BOXER now equipped with lethal and superior Firepower — Press Release

BOXER now equipped with lethal and superior Firepower

New mission concept with remote controlled turret and independent commanders weapon station

Capacity for a crew of 11 with 8 dismounts

Paris, 30 June 2010 – Krauss-Maffei Wegmann recently announced a new and highly effective version of the 8×8 BOXER. The new BOXER IFV RCT is equipped with a remote controlled turret (RCT) and an independent commander’s weapon station (ICWS). The two independent sensor systems of the RCT and ICWS – daylight camera, thermal imaging device and laser range finder – offer the commander and gunner a 24/7 operating capability.

Superior firepower

The RCT is equipped with a 30 mm MK44 cannon designed to operate with linked and linkless standard NATO ammunition. The cannon is integrated into the mission module without interferences to the vehicle and structure. The ICWS is based on KMW’s combat proven remote controlled weapon station FLW 200 and can be operated independently from the turret and main gun. The standardised interface of the base plate allows for the quick removal of the ICWS for transportation purposes. The safe integration of various small arms / calibres is provided by an interchangeable soft mount.
The BOXER IFV RCT provides superior firepower by a flexible weapon suite:

Stabilized MK44 automatic cannon (cal. 30 mm, 250 rpm)

Coaxial machine gun (optional)

ICWS: 5.56 / 7.62 / 12.7 mm machine gun or 40 mm Grenade Launcher

Elevation main gun: -100 to +450; ICWS: -100 to +700

Azimuth: precise, high-speed 3600 traverse

Hunter killer capability implemented in the digital fire control system

Crew of 11

Furthermore, with a crew of 11, the vehicle provides an unmatched dismount element of up to 8 soldiers next to the driver, commander and gunner.

BOXER- Program

The BOXER is a pioneering, highly mobile 8×8 wheeled multirole armoured vehicle. Due to its modular design, it can be quickly adapted to a wide variety of missions, going from an armoured personnel carrier, for instance, to a heavily protected rescue and medical treatment configuration. To do this, all that is necessary is to exchange the mission modules on the vehicle chassis. When configured as a section (squad) transport vehicle, the BOXER can carry up to 11 soldiers, who benefit from excellent protection against landmines, IEDs and ballistic threats: the fully armoured mission compartment assures maximum crew survivability. Superb mobility, excellent self-defence weaponry and a high payload are additional key features of this versatile, highly flexible vehicle.

KMW and Rheinmetall have joined forces in the ARTEC consortium to drive the BOXER success-story further. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG leads the European market for armoured wheeled and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA, some 3400 employees manufacture and support a product portfolio ranging from air-transportable, heavily armoured wheeled vehicles (MUNGO, DINGO, GFF4 and BOXER*) through reconnaissance, anti-aircraft and artillery systems (FENNEK, GEPARD, LeFLaSys*, Armoured Howitzer 2000, AGM and DONAR) to heavy battle tanks (LEOPARD 1 and 2), armoured personnel carriers (PUMA*) and bridge-laying -systems (LEGUAN and PSB2). In addition, KMW has wide-ranging system competence in the area of civil and military simulation, as well as in command and information systems
and remote-controlled gun-carriages with reconnaissance and observation equipment for day and night missions. The armed forces of more than 30 nations worldwide rely on the operational systems by KMW. Get more information on www.kmweg.com.

* Joint venture with national and international partners

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Oshkosh Defense Announces New Delivery Orders For Heavy-Duty Army Vehicles — Press Release

Oshkosh Defense Announces New Delivery Orders For Heavy-Duty Army Vehicles

OSHKOSH, Wis. (June 30, 2010) — Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today its Defense division has received two delivery orders from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) for the U.S. Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV). The two delivery orders are valued at roughly $600 million, and extend production for nearly 1,900 new and recapitalized severe-duty Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT A4) vehicles, the backbone of the Army’s logistics and resupply fleet, and more than 530 Palletized Load System (PLS) trailers.

“For more than 30 years, Oshkosh HEMTTs have provided unparalleled performance to U.S. soldiers,” said Charlie Szews, Oshkosh Corporation president and chief operating officer. “The production of these next-generation vehicles and support trailers, as well as the recapitalization of existing HEMTTs to like-new condition, signifies the fleet will continue to support and protect Warfighters for decades to come.”

Through Oshkosh Defense remanufacturing and recapitalization services, heavily used vehicles are returned to Oshkosh, stripped to their frame rails, completely rebuilt to like-new condition and upgraded to the new A4 configuration. For the Oshkosh® HEMTT A4, changes include a more powerful drivetrain; improved suspension; a fully air-conditioned and armor-ready cab; and other structural changes to make in-the-field installation of add-on armor quicker and easier. Recapitalized vehicles are reset to zero miles and zero hours, and offer a significant cost savings compared to new vehicles.

HEMTT deliveries begin in July 2010 and continue through September 2011. PLS trailer production will start in June 2011 and continue through October 2011.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.
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THAAD Weapon System Achieves Lowest Endo Intercept to Date, Maintains 100% Success Rate — Press Release

THAAD Weapon System Achieves Lowest Endo Intercept to Date, Maintains 100% Success Rate

DALLAS, June 29 /PRNewswire/ — The Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) conducted a successful flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System today at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, HI. This flight test was THAAD’s seventh intercept to date and proved the system’s ability to intercept a unitary target in the low endo-atmosphere.

There were many THAAD flight test program “firsts” accomplished during FTT-14, including the lowest endo-atmospheric intercept to date; use of fielded THAAD ground segment hardware and software from the THAAD production program; and the first live mission to demonstrate automatic engagement coordination between THAAD and Patriot.

In addition to Patriot, the flight test included participation by the C2BMC element. The C2BMC reported situational awareness to combatant commander displays monitoring the test.

Flight test objectives included demonstrating the integration of the THAAD Weapon System; intercepting the target at a highly stressing angle due to the high pressure environment of the endo-atmosphere; completing target acquisition and aimpoint selection by the interceptor’s seeker avionics flight software; and operating the radar, fire control and launcher by U.S. Army soldiers during the mission.

“Today’s successful low endo intercept further proves THAAD’s mission flexibility and capability,” said Tom McGrath, vice president and program manager for THAAD at Lockheed Martin. “The weapon system’s success is much to the credit of the U.S. Army soldiers’ superior performance in executing this mission and their dedication to 100 percent Mission Success.”

Since 2005, the program has completed 11 flight tests, with seven-for-seven intercepts. THAAD is the only missile defense system with the operational flexibility to intercept in both the endo- and exo-atmospheres to provide versatile capability to the Warfighter.

Two THAAD batteries have been activated at Ft. Bliss, TX. The first THAAD Battery (A-4 ADA Battery) was activated in May 2008. Soldiers from the battery recently completed the Force Development Exercise and began Limited User Testing in May in preparation for material release expected late this year. In October 2009, the U.S. Army activated the second THAAD Battery (A-2 ADA Battery). Unit training for this Battery began earlier this year.

A key element of the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), THAAD is a Missile Defense Agency program, with the program office located in Huntsville, AL. The Agency is developing the BMDS to defend the United States, its deployed forces, friends and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges and in all phases of flight.

Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, including the first operational hit-to-kill interceptor. It also has considerable experience in interceptor design and production, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, as well as radar and signal processing. The company makes significant contributions to all major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile defense partnerships.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

For additional information, visit our website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/

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Contracts for June 30, 2010



AIR FORCE

Dell Marketing, LP, Round Rock, Texas, was awarded a $345,445,788 contract which will procure Microsoft and software assurance on perpetual licenses for Air Force and other participating organizations. At this time, $75,588,037 has been obligated. 754 ELSG/PKI, Maxwell Air Force Base Gunter Annex, Ala., is the contracting activity (FA8771-10-F-8108).

The Boeing Co., Long Beach, Calif., was awarded a $263,581,478 contract modification which will exercise fiscal 2010 fourth quarter option contract line items in the C-17 Globemaster III sustainment partnership contract. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 702 ACSG/GFKAA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8614-04-C-2004; P00530).

The Boeing Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Seattle, Wash., was awarded a $73,007,266 contract which will procure the Phase II-A production requirements for the radar system improvement program capability for the Royal Saudi Air Force AWACS fleet of five aircraft. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 551 ELSG/PKI, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (F19628-01-D-0016; Delivery Order 0070).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $30,346,614 contract modification which will provide flight test and software maintenance for the Global Hawk program. At this time, $10,000,000 has been obligated. 303 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (F33657-01-C-4600; P00346).

Wyle Laboratories, Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $24,427,336 contract which will research, test, develop and deliver readiness analyses; program recommendations; technology innovations analyses; interoperability analyses/testing results; software/hardware validation reports; functionally enhancements summation reports; test procedures documentation; data analysis and systems/subsystem/infrastructure/prototype assessments; new system alternatives recommendations; architectural drawings; feasibility studies; digital flight analysis reports; and test plans/results. At this time, $927,573 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005; Delivery Order 0146).

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., was awarded an estimated $19,471,309 contract modification which will provide for an extension of the contract period of performance for contractor logistics support of the C-12 aircraft for Pacific Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Defense Intelligence Agency and Defense Security Cooperation Agency. At this time, $300,000 has been obligated. 727 ASCG/PKC, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (F34601-00-C-0111; P00607).

Honeywell International, Inc., Defense & Space Electronic Systems, Clearwater, Fla., was awarded a $16,356,958 contract modification which will provide 203 embedded GPS inertial navigation systems for the Army CH47F and AH-64D platforms. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 647 AESS/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8626-06-C-2065; P00149).

Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $15,000,000 contract modification which will increase the consolidated logistics advisory and assistance services contract which provides contractor personnel resources to the Space and Missile Systems Center Logistics Group and related space organizations. At this time, no money has been obligated. Det. 8, Air Force Research Laboratory/RDKB, Directed Energy Contracts Division, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity (FA9451-06-2-0338; P00008).

ITT Corp., Systems Division, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., was awarded a $14,454,147 contract modification which will provide for ITT Systems to design, procure, build, install and test telemetry instrumentation at Kennedy Space Center. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. SMC/LRSW/PK, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (F04701-01-C-0001; P00650).

Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Mass., was awarded a $9,142,249 contract which will design, develop, test and demonstrate a dynamic examination and characterization of digital entities system. At this time, $3,476,385 has been obligated. AFRL/RIKD, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-10-C-0173).

University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded an $8,440,000 contract modification which will provide a multi-year program to develop and deploy a telescope data management system for the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System. At this time, $8,440,000 has been obligated. Det 8, Air Force Research Laboratory/RDKB, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity (FA9451-06-2-0338; P00008).

Unmanned Systems, Inc., Las Vegas, Nev., was awarded a $7,613,065 contract which will provide pilot and sensor operator services for acceptance and flight test of the Predator/Reaper program. At this time, $3,808,502 has been obligated. 703 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity (FA8620-10-C-3016).

Charles River Analytics, Cambridge, Mass., was awarded a $6,996,515 contract to design, prototype and demonstrate the effectiveness of a software system that leverages and extends concepts from biological evolution and linguistics to assess the lineage of malware attacks, characterize malware attackers, and predict properties of future attacks. At this time, $1,249,447 has been obligated. AFRL/RIKD, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-10-C-0171).

NAVY

Centurum Information Technology, Inc., Marlton, N.J. (N65236-10-D-5829), and L-3 Services, Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J. (N65236-10-D-5830), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, multiple-award contract for engineering and technical support services to maintain, test, evaluate and repair fleet command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems for surface, shore and submarine units. Each contractor will be awarded $25,000 at the time of award. These contracts include options and two award terms which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these contracts to an estimated $182,000,000. Work will be performed in Charleston, S.C. (60 percent), and Norfolk, Va. (40 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2011. If all options are exercised, work could continue until June 2017. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The multiple-award contracts were competitively procured by full and open competition via the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center e-Commerce Central and the Federal Business Opportunities Web sites, with four offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $175,497,896 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of long-lead time material, and planning and advance engineering services in support of one landing helicopter assault replacement Flight 0 amphibious assault ship. Work will be performed in Brunswick, Ga. (24.4 percent); locations yet to be determined (24.2 percent); Pascagoula, Miss. (23.1 percent); Los Angeles, Calif. (17.3 percent); York, Penn. (9.3 percent); and Brampton, Canada (1.7 percent). Work is expected to be completed by March 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-10-C-2229).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $38,300,000 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-07-C-0041) for the procurement of three low-rate initial production vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle units. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed in October 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.

DynCorp International, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $36,100,580 under a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N62742-08-C-1115) to exercise the third option period to provide support services for Philippines operations support in the Republic of the Philippines for the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines. The work to be performed provides for all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, incidental engineering and other items necessary to provide support services. The current total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $174,656,041. Work will be performed in the Republic of the Philippines, and expected completion date for this option period is June 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.

Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., is being awarded a $25,737,703 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop technology enablers that will provide spinal cord injury patients with the ability to cortically control advanced dexterous prostheses while experiencing tactile and proprioceptive feedback through cortical electrical stimulation initiated by the prosthetic limbs. This three-year contract includes two options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to a potential $34,513,672. Work will be performed in Laurel, Md., and is expected to be completed June 29, 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, with one offer received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N66001-10-C-4056).

Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc.*, California, Md., is being awarded a $20,922,809 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Advanced Airship Flying Laboratory. The contractor will be performing air vehicle sensor demonstrations and flight tests to investigate and evaluate improvements in the operational efficiency of unique air vehicles as sensor platforms for persistent surveillance/command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The overall goal is to develop, determine and understand distinctive airborne sensor integration and verify the effectiveness and efficiency of the platforms related to the installed sensor and communication packages. Work will be performed in Lakehurst, N.J. (40 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (30 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (20 percent); and California, Md. (10 percent). Work is expected to be completed in June 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Broad Agency Announcemen and 41 offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-10-C-0280).

Bulltrack - Watts, JV*, Marysville, Calif., is being awarded $19,026,000 for firm-fixed price task order #0002 under a previously awarded multiple-award construction contract (N40192-10-D-2801) for design and construction of the repair, sustainment, restoration and modernization of the waterfront facilities at Sumay Cove, Naval Base Guam. The project elements include seawalls, marina facilities, boat ramps, piers, and shoreline stabilization. Work will be performed in Santa Rita, Guam, and is expected to be completed by February 2012. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Six proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Marianas, Guam, is the contracting activity.

W. F. MaGann Corp., Portsmouth, Va., is being awarded a $17,785,692 firm-fixed-price contract to replace Caisson Dry Dock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The work to be performed provides for replacement of the Caisson 8 structure that will consist of fabricating a new caisson of steel construction to fit the existing caisson seat at Dry Dock 8, which include new seals, pumps and valves, as well as providing new capstans. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Va., and is expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online Web site, with two proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-10-C-3034).

Sauer, Inc., East Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded $15,777,700 for firm-fixed-price task order #0002 under previously awarded contract (N40080-10-D-0490) for design and construction of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense facility expansion at Naval Support Facility, Dahlgren. Work will be performed in Dahlgren, Va., and is expected to be completed by June 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Five proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Pittsfield, Mass., is being awarded an $11,513,453 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-6246) for additional engineering and technical services for the AN/BYG-1 weapon control system for SSN21, Virginia, and SSN688/688I class submarines. Work will be performed in Pittsfield, Mass., and is expected to be completed by June 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Engility Corp., Billerica, Mass. is being awarded a $10,143,919 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of labor for the combined explosives exploitation cell (CEXC) expansion. This action fulfills the joint urgent operational needs requirement of forward deployed lab specialists with highly technical skill sets to the CEXC. Work will be performed in Afghanistan (99 percent) and Maryland (1 percent), and is expected to be completed June 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $1,583,334 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity (N00174-10-C-0042).

BAE Systems, Land & Armaments, LP, U.S. Combat Systems, Minneapolis, Minn., is being awarded a $9,148,728 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5317) for fiscal 2009 canister production requirements for MK25 canisters to support integration of Evolved Seasparrow missiles into the MK 41 vertical launching system. The canisters provide rocket motor exhaust gas containment and a launch rail during missile firing. They also serve as missile shipping and storage containers. Work will be performed in Aberdeen, S.D. (80 percent); Odessa, Mo. (10 percent); and Minneapolis, Minn. (10 percent); and is expected to be completed by February 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.

Burns & Roe Services Corp., Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded an $8,519,411 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N62470-06-D-4614) to exercise Option 4 for utilities and maintenance services at U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay. The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to, the managerial, supervision, labor, engineering services, tools, materials, equipment and transportation necessary for the utilities systems operation and maintenance, including: seawater desalinization; potable water treatment, storage, and distribution; water quality testing and control; electrical power production and distribution; cathodic protection systems operation and maintenance; airfield lighting systems maintenance and repair; maintenance and repair of street, recreational, perimeter, and security lighting; operation and maintenance of satellite boilers, air compressors, incinerators, swimming pools; and miscellaneous other mechanical equipment. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $50,504,175. Work will be performed at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and is expected to be completed by June 2011. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., Falls Church, Va., is being awarded a $7,769,679 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-98-C-0190) to provide additional software development in support of the tactical control system, Block 2 Version 4 software product requirements. Work will be performed in Falls Church, Va. (82 percent); Dahlgren, Va. (10 percent); and San Pedro Calif. (8 percent); and is expected to be completed in November 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Thoma-Sea Ship Builders, LLC, Lockport, La., was awarded a $7,286,175 firm-fixed-price contract on June 29 for the construction and delivery of a hydrographic survey vessel and associated equipment and services for the Royal Navy of Oman under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Lockport, La., and is expected to be completed by June 2011. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, with seven offers received. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

ViaSat, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded a $5,754,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for technical services and equipment in support of tactical data link systems and satellite communication systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $29,999,500. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (75 percent), and the government of the Republic of Turkey (25 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Carlsbad, Calif., and is expected to be completed by June 2011. If all options are exercised, work could continue until June 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity (N65236-10-D-5105).

S.B. Ballard Construction Co, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded $5,751,202 for firm-fixed-price task order #0002 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-09-D-5019) for renovations to Building W-5 at Naval Station Norfolk. The work to be performed pertains to Building W-5 which was constructed in the 1920s as a two-story storage facility with a third story added years later. This project will renovate the existing three-story facility and provide three-story additions on the front and rear of the existing building. The interior of the existing building will be totally demolished. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Six proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $66,995,612 sole-source, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (HQ0147-07-C-0196) to perform obsolescence mitigation efforts for terminal high air altitude defense batteries three and four, including completion of ongoing fiscal 2009 obsolescence efforts, as well as additional obsolescence mitigation required to support fiscal 2010 battery procurement. Efforts will also include qualification of identified replacement components and required software updates to accommodate new components; as well as providing a test environment and accomplishing regression testing for the changes to the system. Work will be performed in Sunnyvale, Calif., with a performance period from June 2010 through March 2011. Fiscal 2010 procurement funds will be utilized to obligate $27,779,376 for this effort. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

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House Armed Services Committee: Opening Statement of Chairman Ike Skelton Hearing on Army Investigation of Arlington National Cemetery

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House Armed Services Committee: Opening Statement of Chairman Ike Skelton Hearing on Army Investigation of Arlington National Cemetery
Ike Skelton, Chairman
June 30, 2010

Opening Statement of Chairman Ike Skelton
Hearing on Army Investigation of Arlington National Cemetery

Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) delivered the following opening statement during today’s hearing to review the Army investigation of Arlington National Cemetery:

“Good morning. The hearing will come to order. Today the Committee will receive testimony about the management of Arlington National Cemetery. Our witnesses include John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, and Lieutenant General R. Steven Whitcomb, Inspector General of the Army. Welcome to you both.

“I am angry, period. Anger is generally not a useful emotion, particularly here on Capitol Hill. However, in light of the recent revelations about the management of Arlington National Cemetery, I am just downright angry.

“Arlington Cemetery is our nation’s most hallowed ground. It is reserved as the final resting place of our heroic warriors. Management ineptitude and neglect have resulted in a web of errors. How in the world could this tragedy be allowed to happen?

“Behind the façade of what appeared to be well orchestrated burial services, investigations now reveal a dysfunctional management team operating without any oversight. We all know people who are buried there—people we respect and whose memory we hold dear. Every American, whether they have a loved one buried at Arlington or not, should be outraged.

“Secretary McHugh, I know that you have already done much to right this wrong, but I cannot understand how the Army has allowed the problem to fester for years. There is clear evidence that in 1992 the Army was aware of a level of leadership discord at Arlington that would not have been tolerated in any other organization. The situation cried out for intervention, but the Army’s response was to further withdraw from Arlington Cemetery operations.

“Let me make clear that the uniformed service members who so proudly conduct the military honors ceremonies with such grace and precision are not part of this problem. We are so proud of those young men and women who continue to provide those ceremonies during these troubled times at Arlington Cemetery.

“Sadly, notwithstanding the efforts of the Army, the way forward offers many difficult challenges. Given the limited nature of the investigation up until now, I am afraid that the 200 irregularities associated with gravesites may only be a fraction of the problem. We must be prepared that a 100 percent survey of the cemetery and all of its operations, which I believe must now be undertaken, will yield a larger number of problems that must be addressed.

“The American people and especially our military families expect that those who wear the uniform of this Nation and have made the ultimate sacrifice are afforded the upmost respect and dignity even after their death. They deserve no less.”

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Boeing Calls WTO Ruling a Landmark Decision and Sweeping Legal Victory

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Boeing Calls WTO Ruling a Landmark Decision and Sweeping Legal Victory
June 30, 2010

- Launch aid for every Airbus program deemed illegal and damaging

- 'Prohibited' A380 launch aid must be withdrawn 'without delay'

- Legal principle set: airplane programs must be funded on commercial terms

- Government funding of Airbus infrastructure and R&D programs also ruled illegal

- More information, including excerpts from the decision, will be available later today

CHICAGO, - Boeing (NYSE: BA) today praised the World Trade Organization's final ruling that billions of dollars in European launch aid subsidies used by Airbus to develop its commercial airplanes are illegal and must end. The decision, which the WTO made public earlier today, also declares that a broad array of government funding for Airbus research and infrastructure development violated international trade agreements.

"This is a landmark decision and sweeping legal victory over the launch aid subsidies that fueled the rise of Airbus and that continue to provide its products a major cost advantage," said Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney. "The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative deserves tremendous credit for today's decision. We now join the U.S. government in urging full compliance with the ruling and a permanent restoration of fair competition within our industry," McNerney said.

Boeing Executive Vice President and General Counsel J. Michael Luttig explained the details and implications of the ruling. "Each and every instance of launch aid that the U.S. challenged was held to be illegal," said Luttig. "The panel said that without the illegal subsidies it received, Airbus would not have the aerospace market share it now enjoys. This ruling will alter the competitive landscape in the aerospace industry forever, forcing Airbus to compete in the marketplace on the same terms as Boeing."

Luttig noted that European-provided launch aid for the A380 was found to include prohibited export-contingent subsidies, which WTO rules require be withdrawn "without delay."

"Under today's decision, Airbus must repay the $4 billion in illegal launch aid it received for the A380 or restructure the A380's financing to proven commercial terms. Likewise, Airbus must abandon its plans to finance the A350 through the use of illegal subsidies," he said.

Luttig added that "the WTO rejected all excuses for continuing launch aid, the most pernicious form of subsidy Airbus receives, as well as all other forms of subsidies Airbus and parent EADS use for unfair advantage in the commercial airplane market and in defense markets for military-derivative aircraft. Airbus must now compete on its own, without the assistance of European taxpayers – assistance the U.S. estimates has exceeded $200 billion in value to Airbus."

Airbus has used government-provided launch aid to fund the development of all its commercial airplanes since the entity was formed in 1970. It now commands more than half the commercial airplane market. Launch aid typically comes in the form of no- or low-interest loans with repayment terms so generous that no repayment need occur during the several years it takes to develop a commercial airplane, and not at all in the event a program fails. Launch aid is a unique benefit to Airbus, as the U.S. government does not fund development of commercial products.

"The World Trade Organization has now unequivocally declared that government subsidies to Airbus violate WTO rules, are market-distorting, and have caused significant harm to America's aerospace industry and its workers," Luttig said. "Compliance with the WTO's ruling is essential to establishing a fair and level playing field between Boeing and Airbus. It also is essential to preserving the integrity of the WTO process and, by extension, the integrity of the rules-based trading system that has been a key driver of global economic growth."

Luttig said the WTO's ruling not only makes clear that there can be no new government-subsidized financing for Airbus' future A350 model, but also clarifies rules for other new market participants. "The ruling establishes an overarching principle governing all those entering aerospace markets: Anyone that wants to use government funding arrangements to develop new, competing products must demonstrate that monies are provided on proven commercial terms," he said.

The WTO is an independent, unbiased arbiter of global trade disputes. Today's ruling results from the U.S. government's 2004 decision to file a case with the WTO to end European subsidies to Airbus. While the WTO process allows the European Communities to appeal the ruling, Boeing expects the appeals process to conclude before the end of 2010.

"A successful conclusion to this longstanding dispute is now in sight. Within a year, the U.S. government will have authority to act decisively to ensure compliance if Airbus has not entirely restructured the A380 program so that it is financed and funded on objectively verifiable commercial terms," Luttig said.

"America thrives on competition," said McNerney. "American workers have shown repeatedly they can compete successfully in the global market. But they understandably insist that competition occur on a level playing field, with competitors playing by the agreed-upon rules."

The trade case against launch aid subsidies has enjoyed strong bi-partisan support from the U.S. Congress and multiple presidential administrations.

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Northrop Grumman Delivers First F-35 Training Systems Courseware

Northrop Grumman Delivers First F-35 Training Systems Courseware
June 30, 2010

Instructional Materials Support Core Training for F-35 Pilots, Maintainers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has added momentum to the planned summer 2010 opening of Lockheed Martin's (NYSE:LMT) F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin AFB, Fla. by delivering, on schedule and on budget, the first set of instructional materials needed to train pilots and aircraft maintainers.

Known as courseware, the electronic materials include all of the presentation materials that classroom instructors will use to teach pilots how to fly the F-35, and maintainers how to repair and support the aircraft. The courseware also includes students' self-study materials and pilot briefing materials used to support F-35 simulator and flight training events.

Northrop Grumman, a principal subcontractor on the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry team, delivered the first block of courseware for maintainers in March, followed by the first block of courseware for pilots in April. Both deliveries went to Lockheed Martin's Simulation, Training and Support organization at Eglin AFB.

"Training systems courseware provides the fundamental framework for teaching pilots and aircraft maintainers how to prepare for the F-35 mission or maintenance scenarios they're most likely to encounter," explains Mark Tucker, vice president of tactical systems and F-35 program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "The goal is for every pilot and every maintainer to reach the same level of knowledge about the jet, regardless of where they started."

Northrop Grumman is responsible for developing the courseware for pilots and maintainers for all three F-35 variants, plus any specialized courseware requested by F-35 partner countries, he added.

The current deliveries of courseware support the Block 0.5 software installed in the two F-35s produced during the first phase of low rate initial production (LRIP1). Subsequent deliveries of courseware will support the more advanced software currently being installed in LRIP2 and LRIP3 jets.

According to Peter Leung, leader of Northrop Grumman's courseware integrated product team, much of the company's expertise in courseware derives from its experience as the Air Force's prime contractor on the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, where it had similar training development responsibilities.

As with B-2, he explains, the company ensures the quality and accuracy of the F-35 courseware by including three types of reviewers in its development: (1) instructional specialists who help organize the information in a way that people can learn most effectively; (2) subject matter experts – typically former pilots or maintainers – who help ensure that the course materials convey the ideas in language and terms familiar to the students; and (3) current military pilots or maintainers who ensure that the material teaches the subject in a manner consistent with military doctrine.

"It's a very disciplined, collaborative process aimed at ensuring that our warfighters, regardless of their service affiliation or training background, gain the knowledge and the confidence to fly, maintain and support one of the most advanced, most capable jets in the international inventory," said Leung.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence & Security’s Euro Hawk® Unmanned Aircraft Completes Successful First Flight

Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence & Security’s Euro Hawk® Unmanned Aircraft Completes Successful First Flight
June 30, 2010

PALMDALE, Calif. – The Euro Hawk® unmanned aircraft system (UAS), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and EADS Defence & Security, successfully completed its first flight June 29. The high-flying aircraft took off at approximately 10:32 a.m. PDT from Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing facility and climbed to 32,000 feet over Palmdale's desert skies before landing nearly two hours later at 12:24 p.m. PDT at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

"The Euro Hawk® marks the first international configuration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAS, and strengthens Northrop Grumman's first trans-Atlantic cooperation with Germany and EADS Defence & Security," said Duke Dufresne, sector vice president and general manager of the Strike and Surveillance Systems Division for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "This is a wonderful start for the Euro Hawk's® flight test program, and a great testament to the Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence & Security team who worked diligently to make it happen."

Based on the Block 20 Global Hawk, Euro Hawk® will be equipped with a new signals intelligence (SIGINT) mission system developed by EADS Defence & Security, providing standoff capability to detect electronic and communications emitters. A ground station consisting of a mission control and launch and recovery elements will be provided by Northrop Grumman. EADS Defence & Security will also provide a SIGINT ground station, which will receive and analyze the data from Euro Hawk® as part of an integrated system solution.

"It is a day of great pride for all the teams involved, as the first Euro Hawk® takes to the skies, marking a significant step in this demonstration of well-shared trust and efficiency," said Nicolas Chamussy, senior vice president of Mission Air Systems for EADS Defence & Security.

The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a contract in January 2007 to EuroHawk GmbH for the development, test and support of the Euro Hawk® SIGINT surveillance and reconnaissance system. Under this contract, EuroHawk GmbH will also provide aircraft modifications, mission control and launch and recovery ground segments, flight test and logistics support.

"Formed as a 50-50 joint venture company by Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence & Security, EuroHawk GmbH acts as the national prime contractor for the German MoD throughout the lifecycle of the Euro Hawk® system," said Neset Tuekenmez, chief executive officer of the EuroHawk GmbH. "This partnership is an excellent example in international relations for both companies, ensuring Euro Hawk® is a continued success story in the history of trans-Atlantic cooperation."

With a wingspan larger than a commercial airliner, endurance of 30 hours and a maximum altitude of more than 60,000 feet, Euro Hawk® is an interoperable, modular and cost-effective replacement to the aging fleet of manned Breguet Atlantic aircraft, which have been in service since 1972 and will be retired in 2010. Subsequent systems are anticipated for delivery between 2016 and 2017 following successful testing and introduction in German operational service.

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Northrop Grumman Unveils Fully Accredited Infrared Countermeasures System Effectiveness Models for U.S. Army CIRCM Aircraft

Northrop Grumman Unveils Fully Accredited Infrared Countermeasures System Effectiveness Models for U.S. Army CIRCM Aircraft
June 30, 2010

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced the development of a unique capability to assess the performance and effectiveness of its offering for the U.S. Army's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) program, based on an Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) system effectiveness tool created by the company and validated by the U.S. government.

The Northrop Grumman IRCM system effectiveness tool is a software program that simulates engagements between a specific type of aircraft and one or more infrared surface-to-air missile (SAM) threats. This tool, which was accredited by the U.S. Navy in 2008, enables accurate and cost effective assessments of IRCM system performance against infrared missile threats in a wide variety of aircraft operational scenarios. It simulates all aspects of engagement, from threat hand-off between the missile warning sensor and the laser beam director, through defeat of the missile, using empirical data to model IRCM system performance.

The CIRCM system is planned for installation on such key military platforms as the Blackhawk, Apache, Chinook, C-20, V-22 Osprey, Super Cobra and Super Huey.

"Our validated IRCM tool models the demonstrated effectiveness of our IR countermeasures against a variety of SAMs based upon empirical test data collected at government facilities such as the U.S. Air Force's Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility," said Carl Smith, vice president of Infrared Countermeasures Programs for Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division. "Use of these platform models in our system effectiveness tools allows us to accurately assess our CIRCM system performance, ensuring it will be mission-ready when our warfighters need it."

Northrop Grumman's directional infrared countermeasures system is the only such aircraft protection system currently in full-scale production and installed on over 500 hundred military aircraft to protect approximately 50 different types of rotary-wing platforms and large fixed-wing transports from heat seeking missile attacks. The system functions by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat to the aircraft and activating a high-intensity laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile.

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Boeing Announces Agreement to Acquire Argon ST

June 30, 2010 by · Comment
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Boeing Announces Agreement to Acquire Argon ST
June 30, 2010

Acquisition advances Boeing's strategy for growth in C4ISR, cyber and intelligence markets

Combined business will offer affordable, network-based capabilities to meet the mission-critical needs of Boeing's domestic and international customers

Combination creates robust synergy opportunities by leveraging Boeing's platform solutions with Argon ST's deep expertise

Acquisition expected to have an immaterial impact on earnings

ST. LOUIS, June 30, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Argon ST [NASDAQ: STST] today announced that they have entered into an agreement for Boeing's acquisition of Argon ST in an all cash tender offer and merger for $34.50 per share, or approximately $775 million, net of cash acquired.

The agreement to acquire Argon ST, a leading developer of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and combat systems, advances Boeing's growth strategy and expands the company's capabilities to address the C4ISR, cyber and intelligence markets.

"Combining the strength of Boeing with the experience of Argon ST will significantly accelerate our capabilities in sensors, communications technologies and information management," said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "Today's announcement follows two years of partnering with Argon ST's talented employees who, like Boeing employees, take pride in developing and deploying world-class engineering solutions for our customers."

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Fairfax, Va., Argon ST develops sensors and networks designed to exploit, analyze and deliver information for real-time situational awareness. In fiscal 2009, the company generated $366 million in revenues. Argon ST has operating locations in Virginia, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland and Texas, and has approximately 1,000 employees.

"We're very pleased to join The Boeing Company," said Terry Collins, chairman and chief executive officer of Argon ST. "Our employee teams know each other well, and we are excited to now continue our combined support to warfighters and first responders as one company."

Once acquired, Argon ST will be a stand-alone subsidiary of Boeing and a new division of Boeing Network & Space Systems, a business within the Boeing Defense, Space & Security operating unit. Argon ST will continue to be led by Collins and his management team, which will help ensure a seamless transition for employees and customers.

"As part of Boeing, Argon ST will continue to provide leading-edge network-based communications solutions for domestic and international customers including the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Homeland Security so they can continue to execute their critical missions," said Roger Krone, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems. "We're confident that this combined team will be able to achieve great things together in the future."

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter 2010. The completion of the transaction is subject to a majority of the outstanding Argon ST shares being tendered, as well as satisfactory completion of other customary closing conditions, including U.S. regulatory approval.

The definitive agreement was unanimously approved by Argon ST's board of directors, and Argon ST's board intends to recommend that the company's stockholders tender their shares in the offer.

Boeing plans to fund the transaction with existing cash. The acquisition is expected to have an immaterial impact on Boeing's earnings.

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Additional Information
This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Argon ST. Vortex Merger Sub, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has not commenced the tender offer for the shares of Argon ST stock described in this release. Upon commencement of the tender offer, the Vortex Merger Sub will file with the SEC a tender offer statement on Schedule TO and related exhibits, including the offer to purchase, letter of transmittal, and other related documents. Following commencement of the tender offer, Argon ST will file with the SEC a tender offer solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9. These documents will contain important information about The Boeing Company, Argon ST, the transaction and other related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read each of these documents carefully when they are available. Security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the tender offer statement, the tender offer solicitation/recommendation statement and other documents filed with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents from The Boeing Company or Argon ST by contacting: Scott Fitterer of The Boeing Company at 312-544-2294 or Aaron Daniels of Argon ST at 703-995-5610.

Forward-Looking Information Is Subject to Risk and Uncertainty
Certain statements in this release may be "forward-looking" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "intends," "projects," "believes," "estimates," "targets," "anticipates," and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements regarding the proposed acquisition of Argon ST include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected timetable for completing the transaction, future business prospects, our guidance relating to 2010 and 2011 financial and operating performance, product development and benefits and synergies of the transaction, as well as any other statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions about future events that may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. As a result, these statements speak to events only as of the date they are made and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by federal securities laws. Specific factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effect of economic conditions in the United States and globally, the ability of the parties to satisfy the transaction conditions and consummate the merger, the risk that competing offers will be made, our ability to successfully integrate Argon ST's business and realize anticipated synergies, and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Northrop Grumman Announces $175 Million Advance Procurement Contract for Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship LHA 7

Northrop Grumman Announces $175 Million Advance Procurement Contract for Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship LHA 7
June 30, 2010

PASCAGOULA, Miss., - The U.S. Navy awarded a $175 million cost-plus-fixed fee contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for advance procurement of long-lead materials and performance of engineering/planning efforts for LHA 7, the second in the Navy's newest class of large-deck amphibious assault ships. The first ship, America (LHA 6) is currently 25 percent complete.

The funds will be used to purchase long-lead time materials and major equipment, such as the main reduction gears, in support of the new ship and to perform initial design and planning. The work will be performed at the company's Gulf Coast facilities. With all contract options exercised, the contract value could reach $193 million.

"This contract marks the first milestone for the Navy's newest large-deck amphibious ship," said Kevin Jarvis, vice president of large deck programs. "Procuring long-lead material in advance of starting construction helps the shipbuilder manage cost and schedule, and managing our supply chain is one of our top priorities in shipbuilding. This contract is a first step to transition to the ship construction contract. There is a great team in place ready to perform and build another quality amphibious ship."

LHA 7 will be 844 feet long and 106 feet wide and weigh 44,854 tons. Its hybrid propulsion system will drive it to speeds in excess of 22 knots on its gas turbines, but also will run cost efficiently on its auxiliary electric propulsion motors. It will accommodate 1,204 crew and 1,871 troops.

LHA 7 will have an extended hangar deck with two higher hangar bay areas, each fitted with an overhead crane for aircraft maintenance. The ship will also provide increased aviation fuel capacity, stowage for aviation parts and support equipment. In addition, LHA 7will be able to embark and launch the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, cargo and attack helicopters, and the short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) variant F-35B Lightning II Strike Fighter.

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National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of June 29, 2010

June 30, 2010 by · Comment
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National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of June 29, 2010
June 30, 2010

This week the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy announced an increase. The net collective result is 1,725 fewer reservists activated than last week.

At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. The total number currently on active duty from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 91,586; Navy Reserve, 6,384; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 17,071; Marine Corps Reserve, 5,280; and the Coast Guard Reserve, 824. This brings the total National Guard and Reserve personnel who have been activated to 121,145, including both units and individual augmentees.

A cumulative roster of all National Guard and Reserve personnel who are currently activated may be found on line.

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DOD CONTRACTS for June 30, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for June 30, 2010
June 30, 2010

AIR FORCE
Dell Marketing, LP, Round Rock, Texas, was awarded a $345,445,788 contract which will procure Microsoft and software assurance on perpetual licenses for Air Force and other participating organizations. At this time, $75,588,037 has been obligated. 754 ELSG/PKI, Maxwell Air Force Base Gunter Annex, Ala., is the contracting activity (FA8771-10-F-8108).

The Boeing Co., Long Beach, Calif., was awarded a $263,581,478 contract modification which will exercise fiscal 2010 fourth quarter option contract line items in the C-17 Globemaster III sustainment partnership contract. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 702 ACSG/GFKAA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8614-04-C-2004; P00530).

The Boeing Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Seattle, Wash., was awarded a $73,007,266 contract which will procure the Phase II-A production requirements for the radar system improvement program capability for the Royal Saudi Air Force AWACS fleet of five aircraft. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 551 ELSG/PKI, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (F19628-01-D-0016; Delivery Order 0070).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $30,346,614 contract modification which will provide flight test and software maintenance for the Global Hawk program. At this time, $10,000,000 has been obligated. 303 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (F33657-01-C-4600; P00346).

Wyle Laboratories, Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $24,427,336 contract which will research, test, develop and deliver readiness analyses; program recommendations; technology innovations analyses; interoperability analyses/testing results; software/hardware validation reports; functionally enhancements summation reports; test procedures documentation; data analysis and systems/subsystem/infrastructure/prototype assessments; new system alternatives recommendations; architectural drawings; feasibility studies; digital flight analysis reports; and test plans/results. At this time, $927,573 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005; Delivery Order 0146).

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., was awarded an estimated $19,471,309 contract modification which will provide for an extension of the contract period of performance for contractor logistics support of the C-12 aircraft for Pacific Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Defense Intelligence Agency and Defense Security Cooperation Agency. At this time, $300,000 has been obligated. 727 ASCG/PKC, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (F34601-00-C-0111; P00607).

Honeywell International, Inc., Defense & Space Electronic Systems, Clearwater, Fla., was awarded a $16,356,958 contract modification which will provide 203 embedded GPS inertial navigation systems for the Army CH47F and AH-64D platforms. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 647 AESS/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8626-06-C-2065; P00149).

Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $15,000,000 contract modification which will increase the consolidated logistics advisory and assistance services contract which provides contractor personnel resources to the Space and Missile Systems Center Logistics Group and related space organizations. At this time, no money has been obligated. Det. 8, Air Force Research Laboratory/RDKB, Directed Energy Contracts Division, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity (FA9451-06-2-0338; P00008).

ITT Corp., Systems Division, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., was awarded a $14,454,147 contract modification which will provide for ITT Systems to design, procure, build, install and test telemetry instrumentation at Kennedy Space Center. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. SMC/LRSW/PK, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (F04701-01-C-0001; P00650).

Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Mass., was awarded a $9,142,249 contract which will design, develop, test and demonstrate a dynamic examination and characterization of digital entities system. At this time, $3,476,385 has been obligated. AFRL/RIKD, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-10-C-0173).

University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded an $8,440,000 contract modification which will provide a multi-year program to develop and deploy a telescope data management system for the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System. At this time, $8,440,000 has been obligated. Det 8, Air Force Research Laboratory/RDKB, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity (FA9451-06-2-0338; P00008).

Unmanned Systems, Inc., Las Vegas, Nev., was awarded a $7,613,065 contract which will provide pilot and sensor operator services for acceptance and flight test of the Predator/Reaper program. At this time, $3,808,502 has been obligated. 703 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity (FA8620-10-C-3016).

Charles River Analytics, Cambridge, Mass., was awarded a $6,996,515 contract to design, prototype and demonstrate the effectiveness of a software system that leverages and extends concepts from biological evolution and linguistics to assess the lineage of malware attacks, characterize malware attackers, and predict properties of future attacks. At this time, $1,249,447 has been obligated. AFRL/RIKD, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-10-C-0171).

NAVY
Centurum Information Technology, Inc., Marlton, N.J. (N65236-10-D-5829), and L-3 Services, Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J. (N65236-10-D-5830), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, multiple-award contract for engineering and technical support services to maintain, test, evaluate and repair fleet command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems for surface, shore and submarine units. Each contractor will be awarded $25,000 at the time of award. These contracts include options and two award terms which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these contracts to an estimated $182,000,000. Work will be performed in Charleston, S.C. (60 percent), and Norfolk, Va. (40 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2011. If all options are exercised, work could continue until June 2017. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The multiple-award contracts were competitively procured by full and open competition via the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center e-Commerce Central and the Federal Business Opportunities Web sites, with four offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $175,497,896 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of long-lead time material, and planning and advance engineering services in support of one landing helicopter assault replacement Flight 0 amphibious assault ship. Work will be performed in Brunswick, Ga. (24.4 percent); locations yet to be determined (24.2 percent); Pascagoula, Miss. (23.1 percent); Los Angeles, Calif. (17.3 percent); York, Penn. (9.3 percent); and Brampton, Canada (1.7 percent). Work is expected to be completed by March 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-10-C-2229).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $38,300,000 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-07-C-0041) for the procurement of three low-rate initial production vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle units. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed in October 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.

DynCorp International, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $36,100,580 under a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N62742-08-C-1115) to exercise the third option period to provide support services for Philippines operations support in the Republic of the Philippines for the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines. The work to be performed provides for all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, incidental engineering and other items necessary to provide support services. The current total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $174,656,041. Work will be performed in the Republic of the Philippines, and expected completion date for this option period is June 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.

Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., is being awarded a $25,737,703 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop technology enablers that will provide spinal cord injury patients with the ability to cortically control advanced dexterous prostheses while experiencing tactile and proprioceptive feedback through cortical electrical stimulation initiated by the prosthetic limbs. This three-year contract includes two options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to a potential $34,513,672. Work will be performed in Laurel, Md., and is expected to be completed June 29, 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, with one offer received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N66001-10-C-4056).

Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc.*, California, Md., is being awarded a $20,922,809 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Advanced Airship Flying Laboratory. The contractor will be performing air vehicle sensor demonstrations and flight tests to investigate and evaluate improvements in the operational efficiency of unique air vehicles as sensor platforms for persistent surveillance/command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The overall goal is to develop, determine and understand distinctive airborne sensor integration and verify the effectiveness and efficiency of the platforms related to the installed sensor and communication packages. Work will be performed in Lakehurst, N.J. (40 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (30 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (20 percent); and California, Md. (10 percent). Work is expected to be completed in June 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Broad Agency Announcemen and 41 offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-10-C-0280).

Bulltrack - Watts, JV*, Marysville, Calif., is being awarded $19,026,000 for firm-fixed price task order #0002 under a previously awarded multiple-award construction contract (N40192-10-D-2801) for design and construction of the repair, sustainment, restoration and modernization of the waterfront facilities at Sumay Cove, Naval Base Guam. The project elements include seawalls, marina facilities, boat ramps, piers, and shoreline stabilization. Work will be performed in Santa Rita, Guam, and is expected to be completed by February 2012. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Six proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Marianas, Guam, is the contracting activity.

W. F. MaGann Corp., Portsmouth, Va., is being awarded a $17,785,692 firm-fixed-price contract to replace Caisson Dry Dock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The work to be performed provides for replacement of the Caisson 8 structure that will consist of fabricating a new caisson of steel construction to fit the existing caisson seat at Dry Dock 8, which include new seals, pumps and valves, as well as providing new capstans. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Va., and is expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online Web site, with two proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-10-C-3034).

Sauer, Inc., East Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded $15,777,700 for firm-fixed-price task order #0002 under previously awarded contract (N40080-10-D-0490) for design and construction of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense facility expansion at Naval Support Facility, Dahlgren. Work will be performed in Dahlgren, Va., and is expected to be completed by June 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Five proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Pittsfield, Mass., is being awarded an $11,513,453 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-6246) for additional engineering and technical services for the AN/BYG-1 weapon control system for SSN21, Virginia, and SSN688/688I class submarines. Work will be performed in Pittsfield, Mass., and is expected to be completed by June 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Engility Corp., Billerica, Mass. is being awarded a $10,143,919 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of labor for the combined explosives exploitation cell (CEXC) expansion. This action fulfills the joint urgent operational needs requirement of forward deployed lab specialists with highly technical skill sets to the CEXC. Work will be performed in Afghanistan (99 percent) and Maryland (1 percent), and is expected to be completed June 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $1,583,334 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity (N00174-10-C-0042).

BAE Systems, Land & Armaments, LP, U.S. Combat Systems, Minneapolis, Minn., is being awarded a $9,148,728 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5317) for fiscal 2009 canister production requirements for MK25 canisters to support integration of Evolved Seasparrow missiles into the MK 41 vertical launching system. The canisters provide rocket motor exhaust gas containment and a launch rail during missile firing. They also serve as missile shipping and storage containers. Work will be performed in Aberdeen, S.D. (80 percent); Odessa, Mo. (10 percent); and Minneapolis, Minn. (10 percent); and is expected to be completed by February 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.

Burns & Roe Services Corp., Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded an $8,519,411 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N62470-06-D-4614) to exercise Option 4 for utilities and maintenance services at U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay. The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to, the managerial, supervision, labor, engineering services, tools, materials, equipment and transportation necessary for the utilities systems operation and maintenance, including: seawater desalinization; potable water treatment, storage, and distribution; water quality testing and control; electrical power production and distribution; cathodic protection systems operation and maintenance; airfield lighting systems maintenance and repair; maintenance and repair of street, recreational, perimeter, and security lighting; operation and maintenance of satellite boilers, air compressors, incinerators, swimming pools; and miscellaneous other mechanical equipment. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $50,504,175. Work will be performed at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and is expected to be completed by June 2011. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., Falls Church, Va., is being awarded a $7,769,679 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-98-C-0190) to provide additional software development in support of the tactical control system, Block 2 Version 4 software product requirements. Work will be performed in Falls Church, Va. (82 percent); Dahlgren, Va. (10 percent); and San Pedro Calif. (8 percent); and is expected to be completed in November 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Thoma-Sea Ship Builders, LLC, Lockport, La., was awarded a $7,286,175 firm-fixed-price contract on June 29 for the construction and delivery of a hydrographic survey vessel and associated equipment and services for the Royal Navy of Oman under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Lockport, La., and is expected to be completed by June 2011. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, with seven offers received. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

ViaSat, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded a $5,754,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for technical services and equipment in support of tactical data link systems and satellite communication systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $29,999,500. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (75 percent), and the government of the Republic of Turkey (25 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Carlsbad, Calif., and is expected to be completed by June 2011. If all options are exercised, work could continue until June 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity (N65236-10-D-5105).

S.B. Ballard Construction Co, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded $5,751,202 for firm-fixed-price task order #0002 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-09-D-5019) for renovations to Building W-5 at Naval Station Norfolk. The work to be performed pertains to Building W-5 which was constructed in the 1920s as a two-story storage facility with a third story added years later. This project will renovate the existing three-story facility and provide three-story additions on the front and rear of the existing building. The interior of the existing building will be totally demolished. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Six proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $66,995,612 sole-source, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (HQ0147-07-C-0196) to perform obsolescence mitigation efforts for terminal high air altitude defense batteries three and four, including completion of ongoing fiscal 2009 obsolescence efforts, as well as additional obsolescence mitigation required to support fiscal 2010 battery procurement. Efforts will also include qualification of identified replacement components and required software updates to accommodate new components; as well as providing a test environment and accomplishing regression testing for the changes to the system. Work will be performed in Sunnyvale, Calif., with a performance period from June 2010 through March 2011. Fiscal 2010 procurement funds will be utilized to obligate $27,779,376 for this effort. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

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Northrop Grumman Mine Detection System Flying Towards Operational Evaluation

Northrop Grumman Mine Detection System Flying Towards Operational Evaluation
June 30, 2010

MELBOURNE, FL. - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Navy have begun the next phase of the flight test program leading to the "final exam" Operational Evaluation and potential approval next year for full-rate production of the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The Navy is conducting the Developmental Flight Test-IIE (DT-IIE) program from its Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division site in Florida. The first flight occurred on June 8.

ALMDS is an airborne mine countermeasures system, one of several systems in development by Northrop Grumman to address the threat posed by mines to U.S. and allied ships. ALMDS uses its pulsed laser light and streak tube receivers to image in 3-D, day or night, the near-surface of the ocean.

The system is housed in a pod that is mounted on the port side of an MH-60S helicopter and measures just under nine feet long with a 21-inch diameter. ALMDS will be a key component of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasures Mission Package. Northrop Grumman also is the LCS Mission Package Integrator for the Navy.

"Mines are worldwide, inexpensive, and readily available to terrorists and rogue nations for use against military and commercial ships," said Dan Chang, vice president of Northrop Grumman Maritime and Tactical Systems. "Being able to find them rapidly, without slowing the pace of our fleet, is the purpose of ALMDS. It's about getting the sailor out of the minefield wherever possible."

The Navy will fly ALMDS approximately 40 times during the DT-IIE evaluation. A technical evaluation will follow and will lead to the full-scale Operational Evaluation late next year.

"We've had four flights to date and, though I can't go into details, the feedback we've gotten is that the system is performing well and reliably," said Chang. "The flight test data have allowed us to make a few minor software adjustments that have sharpened the capabilities of the system."

Northrop Grumman has delivered five ALMDS pods to the Navy, all on or ahead of schedule, under LRIP phase-1 and -2 contracts. An LRIP phase-3 contract is expected later this year.

In addition to ALMDS, Northrop Grumman is developing the Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System (RAMICS) for the U.S. Navy, which will use ALMDS data to relocate and then destroy the mines from a safe distance. The company is testing its Airborne Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Minefield Detection System (ASTAMIDS) for the U.S. Army, and its Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) for the Marine Corps.

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USMC Flag Officer Announcements

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USMC Flag Officer Announcements
June 30, 2010

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

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr. for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command. Maj. Gen. Schmidle is currently serving as assistant deputy commandant for programs and resources (programs) in Washington, D.C.

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. John E. Wissler for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commandant for programs and resources. Wissler is currently serving as deputy commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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Raytheon to Make V-22 Avionics for the Navy

The V-22 Osprey has had a long history of trying to get started. The tilt rotor aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter but can fly like an airplane was stopped and restarted more then once in the last thirty years. Now it is in production for the Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force and has seen use in Afghanistan and Iraq. Made by Boeing (BA) and Bell Helicopter, part of Textron (TXT), the aircraft is in steady state production.

Raytheon (RTN) was awarded a contract to design and test software for the U.S. Navy version’s avionics. This aircraft is currently equipping Marine transport squadrons. This contract has a value of $250 million. The length of the contract also shows the commitment to the program by the U.S. military as it will last through 2014.

The current plans are to build almost 500 of the aircraft with the majority going to the Marines.

Photo from Beige Alert’s flickr photostream.

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Vought Defense Systems Corporation Changes Name — Press Release

Vought Defense Systems Corporation Changes Name

DUNEDIN, Fla., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Vought Defense Systems Corporation. (OTC:VDSC) , today announced that its name has changed to ALAS Defense Systems Corporation (http://www.alasdefense.com/) to better define its broad based business objective. The company will maintain their current trading symbol.

About ALAS Defense Systems Corporation:

ALAS Defense Systems Corporation. is a holding company which owns and operates through its wholly owned subsidiary, Redtide Defense Group, Inc. (http://www.redtidedefense.com/) which is a manufacturer of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The Company has created an inexpensive and, it believes, technically superior solution to the growing $6 billion a year worldwide market demand for UAV’s. The Company is looking to grow both organically and through strategic acquisitions.

About Quality Performance, Inc.:

Founded in 1990, QPI sells products to government and commercial customers in the United States. QPI also provides life cycle product support services including maintenance services for its products. Services include program management, engineering and technical support, installation and checkout support on site, factory training, spare parts logistics support, technical documentation, and depot-level maintenance repair. QPI’s largest customer is the United States Navy.

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Contracts for June 29, 2010



AIR FORCE

Carnegie Mellon University/Software Engineering Institute, Pittsburgh, Penn., was awarded a $994,997,561 contract modification which will provide software research and development pertinent to national defense. At this time, no money has been obligated. ESC/PKE, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8721-05-C-0003-P00108).

ARMY

BAE Systems, Sealy, Texas, was awarded on June 24 a $24,859,697 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is for up to a total of 130 high mobility artillery rocket system launchers chassis with increased crew protection cabs and applique armor. This contract modification is for 63 vehicles, leaving the government with the option of ordering the additional 67 vehicles. Work is to be performed in Sealy, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Center, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0460).

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Inc., Taunton, Mass., was awarded on June 25 a $9,002,017 firm-fixed-price contract for computer hardware. Work is to be performed in Taunton, Mass., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 7, 2010. One Business Opportunities Portal sole-source bid was solicited with one bid received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-10-C-G409).

W.M. Jordan Versar, JV, Newport News, Va., was awarded on June 25 a $7,185,824 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of West Gate and construction of LaSalle Gates at Langley Air Force Base. Work is to be performed at Langley Air Force Base, Va., with an estimated completion date of June 24, 2012. Six bids were solicited with three bids received. Norfolk District Corps of Engineers, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (W91236-08-D-0056).

American Ordnance, LLC, Middletown, Iowa, was awarded on June 24 a $6,117,147 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement to exercise Option 2 for the 81mm propelling charges; 861,570 of M220. Work is to be performed in Milan, Tenn., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013. Bids were solicited via the national technology industrial base with four bids received. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center, CCRC-AC, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-09-C-0029).

NAVY

Navistar Defense, LLC, Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded a $13,407,071 firm-fixed-priced delivery order #0014, modification #03 under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5032) for the procurement of spare parts - authorized stockage list, prescribed load list, battle damage assessment repair, and deprocessing - for the independent suspension system for the MaxxPro vehicles; DASH engineering change proposal (ECP) Phase III upgrade, production; remote weapon station system upgrade; and collateral material/BII (unique). The objective of the aforementioned spare parts and ECP upgrades is to sustain operation of the DASH vehicles in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in West Point, Miss., and is expected to be completed by the end of January 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Archer Western Contractors, Ltd., Atlanta, Ga., is being awarded a $9,333,929 firm-fixed-price task order #0003 under a multiple award construction contract (N40085-08-D-9739) for construction of a field training facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The work to be performed provides for design and construction of a one-story pre-engineered academic instruction facility; a one-story battalion aid station; range toilet facilities; fire protection storage tank; and a laundry facility. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, N.C., and is expected to be completed by December 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Five proposals were received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

A-T Solutions, Inc., Fredericksburg, Va., is being awarded an $8,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Mobile Counter Improvised Explosive Device Interactive Trainers, a mobile, immersive learning environment for counter improvised explosive device awareness training. Enlisted personnel and junior officers are trained to recognize and defeat improvised explosive devices under complex attack scenarios. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $17,800,000. Work will be performed in Glendale, Calif. (67 percent), and Fredericksburg, Va. (33 percent), and is expected to be completed by October, 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $3,875,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with three proposals solicited and one offer received via the General Services Administration eBuy Web site. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Keyport, Keyport, Wash., is the contracting activity (N00253-10-F-0054).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Troy Co.*, Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a minimum $6,580,813 fixed-price with economic price adjustment for gasohol, fuel oil, and low sulfur diesel. Other locations of performance are various locations throughout Montana. Using services are Army, Air Force, and other federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web-solicited with 33 responses. The date of performance completion is July 30, 2013. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-4540).

Associated Petroleum Products, Inc.*, Tacoma, Wash., is being awarded a minimum $12,480,294 fixed-price with economic price adjustment for gasohol, biodiesel, fuel oil, and low sulfur diesel. Other locations of performance are various locations throughout Washington. Using services are Army, Air Force, Navy, and other federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web-solicited with 33 responses. The date of performance completion is July 30, 2013. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-4530).

Mansfield Oil Co.*, Gainesville, Ga., is being awarded a minimum $7,478,568 fixed-price with economic price adjustment for gasohol, fuel oil, and low sulfur diesel. Other locations of performance are various locations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana. Using services are Army, Air Force, and other federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web-solicited with 33 responses. The date of performance completion is July 30, 2013. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-4535).

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23 IT Companies Partner to Compete for $7.06 Billion in Government Contracts — Press Release

23 IT Companies Partner to Compete for $7.06 Billion in Government Contracts

Minority Information Technology Consortium blends a broad range of expertise, business classifications to pursue work previously unattainable

CHICAGO, June 28 /PRNewswire/ — Twenty-three award-winning information technology companies from around the country have teamed up to compete for military contracts in excess of $7 billion. The Minority Information Technology Consortium (MITC) provides a vehicle to bolster small businesses with little to no chance of winning multimillion-dollar contracts on their own.

“The definition of small business has evolved. If you’re too small, you’re out of the game,” said Dr. Randal Pinkett, MITC national spokesman and fourth-season winner of “The Apprentice.” Dr. Pinkett is chairman and CEO of MITC member company BCT Partners in Newark, N.J.

“Now more than ever the message for small business owners today is that size matters to our customers. We live in a day and age when scale is necessary to compete.”

The goal of the MITC is to become a strong and attractive resource for technology applications and infrastructure for the military and other government agencies. Its members were drawn from more than 200 firms nationwide. MITC firms are located in 24 states, but their capabilities extend outside the continental U.S.

MITC companies are hoping to win portions of the Air Force’s NETCENTS 2, a $24.2 billion project to procure a range of technology services. “We commend the Air Force for its ongoing efforts to make NETCENTS 2 more small business friendly by breaking up the contracts into smaller projects,” Dr. Pinkett said.

MITC firms have annual revenues between $600,000 and $25 million.

“A company would have great difficulty winning a contract even twice its annual revenues,” Dr. Pinkett said. “A consortium translates into strength in numbers and is a way of formalizing how we pool our collective capabilities.”

Each MITC member carries one or more of the following business classifications:

— SBA 8(A)
— Historically Underutilized Business Zoned
— Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses
— Women Owned Businesses
— Small Disadvantaged Businesses
— Veteran Owned Businesses

MITC is advised by retired military personnel and is further enhanced by partnerships with majority firms and three historically Black colleges and universities – Hampton University, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University, and Tennessee State University — that provide research and industry-specific development data. For more information, visit www.minorityit.com.

Source: Minority Information Technology Consortium

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Northrop Grumman-Built Aegis Destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) Performs Well in the Ship’s Acceptance Trial

Northrop Grumman-Built Aegis Destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) Performs Well in the Ship's Acceptance Trial
June 29, 2010

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The Northrop Grumman Corporation-built (NYSE:NOC) Aegis guided missile destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) returned successfully from her first-ever sea trial last week in the Gulf of Mexico. Reaching this milestone paved the way for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this summer. The destroyer is being built by the company at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, Miss.

DDG 107's super trial, normally combining builder's and U.S. Navy acceptance trials, was modified to an integrated acceptance trial to mitigate the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"We made a commitment to take DDG 107 to sea and we were able to do that despite the current situation in the Gulf," said Richard Schenk, test and trials vice president for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. "The Northrop Grumman/Navy sea trial team worked extremely well together to test the ship's systems, which performed very well. Any testing that could not be accomplished because of the oil spill will be achieved at a later date. I couldn't be more excited of our team's efforts."

During the trial, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) tested the ship's communications and propulsion systems, and conducted several other inspections including habitability.

"We're pleased with the flexibility of Northrop Grumman and the entire team in making the sea trial a success," said U.S. Navy Capt. Steve Mitchell, deputy for operations, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast. "In the areas of focus such as propulsion and damage control, among others, we're happy with the improving trends in these areas. I was proud to be teammates with the shipyard on this trial."

"The shipbuilders and Navy team worked well together, and despite the short time at-sea, we were able to perform necessary tests in a quality manner," said George Nungesser, Northrop Grumman's DDG 51 program manager. "The response we've received from the Navy has been excellent and we greatly reduced the number of trial cards from the last sea trial."

U.S. Navy Commander Doug Kunzman is the ship's first commanding officer and will lead a crew of over 300 officers and sailors. The 510-foot, 9,500-ton Gravely has an overall beam of 59 feet and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas-turbine propulsion plants will power the ship to speeds above 30 knots.

This highly capable multi-mission ship can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States' military strategy. Gravely will be capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

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General Dynamics Awarded $14 Million by U.S. Army for 25mm and 30mm Ammunition

General Dynamics Awarded $14 Million by U.S. Army for 25mm and 30mm Ammunition
June 29, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., -General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded two contracts from the Project Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS) at Picatinny
Arsenal, N.J., for production of 30mm M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) ammunition and Phase III development of 25mm scalable fuze technology. The total value of the two contracts is more than $14 million.

The 30mm M789 HEDP is the primary tactical round of the Apache AH-64 helicopter, widely used in Iraq and Afghanistan operations. The Apache's ability to provide accurate air support with minimal collateral damage has led to increased use and volume demands for M789 ammunition. In response to the increased demand, the U.S. Army has contracted General Dynamics to establish a full-production capability for the M789 cartridge.

"Establishing a second, independent production line for the M789 eliminates potential single-point production failure and gives the Army more resources to meet the growing ammunition needs of the warfighter, quickly and efficiently," said Tim McAuliffe, vice president and general manager of medium caliber ammunition for General Dynamics.

In addition, General Dynamics was awarded the Phase III development effort of the Scalable Medium Cannon Caliber Airburst Fuze Development Study. General Dynamics has successfully completed Phase I and II of the study. An essential overall objective of this development effort is to create scalable fuze technology that provides a plug-and-play capability for munitions ranging from 25mm to 50mm calibers.

The successful development of the 25mm fuze technology will provide the U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle and U.S. Marine Corps LAV-25 with the capability to reach targets in defilade via an airburst projectile. The technology also provides the ability to detonate a projectile within a hard target by using a selectable or delayed point detonation feature. The scalable technology has already been successfully demonstrated across a variety of weapon platforms from 25mm to 40mm and has the ability to be inserted in future platforms such as the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle.

"The advancement of scalable technology will allow the military to upgrade the capability of their legacy systems while easily integrating onto future weapon platforms," said Mr. McAuliffe.

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THAAD Weapon System Achieves Lowest Endo Intercept to Date, Maintains 100% Success Rate

THAAD Weapon System Achieves Lowest Endo Intercept to Date, Maintains 100% Success Rate
June 29, 2010

DALLAS, - The Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) conducted a successful flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System today at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, HI. This flight test was THAAD's seventh intercept to date and proved the system's ability to intercept a unitary target in the low endo-atmosphere.

There were many THAAD flight test program "firsts" accomplished during FTT-14, including the lowest endo-atmospheric intercept to date; use of fielded THAAD ground segment hardware and software from the THAAD production program; and the first live mission to demonstrate automatic engagement coordination between THAAD and Patriot.

In addition to Patriot, the flight test included participation by the C2BMC element. The C2BMC reported situational awareness to combatant commander displays monitoring the test.

Flight test objectives included demonstrating the integration of the THAAD Weapon System; intercepting the target at a highly stressing angle due to the high pressure environment of the endo-atmosphere; completing target acquisition and aimpoint selection by the interceptor's seeker avionics flight software; and operating the radar, fire control and launcher by U.S. Army soldiers during the mission.

"Today's successful low endo intercept further proves THAAD's mission flexibility and capability," said Tom McGrath, vice president and program manager for THAAD at Lockheed Martin. "The weapon system's success is much to the credit of the U.S. Army soldiers' superior performance in executing this mission and their dedication to 100 percent Mission Success."

Since 2005, the program has completed 11 flight tests, with seven-for-seven intercepts. THAAD is the only missile defense system with the operational flexibility to intercept in both the endo- and exo-atmospheres to provide versatile capability to the Warfighter.

Two THAAD batteries have been activated at Ft. Bliss, TX. The first THAAD Battery (A-4 ADA Battery) was activated in May 2008. Soldiers from the battery recently completed the Force Development Exercise and began Limited User Testing in May in preparation for material release expected late this year. In October 2009, the U.S. Army activated the second THAAD Battery (A-2 ADA Battery). Unit training for this Battery began earlier this year.

A key element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), THAAD is a Missile Defense Agency program, with the program office located in Huntsville, AL. The Agency is developing the BMDS to defend the United States, its deployed forces, friends and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges and in all phases of flight.

Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, including the first operational hit-to-kill interceptor. It also has considerable experience in interceptor design and production, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, as well as radar and signal processing. The company makes significant contributions to all major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile defense partnerships.

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House Armed Services Committee: Skelton on SIGAR Report Identifying Flaws in Assessing Capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces

June 29, 2010 by · Comment
Filed under: afghanistan, Syndicated Industry News 

House Armed Services Committee: Skelton on SIGAR Report Identifying Flaws in Assessing Capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces
Ike Skelton, Chairman
June 29, 2010

Skelton on SIGAR Report Identifying Flaws in Assessing Capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces

Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below on the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) report on serious flaws in the system used to assess the capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF):

“Developing Afghan National Security Forces capable of providing security for the people of Afghanistan is critical to our success, so it does not do any good to rely on a flawed system that cannot actually show us if these forces are ‘good enough’. While it is always troubling to receive an auditor’s report of our failings in Afghanistan, I insisted on the creation of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to help us find and correct exactly these sorts of problems.

“I am pleased that the command in Afghanistan agrees that the ratings system is flawed and is changing the system based on the Special Inspector General’s recommendation. Hopefully the new system will give us an accurate sense of the state and capability of the ANSF so we can focus our efforts and develop effective security forces in Afghanistan. As we continue to aggressively step up the fight against terrorists and win the war in Afghanistan, it is important to make sure that the ANSF are fully capable of standing on their own.”

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Senior Executive Service Appointment and Reassignment

Senior Executive Service Appointment and Reassignment
June 29, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointment and reassignment:

Appointment
Donald L. Mullinax has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and is assigned as regional director, western, Defense Contract Audit Agency, La Mirada, Calif. Mullinax previously served as shareholder, Forensic/Strategic Solutions, PC, Los Angeles, Calif.

Reassignment
Paige Atkins has been assigned as director, strategic planning and information, Defense Information Systems Agency, Arlington, Va. Atkins previously served as director, Defense Spectrum Organization, Defense Information Systems Agency, Alexandria, Va.

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The House Armed Services Committee: *****Time change for Wednesday’s Full Committee Hearing*****

June 29, 2010 by · Comment
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The House Armed Services Committee: *****Time change for Wednesday’s Full Committee Hearing*****

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 – 10:30am – 2118 Rayburn – Open

The Full Committee will meet to receive testimony to review the Army investigation of Arlington National Cemetery.

Witnesses:

The Honorable John McHugh
Secretary of the Army

Lieutenant General R. Steven Whitcomb, USA
Army Inspector General
U.S. Army


House Armed Services Committee: schedule for the week of June 28 – July 2, 2010
Ike Skelton, Chairman
June 24, 2010
The House Armed Services Committee announces the following schedule for the week of June 28 – July 2, 2010:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 – 10:00am – 2118 Rayburn – Open

The Readiness Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on Wind Farms: Compatible with Military Readiness?

Witnesses:

Dr. Dorthy Robyn
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
Installations and Environment
U.S. Department of Defense

Major General Lawrence Stutzriem, USAF
Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy
North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command

Ms. Nancy B. Kalinowski
Vice President, System Operations Services
Air Traffic Organization
Federal Aviation Administration

Mr. Stu Webster
Co-Chairman of the Siting Committee
American Wind Energy Association


Tuesday, June 29, 2010 – 1:30pm – 2212 Rayburn – Open

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on Beyond the Defense Language Transformation Roadmap: Bearing the Burden for Today’s Educational Shortcomings.

Witnesses:

Mrs. Nancy Weaver
Director, Defense Language Office
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness)

Brigadier General Walter Golden, USA
Director, J-1 Manpower and Personnel
Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Ms Sharon Pickup
Director, Office of Defense Capabilities and Management
U.S. Government Accountability Office


Wednesday, June 30, 2010 – 10:30am – 2118 Rayburn – Open

The Full Committee will meet to receive testimony to review the Army investigation of Arlington National Cemetery.

Witnesses:

The Honorable John McHugh
Secretary of the Army

Lieutenant General R. Steven Whitcomb, USA
Army Inspector General
U.S. Army


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