Military News

Monday, December 22, 2008

Program Raises Awareness About Global AIDS Epidemic

By Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg
Special to American Forces Press Service

Dec. 22, 2008 - The Defense Department's HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, or DHAPP, is making progress with partner nations by supporting implementation of HIV prevention, care and treatment programs, educating their militaries and creating awareness of the global epidemic, a senior official working in the program said. "As of June 2008, we are providing assistance in 73 different countries, ... and for many of these countries, prior to support from DHAPP, they had no formal HIV/AIDS programs," Dr. Anne Thomas, director of epidemiology and surveillance at DHAPP, said during a "Dot Mil Docs" radio interview on
BlogTalkRadio.com, Dec. 18.

DHAPP is the executive agent for Defense Department HIV/AIDS programs.

From its headquarters in San Diego, DHAPP engages in international military cooperation of HIV/AIDS prevention, education, care and treatment and supports HIV/AIDS strategic information, human capacity development and program and policy development in host militaries and civilian communities.

Thomas noted that the United Nations estimated that there were 2.5 million new HIV infections in 2007. "Millions have died already," she said. "The rate of new infections is still outpacing our ability to treat people."

Thomas said 54 nongovernmental organizations and universities also are working in 32 of the 73 countries where DHAPP is offering assistance. Using military-to-military training in many of these countries provides key mentorship, she added, and is crucial to training foreign militaries about HIV prevention, care and treatment.

"We are using the mil-to-mil collaboration to really engage these militaries," she said. "Many of our partner militaries are in countries that have HIV epidemics that may be 15, 17 and 20 [percent] -- sometimes as high as 25 percent -- of the general population that are infected with HIV. If you are trying to keep a force healthy and fit and ready to respond to the needs of the country, this is a huge problem."

One of the countries where DHAPP provides assistance and HIV prevention training is South Africa, which has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world, estimated in 2006 at 18.8 percent, with about 5.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS, more than 250,000 of them children, according to DHAPP statistics.

(
Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg works in the New Media directorate of the Defense Media Activity.)

Peackeeping Training Focuses Less on Combat, More on Control, Compliance

By Army Sgt. Robert G. Cooper III
Special to American Forces Press Service

Dec. 22, 2008 - Soldiers who deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan must be trained to engage in combat using the latest in lethal-weapons technology. But for soldiers preparing to deploy on a peacekeeping mission, nonlethal weapons instruction is an important part of their deployment training. Rather than full-metal-jacketed ammunition and other deadly weaponry, soldiers in nonlethal weapons training learn about pepper spray, rubber bullets, tear-gas grenades, stun guns and batons.

At Muscatatuck Urban Training Center here, a subinstallation of Camp Atterbury, soldiers of the 40th Infantry Division, which includes members of the California National Guard's engineer and military
police assets, are preparing to deploy next month to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo as part of NATO's Kosovo Force. Their mission: to maintain a secure environment for the people of Kosovo through law and order operations.

Since current conditions in Kosovo call for peacekeeping missions and focus less on combat, nonlethal weapons training is critical,
Army Sgt. 1st Class Lorenzo Dominguez, a platoon sergeant with the division's "KFOR 11" team, said. While the possibility of direct combat still exists, he noted, most incidents in Kosovo involve riots or detained individuals who become uncooperative.

"First and foremost, we are ambassadors of goodwill," Dominguez said. "As such, we have to exert the minimum amount of force required. We want to show the people of Kosovo and Serbia that we are consummate professionals, since it's our job to ensure that peace prevails for their nations to grow."

Despite the fact that the weapons systems used in the training are significantly much less lethal than their combat counterparts, they are nonetheless extremely effective,
Army Staff Sgt. Ismael Arroya, a nonlethal weapons instructor with the 205th Infantry Brigade at Camp Atterbury, said.

During one phase of the training, soldiers learn how to control subjects at close range. Normally,
Army hand-to-hand close-range combat training, or combatives, focuses on techniques that can injure or even kill. In nonlethal training, techniques are used in situations where the subject does not pose an imminent threat.

"In combatives, you want to finish the fight," Arroya said. "Here, you want to gain compliance."

Although the soldiers deploying to Kosovo still receive lethal combat training required for any overseas deployment, the nonlethal weapons instruction impresses upon each individual the importance of maintaining peace, Dominguez said.

The
Army cultivates the inner strength soldiers need in combat through a program called "Battlemind." Dominguez said soldiers on peacekeeping missions still need the mental alertness Battlemind entails, but they must keep their mission in mind.

"The Kosovo population is very supportive of our presence," he explained. "If we went in there with a Battlemind focus, we'd risk turning that support against us. You never lose your edge, but we don't need to go there and show it off."

Army Cpl. Steve Faecke, a KFOR 11 soldier, agreed. "If you go in aggressively, you're making the wrong impression," he said. "It's like walking on ice; you want to step slowly so as not to break through it."

So far, the training has been met with enthusiasm among the ranks.
Army Spc. Christian Rossall, also of KFOR 11, is preparing for his second deployment to Kosovo and said he's been impressed by not only the level of training, but also by its relevance to the mission at hand.

"This is my first time doing this training, and the emphasis on nonlethal weapons is even more significant than before," Rossall said. "The training is important, since this is what's more likely to happen."

(
Army Sgt. Robert G. Cooper III serves in the Camp Atterbury public affairs office.)

Chairman Issues Holiday Message to Servicemembers, Families

American Forces Press Service

Dec. 22, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff evoked the Revolutionary War's Battle of Trenton in the annual holiday message he issued to U.S. servicemembers and their families today.

Here is the text of
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen's message:

"Throughout our history, when faced with war at this special time of the year, American Servicemen and women have risen with crisis and fought with valor – while providing their fellow citizens precious moments to enjoy the season's joyous spirit with loved ones at home.

"This tradition harkens to our first holiday season as an independent Nation, 232 years ago. The bleak winter of 1776 found this Republic and its leader, General Washington, with a difficult and uncertain future. At twilight on the twenty-fifth of December, faced with one of the darkest moments of the American Revolution, Washington's Army crossed the icy Delaware River to defeat enemy forces at the Battle of Trenton. Their bravery on that cold winter's night altered the course of the war, and, ultimately, our road to victory.

"Among Washington's troops that December was Thomas Paine, who appealed to the honor and patriotic duty of his fellow soldiers with these famous words: 'These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.'

"This holiday season, more than 280,000 modern-day patriots are deployed around the globe, ensuring their families and friends – and ours – can celebrate in peace and comfort. Let us take pause to honor their sacrifice.

"We also offer our thoughts and prayers to the wounded, their families, and the families of the fallen. Theirs is an emptiness we cannot know – made only deeper during the holidays. Although their sacred void can never be filled, let us look deep into our hearts and honor them all – for they richly deserve the love and thanks of a grateful Nation.

"On behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and our families, I thank you for all that you do for our country. We wish you and your loved ones a festive holiday season, and tidings of peace in the coming New Year."

First Minerva Research Initiative Awards Announced

The Department of Defense announced plans today to make awards to academic institutions to perform scholarly research in the social sciences under the department's Minerva Research Initiative.

The list of institutions and research topics selected for fiscal 2009 funding is attached.

The Initiative is a DoD-sponsored, university-based social science basic research program initiated by the secretary of defense. It focuses on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy and seeks to increase the department's intellectual capital in the social sciences, improve its ability to address future challenges, and build bridges between the department and the social science community.

The total amount of the awards is expected to be as much $50 million over five years. Awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the academic institutions and DoD research offices that will make the awards: the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Based on the proposals selected in the fiscal 2009 competition, more than 16 academic institutions, including three non-U.S. institutions, are expected to participate in the seven research efforts.

According to Thomas Mahnken, deputy assistant secretary of defense for policy planning, "we were extremely impressed with the breadth and quality of the Minerva proposals. These grants lay the groundwork for exciting new research and relationships that will bring the best work of academics to bear on our country's most pressing national security challenges."

Researchers were encouraged to assemble teams with appropriate disciplinary strengths to develop scholarship in the areas identified in the program announcement. The awards announced today are for an initial five-year base period with a five-year option contingent upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory research progress. These awards are intended to be larger and longer in duration than traditional awards to help build an enduring capacity to conduct DoD-related basic research in the social sciences.

The initial Minerva solicitation was extremely competitive. The department solicited proposals in five topics of strategic importance and received a total of 211 white papers. The awards announced today were selected for funding based on merit review by panels of subject matter experts in the pertinent fields.

The secretary of defense speech to the Association of American Universities where Minerva was launched may be found at:
http://www.defenselink.mil/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1228%20.

MILITARY CONTRACTS December 22, 2008

Navy

Electric Boat Corporation, Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $14,011,153,663 fixed-price incentive multiyear contract for construction of eight VIRGINIA Class submarines from FY 09 to FY 13. Work will be performed at various sites throughout the United States (45%). Newport News, Va. (25%), Quonset Point, R.I. (15%); and Groton, Conn. (15%), and expected to be complete by February 2020. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-2104).

The U.S.
Navy is awarding indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity multiple award contracts to contractors that will provide for their competition for service requirements solicited by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Office of Naval Research, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the United States Marine Corps. The twenty-two functional service areas within the scope of the contracts include 1. Research and Development Support, 2. Engineering System Engineering and Process Engineering Support, 3. Modeling, Simulation, Stimulation, and Analysis Support, 4. Prototyping, Pre-Production, Model-Making, and Fabrication Support, 5. System Design Documentation and Technical Data Support, 6. Software Engineering, Development, Programming, and Network Support, 7. Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability (RM&A) Support, 8. Human Factors, Performance, and Usability Engineering Support, 9. System Safety Engineering Support, 10. Configuration Management (CM) Support, 11. Quality Assurance (QA) Support, 12. Information System (IS) Development, Information Assurance (IA), and Information Technology (IT) Support, 13. Inactivation and Disposal Support, 14. Interoperability, Test and Evaluation, Trials Support, 15. Measurement Facilities, Range, and Instrumentation Support, 16. Logistics Support, 17. Supply and Provisioning Support, 18. Training Support, 19. In-Service Engineering, Fleet Introduction, Installation and Checkout Support, 20. Program Support, 21. Functional and Administrative Support, and 22. Public Affairs and Multimedia Support. These contracts are in addition to the existing 1,605 contracts previously awarded under the SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) acquisition program for services procurements. The Government estimates a maximum of $5,300,000,000 of services will be procured per year via orders issued under the SeaPort-e multiple award contracts. The awards have a three month base period with one five-year option and one four-year nine month award term option. These contracts were competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online (NECO), with 209 offers received and 199 contracts awarded. Contract funds will be obligated at the time of task order award and as such, multiple funding types (with varying expiration dates) may be used, consistent with the purpose for which the funds were appropriated. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va. is the contracting activity (N00178-09-D-5652 - N00178-09-D-5851).

The list of contractors involved are: 1 On 1 Services Group LLC*, Phoenix, Ariz.; 360 Software Corporation.,*, Orlando, Fla.; 6K Systems, Inc.*, Sterling, Va.; A Solution Inc.*, McLean, Va.; Acclaim Systems*, Feasterville Trevose, Pa.; ACD Telecom, LLC*, Sanford, Fla.; Ace Info Solutions, Inc.*, Reston, Va.; Advanced Integrated Software
Technology*, Chicago, Ill.; Advanced Systems Design*, Tallahassee, Fla.; Agile Tek Solutions, LLC*, Plano, Texas; AIM USA, LLC*, San Antonio, Texas; Akira Technologies, Inc*, Fairfax, Va.; All Technologies, Inc.*, Arlington, Va.; AllSource Global Management, LLC*, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Altec Strategy, LLC*, Warrenton, Va.; American Research Service, Inc.*, Dallas, Texas; American Service Network Corporation.,*, Lorton, Va.; APPLIED SERVICES AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS LLC*, Virginia Beach, Va.; Ascella Technologies Inc.*, Vienna, Va.; Autonomic Resources LLC*, Cary, N.C.; Axiom Corporation.,*, Atlanta, Ga.; Axiscore LLC*, Gaithersburg, Md.; Axseum Solutions LLC*, Arlington, Va.; B L Hawkins & Associates dba HT Innovations*, Upper Marlboro, Md.; B3 Solutions, LLC*, Jacksonville, Fla.; Bara Infoware Inc.*, San Ramon, Calif.; Beacon Systems, Inc*, Pompano Beach, Fla.; BLF Technologies, Inc.*, Alexandria, Va.; Cask Technologies, LLC*, La Jolla, Calif.; Castillo Technologies, LLC*, Chandler, Ariz.; CFM Engineering*, Glen Burnie, Md.; Chae & Nam Universe dba C & N Universe Inc.*, National City, Calif.; CJSeto Support Services, LLC*, Ventura, Calif.; CMW & Associates, Inc.*, Springfield, Ill.; Columbus Technologies and Services, Inc.*, Pasadena, Calif.; Comptech Computer Technologies Inc.*, Dayton, Ohio; Computech Resources International, Inc.*, Shrewsbury, N.J.; COMPUTER CITE*, SAN RAMON, Calif.; Computer Integration & Programming Solutions Corp.*, Bethesda, Md.; Computer Mainstream Corp.*, Atlanta, Ga.; Computers Universal Inc*, WESTERVILLE, Ohio; Concentric Methods, LLC*, Alexandria, Va.; Construction CAD Solutions Inc*, Willowbrook, Ill.; Consulting Engineering Next Generation dba Cengen Inc.*, Columbia, Md.; Data Management Group of VA*, Hampton, Va.; Data Tech Central, LLC*, Norfolk, Va.; Davis Paige Management Systems, LLC*, Springfield, Va.; Dawson Technical, LLC*, Honolulu, Hawaii; DB Consulting Group, Inc.*, Silver Spring, Md.; Decypher Technologies*, San Antonio, Texas; Delan Associates, Inc.*, Freeport, N.Y.; dFuzion, Inc.*, Ashburn, Va.; Diamond Information Systems, LLC*, Sterling, Va.; Digital Management Inc.*, Bethesda, Md.; Diverse Business Systems, Inc.*, Dayton, Ohio; DreamHammer*, Santa Monica, Calif.; DRT Strategies*, Arlington, Va.; EBITS LLC*, Tinton Falls, N.J.; Educational and Business Services, LLC*, Littleton, Colo.; Emagine IT INC*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; Enterprise Solutions Incorporated dba ESI*, Vienna, Va.; Entertainment Marketing Group dba Integrated Marketing Group, Inc. The*, Miami, Fla.; Environmental & Occupational Safety Services, Inc.*, Red Bank, N.J.; Envision Innovative Solutions*, Howell, N.J.; EPCS Co *, Yorktown, Va.; EPM Solutions, LLC*, Cupertino,, Calif.; ERIMAX, Inc.*, Dunkirk, Md.; Estime Enterprises, Inc.*, Lanham, Md.; EVOLVE, INC.*, ORLANDO, Fla.; Expertech Solutions*, Rockville, Md.; Facility Management & Engineering, inc.*, Evansville, Ind.; Faircloth Information Technology Systems dba FIT Systems Inc*, Tampa, Fla.; Federated Information Technologies*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; FEI.com, Inc.*, Columbia, Md.; Financial Business Solutions LLC*, Doylestown, Pa.; First Information Technology Services, Inc.*, Arlington, Va.; Form Fit and Function LLC*, Paterson, N.J.; Fortis Networks*, Phoenix, Ariz.; FutureNet Group, Inc.*, Detroit, Mich.; Glacier Technologies, LLC.*, El Paso, Texas; Global Consulting Inc.*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; Global Consulting International Inc*, Salt Lake City, Utah; Global Technology Solutions, LLC*, Richmond, Va.; Government Systems, Inc,*, Alexandria, Va.; H2 Performance Consulting Corp.*, Pensacola, Fla.; Halfaker and Associates, LLC*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; Harbor Offshore Inc.*, Ventura, Calif.; Hawaii 5-0 Technology Services, Inc*, Honolulu, Hawaii; HBC Management Services, Inc.*, Honolulu, Hawaii; HBMG, Inc.*, Austin, Texas; Healthy Resources Enterprise Inc*, Houston, Texas; HENDALL INC*, Columbia, Md.; Hixardt Technologies, Inc*, Pensacola, Fla.; HMS Enterprises, Inc*, Alexandria, Va.; Huckstep Holdings dba Techwise*, Colorado Springs, Colo.; ICATT Consulting, Inc.*, Jacksonville, Fla.; ICOR Partners, LLC*, Arlington, Va..; ILSC Holdings LC*, Payson, Ariz.; IM Solutions, LLC*, Woodbridge, Va..; InGenesis, Inc.*, San Antonio, Texas; Innovar Environmental Inc.*, LIttleton, Colo.; Insystech, Inc.*, Manassas, Va.; INTELLIGENT INFORMATION Technology SOLUTIONS, LLC*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; International Computer Systems, Inc.*, Greenbelt, Md.; IP Network Solutions, Inc*, Herndon, Va.; IPKeys Technologies, LLC*, Shrewsbury, N.J.; iT Resource Solutions.net, Inc*, East Setauket, N.Y.; Jackson Automated Management Systems dba JAMS*, FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.; JRD & Associates, Inc.*, South Miami, Fla.; Komplete Systems Integrators Inc.*, Atlanta, Ga.; KPG GLOBAL ENTERPRISES*, FISHERS, Ind.; Lani Eko & Co., CPAs, PLLC*, Alexandria, Va.; Lanmark Technology, Inc.*, Fairfax, Va.; Link Solutions, Inc.*, Reston, Va.; LNS TECHNOLOGY, INC*, LORTON, Va.; Logistics Systems Inc.*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; LOGMET*, Austin, Texas; Longevity Consulting*, Manassas, Va.; LOUi Consulting Group Inc.*, Warner Robins, Ga.; MacArthur & Baker Internat'l Inc. dba MBI Consulting*, Bethesda, Md.; Macon Pace, Inc.*, Trenton, N.J.; Management Recruiters of Woodbridge, Inc.*, Woodbridge, N.J.; Marton Technologies, Inc.*, Hampton, Va.; Morgan Business Consulting, LLC*, Ashburn, Va.; MORI Associates, Inc.*, Bethesda, Md.; Nasir Group, LLC, The*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; National Capitol Contracting, LLC.*, Arlington, Va.; Net Services*, Centreville, Va.; Net World Technology Corporation.,*, Carlisle, Pa.; Network Security Systems Plus, Inc.*, Falls Church, Va.; New Age Protection, Inc.*, Springfield, Va.; New Tech Solutions Inc*, Fremont, Calif.; New West Technologies, LLC*, Greenwood Village, Colo.; Next Tier Concepts, Inc.*, Vienna, Va.; NIKSOFT SYSTEMS CORPORATION.,*, RESTON, Va.; NOVA Training and Technology Solutions, LLC*, Boothwyn, Pa.; OHC Environmental Engineering, Inc.*, Tampa, Fla.; Orizon, Inc.*, Rockville, Md.; Paragon Technology Group*, Vienna, Va.; PARS Environmental Inc.*, Robbinsville, N.J.; Parts Life Inc.*, Cinnaminson, N.J.; Patricio Enterprises*, Stafford, Va.; PearlNet, LLC*, Atlanta, Ga.; Prince of Wales Tribal Enterprise Consortium LLC POWTEC*, Craig, Ark; Progressive Computer Services, Inc.*, Honoluu, Hawaii; Protein Media, Inc.*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; PROVISTA Software International, Inc*, Fremont, Calif.; Prutech Solutions, Inc.*, Iselin, N.J.; Puget Sound Environmental Corp.*, Bremerton, Wash.; Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI)*, Gaithersburg, Md.; Ram Tech Systems, Inc.*, Newark, Del.; Reed Integration, Inc.*, Smithfield, Va.; ReliaTrust Technologies, Inc.*, Dulles, Va.; Resource-Trac, Inc*, Irvine, Calif.; reVision, Inc.*, Denver, Colo.; RGF Consulting Corporation.,*, Ft. Washington, Md.; Ridgewood Technology Partners, LLC*, Ashburn, Va.; RMV Technology Group, LLC*, Clayton, Calif.; S & K Aerospace, Inc.*, St Ignatius, Mont.; Sawdey Solution Services, Inc.*, Dayton, Ohio; Sevatec, Inc.*, Falls Church, Va.; SilTek, Inc.*, Herndon, Va.; SimIS Inc.*, Portsmouth, Va.; Singhal & Co.,, Inc.*, Herndon, Va.; Skylla Engineering Ltd.*, Humble, Texas; Smart Data Solutions LLC*, Silver Spring, Md.; Smart Innovative Solutions LLC*, Columbia, Md.; Software Engineering Services Corporation.,*, Bellevue, Neb.; Solution One Industries, Ltd.*, Killeen, Texas; Strategic Operational Solutions, Inc.*, Reston, Va.; Summit Technologies LLC*, South Riding, Va.; Synergistics Inc*, Richland, Wash.; Systems Consulting Group, LLC*, Herndon, Va.; Tantus Technologies, Inc.*, Arlington, Va.; TechFirst Inc*, Laurel, Md.; Technica LLC*, North Charleston, S.C.; TecPort Solutions Inc*, Harrisburg, Pa.; TEKNOFIRM, INC.*, FAIRFAX, Va.; TELEDEVICES, LLC*, LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.; Terra Nova Environmental Services, LLC*, Cranbury, N.J.; tieBridge, Inc.*, Falls Church, Va.; TISTA Science and Technology Corporation.,*, Bethesda, Md.; Total Solutions, Inc.*, Madison, Ala.; Tracen Technologies, Inc.*, Manassas, Va.; Tribalco, LLC*, Bethesda, Md.; Trilobyte Sales*, Irvine, Calif.; Twin Imaging Technology, Inc.*, Oceanside, Calif.; Ultimate Solutions, Inc.*, New Orleans, La.; Vektrel LLC*, San Diego, Calif.; Veracity Engineering LLC*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; ViewTrust Technology, Inc.*, Springfield, Va.; Virtual Technology Services, LLC*, Midwest City, Okla.; VMD Systems Integrators, Inc.*, Vienna, Va.; Ward Consulting,LLC/Full Circle Consulting Group*, Stamford, Conn.; Watley Engineering LLC*, Panama City, Fla.; Worldwide Information Network Systems (WINS)*, Seabrook, Md.; Zavda Technologies, LLC*, Glenn Dale, Md.; ZIBIZ CORPORATION.,*, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Co., St Louis, Mo., is being awarded an cost plus incentive fee, cost plus fixed fee contract with an estimated value of $905,344,762 for support services required to enhance the F/A-18A/B, C/D, E/F, and EA-18G aircraft with a series of System Configuration Sets (SCS). These enhancements will support F/A-18 aircraft operated by the U.S.
Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Governments of Canada, Australia, Spain, Kuwait, Switzerland, Finland and Malaysia. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo. (95%) and at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif. (5%), and is expected to be completed in December 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-09-D-0002).

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Bloomington, Minn., is being awarded a $45,429,181 modification to a previously awarded firm fixed price contract for the full rate production of 195 Type 3 Advanced Mission Computers (AMCs) for integration into the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft for the U.S.
Navy (166) and the Government of Australia (29). This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($38,526,410; 85%) and Australia ($6,902,771; 15%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Bloomington, Minn. and is expected to be completed in December 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $1,216,355 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-07-C-0030).

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors (LM MS2), Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $43,665,000 modification to previously awarded contract for engineering services for DDG 51 Class Aegis Combat System Installation, Integration and Test, in support of the Program Executive Officer Integrated Warfare Systems. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (37%), Bath, Maine (25%), Pascagoula, Miss. (22%), San Diego, Calif. (6%), Washington, D.C. (5%), Norfolk, Va. (3%), Port Hueneme, Calif. (1%), Syracuse, N.Y. (1%) and is expected to be completed by April 2010. 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 (N00024-03-C-5115).

Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC, Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $38,662,175 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic order agreement for software in support of V-22 programs including lab capabilities, lab sustainment, situational awareness, simulation products/desk top environment, V-22 Mission Planning Systems (VMPS), and software support activity/software engineering for the V-22 Osprey Program. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed in December 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $8,938,700 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity(N00019-05-G-0008).
FN Herstal, S.A., Herstal, Belgium, is being awarded a five year indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity contract with possible delivery orders up to $27,900,000 for the production, delivery, and associated support of the
Marine Corps' Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). The IAR will be a light weight, magazine fed, 5.56 mm weapon which will enhance the automatic rifleman's maneuverability and displacement speed while providing the ability to suppress or destroy not only area targets, but point targets as well. The IAR is planned to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) currently employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions. Although four contracts will be made initially, delivery orders will be awarded for samples. First Article, spare/repair parts, and various support services; and, eventually one of the four contractors may be awarded delivery orders for up to 6,500 IARs. FN Herstal's production facility is in Herstal, Belgium. Delivery of contract line items will be as stated on applicable delivery orders. Contractfunds will be obligated in multiple delivery orders. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA, is the contracting activity (M67854-09-D-1037).

Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC, Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $26,211,950 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously issued basic order agreement to exercise an option for 65 LAU-115D/A Launchers for the U.S.
Navy (38) and the Royal Australian Air Force (27) and 140 LAU-116B/A Launchers for the U.S. Navy (126) and the Royal Australian Air Force (14) for the F/A-18 and EA-18G aircraft. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($20,355,240; 80.3%) and the Government of Australia ($5,172,320; 19.7%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed in April 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $5,172,320 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity(N00019-05-G-0008).

Raytheon Network Centric Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla, is being awarded a $25,800,618 modification to previously awarded contract for Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) System Production. Work will be performed in Largo, Fla. (47.0%); St. Petersburg, Fla. (20.0%);
Dallas, Texas (18.0%); and McKinney, Texas (15.0%); and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C. is the contracting activity (N00024-08-C-5203).

Heckler and Koch Defense, Inc., Ashburn, VA, is being awarded a five year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with possible delivery orders up to $23,600,000 for the production, delivery, and associated support of the
Marine Corps' Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). The IAR will be a light weight, magazine fed, 5.56 mm weapon which will enhance the automatic rifleman's maneuverability and displacement speed while providing the ability to suppress or destroy not only area targets, but point targets as well. The IAR is planned to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) currently employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions. Although four contracts will be made initially, delivery orders will be awarded for samples. First Article, spare/repair parts, and various support services; and, eventually one of the four contractors may be awarded delivery orders for up to 6,500 IARs. Work will be performed in Oberndorf, Germany. Delivery of contract line items will be as stated on applicable delivery orders. Contractfunds will be obligated in multiple delivery orders. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA, is the contracting activity (M67854-09-D-1038).

Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $17,923,410 modification to a previously awarded firm fixed price contract for the special tooling and special test equipment required to maintain Joint Stand-Off Weapons (JSOW-C) production rate requirements and to support the transition to production readiness activities for the AGM-154C-1 Variant. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in March 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity (N00019-07-C-0093).

Colt Defense, Inc., West Hartford, CT, is being awarded a five year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with possible delivery orders up to $14,000,000 for the production, delivery, and associated support of the
Marine Corps' Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). The IAR will be a light weight, magazine fed, 5.56 mm weapon which will enhance the automatic rifleman's maneuverability and displacement speed while providing the ability to suppress or destroy not only area targets, but point targets as well. The IAR is planned to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) currently employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions. Although four contracts will be made initially, delivery orders will be awarded for samples, First Article, spare/repair parts, and various support services; and, eventually one of the four contractors may be awarded delivery orders for up to 6,500 IARs. Colt's production facility is in West Hartford, CT. Work will be performed in West Hartford, CT. Delivery of contract line items will be as stated on applicable delivery orders. Contractfunds will be obligated in multiple delivery orders. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA, is the contracting activity (RFP M67854-08-R-1000, proposal 6940, contract number M67854-09-D-1035).

Colt Defense, Inc., West Hartford, CT, is being awarded a five year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with possible delivery orders up to $14,000,000 for the production, delivery, and associated support of the
Marine Corps' Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). The IAR will be a light weight, magazine fed, 5.56 mm weapon which will enhance the automatic rifleman's maneuverability and displacement speed while providing the ability to suppress or destroy not only area targets, but point targets as well. The IAR is planned to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) currently employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions. Although four contracts will be made initially, delivery orders will be awarded for samples, First Article, spare/repair parts, and various support services; and, eventually one of the four contractors may be awarded delivery orders for up to 6,500 IARs. Colt's production facility is in West Hartford, CT. Work will be performed in West Hartford, CT. Delivery of contract line items will be as stated on applicable delivery orders. Contractfunds will be obligated in multiple delivery orders. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA, is the contracting activity (RFP M67854-08-R-1000, proposal 6940H, contract number M67854-09-D-1036).

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $9,950,000 firm fixed price contract modification to previously awarded contract for the procurement of long lead time materials in support of LPD 26. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by December 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-06-C-2222).

L-3 Communications Corporation, Sylmar, Calif. 91342, is being awarded a $7,668,896 firm fixed price, cost plus fixed fee modification to contract to purchase supportability services, evaluation, salvage, repair and upgrade services of TB23/BQ Towed Systems. Work will be performed in Sylmar, Calif. and is expected to be complete by January 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $114,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-05-C-6237)

Northrop Grumman Corporation., Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, MD, is being awarded $6,384,275 modification to a previously awarded contract to incorporate the Human Systems Integration (HSI) Logistics effort in support of the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system. The contractor shall develop and implement a plan to effectively apply HSI principles during G/ATOR design, production and integration. The contractor shall ensure Human Factors Engineering, Manpower, Personnel, Training, System Safety, Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH), and Personnel Survivability requirements are incorporated into the layout, design, and arrangement of equipment having an operator or maintainer interface. Approximately 69% of the work will be performed by Northrop Grumman Corporation., in Linthicum Heights, MD and approximately 31% will be performed by Northrop Grumman's subcontract, Sensis in Syracuse, NY. The HSI Logistics effort is expected to be completed by June 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract modification was not competitively procured as the effort is an engineering change within scope of the current contract pursuant to the Changes clause. The
Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-07-C-2072).

Army

BAE Systems, Inc., Ground Systems Division, York, Pa., was awarded a $112,500,000 cost reimbursement, no fee contract for long-lead items for the Bradley reset program. Work will be performed in York, Pa., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Aug. 14, 2007. U.S.
Army Tank-Automotive Command, Warren, Mich. is the contracting activity (W56HZV-05-G-0005).

Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Mass., was awarded on Dec. 18, 2008, a $44,861,164 firm fixed price, cost plus fixed fee, cost reimbursable contract for ATNAVICS hardware, FBPAR hardware, sustainment support, travel, material and site installation. Work will be performed in Marlborough, Mass., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on June 30, 2006. U.S.
Army contracting Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-06-C-0323).

IAP Worldwide Services, Inc., Irmo, S.C., was awarded on Dec. 18, 2008, a $14,169,175 firm fixed price contract for prime power services for Joint Base Balad. Work will be performed in Balad, Iraq, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Sept. 3, 2008, and two bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer District, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (W912BU-09-C-0008).

BAE Systems Inc., Ground Systems Division, York, Pa., was awarded on Dec. 18, 2008, a $13,916,000 firm fixed price contract for the production of eight M88A2 HERCULES vehicles. Work will be performed in York, Pa., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Oct. 13, 2008. U.S.
Army TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-N030).

General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on Dec. 18, 2008, a $5,551,652 cost plus fixed fee contract for system technical support for the Abrams tank program to include service rep and support for operations. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on June 8, 2006. U.S.
Army TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-C-0046).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Delphi Petroleum, Inc., Red Bank, N.J.* is being awarded a maximum $8,114,481 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel oil burner delivery. Other location of performance is Virginia. Using services are
Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. There were originally 60 proposals solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is July 31, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-05-D-4045).

Air Force

The
Air Force awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, Newtown, Pennsylvania for $13,870,241. This modification provides for launch support for satellites that remained to be launched under contract.

The
Air Force awarded a contract with Boeing Co., of Newark, Ohio for $11,190,842. The contractor is required to develop processes and procedures to upgrade four Gyro Test Stations.

The
Air Force modified a contract with Integral Systems of Lanham, Maryland for $11,707,433. This modification supports the command and control system consolidation program. It includes program management, hardware and software maintenance updates at Schriever AFB, Colo.

The
Air Force awarded a contract with Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronic Co., of Woodland Hills, California for $12,674,620. This action will provide automated aerial refueling modification for precise relative navigation

Bush Visits Troops, Families at Walter Reed

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

Dec. 22, 2008 - President George W. Bush paid a call to Walter Reed
Army Medical Center here today to visit with wounded warriors, extend holiday greetings to them and their families and check up personally on the care and support they are receiving. "Every time I come here, I get amazed at the quality of care, the professionalism and the courage of our troops," Bush told reporters after the visit.

"I can say with certainty that the health care that our troops get in military medical facilities is excellent," the president said. "I am so pleased to hear from spouses and other loved ones about the care they get, as well, when they come to visit their ... wounded child or wounded husband or wounded spouse."

Noting that the visit is likely to be his last before leaving office, Bush said he took "great pleasure" in thanking those who serve at Walter Reed and other military medical facilities.

He reiterated his sentiment that he'll miss his role as commander in chief more than any other part of the presidency. "The military is the thing I'll miss the most, and coming here to Walter Reed is a reminder of why I'll miss it," he said.

Bush said in a Washington Times article published today he considers the time he spends with wounded troops and families of the wounded and fallen an important -– and highly emotional -- part of his job.

"This is my duty," he said. "The president is commander in chief, but the president is often 'comforter in chief,' as well. It is my duty ... to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish."

Comfort can come in many different forms, the president said. "Comfort means hug, comfort means cry, comfort means smile, comfort means listen," he said. "Comfort also means, in many cases, assure the parent or the spouse that any decision made about troops in combat will be made with victory in mind, not about my personal standing in the polls or partisan politics."

President Extends Holiday Greetings, Thanks

American Forces Press Service

Dec. 22, 2008 - President George W. Bush sent his best wishes for the holiday season and those of first lady Laura Bush to servicemembers around the world in a message broadcast on the Pentagon Channel.

Here is the text of the president's holiday message:

"Laura and I send greetings to all the men and women of the U.S. military this holiday season.

"This time of year, our thoughts turn to rejoicing and reflection, gratitude and cheer, love and peace.

"Throughout our history, love of country and the hope of peace on earth have inspired America's armed forces, from the frozen fields of France to the jungles of Southeast Asia. Around the globe, today's men and women in uniform are carrying on that noble tradition. You are helping bring freedom, security and peace to millions in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere, and you are helping to protect the American people here at home.

"Many of you are spending this holiday season far from home, but you are close in our thoughts and prayers.

"I am sometimes asked what I will miss most about being president. Above all, I am going to miss being your commander in chief. Every one of you volunteered to serve the United States, and in this dangerous time, I thank you for making the world freer, our country safer and all Americans proud.

"Happy holidays and may God bless you."

The president's message may be viewed on DefenseLINK, the Defense Department's official Web site, or the Pentagon Channel Web site.