Thursday, July 16, 2009

War on Terrorism: Iraq, Afghanistan Combat Wounded Participate in Wheelchair Games

War on Terrorism: Iraq, Afghanistan Combat Wounded Participate in Wheelchair Games

Navy and Army Name First Three Joint High Speed Vessels

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of the Army Pete Geren today announced the names of the first three Joint High Speed Vessels as Fortitude (JHSV 1), Vigilant (JHSV 2) and Spearhead (JHSV 3).

A cooperative effort between the Navy and the Army, JHSVs will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, vehicles and equipment. The program highlights a Department of Defense acquisition objective of leveraging the expertise of one military branch to assist another. The Army is procuring Fortitude and Spearhead, while the Navy is procuring Vigilant, and each service will be responsible for operating and maintaining its ships following delivery.

JHSVs will be capable of transporting 700 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, and can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and on/off-loading a combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank (M1A2). Other joint requirements include an aviation flight deck to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations. JHSVs will have airline style seating for 312 embarked forces and fixed berthing for 104 more.

Joint military combatant commanders will have the flexibility to use JHSVs in a variety of roles to include supporting overseas contingency operations, special operations forces, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and emerging joint sea basing concepts.

Constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., the detail, design and construction contract covers 10 ships, five for the Army and five for the Navy. Long lead time material options for the first three ships have already been exercised. Construction on the first JHSV will begin following a successful Production Readiness Review (PRR), currently scheduled for fall 2009. The JHSV PRR will be a review of design maturity, availability of materials and components, and the shipbuilder's readiness to successfully start fabrication.

Interested media may contact the Navy Office of Information at 703-697-5342. Additional information on JHSV is available online at

Face of Defense: Army's 'Grill Sergeant' Takes on Culinary Hero

By Kimberly Fritz
Special to American Forces Press Service

July 16, 2009 - Army Sgt. 1st Class Brad Turner, also known as "The Grill Sergeant," often treats others using his culinary expertise. But recently, Turner got a treat of his own.
Turner recently returned here, where he was once an instructor at the Army Center of Excellence, Subsistence, to film a special for the Food Network -- or so he thought.

With food service training students watching and learning, Turner, who works in the Pentagon's Executive Dining Facility, began entertaining and engaging the soldiers gathered for a special day of culinary training.

Turner, who is known for singing while he cooks, shared his cooking philosophy and culinary tips, as well as his unique vocabulary. Words like "marinipulating, splaining," and ingredients dubbed "ooh, wee and wow," rolled off his tongue as he cooked. Salt, otherwise known as "ooh;" "wee," known as pepper; and "wow," representing garlic, are staples in most of Turner's original recipes. Turner asked the audience to help him by shouting "ooh, wee, wow" when he used these ingredients.

The students happily engaged as he prepared the mustard-based marinade for his special "sunshine barbecue chicken." The origin of his marinade came early in his career when a fellow soldier asked Turner to concoct a milder sauce that wouldn't aggravate his fierce heartburn.

As the culinary students watched his every move, Turner didn't miss an opportunity to educate and inspire. He told the students how they are learning the same methods during their training as any other culinary student in the world.

With his chicken on the grill, Turner began preparations for his baby red potato salad when famed Chef Bobby Flay jumped from the back of a tactical vehicle at the field services training area and challenged Turner to a competitive cook-off for an episode of "Throwdown with Bobby Flay," a show that airs on the Food Network.

Turner, astonished at the appearance of one of the world's premier grill chefs, immediately rose to the challenge set before him. Claiming to always be a professional, Turner cited some of the NCO Creed.

"No one is more professional than I," he said.

The set, originally configured for one chef, quickly was transformed into dueling work stations where Flay's team worked to catch up with Turner's progress.

As the two chefs worked over the hot coals of the charcoal grills, culinary students soaked up the delicious aromas and the cooking tips emanating from the two successful chefs.

When the cooking was completed, the dishes were served up, and each soldier sampled the dueling chefs' creations.

Army Brig. Gen. Jesse R. Cross, Quartermaster Center and School commanding general, and Frances Daniel, owner of Mrs. Marshall's Carytown Cafe, served as judges in a blind taste test to determine the winner of the cook-off.

The results are a well-guarded secret that viewers will learn when the show airs later this year.

No matter which recipe and chef won the lighthearted and entertaining battle of the barbecue, the young culinary soldiers walked away winners.

Cross said the students would remember this day for years to come.

"These guys will be cooking their cornbread and their barbecue recipes, and they'll remember they saw Bobby Flay at work," he said.

For Turner, the events of the day didn't quite hit him until he walked away from the set. He was overcome with emotion and overwhelmed at the events.

"When one of your heroes steps around the corner and you're doing what you love to do and they do what you love to do, and then to inspire 100 new soldiers that are going to be in all parts of the world, it's just overwhelming," Turner said. "They saw something today that let them know that anything is possible. Nineteen years ago I was sitting right where they were sitting and someone inspired me."

For a moment he was at a loss for words thinking about the gravity of the event.

"I love what I do," Turner said. "The greatest part of today came when we were cooking and Chef Flay came to the back where I had set my chicken and potato salad down and he ate three more pieces of chicken and dug into the potato salad.

"There is no greater compliment than for someone to genuinely like your food. And he ate it genuinely," he continued. "For me, that was the greatest compliment."

When asked what he thought of Turner's unique recipe, Flay said he loved it.

"I was eating throughout the competition. I kept thinking there was curry or something in it," Flay said. "It had natural heat from the mustard and the brown sugar for the sweet; it was a great balance."

Flay wasn't able to pinpoint the spice he tasted in the marinade until Turner told him.

"Brad told me it was ginger," Flay said. "He shared his secret underlying ingredient."

The consensus of all who gathered to watch the memorable event was that both chefs' dishes and the event were a treat.

(Kimberly Fritz works in the Fort Lee public affairs office.)

Task Group Recommends Reconstruction of Civilian Personnel System

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

July 16, 2009 - A Defense Business Board task group has recommended reconstruction of the National Security Personnel System. Rudy DeLeon, the chairman of the group and former deputy defense secretary, said NSPS, a pay-for-performance system, tried to do "too much, too quickly," and his group recommended the moratorium on converting general schedule jobs to NSPS continue.

About 205,000 of the 865,000 Defense Department civilians are in NSPS. The full Defense Business Board will review the task group's recommendations and will prepare a report for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

The first recommendation is to reconstruct the system. "Reconstruction is a level of effort and sophistication more than just fixes," DeLeon said. "It's going to require a significant amount of diagnosis before you come in with reconstruction."

DeLeon said an effective pay-for-performance system requires commitments in time, money and effort.

"A supportive culture requires leadership commitment, open communication, transparency and employee trust of supervisors and leaders," he said.

A pay-for-performance system needs to evolve, he said. "Trying to do something too quickly, too ambitiously, may not produce the desired result," he said.

The overall conclusions are that the pay-pool process is overly complex and lacks transparency. Also, payout formulas are confusing. The task group heard repeatedly that pay band 2 is too broad, and reassignments within the pay bands fluctuate from organization to organization.

The group also believes that NSPS has lessened the bonds of trust between first-level supervisors and employees. "Re-establishing the [Defense Department] commitment to collaborating with employees and manager associations is essential," DeLeon said.

The task group also made recommendations for the general schedule system. "Overall, the department needs to design a collaborative process for [Defense Department] managers and employees to design and implement a pay-for-performance system," he said. "Bargaining unit employees and the employees need to start from scratch in terms of any alternatives for the GS system."

The group recommended replacing the current general schedule classification system.

DeLeon said the personnel system has to be changed. "Never has the federal workforce, particularly in [the Defense Department], been as important as it is right now," he said. "After a period of using contracting out, we've come back to an understanding of how critical the federal workforce is in terms of the national security mission of the United States."

Gates Thanks 10th Mountain Division for Sacrifices

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

July 16, 2009 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates began his town hall meeting here today by acknowledging the sacrifices of the members of the 10th Mountain Division. "Much has been asked of this division over the last two decades, from Somalia to repeat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq," Gates said. "The 10th Mountain Division team has delivered for our country time and again. We are a safer and more secure nation as a result."

Some of the division's soldiers have paid the ultimate price, Gates noted.

"I know that several of your own have recently fallen in Afghanistan," Gates said. "My words are wholly inadequate to characterize their sacrifice or the sacrifice of so many from this division for the last 8 years of war."

The secretary also took a moment to thank the soldiers' families.

"I know how much they sacrifice in order for you to be able to serve," Gate told the troops. "They are truly the power behind the power."

As the United States fights two wars, Gates said he is mindful of the stress on Army families back home. T the quality of life for soldiers, their families, and especially wounded warriors remains his top priority, Gates said.

"I consider the well-being of each and every one of you to be my personal responsibility," he added. "For the younger ones of you, I care about you the way I would my own son and daughter. For all of you, my highest priority is to do everything possible to help you accomplish your mission, to win, and to come home safely."

He went on to laud the improvements Army leaders on Fort Drum are making in troop and family support, citing the expansion of the child development center and the Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic, the new Warrior in Transition Support Center and Clinic, and the renovation of more family housing units.

Gates noted that four brigades from the 10th Mountain Division would be returning to Iraq to serve in an advisory capacity beginning this fall.

"With the announcement of your upcoming return to theater, I know I speak for all Americans when I wish you the best on the arduous missions that await you," Gates said. "The nation is grateful for your service."

Before introducing Gates, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division Commander Army Maj. Gen Mike Oates spoke to the troops, acknowledging that frequent and lengthy deployments like the division's soldiers have faced can cause stress on the soldiers and their families. While the soldiers of Fort Drum and their families are not immune, he said, they seem to be handling things well.

"I think all of us are trying to understand what the nature of the stress is on the force, how to stay ahead of it, if you will, because it does change based on the first deployment, or the second, or the third," Oates said. "Two one-year tours are not the same as three three-month tours, or one 15-month tour."

As for the families who also have to deal with the frequent and lengthy tours, he said he recognizes that they feel like they're serving alongside their servicemember.

"I think most of our families don't regard themselves as victims and don't appreciate sometimes the victimology piece," he said. "They are very proud of the service of their soldiers overseas and they see themselves, as family members, serving their country through this sacrifice.

Sometimes, however, the focus falls too squarely on the few who are really struggling.
Oates said that on Fort Drum, most people not only live through stressful periods in their lives, but grow from them. To help his soldiers and their families achieve this growth, Oates said the post is looking very seriously at resiliency training as a way to cope with stress.

Gates concluded the town hall by fielding questions from the soldiers before presenting each of them with his challenge coin.

The stop here was the first leg of a two-day trip. Gates is scheduled to speak to the Economic Club of Chicago this evening and address recruits graduating from Naval Station Great Lakes tomorrow. The secretary will return to Washington tomorrow in time to bid farewell to Army Secretary Pete Geren, who is leaving his post after two years on the job.

Sesame Workshop Aims to Help Military Children, Keep Families Connected

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

July 16, 2009 - "Sesame Street" usually conjures visions of Muppets teaching young children their letters and numbers, but they also teach life lessons to help military children cope with deployments, injuries, and now, loss. The newest phase of Sesame Workshop's "Talk, Listen, Connect" initiative is aimed at helping children cope with the death of a loved one.

"Sesame Workshop is committed to providing our military families with the resources they deserve," said Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop. "We hope that 'Talk, Listen, Connect,' which reaches out to all families with young children, will continue to help families discover ways they can be resilient despite experiencing difficult transitions in their lives."

"Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families With Children Cope With the Death of a Loved One" will consist of bilingual, English and Spanish, multimedia materials for young children and adults starring the Sesame Street Muppets.

Sesame Workshop will produce and distribute materials at no cost through organizations that provide services to military families and the general public, including grief centers, social services, and other programs specifically addressing the needs of children and families coping with the death of an immediate family member. The kit materials also will be available online at

The workshop also unveiled the Sesame Street Family Connections Web site and announced the creation of 35 "Sesame Rooms" during a news conference today at the Military Child Education Coalition's National Conference in Philadelphia.

The Sesame Street Family Connections Web site is a child-centered, online space that will keep military families connected across the globe.

With the help of their favorite Sesame Street friends, family members can compose encouraging messages to each other, share artwork and videos, upload photos, and get answers to some questions they may have but didn't know how to ask.

"This rewarding opportunity to collaborate in launching such a creative Web site provides a vital tool in the recovery, resilience and reintegration toolbox that our military families need and deserve," said Army Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Loree K. Sutton, the director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, who helped make today's announcement.

"Families and warriors will be able to stay connected and share in a safe and nurturing place, joined by their special Sesame Street friends," he said.

Additionally, Sesame Workshop, with the support of New York designer Jonathan Adler and several generous partners, will provide a rich and engaging set of materials to brighten up spaces it's calling "Sesame Rooms."

These rooms provide a much-needed, child-friendly place for military children to play.

Sesame Street will send a "room-in-a-box" to 35 locations across the United States, including military hospitals, libraries, child care centers and family support centers

"The Military Child Education Coalition is delighted to partner once again with Sesame Workshop on its initiatives that have been uniquely beneficial to military children and their families," said Patty Shinseki, a member of the MCEC Board of Directors, during the event.

"Elmo and his friends, Sesame's beloved characters with whom children connect so well, serve as conduits for dealing with the difficult issues in nurturing and sensitive ways," she said. "These valuable tools and resources for fostering resilience help children to thrive during the good times and challenging ones."

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and several other organizations, including Military OneSource and the USO, have provided support for the "Talk, Listen, Connect" initiative

Gates Considers Temporary Increase of Soldiers, Spokesman Says

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

July 16, 2009 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is considering proposals to temporarily expand the Army to relieve stress on the force, a Pentagon spokesman said. Gates has discussed the possibility of a temporary expansion with Army Secretary Pete Geren, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and others, Geoff Morrell said at a Pentagon news briefing yesterday after being asked by reporters about the proposal.

Army leaders, as well as U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, are "advocating to increase the size of the Army to get them through what is still a stressful period as we draw down in Iraq and continue to plus-up in Afghanistan," he said.

Asked how Gates feels about the idea, Morrell said, "I think he obviously has a great deal of concern about the stress that the Army has been under for a number of years now. And he understands that his prescription that they reduce their dependence upon stop-loss to keep units intact when they deploy has created additional stress on the force.

"He obviously appreciates the stress that the force is under and is listening intently to the arguments that are being made by General Casey and others," he added.

Gates earlier this year announced a phase-out of the Army's "stop-loss" policy, which keeps some soldiers in uniform beyond the terms of their enlistment contracts.

Morrell stressed that Gates has made no decisions about increasing Army troop strength. "He is right now still in the consultation process," he said. "But he is clearly considering it."

Casey has argued for the expansion as a "temporary fix to a near-term problem" of about two more years of considerable stress on the force due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Morrell said.

Even temporary, a plus-up "will be very expensive," he said. "Our personnel costs, in total I think, in the 2010 budget are north of $160 billion. Our health-care costs alone are $42 billion. Every person you add has enormous costs -- legacy costs, especially. And that is clearly part of the consideration here."

Gates spoke out this week against efforts in Congress to fund more F-22 aircraft than the department has requested, and Morrell reiterated those concerns yesterday.

"It looks as though the Army believes it needs additional soldiers to do the job that we have asked them to do," he told reporters. "So, buying more F-22s would very much inhibit our ability to even temporarily grow the force."

Although any increase is meant to be temporary, Morrell said, "It is always hard to do things on a temporary basis in this building. They have a way of becoming permanent."


Bulltrack-Watts JV*, Marysville, Calif. (N62742-09-D-1181); Engineering/Remediation Resources Group, Inc.*, Honolulu, Hawaii (N62742-09-D-1182); Hal Hays Construction Inc.*, Riverside, Calif. (N62742-09-D-1183); HFS-PRI, JV*, Honolulu, Hawaii (N62742-09-D-1184); RMA Land Construction, Inc.*, Anaheim, Calif. (N62742-09-D-1185); and RORE-ITSI JV, LLC*, San Diego, Calif. (N62742-09-D-1186), are each being awarded a firm-fixed-price with award fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity small business multiple award construction contracts for construction projects at Department of Defense (DoD) installations worldwide. Types of projects include, but are not limited to: new construction, repair, demolition, and renovation including utilities and waterfront work, and construction of medical facilities (hospitals, medical clinics, and/or dental clinics). Work may also include energy and water conservation projects. The maximum dollar value for all six contracts combined is $400,000,000. Work will be performed at various DoD installations worldwide. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of July 2014. 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 16 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.

Blackbird Technologies, Inc.,* Herndon, Va., is being awarded an $86,311,454 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for tagging, tracking, and locating equipment for various customers. The contract includes option periods which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $450,300,000. Work will be performed in Tampa, Fla., (80 percent), OCONUS (10 percent), and other CONUS (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2010. If all options are exercised, work could continue until July 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $6,300,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command E-commerce website, with an unlimited number of proposals solicited and two offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, is the contracting activity (N65236-09-D-5180).

Force Protection Industries, Inc., Ladson, S.C., is being awarded a $58,639,048 firm-fixed-priced delivery order #0012 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-07-D-5031) for the purchase of support for installation of independent suspension kits. Work will be performed in Kuwait, and work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Navistar Defense LLC, Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded $21,025,465 for firm fixed priced delivery order #0009 modification under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5032) for the procurement of additional initial sustainment items in support of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) MaxxPro Dash vehicles. Work will be performed at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas, and deliveries are expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $687,470 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The base contract was competitively awarded, and the new requirements are sole source additions to the contract. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Land System Customer Service & Support, Sterling Heights, Mich. was awarded on July 14, 2009 a $ 45,391,709 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for services for manufacturing technical assistance for Egyptian co-production Increment 10. Includes equipment technology list items (i.e. tools, gages, fixtures, machines, or facility items) for production of the M1A1 tanks at the Egyptian tank plant. Work is to be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich. with an estimated completion date of Dec. 21, 2012. One bid solicited with one bid received. TACOM Warren, MI AMSCC-TAC-AHLB, Warren, Mich. is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-C-0488).

FLIR Systems, Inc., Wilsonville, Ore. was awarded on July 15, 2009 a $ 36,801,997 firm-fixed-price contract for the StarFIRE III sensors and, related cables and hardware, for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Tower System. Work is to be performed in Wilsonville, Ore. with an estimated completion date of Mar. 31, 2010. One bid solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Space & missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala. is the contracting activity (W9113M-07-D-004).

Big-D Construction, Salt Lake City, Utah. was awarded on July 14, 2009 a $ 26,292,847 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of F-22 Heavy Maintenance & Backshop at Hill Force Base, Utah. Work is to be performed in Hill Air Force Base, Utah with an estimated completion date of July 19, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Sacrament, Calif. is the contracting activity (W91238-09-C-0005).

James McHugh Construction Company, Chicago, Ill. was awarded on July 15, 2009 a $ 14,752,000 firm-fixed-price contract for fabricating and installing four new curved structural steel sector gate leafs and hydraulic operating machinery to replace four existing structural steel sector gate leafs and existing operating machinery within Chicago Harbor Lock. Work is to be performed in Chicago, Ill. with an estimated completion date of Apr. 15, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids received. U.S. Army Corps of engineer, Chicago, Ill. is the contracting activity (W912P6-09-C-0015).

Weeks Marine Inc, Covington, LA. was awarded on July 14, 2009 a $ 6,169,751 firm-fixed-price for the construction Dredging, Mississippi River, New Orleans Harbor Cutterhead Dredge Rental Contract No. 01-2009, Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, LA. Work is to be performed in New Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, LA. with an estimated completion date of Nov. 22, 2009. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, New Orleans, LA. is the contracting activity (W912P8-09-C-0076).

Premier Power Maintenance Corporation, Indianapolis, Ind. was awarded on July 14, 2009 a $ 5,535,894 firm-fixed-price contract to replace generators and related medium and low voltage equipment and replace transformers and switchgear, building 23 and building 1 C-Wing, Richard L. Roudebush, VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, Ind. Work is to be performed in Indianapolis, Ind. with an estimated completion date of July 14, 2010. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with four bids received. Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, Louisville, Ky. is the contracting acidity (W912QR-09-C-0052).

McDonnell Douglas Corporation, St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $12,100,000 contract to provide massive ordnance penetrator on B-2 platform. At this time $6,000,000 has been obligated. AAC/708th, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (FA8681-09-C-0280)

International Enterprises, Inc., Talladega, Ala., was awarded a $11,228,687a five year requirements contract for repair and support of APG-68 radar shop replaceable units. At this time no money has been obligated. 448th SCMG, Hill Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (FA8251-09-D-0006)

Booz Allen Hamilton, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $9,660,729 contract for Headquarters United States Strategic Command Capability and Resource Analysis Division survivability and vulnerability modeling, simulation and analysis. At this time $615,293 has been obligated. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (SP0700-03-D-1380)

Booz Allen Hamilton, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $9,661, 284 contract to provide NAVAIR ranges department with fully certified and accredited combat systems to the Department of Defense combat units. At this time $140,000 has been obligated. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (SP0700-98-D-4002)

Booz Allen Hamilton, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $28,985,302 contract to provide the Air Force Communications Agency with combat support of air and space forces in vitual network communications and network security. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (SP0700-03-D-4002)

Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh, Wis. is being awarded a maximum $10,768,579 firm fixed price contract for snow removal vehicles. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Air Force. There were originally two proposals solicited with one response. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is September 18, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM500-01-D-0066-0036).

Computer Sciences Corporation, Arlington, VA has earned "Award Term 2" under the provisions of Contract HQ0006-03-F-0016. As a result the current period of performance will be extended for an additional 12 months. The contract is for advisory and assistance services in support of the Missile Defense Agency's Sensors Directorate. Work is to be performed in Huntsville, AL. The period of performance is from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. FY 09 and FY 10 research, development, test and evaluation funding will be used to incrementally fund this effort. The Award Term value is $7,090,670.00. The aggregate value of the contract is $26,032,801.00.

Aerojet General Corporation of Rancho Cordova, California, is being awarded a modification for $5,581,965 under its cost-plus-fixed-fee contract HQ0006-08-C-0006. This modification awards Aerojet General Corporation the task to design and test prototype solid propellant divert thruster components, a composite solid propellant gas generator and case structure. This work is part of a risk reduction effort supporting the Standard Missile 3 Block IIA development program. The work will be performed in Rancho Cordova, California. The performance period is from Ju1y 1, 2009 through March 29, 2010. The amount obligated on this action is $3,900,000 using fiscal year 2009 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation funds. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity (HQ0006-08-C-0006).