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Friday, June 26, 2009

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MILITARY CONTRACTS June 26, 2009

NAVY
Nammo Talley Defense Inc., Mesa, Ariz., is being awarded a $136,482,000 ceiling firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract for the procurement of the M72A7 Light Weight Anti-Armor Weapon (LAW) System and Trainers to replenish stockpiles. The M72A7 LAW, Department of Defense Identification Code (DODIC) (HA29) is a man-portable, shoulder launched rocket designed to destroy armored vehicles and covered enemy fighting positions. In addition, the ID/IQ contract also has CLINs (contract line item number) for the purchase of: M72AS LAW trainer rockets, DODIC (HA21); M72AS LAW Inert training rocket, DODIC (HA46); M72AS trainer launchers; M72AS trainer launcher boxes; M72AS trainer launcher cleaning kits; and a CLIN to convert M72A7 LAW launcher to M72AS trainer launchers. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contact to $136,482,000. Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz. (58.8 percent); Camden, Miss. (13 percent); and Davidsville, Pa. (28.2 percent), and is expected to be completed June 2010 (July 2014 with option years exercised). Co! ntract f unds in the amount of $11,599,495 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured with one proposal solicited and one offer received. Sole source announced via Navy Electronic Commerce Online. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-09-D-1062).

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Raleigh, N.C., is being awarded a $15,550,000 firm-fixed-price contract for a new open bay barracks facility at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The work to be performed provides for the design and construction of the barracks and a battalion aid station, associated storage, utilities, parking, site improvements, built-in equipment requirements, access, and anti-terrorism force protection. Work will be performed in Parris Island, S.C., and is expected to be completed by December 2010. 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-C-1766).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded a $10,000,000 firm fixed-price contract for concept studies for the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) S-band and Radar Suite Controller (RSC). AMDR is envisioned as a radar suite containing a S-band radar, a X-band radar and RSC and will be designed to be scalable to accommodate current and future mission requirements for multiple platforms. The AMDR-S will provide volume search, tracking, Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) discrimination and missile communications. The AMDR-X will provide horizon search, precision tracing, missile communication and terminal illumination. The RSC will perform all coordination actions to ensure that both radars operate in concert in a widely diverse environment. The current contract is for the S-band and RSC Concept Studies only. Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Md., and is expected to be completed by December 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities and Navy Electronic Commerce Online websites, with three offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-! 09-C-539 8).

Lockheed Martin MS2, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $10,000,000 firm fixed price contract for concept studies for the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) S-band and Radar Suite Controller (RSC). AMDR is envisioned as a radar suite containing a S-band radar, a X-band radar and RSC and will be designed to be scalable to accommodate current and future mission requirements for multiple platforms. The AMDR-S will provide volume search, tracking, Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) discrimination and missile communications. The AMDR-X will provide horizon search, precision tracing, missile communication and terminal illumination. The RSC will perform all coordination actions to ensure that both radars operate in concert in a widely diverse environment. The current contract is for the S-band and RSC Concept Studies only. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., and is expected to be completed by December 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities and Navy Electronic Commerce Online websites, with three offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-5312).

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), Sudbury, Mass. is being awarded a $9,909,540 firm-fixed-price contract for concept studies for the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) S-band and Radar Suite Controller (RSC). AMDR is envisioned as a radar suite containing a S-band radar, a X-band radar and RSC and will be designed to be scalable to accommodate current and future mission requirements for multiple platforms. The AMDR-S will provide volume search, tracking, Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) discrimination and missile communications. The AMDR-X will provide horizon search, precision tracing, missile communication and terminal illumination. The RSC will perform all coordination actions to ensure that both radars operate in concert in a widely diverse environment. The current contract is for the S-band and RSC Concept Studies only. Work will be performed in Sudbury, Mass. (94 percent); Fairfax, Va. (4 percent); Bath, Maine (3 percent); Andover, Mass. (3 percent); Tewksbury, Mass. (3 percent); and East Syracuse, N.Y. (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities and Navy Electronic Commerce Online websites, with three offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the c! ontracti ng activity (N00024-09-C-5313).

PKL Services Inc.*, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $6,300,000 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aircraft maintenance and technical support services for Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) located at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif. The Squadron is responsible for the management, readiness and operational support of 50 F/A-18 A/B/C/D T/M/S aircraft. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $35,300,000. Work will be performed at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif., and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2014. Contract funds allocated at time of award will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with four offers received in response to the request for proposals. The Regional Contracting Office - MCI-West, Camp Pendleton, Calif., is the contracting activity (M00681-09-D-0008).

EDO Communications and Countermeasures Systems Inc., Thousand Oaks, Calif., is being awarded a $36,329,108 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-6311) for the production and support of 548 JCREW 2.1 Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems to meet urgent Department of Defense (DoD) requirements in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Vehicle Mounted CREW systems are one element of the DoD's Joint Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare program. Spiral 2.1 CREW systems are vehicle mounted electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices. This contract is for the urgent procurement and support of CREW systems, to be used by forces in each of the military services of the Central Command Area of Responsibility. The Navy manages the joint CREW program for Office of the Secretary of Defense's Joint IED Defeat Organization. Work will be performed in Thousand Oaks, Calif. and is expected to be completed by December 2009. Contract funds in ! the amou nt of $2,574,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Sensor and Antenna Systems, Lansdale Inc., Lansdale, Pa., is being awarded a $32,000,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-08-C-0046) for the manufacture and delivery of 37 Full Rate Production II AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitters for the EA-6B Aircraft. Work will be performed in Lansdale, Pa., and is expected to be completed in November 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

Sundt William Scotsman, a joint venture, Tempe, Ariz., is being awarded a $28,935,155 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed price contract (N62473-08-C-3511) for the exercise of option 0001 which provides for the design and installation of temporary facilities of administration, billeting, armory, storage and maintenance buildings at Marine Corps Base and Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton. The work to be performed under this option provides for design and installation of: (1) an interim administration; (2) an interim billeting; (3) an interim armory; (4) an interim storage; and (5) an interim maintenance facility. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $66,707,094. Work will be performed in Oceanside, Calif., and is expected to be completed by July 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $18,232,373 contract against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-05-G-0026) for the design, integration and installation for a C-model and D-model Swiss F/A-18 aircraft for the Government of Switzerland under the foreign military sales program. In addition, this effort includes Upgrade 25 Familiarization, Engineering and O-Level Maintenance training. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo. (60 percent) and Emmen, Switzerland (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

ManTech Systems Engineering Corp., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $16,621,252 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-08-D-0008) to exercise an option for the procurement of warfare analysis, modeling and simulation, software development, and analytic program support for the Naval Air Systems Command's Warfare Analysis and Integration Department. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (85 percent) and Lexington Park, Md. (15 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE
Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $87,327,441 firm-fixed-price contract for 35 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems Model A (MTS-A), 25 MTS-B Pre-Production Units including one retrofit gyro and one retrofit imager, and associated MTS-A/B shop replaceable unit spares and containers to support the Predator, Reaper Program. At this time, $14,094,651 has been obligated. 703rd Aeronautical Systems Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (FA8620-06-G-4041)

General Electric Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, Ohio, is being awarded a $24,524,540 firm-fixed-price contract to provide services life engine program kits and time compliance technical order upgrade kits in support of the upgrade of 12 Egyptian Air Force 110 engines. At this time, $12,262,270 has been obligated. 448 SCMG/PKB, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8122-09-G-0001-0002).

Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $18,357,434 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide U.S. Pacific Command/J62 with Information Assurance Net Operations planning and policy development in order to become strategically positioned to maintain a high level of information superiority through the successful integration of its Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence systems. At this time, $330,586 has been obligated. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Remote Inc., Clinton, Tenn., is being awarded a $12,625,035 firm-fixed-price contract to provide for Headquarters Air Combat Command Air Force Explosive Ordinance Counter Improvised Explosive Device mission that requires purchase of 53 robots along with the various accessories and attachments. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. ACC AMIC/PKA, Newport News, Va., is the contracting activity (FA4890-09-F-0013).

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $15,725,252 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus award fee contract providing advanced extremely high frequency satellite program in the Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing increased interim contractor sustainment activities for the rest of fiscal 2009 and the first two months of fiscal 2010. The effort includes: additional product integration testing of the mission planning element increment 4 software, the correction of associated deficiency reports, and other additional tasks required to support command and control cut-over activities. At this time, $14,566,254 has been obligated. SMC, MCSW/PKA, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (F04701-02-C-0002, P00360).

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $9,734,960 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract providing a follow-on test and evaluation and captive carry reliability program and will provide support in the performance of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile Intercept Missile (AIM)-120D program. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 695 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-08-C-0050, P00003).

Boeing Satellite Systems Inc., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded a $6,295,851 modification to a contract providing engineering support for wideband global satellite communications enhancements study. This effort buys 27,335 hours of engineering labor hours, associated material, and other direct costs. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. SMC, MCSW/PK, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8808-06-C-0001, P00050).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Bethel Industries Inc.**, Jersey City, N.J., is being awarded a maximum $14,817,600 firm-fixed-price, total set aside contract for battle uniform coats and trousers. Other locations of performance are in New Jersey, Tennessee and Mississippi. Using service is Air Force. The original proposal was Web solicited with 26 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract includes a base and four one-year option periods. The date of performance completion is September 18, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-07-D-1502).

Solutions Lucid Group LLC.*, Newcastle, Okla., is being awarded a minimum $5,751,728 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. Other locations of performance are in various locations throughout Oklahoma. Using services are Army and Air Force. The original proposal was Web solicited with 48 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is June 30, 2012. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Military Spouses Thank Gates for Support

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

June 26, 2009 - Since he took two and a half years ago, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has traveled the world talking with troops about their service and sacrifices. At each meeting, the secretary is careful to thank the troops' families, recognizing their sacrifices as well. Today, the spouses thanked him back.

Gates was awarded the Support for Military Families Award by the National Military Family Association at the annual Joint Armed Forces Officers' Wives' Luncheon at Bolling Air Force Base here.

"It is a difficult thing to look a family member in the eye whose spouse or father or son or daughter is being deployed again – sometimes on a second or third tour, or even more." Gates told the 150 or so spouses gathered for the event. "And it is harder to do with the families of those who have been killed or wounded."

Even so, Gates has looked them in the eyes during his travels, and listened to their concerns.

In fact, the idea for the recent changes to the GI Bill, allowing servicemembers to transfer their benefits to the families, was presented to Gates by a spouse during a meeting with families at Fort Hood, Texas.

This was a "huge" issue for families, officials with the association said.

In his speech to the group, Gates acknowledged the strain of the frequent deployments to two wars on the families.

A higher percentage of parents is serving in this conflict than any time in recent history, the secretary said. More than 40 percent of the military is made up of parents, and more than 230,000 children have a parent at war.

A recent Pentagon survey of more than 13,000 active-duty troops found that the children most affected by deployments are between 6 and 13 years old.

"A generation of kids has had a parent deployed for war at least once --- if not many times," Gates said. "The empty seat at the dinner table night after night is a constant reminder of a child's worry for the safety of his or her parents."

Because of this, Gates has championed some of the most significant changes to the way families are supported within the department.

The fiscal 2010 budget is the first budget to include funding for many family support programs. Before, the programs mostly were funded with supplemental requests to Congress, but Gates wants to make sure these programs won't go away should the heavy deployment cycles ease.

"One of the most important things we did was enhance and institutionalize the support of troops and families fighting in the current wars – to see that these programs have a bureaucratic home and sustained, long-term funding," Gates said. "Our all-volunteer force represents the United States' greatest asset. We must reorient in this direction, because ... if we don't get the people part of our business right, none of the other decisions matter."

Last year the Defense and Labor departments launched the Military Spouse Career Advancement initiative. More than $35 million was invested in the project's initial phase across 18 military installations. The program promises to help military spouses get professional training, licenses and certificates they need for high-growth, portable careers in fields such as technology and health care. Now more than ever, spouses are choosing to have careers, and those careers often are interrupted by duty-station changes and deployments.

Gates also heralded the Warrior Transition Unit as a success. The unit helps wounded troops and families work through the bureaucratic maze of health care and recovery. Coordinators are assigned to each servicemember and family and they serve as a single point of contact for help.

Gates cited the increased incidents of divorce and other signs of wear on military families, but offered some hope.

"There are a number of measures under way that are designed to ease the strain on the small portion of the American people who have borne the burden of these conflicts," he promised. "I hope and trust these measures make a difference."

Chairman Encouraged by Talks with Russian Counterpart

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

June 26, 2009 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he was pleased with what he described as frank discussions with his Russian counterpart on regional and international security during his first visit to Moscow. The talks come after the two countries' recent efforts to repair their relations, which were strained by the Russia-Georgia war last year and NATO's expansion eastward.

"I'm very encouraged by our meetings and also by our mutual commitment to continue to address these issues and to strengthen our military-to-military relationship," Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said today. "We have many common challenges ... whether it's Afghanistan, or the challenges in missile defense, or Iran, or particularly for security in Europe.

"[I] can't emphasize enough my belief that we need to work these very, very hard challenges to improve security, not just in Europe, but also globally so that the world can actually move forward in a more stable way," he added.

Mullen's counterpart, Russian Gen. Nikolai Makarov, stated after a 90-minute meeting that the two countries will sign a military cooperation agreement for this year and beyond, but Mullen offered no confirmation. He said only that he was looking forward to the outcome of the summit between President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in two weeks.

Obama is scheduled to travel to Moscow to discuss an agenda that includes U.S. plans to set up an anti-missile defense system in Europe.

Mullen, who left for Russia on June 24, will round out his weeklong trip with a stop in Poland for talks with his counterpart there. He'll also stop in Stuttgart, Germany, where he and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will preside over the European Command's change of command ceremony. Army Gen. John Craddock will turn over EUCOM's reigns to Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis at Husky Field on Patch Barracks on June 30.

Flournoy Concludes 'Constructive' Round of U.S.-China Talks

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

June 26, 2009 - The Pentagon's top policy official praised this week's round of talks with Chinese defense officials that centered on developing military relations between the United States and China. Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for Policy, said the two-day discussions in Beijing focused on a range of items including North Korea and counter-piracy.

"It's been a very constructive two days of talks, and we agreed that engaging in continuous dialogue on strategic issues will lead to a much more sustained and cooperative relationship between the United States and China over time," she said.

Flournoy acknowledged the challenges in U.S.-China defense ties, but emphasized that the United States does not view China as an adversary and that, despite differences, there are substantial issues on which the two can cooperate.

"Occasionally we will have our differences or areas of competition, but I think these talks focused on areas of common interest where we can work cooperatively to achieve shared objectives," she said.

Policy officials at the Pentagon said the round of talks, the first in the Obama Administration, sought to re-balance defense ties between the two countries and place the military-to-military relationship on a sound footing.

The meeting sought to establish a new framework for U.S.-China military-to-military relations, in keeping with commitments President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao made at the G-20 Summit in April to further develop and improve the military relationship, Flournoy said.

"Along these lines, we discussed a very wide range of topics in a frank and open environment, and we hope to build on the common interests that we identified to move our defense relationship forward."

Flournoy further stated that the nations agreed to a series of senior military-to-military activities and visits over the summer and into the fall of 2009, and began the process of assessing the relationship going forward.

"We agreed to continue our dialogue on a host of strategic issues, and we discussed the importance of openness and transparency in our defense relationship," she said.

One issue that will be further fleshed out next month concerns maritime incidents between the two countries. Flournoy said that the two sides have a diplomatic mechanism to handle such issues -- the Military Maritime Consultative Agreement, created in 1998 -- and to improve maritime safety between the United States and China.

"I think there's a strong desire on both sides to reduce the number of incidents as much as possible, and when they do occur to resolve them as carefully as possible," she said. "Again, I think meeting ... under the umbrella of the agreement will allow us to get into some of the practical details of how to do that."

On North Korea, Flournoy said both countries share a concern about Pyongyang's "provocative actions," including its recent missile tests and nuclear test. "I think both would like to see North Korea return to a path of denuclearization," she added.

She emphasized that the United States is committed to working in concert with international partners on enforcing a United Nations resolution allowing permissive searches of North Korean vessels suspected of transporting weapons or related materiel. "Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the resolution and to trying to resolve this issue peacefully," she said.

Flournoy said American officials participating in the meetings briefed China's military on the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy that Obama's administration made public in March.

"We walked them through the different elements of our strategy, and then we talked about areas where we are already cooperating and we might cooperate further."

Flournoy highlighted China's decision to deploy assets in support of the international community's effort to stem piracy emanating from Somalia.

"We discussed counter-piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia," she said. "We thanked China for its contributions in that area."

On the King of Pop


Back in the 80's, my metal head friends and I despised Michael Jackson, and with good reason. Need I go into to detail? I have to admit I came to respect the man. Ok, his music wasn't really mine, except for this:




The above link is to the music video for Dirty Dianna. Ok, it isn't metal, but it does rock. And so did he.

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