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ATEN Launches Secure Desktop KVM Switches for Government and Military Installations — Press Release

ATEN Launches Secure Desktop KVM Switches for Government and Military Installations

NIAP-Certified ATEN Secure KVMs Feature Common Criteria’s EAL2+ Certification

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 31, 2012) –announced today the launch of new security-reinforced desktop KVM switches designed specifically for government and military environments where security is paramount. The new CS1182 and CS1184, two- and four-port DVI-based KVM switches housed in a rugged metal enclosure, ensure data integrity when switching between computers operating on different secure networks. The CS1182/CS1184 are NIAP-certified which complies with the Common Criteria EAL2+ for Peripheral Sharing Switch (PSS) Human Interface Devices Protection Profile v2.1. The NIAP is operated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The new secure desktop KVM switches provide users with hardware security features such as tamper-evident tape, providing a visual indication of any attempted access to the switch’s internal components, and chassis intrusion detection, which disables the unit if only one of the screws is removed. In accordance with the NIAP requirements, all integrated circuits are soldered directly onto the circuit board to prevent component tampering.

From a firmware point of view, the secure KVMs offer restricted USB connectivity whereby non-HID devices are ignored if connected. Isolated channel per port and automatic keyboard buffer clearing prevent any cross-computer communication. Lastly, non-reprogrammable ROM protects the unit’s firmware from tampering and reprogramming.

“As security threats on government and military continue to rise at alarming rate, so too, does the need for a security-hardened IT environment,” explained James Hsieh, CEO of ATEN. “Our new secure KVM switches, the CS1182/CS1184, provide the means to consolidate multiple workstations of various security classification levels with one keyboard, video monitor and mouse (KVM) console. With hardware and software-based security features built into the units, military, intelligence and federal agency installations can rest assured that their data is being protected on both a physical and digital level.”

For government, military and other public sector installations, key on-going concerns include securing sensitive information, network breaches, malware attacks and cyber terrorism. With secure KVM switches from ATEN, agencies can minimize security threats by ensuring data integrity between user desktops accessing secure and unsecure networks. Serving the public sector market through its channel partners, ATEN offers competitive discounts to channel partners including seven percent (for government) and five percent (for education) implementations.

The CS1182/CS1184 offers the following features and functionality:

One USB console controls two or four secure computers
Restricted USB connectivity – non-HIDs (Human Interface Devices) are ignored when switching
Isolated channel per port – data is unable to be transferred between computers
Port selection only via pushbutton enhances security
Tamper-evident tape – provides a visual indication of any attempt to gain access to the switch’s internal components
Chassis intrusion detection – if cover is removed from the switch, the unit becomes inoperable and LEDs flash
Tamper-proof hardware – all integrated circuits are soldered directly to the circuit board to prevent component tampering
Non-reprogrammable ROM – prevents tampering and attempts to reprogram the switch’s firmware
Clears keyboard buffer – keyboard data is automatically cleared after transmission to the switch
Multiplatform support – Windows, Linux, Mac, and Sun
Superior video quality – 2560 x 1600 (DVI Dual Link); 1920 x 1200 (DVI Single Link) and 2048 x1536 (DVI-A)
Built-in internal power

About ATEN

ATEN is a leading manufacturer of KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switches in addition to remote management, LCD consoles, video and data connectivity solutions. The company’s product line supports a range of data center, desktop and digital signage environments serving enterprise, government, SME and SOHO customers. ATEN has offices in California and New Jersey as well as Taiwan, Belgium, Korea, Japan, China and United Kingdom. For more information, contact ATEN at (888) 999-ATEN or 949-428-1111, via the Web at www.aten-usa.com, www.aten-usa.com/ATENConnect and on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ATENConnect, or Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATENConnect

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FY12 Defense Contracts Flow and Lockheed Martin Benefits

The Pentagon may be planning to reduce or hold spending flat in the upcoming years but with the final passage of the 2012 defense budget major contracts are now flowing to different contractors as Project and Program Offices place production orders. Lockheed Martin (LMT) benefited from this yesterday as they received the latest production contract for the PATRIOT PAC-3 missile.

The PATRIOT air and missile defense system is made up of two major parts: the radar and the interceptor. Currently Raytheon (RTN) is the prime contractor for the radar and command and control systems while Lockheed manufactures the current standard missile, the PAC-3. The PAC-3 version of the system in use since the late Eighties incorporates modifications to maximize missile defense capabilities while the missile is smaller, relies on hit-to-kill technology and is a significant upgrade to the earlier PAC-2 missile as it allows more rounds to be used by each launch unit.

The FY12 order is for both U.S. Army use as well as a follow on delivery for Taiwan. It has a value of just over $900 million and represents a rather significant contract. The work includes not only the missiles but also kits, spares, support equipment and engineering services.

The PATRIOT represents the shorter ranged part of the Army’s missile defense capability with the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system made by Lockheed providing longer range and larger area defense.

The PATRIOT has seen significant foreign military sales to countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Taiwan. It is especially valuable to those countries facing a ballistic missile threat like Israel, Taiwan and the Gulf States.

The PAC-3 missile has been in production for several years from Lockheed’s facility in Camden, AR.

Photo from Tumbleweed:-)’s flickr photostream.

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Montie Design Expands Rapid Prototyping Toolset with Addition of Rotational Molding — Press Release

Montie Design Expands Rapid Prototyping Toolset with Addition of Rotational Molding

RTP-Based Product Design and Development Firm Grows Services to Meet Client Demand

(Morrisville, N.C.) Montie Design, an innovative concept-to-marketplace product design and development firm, has expanded its product realization toolset with the purchase of a rotational molder.

The new equipment allows the firm to produce prototypes of small rotationally molded parts and follow up with limited production runs of client parts.

“We’re known for our experience in product design and prototyping of metal-based products across a multitude of industries, and these additions to our in-house workshop will enable us serve our clients in a new and valuable way,” said Montie Roland, company president.

Providing design flexibility, rotomolding allows for the creation of prototypes with consistent wall thickness, strength and durability, stress-free parts, and low initial tooling costs. Rotationally molded products are highly sought-after in a wide range of industries such as agricultural and industrial; material-handling; and recreational and sporting goods.

Montie Design has just completed its first rotationally molded prototype for an anti-fog device used in snowmobile helmets. The parts were recently sent off for client testing and evaluation.

“The ability to quickly and inexpensively create prototypes using the rotomolding process opens up new design directions for client projects; there are very few companies in the U.S. that offer rotomolding on a prototype basis. Initially, we embarked on this addition to our services as a way to serve one client, but the lack of vendors that are capable of using the rotomolding process to prototype parts indicates an under-served market,” Roland explained.

The Montie Design toolset offers core competencies in mechanical engineering, industrial design, prototyping and product commercialization. The firm is active in numerous design and engineering groups and organizations throughout North Carolina as well as the North Carolina Defense Business Association.

Additionally, Montie Design is hosting a Winter 2012 Student Design Contest for aspiring product designers in community colleges, four-year colleges, or high schools from North Carolina and Virginia. Contest participants will be tasked with developing outdoor, shooting, hunting, archery, and camping products.

For more information on Montie Design, visit www.montie.com.

About Montie Design
Montie Design is an innovative concept-to-marketplace product design and development firm with core competencies in mechanical engineering and industrial design. Implementing a collaborative approach to partnering with clients, Montie Design balances vision with usability in realizing products that are economical to manufacture, elegant and robust. The firm operates out of the Southeast’s innovation hub, the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, with its wealth of industry-leading technology, resources and customers. For more information, visit www.montie.com.

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SmartRounds Technology Introduces Less-Lethal Smart Bullets — Press Release

SmartRounds Technology Introduces Less-Lethal Smart Bullets

BRIGHTON, Colo., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — SmartRounds Technology, LLC, “SRT” of Brighton, Colorado, announced today their new SmartRounds™ smart bullets. “We have been working the past three years on our less-lethal arms and have finally arrived at several effective rounds along with a reliable delivery system. The 18 mm, .680 caliber, d-shaped, rifled rounds are fired from gas-powered launchers at upwards of 450 feet per second and have an effective range of 100 yards,” states SRT president Nick Verini.

The patent-pending SmartRounds™ are less-lethal, intelligent projectiles designed to offer an alternative to firearms, but with sufficient stopping power to disarm an assailant. They will be available in a number of less-lethal versions including MMS based rounds. The active MMS (micro- mechanical system) controlled version senses when the round is fired and when it hits its target. It then activates the payload in a micro-second, reducing the chances of penetration.

One special SRT projectile called ShockRounds™ contains a liquefied compressed gas and activates a high-powered “shock wave” that expands rapidly upon impact and attacks three of the five human senses, disabling the assailant. These projectiles are fired from pneumatic rifle launchers, which are modeled after the Colt Industries M4 carbine. Other launchers are modeled after a popular, semi-automatic handgun, ideal for close quarters combat.

“These pneumatic launchers are rugged, ergonomically designed, and powered by compressed gas. Training rounds are available for military, law enforcement, security firms and corrections for force-on-force training, combat training, and firearm safety. These rounds are available immediately, and are also fired from our approved launchers,” adds Mr. Verini.

While the less-lethal versions of SmartRounds™ do not have the deadly stopping power of high-velocity bullets fired from a firearm, such deadly force is generally not necessary to deter many typical crimes. Moreover, there are many situations where deadly force is either not needed or wanted.

A decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, where it can be nearly impossible for troops to distinguish between enemy combatants and the local population, has highlighted calls for more less-lethal weapons. Troops could use these tools to temporarily incapacitate adversaries without harming nearby civilians. These weapons will become even more important to a military that has taken on roles away from battlefields, providing humanitarian assistance or support to civilian agencies, as well as conducting emergency evacuations, crowd control and other peacekeeping missions.

SRT anticipates a strong global demand by the military, law enforcement, border security and corrections for the SRT less-lethal SmartRounds™. The rounds were designed and will be manufactured in the USA in mid-2012, creating much-needed jobs in Colorado.

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Contracts for January 30, 2012



DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc.*, Harrisonburg, Va., was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM8EJ-09-D-0001/P00016. The award is a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $5,680,898,304 for delivery of items supported by the Special Operational equipment, tailored Logistics Support Program. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 14 responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is March 9, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

W.S. Darley & Co.*, Itasca, Ill., was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM8EJ-09-D-0002/P00015. The award is a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $5,622,398,304 for delivery of items supported by the Special Operational equipment, tailored Logistics Support Program. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 14 responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is March 9, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

Source One Distributors, Inc.*, Wellington, Fla., was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM8EJ-09-D-0004/P00017. The award is a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $5,470,398,304 for delivery of items supported by the Special Operational equipment, tailored Logistics Support Program. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 14 responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is March 9, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

Atlantic Diving Supply*, Virginia Beach, Va., was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM8EJ-09-D-0003/P00017. The award is a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $4,316,398,304 for delivery of items supported by the Special Operational equipment, tailored Logistics Support Program. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 14 responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is March 9, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

Vital Images, Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., was issued a modification exercising the first option year on contract SPM2D1-11-D-8342/P00003. The award is a fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract with a maximum $12,000,000 for radiology systems, subsystems, and components. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 43 responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012/2013 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

United Technologies Corp., East Hartford, Conn., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract with a maximum $7,264,529 for F-100 rotor compressor. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Air Force. There was one solicitation with one response. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 operation and maintenance funds. The date of performance completion is May 30, 2014. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (SPRTA1-09-G-0001-0300).

NAVY

Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $41,090,719 ceiling priced modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-11-C-0061) to exercise an option for operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems. These services will provide electro-optical/infra red and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of land-based operations in Operation Enduring Freedom to provide real-time imagery and data. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in February 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $41,090,719 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

CGI Federal, Inc., subsidiary of CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $28,206,792 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for information technology support services for the Joint Strike Fight Program Office. Work will be performed in Arlington, Va. (70.49 percent); Rosamond, Calif. (8.57 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (7.62 percent); Ridgecrest, Calif. (2.86 percent); Dayton, Ohio (2.86 percent); Point Mugu, Calif. (1.90 percent); Valparaiso, Fla. (1.90 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (1.90 percent); and Jacksonville, Fla. (1.90 percent). Work is expected to be completed in January 2013. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. Contract funds in the amount of $3,520,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-12-C-0119).

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, L.L.C., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $23,959,388 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-11-D-0024) to exercise an option for contractor logistics support and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) support for the T-39 Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) Training Program. This effort includes support of the UMFO government-owned T-39N and T-39G aircraft and associated equipment, including organizational and depot level repair. In addition, this provides intermediate level maintenance and support for Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft, transient aircraft, tenant, and other services activities at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and surrounding areas through the AIMD. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla. (75 percent), and Corpus Christi, Texas (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2012. No funds are being obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

The Boeing Co., Boeing Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $12,444,077 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-10-C-0491) to exercise an option for the manufacture, test, and delivery of six AN/USM-702 reconfigurable transportable consolidated automated support systems and three self maintenance and test calibration interface devices. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo. (58 percent); North Reading, Mass. (40 percent); and Stillwater, Okla. (2 percent). Work is expected to be completed in April 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an $8,261,510 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0030) to procure an additional 700 precision laser guidance set kits for the Air Force. Work will be performed in Haifa, Israel (37 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (32 percent); and St. Charles, Mo. (31 percent). Work is expected to be completed in August 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $1,357,246 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

WASHINGTON HEADQUARTERS SERVICE

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit, Washington, D.C., is being awarded a $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract to provide funding for Department of Defense transportation benefits for its employees. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016. Washington Headquarters Service is the contracting activity (HQ0034-12-A-001-0002).

DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY

Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded a $14,189,4020 technology investment agreement. The goal of this agreement is for Novartis to perform a research and development program designed to develop a self-replicating RNA vaccine platform. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Mass. Work is expected to be completed by November 2015. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity (HR0011-12-3-0001).

*Small business

Contract Fraud is Universal as Mitsubishi Electric Hit with Ban

The issue of fraud, waste and abuse has been a constant in defense contracting since the first piece of equipment was sold to a soldier. It could be rotten food in the Civil War, poorly made weapons or just simple overcharging or substituting inferior work for what the contract requires. Even in this day of lawyers, strong contracts, inspections and high technology these issues still occur as people look for ways to get more money out of their customers. In Japan the second largest defense contractor, Mitsubishi Electric (TSE) is now facing a ban for falsely inflating contract costs.

Reportedly not only the defense ministry has suspended the company but also the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center will also stop doing business with Mitsubishi Electric. The company is making different things related to the country’s space program for JAXA and developing a intelligence satellite for the Intelligence Center.

The company has been found artificially increasing the number of workers and hours billed for on a contract to produce the Type 03 surface-to-air missile. This is a vehicle mounted system that uses IR and radar guidance and reportedly has a range of about 50,000 meters.

In 2010 Mitsubishi Electric was working on over $1.5 billion in contracts for Japan making missiles, electronics and other equipment. The suspension currently means that it cannot get new work. A further inspection of other contracts is expected to begin in the near term.

The suspension is it last a significant length of time will affect the company as it will limit opportunities for new work. The company may also see it paying money back to the government and fines and charges that could affect the bottom line. Long term it will have to remain as a viable contractor for Japan due to the type of work it does and the requirements of the armed forces. Unfortunately in this time of very few defense contractors it is hard to ban or suspend permanently any one company.

Japan has not been immune to these problems. In 2010 the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force who most likely contracted for the Type 03 was investigated and many officers and officials charged with bid rigging and bribery. Bribes were being used to steer contracts for office equipment and supplies to preferred vendors.

These cases illustrate that when large amounts of money are involved there is a great deal of temptation to try and make profit and get rich off of it in ways that short change the customer, tax payer and the user.

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Lockheed and Raytheon Earnings Reports

I wrote an exclusive post for Seeking Alpha discussing Lockheed Martin’s (LMT) and Raytheon’s (RTN) most recent earnings report. It may be found here.

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Boeing and United Technologies Earning Reports

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I wrote an exclusive post on Boeing’s (BA) and United Technologies (UTX) recent earnings report for Seeking Alpha which may be found here.

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Contracts for January 27, 2012



DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Chevron Americas Products, Houston, Texas, was awarded a fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract with a maximum $65,921,150 for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Mississippi. Using service is Defense Logistics Agency Energy. There were four solicitations with three responses. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-12-D-0553).

The Boeing Co., Saint Louis, Mo., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract against a basic ordering agreement with a maximum $23,500,000 for left-hand and right-hand trailing edge flaps. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Navy Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is May 31, 2014. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SP0400-03-D-9408 TH01).

Thermo PAC, L.L.C., Stone Mountain, Ga., was awarded a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $20,164,784 for food items. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were five solicitations with three responses. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is Jan. 26, 2017. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM3S1-12-D-Z122).

NAVY

ERAPSCO, Inc., Columbia City, Ind., is being awarded a $38,416,565 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, performance based contract (N00421-11-C-0030) to exercise options for the production of 50,430 AN/SSQ-53F sonobuoys for the Navy (49,990) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (440). Work will be performed in Columbia City, Ind. (53 percent), and DeLeon Springs, Fla. (47 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2014. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($38,081,382; 99.1 percent) and for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office ($335,183; 0.9 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Chugach World Services, Inc.*, Anchorage, Alaska, is being awarded a $33,109,135 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N40192-09-D-9000) to exercise option three, for housing operations and maintenance and change of occupancy maintenance services at Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base Guam. The work to be performed provides for management and housing operations to maintain and repair family housing units, bachelor housing units, Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS), and provide any services, maintenance and change of occupancy maintenance in both vacant and occupied family housing units, bachelor housing units, and NGIS units. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $99,525,177. Work will be performed in various Navy and Air Force housing areas on Guam, and is expected to be completed by January 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $13,153,206 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Marianas, Guam, is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Advanced Information System, Bloomington, Minn., is being awarded a $20,585,146 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0014) to exercise an option for the full-rate production of 80 Type 3 Advanced Mission Computers (AMC) for the Navy F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of three Type-3 AMC spares for the Royal Australian Air Force. Work will be performed in Bloomington, Minn. (80 percent), and Albuquerque, N.M. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($19,912,084; 96 percent) and the government of Australia (4 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin, Syracuse, N.Y., is being awarded a $15,450,907 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-5202) for fiscal 2012 engineering services in support of the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Undersea Warfare Combat System. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is a surface ship combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts; and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects, and torpedo threats. Work will be performed in Syracuse, N.Y. (80 percent), Newport, R.I. (16 percent), and Manassas, Va. (4 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $97,307 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

NJVC, L.L.C., Vienna, Va., is being awarded a $33,929,209 ceiling-priced modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (HM0176-11-C0002/P00031) for the contractor to create a standard West Managed Service Provider offering and provisioning process by designing, installing, and maintaining the infrastructure needed to support remodeled and new facilities spaces within the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency West and other locations. The information technology/information services contract provides the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency information technology enterprise operations and sustainment support to NGA information technology systems at approximately 170 sites (90 manned, 80 unmanned) around the world. The date of performance completion is expected to be Dec. 31, 2012. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Va., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

Kuanta Insaat Taahhut Elektronik Tur, San VE TIC.A.S., Ankara, Turkey, is being awarded a $7,444,761 firm-fixed-price contract to provide acquisitions of Air Traffic Control and Landing System and navigational aids in support of Afghanistan’s Air Force’s rotary and fixed wing flying training program at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. The location of the performance is Ankara, Turkey. Work is expected to be completed by December 2015. ESC/HBAK, Hanscom Air Force Base, Maine, is the contracting activity (FA8730-12-C-002).

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Panetta Lays Out Initial Defense Budget Spending Plans

Yesterday the Pentagon made a series of presentations and media events to lay out the initial numbers for future spending. The goal of the Secretary Leon Panetta’s Defense Department is to cut $487 billion in ten years with the current Five Year Defense Plan (FYDP) containing over half the reductions. As part of this DoD released a 15 page document and a one page budget summary that provides top level guidance on the plans.

Many of the planned cut backs are based on the idea that with the disengagement of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan cuts may be made in those areas. This means that money for the “Global War on Terror (GWOT)” or “Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)” as that support was called will see significant cuts. In FY10 it was $163 billion, in FY11 $159 billion with $115 billion planned for FY12 and only $88 billion in FY13. This adds up to a 54 percent reduction and saves $75 billion in those three years.

Since personnel costs both for the current Active members, their dependents,the reserve force and retirees make up about thirty percent of the defense budget there will be reductions and adjustments to their size and benefits. 100,000 Soldiers and Marines will be eliminated from the active military with the Army losing approximately 8 brigades of troops. Even though the Marine Corps has grown substantially since 9/11 it maintains the same force structure of 3 active divisions and 1 reserve so there will be cuts to the size of individual units and support forces. The Pentagon states that even with these cuts the size of the ground forces will be bigger then on 9/11. There will also be increases in medical costs to the individuals and a commission to revamp military retirement benefits.

The Air Force and Navy will too see reductions in their force structure. The Navy will retire some ships early while delaying the construction of others. This means that it won’t grow as fast as currently planned. The Air Force will lose some tactical aircraft, cut transports and reduce planned buys of some F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Only a few programs are targeted for elimination so far. These include the C-27 Joint Cargo Aircraft used primarily by the Air National Guard. It is planned the C-130 will provide needed capability there. The new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) which is to replace the Maverick and Hellfire missiles will be scaled back. It was about to select its prime contractor. The Global Hawk Block 30 will finish production and there will be some other nibbling around the edges.

All of this ads up to some significant reduction in business for defense contractors. The JAGM was a large contract that either Raytheon (RTN) or Lockheed Martin (LMT) were hoping to win. The cuts in ship production will affect Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and General Dynamics (GD). Reduction in JSF will certainly affect Lockheed and its support contractors.

The contractors who provide support in Afghanistan and at bases across the U.S. will see cuts as there are smaller, less troops to support. Logistics needs will also be cut back so those making things like battle armor, uniforms, and small arms will also be affected.

Overall it will will remove about 9% of planned spending in FY13-17 from the defense budget. That will cause some companies severe pain depending on how broad their product line and customer base is.

Of course Congress is the final say and they could easily keep some of the funding for some of the programs cushioning the cuts and blows to the defense industry. The elections this year will also have a key affect.

A lot more to come as yesterday was just a starting point.

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Contracts for January 26, 2012



DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Cardinal Health, Inc., Dublin, Ohio, was issued a modification exercising the first option year on contract SPM2DX-10-D-0027/P00036. The award is a requirements type contract with a maximum $206,434,187 for pharmaceutical prime vendor, Generation III primary supplier in support of the combined Europe and Pacific regions. Other locations of performance are California and North Carolina. Using service is Department of Defense. There were four responses to the Web solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012/2013 Defense Working Capital Funds. The dollar value shown is estimated based on sales in the Europe and Pacific regions. The date of performance completion is Sept. 30, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

Raytheon Co., Aurora, Colo., is being awarded a $44,700,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-award-fee contract to realign the Next Generation Operation Control System technical baseline by adding effort associated with 20 requests for change against the specification and interface control documents. The location of the performance is Aurora, Colo. Work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2016. SMC/PKP, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8807-10-C-0001, P00056).

Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $17,424,398 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide test integration of software to enhance the system performance of the AIM 120D missile. The location of the performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. AAC/EBAK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-090C-0201 P00013).

NAVY

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $17,224,611 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-07-C-0013) to exercise an option for approximately 260,000 hours of engineering and technical services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Requirements Division’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Communications-Electronics Program. Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Md., and is expected to be completed in July 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. No funding will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Honors Pioneers of Recently Declassified National Reconnaissance Satellites — Press Release

Lockheed Martin Honors Pioneers of Recently Declassified National Reconnaissance Satellites

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Pioneers of the highly successful Gambit and Hexagon legacy reconnaissance systems recently unveiled by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) were honored during a Jan. 24 ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Gambit and Hexagon followed Corona, the nation’s first photo reconnaissance satellite system to return an image from space successfully. All three programs were built by industry teams under contract to the NRO with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company as the satellite system integrator. These programs provided vital national security information from 1960 until 1986.

Approximately 400 former employees involved in some aspect of Hexagon and Gambit and their guests attended the ceremony which featured displays and videos highlighting spacecraft production, launch and technical capabilities including actual Earth imagery. Speakers included Bruce Carlson, director of the NRO, and Joanne Maguire, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

In his remarks, Carlson expressed his gratitude to the entire Lockheed Martin team for their contributions to national security: “Without this vital work, we would not have had the search, surveillance, and mapping capabilities that provided the high resolution imagery that gave our nation’s decision makers the ability to deal with our adversaries from a position of strength.”

“The successes achieved by the Hexagon and Gambit teams built upon the Corona legacy to deliver unprecedented mission capabilities and longevity,” said Maguire. “We are enormously proud of our role in providing these vitally important remote sensing assets to the nation.”

The first Gambit system, launched in 1963, was equipped with a 77-inch focal length camera system . The second system, Gambit 3 was equipped with the camera system that included a 175-inch focal length camera. The system was first launched in 1966 and provided the U.S. with exquisite surveillance capabilities from space for nearly two decades.

Hexagon was first launched in 1971 to improve upon Corona’s capability to image broad denied areas for threats to the United States. Twelve of the 19 systems flown also carried a mapping camera to aid in U.S. military war planning.

The United States depended on these search and surveillance satellites to understand the capabilities, intentions, and advancements of those who opposed the U.S during the Cold War. Together they became America’s essential eyes in space.

In addition, Gambit and Hexagon were launched aboard rockets built by Lockheed Martin heritage companies. Gambit 1 was launched on an Atlas rocket with the orbiting Agena D upper stage and Gambit 3 was launched using a Titan III B booster. Hexagon was launched aboard the larger Titan III D rocket.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is a world leader in the most advanced space-based systems for government and global commercial customers. Its expertise in stabilized, remote sensing spacecraft for high-resolution remote sensing missions began with Corona, a ground-breaking system that achieved its first successful launch in 1960.

The company draws on its wealth of expertise in building and integrating remote sensing satellites to provide commercial customers with advanced systems such as the GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite and its next-generation Earth imaging program, known as GeoEye-2.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.

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Global Hawk Rumored to be Cut

Update – The Defense Department released their Budget Priorities and Choices today and that included cancelling the remaining Block 30 Global Hawk production. The rationale given was that it provided the “same capability as the U-­‐2 manned aircraft for significantly less money to both buy and operate. As the program has matured, these cost savings have not materialized and, at best, we project the future cost of Global Hawk Block 30 operations to be comparable with the U-2.” Northrop Grumman responded this afternoon and said in their press release that “Northrop Grumman is disappointed with the Pentagon’s decision, and plans to work with the Pentagon to assess alternatives to program termination.” They also said that:

“The Global Hawk program has demonstrated its utility in U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, as well as its utility in humanitarian operations in Japan and Haiti. Just a few months ago, the Pentagon published an acquisition decision memorandum regarding Global Hawk Block 30 that stated: ‘The continuation of the program is essential to the national security… there are no alternatives to the program which will provide acceptable capability to meet the joint military requirement at less cost.’

Today the Pentagon will begin to present its plans to reduce the U.S. defense budget by close to $500 billion over the next ten years. There have already been reports of programs being ended or reduced but so far none have been confirmed. As the plans are revealed it will be seen if these reports are true.

Yesterday it came out that the U.S. Air Force is considering reducing its planned purchase of Northrop Grumman’s (NOC) Global Hawk strategic reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Global Hawk has been in development since before 2000 and early versions went into use right after 9/11 supporting collection and targeting efforts across Afghanistan and Iraq. The Global Hawk was planned to replace the manned high altitude reconnaissance U-2 aircraft.

The Air Force has been steadily improving the system and buying different versions. The current production model is the RQ-4 Block 30 and the plan was to buy about 28 of them. Now there are reports that 10 of the systems will not be purchased and the U-2 will continue flying for several more years.

The Air Force would buy 3 more of the Block 40 version and the naval version to fulfill the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) requirement would continue so Northrop would not be losing all of its Global Hawk business but the loss of the ten systems would significantly reduce near term revenue.

In order to save that kind of money the Pentagon will have to cancel entire programs preferably before they go into production such as the Army’s Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program which has been a potential cut or reduce the amount of procurement items significantly such as with the Global Hawk. You cannot cut a slice of the budget proportionally without seriously affecting readiness, training and effectiveness of the armed forces overall. It is better to kill off whole programs and continue to utilize existing systems.

With these kind of reductions in planned spending there may be a time of flat or little growth for defense contractors. These decisions will force defense contractors to lose development and production programs they will still be able to keep their business of maintaining and supporting existing, older programs and equipment. The decisions may also force contraction in the industry as a whole.

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Visure Solutions’ IRQA Offers Requirements Engineering Solution for Embedded Systems — Press Release

Visure Solutions’ IRQA Offers Requirements Engineering Solution for Embedded Systems

Field-proven Requirements Engineering solution addresses growing complexity of embedded software development and eases regulatory compliance
Madrid, Spain and Bowie, MA, January 25, 2012–Visure Solutions, the market leader in Requirements Engineering, today announced the release of IRQA Systems Engineering Template, an IRQA extension designed to address the challenges of increasingly complex embedded software systems. Embedded systems raise a plethora of design issues—diversity of platforms and architecture, increased regulatory compliance, mechanical constraints—that create a complex requirements matrix that can no longer be maintained through manual methods. As a field-proven requirements engineering tool, IRQA improves the quality and tracking of embedded system requirements through automated requirements specification and change management. Visure Solutions’ IRQA offers companies a way to gain assurance that their software functions as specified and can meet product deadlines.

The importance of robust, reliable embedded systems has grown significantly as more and more of the infrastructure that maintains our lifestyle, economics, and society depend on embedded software. This criticality has led to increased regulation of embedded systems by governments and industries that require companies to prove compliance by tracing each requirement through all stages of development and testing to validation. IRQA is a best-of-breed requirements solution that enables system and requirement engineers to improve the quality of requirements definition as an essential first step in boosting software quality.

“Embedded systems now permeate every aspect of our lives, playing a significant role in automobiles, industries, medical devices, energy smart grids, and many other critical systems,” noted Baldo Rincón, CEO of Visure Solutions. “For many companies in these domains, regulatory requirements push their ability to manage system requirements beyond the ad-hoc paper processes they have used, causing budgets and development time to balloon out of control. IRQA enables companies to regain control not only of their own development, but of the regulatory processes and validation proof that is now an integral part of product development.”

Applied to the Embedded Software Requirements Lifecycle, IRQA becomes the process backbone. The requirements process metamodel, including all the requirement-related artifacts, their relationships, and their interactions with the users, are graphically represented, showing compliance through all stages of software development. IRQA helps standardize and enforce the requirements definition across the organization, formalize a common requirements specification structure, and handle changes throughout the lifecycle. With IRQA, project collaboration—whether between various software groups or with hardware or mechanical contributors—becomes easier as specific information can be communicated and shared both inside and outside the company.

IRQA helps avoid pitfalls and mitigate risk at all levels, from writing better requirements and prioritizing needs to providing the industry’s best change impact analysis capabilities. As requirements are written, IRQA Quality Analyzer performs semantic analysis to give each requirement a quality rating based on such weaknesses as ambiguous words, conditional sentences, poor structure, implementation suggestions, overlapping requirements, inconsistent use of units, and even legibility. For FMEA standards, the IRQA Systems Engineering Template includes the capability for risk assessment when performing failure modes and effects analysis. IRQA’s change impact analysis ensures that midstream requirements changes don’t breach the feasibility constraints or create budget overruns.

In a January 2010 study comparing requirements management tools, Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA), an analyst firm specializing in product lifecycle management solutions, released a scorecard on requirements management tools. Despite IRQA being a relatively new offering, CPDA was “surprised” by several advances IRQA delivered. In addition to praising IRQA’s graphical representation of requirements and requirements management, CPDA asserted: “Feasibility analysis is best covered by IRQA, to the full extent of the capabilities needed.”

IRQA supports a wide range of development processes, including traditional V and waterfall, as well as supporting the shift toward a more iterative process. Thanks to a central repository, developers are not limited to a web experience, but gain desktop control with the complete functionality of the IRQA solution, even when geographically dispersed throughout the world. IRQA’s structure also supports product families and variants, ensuring that a well-defined set of requirements will be faithfully rendered for each project without the error-prone work of recreating those requirements each time.

“Visure Solutions has established itself as a leader in requirements engineering by assisting with projects in industries such as automotive, aerospace and defense, renewable energies, and high-speed rail,” added Rincón. “IRQA’s process clarity and graphical representation ensure that companies have the information they need to manage current development processes, determine the feasibility of system changes, or reuse components in future product lines.”

Armed with these tools, system engineers can create high-quality requirements that are clear and unambiguous. Eliminating the guesswork and misinterpretation for design teams increases the likelihood of delivering correct systems the first time and on budget. As well, IRQA can interoperate with most popular design, test, project, and user management tools, and it has open APIs and a Plug-in SDK for customization. More information on integration is available online at www.visuresolutions.com/irqa-integrations.

A demonstration of how Visure Solutions addresses embedded system design and the presentation of the IRQA Systems Engineering Template will be viewable in Hall 4, Stand 418 at Embedded World 2012 from February 28 to March 1 in Nürnberg, Germany. Almudena Díez, Senior Consultant at Visure Solutions, together with Brim Lubos, iFEST, Masaryk University Brno, will present a technical paper on “A study of challenges and practices of Requirements Engineering and Analysis discipline within Embedded Systems Domain,” on February 29, in Session 4, at 10:00 a.m.

About Visure
Visure Solutions, The Requirements Company, is the market leader in Requirements Engineering. Through its IRQA platform, Visure offers specialized and innovative solutions for requirements engineering that enables its customers to develop the highest-quality products, systems and services. IRQA’s quality and state-of-the-art features are endorsed by the world’s leading organizations. Visure’s team has deep and wide-ranging experience in the development and implementation of requirements solutions.

Visure Solutions is headquartered in Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain with branch offices in the United States, Germany, and Sweden. Visure has leading distributors worldwide in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, India, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States, among others. For more information, please visit www.visuresolutions.com.

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Contracts for January 25, 2012



NAVY

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $687,484,033 ceiling-priced modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee multi-year procurement contract (N00019-09-C-0019) for 14 additional fiscal 2012, Lot 36, F/A-18E aircraft and one additional fiscal 2012, Lot 36, F/A-18F aircraft contained in the F/A-18 multi-year III production contract. Pursuant to the variation in quantity clause, this procurement will bring the number of F/A-18E aircraft on this contract from 55 to 69, and the F/A-18F from 20 to 21. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo. (45.2 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (44.6 percent); Hazelwood, Mo. (3.4 percent); Cleveland, Ohio (1.7 percent); Torrance, Calif. (1.4 percent); Vandalia, Ohio (1 percent); Ajax, Canada (1 percent); Irvine, Calif. (0.7 percent); Johnson City, N.Y. (0.5 percent); and Grand Rapids, Mich. (0.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in October 2014. 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.

Camber Corp., Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded a $23,239,314 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee task order contract for technical, professional, and administrative support services in support of the Center for Civil Military Relations. Work will be performed in various locations outside the United States (68 percent); Army Active, Reserve, and National Guard posts (17 percent); Monterey, Calif. (9 percent); Kailua, Hawaii, or Huntsville, Ala. (4 percent); and Tampa, Fla. (2 percent). Work work is expected to be completed by Oct. 24, 2012. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales with multiple countries for tuition-based courses, totaling less than one percent. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N00244-12-D-008).

Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $21,048,058 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-11-C-0061) to exercise an option for operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems. These services will provide electro-optical/infrared and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of U.S. Marine Corps operations in Operation Enduring Freedom to provide real-time imagery and data. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in May 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $21,048,058 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $10,332,954 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-11-C-1058) to exercise two options to support the Integrated Communication and Information Systems Division of Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in the design, integration, testing, installation, training, and certification of shipboard communication systems; the design and integration of like systems at shore sites associated with the deployment of fleet support to surface combatants; and the design, testing, and integration of mobile and airborne communication systems designed to interface with C4I architecture of surface combatants. Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Md., and is expected to be completed in September 2016. 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.

KBR Federal Services, L.L.C., San Antonio, Texas, is being awarded a $9,035,642 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a commissary and an exchange at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport (Coleville Housing Community). The contract also contains options and a planned modification, which, if issued, would increase cumulative contract value to $10,139,126. Work will be performed in Coleville, Calif., and is expected to be completed by February 2013. 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 10 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N62473-12-C-5003).

AIR FORCE

Alleo Corp., Quantico, Va. (FA8053-12-D-0040); Health Partners Management Group, Inc., Poplar Bluff, Mo. (FA8053-12-D-0043); Mindleaf Technologies, Inc., Bedford, Mass. (FA8053-12-D-0046); CNI Professional Services, L.L.C., Norman, Okla. (FA8053-12-D-0041); GTW Consultants & Associates, L.L.C., San Antonio, Texas (FA8053-12-D-0042); Magnum Opus Technologies, Inc., San Antonio, Texas (FA8053-12-D-0044); and Medical North America, L.L.C., Petal, Miss. (FA8053-12-D-0045) are being awarded a $494,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price and cost contract for Air Force Medical Service medical support services which will provide qualified medical support personnel for routine staffing, temporary increases in workload, new mission support, reorganization support, limited duration need, star-up/shut-down needs and workforce fluctuations. The locations of the performance are Air Force Medical Service locations throughout the continental United States and its territories. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 20, 2012. 773 ESS/PKJ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Space Technology, Clearfield, Utah, is being awarded a $10,000,000 cost-plus-award-fee contract for sustainment for the Minute Man Missile System incremental funding for exercised option. The location of the performance is Clearfield, Utah. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012. AFNWC/PKME, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (F42610-98-C-0001).

General Dynamics to Support Future Submarine Design

Due to the amount of new warships being built every year the number of suppliers is fairly limited. The U.S. Navy relies on two companies to build large warships, General Dynamics’ (GD) Bath Iron Works, and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), which formerly was part of Northop Grumman (NOC). GD is the only builder of submarines at their Electric Boat Division. The requirements are not enough to support any more companies.

The smaller ships like the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) are being built by smaller contractors as they need less intensive facilities but for any ships bigger the Navy must rely on these defense contractors.

This is not only for future production but also for the design and development of new ships and submarines. That is why GD’s Electric Boat Division received a contract to continue work on developing the new “Common Missile Compartment” for potentially both the U.S. and the United Kingdom’s future ballistic missile submarines. The contract is worth about $190 million but has the potential to be over $700 million if all options are exercised.

Even though the U.S. defense budget is supposed to decline in the next few years the services must maintain some investment in future systems. That means that work like this must be done even if the new submarine is not ordered anytime soon. The U.S. needs to built a certain number of new ships and submarines each year to maintain their fleet and keep it reasonably modern.

While ships may be upgraded and have service lives of 25 or more years new technological developments mean that there has to be some new construction. GD and HII will be relying on this to keep their facilities and workforce employed.

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Contracts for January 24, 2012



NAVY

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $781,500,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0044) for the manufacture and delivery of five low rate initial production Lot 4 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Work will be performed in Syracuse, N.Y. (25.36 percent); Bethpage, N.Y. (25.10 percent); St. Augustine, Fla. (19.3 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (5.34 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (4.84 percent); Menlo Park, Calif. (4.64 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (2.50 percent); and various locations within the United States (12.92 percent). Work is expected to be completed by May 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.

BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle, L.P., Sealy, Texas, is being awarded $118,382,589 for firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity delivery order 0009 modification under a previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5030) for the procurement of 371 Caiman multi-theater vehicle rolling chassis with overpack kits and Caiman underbody survivability kits. Work will be performed in Sealy, Texas, and is expected to be completed by December 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $118,382,589 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Navistar Defense, L.L.C., Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded $109,501,008 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order 0020 under a previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5032) for the procurement of 650 DXM Plus kits in support of the MaxxPro Plus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Work will be performed at the MRAP Sustainment Facility in Kuwait, and is expected to be completed by the end of October 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $109,501,008 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle, L.P., Sealy, Texas, is being awarded $23,680,264 for firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity delivery order 0012 under a previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5030) for continental United States integration and repair of Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected multi-theater vehicles. Work will be performed in Sealy, Texas, and is expected to be completed by December 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $23,680,264 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle, L.P., Sealy, Texas, is being awarded $6,605,018 for firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity delivery order 0010 modification under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5030) for the procurement of engineering changes to the Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) multi-theater vehicle. Work will be performed in Sealy, Texas, and is expected to be completed by January 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $6,605,018 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Hyster Co., Greenville, N.C., was awarded a fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract with a maximum $633,000,000 for procurement of commercial type material handling equipment which includes forklifts, man lifts, platform lifts, scissor lifts, telescopic boom lifts, articulating boom lifts, reach stackers, container handlers, tow tractors and warehouse tractors. Other locations of performance are Kentucky, Italy, and the Netherlands. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 26 solicitations with 26 responses. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 through fiscal 2017 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is Jan. 23, 2017. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM8EC-12-D-0001).

ARMY

L-3 Communications Corp., Systems Field Support, Madison, Miss., was awarded a $69,277,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the services in support of the worldwide fleet of C12/RC12/UC35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Madison, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2013. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-10-C-0107).

Propper International, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (W911QY-12-D-0006), and Tennessee Apparel Corp, Tullahoma, Tenn. (W911QY-12-D-0007), were awarded a $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 1,670 fuel handler coveralls from each contractor. Work location will be determined with each task order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 16, 2017. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with three bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Mass., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Systems Administration, Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded a $20,000,000 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the services in support of the unattended ground sensor systems. Work will be performed in Cincinnati, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 13, 2017. Seven bids were solicited, with four bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Md., is the contracting activity (W911QX-12-D-0001).

CDM Federal Programs Corp., Gulfport, Miss., was awarded a $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the environmental support services to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District. Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 12, 2017. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 14 bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-12-D-0010).

PDC Engineering, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, was awarded a $7,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the mechanical and electrical design services. Work will be performed in various locations in Alaska, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 4, 2017. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with five bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jber, Alaska, is the contracting activity (W911KB-12-D-0005).

Dutra Dredging Co., San Rafael, Calif., was awarded a $6,888,755 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the dredging services in areas around Plaquemines Parish, La. Work will be performed in Plaquemines Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2012. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-12-C-0008).

Avatars in Military Training Systems – February 2012

In this podcast, we explore the invasion of avatars in military training systems, modernization plans for helicopters and the post-wars outlook for robot-makers.


Anti-Piracy Exercise Joins Up Multiple Intelligence Sources to Counter Threat — Press Release

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Anti-Piracy Exercise Joins Up Multiple Intelligence Sources to Counter Threat

Aylesbury, January 24th 2012: An Anti-Piracy Exercise is being unveiled by an industry team led by geospatial capabilities specialist, Esri UK, today at Defence Geospatial Intelligence 2012, QEII Conference Centre, London. It aims to demonstrate how, by joining up multiple sources of data and intelligence into a location-based common operational picture, faster and more informed decisions can be made.

The live demonstration will be provided by Esri UK in collaboration with exactEarth, Exelis VIS and i2, with open-source intelligence provided by IHS.

Piracy presents similar challenges to the counter insurgency operations encountered in Afghanistan. The aim is to identify, track, intercept and disrupt a highly mobile and increasingly organised network. The Anti-Piracy Exercise aims to show how data can be tasked, collected and collated, processed, exploited and disseminated between different parties to create improved situational understanding, enhance decision making and the effectiveness of joint operations.

Data sources currently used by naval task forces such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) feeds, imagery and meteorological and oceanographic (METOC) data, can be overlaid to create a common operational picture. As Esri’s ArcGIS software is an open standards-based commercial off the shelf platform a vast range of data in different formats, most of which are OGC compliant, can be integrated, from aerial reconnaissance to signals intelligence and even social network analysis.

“Almost all data has a location and time so it can be plotted geographically. By bringing it together in a visual context, patterns and relationships can be seen, which might not be immediately apparent from analysing each intelligence source in isolation”, said Nick Rigby, Non-Executive Director, Esri UK. “It is this collaborative approach that can help joint forces focus their limited resources and counter the piracy threat far more effectively.”

The Anti-Piracy Exercise draws on Esri UK’s experience as the geospatial information system (GIS) provider for the UK MoD’s Dataman GIS capability, which was successfully deployed last year in Afghanistan. Dataman integrates over 300 layers of data from intelligence and reconnaissance assets to deliver shared situational understanding throughout the command chain.

About Esri UK

Established in 1989, Esri UK is a British company that is part of the Esri network, the world’s leading supplier of commercial off the shelf (COTS) GIS capability to the defence and national security community for almost 40 years. As the UK’s leading authority on GIS, Esri UK works with the MOD, DE&S, business partners and the Systems Integrator community to provide best of breed solutions across the land, air, sea and joint domains.

www.esriuk.com/defence

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Alliant Techsystems Faces Double Dose of Bad News

24 January – Updated to reflect the loss of the Lake City contract would be a blow to the company instead of “will be”.

Over the last ten years the U.S. military has consumed large amounts of ammunition. This includes not only small arms and support weapons like machine guns and mortars but also larger and more sophisticated weapons such as tank rounds, artillery shells, aerial bombs and guided missiles. Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has become one of the largest suppliers of ammunition and other pyrotechnics to the U.S. military during this time.

Up to last year they had contracts to run two of the largest government owned plants involved in this process — the one in Radford, VA that manufactures nitrocellulose used as the basis for ammunition as well as the one in Lake City, MO which makes small arms ammunition.

Last year the Army awarded the contract for Radford to BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) in the spring. Alliant protested that decision and the Army agreed to revise the competition and conduct another source selection. In October the new contract bids were received and again BAE won. Alliant protested that decision too.

Unfortunately the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced today that it had denied that protest upholding the award to BAE. Alliant will lose a key contract that it had had since 1995. BAE’s 10 year initial contract also has multiple five year options that could make the contract last until 2036. The value could be well over a billion dollars if all options are exercised and production at Radford remains fairly steady.

Alliant will also face a challenge this year for the Lake City contract as BAE announced it will team with ammunition manufacturer Olin (OLN) to form a team to bid on that one. The Lake City contract could be worth up to $200 million a year to the winner. With the knowledge used for their successful Radford contract proposal BAE and Olin should have a good chance of winning the Lake City one as well.

The loss of these two contracts would be a hard blow to Alliant as they form a decent portion of their revenue each year. They have already seen declines in revenues the last few quarters and this would continue that negative trend. In 2011 their total sales to the U.S. Government, primarily ammunition and explosives, was about $3.3 billion. In their annual report the company stated that they “derived approximately 15% of our total fiscal
sales from the military small-caliber ammunition contract at Lake City”. The loss could be made up if their were other contracts to win or demand for their other products would increase. Unfortunately with the fighting winding down in Afghanistan and budget cuts predicted this might be hard.

Alliant may have recognized that the future might get tough as they moved their headquarters from Minnesota to the Washington D.C. area. In this they followed Northrop Grumman (NOC) which left California. It places them nearer Congress and the Pentagon and will facilitate engagement. This should aid them in keeping work and perhaps gaining new efforts.

All defense contractors no matter what the size are facing the same problems that Alliant is. Cost pressure on the Defense Department will make them look at new providers who may offer the best price meaning contracts will be harder to keep. There will also be less contracts due to the retrenchment from the recent fighting and budget cuts. If the 1990′s when a similar decline in defense spending is a guide then some contractors will have to adjust or face converting to new markets or just merging with other companies.

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TASC Wins USG ONE IDIQ Contract for Engineering and Communications Services — Press Release

TASC Wins USG ONE IDIQ Contract for Engineering and Communications Services

CHANTILLY, Va., Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — TASC, Inc. has won an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the United States Government’s Omnibus Network Enterprise (USG ONE), to provide a range of engineering and communications services supporting U.S. government agencies. The one-year contract has four option years and a potential value of $476 million for all awardees.

“Our goal is to deliver sophisticated engineering and game-changing mission solutions that are efficient, smart and secure,” says Richard Bowers, vice president of Mission Solutions at TASC. “We have assembled an expert team from a number of companies in order to have the right mix of technical expertise and mission experience to meet the government’s complex engineering and technology needs.”

Under the USG ONE contract, TASC is one of nine companies that will be allowed to bid on individual task orders to deliver support services in areas such as systems engineering, information assurance, security, test and evaluation, enterprise architecture and program management. Eighteen companies have joined the TASC subcontractor team to deepen capabilities in the government’s mission-critical areas.

About TASC

Founded in 1966, TASC, Inc., helps solve complex national security and public safety challenges by providing advanced systems engineering, integration and decision-support services to the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and civilian agencies of the federal government. With about 5,000 employees in 40 locations, TASC generates $1.5 billion in annual revenue. For more information and career opportunities, visit our website at www.tasc.com.

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Contracts for January 23, 2012



AIR FORCE

The Boeing Co., Long Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $693,373,638 firm-fixed-price contract for a modification to delivery order (DO) 0006 against the basic C-17 production indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, FA8614-06-D-2006, to procure five additional C-17 Air Force aircraft. Basic DO 0006 was awarded on May 13, 2011 to procure the first five aircraft of the fiscal 2010 Air Force C-17 requirement. The location of the performance is Long Beach, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by March 20, 2013. ASC/WLMK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8614-06-D-2006, DO 000603).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

I-Solutions Direct, Inc. (Metals USA), Fort Washington, Pa., was issued a modification exercising the first option year on contract SPM8EG-09-D-0013/P00024. The award is a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $116,293,693 for prime vendor contract for various metal items. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were three responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is Jan. 25, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

US Foods International, Inc.*, Gardena, Calif., was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM200-09-D-3310/P00023. The award is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $42,100,000 for full line food distribution for the republic of Korea. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, federal civilian agencies and other authorities, Department of Defense customers. There were five responses to the Defense Logistics Agency Internet Bid Board System solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012/2013 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

*Small business

DoD Testers Express Concerns with KC-46A Schedule

One of the issues facing Boeing (BA) and the KC-46A new aerial tanker program is that it is already behind schedule. The Air Force originally planned to award a contract in 2001-2002 timeframe and have new tankers flying before 2010. The contract was not awarded until almost a decade later and the first aircraft will begin service in 2017. This was caused by three attempts to conduct the source selection with Boeing winning the third round from EADS North America, part of EADS (EADS:P).

This has meant the current initial development contract is very short. Boeing is planning on taking commercial B-767 aircraft off of their line, installing a new cockpit from the 787 as well as necessary military gear. They also need to demonstrate that the aircraft is able to meet the requirements of the Air Force and keep it all within cost as Boeing agreed to a fixed price development contract.

The Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (D,OT&E) which is an independent body within DoD responsible for evaluating programs performance as well as their overall test plans releases an annual report reviewing major defense programs and their test plans. They expressed concerns to Congress that the KC-46A is hoping to conduct a very aggressive test campaign. In their report, which may be found on their website here, they write that in their opinion “The DOT&E review of the post-Milestone B draft TEMP indicates the KC-46 test program is not executable.”

This is due for the following reasons:

 

  • The plan requires 42 hours of testing a month compared to an average of 30 on similar large aircraft military programs.
  • It assumes that only 15 percent of the tests would be repeated.  A higher repeat rate adds time to the overall testing program.
  • There is not time in the schedule to fix issues found in Developmental Testing (DT) prior to Operational Testing (OT).
  • There is not enough time allocated to test the fuel boom with Air Force and Navy aircraft.
  • The OT time is too short for the 750 flight hours planned to be flown and D,OT&E calculations estimate that 1,250 hours is the minimum required.

 

The organization recommends a new Test & Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) be developed that includes a more realistic schedule for testing.

The Air Force, of course, disputes D,OT&E claims and believes the testing schedule is appropriate and executable. They feel that they have structured the program to support a proper OT decision and then into production and service.

The other pressure is on Boeing as an extension of the test program will cost them money. The fixed price contract has already reached a point where there is little slack or money left in it. More flight hours, more tests and more re-work will cost Boeing and reduce the potential for any profit on this contract. The Air Force recognizes this as they add in their defense of the program that they “structured the KC-46 development contract as a fixed price contract to protect the DoD and taxpayers from any cost growth on the program if the test program is not executed as planned.” So Boeing will pay for these issues if any.

D,OT&E can tend to be very conservative when it comes to these types of assessments but that does not mean they are right. One of the biggest issues affecting program development timelines is the need for more testing. Problems are discovered that were not necessarily anticipated and they take time to fix and then there is also time added to do the test again. The KC-46A is probably looking at a test program that will take some amount of time between their estimate and D,OT&E. Even if there is only a little growth it will affect Boeing’s cost and bottom line.

Contracts for January 20, 2012



NAVY

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $31,863,590 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic order agreement (N00019-10-G-0004). This order will procure non-recurring integrated logistics support required in support of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Low Rate Initial Production Aircraft Program. Work will be performed in Bethpage, N.Y., and is expected to be completed in May 2013. 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.

Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $12,689,441 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0059 under a previously awarded contract (M67004-09-D-0020) to provide logistical services in support of principal end item retrograde/redeployment at Forward Operating Base Dwyer in Afghanistan. Work will be performed within Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed in September 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. U.S. Marine Corps, Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $6,821,228 cost-plus-fixed-fee with performance incentives, cost-plus-award-fee, and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5103) to exercise options for fiscal 2012 Aegis Platform Systems Engineering Agent activities and Aegis Modernization Advanced Capability Build engineering. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., and is expected to be completed December 2012. 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.

AIR FORCE

Aero Turbine, Inc., Stockton, Calif., is being awarded a $13,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract to provide remanufacturing services for the J85-GE-5/-21 management of items subject to repair engine components. These propulsion items are internal components and assemblies made of high strength steel alloys, castings and forgings used on the J85 engine. Other components consist of accessory assemblies. This requirement will provide performance-based services with technical, logistical, logistics management and remanufacturing requirements for the return of unserviceable J85 components to a serviceable condition for Air Force managed items and common items to the user community. This requirement supports the trainers used to prepare pilots for fighter aircraft such as the F-15, F-16 and A-10. This effort is a 100-percent small business set-aside. The location of the performance is Stockton, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2014. 848 SCMG/PKAB, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8122-12-D-0003).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., is being awarded a $7,967,982 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of C-5 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure System (LAIRCM) Group A hardware and assembly of the Group B (government-furnished parts) parts with the Group A hardware into nine C-5 LAIRCM kits; and initial spare parts. The location of the performance is Marietta, Ga., and is expected to be completed Aug. 25, 2013. ASC/WLSK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-07-C-6473, Modification P00031).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $7,024,566 firm-fixed-price contract for installation of a commercial sensor and associated hardware to measure the oxygen concentration and pressure within the oxygen system. The result will be a real time display of O2 concentration and a warning if oxygen partial pressure drops below a threshold value. The partial pressure of oxygen and hose pressure will also be data logged for use in post flight investigations. The location of the performance is Marietta, Ga. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2012. ASC/WWUK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8611-08-C-2897 P000109).

Contracts for January 20, 2012



NAVY

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $31,863,590 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic order agreement (N00019-10-G-0004). This order will procure non-recurring integrated logistics support required in support of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Low Rate Initial Production Aircraft Program. Work will be performed in Bethpage, N.Y., and is expected to be completed in May 2013. 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.

Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $12,689,441 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0059 under a previously awarded contract (M67004-09-D-0020) to provide logistical services in support of principal end item retrograde/redeployment at Forward Operating Base Dwyer in Afghanistan. Work will be performed within Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed in September 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. U.S. Marine Corps, Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $6,821,228 cost-plus-fixed-fee with performance incentives, cost-plus-award-fee, and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5103) to exercise options for fiscal 2012 Aegis Platform Systems Engineering Agent activities and Aegis Modernization Advanced Capability Build engineering. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., and is expected to be completed December 2012. 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.

AIR FORCE

Aero Turbine, Inc., Stockton, Calif., is being awarded a $13,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract to provide remanufacturing services for the J85-GE-5/-21 management of items subject to repair engine components. These propulsion items are internal components and assemblies made of high strength steel alloys, castings and forgings used on the J85 engine. Other components consist of accessory assemblies. This requirement will provide performance-based services with technical, logistical, logistics management and remanufacturing requirements for the return of unserviceable J85 components to a serviceable condition for Air Force managed items and common items to the user community. This requirement supports the trainers used to prepare pilots for fighter aircraft such as the F-15, F-16 and A-10. This effort is a 100-percent small business set-aside. The location of the performance is Stockton, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2014. 848 SCMG/PKAB, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8122-12-D-0003).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., is being awarded a $7,967,982 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of C-5 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure System (LAIRCM) Group A hardware and assembly of the Group B (government-furnished parts) parts with the Group A hardware into nine C-5 LAIRCM kits; and initial spare parts. The location of the performance is Marietta, Ga., and is expected to be completed Aug. 25, 2013. ASC/WLSK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-07-C-6473, Modification P00031).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $7,024,566 firm-fixed-price contract for installation of a commercial sensor and associated hardware to measure the oxygen concentration and pressure within the oxygen system. The result will be a real time display of O2 concentration and a warning if oxygen partial pressure drops below a threshold value. The partial pressure of oxygen and hose pressure will also be data logged for use in post flight investigations. The location of the performance is Marietta, Ga. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2012. ASC/WWUK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8611-08-C-2897 P000109).

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