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Military Contracts Awarded On 3.5.2013

http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=4991

Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m. Contract announcements issued within the past 30 days are listed below.

FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET No. 127-13
March 05, 2013

CONTRACTS

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-award-fee contract action to Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz.,under contract (HQ0276-11-C-0002), modification P00032. The total value of this effort is $62,309,991,increasing the total contract value from $594,376,724 to $656,686,715. Under this modification, the contractor will perform Standard Missile-3 Block IB in-service engineering support. The work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. The performance period is from date of award through Sept. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2013 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation funds will be used to incrementally fund this effort. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This is not a Foreign Military Sales acquisition. The MDA, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

J & J Maintenance Inc., Austin, Texas, (W912DY-13-D-0018); and Linc Government Services L.L.C., Hopkinsville, Ky., (W912DY-13-D-0019); were awarded a $585,000,000 firm-fixed-price multiple award task order contract among seven vendors. Five other vendors were previously awarded. The award will provide for the construction services in support of the Medical Repair and Renewal program. Work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 10, 2017. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 27 bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Hensel Phelps Kiewit Joint Venture, Chantilly, Va., was awarded a $564,689,000 firm-fixed-price, incrementally-funded contract. This increment is worth $56,000,000. The award will provide for the design and construction of a high performance computing center on Fort Meade, Md. Work will be performed in Fort Meade, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2015. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with seven bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-13-C-0005).

Textron Marine & Land Systems, New Orleans, La., was awarded a $113,431,277 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of Mobile Strike Force vehicles to support the Afghanistan National Security Forces. This contract is in support of Foreign Military Sales for Afghanistan. Work will be performed in New Orleans, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-13-C-0170).

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $41,111,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the incremental funding modification in support of AH-64 Apache Block III system development. Work will be performed in Mesa, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-05-C-0001).

Macnak-Saybr JV 1, Lakewood, Wash., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum value of $30,000,000. The award will provide for general construction services. Work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2016. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 13 bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle, Wash., is the contracting activity (W912DW-13-D-1003).

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded a $22,480,813 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for deployed field-service support for the CH-47 Fleet and the cargo helicopter project management office. Work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2015. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-13-D-0065).

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum value of $17,890,174. The award will provide for the non-deployed field-service support for the CH-47 Fleet and the cargo helicopter project management office. Work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2015. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-13-D-0097).

BH Defense LLC., Arlington, Va., was awarded a $17,846,157 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the services in support of the Iraq International Academy to ensure the continued development of Iraq’s defense forces through the education and development of its senior leadership. This contract is in support of Foreign Military Sales for Iraq. Work will be performed in Iraq, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 29, 2016. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., is the contracting activity (W91247-13-C-0015).

Department of the Blind – Visually Impaired, Richmond, Va., was awarded a $15,802,629 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the necessary support services for the function of the food and dining facility on Fort Lee, Va. Work will be performed in Fort Lee, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 29, 2016. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with six bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Lee, Va., is the contracting activity (W91QF5-13-D-0003).

Benchmark Electronics Incorporated, Rochester, Minn., was awarded a $14,882,971 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of a maximum of 12,000 transceiver field units in support of Program Manager Air Warrior. Work will be performed in Rochester, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 27, 2018. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-13-D-0002).

DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $14,197,819 cost-plus-award-fee incrementally-funded contract. This increment is worth $5,858,421. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to extend logistics support services for the Directorate of Logistics. Work will be performed in Fort Campbell, Ky., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013. Fifteen bids were solicited, with five bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Campbell, Ky., is the contracting activity (W911SE-07-D-0005).

S M Resources Corp., Inc., Lanham, Md., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee incrementally-funded contract worth a maximum value of $9,999,999. This increment is worth $53,206. The award will provide for the Chemical Biological Applications and Risk Reduction mission support services. Work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 24, 2016. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W911SR-13-D-0001).

Northrop Grumman Information Systems, McLean, Va., was awarded a $9,784,125 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to exercise the option for systems sustainment in support of the biometrics database. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Va., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2014. There were 20 bids solicited, with 16 bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W91QUZ-07-D-0005).

South Carolina Commission for the Blind, Columbia, S.C., was awarded a $9,498,655 firm-fixed-price, incrementally-funded contract. This increment is worth $3,097,841. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to extend food services support at Fort Jackson, S.C. Work will be performed in Fort Jackson, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2013. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Jackson, S.C., is the contracting activity (W9124C-13-C-0010).

Alliant Techsystems Operations, Plymouth, Minn., was awarded a $9,259,272 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to refurbish Spider munitions control units TS-04 system to the TS-09 version. Work will be performed in Plymouth; Wilmington, Mass; and Rocket City, W.Va.; with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2014. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-06-C-0154).

NAVY

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $72,200,000 undefinitized modification to the previously awarded Low Rate Initial Production Lot 6 advance acquisition contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for the procurement of support equipment at Pilot Training Center 1, Luke Air Force Base for the F-35 Lightning II Conventional Take-Off and Landing air system program. In addition, this modification provides for the associated Data Quality Integration Management supplier support tasks, and all other sustainment data products for the U. S. Air Force and the governments of Italy and Australia. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $36,100,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U. S. Air Force ($55,009,524; 76.2 percent); and the governments of Italy ($10,314,286; 14.3 percent); and Australia ($6,876,190; 9.5 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Titan Maritime L.L.C., Pompano Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $43,000,000 ceiling modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-D-12-4119) for salvage; salvage related towing, harbor clearance, ocean engineering and point-to-point towing services to support the director of ocean engineering, supervisor of salvage and diving. Work will be performed in the vicinity of the U.S. West Coast (80 percent), Hawaii (10 percent) and Eastern Pacific (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by February 2014. No funding will be obligated at this time. The initial order fulfilling the minimum government liability amount of $50,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $21,207,322 firm-fixed-price contract for global sustainment of Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Program Systems and associated equipment and software at 66 military installations worldwide. The work to be performed provides for preventive and corrective maintenance to sustain all Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Systems, associated equipment and software. This includes providing centralized comprehensive life cycle sustainment support for all of the hardware, software/firmware and cabling or other signal/data transmission sub-systems necessary for the systems to function as intended. Service call management is also included as part of this requirement. The contract is incrementally funded with the first increment of $3,655,433 being allocated at the time of award. The second increment will be funded in April 2013 at $17,551,889. The contract also contains five unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $74,398,851. Work will be performed worldwide, and is expected to be completed by March 2014. Fiscal 2013 Operation and Maintenance, Navy contract funds in the amount of $3,655,433 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with five proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity (N39430-13-C-1201).

Shell Marine Products (U.S.), Houston, Texas, is being awarded a one-year $15,952,820 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price task orders for the supply and related services of lube oil products for the engineering directorate of Military Sealift Command and other government agencies. This contract includes four one-year option periods, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $80,361,824. Work will be performed where needed at ports worldwide and is expected to be completed May 2014. If all option periods are exercised work will continue through May 2018. Fiscal 2013 Navy Working Capital funds in the amount of $15,952,820 are obligated for and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via solicitations posted to Military Sealift Command, Navy Electronic Commerce Online and Federal Business Opportunities websites, with more than 50 companies solicited and three offers received. Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00033-13-D-8020).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Electronic Systems Sector, Land and Self Protection Systems Division, Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded an $11,665,702 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0043) for software and the integration of that software into the hardware design of the AN/APR-39D(V)2 processor and appropriate antennas and receiver resources in support of various naval aviation platforms. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Ill., and is expected to be completed in March 2014. Fiscal 2013 Aircraft Procurement Navy contract funds in the amount of $11,665,702 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Northrup Grumman Systems Corp., Chantilly, Va., was awarded contract (SPRBL1-13-D-0012). The award is a firm-fixed-price, sole-source, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for $49,288,375 for guardrail modernization system spare parts. Locations of performance are Virginia and California with a March 5, 2018 performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2017 Army Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Short Bark Industries, Inc., Vonore, Tenn.*, was awarded contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1030). The award is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for $23,017,500 for various types of Permethrin Army Combat Uniform coats. Locations of performance are in Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and Mississippi with a March 4, 2014 performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2014 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

Tennier Industries, Inc., Boca Raton, Fla.**, was awarded contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1029). The award is a firm-fixed-price contract for $22,977,600 for cold weather, soft shell, loft parkas and trousers. Locations of performance are in Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky with a March 4, 2014 performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

Avfuel Corp., Ann Arbor, Mich.**, was awarded contract (SP0600-13-D-0026). The award is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for $6,749,966 for fuel. Locations of performance are in Michigan and Florida with a March 31, 2017 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2017 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc., Harrisonburg, Va.***, was issued a modification exercising the third option year on contract (SPM8EJ-09-D-0001/P00020). The modification is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $5,638,289,738 in support of the Special Operational Equipment Tailored Logistics Support Program. Location of performance is Virginia with a March 9, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2014 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

W.S. Darley & Co., Itasca, Ill.**, was issued a modification exercising the third option year on contract (SPM8EJ-09-D-0002/P00019). The modification is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $5,559,591,157 in support of the Special Operational Equipment Tailored Logistics Support Program. Location of performance is in Illinois with a March 9, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2014 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

Source One Distributors Inc., Wellington, Fla.****, was issued a modification exercising the third option year on contract (SPM8EJ-09-D-0004/P00021). The modification is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $5,304,877,527 in support of the Special Operational Equipment Tailored Logistics Support Program. Location of performance is in Florida with a March 9, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2014 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

ADS, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.**, was issued a modification exercising the third option year on contract (SPM8EJ-09-D-0003/P00021). The modification is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $3,549,597,144 in support of the Special Operational Equipment Tailored Logistics Support Program. Location of performance is in Virginia with a March 9, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2014 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

AIR FORCE

University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, (FA8650-13-D-5600) is being awarded a $45,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Quick Reaction Evaluation of Materials and Processes Program. The location of performance is Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Work is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is ARFL/RQKMS, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., Hill Air Force Base, Utah, (F42610-98-C-0001, modification number to be awarded at time of award) is being awarded a $22,226,876 contract modification contract for ICBM ICU II engineering change. The location of the performance is Huntington Beach, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 3, 2013. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 through 2016. The contracting activity is AFNWC/PZBE, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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**Small Business

***Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business

****Veteran Owned Small Business

Posted by unhappycamper | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 08:03 AM (1 replies)

Navy's New Mobile Landing Platform, Montford Point, To Revolutionize Amphibious Warfare

http://defense.aol.com/2013/03/04/navy-mobile-landing-platform-montford-point-amphibious-warfare/



The Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship from the side, showing its distinctive "cut away" hull.

Navy's New Mobile Landing Platform, Montford Point, To Revolutionize Amphibious Warfare
By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. and Robbin Laird
Published: March 4, 2013

SAN DIEGO: Saturday saw the formal christening of the USNS Montford Point, the first of a new class of Navy vessel, the Mobile Landing Platform, meant to revolutionize the conduct of amphibious operations. By serving as a kind of floating pier, the MLP allows an amphibious force to offload heavy combat vehicles and bulk supplies at sea, without having to capture a major seaport -- which can be a bloody chokepoint in seaborne operations.

An unarmed vessel operated by civilians rather than by uniformed Navy personnel -- hence the designation USNS, United States Naval Ship, rather than USS -- and derived from a commercial oil tanker design, the Montford Point boasts a unique and visually striking "cut away" design: a high forecastle and aftercastle at either end with a much lower main deck between them. The ship is in fact semi-submersible, designed to take on ballast until the main deck is beneath the waves. That allows landing craft to sail right aboard for loading and unloading, principally the Navy LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) hovercraft and its successor the SSC (Ship-to-Shore Connector). In conjunction with a kind of deployable build-a-port kit called Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS), the Mobile Landing Platform is intended to enable a new kind of amphibious warfare that can put troops ashore -- and sustain them -- without depending on a port.

Built by General Dynamics' NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, the Montford Point is the first of three planned Mobile Landing Platforms. Frequent AOL Defense contributor Robbin Laird, co-founder of the website Second Line of Defense, was present at the christening and will be writing an in-depth analysis of why the MLP matters militarily. We use many of Mr. Laird's photos below, interspersed with long-distance and helicopter shots taken by General Dynamics.



unhappycamper comment: Since I have nothing on the cost of this bad boy, I went a-googling. After a half hour of searching this is all I could come up with:

http://www.sldinfo.com/adding-capability-to-the-evolving-seabase-the-coming-of-the-usns-montford-point/

In the FY11 Navy shipbuilding plan, the Navy funded one of them. In the resource management decision signed off by Secretary Gates in March of 2010 for FY11, the Sec Def RMD 700 stipulated that the Navy would buy a total of three of these MLPs and OSD provided an extra $1 billion to do so.

The first twop MLP’s were funded in FY11. Now since then, we’ve come down to two squadrons, so at this juncture for prepositioning purposes, MLP’s 1 and 2 are crucial.

MLP-1 is getting christened in March and we expect delivery later in 2013. The keel was laid for MLP-2 in December, and it will be named after Senator Glenn.

After she’s delivered, MLP-1 will go through probably a year’s worth of post delivery shakedowns and so on. And in the meantime, the Marines, in concert with the Navy are holding various working groups and meetings. We’re developing tactics, techniques, procedures, operational handbooks, working with the assault craft units, LCAC operators, particularly the experimental LCAC crew down in Panama City, Florida, who did all of the original 90-degree approach and departure testing and demonstrations on a MLP surrogate, the motor vessel Mighty Servant, to get it in all place.




The Little Crappy Ship cost half a billion dollars each. Should I believe this ship costs less that the little crappy one?

I think not.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:29 AM (2 replies)

Pentagon Operations Would Get $10 Billion Under Proposal

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-05/pentagon-operations-would-get-10-billion-under-proposal.html


Pentagon Operations Would Get $10 Billion Under Proposal
By Laura Litvan - Mar 4, 2013 10:00 PM ET

House Republicans sought to ease the Pentagon’s pain from across-the-board spending cuts, proposing legislation that would shift $10 billion to train troops, maintain weapons and pay for operations.

The stopgap measure proposed yesterday to prevent a threatened government shutdown after March 27 would fund government programs at last year’s level minus the automatic cuts that took effect on March 1. Exceptions would be made to reorder funds for the Defense Department and free up money for the Veterans Affairs Department. Military pay is already exempt.

“This legislation will avoid a government shutdown on March 27th, prioritize DoD and veterans programs, and allow the Pentagon some leeway to do its best with the funding it has,” U.S. Representative Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican who leads the House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.

While Republicans who control the House plan to pass the legislative package this week, Democrats said they will push for similar concessions to help domestic programs. That risks making the measure another casualty in the partisan fighting over budget-cutting. The process called sequestration imposes $85 billion in reductions on domestic and defense programs in the seven months remaining in the current fiscal year.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 09:45 AM (3 replies)

Dam and other Afghanistan projects being scaled back as U.S. picks up pace of withdrawal

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dam-and-other-afghan-projects-being-scaled-back-as-us-picks-up-pace-of-withdrawal/2013/03/04/565fe7d0-84f1-11e2-98a3-b3db6b9ac586_story.html



The United States has worked for years to secure and repair the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan. Now, USAID intends to hand over to the Afghan government the challenging task of installing a large hydropower turbine.




Dam and other Afghanistan projects being scaled back as U.S. picks up pace of withdrawal
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Published: March 4

When U.S. Marines surged into southern Afghanistan in 2010, one of their top priorities was to secure a towering dam on the Helmand River so the U.S. Agency for International Development could begin a construction project to provide much-needed electricity to Kandahar, the country’s second-largest city.

Simply reaching the outskirts of the Kajaki Dam was perilous. More than 50 American troops were killed in combat operations to evict the Taliban from areas along a 30-mile road leading to the structure.

Now that Marines and Afghan soldiers have seized the dam and the surrounding areas, USAID has decided not to complete the most critical part of the $266 million project. Instead, the agency intends to hand over to the Afghan government the challenging task of installing a large hydropower turbine.

The dam is one of many reconstruction projects, once deemed essential, that are being scaled back rapidly and redesigned in the waning days of America’s long war in Afghanistan as troop reductions, declining budgets and public fatigue force a realignment of priorities. But USAID’s decision to walk away from the turbine installation — one of the most important and symbolic development efforts associated with President Obama’s troop surge — is drawing unique scrutiny.



unhappycamper comment: Let's declare Victory and bring 'em home.


Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 09:32 AM (0 replies)

General Dynamics unit, others issue layoff notices, blame U.S. budget cuts

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/05/us-usa-fiscal-layoffs-idUSBRE92400B20130305



General Dynamics unit, others issue layoff notices, blame U.S. budget cuts
By Adam Kerlin
Mon Mar 4, 2013 7:06pm EST

(Reuters) - General Dynamics (GD.N) NASSCO, a primary constructor of ships for the U.S. Navy, warned about 1,040 employees on Monday of indefinite layoffs that may come in late April due to uncertainty created by the automatic U.S. budget cuts that took effect last week.

The warnings come as military contractors weigh uncertainties over scheduled maintenance and repair work that may be put on hold as the federal government makes $85 billion in spending cuts.

The U.S. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requires most companies with 100 or more employees to give notification 60 days in advance of mass layoffs or plant closings.

Military contractors appear to be the hardest hit by the cuts because a large part the reductions are expected to come from Defense Department spending.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 09:25 AM (1 replies)

Task force recommends U.S. keep nuclear option as response for massive computer attack

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/3596265-74/computer-attack-report

Task force recommends U.S. keep nuclear option as response for massive computer attack
By Andrew Conte
Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Updated 9 hours ago

The United States should be prepared to use every military option, including nuclear retaliation, in response to a huge computer attack, an independent Department of Defense task force said.

But the nation must determine whether its nuclear arsenal can withstand computer hackers, the Defense Science Board warns in a newly declassified report obtained by the Tribune-Review. In a full-scale cyber war, the board's experts say, the United States' weapons could be disabled or turned against its troops.

“It would have to be extreme,” Paul Kaminski, chair of the Science Board and a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, said about the kind of attack that might trigger a nuclear response. “It would have to be the kind of attack that we would judge would be threatening our survival.”

The United States must assume that computer attacks will be part of conflicts, said the report from the task force made up of civilian experts with government advisers. Yet, the report said the country cannot be confident that its military's computer systems would still work under attack from a sophisticated adversary nation with a full range of military and intelligence options.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 09:05 AM (2 replies)

Predator Drones Get Domestic Surveillance Tech from DHS; Privacy Concern Arises

http://www.devicemag.com/2013/03/05/predator-drones-get-domestic-surveillance-tech-from-dhs-privacy-concern-arises/



Predator Drones Get Domestic Surveillance Tech from DHS; Privacy Concern Arises
March 5, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Not long ago, the sky was filled with just clouds and stars, but it looks like the Homeland Security doesn’t want to keep it that way anymore. They have initiated domestic surveillance through predator drones.

~snip~

Last year, DHS had signed a contract with General Atomics that could be worth as much as $443 million for the purchase of up to 14 additional Predator drones to fly near the border of Mexico and Canada.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of DHS, uses the unmanned drones inside the U.S. to patrol the borders with surveillance equipment like video cameras, infrared cameras, heat sensors and radar.

~snip~

he FAA estimates as many as 30,000 drones could be flying over US territory by the end of the decade.



unhappycamper comment: Ignoring the civil liberties issues, $443,000,000 / 14 drones = $31.6 million a pop.

Even Wikipedia sez these thing cost $36.8 million (which surprises the hell out on me) --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MQ-9

30,000 x $36.8 million = one shitload of bucks.

This is one of the reasons I am pleased that sequestration is putting the brakes on the DoD's budget. The cost of weapons systems has been increasing and increasing and increasing.... $40 billion dollars for a new aircraft carrier? $5+ billion dollars each for 3 fricking stealth destroyers? $500 million for Littoral Combat Ships that may not survive an engagement? A $5~7 billion dollar Virginia-class submarine each and every year? Get real.

How many schools must we close close to pay for this crap? How many cops must be laid off? How many kids go to bed at night hungry? Why are 15% of Americans living in poverty? Why is American infrastructure sliding down to third world 'standards'? The answer:



I rest my case.

Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 08:57 AM (0 replies)

Predator Drones Being Configured To Listen To Your Phone Calls

http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2013/03/predator-drones-being-configured-to-listen-to-your-phone-calls/



Predator Drones Being Configured To Listen To Your Phone Calls
Written by Dan Seitz / 03.04.13

Currently we live in a world where relatively cheap robots fly around the globe, firing hot, screaming death at anybody that annoys the owner. Fortunately, here in America, we don’t have those. No, the Predator drones we have are just busy bad-touching our privacy.

In recently unearthed data about the Department of Homeland Security’s drone fleet, some pretty creepy stuff has come to light, a not-so-gentle reminder that, yeah, these things can actually be pretty scary even without the Hellfire missiles:
Homeland Security’s specifications for its drones, built by San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, say they “shall be capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not,” meaning carrying a shotgun or rifle. They also specify “signals interception” technology that can capture communications in the frequency ranges used by mobile phones, and “direction finding” technology that can identify the locations of mobile devices or two-way radios.

Basically one of these things can figure out whether you’re armed, and, if you are, route your phone calls to the nearest police station for easy listening.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 08:20 AM (10 replies)

Lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners say most on hunger strike; US military says it’s not true

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/lawyers-for-guantanamo-prisoners-say-most-on-hunger-strike-us-military-says-its-not-true/2013/03/04/d616f4f8-852a-11e2-a80b-3edc779b676f_story.html

Lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners say most on hunger strike; US military says it’s not true
By Associated Press, Published: March 4

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay prisoners said Monday that a widespread hunger strike was under way over deteriorating conditions, but a prison spokesman denied there was any mass protest at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Attorneys for more than a dozen of the prisoners said in a letter to the prison commander, Rear Adm. John Smith, and released to the media that “all but a few men” have been on hunger strike for three weeks. They said the situation “appears to be rapidly deteriorating and reaching a potentially critical level.”

The lawyers said the protest was prompted by a series of searches that began on Feb. 6 in which a number of personal items, including religious CDs, blankets and legal mail, were confiscated, and included what they felt were overly intrusive searches of their Qurans by Arabic translators that amounted to desecration.

“As their health has deteriorated, we have received reports of men coughing up blood, being hospitalized, losing consciousness, becoming weak and fatigued, and being moved to Camp V for observation,” the lawyers wrote, referring to a camp that is used in part to hold men who violate prison rules.



unhappycamper comment: Things are not going well in our gulag.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 07:42 AM (0 replies)

Budget cuts to hit military school districts first

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/21442220/budget-cuts-to-hit-military-school-districts-first

Budget cuts to hit military school districts first
Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013 3:24 AM EST Updated: Saturday, March 2, 2013 3:24 AM EST
By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - While public schools everywhere will be affected by the government's automatic budget cuts, few will feel the funding pinch faster than those on and around military bases.

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Others already have axed sports teams and even eliminated teaching positions, but still may have to tap savings just to make it through year's end.

The losses will come from cuts to a federal program known as "Impact Aid" that supplements property tax losses for districts that cover federal land, including military posts and Indian tribal areas.

That means about 1,400 school districts serving roughly 11 million children nationwide - including nearly 376,500 students from military families - could lose about $60 million this school year.
Posted by unhappycamper | Mon Mar 4, 2013, 09:09 AM (7 replies)
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