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LDRA Tools Integrate IEC 61508 Compliance Across the Software Lifecycle

WIRRAL, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LDRA offers IEC 61508 compliance, a standard certifying programmable safety systems. LDRA tool suite’s integration applies IEC 61508 from requirements through design, code, analysis and testing.

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LDRA Boosts Automation and Transparency of Test Process

NÜRNBERG, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To automate test processes and replace traditional test silos with an integrated test management process, LDRA extends TBmanager to better manage the flux between requirements, code and tests.

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MOD Agency wins major US award for its Joint Personnel Administration System for the UK Armed Forces — Press Release

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MOD Agency wins major US award for its Joint Personnel Administration System for the UK Armed Forces

The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) has won a major award at the prestigious 2011 ‘Human Capital Management in Defence’ (HCMD) awards held in Arlington, Virginia on 16 February.

Beating off strong US competition, SPVA won the main award for its implementation of the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) System for the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces.

The award recognises the success of the outsourcing relationship within SPVA between the UK Ministry of Defence and HP Enterprise Services that started in November 1997, and included the successful introduction of JPA in 2006. JPA has revolutionised Armed Forces’ pay and personnel administration, bringing together the Royal Navy, Army and RAF onto one system, allowing users to update details themselves and providing one dedicated contact centre for help and support. It also delivered savings to the MOD in excess of £200 million in its first three years of operation

SPVA Chief Executive Kathy Barnes is delighted with the award:

“ I am very proud of what the staff in SPVA have achieved and this is external recognition for everyone in the Agency – MOD Civil Servants, Military Personnel and HP staff and the way we have all adapted and worked together over the last few years. It reflects the success of our partnering relationship with HP and reinforces the value of our internal ‘One Team’ approach to working across different sites and organisations to deliver excellent customer service to our many customers – the UK’s Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their dependents.”

HP Account Executive Paul Couch, said:

“The award highlights the strength of our partnering relationship with the MOD, and our deep knowledge of Armed Forces HR. It reinforces the innovation and experience that HP brings to the table to improve service, generate savings and implement value for money solutions. With SPVA and through JPA, we have demonstrated what can be achieved in the shared services arena and are looking to use this as a foundation for helping the Government to achieve similar benefits in other areas.”

This is the fifth year of the HCMD Awards which have been established to honour, recognise, and promote successful human capital initiatives implemented throughout the Department of Defense and Federal Government. The Awards are also an opportunity to recognise individuals and teams who have made a significant contribution to progressing human capital management.

For the second year in a row, the HCMD Awards received over 35 nominations. “The judges really had their work cut out for them this year,” commented Lisa Ringlen, executive director of the HCMD program. “There were so many strong programs nominated in each category.”

This year’s nominations came from offices and programs from across the US federal government, representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, DISA, the IRS, Dept. of Energy, the National Park Service and the US Postal Service. SPVA was the only non US organisation to be nominated, which makes its achievement all the more remarkable

This success follows two other impressive awards received last year by SPVA and HP from the Shared Services Outsourcing Network. Last year’s success was at the ‘Shared Services Outsourcing Network (SSON) 2010 Industry Awards, in Edinburgh in May. The Agency first won the award for ‘Best Mature Outsourced Services Delivery’ for its management of the UK Forces’ Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system. It then went on to beat organisations from across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa to win the highest accolade of the night -the ‘Winner of Winners’ award.

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Contracts for February 17, 2011



NAVY

MSP Aviation*, Bloomington, Ind. (N00164-10-G-WS42); Ranger Enterprises*, Springville, Ind. (N00164-10-G-WS49); Garrity Tool*, Indianapolis, Ind. (N00164-10-G-WS50); Starwin Industries*, Dayton, Ohio (N00164-10-G-WS51); Marion Tool and Die*, West Terre Haute, Ind. (N00164-10-G-WS52); and Energy Dynamics*, Machesney Park, Ill. (N00164-10-G-WS53), were awarded on Feb. 16 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for aircraft machine shop requirements in support of E/A-6B and E/A-18 aircraft, including parts for both aircraft and aircraft test systems. The maximum estimated combined total of all six contracts will not exceed $49,900,000. The contract will have an ordering period of five years and each order will be competed among the six awardees. Work will be performed in Bloomington, Ind.; Springville, Ind.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Dayton, Ohio; West Terre Haute, Ind.; and Machesney Park, Ill. Work is expected to be completed in February 2016. Funds in the amount of $2,000,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities and Navy Electronic Commerce Online websites, with six offers received. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics - Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $19,046,251 firm-fixed-price modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-4417) for preparation and accomplishment of the fiscal 2011 dry-docking continuous maintenance availability of USS Alexandria (SSN 757). The contractor will perform advance planning, design documentation, engineering, procurement, ship-checks, fabrication and preliminary shipyard work and/or any other work necessary to prepare for the accomplishment of, as well as accomplish all the necessary alterations, repairs, maintenance, modernization, testing and routine work required to return the mission ready submarine to the fleet. Work will be performed in Groton, Conn., and is expected to be completed by July 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $19,046,251 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Clark/Hunt, JV, Tampa, Fla., was awarded on Feb. 15 a $29,620,597 firm-fixed-price contract. This award is a modification of an earlier contract, and will provide for the integration of design and bid build contract at 100 percent design production point. Work will be performed in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with an estimated completion date of May 2013. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with two bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-08-C-0036).

GM GDLS Defense Group, LLC, JV, Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on Feb. 15 a $15,592,043 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for Stryker retrofit level-of-effort man hours, material, other direct costs, and travel. Work will be performed in Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan; Shelby Township, Mich.; Seattle, Wash.; Anniston, Ala.; and Columbus, Ga., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-D-M112).

Dynetics, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on Feb. 15 an $8,973,878 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of fragmentation sleeve assemblies; M60 Hellfire missile mockups; steel fragmentation sleeve assemblies; and long-lead alloy materials. Work will be performed in Fort Eustis, Va., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 14, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (W911W6-08-D-0011).

AIR FORCE

General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc., Fairfax, Va., was awarded a $23,000,000 contract for the ruggedized portable maintenance aids able to integrate directly with the F-22 fighter jet for maintenance purposes. At this time, $3,003,494 has been obligated. ASC/PKEIE, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8604-11-D-7000).

Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, Calif., was awarded a $10,227,879 contract modification which will increase the ceiling on contract line item number (CLIN 0020 and CLIN 0021) and revise the statement of objectives for the Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminals Program through Sept. 30, 2013. At this time, zero dollars have been obligated. ESC/HNSK, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (F19628-02-C-0048; P00188).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

CORRECTION: The AMFUEL Cell and Coated Fabrics announcement was released in error. The corrected version can be found in news release number 158-11.

Allied, JV*, Hialeah, Fla., is being awarded a maximum $20,000,000 firm-fixed-price, sole-source, total set-aside, prime vendor contract for medical and surgical instruments and supplies. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Navy. There was originally one proposal solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is Oct. 16, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM2DS-11-D-0002).

AMFUEL Cell and Coated Fabrics, Magnolia, Ark., is being awarded a maximum $18,253,263 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, requirements contract for aircraft fuel tanks. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Air Force. There were originally two proposals solicited with two responses. The date of performance completion is February 2016. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (SPRWA1-11-D-0003).

Truman Arnold Cos.*, dba TAC Air, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a maximum $14,875,268 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally 115 proposals solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is March 31, 2015. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-11-D-0046).

*Small business

Contracts for February 28, 2011



NAVY

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc., Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $206,748,092 cost-plus-fixed-fee option under existing previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-2110) for continuation of advance planning efforts to prepare and make ready for the refueling complex overhaul of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). This effort will continue to provide for shipchecks, design, documentation, engineering, procurement, fabrication and preliminary shipyard or support facility work to prepare for and make ready for the refueling, overhaul, modernization and routine work on the ship and its reactor plants. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., is expected to complete February 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $29,500,000 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-09-C-0019) for the procurement of aircraft armament equipment for F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft, including jumper bundles, pylon attach fittings, sensor well covers, adaptors, and plyons. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in December 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $27,210,466 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00421-10-D-0005); Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Alexandria, Va. (N00421-10-D-0006); National Technologies Associates, Inc., Alexandria, Va. (N00421-10-D-0007); and Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif. (N00421-10-D-0008), are each being awarded modifications to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract to exercise options for management, organizational, and business improvement services, financial and business solutions, and human resources services supporting Naval Air Systems Command Corporate Operations and Comptroller offices. The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for these options is $16,181,000, and the companies will have the opportunity to bid on each individual task order. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. However, services may be performed at any of the following NAVAIR sites: St. Inigoes, Md; Lakehurst, N.J.; Point Mugu, Calif.; China Lake, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Cherry Point, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla., and North Island, Calif. Work performed under these contracts is expected to be completed in February 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Oak Point Associates, Biddeford, Maine, is being awarded a maximum $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for civil/structural/architectural/mechanical/electrical and fire protection services in support of projects at military installations throughout the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility (AOR). The preponderance of the work will be performed in the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Northeast AOR including, but not limited to, Rhode Island (20 percent), Maine (20 percent), Connecticutt (15 percent), New Jersey (15 percent), Pennsylvania (10 percent), New York (5 percent), New Hampshire (5 percent), Massachusetts (5 percent), Vermont (3 percent), and Delaware (2 percent). Work is expected to be completed by February 2016. This contract contains four one-year options which, if exercised, will not change the cumulative value of the contract. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 65 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic Northeast Integrated Product Team is the contracting activity (N40085-11-D-7209).

Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP, Baltimore, Md., is being awarded a maximum $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for civil/structural/architectural/mechanical/electrical and fire protection services in support of projects at military installations throughout the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility (AOR). The preponderance of the work will be performed in the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Northeast AOR including, but not limited to, Rhode Island (20 percent), Maine (20 percent), Connecticutt (15 percent), New Jersey (15 percent), Pennsylvania (10 percent), New York (5 percent), New Hapmshire (5 percent), Massachusetts (5 percent), Vermont (3 percent), and Delaware (2 percent). Work is expected to be completed by February 2016. This contract contains four one-year options which, if exercised, will not change the cumulative value of the contract. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 65 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic Northeast Integrated Product Team is the contracting activity (N40085-11-D-7212).

L-3 Services, Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a $9,536,470 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-09-D-0009) to exercise an option for technical and engineering support for the AIR 4.3 structures division, to include all data analysis, information systems, and software functions of the Structural Appraisal of Fatigue Effects Program. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md., and is expected to be completed in February 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Virtexco Corp., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded $8,959,900 for firm-fixed-price task order #0005 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-09-D-5033) for the design and construction of a Special Operating Forces support activity operations facility at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story. The work to be performed provides for the design and construction of two facilities. The Little Creek facility will be a two-story addition to the existing Building 3889 at Little Creek and will contain a quarterdeck, a large fitness room, and locker room with storage cages on the first floor. The second floor will house administrative offices, conference room, open offices, and necessary support spaces. The Fort Story facility will be a standalone one-story building adjacent to existing Building 308 at Fort Story and will contain workshop spaces, maintenance bays, an office and classrooms for training, as well as all the necessary support spaces. The task order also contains two unexercised options which, if exercised, would increase the cumulative task order value to $9,175,550. Work will be performed in Virginia Beach, Va., and is expected to be completed by September 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Eight proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

Simmonds Precision Products, Inc., Vergennes, Vt., is being awarded a $7,209,456 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-06-C-0298) for the procurement of 42 MH-60R/S integrated mechanical diagnostic and health usage monitoring system units, 42 data transfer units, and 18 retrofit kits. Work will be performed in Vergennes, Vt., and is expected to be completed in September 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $3,233,106 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

General Dynamics Lands System, Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on Feb. 23 a $59,084,086 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the purchase of up to 21 Abrams M1A2 system enhancement package version two upgrade tanks. Work will be performed in Lima, Ohio; Tallahassee, Fla.; Anniston, Ala.; Scranton, Penn.; and Sterling Heights, Mich., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2013. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-06-G-0006).

Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Plymouth, Minn., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $53,589,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the purchase of 30,000 M865 120mm cartridges; 15,000 M1002 120mm cartridges; and containers for handling the M865 cartridge. Work will be performed in Middletown, Iowa, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2012. Two bids were solicited with two bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-08-C-0011).

Camber Corp., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on Feb. 23 a $52,762,304 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for technical and engineering support, logistics, material fielding of systems, and business management support for joint project manager, guardian, under the cognizance of Joint Program Executive Office, Chemical and Biological Defense. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 17, 2013. Ten bids were solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W911SR-10-D-0001).

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $46,257,600 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for 30,000 M865 120mm cartridges, and 15,000 M1002 120mm cartridges. Work will be performed in Middletown, Iowa, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2012. Two bids were solicited with two bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-08-C-0010).

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $25,226,127 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the production of 315 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, three B-Kits, and program support. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012. The bid was solicited through the Internet with three bids received. The U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0159).

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $22,710,077 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Work will be performed in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aviation & Missile Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-08-C-0003).

Jacobs Technology, Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., was awarded on Feb. 23 a $14,540,263 time-and-material contract. The award will provide for engineering and support services for the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Command. Work will be performed in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2013. The bid was solicited through the Internet with three bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-08-D-0001).

Deloitte and Touch, LLP, McLean, Va., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $13,792,243 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for services to the Acquisition Oversight Division area within the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. Work will be performed in Arlington, Va., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 17, 2014. The bid was solicited through the General Services Administration’s eBuy system with five bids received. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-11-F-0020).

Babcock Construction Co., LLC, Starkville, Miss., was awarded on Feb. 23 a $10,556,339 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the installation of the discharge pipes for the Grand Prairie Pumping Station demonstration project. Work will be performed in DeValls Bluff, Ark., with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2012. The bid was solicited through the Internet with 19 bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis, Tenn., is the contracting activity (W912EQ-11-C-0009).

BAE Systems, Inc., Anniston, Ala., was awarded on Feb. 23 an $8,563,336 cost, no-fee contract. The award will provide for the refurbishment of 440 M113A2 armored personnel carriers to a fully mission capable plus condition for the government of Iraq. Work will be performed in Anniston, Ala., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-10-G-0003).

Navistar Defense, LLC, Warrenville, Ill., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $7,680,872 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 49 general transport trucks for the government of Afghanistan. Work will be performed in West Point, Miss., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-D-G097).

Knights Armament Co., Titusville, Fla., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $6,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 10,479 clip-on sniper night sights. Work will be performed in Titusville, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 23, 2016. The bid was solicited through the Internet with four bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Agency, Aberdeen Proving Ground Contracting, Aberdeen, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-11-D-0080).

AIR FORCE

DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded an estimated $34,248,648.32 contract for the overhaul of Tunner aircraft cargo loaders in support of the Tunner 60K loader program. At this time, $21,101,885.07 has been obligated. WR-ALC/GRVKBA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8519-04-D-0006-0075).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

AMFUEL Cell and Coated Fabrics, Magnolia, Ark., is being awarded a maximum $18,253,263 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, requirements contract for aircraft fuel tanks. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Air Force. There were originally two proposals solicited with two responses. The date of performance completion is February 2016. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (SPRWA1-11-D-0003).

BAE Systems Receives U.S. Air Force Contract for Crashworthy Seats on C-130s

WARNER ROBINS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BAE Systems has received an $8.4 million U.S. Air Force contract to provide crashworthy seats for C-130 aircraft. The specially designed seats will help protect crewmembers in the event of mishaps or hard landings. The company will develop, test, and install as many as 88 seat systems to enhance the survivability of the crew during normal, emergency, and combat operations. This work builds on BAE Systems’ strong history of performance in support of the C-130

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CPI Aerostructures to Report 2010 Fourth Quarter Financial Results and Conduct Conference Call on Wednesday, March 9th

EDGEWOOD, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE Amex: CVU) today announced that it will issue its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010 on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 prior to the opening of the stock market. CPI Aero’s President & CEO, Edward J. Fred and CFO, Vincent Palazzolo will host a conference call at 11:00 am ET that day to discuss these results as well as recent corporate developments. After opening remarks, there will b

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GE Aviation Secures Systems on Boeing Next-Generation KC-46A Tanker for United States Air Force

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Aviation will provide advanced technologies in mission control systems for the Boeing KC-46A aircraft, which was selected by the United States Air Force.

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B&W Announces Retirement of Nuclear Operations Group President, Names Peyton S. Baker as Successor

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE:BWC) announced today that Winfred D. Nash, 66, President of Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. (B&W NOG) has informed B&W of his retirement, effective April 1, 2011. “I am proud of the accomplishments we have made over the last several years. Our business has nearly doubled due to organic growth and vertical integration achieved through strategic acquisitions. Additionally, the Lean Six Si

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Al Jaber Group Selects Oshkosh Defense Global Heavy Equipment Transporter for UAE Armed Forces

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates & OSHKOSH, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Al Jaber Group, a privately owned, multi-faceted group of companies based in Abu Dhabi, has selected Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), to provide the Global Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) vehicle to support United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. Oshkosh will fulfill Al Jaber’s initial purchase of Global HETs by early 2012. “Our goal is to provide the UAE with the world’s most powerful military vehicles

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Humana Retains TRICARE Contract After Lengthy Protest

One of the largest and fastest growing costs that faces the U.S. Department of Defense is medical care. It must not only provide care for its current active duty members but also their families and also retirees. Due to a combination of overall health inflation, that most members have families and the large number of troops receiving injuries and wounds this part of the defense budget is eating up more and more funds to the point where Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has proposed raising premiums and co-pays.

The primary tool used to manage this health care program is called TRICARE. It is similar to a HMO and relies on contracts with different health insurance companies. The nation is divided into regions and a contract is awarded for each one. Due to the size of the program the contracts are in a range of several billion dollars a year.

Two years ago the Department awarded a series of new contracts to manage the different regions. One of these was to United Health Group (UNH) for the Southern Region but the losing incumbent, Humana (UUM), protested and it was sustained. DoD let Humana bridge while it figured out whether to have a new contest or address the protest some other way.

Last week it was decided to award Humana the full five year contract for the region. This contract could be worth up to $23 billion if all options are exercised and is a major coup for the company. At the time of the protest it looked like it would be out of the TRICARE business completely and would have to make up the lost revenue some other way. Now they are comfortably ensconced until 2016 which will give them some breathing room as DoD addresses its health costs.

There is no doubt that the military must look at its total personnel costs. They are the biggest part of the budget and if there is no growth in available defense dollars as expected then to free up money for investment in hardware and research these costs will have to be reduced. One of the easiest ways is to cut the number of active duty forces. In the 2012 budget Secretary Gates has done this with planned reductions to the size of the Army and Marine Corps who have grown the most since 2001. Of course at a time when troops are engaged still in Iraq and Afghanistan it will be hard for Congress to agree to this.

Another option which he has also proposed is transferring more of the costs of health care to the employee as so many companies have done. This is also unpopular as military members are not the highest paid people and in the past free or low cost health care has been part of their benefits. This while saving some money may cause a quicker increase in pay to make up for the new costs and thus not really saving money.

The U.S. defense budget faces a great deal of pressure to be more efficient. Health care is just one area that may see major changes due to this.

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Braxton Signs Orbital Analysis Software Contract with Boeing

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Braxton announces a new contract with Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. Braxton offers leading edge maneuver planning and orbital analysis products. Braxton announces next generation product line.

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Accenture Awarded Consip SpA Contract to Develop eProcurement System to Transform Italian Government Procurement

ROME--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consip has awarded Accenture a four-year, $6 million contract to develop, build and maintain an eProcurement system.

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Will EADS Protest?

Now that the U.S. Air Force and Defense Department have awarded the KC-X new aerial tanker contract to Boeing (BA) for their KC-46A aircraft the major question is whether the losing EADS NA (EADS:P) bid will protest? In 2008 when the Air Force selected Northrop Grumman (NOC) and EADS Boeing did protest and the choice was overturned leading to this current iteration of the contest. Considering this is the only fixed wing aviation program in the near future or at least until the Next Generation Bomber program emerges it may be hard for EADS not to protest on the chance that they might win or at least there would be another competition.

In their public statement the company is non-committal about the chances of filing a protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO). They say “EADS North America officials today expressed disappointment and concern over the announcement by the U.S. Air Force that it had selected a high-risk, concept aircraft over the proven, more capable KC-45 for the nation’s next aerial refueling tanker.” but they also say ““Though we had hoped for a different outcome, it’s important to remember that this is one business opportunity among many for EADS in the United States,”. So read into that what you may.

At a minimum the filing of an unsuccessful protest would delay the initiation of the contract for about 100 days making the delivery of any new tankers to the Air Force even later then they will be after an almost ten year process to build a new one.

Department of Defense Awards Humana Military Healthcare Services South Region TRICARE Contract

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Humana Military Healthcare Services the South Region TRICARE contract.

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Contracts for February 25, 2011



TRICARE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY

Humana Military Healthcare Services, Inc., Louisville, Ky., is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide managed care support to the Department of Defense TRICARE program. The instant award will comprise of the transition-in base period $4,931,404. The total potential contract value, including the approximate 10-month base period and five one-year option periods for health care delivery, plus a transition-out period, is estimated at $23,526,516,165. The South Region contractor will assist the Military Health System in operating an integrated health care delivery system combining the resources of the contractor and the military’s direct medical care system to provide healthcare, plus medical and administrative support services to eligible beneficiaries in the South Region. The South Region includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (Fort Campbell area only), Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas (excluding areas of western Texas). The work to be performed includes management of provider networks and referrals, medical management, enrollment, claims processing, customer service and access to data, among other requirements, while providing beneficiary satisfaction at the highest level possible through the delivery of world-class health care. The South Region contractor will also be responsible for administering and complying with all Continued Health Care Benefit Program requirements in all geographic areas. The majority of the work to be performed will be in Louisville, K. This contract was competitively procured via the TRICARE Management Activity e-solicitation website with three initial offers received. The TRICARE Management Activity, Aurora, Colo., is the contracting activity (HT9402-11-C-0003).

NAVY

The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory, State College, Pa., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $150,000,000 modification to increase the contract ceiling to existing previously awarded cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00024-02-D-6604). This ceiling increase modification provides for up to an additional 1,560,000 staff hours to provide research, development, engineering, test and evaluation. The core areas include guidance, navigation and control of undersea systems, advanced thermal propulsion, materials and manufacturing technology, atmosphere and defense communications and other related technologies. The capabilities are determined to be essential to support a variety of specific programs managed by different technical sponsor organizations. The thematic areas of research and development include, but are not limited to, missiles, radar, sonar, space, undersea warfare, anti-air warfare, command, control and communications, and other related technologies. No funds are obligated by award of this contract modification. Work will be performed in State College, Pa., and is expected to complete by September 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.

Rolls Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $43,366,451 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-09-D-0020) to exercise an option for contractor logistics services and technical engineering services in support of the KC-130J aircraft propulsion system for the Marine Corps, which includes the AE 2100D3 turboprop engine and the R 391 propeller. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed in February 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.

Northrop Grumman System Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded a $34,941,216 cost- plus-incentive-fee undefinitized contract action for non-recurring engineering efforts required to design, integrate, and test all hardware, firmware, and software changes required to incorporate advanced threat warning into the current the Department of Navy Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures AN/AAQ-24(V) 25 Missile Warning Sensor. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Ill. (82 percent); Goleta, Calif. (6 percent); Owego, N.Y. (5 percent); Middleton, Wis. (2 percent); Tulsa, Okla. (1 percent); Saxonburg, Pa. (1 percent); Kirkland Wash. (1 percent); and various locations in the United States (2 percent). Work is expected to be completed in February 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-11-C-0017).

L-3 Communication Systems, Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded on Feb. 24 a $32,010,002 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-09-C-0059) to exercise an option for the procurement of hardware for the common data link Hawklink system for the MH-60R helicopter, including the manufacture, test, and delivery of six AN/SRQ-4(Ku) radio terminal sets (RTS) for ship small surface combatants and 52 AN/ARQ-59 RTSs. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be completed in June 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.

Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $26,743,947 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5110) for the option exercise of the DDG 114 Aegis weapon system, including a multi-mission signal processor, and associated special tooling and special test equipment. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (87 percent), and Clearwater, Fla. (13 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2013. 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.

SunEdison*, Beltsville, Md. (N62583-10-D-0326); AECOM Energy/Solar Power Partners, Inc.*, Mill Valley, Calif. (N62583-10-D-0327); Chevron Energy Solutions Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A., Inc., San Francisco, Calif. (N62583-10-D-0328); SunPower Corp., Richmond, Calif. (N62583-10-D-0329); and SunDurance Energy, LLC*, South Plainfield, N.J. (N62583-10-D-0330), were each awarded on Feb. 24 a option year one under an indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery, fixed-price multiple award contract for the purchase of renewable electrical power through power purchase agreements at Naval and Marine Corps installations in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest area of responsibility (AOR). The combined total value for all five contractors is $25,000,000. No task orders are being issued at this time. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $125,000,000. The work to be performed provides for the generation of electric power from renewable power systems that are constructed, owned, operated, and maintained by the contractor on government property located within the installation boundaries. Work will be performed at various federal sites within the NAVFAC Southwest AOR including, but not limited to, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. Task orders issued under the contract are contemplated to be for a period of up to 30 years pursuant to the statutory authority of 10 United States Code (USC) 2922a. The term for this option is from February 2011 to February 2012. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Specialty Center Acquisitions, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc., Newport News, Va., was awarded a $25,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for preparation and accomplishment of the fiscal 2011 dry-docking continuous maintenance availability of USS Albany (SSN 753). The contractor will perform advance planning, design documentation, engineering, procurement, ship-checks, fabrication and preliminary shipyard work and/or any other work necessary to prepare for the accomplishment of, as well as accomplish all the necessary alterations, repairs, maintenance, modernization, testing and routine work required to return the submarine to the fleet. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be completed by July 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $25,000,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-11-C-4300).

Lafayette Group, Inc.*, Vienna, Va., is being awarded an $18,042,428 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contact with cost-plus-fixed-fee pricing for technical support to federal, state, and local government agencies engaged in a wide range of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence activities supporting communications interoperability for public safety. This three-year contract includes two one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to an estimated $30,954,047. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (85 percent), and Vienna, Va. (15 percent), and is expected to be completed March 1, 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with proposals solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities website, and the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website, with seven offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N66001-11-D-0013).

All Native Service Co., Bellevue, Neb., is being awarded a $14,634,744 cost-plus-fixed fee research and development contract for technology advancement support services to enhance sensor technologies in areas such as infrared, laser, thermal imaging and other related sensor technologies. The Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate currently has a Cerberus Lite system which requires a trailer mounted vehicle to transport the system. Contractor support services are required to promote research and development which will result in a prototype of a Cerberus Lite system, capable of becoming a four-person, hand-carried portable unit. The contract includes two options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $44,398,511. Work will be performed at Fort Belvoir, Va. (23 percent); Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz. (11 percent); Fort Rucker, Ala. (11 percent); Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. (11 percent); Fort Sill, Okla. (11 percent); Fort Huachuca, Ariz. (11 percent); Redstone, Ala. (11 percent); and Jefferson Proving Grounds, Ind. (11 percent). Work is expected to be completed by February 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured. This contract was procured as an 8(a) requirement acquisition in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(5). The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity (N00174-11-D-0009).

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, was awarded on Feb. 24 a $13,115,150 cost-plus-fixed-fee order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-07-G-0008) for non recurring engineering associated with the upgrade of the CV-22 dual digital map system and the electrical system, including system improvements, integration and program management. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pa. (92 percent), and Fort Worth, Texas (8 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2015. 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.

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $12,587,942 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) to exercise an option for maintenance services in support of the MV-22 and CV-22 AE1107C engines, to include 14 low power repairs and 6,565 engine flight hours. Work will be performed in Oakland, Calif. (70 percent), and Indianapolis, Ind. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $12,587,942 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $10,785,892 order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the procurement of 24 multipurpose display indicators; 12 horizontal situation displays; and 37 install kits (AFC-430, AFC-493, and AYC-1363) in support of the Navy aircrew common ejection seat retrofit for the F/A-18A/B/C/D aircraft. Work will be performed in Toronto, Ontario (57 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (24 percent); Halifax, Nova Scotia (3 percent); Grand Rapids, Mich. (2 percent); Sylmar, Calif. (1 percent); Tempe, Ariz. (1 percent); El Paso, Texas (1 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (1 percent); and various locations throughout the United States (10 percent). Work is expected to be completed in February 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $10,785,892 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Sensors (MS2), Moorestown, N.J., was awarded Feb 24, 2011, a $10,116,364 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-5124) for the option exercise of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense technical and engineering support and related operation and maintenance of the Navy’s Combat Systems Engineering Development Site, the SPY-1A Test Lab, and the Naval Systems Computing Center. The contractor will provide continuing technical engineering support, configuration management, quality assurance, operation and maintenance, and scheduling for the Navy’s Combat Systems Engineering Development Site, as well as continued technical engineering and scheduling support for those integrated facilities owned and operated by Lockheed Martin MS2. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., and is expected to be completed by October 2011. 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.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on Feb. 24 an $8,659,976 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) to exercise an option for the procurement of VH-3D executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework, vendor repairables and component overhaul. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., and is expected to be completed in January 2012. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year in the amount of $8,659,976. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin MS2, Moorestown, N.J., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $7,500,000 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-5115) to exercise an option for engineering services for DDG 51 class and CG 47 class Aegis combat system installation, integration and test, and fleet life cycle engineering support for the program executive officer for Integrated Warfare Systems. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (50 percent); Baltimore, Md. (25 percent); Norfolk, Va. (8 percent); Washington, D.C. (5 percent); Akron, Ohio (5 percent); Mayport, Fla. (2 percent); San Diego, Calif. (1 percent); Oxnard, Calif. (1 percent); Bath, Maine (1 percent); Pascagoula, Miss. (1 percent); and Dahlgren, Va. (1 percent). Work is expected to be completed by September 2011. 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.

Lockheed Martin MS2, Moorestown, N.J., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $6,972,894 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5103) to exercise fiscal 2011 options for Aegis platform systems engineering agent activities and Aegis modernization advanced capability build engineering efforts. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., and is expected to be completed September 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $500,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

URS-IAP, LLC, Austin, Texas, is being awarded a $6,689,056 cost-plus-award-fee modification to increase the maximum dollar value of task order 0008 under previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62470-06-D-6009) for the design and construction of a water production plant and distribution loop at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. After award of this modification, the total cumulative task order value will be $19,838,264. Work will be performed in Djibouti, Africa, and is expected to be completed by June 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, Naples, Italy, is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

Boeing, Defense, Space & Security, St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $25,772,057 contract which will procure, for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), one C-17 with simulated aircraft systems; simulated aircraft structure; cargo compartment floor and rail systems; cargo compartment ramp and door; forward loadmaster station; aft loadmaster stations and remote panels; cargo compartment lighting; tie down equipment; aerial deliver systems equipment; cargo winch equipment; passenger/troop equipment; intercommunication equipment; and public address system. RAAF unique requirements consist of the following: requirements for functional litter stations, functional hookups for oxygen, functional electrical outlets, and other equipment to support aeromedical training; requirements to include all sidewall seating on the right side of the cargo bay and requirements for actual representation of a first aid kit, thirty-six litters, a mock-up of the comfort pallet, and all sidewall seating down the left side of the cargo bay. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. ASC/WNSK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8621-11-C-6299).

L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Greenville, Texas, was awarded a $23,846,723 contract which will expedite the purchase of three spare engines and nine spare propellers required to support the deployment of C-27J aircraft to Afghanistan. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. ASC/WLNJ, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-07-D-0099; DO-0040).

Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, Goodyear, Ariz., was awarded a $22,762,446 contract which will procure Peace Krypton prime mission equipment follow-on support III, comprised of core engineering, a system depot support facility, and in-country technical support. This procurement is on behalf of the foreign military sale customer, the Republic of Korea government, through a letter of offer and acceptance agreement with the U.S. Air Force. At this time, $21,379,759 has been obligated. ASC/WINK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-11-C-3007).

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., was awarded a $22,320,932 contract modification which will provide interim contract support under the Dragon Spear program for 12 MC-130Ws modified to include a precision strike package. At this time, $10,400,000 has been obligated. WRALC/GRUKA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8509-10-C-0013; PO0003).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $10,375,000 contract modification which will purchase the initial capabilities for a building based ground station for the Air Force Global Hawk Program. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. ASC/WIGK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-08-G-3005 0020).

ARMY

Atlantic Diving Supply, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., was awarded on Feb. 22 an $18,223,661 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 16,004 generation III extreme cold weather clothing system kits. Work will be performed in Virginia Beach, Va.; Fall River, Mass.; Newark, N.J.; North Conway, N.H.; Lancing, Mich.; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Post Falls, Idaho; Tullahoma, Tenn.; and Mukilteo, Wash., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 20, 2011. The bid was solicited through the Internet with three bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Natick Contracting Division, Natick, Mass., is the contracting activity (W911QY-07-D-0003).

SHAW Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., Edgewood, Md., was awarded on Feb. 22 a $17,653,737 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract. The award will provide for labor, personnel, supervision, administration, materials, equipment, tools, and transportation necessary to perform public works functions is various areas throughout Alaska. Work will be performed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2012. The bid was solicited through the Army Single Face to Industry website with three bids received. The U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, is the contracting activity (W912CZ-09-D-0004).

J.I. Garcia Construction, Inc., Fresno, Calif., was awarded on Feb. 22 a $7,990,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the construction of Squadron Operations Building at the Fresno Air National Guard Station, Fresno, Calif. Work will be performed in Fresno Country, Calif., with an estimated completion date of June 1, 2012. The bid was solicited through the Internet with eight bids received. The National Guard Bureau, Purchasing and Contracting, San Luis Obispo, Calif., is the contracting activity (W912LA-11-C-0002).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

South Alabama Regional Airport Authority, Andalusia, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $11,079,665 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally 145 proposals solicited with 158 responses. The date of performance completion is March 31, 2015. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-11-D-0007).

*Small business

B&W Awarded Renewable Energy Contract in Finland

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Babcock & Wilcox Company’s (B&W) (NYSE:BWC) Denmark-based subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S (B&W Vølund), has been awarded a $35 million contract with Finland-based EkoKem OY to supply key equipment for a 36 megawatt waste-to-energy, combined heat and power plant in Riihimäki, Finland. B&W Vølund will design, manufacture, deliver and construct the waste-to-energy plant’s heat recovery boiler using B&W’s patented DynaGrate® water

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KC-X Contract Will Have Spillover Effects

The award to Boeing (BA) of the contract to build the new KC-46A tanker will of course affect many other companies. It is one of the largest defense contracts for the next decade. While the total value if all of the planned aircraft are built is closer to $35 billion the initial contract is for $3.5 billion and provides for the initial development and production of the first batch of aircraft.

Because of its size and scope there will be significant work for the subcontractors on the program. Boeing will do final assembly of the aircraft but it needs to procure things like engines, software and aircraft components from other contractors. These are spread out across the country and provide a web of support for Boeing and the program.

The first company that will receive major subcontracts is Pratt & Whitney, part of United Technologies (UTC). They will provide two engines for each aircraft which will be a boost in revenue and work for the next ten years or so. This revenue stream will allow them to maintain production at their facilities and perhaps invest in new engines for other programs.

Rockwell Collins (COL) will also do well. They will make for Boeing the flight deck, software and communications systems. Interestingly they were also supporting the EADS NA (EADS:P) KC-30 program so if either bidder had been chosen they would have won. The company has a history of supporting Boeing aircraft.

The KC-46A contract if it is not protested and delayed will begin to have secondary effects throughout the U.S. defense economy. The Air Force also plans follow on contracts to buy more then the 179 planned tankers under this effort. Those could go to Boeing or to another bidder and they too will have a significant effect on many other defense contractors and suppliers.

Photo from Jerry Gunner’s flickr photostream.

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Boeing Releases Video of KC-46A

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And the KC-X Winner is Boeing!!

The U.S. Defense Department and Air Force announced that Boeing (BA) has been selected to provide the new KC-X aerial tanker. The design submitted by EADS NA (EADS:P) was not chosen.

The new KC-46A will be based on Boeing’s 767 airliner design.

The Secretary of the Air Force, Mr. Michael Donley, stated that the decision was based on “mission effectiveness in wartime and life cycle costs as embodied in fuel efficiency and military construction costs”. This might be a hint that the larger KC-30 aircraft from EADS might have required more investment in new and bigger facilities then the smaller 767 tanker.

The contract has been very political with states that stand to gain thousands of jobs from the program using their Senators and Representatives to push for the respective bidders.

EADS does have the right to protest the decision as Boeing did in 2008 when the contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman (NOC) and EADS. They will have to wait until their debrief by the Air Force before making any decision about that.

Even an unsuccessful protest may delay the start of the program for several weeks and the Air Force plans on receiving the first 18 aircraft in 2017. The new KC-46A will replace Cold War era KC-135R tankers some of which have been flying for fifty years.

Cross posted at KC-X Tanker News.

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And the Winner is Boeing!

The U.S. Defense Department and Air Force announced that Boeing (BA) has been selected to provide the new KC-X aerial tanker. The design submitted by EADS NA (EADS:P) was not chosen.

The new KC-46A will be based on Boeing’s 767 airliner design.

The Secretary of the Air Force, Mr. Michael Donley, stated that the decision was based on “mission effectiveness in wartime and life cycle costs as embodied in fuel efficiency and military construction costs”. This might be a hint that the larger KC-30 aircraft from EADS might have required more investment in new and bigger facilities then the smaller 767 tanker.

The contract has been very political with states that stand to gain thousands of jobs from the program using their Senators and Representatives to push for the respective bidders.

EADS does have the right to protest the decision as Boeing did in 2008 when the contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman (NOC) and EADS. They will have to wait until their debrief by the Air Force before making any decision about that.

Even an unsuccessful protest may delay the start of the program for several weeks and the Air Force plans on receiving the first 18 aircraft in 2017. The new KC-46A will replace Cold War era KC-135R tankers some of which have been flying for fifty years.

Cross posted at Defense Procurement News.

NASA Flight Certifies Superfocus Glasses for Astronauts Traveling on Final Discovery Mission

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Superfocus LLC, creators of Superfocus glasses (formerly known as TruFocals) the first adjustable-focus eyeglasses to treat presbyopia, announced today the flight certification of Superfocus by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for use by astronauts on Discovery's final spaceflight (STS-133) and aboard the International Space Station. The Superfocus technology will provide unparalleled clear vision to astronauts with presbyopia, a condition ca

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Contracts for February 24, 2011

FOR RELEASE AT

5 p.m. ETNo. 151-11

February 24, 2011



AIR FORCE

The Boeing Co. of Seattle, Washington, was awarded a fixed price incentive firm contract valued at over $3.5 billion for the KC-X Engineering and Manufacturing Development which will deliver 18 aircraft by 2017. Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC/WKK), Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-11-C600).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Kearfott Corp., Black Mountain, N.C., is being awarded a maximum $21,655,875 firm-fixed-price contract for servo, roll trim. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Army. There were originally four proposals solicited with two responses. The date of performance completion is Feb. 22, 2016. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (SPRRA1-11-D-0055).

Gerry Simone Named Editor-in-Chief of Executive Mosaic Media

VIENNA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Executive Mosaic, a publisher of a growing group of online and print media outlets, announced today that Gerry A. Simone has been named editor-in-chief of the company and its related media properties covering federal marketplace news and trends in the Washington metro area. The announcement was made by Executive Mosaic CEO and Publisher Jim Garrettson. “Gerry is an accomplished and trusted adviser in online and print media,” said Executive Mosaic CEO and Publisher J

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Teledyne Joined By Lockheed Martin and Raytheon on Missile Defense Bid

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: TDY) announced today that its subsidiary, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. (TBE), in Huntsville, Ala., has teamed with Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) and Raytheon Company to pursue the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDAs) Objective Simulation Framework (OSF) contract. OSF will provide a modular, reconfigurable system that joins digital and hardware in the loop representations to evaluate fielded and conceptual

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