Military News

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gates: U.S. Must Maintain Conventional Dominance

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

Dec. 16, 2008 - As the
military institutionalizes new and unconventional warfighting skills, it also must work to maintain its conventional dominance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wrote in the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs magazine. Gates' article, titled "A Balanced Strategy: Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age," cited the need to ensure the United States is prepared to confront both conventional and unconventional threats as well as warfare that blends the two.

"The categories of warfare are blurring and no longer fit into neat, tidy boxes," Gates wrote. "One can expect to see more tools and tactics of destruction -- from the sophisticated to the simple -- being employed simultaneously in hybrid and more complex forms of warfare."

The secretary pointed to examples of this phenomenon: Russia's conventional offensive in Georgia that also included a sophisticated cyber attack and propaganda campaign, and Saddam Hussein's use of paramilitary fighters as well as the Republican Guard's T-72 tanks.

"Conversely, militias, insurgent groups, other nonstate actors and developing-world militaries are increasingly acquiring more
technology, lethality and sophistication," Gates said. The rocket and missile arsenal of Hezbollah – a Lebanon-based terrorist organization -- dwarfs those of many nation-states, he noted, and Chinese and Russian arms sales are putting advanced offensive and defensive capabilities into the hands of more countries and groups.

This sends a signal to the United States about the types of units it fields, the weapons it buys and the training it conducts, Gates said.

"Just as one can expect a blended high-low mix of adversaries and types of conflict, so, too, should the United States seek a better balance in the portfolio of capabilities it has," he wrote.

As the United States advances its unconventional capabilities, he said, it can't let its conventional capabilities slip. "The United States cannot take its current dominance for granted and needs to invest in the programs, platforms and personnel that will ensure that dominance's persistence," he said.

Gates pointed to images of Russian tanks rolling into the former Soviet republic of Georgia in August as "a reminder that nation-states and their militaries do still matter." He noted that both Russia and China have increased their defense spending and modernization programs, North Korea has built several bombs, and Iran seeks to join the nuclear club.

"What all these potential adversaries -- from terrorist cells to rogue nations to rising powers -- have in common is that they have learned that it is unwise to confront the United States directly on conventional
military terms," he wrote.

While other nations might not want to challenge the United States "fighter to fighter, ship to ship, tank to tank," Gates said, they are seeking other ways to undermine U.S. capabilities.

"They are developing the disruptive means to blunt the impact of U.S. power, narrow the United States'
military operations and deny the U.S. military freedom of movement and action," he said.

Gates cited China's investments in cyber and anti-satellite warfare, anti-aircraft and anti-ship weaponry, submarines and ballistic missiles.

These efforts could threaten the United States' primary means to project power and help allies in the Pacific, and put a premium on its ability to strike from over the horizon and employ missile defenses, he said. They also underscore the need for longer-range systems such as the next-generation bomber.

"Even though the days of hair-trigger superpower confrontation are over, as long as other nations possess the bomb and the means to deliver it, the United States must maintain a credible strategic deterrent," he said.

(This is the third article in a series based on Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' article, "A Balanced Strategy: Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age," published in the January/February 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine.)

MILITARY CONTRACTS December 16, 2008

Air Force

The
Air Force is exercising an option with Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Tx., for $784,122,174. This action will exercise an option for CY 2009, for F-22 Weapon System Sustainment Pre-Priced Options. The location of performance is Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Marietta, Ga.

The
Air Force is exercising an option with United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Group East Hartford, Conn., for $285,020,056. The option is for 2009 sustainment of the F119-PW-100 Engines.

The
Air Force is modifying a contract with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., for $252,000,000. This effort is a Change Order that will implement additional vehicle-level Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing to the first Space Vehicle. The first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite is undergoing a significant amount of rework on mission critical unit's dues to anomalies.

The
Air Force is modifying a contract with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif., for $102,513,429. This action is a change order that will acquire additional long lead materials for the Space Based Infrared Program. In addition, the modification will make changes to the Systems Requirements Review/System Design Review (SRR/SDR) criteria and change the Preliminary Design Schedule (PDR).

The
Air Force is modifying a firm fixed price contract with DPL Energy Resources, Dayton, Ohio for $19,673,732. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base requires electricity generation and transmission to accommodate an estimated annual volume of 416,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). DPL ER will be responsible for providing and coordinating all electrical generation and transmission to the designed point of delivery for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The
Air Force is awarding a firm fixed price contract to L3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah for $8,949,174. This effort will build Predator Primary Data Link Test Stands. The location of performance is L3 Communications in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The
Air Force is awarding a contract to Chromalloy Component Services Inc., San Antonio, Texas for $8,745,485. This action will provide remanufacture for Module 12 Assemblies, in support of F-108 engines.

NAVY

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc, Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a three year cost type requirements contract in the amount of $102,372,611 for repair of items in support of the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft. Work is to be completed by Dec. 2011. Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas (100 percent). Funding is provided by APN6 and
Navy Working Capital Funds (NWCF). Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not awarded competitively. One company was solicited and one offer was received. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00383-09-D-003N).

ARINC Engineering Services, Annapolis, Md.; General Dynamics Information
Technology (GDIT), Fairfax, Va.; Science Applications International Corp., (SAIC), San Diego, Calif.; SYS Technologies, San Diego, Calif., are being awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity multiple-award contract, with a combined, potential value of $47,000,000 for integration and implementation of Command and Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) and radio frequency communications systems. Services that may be ordered under this contract include implementation and integration, configuration management, integration logistics support, on-site technical assistance, engineering, test and evaluation, quality assurance, and life-cycle management for a range of programs during the critical period from system conception through system operation. This five-year contract includes eight, six-month award terms, which if awarded, would bring the cumulative combined value of this multiple award to $90,747,000. All work will be performed in San Diego, and work is expected to be completed Dec. 17, 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with proposals solicited on an unrestricted basis via publication on the SPAWAR e-Commerce web site and Federal Business Opportunities web site, with four offers received. All four awardees may compete for the task orders during the ordering period. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) is the contracting activity (N66001-09-D-0042 / N66001-09-D-0043 / N66001-09-D-0041 / N66001-09-D-0026).

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $37,513,573 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 18 MH-60S Common Cockpits; 30 MH-60R Common Cockpits; and 1 MH-60R Trainer Common Cockpit. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., and is expected to be completed in Apr. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-04-C-0028).

Conquistador Dorado JV,* Sanford, Fla., is being awarded a $10,574,000 modification under a previously awarded firm fixed priced contract (N69450-08-C-1267) to exercise Options 0005 - 0015 which provides for the design and construction of drainage and conveyance systems within the airfield area, removal of vegetation, and clearing and grubbing of existing vegetation at the Naval Air Station, Key West, Fla. The work to be performed is for the design and construction of drainage and conveyance systems within the airfield area, removal of vegetation, and clearing and grubbing of existing vegetation. The total contract amount after exercise of these options will be $21,769,000. Work will be performed in Key West, Fla., and is expected to be completed by September 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast,
Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Diversified Maintenance Systems, Inc.*,
Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a maximum $6,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract for Public Works projects at Naval Support Activity, Panama City, Fla. The work to be performed includes, but not limited to, facility repair projects, renovation, and minor construction projects. This contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $30,000,000. All work will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and work is expected to be Dec. 2009 (Dec. 2013 with options). 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 18 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-09-D-0756).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Simulation, Training and Support Div., Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $5,894,958 modification to a previously awarded firm fixed priced contract (N00019-00-C-0480) to exercise an option for the F/A-18 Operational Test Program Set Production effort, developed and produced under the Consolidated Automated Support Systems program. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and is expected to be completed in Dec. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Ct., was awarded on Dec. 15, 2008 a, $619,903,014 firm fixed price contract for funding of second program year of multi-year contract for
Navy Lot 7 consisting of 24 each MH-60R Sea Hawk Helicopters. Third program year for Navy Lot 11 consisting of 18 each MH-60S Sea Hawks Helicopter and also Tooling; Program Systems Management and Technical Publications. Work will be performed in Stratford, Ct., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. US Army Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-08-C-0003).

AM General, LLC, South Bend, Ind., was awarded on Dec 12, 2008, a $17,240,560 firm fixed price contract for 146 EA High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles to contract. Work will be performed in Mishawaka, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Dec 31, 2009. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).

Zebra Imaging Inc,
Austin, Texas, was awarded on Dec. 15, 2008 a, $10,124,000 cost plus fixed price contract for Dynamic 3D Display development program. Work will be performed in Austin, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Apr. 30, 2010. Bids solicited were via the Broad Agency Announcement and one bid was received. US Army Research Development & Engineering Command, Rock Aberdeen, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-09-C-0031).

Nova Technologies, Panama City, Fla., was awarded on Dec 15, 2008 a, $6,813,476 cost plus award fee contract for exercise of contract options for Special Operations Forces planning, rehearsal, and execution preparation support services. Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2009. Bids solicited were via the Web and six bids were received. Program Executive Office, Stimulation, Training and Instrument, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61339-07-C-0080).

Swank Enterprises, Valier, Mont., was awarded on Dec 15, 2008 a, $6,807,660 firm fixed price contract. Project is for construction of
Army Reserve Center Butte, Montana. Work will be performed in Butte, Mont., with an estimated completion date of Mar. 31, 2010. Bids solicited were via the Web and six bids were received. US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912QR-08-C-0045).

Connecticut Guard Responds to Neighbor's Call for Help

By Army Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy
Special to American Forces Press Service

Dec. 16, 2008 - Massachusetts National Guard members are getting a helping hand today as they continue to assist with recovery operations from a severe winter storm that dropped ice, freezing rain and sleet throughout the region Dec. 11. Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick has doubled the number of Guardsmen on duty with a call-up of about 700 personnel, bringing the total to nearly 1,500. He also requested assistance yesterday from the governor of
Connecticut under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. He specifically asked for help in route-clearance and debris-removal operations.

The
Connecticut National Guard will provide 23 personnel as well as equipment ranging from chainsaws to mobile-excavating equipment, John Whitford, the state public affairs officer, said. They are expected to arrive in the Springfield, Mass., area today.
"This request came down very fast, and they came on state active duty late last night," he said. "We had close to 40 volunteers, but only 23 were needed."

The soldiers are from the 192nd Engineering Battalion of Stratford, Conn., the 248th Engineer Company of Norwich, Conn., the 250th Engineering Company of New London, Conn., and the 246th and 256th firefighting detachments of East Lyme, Conn.

Whitford said this battalion is "unique," because it has the only authorized chainsaw operators in the state. "So they have these special skills sets to help out," he said. "They can hit the ground running when they get in state and get their taskings and immediately go to work."

Massachusetts' additional Guard personnel will assist in the recovery efforts with chainsaws, communications equipment, front-end loaders, dump trucks, armories, water and fuel transportation and generators. They also will provide security at more than 60 shelters while augmenting local
police.

The National Guard was tasked with performing 160 simultaneous missions in the state, according to a Massachusetts National Guard news release. And as of 5 a.m. today, 54 of those missions were completed, while 89 missions remain ongoing.

Guard members from both states are expected to be on duty through the weekend, Guard officials said.

In New Hampshire, more than 350 soldiers from 197th Fires Brigade and 54th Troop Command are operating in the Concord and Manchester areas. They are providing shelter support, security operations, debris clearing and commodity distribution. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also has established a staging area at Pease Air National Guard Base with generators, cots and meals.

(
Army Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy serves in the National Guard Bureau.)