Monday, May 03, 2010
DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated May 3, 2010 Source: U.S. DoD issued May 3, 2010 (NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - May 4, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued May 3, 2010 are undermentioned;<> CONTRACTS U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND ~CACI-WGI Inc., Chantilly, Va.; ~SRA International, Inc., Fairfax, Va.; ~Jacobs Technology, Inc., Tampa, Fla.; and ~Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va., were awarded Global Battlestaff and Program Support Services (GBPS) contracts on April 30. The contracts are indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity with a $2,500 minimum guarantee per prime contract award and a $1.5 billion maximum ceiling. Under the GBPS contracts, the contractors will provide all personnel, equipment, tools, materials, supervision, and other items necessary to perform the services and provide support to all mission areas of USSOCOM as specified in the performance work statement and ordered under individual task orders. The objective of this contract action is to acquire global, non-personal services unique to special operation forces, and expertise to provide intellectual capital to assist with day-to-day business operations. In addition, the contractors shall provide subject matter expertise in areas of, but not limited to: time sensitive planning; interagency support; intelligence operations; military planning; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance program analysis; biometrics, socio-cultural analysis, geospatial analysis, signals intelligence, and human terrain initiatives with ISR support; administrative support; public affairs; training; accounting; budgeting; joint planning, budget and resource management; readiness planning and reporting; personnel reporting; acquisition and life cycle program management; procurement support; engineering support including research, development, science, technology, and systems engineering; graphics support and other business for USSOCOM. The anticipated period of performance is a three-year base period with one two-year option period, for a total contract period of performance not to exceed five years. The place of performance is multiple locations in the United States and overseas. USSOCOM is the contracting activity. The contract numbers are H92222-10-D-0016, H92222-10-D-0017, H92222-10-D-0018, and H92222-10-D-0019. NAVY ~Navistar Defense, LLC, Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded a $102,324,363 firm-fixed- priced delivery order #0013 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of various kits and parts for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Parts include 937 gunner restraints; 3,251 120V wiring harnesses; 5,716 air conditioning circulation switches; 5,722 rear ramp hydraulics, rear ramp hydraulic - non-reoccurring equipment (NRE); 3,251 rear ramp storage; 2,630 fire support systems kits, fire support systems kits - NRE; and 822 heating, ventilation, and air conditioning kits. The objective of these vehicle systems is to support operations in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in West Point, Miss., and is expected to be completed by the end of October 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $102,324,363 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-07-D-5032). ~Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $91,300,000 firm-fixed-price not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded contract for advance procurement of the consolidated bill of material and associated labor to support beryllium oxide resistors, phase shifters, surface mount work center production and engineering services support of production of the DDG 114 and 115 Aegis weapon system. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (85 percent), and Clearwater, Fla. (15 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-5110). ~Research and Engineering Development, Inc.*, Lexington Park, Md., is being awarded a $49,712,139 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide acquisition, engineering, analysis, development, and integration services in support of irregular warfare efforts sponsored by the Naval Air Systems Command’s Human Systems Department (AIR-4.6). The estimated level of effort for this contract is 237,720 man-hours. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (80 percent), Fallon, Nev. (10 percent), and various locations outside the United States (10 percent). Work is expected to be completed in May 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00421-10-D-0001). ~Heco Pacific Manufacturing*, Union City, Calif. ~American Equipment, Inc.*, Salt Lake City, Utah; ~Advanced Crane Technologies, LLC*, Reading, Pa.; ~American Monorail of California*, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.; ~Crane Technologies Group, Inc.*, Rochester Hills, Mich.; and ~American Crane & Equipment Corp.*, Douglassville, Pa., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for ordering new and overhauling existing weight handling equipment located primarily within Navy, Marine Corp, and other federal activities worldwide. The maximum dollar value, including the base period and four option years, for all six contracts combined, is $30,000,000. Work will be performed at Navy, Marine Corps, and other federal activities worldwide, including work on existing or installation of new weight handling equipment. Manufacturing or crane fabrication includes sites in California (30 percent), Pennsylvania (30 percent), Utah (20 percent), and Michigan (20 percent). Work is expected to be completed by May 2015. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online Web site with 10 proposals received. These six contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Navy Crane Center, Portsmouth, Va., is the contracting activity (N62470-10-D-8000/8001/8002/8003/8004/8005). ~Barbour Well, Inc., Henderson, Nev., is being awarded a $28,315,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the drilling of geothermal test holes. Efforts under this American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award will obtain geophysical data for determining potential geothermal resources. Work will be performed in Fallon, Nev. (50 percent), El Centro, Calif. (18 percent); Twentynine Palms, Calif. (16 percent), and the Hawthorne Army Depot, Hawthorne, Nev. (16 percent). Work is expected to be completed in August 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $12,077,858 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; four offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-10-D-0021). ~R. A. Burch Construction Co., Inc., Ramona, Calif., is being awarded a $15,917,288 firm-fixed price task order 0002 under a multiple award construction contract for the design and construction of the mess hall expansion at Marine Corps Recruitment Depot San Diego. The task order also contains one planned modification which, if issued, would increase the cumulative contract value to $20,617,288. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by November 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Six proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N62473-08-D-8613). ~Lockheed Martin-MS2, Liverpool, N.Y., is being awarded a $10,226,726 modification to a previously awarded contract for low cost conformal array production (LCCA) units and engineering and technical services for the LCCA systems. Work will be performed in Syracuse, N.Y. (97.5 percent), Walpole, Mass. (1 percent), Forest Hill, Md. (1 percent), and Millersville, Md. (0.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed by June 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-08-C-6283). ARMY ~MPRI, a division of L-3 Services, Inc., Alexandria, Va., was awarded on April 29 a $53,003,000 time-and-material contract for the extension of support services for professional mentoring and training support services with reforming the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense and their subordinate organizations, policies, and procedures. Work is to be performed in Alexandria, Va., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 30, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Research Development & Engineering Command Contracting Center, Aberdeen Contracting Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-05-D-0014). ~MPRI, a division of L-3 Services, Inc., Alexandria, Va., was awarded on April 29, 2010 a $32,241,459 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the extension of support services for professional mentoring and training support services with reforming the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police, and their subordinate organizations, policies, and procedures. Work is to be performed in Alexandria, Va., with an estimated completion date of April 29, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Research Development & Engineering Command Contracting Center, Aberdeen Contracting Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-10-C-0100). ~Tip Top Construction Corp., Christiansted, Virgin Islands, was awarded on April 29 a $18,312,480 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a regional training institute, Virgin Islands, National Guard, St. Croix, Virgin Island. Work is to be performed in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 15, 2012. Bids were solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site with six bids received. National Guard Bureau, USPFO-Virgin Islands, Kingshill, Virgin Islands, is the contracting activity (W9127P-10-C-0001). ~Project Times & Cost, Inc., Atlanta, Ga., was awarded on April 29 a $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the architect-engineering services nationwide cost engineering support for the Walla Walla District Directory/Center of Expertise. Work is to be performed in Atlanta, Ga., with an estimated completion date of April 5, 2014. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with four bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, Walla Walla, Wash., is the contracting activity (W912EF-09-D-0002). ~Alatec, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on April 29 a $13,480,400 firm-fixed-price contract. The contractor shall provide personnel expertise and skills required to support the Training and Doctrine Command Analysis Center (TRAC) White Sands Missile Range mission related to analysis, studies, modeling, simulation, and information technology. TRAC supports the Training and Doctrine Command by providing the analytical capabilities required to support Army decisions. Work is to be performed at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., with an estimated completion date of May 2, 2012. Four bids were solicited with four bids received. Mission & Installation Contracting Command Directorate of Contracting, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is the contracting activity (W91QF-07-D-0004).
DTN News: State Department Flies Mercenary Air Force Over Pakistan Source: wired.com By Nathan Hodge (NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 3, 2010: The airspace along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border is pretty crowded these days: Along with U.S., Afghan and Pakistani military missions, the CIA is running its own covert drone ops. Less well known, but perhaps equally controversial, is the State Department’s counter-narcotics air force, staffed by mercenaries. A recently released State Department Inspector General report, however, gave an unusually detailed look at the size and scope of these operations. The report fills in more details about America’s growing and undeclared war in Pakistan. The State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (known by the abbreviation INL) operates an air wing of around 14 aircraft in Afghanistan and another 17 in Pakistan. The aircraft help monitor the border, fly crop-eradication and interdiction missions, and move equipment and personnel around the region. These kinds of missions aren’t new: The State Department has similar Air Wing programs in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, and Peru. Perhaps more importantly, the State Department has outsourced much of this mission. The INL’s air wing in Afghanistan and Pakistan is operated by private military company DynCorp, and the presence of U.S. contractors in Pakistan has proven extremely controversial (the released IG report, not surprisingly, was originally marked “sensitive but unclassified”). For instance, when it was disclosed earlier this month that the U.S. government was seeking land for an aircraft maintenance base DynCorp, the Pakistani press had a field day. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik had repeatedly denied the presence of U.S. private security contractors on Pakistani soil, but here was the U.S. government, asking for a maintenance base for its contracted air wing. “This is worth recalling here that Interior Minister Rehman Malik had told the National Assembly in February this year, ‘Neither Blackwater nor any other security agency with such name is operating in Pakistan,’” Pakistan’s The Nation newspaper snarkily noted. In fairness, the State Department hasn’t really been too secretive about this: INL’s winter newsletter featured a news announcement about the delivery to Pakistan of more Huey II helicopters, similar to the rotorcraft pictured here. More interesting is what the recent Inspector General report hints at the extent to which the Pakistani government relies on this air wing for domestic policing and security operations. “In Pakistan, the Air Wing program, funded at $32 million to date, has been generally effective in providing critical air support for activities along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, including a variety of missions for the Pakistan Government,” the report states. Inevitably, the report also notes some shortcomings. DynCorp, the IG found, “had problems meeting some of the contract terms, particularly flying hour goals. The inability to meet the required aircraft readiness rate is directly related to low levels of maintenance personnel and, according to INL/A, is also affected by issues with staff from Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior.” In addition, the IG also found the Pakistani government was less than forthcoming about how it was using State’s aircraft. The government of Pakistan, the report said, “continues its reticence in providing information on flights.” Incidentally, the inspector general also alluded to another contracted air force, called “Kabul 40.” That air wing provides passenger and cargo movement for diplomatic staff in Afghanistan. Read More http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/04/state-department-flies-mercenary-air-force-over-pakistan/#ixzz0mrVqg2OO *This article is being posted from Toronto, Canada By DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Disclaimer statement Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information supplied herein, DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Unless otherwise indicated, opinions expressed herein are those of the author of the page and do not necessarily represent the corporate views of DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News.
DTN News: British Army Three Quarters Of Apache Attack Helicopters Not Serviceable Source: Telegraph.co.uk By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent (NSI News Source Info) LONDON, U.K. - May 3, 2010: Of the 67 in service, just 18 – or 27 per cent – are available for front line operations in Afghanistan or for training pilots in the United Kingdom. Across all the aircraft types, less than half of Britain's military helicopters are available for operations, with 62 per cent (322 out of a total of 522) out of service. Ministry of Defence figures obtained by the Conservative Party also show that only 44 per cent of the RAF's Chinook helicopters, 35 per cent of Merlins and 43 per cent of the Royal Navy's Sea Kings are available for service in Afghanistan. The figures demonstrate how the heat and dust of the Helmand desert and the constant use of the aircraft on combat operations has started to degrade the fighting capability of the entire fleet. Eighteen months ago 20 Apaches were available for service in Helmand and 53 per cent of the 48-strong Chinook fleet were available for front line operations. In the last two years the number of improvised explosive devices being used by the Taliban has made travel by road extremely hazardous and many soldiers believe the only safe way to travel in Helmand is in a helicopter. The Apache provides vital "top cover" for troops serving in the province and is on constant call when soldiers patrol into enemy controlled areas such as the "Green Zone". The heavily armed Apache, which is equipped with a 30mm chain gun, CRV7 rockets and Hellfire anti-tank missiles, has saved numerous British lives. The aircraft is now so essential to the military mission in Helmand that troops rarely venture out on large scale operations without support from the Apache. The helicopter is also fitted with a vast array of highly sophisticated night vision equipment and is often used on reconnaissance missions. While the Chinook does not provide fire support to ground troops it is vital for the Afghan mission. Most of the out stations in Helmand are resupplied by Chinook and the helicopter provides a vital role in evacuating injured troops from the battlefield back to the main hospital at Camp Bastion. Shadow Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said: "Gordon Brown was warned about the shortfalls in helicopters in 2004, yet he went ahead and cut the helicopter budget anyway. "This was a catastrophic decision when our forces were at war. Gordon Brown's talk about new helicopters for Afghanistan masks the reality that the fleet is still being overworked and that the numbers available for operations are too low. "Once again our troops on the ground are suffering from Labour's incompetence." Bill Rammell, the Armed Forces Minister, said: "All helicopter requirements on operations are being met. "An entire helicopter fleet will never be fully available because some will always require servicing and routine maintenance. "This is standard military practice and is factored into military planning. "Since November 2006, we have nearly doubled the number of UK airframes available to commanders in Afghanistan, and over the same period the number of flying hours has increased by 137 per cent. "In December 2009, the MoD announced that it will buy 22 brand new Chinooks with the first 10 being delivered by 2012/13." Disclaimer statement Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information supplied herein, DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Unless otherwise indicated, opinions expressed herein are those of the author of the page and do not necessarily represent the corporate views of DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News.
DTN News: Indian Navy, Last Week Commissioned First Indigenous 'Stealth' Frigate INS SHIVALIK Source: DTN News (NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 3, 2010: India added new fire power and muscle to its Navy when Defence Minister A K Antony formally launched INS 'Shivalik' -- the S-class Frigate -- at the Mazagon Dock on Thursday. The Shivalik is a multirole stealth ship incorporating advanced signature suppression and signature management features along with both air defence and anti-sub marine capabilities. *This article is being posted from Toronto, Canada By DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News, contact: email@example.com India added new fire power and muscle to its Navy when Defence Minister A K Antony formally launched INS 'Shivalik' -- the S-class Frigate -- at the Mazagon Dock on Thursday. The Shivalik is a multirole stealth ship incorporating advanced signature suppression and signature management features along with both air defence and anti-sub marine capabilities. The 6200-kg INS Shivalik is the first indigenous stealth frigate that will join the Navy and will provide the sea wing the capability to launch surprise attacks on enemy target from very close range than other warships. Satellites can give inputs to the frigate on lurking enemy vessels and Shivalik can creep as close as possible to the target without being detected. It can then fire and scoot. In fact, during sea trials, Indian battleships that tried trailing Shivalik could not detect it on their radar within a radius of 100 km. Shivalik is one of the heaviest frigates in the world. Powering the ship is the LM 2500 Gas Turbine engines that can give it an enviable top speed in excess of 30 knots, enabling it to shoot and scoot at an impressive rate. The option to switch over the diesel engines gives the warship an endurance of over 9,000 km and it can sail non-stop without refueling for a month. Shivalik will carry surface-to-surface Klub missile, surface-to-air Shtil and point defence Barak missile system. Though it does not torpedoes it has Sea King attack helicopters that can launch anti-submarine warfare. Shivalik is designed in such a way that it has reduced radar reflections, changed geometry of structures on top, very few projections on the upper deck that is normally a giveaway for other fighter ships, muffled noise vibration as well as lower magnetic and heat signatures. "This is one generation ahead of the Talwar class," said M D Suresh, captain of Shivalik. Measuring 142.5 mt from bow to stern, Shivalik has a range of about 5,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 18 knots. On board manning the frigate would be 257 naval men, which includes 35 officers and 222 sailors. It can be at sea for almost a month without touching a port or mid-sea refuelling. On major plus pointis that Shivalik can operate in a nuclear, biological, chemical weapons (NBC) environment. Its air filters do not allow any outside air to come inside in a NBC zone. *This article is being posted from Toronto, Canada By DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org