Military News

Thursday, June 12, 2008

MISSING OVER THE SOVIET UNION

New Book ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT Reveals Accidental U-2 Flight Over Soviet Airspace During Missile Crisis

For more information contact:
Michael Dobbs - dobbsm@washpost.com - 202/334-4399

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Washington, DC, June 11, 2008 - An American spy plane went missing over the Soviet Union at the height of the Cuban missile crisis for one and a quarter hours without the
Air Force informing either President Kennedy or Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, according to a new book by Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs (drawing on documents posted here today by the National Security Archive.)

The accidental intrusion into Soviet air space by a U-2 belonging to the Strategic Air Command on October 27, 1962, is still classified Top Secret by the
Air Force and has received little attention from missile crisis historians. Dobbs discovered a map in the National Archives that reveals for the first time the precise route taken by Captain Charles Maultsby as he was chased by Soviet Mig Fighters over the Chukotka Peninsula.

This is the second of five postings looking at the new material in One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War, which draws on the National
Security Archive's long-standing documentary work on the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Air Force was able to track Maultsby's flight route by intercepting Soviet Air Defense communications, but did not inform McNamara about the incident until Maultsby left Soviet air space, ran out of fuel, and glided home to Alaska. Khrushchev later expressed concern that the intruding U.S. plane could have been mistaken "for a nuclear bomber, which might push us to a fateful step."

In coming weeks, the National
Security Archive will publish more of the key primary sources behind One Minute to Midnight. New postings will cover such episodes as the storage and handling of Soviet nuclear weapons on Cuba, and the "Eyeball to Eyeball" confrontation between U.S. and Soviet ships that never happened.

Visit the Web site of the National
Security Archive for more information about today's posting.

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Experts Offer Tips for Preparing for Hurricane Season

By Meghan Vittrup
American Forces Press Service

June 11, 2008 - Hurricane season officially began June 1, and people across the country are gearing up for another season of strong winds, torrential rains, hail and flying debris. Because they move frequently, many
military families who have never lived in a hurricane-prone area before are experiencing their first hurricane season. But even for those who have been through hurricanes before, knowing how to prepare is important.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that the 2008 hurricane season will produce six to nine hurricanes. Two to five of those hurricanes are predicted to be major hurricanes categorized as 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Although the last two seasons saw fewer major hurricanes than in prior years, experts say it is still a good idea for people in hurricane-prone areas to be prepared for anything and have a plan of action.

"The key element though, the cornerstone, has got to be that individual preparation,"
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said at a 2008 Hurricane Preparedness Day event May 30. "If people are lulled into a sense of complacency because 2006 and 2007 didn't produce a major hurricane in the U.S., and they don't do the preparation that we've recommended, then there is going to be a problem."

Being prepared for a storm means not only preparing yourself and your family, but also preparing your home.

An article published online in NOAA Magazine cited a common myth: that because a hurricane would destroy their property, people needn't bother preparing for the storm by protecting their home.

Although their home may, indeed, experience some damage, the article states, taking some basic precautions can significantly reduce damage from a storm. "Damage assessment photos of areas devastated by hurricanes will often show one house standing, while a neighbor's lies in ruins," the article said.

The article goes on to say the difference between the two homes is that the owner with property left in good condition most likely took some precautions and prepared for the storm.

People also are encouraged to listen to the news, weather updates, and local authorities.

"Follow the instructions of local authorities," Bill Chandler, executive director for USAA's national catastrophe operations said. "And have a plan."

Chandler expressed the importance of having alternate evacuation plans as well as checklists of items you might need to get through the storm and its aftermath.

He suggested stocking up on items such as two to three gallons of water per person per day, nonperishable foods, prescription medications in their original packaging, clothing, blankets, extra batteries, flashlights and a first aid kit.

It may also be necessary to have a hand-operated can opener and a battery-operated radio to use if the electricity goes out.

Chandler also recommended having a safe place to keep important documents. He suggested keeping them in a lock box, storing them online, or saving them on a
computer and then transferring them to a thumb drive.

Military commissaries have taken action in helping servicemembers and their families prepare for hurricane season. Their "What's in Your Closet?" campaign encourages people shopping in the commissaries to stock up on a list of items they may need in case of a natural disaster.

Preparing the outside of your home for potential disasters is another way to help prevent damage. This can be as simple as cleaning out gutters and trimming trees to keep them away from roof lines.

Another important way to protect your property as well as your neighbor's property is to bring your outdoor items in, Chandler said. Bring in lawn furniture, trash cans, toys, and flower pots -- anything that can turn into debris or a projectile in strong winds.

Chandler also said to move things within your home around. Moving or hiding valuables and keeping things out of the sight of others is important to prevent looting after a storm, he explained.

John Hancock, USAA's
military communications manager, stressed the importance of seeking and heeding guidance from authorities. "Listen to authorities and the leadership on your installation, as well," he said. "They will also have information and updates for you on whether to evacuate or take shelter."

More than anything else, Chandler said, hurricane preparation is common sense.

"These events are very stressful," he said. "And it's very easy to forget about common sense."

Stocking up on food and water, creating a shelter in your home and preparing both the interior and exterior of your home can help protect both your family and your property from the devastating effects of a hurricane.

"Head the warning and be prepared," Hancock said. "It's the best plan you can have."

Congressional Action Frees Up Funds for Military Pay, Operations

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

June 11, 2008 - The Defense Department will now be able to pay its troops and civilians through the end of next month, thanks to budgetary-related actions approved by Congress, a senior Pentagon spokesman told reporters here today. "We will now be able to pay our troops until the end of July," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters.

In addition, operations-and-maintenance accounts will now remain solvent until mid-July, he said.

The Pentagon received permission from Congress to move money from
Air Force and Navy personnel accounts to Army personnel accounts "so that we would be able to pay our soldiers longer," Morrell said. Other monies, he noted, were transferred to provide pay for defense civilians.

Morrell emphasized that the Defense Department still requires the $102 billion contained in the supplemental funding bill that's now being debated on Capitol Hill.

"We still face a very grave situation if we don't get the remainder of our supplemental funding," Morrell pointed out.

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England sent a memorandum to all departments earlier this week, asking them for contingency planning for a possible shutdown in case the money doesn't come through, Morrell said.

Meanwhile, "we'll be able to do everything we now do until mid-July; we'll be able to pay all our men and women in uniform, as we now do, until the end of July," Morrell said.

The department won't know until June 30 what kinds of additional measures it may have to take if the supplemental funding isn't passed by then, Morrell said.

Yet, senior defense officials remain confident and hopeful, Morrell said, that Congress will pass the supplemental funds so the department can continue its operations.

Barnes & Noble Announces Appearance by Lisa Lockwood, Author of Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team…A True Story.

June 12, 2008 – Author, Speaker and Reinvention Expert, Lisa Lockwood will be appearing at Barnes & Noble (2000 E. Rio Salado Tempe Marketplace in Tempe) on Saturday, June 13th from 6:30 to 8::30pm, signing her newly released book, Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team.

Real-life superhero
Lisa Lockwood has long since hung up her tiara and gun belt to inspire others with her bold accomplishments by becoming a writer, inspirational speaker and life coach. Her memoir serves as a reminder to readers that they too can get past a life destined for failure by remaining upbeat and optimistic.

“Undercover Angel focuses on my personal achievements and reinvention, as well as showing readers the power of determination and perseverance,” says the former beauty queen.

“The truth this brave woman shared with the world is nothing short of amazing. I believe this book shows us that you can be a beautiful and successful woman at the same time by working towards it ethically,” says one reader, a Drill SGT in the US
Military.

Lisa Lockwood is the recipient of numerous law enforcement and military honors.

Media Interviews: CNN Headline News Nancy Grace, CNBC The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, NBC & Fox Business News and over 100 national and local radio shows. Articles about her life, and her inspiring advice for others, have appeared in major newspapers all over the country.

About
Lisa Lockwood - Lisa Lockwood is a first Gulf War veteran, former beauty pageant contestant, SWAT team officer and undercover detective. She is now a successful writer, speaker, and reinvention expert. Her latest book is Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team…A True Story. Lockwood is currently negotiating potential TV pilots and movie scripts based on her life.

CONTACT:
Lisa Lockwood
Lockwood Entertainment Inc.
(514) 620-4224
Lisa@lisalockwood.com
www.Lisalockwood.com

MILITARY CONTRACTS June 10, 2008

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Camel manufacturing Co., Pioneer, Tenn.* is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for a variety of manufactured shelters. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes three one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-1533).

Ala. Tent and Tarp, Fairbanks, Ala.*, is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for a variety of manufactured shelters. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes three one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-1534).

Celina Tent Inc., Celina, Ohio*, is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for manufactured humanitarian shelters. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes four one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-6001).

Schutt Industries, Clintonville, Wis.*, is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for a variety of manufactured shelters and trailers. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes four one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-6002).

Anchor Industries,
Evansville, Ind.*, is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for a variety of manufactured shelters, trailers and components. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes four one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-6005).

MMI – Federal Marketing Service Corp., Montgomery, Ala.*, is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for a variety of shelters. Other location of performance is in Ohio. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes four one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-6007).

Johnson Outdoors, Binghamton, N.Y., is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for a variety of manufactured shelters, trailers and components. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes four one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-6059).

DHS Systems LLC, Orangeburg, N.Y., is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for a variety of manufactured shelters, trailers and components. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes four one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-6060).

Base-X Expeditions Shelters, Fairfield, Va., is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for a variety of manufactured shelters, trailers and components. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes four one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-6063).

Ala., Structures Inc., Anchorage, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $96,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery contract for a variety of manufactured shelters, trailers and components. Other location of performance is in New Mexico. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. The original proposal was Gateway solicited with 13 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is for a base year and includes four one-year option periods. Date of performance completion is Jun. 11, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-6064).

NAVY

ViaSat, Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded a $51,912,305 firm-fixed-price delivery order for Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for U.S.
Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army platforms. This delivery order combines purchases for the U.S., (82 percent), the government of Turkey, (12 percent), and the government of Portugal, (6 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Contractfunds in the amount of $2,380,788will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed in Carlsbad, Calif., (30 percent), in various other sites worldwide (70 percent), and is expected to be completed by Apr. 2010. This delivery order was competitively procured with two proposals solicited and two offers received via the Space and Naval Warfare E-commerce web site. The synopsis was released via the Federal Business Opportunities web site. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N00039-00-D-2101).

Raytheon Co.,
Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $59,502,180 contract for the production of 90 Block 1 MK-44 Mod 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided Missile Round Pack All-Up-Rounds, and 60 ORDALT Kits. The RAM Guided Missile Weapon System is co-developed and co-produced under a NATO Cooperative Program between the United States' and Federal Republic of Germany's governments. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., (49.7 percent), Ottobrunn, Germany, (42.7 percent), Rocket City, W.Va., (4.5 percent), and Andover, Mass., (3.1 percent) and is expected to be completed by May 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-08-C-5401).

Data Link Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $18,722,440 firm-fixed-price delivery order for Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for
Navy, Air Force and Army platforms. This delivery order combines purchases for the U.S., (79 percent) and the governments of Hungary, (20 percent) and Japan, (1 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Wayne, N.J., (50 percent), and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, (50 percent), and is expected to be completed by Apr. 2010. Contractfunds in the amount of $2,410,807will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This delivery order was competitively procured with two proposals solicited and two offers received via the Space and Naval Warfare Systems E-commerce web site. The synopsis was released via the Federal Business Opportunities web site. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N00039-00-D-2100).

Kollmorgen Corp., Electro-Optical Division, Northampton, Mass., is being awarded a $7,047,723 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-6248) for 2 Va., Class Universal Modular Masts (UMM), providing a SSN784 Shipset. The UMM Program provides for the development and acquisition of a non-hull penetrating mast that serves as a lifting mechanism for five sensor configurations (the Photonics Mast (PM), the Multi-Function Mast, the Integrated Electronic Mast, the High Data Rate Mast and the Photonics Mast Variant on the Va., Class and SSGN Class submarines. Each sensor is mounted on a UMM. Work will be performed in Northampton, Mass., (20 percent) and Bologna, Italy, (80 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2009. 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.

ARMY

Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded on Jun. 10, 2008, a $22,041,039 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for rapid aerostat initial deployment III tower systems with base defense operations center. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass., and is expected to be completed by Jul. 31, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jun. 26, 2007. U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command,
Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W9113M-07-C-0002).

Alliant Techsystems, Anoka, Minn., was awarded on Jun. 9, 2008, a $6,809,198 firm-fixed price contract for 20 MM cartridges. Work will be performed in Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Nov. 12, 2007. U.S.
Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-05-C-0072).

Science Applications International Corp., Science Drive,
Orlando, Fla., was awarded on Jun. 9, 2008, a $6,587,484 cost-plus fixed fee contract for the development of a battle command decision support system. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and locations across the United States, and is expected to be completed by Jul. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Dec.30, 2007, and eleven bids were received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-08-C-M011).