land & Cell
advanced radar Self-Protection (410) 294-0962
with DMTI and Systems
coherent change Division, Ellen Hamilton
detection Northrop Grumman ellen.
capabilities that Electronic [email protected]
is now Systems Office
available in a (224) 625-4693
less than Cell
80-pound package (847) 815-0753
for
tactical unmanned
and light
fixed-and rotary-
wing manned air
vehicles
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Mon., May 3; E-2D Advanced Capt. Shane Dianne Baumert-
2:20 pm -3 p.m. Hawkeye - Gahagan, PMA Moyik
This briefing 231 program Dianne.baumert-
Room: Annapolis 2 will provide an manager, U.S. [email protected]
update on program Navy Office
performance, (516) 346-2142
upcoming James Mulhall, Cell
deliveries of Director, (516) 754-2645
the first Business
production Development
aircraft, and AEW/BMC2
the road to programs,
Initial Northrop Grumman
Operational Test Aerospace Systems
& Evaluation
in 2011
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Mon., May 3; National Security Derek Murphy, Bill Glenn
3-4 p.m. Cutter: Overview NSC 3 ship william.
and Program construction [email protected]
Update - This director, Office
briefing Northrop Grumman (228) 935-1323
Room: Annapolis 2 will provide Shipbuilding Cell
new program (228) 327-1671
information
and updates on Margaret
the U.S. Coast Mitchell-Jones
Guard's m.mitchell-
National Security [email protected]
Cutter (NSC) Office
(703) 875-8330
Cell
(202) 550-8746
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Mon., May 3; LPD 17: Overview Tim Farrell, vice Bill Glenn
4:15-5:30 p.m. and Program president, william.
Update - LPD 17 Program, [email protected]
This briefing Northrop Grumman Office
will provide Shipbuilding (228) 935-1323
Room: Annapolis 2 program Cell
information and (228) 327-1671
updates on the
LPD 17 Margaret
Amphibious Mitchell-Jones
Transport Dock m.mitchell-
shipbuilding [email protected]
program Office
(703) 875-8330
Cell
(202) 550-8746
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Tue., May 4; Broad Area Capt. Bob Dianne Baumert-
9-10 a.m. Maritime Dishman, PMA-262, Moyik
Surveillance U.S. Navy Dianne.baumert-
Unmanned [email protected]
Aircraft System Steve Enewold, Office
Room: Maryland 4 (BAMS UAS) - Vice President, (516) 346-2142
This briefing BAMS UAS, Cell
will provide Northrop Grumman (516) 754-2645
information and Aerospace
updates on the Systems
BAMS UAS program
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Tue, May 4; CVN 78: Overview Mike Shawcross, Lauren Green
1-2 p.m. and Program vice president lauren.
Update - Carrier [email protected]
This briefing Construction Office
will provide Program, (757) 380-3581
program Northrop Grumman Cell
Room: Maryland 4 information and Shipbuilding (757) 274-2678
updates on
CVN 78, Margaret
the future USS Mitchell-Jones
Gerald R. Ford m.mitchell-
nuclear-powered [email protected]
aircraft carrier Office
shipbuilding (703) 875-8330
program Cell
(202) 550-8746
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Tue., May 4: Large Aircraft Capt. Paul Tom Delaney
2-3 p.m. Infrared Overstreet, PMA thomas.
Countermeasures 272 program [email protected]
(LAIRCM) - This manager, U.S. Office
briefing will Navy (410) 993-6454
provide program Cell
information and Mike Pefley, (410) 294-0962
updates on the director,
Room: Maryland 4 self-protection Business Ellen Hamilton
systems for the Development & ellen.
Navy's CH-53E Strategic [email protected]
heavy lift Planning, Land & Office
helicopter Self-Protection (224) 625-4693
fleet Systems Division Cell
Northrop Grumman (847) 815-0753
Electronic
Systems
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Tue., May 4: Machinery Michael Berrang, Tom Delaney
3-4 p.m. Control Systems strategic thomas.
(MCS), AN/SPQ-9B business unit [email protected]
Room: Maryland 4 radar, and director, Office
Performance Machinery (410) 993-6454
Based Navigation Controls; Cell
(PBN) - This Tom Magno, (410) 294-0962
briefing will marketing
provide manager,
information and C2/Radars; and
updates on three Eric Lindenbaum,
key Naval & strategic
Marine Systems planner, Naval
Division programs & Marine
Systems Division,
Northrop Grumman
Electronic
Systems
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Northrop Grumman Products Represented at the 2010 Sea-Air-Space
Exposition

-- Gerald R. Ford-class Aircraft Carrier Program
-- Advanced Training Technology
-- CVN RCOH (Refueling & Complex Overhaul)
-- Virginia-class Submarines
-- Fleet Support
-- DDG 51 Program
-- Advanced Power & Control Systems
-- Aerial Targets
-- Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Systems
-- Aircraft Carrier Power Generation Equipment
-- AMSEC
-- AN/SLQ-32(V) Surface Ship EW System
-- Automatic Test Equipment (ATE)
-- Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS)
-- Common Processing System
-- E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
-- EA-18G Growler
-- EA-6B ICAP III Prowler
-- EP-X
-- Fire Scout, Vertical Take-off and Landing
Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV)
-- Integrated Bridge System - Trainer (IBS-TTM)
-- Integrated Combat Management System (ICMS)
-- Joint Multimission Expeditionary Craft (JMEC)
-- Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM)
-- LHA 6 Program
-- Life Cycle Optimization and Engineering Group
-- LITENING
-- Littoral Combat Ship Mission Package Integration
-- LPD 17 Program
-- Naval Propulsion and Power Generation Equipment
-- Navigation and Positioning Systems
-- New Technologies and Systems
-- Newport News Industrial
-- Next Generation Jammer
-- Patrol Frigate (NSC Derivative - International)
-- Situational Awareness Systems
-- Sperry Star III
-- SPQ-9B Multimission Radar
-- SSGN, Kinetic Energy Interceptors & MLS Launcher Systems
-- U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC)
-- Unmanned Surface Vehicle/NEO
-- Unmanned Vehicles
-- X-47B UCAS (Unmanned Combat Air System)
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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements

April 30, 2010 by · Comment
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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements
April 30, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations:

Navy Reserve Capt. Victor M. Beck has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Beck is currently serving as public affairs action officer, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/director, Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Washington, D.C.

Navy Reserve Capt. Gerald W. Clusen has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Clusen is currently serving as deputy commander, Navy Net-Centric Warfare Group and special assistant for Reserve affairs, Navy Cyber Forces, Norfolk, Va.

Navy Reserve Capt. Bryan P. Cutchen has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Cutchen is currently serving as chief of staff, deputy commander Naval Air Forces Reserve, San Diego, Calif.

Navy Reserve Capt. Kelvin N. Dixon has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Dixon is currently serving as deputy reserve commander, Navy Region Northwest, Everett, Wash.

Navy Reserve Capt. Martha E. G. Herb has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Herb is currently serving as chief staff officer, Second Fleet Combined Joint Operations from the Sea, Center for Excellence, Norfolk, Va.

Navy Reserve Capt. Brian L. Laroche has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Laroche is currently serving as commanding officer, U.S. European Command Detachment 0193, Fort Dix, N.J.

Navy Reserve Capt. Luke M. McCollum has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). McCollum is currently serving as commanding officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Joint Task Force Unit 300, Norfolk, Va.

Navy Reserve Capt. James H. Rodman Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Rodman is currently serving as vice commander, Navy Net-Centric Warfare Group, Fort Meade, Md.

Navy Reserve Capt. John C. Sadler has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Sadler is currently serving as deputy Reserve commander, Navy Region Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla.

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Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 7,500 Jobs, $388 Million to Kansas

April 30, 2010 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Syndicated Industry News 
Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 7,500 Jobs, $388 Million to Kansas
April 30, 2010

TOPEKA, Kan., -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Kansas will benefit from approximately 7,500 jobs and an estimated $388 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.

"The national recession has hit the aviation industry hard, with thousands of Kansans out of work," said Gov. Mark Parkinson. "The jobs from this contract can provide meaningful economic recovery to our state and country. The delays on this project have been frustrating, and unnecessary. I urge our military leaders to act swiftly and award this contract to Boeing. It's time we bring these jobs home to Kansas."

"I am confident that the Air Force will select Boeing to build its new tanker because I know the strength of the Kansas work force. Our workers will provide the skills and expertise that a new generation of airmen will depend on to keep America secure," said U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback. "I am excited for Boeing to win the contract and get these tankers rolling off of the line, and excited that we are working together to create new jobs in Kansas and grow the Kansas economy."

"This announcement today confirms what we all know to be true, that Boeing will make the best next-generation aerial refueling tanker. Boeing's proposal is based on a proven platform founded on the expertise of a well-established pool of skilled workers," said U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts. "The tanker proposal must be based on a level playing field and not construed to accommodate the business needs of an illegally subsidized company at the sacrifice of American servicemembers."

"While unemployment remains high and our economy is still sluggish, nothing is more welcome news than a possible 7,500 jobs coming to Kansas. An American tanker should be built by an American company with American workers -- and that is the Boeing 767 -- made by our highly skilled workers here in Kansas," said U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt. "I will continue to press the Pentagon for a fair and level playing field for our American workers. With an equal competition, there is no doubt that U.S. workers can compete and win this tanker contract. I look forward to seeing these high-quality jobs come home to the Sunflower State very soon."

Boeing employees working at the Wichita, Kan., site will play an important role in modifying commercial 767 airplanes into NewGen military tankers if the company is selected for the contract. This is highly skilled work that Boeing workers in Kansas know well, having performed similar modifications in recent years on eight 767 tankers for Japan and Italy.

In addition to the 2,586 Boeing employees in Kansas, the company also works with 464 suppliers/vendors around the state, resulting in an estimated $3 billion in annual economic impact and supporting an estimated 125,000 direct and indirect Kansas jobs.

Some of the other Kansas manufacturers ready to produce critical components on the NewGen Tanker include:

Spirit Aerosystems, Wichita -- forward fuselage section
Kaman Aerostructures, Wichita -- mechanical components
Machining Specialists, Wichita -- machined metal parts
McGinty Machine Co., Wichita -- precision-machined metal parts.
The NewGen Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane and updated with the latest and most advanced technology. Capable of fulfilling the Air Force's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients, the combat-ready NewGen Tanker is being offered as a replacement for 179 KC-135 aircraft. Boeing is writing a proposal to meet or exceed the 372 mandatory requirements described in the service's final KC-X Request for Proposal released on Feb. 24. The Air Force is expected to award a contract later this year.

The NewGen Tanker will be made with a low-risk approach to manufacturing that relies on existing Boeing facilities in Washington state and Kansas as well as U.S. suppliers throughout the nation, with decades of experience delivering dependable military tanker and derivative aircraft. Nationwide, the NewGen Tanker program will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.

The Boeing NewGen Tanker also will be more cost-effective to own and operate than a larger, heavier tanker. It will save American taxpayers more than $10 billion in fuel costs over its 40-year service life because it burns 24 percent less fuel than the competitor's airplane.

Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers for decades. These include the KC-135 that will be replaced in the KC-X competition, and the KC-10 fleet. The company also has delivered four KC-767Js to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is on contract to deliver four KC-767s to the Italian Air Force. Three of the four Italian tankers are in flight test, with the fourth airplane in production.

More information on Boeing's NewGen Tanker, including video clips and an interactive tour of the aircraft, is available.

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Northrop Grumman Announces $184 Million Advance Procurement Contract for Tenth San Antonio (LPD 17) Class Amphibious Ship

Northrop Grumman Announces $184 Million Advance Procurement Contract for Tenth San Antonio (LPD 17) Class Amphibious Ship
April 30, 2010

PASCAGOULA, Miss. –– The U.S. Navy awarded a $184 million cost plus fixed-fee advance procurement contract modification to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) that will provide long lead materials for LPD 26, the tenth amphibious transport dock ship of the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class.

The funds will be used to purchase long lead time materials and major equipment in support of the new ship, such as main engines and diesel generators and other equipment including electrical switchboards, deck equipment and fire extinguishing systems.

The work will be performed at the company's Gulf Coast facilities. This is the second advance procurement contract for LPD 26.

"Northrop Grumman Shipbuilders are committed to building a high quality ship -- the 10th in this strong class of amphibs for the U.S. Navy," said Tim Farrell, vice president and program manager of the LPD program for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding–Gulf Coast. "This procurement contract enables us to continue our focus on effective and efficient supply chain management through the advanced purchase of essential material that will help us meet our schedule commitments with our Navy customer."

The ten ships of the LPD 17 class are a key element of the Navy's ability to project power ashore. Collectively, these ships functionally replace over 41 ships (LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113, and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships) providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern, sea-based platforms that are networked, survivable, and built to operate with 21st Century platforms, such as the MV-22 Osprey and the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV).

The LPD 17-class ships are 684 feet long, 105 feet wide and displace approximately 25,000 tons. Their principal mission is to deploy the combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades. The ship can carry up to 800 troops and have the capability of transporting and debarking air cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and EFVs, augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft such as the MV-22. These ships will support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st Century.

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DOD CONTRACTS for April 30, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for April 30, 2010
April 30, 2010

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
Harris Co., Rochester, N.Y., was awarded a modification to contract H92222-07-D-0008 on April 25, increasing the contract not-to-exceed funding ceiling from $422 million to $464 million. This 10-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, with a five-year base period and one five-year option period, is for the procurement and sustainment of improved special operations forces high-frequency manpack radio systems in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. Work under this contract will continue to be performed in Rochester, N.Y., and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2012 for the base period, or April 30, 2017 if the five-year option period is exercised. U.S. Special Operations is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., Fort Wayne, Ind., was awarded a modification to contract H92222-08-D-0003 on April 26, increasing the contract not-to-exceed funding ceiling from $53,640,000 to $61,140,000. This three-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is for the procurement and sustainment of multiband/multimission radio systems in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. Work under this contract will continue to be performed in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Largo, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 24, 2011. U.S. Special Operations is the contracting activity.

NAVY
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded an $184,000,507 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-2222) for the procurement of materials in support of LPD 26, the 10th ship in the LPD 17 amphibious transport dock ship class. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by August 2012. 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.

The Applied Physics Laboratories at the University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $120,411,131 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity task order contract for up to 657,115 staff hours to provide research, development, and engineering in seven core competency areas to maintain essential core capabilities. The seven core areas are: experimental oceanography; acoustic propagation; underwater instrumentation and equipment; marine corrosion; acoustic and related systems; simulations and signal processing; and mission related research and development. These capabilities are determined to be essential to support a variety of specific programs managed by different technical sponsor organizations. This contract includes an option which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $257,437,031 for up to 1,314,230 staff hours. Work will be performed in Seattle, Wash., and is expected to be completed by April 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. No funds are obligated by award of this contract. Funds are obligated on individual task orders. Multiple appropriation types will be utilized throughout contract performance. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-10-D-6618).

J. Perez Construction, Inc.*, Davison, Mich. (N40083-10-D-0029); Old Veteran Construction, Inc.*, Chicago, Ill. (N40083-10-D-0030); A&D Powerline, JV*, Gallup, N.M. (N40083-10-D-0031); and Federal Construction Group, Inc.*, San Antonio, Texas (N40083-10-D-0032), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity design-build fire protection multiple-award construction contract for fire protection installation, repairs, new construction, and renovations with design capabilities at Naval Station Great Lakes and Department of Defense facilities in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Midwest area of responsibility (AOR). The maximum dollar value for all four contracts combined is $30,000,000. Work will be performed in the NAVFAC Midwest AOR including Arkansas (6.25 percent), Illinois (6.25 percent), Indiana (6.25 percent), Iowa (6.25 percent), Kansas (6.25 percent), Kentucky (6.25 percent), Michigan (6.25 percent), Minnesota (6.25 percent), Mississippi (6.25 percent), Nebraska (6.25 percent), North Dakota (6.25 percent), Ohio (6.25 percent), Oklahoma (6.25 percent), South Dakota (6.25 percent), Tennessee (6.25 percent), and Wisconsin (6.25 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of April 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured as an 8(a) set-aside via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online Web site, with 13 proposals received. These four contractors shall compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Midwest, Great Lakes, Ill., is the contracting activity.

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $27,739,490 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed price contract (N40080-08-C-0020) for furnishing and installing furniture, fixtures, and equipment in the co-located military department investigative agencies at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The total contract amount after exercise of this modification will be $356,681,004. Work will be performed in Quantico, Va., and is expected to be completed by December 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $27,349,824 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

L3 Services, Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a $15,147,985 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00421-05-C-0009) to exercise an option for engineering and technical services and supplies to design, develop, procure, prototype, modify, integrate, test and evaluate, install, and provide logistics support for telecommunication and related communication-electronic systems. These services are in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Special Communications Requirements Division. The estimated level of effort for this modification is 147,067 man-hours. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md. (80 percent), and St. Inigoes, Md. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md., is being awarded an $8,478,582 modification (P00002) under a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00189-08-D-P002) to exercise option year two for engineering and technical services supporting the Advanced SEAL Delivery System planning yard in Kittery, Maine. Work will be performed in Annapolis, Md. (95 percent), and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Contract funds will expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Annex, New Hampshire, is the contracting activity.

JLG Industries, Inc., McConnellsburg, Pa., is being awarded a $6,002,484 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-07-C-0451) to exercise an option for the procurement of 38 T-56 engine installation and removal vehicles. Work will be performed in McConnellsburg, Pa., and is expected to be completed in August 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $4,284,416 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $5,697,748 a firm-fixed-price, estimated indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for environmental laboratory services (sampling, analytical, and laboratory management) at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest area of responsibility (AOR). The work to be performed provides for all labor, materials, equipment, supervision, and transportation necessary to perform environmental sampling, field testing, and laboratory testing services to support environmental programs that ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local statutes and regulations, and Department of Defense policies, instructions and guidance. The maximum dollar value, including the base period, four option periods, and two award option periods, is $45,617,801. Work will be performed primarily in San Diego, Calif., and the NAVFAC Southwest AOR, including California (75 percent), Hawaii (20 percent), and Washington (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2017. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the NAVFAC e-solicitation Web site, with three proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N62473-10-D-4003).

Contracting Systems, Inc., II*, Quakertown, Pa., is being awarded a $5,584,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of an addition to the Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center Lehigh Valley. The work to be performed provides for a supply warehouse, gear locker room, communications shop, classroom and conference space, administrative space, and women's and men's bathrooms with male locker area and shower stalls. A secure internet protocol router room, communication room, and mechanical and electrical rooms are also required. A vehicle maintenance facility will also be constructed at the site and will include high bay compartments, single-story steel framed structure with concrete foundation, flat metal panel, and sloped metal roof. Facility will include vehicle lube system and engine hoist. Site work will include rigid paving for military vehicles, and asphalt paving for parking privately owned vehicles. The contract also contains one unexercised option which, if exercised, would increase cumulative contract value to $5,596,500. Work will be performed in Allentown, Pa., and is expected to be completed by July 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 Web site, with four proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-10-C-9436).

ARMY
GM GDLS Defense Group, LLC, JV, Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on April 27 a $122,804,670 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This action funds the material for 500 sets of Stryker mobility drivelines to support Stryker vehicles in the Operation Enduring Freedom theater. Work is to be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich. (41 percent), and London, Ontario (59 percent), with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Tank Automotive & Armament Command, CCTA-AIP, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-D-M112)

Navistar Defense, LLC, Warrenville, Ill., was awarded on April 28 an $88,510,791 firm-fixed-price contract for 629 general transport trucks. Work is to be performed in West Point, Miss., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, CCTA-ADBA, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-D-G097).

Caterpillar, Inc., Mossville, Ill., was awarded on April 28 a $49,833,457 fixed-price-economic price adjustment for the production of 198 Type I and Type II, T-5 and T-9 Dozer vehicles. Work is to be performed in Mossville, Ill., with an estimated completion date of June 6, 2013. Bids were solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site with seven bids received. TACOM-Warren, CCTA-ADEC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-D-0169).

Truck-Lite Co., Inc., was awarded on April 19 a $37,078,758 firm-fixed-price contract for Buffalo mine protected clearance vehicles, data items, a field support representative, and technical manuals. Work is to be performed in Falconer, N.Y., with an estimated completion date of May 22, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Center Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0113).

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded on April 23 a $23,189,862 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of two commercial Bell Helicopter 412EP aircrafts, logistical support, spare parts package, special tools, and training. Work is to be performed in Quebec, Canada (88 percent), Piney Flats, Tenn. (8 percent), and Fort Worth, Texas (4 percent), with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, CCAM-RD-F, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-10-C-0085).

Ahtna Facility Services, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, was awarded on April 28 a $21,700,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for hospital environmental services for designated military treatment facilities on Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas, to include Brooke Army Medical Center and U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. Work is to be performed on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Center for Health Care Contracting, Health Care Acquisition Activity, U.S. Army Medical Commands, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W81K04-10-D-0006).

Alutiiq International Solutions, LLC, Aurora, Colo., was awarded on April 27 a $14,040,623 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is to construct a vehicle maintenance facility as part of a standard design unit operations facility. Primary facilities include: covered hardstand; vehicle maintenance shop; organizational parking; and organizational storage. Provide installation of intrusion detection system; energy monitoring and control system connections; fire alarm detection; reporting systems; mass notification system; automatic building sprinklers; and force protection measures. Supporting facilities include electricity; security lighting; water, sewer, and natural gas services; fire protection; paving for privately owned vehicle parking area, service roads, walks, curb, and gutters; storm drainage; information systems; lightning protection systems; site improvements and landscaping; information systems; and anti-terrorism measures. Anti-terrorism/force protection will be provided by use of setbacks, special windows, and doors. Comprehensive building and furnishings related to interior design services are required. Access for individuals with disabilities will be provided in public areas. Work is to be performed in Fort Stewart, Ga., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 18, 2011. Three bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W912HN-08-D-0032).

Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded on April 28 a $13,286,616 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This procurement is for on-site depot level diagnostic, fault isolation, clean and repair capability for PATRIOT weapon system major items. This service is beyond the capabilities of the batter battalion and intermediate support units. This procurement includes depot level clean-up, repair, and maintenance of PATRIOT major items, including services required to return and maintain PATRIOT major items deployed in Southwest Asia, Germany, Korea, and locations inside the contiguous United States to maximize operational readiness. Work is to be performed in Korea (39.1 percent); Qatar (5.7 percent); Germany (14.0 percent); El Paso, Texas (18.6 percent); Killeen, Texas (2.5 percent); Fayetteville, N.C. (1.8 percent); Lawton, Okla. (1.8 percent); Andover, Mass. (7.0 percent); Japan (4.5 percent); and Kuwait (4.9 percent), with an estimated completion date of June 16, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aviation & Missile Command Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-06-C-0352).

CACI-WGI, Chantilly, Va., was awarded on April 23 a $12,731,855 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Joint Expeditionary Team. Work is to be performed in Reston, Va. (50 percent), and Afghanistan (50 percent) with an estimated completion date of April 21, 2013. Four bids were solicited with two bids received. Research Development & Engineering Command, Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-08-D-0027).

CACI-WGI, Chantilly, Va., was awarded on April 23 a $12,731,855 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Joint Expeditionary Team. Work is to be performed in Reston, Va. (50 percent), and Afghanistan (50 percent) with an estimated completion date of Aug. 28, 2009. Four bids were solicited with two bids received. Research Development & Engineering Command-Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-08-D-0027).

Military Sales Group, Inc., Nashville, Tenn., was awarded on April 27 an $11,602,674 firm-fixed-price contract for ground mobility vehicle components. This acquisition is to procure various quantities of 40 different components used on special operations command vehicles. Work is to be performed in Nashville, Tenn., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2015. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, Pa., is the contracting activity (W911N2-10-D-0010).

Cajun Constructors, Inc., Baton Rouge, La., was awarded on April 23 an $11,182,945 firm-fixed-price contract. This procurement is for the Lake Pontchartrain and vicinity Louisiana Project, north of Airline Highway, St. Charles Parish, floodwall under I-310 - Phase 2. The work consists of structural demolition of existing I-310 sheet pile floodwall and adjacent scour protection; construction of proposed I-310 floodwall and access swing gate and all embankment placement and grading; relocations; access roads; traffic control; scour protection; and all other work associated with the floodwall as shown in the drawing. Work is to be performed in St. Charles Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of June 9, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with nine bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hurricane Protection Office, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-10-C-0075).

LECON, Inc., Houston, Texas, was awarded on April 23 a $9,756,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The work consist of channel excavation backfill, storm drains, articulating concrete blocks, metal piling, relief wells, concrete lining, and storm drains. Work is to be performed in Harris County, Texas, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. Forty-eight bids were solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Galveston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W912HY-10-C-0018).

I.L. Fleming, Inc., Midway, Ga., was awarded on April 28 a $9,422,500 firm-fixed-price contract for the design/build of brigade/battalion headquarters at Fort Polk. Work is to be performed in Fort Polk, La., with an estimated completed date of Oct. 4, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, Calif., is the contracting activity (W912HN-08-D-0042).

TLW, Inc., Columbia, Miss., was awarded on April 23 an $8,511,259 firm-fixed-price construction contract with early contractor involvement for Chanel Complex PN 02239, Fort Bliss, Texas. Work is to be performed in Fort Bliss, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 12, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity (W9128F-08-C-0017).

Olin Corp., Winchester Division, East Alton, Ill., was awarded on April 28 an $8,802,810 basic ordering agreement with firm-fixed-priced-delivery orders. This award is made under the terms of the existing requirements contract for 9mm and M882 ball cartridges. This ammunition is used in the M9 Beretta pistol both for training and for combat. Work is to be performed in East Alton, Ill., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. HQ, U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-06-D-0031).

Alliant Ammunition and Powder Co., LLC, Radford, Va., was awarded on April 28 a $7,441,500 firm-fixed-price contract for support of the facility operations at Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Work is to be performed in Radford, Va., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Headquarters, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAA09-03-E-0001).

BAE Systems, Sealy, Texas., was awarded on April 26 a $5,575,385 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of eight M1086A1P2 and nine M1A096A1P2 Patriot vehicles with Patriot kits installed for the country of Taiwan, as well as seven M1088A1P2 tractors for the country of Taiwan, for a total of 24 vehicles purchased with this modification. Work is to be performed in Sealy, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Center, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0460)

AIR FORCE
Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., was awarded a $98,649,000 contract which will provide one C-130J aircraft for the government of Israel. The contract also includes additional non-developmental items for the aircraft. At this time, $18,461,112 of foreign military financing has been obligated. 657AESS, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-06-C-6456).

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $53,100,000 contract which will provide for the engineering and manufacturing development for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer. This includes the associated engineering, program management, supportability, mission planning, modeling and simulation, hardware fabrication, production readiness, software and testing. At this time, $24,500,000 has been obligated. 692 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-10-C-0010).

Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Rockville, Md., was awarded a $47,400,000 contract which will provide research with the 711th Human Performance Wing. The primary research areas are: nano-bio interaction effects; bioinformatics; toxicology; predictive modeling; biomarker discovery/assay development; and molecular foundations. At this time, $10,000 has been obligated. AFRL/PKHA, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-10-2-6A01).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $24,302,490 contract which will develop and implement enterprise-wide computer network defense solutions. At this time, $3,422,619 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Wyle Laboratories, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $24,014,219 contract which will provide for the research, test and development, and delivery of architectural drawings; system/subsystems/infrastructure/prototype assessments; system alternatives recommendations; feasibility studies; interoperability testing; results; survey and infrastructure implementation designs; schedules and summary reports. At this time, $160,725 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005).

Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $14,492,211 contract which will provide information assurance network operations cyber security solutions to the Army Accessions Command chief information officer in their evolving role as information technology lead in supporting military, civil, and commercial domains geographically dispersed around the globe. At this time, $50,000 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, was awarded an $11,797,939 contract which will provide for the conduct of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense technology and mission assessment in order to leverage cutting edge technologies to increase force protection and maritime interdiction capabilities. At this time, $50,000 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-00-D-3180).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded an $8,928,083 contract which will provide advanced technology, analysis, and layered defense for increased defense of the Air Force network. At this time, $744,048 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $6,760,660 contract which will provide fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011 option year sustaining support to the Lot 6 production contract. At this time, $3,371,832 has been obligated. 681 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-10-C-0013).

Veterans Northwest Construction, LLC, Seattle, Wash., was awarded a $6,006,965 contract which will provide renovation work of dormitories on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 62 CONS/LGCA, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force Base, Wash., is the contracting activity (FA4479-10-C-0004).

Wyle Laboratories, Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded a $5,846,052 contract which will provide for the research, test development, and delivery of reliability engineering reports, analysis reports, and technical reports. At this time, $3,411,912 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05D-4005).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
PPG Aerospace Transparencies, Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $50,126,406 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for aircraft windshields. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Navy. The original proposal was solicited via the Internet Bid Board System Web site with one response. The date of performance completion is April 29, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va., is the contracting activity (SPM4A7-10-D-0193).

DMS Pharmaceutical Group, Inc.*, Park Ridge, Ill., is being awarded a maximum $26,786,177 firm-fixed-price, total set-aside, prime vendor secondary contract for pharmaceutical requirements. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, and Air Force. The original proposal was Web solicited with four responses. This contract is exercising the second option period. The date of performance completion is Oct. 31, 2012. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM200-05-D-0902).

*Small business

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Today in the Department of Defense, Monday, May 03, 2010

Today in the Department of Defense, Monday, May 03, 2010
April 30, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gate delivers remarks at 12:45 p.m. EDT at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn has no public or media events on his schedule.

Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Gary Roughead; Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Conway and Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen deliver remarks at 10 a.m. EDT at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.

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Pratt & Whitney Awarded $65 Million Contract for F100 Engine Maintenance — Press Release

Pratt & Whitney Awarded $65 Million Contract for F100 Engine Maintenance

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The U.S. Air Force awarded Pratt & Whitney a $65 million contract to provide maintenance for F100 engines powering F-16 fighter aircraft from various international F100 customers, including Egypt, Jordan, Taiwan and Thailand. The three-year contract contains extension options, making the potential value approximately $100 million over the life of the contract. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

Under this contract, Pratt & Whitney will provide F100 module overhaul maintenance for its foreign military customers operating F100-PW-220 and F100-PW-229 engines. The overhaul work will be done at Pratt & Whitney’s San Antonio, Texas, facility and cover the fan, engine core, low pressure turbine, high pressure turbine and gearbox in the F100 engine.

“Pratt & Whitney is proud to provide its foreign military customers first-class F100 engine maintenance support at our San Antonio facility,” said Bill Begert, vice president, Military Business Development & Aftermarket Services, Pratt & Whitney. “Pratt & Whitney’s world-class maintenance turn times will allow our customers to maintain their engine fleets at high levels of readiness and keep them in the air protecting their borders.”

Pratt & Whitney military engines include the F135 for the F-35 Lightning II, the F119 for the F-22 Raptor, the F100 family that powers the F-15 and F-16, the F117 for the C-17 Globemaster III, the J52 for the EA-6B Prowler, the TF33 powering AWACS, Joint STARS, B-52, and KC-135 aircraft, and the TF30 for the F-111. In addition, Pratt & Whitney offers a global network of Maintenance Repair and Overhaul and Military Aftermarket Services focused on maintaining engine readiness for our customers.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in the F100 engine or F-15/F-16 aircraft funding, changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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AAI Wins Sub-contract From Lockheed For eCASS Components

Lockheed Martin (LMT) is the prime contractor for the next generation of test equipment for U.S. Navy aircraft. The electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) program will develop this for use on aircraft carriers and at land bases to support maintenance of key electronic systems on the F/A-18 and other Navy aircraft.

As part of the development and production of eCASS Lockheed gave AAI, a part of Textron Inc. (TXT), a contract to build radio frequency components. These mission equipment kits production is worth about $43 million if all options are exercised. AAI will provide over fifty of the units including two for depot use. As military programs become more-and-more complicated sophisticated test equipment aids in rapid diagnoses and fixes which minimized repair time and maximizes systems availability.

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcement

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcement
April 29, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations:

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Joseph P. Aucoin has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Aucoin is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Three, Bremerton, Wash.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Terry J. Benedict has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Benedict is currently serving as program executive officer for integrated warfare systems, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Patrick H. Brady has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Brady is currently serving as deputy commander for undersea warfare, SEA-073, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Ted N. Branch has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Branch is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group One, San Diego, Calif.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Paul J. Bushong has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Bushong is currently serving as commander, Navy Region Marianas/U.S. Pacific Command representative, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau/commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas, Guam.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) James F. Caldwell Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Caldwell is currently serving as commander, Submarine Group Nine, Silverdale, Wash.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Thomas H. Copeman III has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Copeman is currently serving as commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, U.S. Southern Command, Guantanamo, Cuba.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Samuel J. Cox has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Cox previously served as director, plans, policy and intelligence integration, Naval Network Warfare Command, Norfolk, Va.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Philip S. Davidson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Davidson is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, Norfolk, Va.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Kevin M. Donegan has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Donegan is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Five, Yokosuka, Japan.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Patrick Driscoll has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Driscoll is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Ten, Norfolk, Va.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) David A. Dunaway has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Dunaway is currently serving as commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Norfolk, Va.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Thomas J. Eccles has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Eccles is currently serving as deputy commander for ship design, integration and engineering, SEA-05, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Mark D. Guadagnini has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Guadagnini is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine, Everett, Wash.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Joseph A. Horn Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Horn is currently serving as program director, Aegis ballistic missile defense, Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Va.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Anthony M. Kurta has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Kurta previously served as commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Djibouti, Africa.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Joseph P. Mulloy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Mulloy is currently serving as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget/director, Fiscal Management Division, N82, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Sean A. Pybus has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Pybus is currently serving as commander, Special Operations, U.S. Pacific Command, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) John M. Richardson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Richardson is currently serving as director, plans and operations, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Sixth Fleet/deputy commander, Sixth Fleet/commander submarines, Allied Naval Forces South/commander, Submarine Group Eight, Naples, Italy.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael S. Rogers has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Rogers is currently serving as director for intelligence, J2, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Thomas S. Rowden has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Rowden is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven, San Diego, Calif.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) David G. Simpson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Simpson is currently serving as director, CJ6, Multi-National Force - Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Nora W. Tyson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Tyson is currently serving as commander, logistics group, Western Pacific/commander, Task Force 73/commander, Navy Region Singapore.

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House Armed Services Committee: schedule for the week of May 3 – May 7, 2010

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House Armed Services Committee: schedule for the week of May 3 – May 7, 2010
Ike Skelton, Chairman
April 29, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 – 10:00am – 2118 Rayburn – Open

The Full Committee will meet to receive testimony on developments in security and stability in Afghanistan.

Witnesses:

The Honorable Michèle Flournoy
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
U.S. Department of Defense

Lieutenant General John M. Paxton Jr., USMC
Director for Operations, J-3
Joint Chiefs of Staff


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Lockheed Martin Demonstrates The Future Of Net-Enabled Warfare At JEFX 10

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates The Future Of Net-Enabled Warfare At JEFX 10
April 29, 2010 3:00 PM

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, -- A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-16 demonstrated enhanced networked-enabled capabilities during the U.S. Air Force's Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2010 (JEFX 10), April 13-23, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

JEFX, planned and executed by the Global Cyberspace Integration Center, is a venue for innovative command and control (C2) and targeting technologies. This year's event focused on improving the U.S. forces' ability to conduct irregular warfare (IW). Lockheed Martin's participation, under the sponsorship of Air Combat Command, centered on the potential benefits of Internet Protocol (IP)-based applications in an irregular warfare context while conducting close air support (CAS) missions. Lockheed Martin's efforts tied in with Air Force Special Operations Command enhanced capabilities in an integrated operational thread.

During the two week experiment, F-16 pilots demonstrated the capability of the Lockheed Martin Sniper SE advanced targeting pod's enhanced resolution sensor suite for improved combat identification of ground targets. Sniper SE's ability to simultaneously track multiple ground vehicles moving through a complex urban environment lowers the pilot's workload while increasing mission effectiveness.

Using Cursor on Target protocol, continuous targeting information on moving ground vehicles was automatically transmitted to Special Operations Forces (SOF) teams via a Harris Corporation Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G radio using the Advanced Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2) capability. The wideband networking allowed the formation of mobile ad-hoc radio networks and enabled the transmission of high-bandwidth data and streaming video. Ground teams, each using the U.S. Special Operations Command developed Battlefield Air Operations Kit, subscribed to the F-16's network to display the vehicles' real-time location on each SOF ground operator's map display. Full motion video from Sniper SE was simultaneously streamed over the network as pilots and SOF teams coordinated attacks using simultaneous text messaging, chat and annotated imagery.

In addition to exploring ANW2 capabilities, Lockheed Martin also demonstrated the use of the Rockwell Collins-developed Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) to collaborate with a wide group of airborne and ground C2 nodes. Acting as a gateway and using the space-based Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS), air crews received current intelligence information on friendly and enemy forces, then automatically translated and republished the information via TTNT, ANW2 and Link 16.

"Improving the SA (situational awareness) of the pilots is vital," said Colonel Tim Forsythe, chief of Air Combat Command's combat aircraft division. "If we can pump data into those cockpits before we launch or even update it while we're on the fly via IBS it will generate more awareness for the pilot arriving in the collaboration airspace of CAS and IW."

"Partnership with the warfighter is absolutely essential in developing robust product roadmaps," said Mark Jefferson, director for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Horizontal Integration. "Our ability to integrate advanced capabilities and new technologies into current and challenging environments, such as the irregular warfare operations developed for JEFX 10, allows us to experiment with the fundamental elements necessary for tomorrow's net-enabled warfighting."

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DOD CONTRACTS for April 29, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for April 29, 2010
April 29, 2010

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Foster Fuels, Inc.*, Brookneal, Va., is being awarded a maximum $57,121,141 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for complete ground fuel support, delivery, and record keeping. Other locations of performance are in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Using service is federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web solicited with one response. This contract is exercising the second option year. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2011. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-080-D-4000).

Fisher Scientific Co., LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa. is being awarded a maximum $9,120,000 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract for the selection of a distributor for the laboratory integrated delivery system program. Other locations of performance are in Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Kentucky, Delaware, Colorado, Texas, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, New York, New Mexico, Washington, Georgia, Maryland and North Carolina. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web solicited via the Internet Bid Board System with eight responses. This contract has a base period and four one-year option periods. The date of performance completion is May 3, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM2DE-09-D-7340).

NAVY

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Columbia, Md., is being awarded a ceiling $45,925,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for life cycle logistics for the Distributed Scalable AccessNet and LongArm software, including licenses, training, technical services, and spare and repair parts. Work will be performed in Columbia, Md., and is expected to be completed by April 29, 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-10-D-2224).

Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc., Monroeville, Pa., is being awarded a $37,344,671 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-07-C-2100 for naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Monroeville, Pa. (90 percent), and Schenectady, N.Y. (10 percent). Contract funds in the amount of $923,558 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.

Vision Systems International, LLC, San Jose, Calif., is being awarded a $22,593,494 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0007) to exercise an option for the procurement of joint helmet mounted cueing systems for the Navy and Air Force. This modification provides for the procurement of 100 40-degree night vision cueing and display unit hardware and associated support equipment for the Navy (53) and the Air Force (47); 500 step-in visors for the Navy (359) and the Air Force (141); 25 aviation night vision (ANV-126) night vision goggles test set adapter kits for the Navy; and associated engineering services for the Navy and Air Force. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($12,247,152; 54 percent) and the Air Force ($10,346,342; 46 percent). Work will be performed in San Jose, Calif., and is expected to be completed in January 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.

*Small business

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Today in the Department of Defense, Friday, April 30, 2010

Today in the Department of Defense, Friday, April 30, 2010
April 29, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates hosts an honor cordon to welcome Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Rasa Jukneviciene to the Pentagon today at 9 a.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Pentagon River Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort to the cordon.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn has no public or media events on his schedule.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks at 11:30 a.m. EDT the National Press Club, regarding Energy Initiatives, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead delivers remarks at 10 a.m. EDT at the Florida A&M NROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead delivers remarks at 6 p.m. EDT at the Port Everglades Fleet Week Celebration Reception on board the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

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Contracts for April 29, 2010



DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Foster Fuels, Inc.*, Brookneal, Va., is being awarded a maximum $57,121,141 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for complete ground fuel support, delivery, and record keeping. Other locations of performance are in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Using service is federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web solicited with one response. This contract is exercising the second option year. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2011. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-080-D-4000).

Fisher Scientific Co., LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa. is being awarded a maximum $9,120,000 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract for the selection of a distributor for the laboratory integrated delivery system program. Other locations of performance are in Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Kentucky, Delaware, Colorado, Texas, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, New York, New Mexico, Washington, Georgia, Maryland and North Carolina. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web solicited via the Internet Bid Board System with eight responses. This contract has a base period and four one-year option periods. The date of performance completion is May 3, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM2DE-09-D-7340).

NAVY

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Columbia, Md., is being awarded a ceiling $45,925,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for life cycle logistics for the Distributed Scalable AccessNet and LongArm software, including licenses, training, technical services, and spare and repair parts. Work will be performed in Columbia, Md., and is expected to be completed by April 29, 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-10-D-2224).

Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc., Monroeville, Pa., is being awarded a $37,344,671 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-07-C-2100 for naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Monroeville, Pa. (90 percent), and Schenectady, N.Y. (10 percent). Contract funds in the amount of $923,558 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.

Vision Systems International, LLC, San Jose, Calif., is being awarded a $22,593,494 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0007) to exercise an option for the procurement of joint helmet mounted cueing systems for the Navy and Air Force. This modification provides for the procurement of 100 40-degree night vision cueing and display unit hardware and associated support equipment for the Navy (53) and the Air Force (47); 500 step-in visors for the Navy (359) and the Air Force (141); 25 aviation night vision (ANV-126) night vision goggles test set adapter kits for the Navy; and associated engineering services for the Navy and Air Force. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($12,247,152; 54 percent) and the Air Force ($10,346,342; 46 percent). Work will be performed in San Jose, Calif., and is expected to be completed in January 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.

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Latest Air Force Air Refueling Studies Shows Gap

The U.S. Air Force and Transportation Command briefed Congress on their recent study of aerial refueling requirements. For the worst scenario it is estimated that the U.S. lacks twenty percent of the required capacity.

One of the reasons is that the KC-135R fleet is getting old. They require substantial depot time which limits the size of the fleet. The study states that at any one time nineteen percent of the aircraft are not available at any one time. This puts pressure on the KC-10 and KC-130 aircraft.

The study reinforces the need for a rapid start and completion of the KC-X program.

Raytheon Partners with NAMMO for Second Source of AMRAAM Motors — Press Release

Raytheon Partners with NAMMO for Second Source of AMRAAM Motors

Additional source assures AMRAAM supply for US and allies

TUCSON, Ariz., April 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) and the Norwegian defense company NAMMO have begun qualifying an alternative rocket motor for the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. The new motor will be interchangeable with the AMRAAM propulsion system and will maintain the same performance as the current rocket engine.

“A second source of rocket motors ensures Raytheon will meet its commitment to the U.S. and international warfighter by providing a continual supply of AMRAAMs,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems product line. “Our partnership with NAMMO leverages Raytheon’s decades of experience teaming with European companies to build and deliver capable, reliable systems. This partnership is another example of close collaboration among allied nations, and it adds value to numerous industries and AMRAAM customers.”

The U.S. Air Force, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, Innovation Norway, Raytheon and NAMMO Raufoss AS will share financing for non-recurring costs associated with the qualification program.

“NAMMO has a rich history of producing rocket motors for air-to-air missiles and has delivered more than 40,000 rocket motors for the Sidewinder program alone,” said Ola Skrivervik, NAMMO’s senior vice president of business development. “The AMRAAM qualification program is progressing rapidly and with great success. NAMMO is proud to be part of the AMRAAM team because the excellent working relationship brings value to AMRAAM customers and the U.S. and European Economic Area industrial bases.”

Procured by 36 countries, the combat-proven AMRAAM has more than 1.8 million captive-carry hours and more than 2,900 live firings. AMRAAM is integrated on the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier, F-4 and Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It is also the baseline missile for the U.S. Army’s Surface-Launched AMRAAM and the NATO-approved Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

NAMMO is a high-tech defence group specializing in ammunition, missile products and demilitarization services. The NAMMO Group has subsidiaries in Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. NAMMO, with the head office located in Raufoss, Norway, has 1,900 employees and annual sales of over $600 million.

Source: Raytheon Company

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US Defence Acquisition reform: UK implications ?

US Defence Acquisition reform: UK implications ?
April 29, 2010

The US Congress has pushed through legislation, introduced by Congressman Rob Andrews (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform, to 'clean up' the US defense acquisition system through four key reforms:

· Building a better accountability system to make sure that we get the most value for every dollar spent on defense acquisition;
· Strengthening the acquisition workforce to give both military and civilian personnel better training, better tools, and more opportunities to improve their performance and produce better outcomes;
· Improving DOD’s financial management system to make it auditable so that American taxpayers know where their money is going; and
· Expanding the industrial base to enhance competition and gain access to more technology.

Of the four reforms the UK has pushed similar ideas via the Grey Report, UK Defence Industrial Strategy (DIS) and so forth, although the key issues remain similar. The major issue is ensuring the smaller firms and ideas can get through a bureaucracy developed to deal with major programs pushed by multi-year, multi-million dollar bidding teams which only the prime contractors can support in a peverse form of symbiosis.

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Northrop Grumman Joint Venture Dining Facility Wins Best in U.S. Air Force Award

Northrop Grumman Joint Venture Dining Facility Wins Best in U.S. Air Force Award
April 29, 2010

HERNDON, Va. –– The U.S. Air Force has recognized a dining facility operated by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. 50/50 joint venture Vinnell Brown & Root LLC (VBR) at Incirlik Air Force Base, Turkey with the 2010 John L. Hennessy Award.

The installation's dining facility, "Sultan's Inn," earned the award in the single-facility category. VBR has a contract to provide base operations support services on U.S. Air Force bases in Turkey including maintaining and operating the dining facility on Incirlik.

"We are extremely proud of our dining facility staff and operation and its primary mission of providing a 'world-class' dining experience for both our warfighters serving and those deploying from the base," said Jeff Prewitt, VBR program manager for the contract. "It's an honor to be recognized as one of the best dining facilities in the Air Force because our team strives to do our very best for these men and women every day."

Since 1956, the Hennessy Award has been given annually to the top Air Force installations with the best food service programs. The award is based on management effectiveness, force readiness support, food quality, employee and customer relations, resource conservation, training and safety awareness.

Seven other installations from across the globe competed in the single-facility category. The award will be presented at the Air Force Awards Ceremony May 21st in conjunction with the National Restaurants Associations Hotel & Motel Show in Chicago.

The "Sultan's Inn" serves meals to more than 2,000 Airmen a day and 55,000 meals a month. The dining facility is open 12 hours during the week and 16 hours on the weekends. It also offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, a midnight meal for shift workers and carry-out meals seven days a week.

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