Military News

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Chairman Upbeat After Meeting Indonesian Leaders

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

May 30, 2008 - Meetings with Indonesian
leaders here were constructive and friendly, and they hold great promise for the future, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen's visit was designed to enhance military-to-military contacts and to discuss progress and challenges in the U.S.-Indonesia relationship.

Mullen praised Indonesian
leaders for making the tough decisions to reform the government and sticking with the program. The chairman met with his counterpart, Indonesian army Gen. Djoko Santoso, Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo Ady during his visit.

Indonesian civilian and
military leaders have taken steps to transform the military to a professional, external security force that can provide domestic support to civilian security forces as necessary. In 1999, Indonesian leaders decided to separate the police from the army, and they completed that process in 2000. Much like in the United States, the military would step in to a situation only if the local police were overwhelmed. The Indonesian military did great work, for example, following the tsunami that struck the country in December 2004.

As part of this professionalization of the military, successive governments have worked with military
leaders to de-emphasize the role the military plays in the Indonesian congress and to put the military under civilian control.

Mullen called his visit a reaffirmation of the strong military-to-military relationship the United States has with Indonesia, noting that the two countries have worked hard to increase the numbers of activities, exercises and training opportunities.

"A few years ago, the number of activities that took place between the two militaries in a given year was in the single digits," Mullen said during an interview yesterday. "This year it is some 130. It has increased significantly, and it is designed to reaffirm this very important partnership that we feel very strongly about."

International
military education and training is important, Mullen said, "because probably the most significant thing we can do is invest in our young officers and noncommissioned officers, because it won't be too long before they will be leading our militaries, and having that embedded relationship when they are young is very important."

From 1991 to 2005, Indonesia was under some form of U.S.
military sanctions. Training for young Indonesian officers and NCOs in the United States halted, as did bilateral exercises. As a result, the two militaries did not train together and were unfamiliar with how to work together in operations, and that showed through during the tsunami relief operations, officials traveling with Mullen said.

In its push to reform, the Indonesian
military stresses human rights training for its servicemembers. Any U.S. training for the Indonesian military would also stress that, officials said.

After wrapping up his Indonesia visit, the chairman traveled to Singapore to join Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual Asia
security conference.

Army Adjusts to New Battlefield, General Says

By Navy Seaman William Selby
Special to American Forces Press Service

May 30, 2008 - The
Army has continued to refine the way it fights in today's modern battlefield, a senior military official said yesterday. "We have an important new concept that is working, that we need to essentially give capability to, and that's the modular force," Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Speakes, the service's deputy chief of staff for programs, said during a conference call with online journalists and bloggers.

"The way that we're going to empower the modular force is through Future Combat Systems," Speakes said.

For almost 10 years, the
Army has researched and developed technology that eventually will replace Cold War–era systems with the modular capability that will be used to fight in today's modern battlefield. Fund shortages in the late 1990s put some programs on hold, and the military has had to restart critical research and development for technologies that the military has known for some time that it needs, Speakes explained.

"It took us time to develop the capabilities that we'll now see the results from," he said. "So, the first point was we had to start a brand-new concept of research, development, and technology investment. The second point is that we had to have the ... new vision of how we're going to fight."

The
Army wants to keep soldiers safer on the battlefield, the general said. "What we want is a concept that through both manned and unmanned systems, aerial and ground systems, all primarily through robotics, that we're able to extend the battlefield and also reduce the risk of soldiers," he explained. But he cautioned that reduced risk won't make soldiers invulnerable on the battlefield.

"What we're going to try to do is extend the battlefield through the network," Speakes said. "Ultimately, our vision is to bring the network to the soldier." It's critical for soldiers to have the capability to communicate through text, voice, and visual images from anywhere to anyone, he said.

"So the concept then, [is one] of robotics, empowered by the network, all designed to reduce soldiers' vulnerability and increase soldiers'
situational awareness," the general said.

Military officials recently introduced the first of eight new vehicles that are part of the modernization plan that harmonizes capabilities using common platforms, Speakes said. The new vehicles use a system that is 70 percent common in order to harmonize their capability or a common platform, Speakes said. And because the new techniques and technology are evolving, he added, there will be no need to keep creating new armor.

"The lessons of the IED battlefield what we've seen over the last three or four years have now been reflected in the important changes," he said.

The
Army has never created a whole new concept for its technology and weapons development, the general said.

"If we did something for a good reason five years ago that is not right today, we'll go ahead and move forward and change that design plan in order to make it relevant for today and tomorrow," he said.

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Navy Seaman William Selby works for the New Media directorate of the Defense Media Activity.)

MILITARY CONTRACTS

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

DOSS Aviation, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., is being awarded a minimum $21,518,284.32 firm fixed price contract for government-owned, contractor operated fuel services. Other location of performance is Fla. Using service is
Navy. This proposal was originally FedBizOps solicited with six responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Sep. 30, 2016. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-C-5809).

City of Chicopee Inc., Chicopee, Mass.*, is being awarded a maximum $19,913,238.00 firm fixed price, prospective price redetermination contraction for assumption of ownership, operation and maintenance of electric distribution system. Other location of service is Westover ARB, Massachusetts. Using service is
Air Force Reserves. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 2 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Dec. 31, 2058. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-C-8254).

Icaro Diecisiete, LTDA, Colombia, South America is being awarded a minimum $11,459,120.00 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. Other locations of performance are in various DoD locations in Colombia, South America. Using services are
Army and Air Force. There were originally nine proposals solicited with nine responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Jul. 31, 2011. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-1256).

World Fuel Services Corp.,
Miami, Fla.*, is being awarded a minimum $5,890,718 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel services. Other locations of performance are in various DoD locations in Colombia, South America. Using services are Army and Air Force. There were originally nine proposals solicited with nine responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Jul. 31, 2011. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-1258).

Public Warehousing Co., Sulaiba, Safat is being awarded a maximum $2,801,334,120 firm fixed price, prime vendor contract for supply and distribution of food and non-food products. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. The original proposal was Web solicited with six responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Jun. 1, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM300-07-D-3128).

NAVY

BAE Systems Land & Armaments, LP. Ground Systems Division, York, Pa., is being awarded a $162,059,556 firm-fixed-priced modification to Delivery Order #0007 under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5025) for engineering change proposals to support Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Work will be performed in York, Pa., and work is expected to be completed by Dec. 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The
Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

IBIS TEK,* Butler, Pa., is being awarded a ceiling amount $158,075,500 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to purchase 360 Degree Lighting Kits for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. This is one of multiple awards under the solicitation. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative ceiling value of this contract to $474,226,500. Work will be performed in Butler, Pa., and work is expected to be completed by May 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Navy Electronic Commerce Office, with three offers received. The
Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-08-D-5046).

LOM,*
Chicago, Ill., is being awarded a ceiling amount $149,730,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to purchase 360 Degree Lighting Kits for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. This is one of multiple awards under the solicitation. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative ceiling value of this contract to $449,190,000. Work will be performed in Suwanee, Ga., and work is expected to be completed by May 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was competitively procure via Navy Electronic Commerce Office, with three offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-08-D-5010).

Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $78,500,000 ceiling-priced indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the analysis, design, development, manufacture, test, installation, upgrade and logistical support of the MV-22 Aircraft Maintenance Trainer (AMT) and CV Flight Training Device/Full Flight Simulator (CV FTD/FFS) Products. Work will be performed in Amarillo, Texas (70 percent); and Philadelphia, Pa. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division,
Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61339-08-D-0007).

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $25,954,182 order against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-05-G-0026) for F/A-18E/F Service Life Assessment Program support services. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., (68 percent) and
El Segundo, Calif., (32 percent), and work is expected to be completed in Dec. 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Materials Sciences Corp.*, Horsham, Pa., is being awarded a $24,590,613 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services in support of the Phase III Small Business Innovative Research, Topic # N01-078; sonar domes for the AN/SQS-53C sonar system. Efforts will include engineering and technical services for U.S. Naval Fleet support by developing materials, processes, molds, tools, and other parts necessary for the development and fabrication of panels, windows, and sonar domes; specifically the AN/SQS-53C dome. The contractor will also design, fabricate, install, test, and deliver panels, windows, sonar dome sections or full sonar domes utilizing a multi-phase woven hybrid Low Insertion Loss composite material system and a composites resin infusion molding manufacturing process. Work will be performed in Horsham, Pa., (60 percent) and Gulfport, Miss., (40 percent), and work is expected to be completed by May 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $776,845 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Newport, R.I.,is the contracting activity (N66604-08-D-0034).

SFA, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $10,636,713 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based contractto provide support services for integration, upgrade, and testing of Management and Control systems in ship and at shore facilities, including associated engineering, technical, and logistics support services. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $73,874,128. Work will be performed in Charleston, S.C., (70 percent) and San Diego, (30 percent) and is expected to be completed by May 2009. If all options are exercised, work will continue until May 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under full and open competition. The Request for Proposal was posted on the SPAWAR Systems Center E-Commerce website and one offer was received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston is the contracting activity (N65236-08-D-5801).

Armtec Countermeasures Co., Coachella, Calif., is being awarded a $10,528,066 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for countermeasures in support of the Naval Air Systems Command Airborne Expendable Countermeasures (AECM) Program Office and the 84th Combat Sustainment Wing, Hill AFB, Utah. Work will be performed in Lillington, N.C., and work is expected to be completed by May 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with two proposals solicited and one offer received. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00104-08-D-K048).

Rolls Royce Corp.,
Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $9,688,495 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-03-D-0002) for logistics support, technical engineering support services, and spare engines and associated parts for the U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J, which includes the AE2100D3 turboprop engine and R391 propeller. Work will be performed at the Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C., and work is expected to be completed in November 2008. 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.

Kollmorgen Corp., Electro-Optical Division, Northampton, Mass., is being awarded a $9,630,153 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-6248) for engineering services and the associated support in support of the Photonics Mast Systems. The Photonics Mast is a non-hull penetrating electronic imaging subsystem of the command and control system. The Photonics Mast incorporates visible, infrared (IR) and electronic support measures (ESM) sensors and stealth features that will provide new capabilities for attack submarines. Work will be performed in Northampton, Mass., (70 percent),
Seattle, Wash., (8 percent), Westfield, Mass., (6 percent), Boston, Mass., (6 percent), Joplin, Mo., (4 percent), Cincinnati, Ohio, (2 percent), Orlando, Fla., (2 percent), and Hackensack, N.J., (2 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Sep. 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.

CM Technologies Corp.*, Coraopolis, Pa., is being awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with an estimated value of $9,562,581 for the procurement of up to 2,000 Hand-held Aircraft Wiring Testers (HAWT) and associated data item deliverables for the U.S.
Navy and U.S. Air Force. The initial order under this contract is for six HAWT units and associated data item deliverables for the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed in Coraopolis, Pa., and work is expected to be completed in Jun. 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under an electronic request for proposals, with eight offers received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-08-D-0017).

Camber Corp.,
Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded an $8,575,896 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for program management, acquisition management, and engineering and technical services in support of the CH-53D, CH-53E, MH-53E, and CH-53K. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., and work is expected to be completed in Nov. 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N000421-08-C-0044).

AIR FORCE

Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc. of Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost plus fixed fee contract for $50,534,488 (Estimated). This action will provide Naval Network Warfare Command Survivability Analysis. At this time $1,000,152 has been obligated. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380, DO 0254).

Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, Ohio, is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for $7,016,117 (Estimated). This action will develop biomonitoring methods for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents and other toxic industrial chemicals to measure exposure from terrorist threats and incidents, or other emergency response incidents or exercises. At this time $241,546 has been obligated. AETC 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-00-D-1380, DO 0542).

The
Air Force is modifying a cost plus fixed fee contract awarded to Aerojet General Corporation, Aerojet Propulsion Division of Redmond, Wash., for $5,788,718. This effort is a modification for the Liquid Engine Alternate Propellant Development Program to provide the development of subsystems and components and efforts to integrate subsystems and components into system prototypes for field experiments and/or tests in a simulated environment. ATD includes concept and technology demonstrations of components and subsystems or system models. The model may be form, fit and function prototypes or scaled models that service the same demonstration purpose. The results of this type of effort are proof of technological feasibility and assessment of subsystem and component operability and producibility rather than the development of hardware for service use. At this time $1,050,000 has been obligated. AFFTC/PK, Edwards AFB, Calif., is the contracting activity (F04611-01-C-0003 P00023).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Co., of Fort Worth Texas, is being awarded a firm fixed price contract not to exceed $233.6 million. This action will provide for twenty-four F-16 Block 52 aircraft, along with associated support equipment, alternate mission equipment and support elements for the Government of Morocco. This effort will support foreign
military sales to the Government of Morocco. At this time $124.3 million has been obligated. 312AESG/PK, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8615-08-C-6050).

DynCorp Technical, LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a fixed price contract for $47,756,568. The subject contract covers responsibility for receipt, inventory, accountability, maintenance, repair, periodic inspection and test, serviceability, marking, storage, security, shipping, and reporting of War Reserve Materiel resources. It required the contractor out-load and reconstitution of pre-positioned War Reserve Materiel in the United States Air Forces Central Area of Responsibility. Pre-positioned equipment includes but is not limited to: harvest falcon; Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources; medical; munitions; Tanks, Racks, Adapters, and Pylons; Fuels Mobility Support Equipment/Fuels Operational Readiness Capabilities Equipment; vehicles; Aerospace Ground Equipment; Air Base Operability equipment; war consumables; associated Mobility Readiness Spares Packages; and Peacetime Operating Stocks at designed WRM storage sites locations. The contractor is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Government furnished facilities and property while meeting environmental compliance requirements. When requested the contractor shall provide exercise and contingency logistics support by performing all aspects of: serviceability check, deployment out-load, in transit visibility, receipt, set-up, inventory, sustainment, condition sampling, redeployment or onward movement of assets/systems, and assist in tear-down and subsequent reconstitution, refurbishment, and storage of WRM assets/system. At this time no funds have been obligated. ACC AMIC/PKC SunTrust Building, Newport News, Va., is the contracting activity (FA4890-08-C-0004).

Northrop Grumman Information
Technology of Herndon, Va., is being awarded a firm-fixed price contract not to exceed $26,552,441. This action will provide landing gear pistons, quantity of 802, in support to the T-38 aircraft. At this time $13,276,220 has been obligated. Department of the Air Force, Directorate of Contracting, Hill AFB, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8203-08-C-0106).

McDonnell Douglas Corp., A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of the Boeing Co. of St Louis, Mo., is being awarded a contract for $17,214,995 (Estimated). This action will provide for Royal Saudi
Air Force F-15C Mission Training System contractor operations, maintenance, and instructor support for calendar years 2008-2010. This effort support foreign military sales to the Royal Saudi Air Force. This action will provide landing gear pistons, quantity of 802, in support to the T-38 aircraft. At this time $17,214,995 has been obligated. 558 ACSG/PK, Hill AFB, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8223-08-C-0002).

The
Air Force is modifying a firm-fixed price contract with McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Boeing Co., of St Louis, Mo., for $8,628,700. This action will provide for Joint Direct Attack Munition High Data Rate Compact Telemetry Units, quantity of 300. The HCTMs are flight test instrumentation hardware which is used to gather real-time JDAM weapon data during testing. The JDAM weapon system provides the Air Force and the Navy with an improved aerial delivery capability for existing 500, 1000 and 2000-pound bombs. The JDAM is a strap-on kit with Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning Systems capability. In addition, this procurement includes 100 HCTM Adapter Kits in support of Test and Integration activities. At this time all funds have been obligated. 678 ARSS/PK (JDAM), Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-07-C-0002 P00004).

Missile Defense Agency Contract Award

Raytheon Technical Services Co., LLC of Burlington, Mass. is being awarded a $7,233,850 contract modification to repair and flight test the Widebody Airborne Sensor Platform to ensure it meets airworthiness standards. Work will be performed at the contractor's facility and Aeroframe Services LLC, a subcontractor, facilities in Lake Charles, La., and is expected to be complete by Oct. 2008. This is a sole source contract modification. The contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Missile Defense Agency, Washington, D.C. is the contracting activity (HQ0006-08-C-0009). The contract will use FY 08 research and development funds.

ARMY

Stewart & Stevenson TVS, LP, Sealy, Texas, was awarded on May 29, 2008, a $37,356,777 firm-fixed price contract for low signature armor cabs in a box. Work will be performed in Sealy, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 19, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Feb. 28, 2007. U.S.
Army TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-C-A500).

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on May 29, 2008, a $22,963,325 firm-fixed price contract for UH-60 Blackhawk spares, procurement for blades and rotor wings. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Dec. 13, 2007. U.S.
Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-06-D-0116).

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co, LLC, Independence, Mo., was awarded on May 28, 2008, an $8,087,459 firm-fixed price contract for small caliber ammunition. Work will be performed in Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jan. 2, 2008. U.S.
Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAA09-99-D-0016).