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Military Contracts Awarded On 3.29.2013

http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5007

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. Older contract announcements are available from the contract archive page. Contract announcements are also available by e-mail subscription. Go to DOD News for more information and for links to other news items.


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET No. 194-13
March 29, 2013

CONTRACTS

NAVY

Huntington Ingalls Inc., Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $2,595,016,400 cost-plus-incentive fee contract for accomplishment of the Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). This previously delayed award is being made given the enactment into law of the Consolidated and Further Continuation Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (HR 933). Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be completed by November 2016. Fiscal 2012 Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy funding in the amount of $10,000,000 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-13-C-2108).

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $65,013,347 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-5118) to exercise options for fiscal 2013 Aegis Weapon System Modernization requirements for Japan. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (69 percent); Clearwater, Fla. (30 percent); and Akron, Ohio (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2017. This contract modification involves Foreign Military Sales to Japan (100 percent). Foreign Military Sales funding in the amount of $65,013,347 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity.

Tyonek Services Corp.,* Anchorage, Alaska, is being awarded a ceiling price $41,700,000 for undefinitized indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract depot level maintenance services to support modernization, conversion, in-service repair, disassembly, and all other categories of aircraft depot level and intermediate maintenance in support of the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE). Work will be performed at FRCSE, Jacksonville, Fla. (81 percent); Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. (7 percent); Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (7 percent); and Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2014. Fiscal 2013 Navy Working Capital funds in the amount of $2,600,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C 2304(c)(1) 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61340-13-D-0005).

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $25,149,100 firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of a Defense Security Service Facility addition at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The work to be performed provides for design and construction of a four-story, secure, high-rise facility addition to accommodate Department of Defense personnel. The addition will include offices, restrooms, storage areas, mechanical rooms, and other spaces. Supporting facilities include site and building utility connections for potable water, sanitary and storm sewers, electrical, telephone, area distribution node building and equipment, and local area network. Paving and site improvements include exterior site and building lighting, sidewalks, earthwork, grading, landscaping, and storm water management requirements. The contract also contains four unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $26,356,100. Work will be performed in Quantico, Va., and is expected to be completed by July 2014. Fiscal 2012 Military Construction, Defense contract funds in the amount of $25,149,100 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 21 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N40080-13-C-0155).

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded an $18,665,888 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide engineering/technical support for UK Trident II Missile Systems. The contractor shall provide technical planning, direction, coordination, and control to ensure that UK Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Program requirements are identified and integrated to support planned milestone schedules and emergent requirements. This includes: UK FBM Program efforts; deliverable materials; UK Resident Representative technical support. Work will be performed in Sunnyvale Calif. (72.9 percent); Cape Canaveral, Fla. (12.3 percent); Coulport, Scotland and Aldermaston, England (10.3 percent); St. Mary’s, Ga. (2.7 percent); other U.S. (0.8 percent); Silverdale, Wash. (0.7 percent), and Poway, Calif. (0.3 percent). Work is expected to be completed by March 2015. United Kingdom funds in the amount of $18,665,888 will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(4). The Navy's Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00030-13-C-0034).

Sobran Inc., Dayton, Ohio, is being awarded a ceiling price $15,900,000 undefinitized indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide production support services in support of the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast depot level maintenance efforts. Services to be provided include operational management of warehouses, inventory and storage of aircraft parts, production of tool kits for maintenance, external support to the In-Service Repair Program, operation and management of mega centers, environmental support and equipment management functions, and transportation of materials and components. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS), Jacksonville, Fla. (95 percent); Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. (2 percent); NAS Norfolk, Va. (2 percent), and NAS Oceana, Va. (1 percent); and is expected to be completed by September 2014. Fiscal 2012 Aircraft Procurement Navy and fiscal 2013 Navy Working Capital funds in the amount of $966,433 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting authority (N61340-13-D-0004).

CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $13,972,617 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-6309) for professional support services in support of the Expeditionary Warfare Program Office. These services include support services in the areas of: program analysis; development, control, and monitoring support, administration, communication and human resources; business, finance and cost estimating; technical and engineering support; information technology (IT); and life cycle support in the Washington Navy Yard office location. This contract modification will be incrementally funded. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (86 percent); San Diego, Calif. (9 percent); Indian Head, Md. (3 percent), and Norfolk, Va. (2 percent), and is expected to completed by March 2014. Fiscal 2013 Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation and Operations and Maintenance, Navy funding in the amount of $2,987,549 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $687,549 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

L-3 KEO, Northampton, Mass., is being awarded a $13,396,095 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-6265) for the production of 16 universal modular masts (UMM). The UMM is a non-hull penetrating mast that is installed on Virginia class submarines and serves as a lifting mechanism for five different sensors including the Photonics Mast Program, high data rate mast, multi-functional mast, multi-functional modular mast and integrated electronic support measures mast. Each sensor is mounted on a UMM. Work will be performed in Bologna, Italy (74 percent) and Northampton, Mass. (26 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2015. Fiscal 2010 and 2012 Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy funding in the amount of $13,396,095 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $10,606,604 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for maintenance and logistics services, including labor, services, facilities, equipment, tools, direct and indirect material, and related support equipment required to support and maintain the T-39N and T-39G aircraft. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to be completed in September 2014. No contract funds are being obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-D-4001).

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $7,534,247 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5100) for production of ship self defense system (SSDS) open architecture OL-782(V) network switching cabinets for CVN 72, LSD 44, LSD 50, LSD 52, NSWC Dahlgren Integrated Combat System Testing Facility, Wallops Island Land Based Test Site, and Raytheon Software Integration Lab. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, R.I. (80 percent) and San Diego, Calif. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2014. Fiscal 2011, 2012, 2013 Other Procurement, Navy and Fiscal 2012 and 2013 Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy funding in the amount $7,534,247 will be obligated at the time of award. Funding will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum value of $146,000,000. The award will provide for the services in support of the Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability. Work location will be determined with each delivery order, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with two bids received. The Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (W900KK-13-D-0002).

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Inc., Scranton, Pa., (W52P1J-13-D-0035); and IMT Defense Corp., Westerville, Ohio, (W52P1J-13-D-0036); were awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, fixed-price with economic price adjustment, multiple-award contract worth a maximum value of $100,600,000. The award will provide for the procurement of M107 projectile metal parts. Work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 26, 2018. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with three bids received. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity.

Quantum Research International, Huntsville, Ala., was awarded an $85,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This is a contract modification to provide research, development, test and evaluation services in support of the Future Warfare Center. 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 Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity (W91260-06-D-0006).

BAE Systems Technology, Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., was awarded an $85,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This is a contract modification to provide research, development, test and evaluation services in support of the Future Warfare Center. 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 Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity (W91260-06-D-0005).

Engility Corp., Chantilly, Va., was awarded a $77,907,214 cost-plus-fixed-fee, incrementally-funded contract. The award will provide for services in support of training U.S. and Coalition forces on law enforcement and investigation techniques. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and Germany, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with three bids received. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-13-C-0021).

Lockheed Martin Corp., -- Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $19,914,712 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. The award will provide for various services in support of Patriot Advanced Capability Missile Support Center. This foreign military sales contract supports Netherlands, Japan and United Arab Emirates. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-13-D-0030).

Hurricane Consulting Inc., Fairfax, Va., was awarded a $10,269,340 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide various services in support of Army Sustainment Command. Work will be performed in Fort Irwin, Calif.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Richardson, Alaska.; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Fort Wainwright, Alaska; with an estimated completion date of March 27, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 19 bids received. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-13-C-0005).

Holland and Holland, Hinesville, Ga., was awarded a $9,035,374 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract. This contract modification will provide for another year of paving services at Fort Stewart, Ga. The estimated completion date is March 31, 2014. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The Army Contracting Command, Fort Stewart, Ga., is the contracting activity (W9124M-12-D-0005).

Linquest Corp., Los Angeles, Calif., (FA8808-12-C-0001) is being awarded a $7,002,010 firm-fixed-price contract modification contract for military satellite communication system engineering and integration services. The location of the performance is El Segundo, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2013. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

John Madonna Construction Company Inc., San Luis Obispo, Calif., was awarded a $6,748,165 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the erosion mitigation services in Santa Maria, Calif. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 14 bids received. The Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, Calif., is the contracting activity (W912PL-13-C-0005).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS) Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Va., was awarded contract SPM2D0-13-D-0003. The award is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum $67,518,345 for various medical, surgical, and dental equipment and supplies. Location of performance is Virginia with a March 28, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2013 Warstopper funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

Altitude Technologies, doing business as Chinook Medical Gear Inc.,* Durango, Colo., was issued a modification exercising the first option year on contract SPM2Do-12-D-0003/P00003. The award is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum $28,865,888 for various medical and surgical supplies and support. Location of performance is Colorado with an April 3, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2013 Warstopper funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

United Technologies Corp., doing business as Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., was awarded contract N00383-12-G-001M-UN10. The award is a firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract with a maximum $10,759,459 for aircraft engine compressor supplies and replenishment spares. Location of performance is Connecticut with a Dec. 30, 2016 performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2013 Air Force and Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Oklahoma City, Okla.

AIR FORCE

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va., (FA8811-10-C-006 and P00043) is being awarded a $59,360,085 contract modification contract for additional systems engineering and integration support for launch test and range system programs. The location of the performance is Los Angeles Air Force Base and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Work is expected to be completed by Dec., 2, 2013. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is SMC/RNK, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

Northrup Gumman Technical Services, Herndon, Va., (FA81016-13-C-0007) is being awarded a $47,758,113 firm-fixed-price contract for follow-on support to the C-20 aircraft to fund uninterrupted continuation of CLS support/services. The location of the performance is Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; Sigonella Air Base, Italy, and Kaneohe Bay Air Force Base, Hawaii. Work is expected to be completed by June 31, 2013. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is OC-ALC/GKSKB, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., (FA8681-12-C-0196, P00001) is being awarded a $31,416,883 firm-fixed-price contract for GBU-49 (396 ea.), GBU-50 (96 ea.), GBU-49 Inerts (20 ea.), GBU-50 Inerts (20 ea.) and ILS Sustainment. The location of the performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Contract involves foreign military sales.

DynCorp International LLC., Fort Worth, Texas, (FA3002-13-C-0020) is being awarded a $15,955,056 sole-source short term bridge contract for aircraft maintenance support services. The location of the performance is Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2013. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is AETC CONS/LGCK, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

Newbegin Enterprises Inc., Johnson City, Tenn., (FA4803-11-D-0001-0004) is being awarded a $15,000,000 modification to contract for internet-based contractor operated parts store contract. The location of the performance is Johnson City, Tenn. Work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2014. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is 20th Contracting Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

Lockheeed Martin Global Training and Logistics, Orlando, Fla., (FA3002-13-D-0004) is being awarded a $7,049,830 firm-fixed-price contract for weapons systems support. The location of the performance is Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2014. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is AETC/CONS/LGCU, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

*Small Business
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Military Contracts Awarded On 3.28.2013

http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5007

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. Older contract announcements are available from the contract archive page. Contract announcements are also available by e-mail subscription. Go to DOD News for more information and for links to other news items.


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET No. 190-13
March 28, 2013

CONTRACTS

NAVY

RAMSYS GmbH, Ottobrunn, Germany, is being awarded a $343,550,330 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of 445 Block 2 MK-44 Mod 4 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided Missile Round Pack (GMRP) All-Up-Rounds (AURs). The RAM Guided Missile Weapon System is co-developed and co-produced under an International Cooperative Program between the United States and Federal Republic of Germany’s governments. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms. This contract involves a purchase by the German government as a result of an international agreement between the governments of the United States and Germany. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. (49.7 percent); Ottobrunn, Germany (42.7 percent); Rocket Center, W.Va. (4.5 percent); and Andover, Mass. (3.1 percent) and is expected to be completed by January 2019. This contract will be funded 100 percent by the Federal Republic of Germany. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Funding in the amount of $1,347,902 will be obligated at the time of the award. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(4). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-13-C-5459).

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $27,949,996 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract (N00019-11-C-0020) to provide funding for long lead materials and support for the manufacture and delivery of nine mission avionics systems and common cockpits for the MH-60R for the Danish Government’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Farmingdale, N.Y. (55 percent); Owego, N.Y. (31 percent); Ciudad Real, Spain (5 percent); East Syracuse, N.Y. (5 percent); Everett, Wash. (3 percent); and various locations throughout the United States (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2013. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $27,949,996 will be obligated at time of 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.

Exelis Inc., Information Systems Division, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $24,509,553 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00174-11-D-0001) for the continued procurement of post-production maintenance support for Navy counter radio controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare (CREW) fixed site systems and procurement and support of the transmitting set, counter measure AN/PLT-4 systems under option year two. Work will be performed in Boalsburg, Pa., and is expected to be completed by March 2014. Fiscal 2013 Operation and Maintenance, Navy funding in the amount of $24,509,553 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $24,509,553 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity.

Environmental Management Inc.,* Idaho Falls, Idaho, is being awarded a $19,267,059 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N40085-10-D-0213) to exercise option three for facilities maintenance and heavy equipment repair services at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and other outlying areas in eastern N.C. The work to be performed provides for all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, incidental engineering, and other items necessary to provide facilities maintenance and heavy equipment repair services. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $84,759,155. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, N.C., and is expected to be completed March 2014. Fiscal 2013 Operation and Maintenance, Navy funds in the amount of $16,688,488 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

Wyle Laboratories Inc., Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded an $8,559,076 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-08-C-0025) for additional aircrew, engineering, operations, and scheduling services in support of the Naval Test Wing Atlantic and Naval Test Wing Pacific. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in September 2013. Fiscal 2013 Navy Capital Working funds in the amount of $3,716,500 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Forestwood Farm Inc.,* Birmingham, Ala., was awarded contract SPM300-13-D-P192. The award is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum $45,000,000 for fresh fruit and vegetable support for customers in the Alabama and Florida Panhandle zone. Location of performance is Alabama with a Sept. 27, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and U.S. Department of Agriculture School. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2013 through fiscal year 2014 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

Gulf Coast Produce Distributors Inc.,** Biloxi, Miss., was awarded contract SPM300-13-D-P194. The award is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum $30,000,000 for fresh fruit and vegetable support for customers in the Mississippi zone. Location of performance is Mississippi with a Sept. 27, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and U.S. Department of Agriculture School. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2013 through fiscal year 2014 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

AIR FORCE

BRSI LP., Houston, Texas, (FA7014-10-F-A004) is being awarded a $6,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract with cost reimbursable line items for travel contract for non-personal, commercial services for third party collections. The location of the performance is mutiple military treatment facilities in the continental U.S. and overseas. Work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2014. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is 773 ESS/PK, San Antonio, Texas.

Signature Performance Inc., Omaha, Neb., (FA7014-10-F-A021) is being awarded a $6,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract with cost reimbursable line items for travel contract for non-personal, commercial services for third party collections. The location of the performance is mutiple military treatment facilities in the continental U.S. and overseas. Work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2014. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is 773 ESS/PK, San Antonio, Texas.

*Small Business

** Woman Owned Small Business
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Military Contracts Awarded On 3.27.2013

http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5006

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. Older contract announcements are available from the contract archive page. Contract announcements are also available by e-mail subscription. Go to DOD News for more information and for links to other news items.

FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET No. 185-13
March 27, 2013

CONTRACTS

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Siemens Medical Solutions, Inc., Malvern, Pa., was issued a modification exercising the fourth option year on contract (SPM2D1-09-D-8314/P00069). The modification is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $1,871,764,738 for radiology systems, subsystems, accessories, service, manual, and repair/parts. Location of performance is Pennsylvania with a March 30, 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.

Garden Wholesale Inc.*, Jacksonville, Fla., was awarded contract (SPM300-13-D-P190). The award is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum $16,800,000 for fresh fruit and vegetable support for customers in the North Florida zone.[] Location of performance is Florida with a Sept. 26, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Department of Agriculture School. 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.

United Technologies Corp., doing business as Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., was awarded contract (N00383-12-G-001M-UN10). The award is a firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract with a maximum $10,759,459 for aircraft engine compressor supplies and replenishment spares. Location of performance is Connecticut with a Dec. 30, 2016 performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Air Force and Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Oklahoma City, Okla.

ARMY

Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $50,223,272 cost-plus-fixed-fee incrementally-funded contract. This increment is worth $6,265,740. The award will provide for data transport and telecommunications services. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W91QUZ-06-D-0017).

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corp., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $24,365,763 time-and-materials contract. This modification will provide a one-year extension of support services for the Air and Missile Defense Planning and Control System. Work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 25, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid received. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-11-D-0019).

Armtec Countermeasures Co., Coachella, Calif., was awarded a $22,818,260 firm-fixed-price contract. This is a modification to the existing contract to procure additional M206, MJU-7A/B and MJU-10/B infrared countermeasure flares. Work will be performed in Milan, Tenn.; and East Camden, Ark.; with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2015. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with two bids received. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-09-C-0055).

Kilgore Flare Co., LLC., Toone, Tenn., was awarded a $20,419,874 firm-fixed-price contract. This is a modification of an existing contract to procure additional M206, MJU-7A/B and MJU-10/B infrared countermeasure flares. This is a foreign military sales contract in support of countries in Asia-Pacific and Europe. Work will be performed in Toone, with an estimated completion date of May 29, 2015. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with two bids received. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-09-C-0056).

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded a $12,100,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award provide for the services in support of the generation three electronic control unit upgrade and the installation of the AVR-2B Laser Warning System. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, with an estimated completion date of March 25, 2015. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-04-G-0023).

L-3 National Security Solutions Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded an $8,366,495 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide enterprise service support for the entire National Capital Region. Work will be performed in Arlington, Va., with an estimated completion date of March 29, 2014. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-13-F-3003).

AIR FORCE

ION Corp., Eden Prairie, MN, (FA8224-13-D-0004); X Technologies Inc., San Antonio, Texas, (FA8224-13-D-0005) and TFAB Defense Systems, Warner Robins, Ga, (FA8224-13-D-0006) are being awarded a $27,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure engineering services for electronic interface device analysis, assessment, technical design documentation, and production of full scale working model prototypes. Of the $27,000,000 available for task orders under this contract, $70,000.00 will be obligated upon award for the first task order. Subsequent task orders will be competed among the three contractors. The location of contract performance is Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Work is expected to be complete by March 29, 2019. The initial task order will be funded with fiscal 2013 dollars. Funding for subsequent task orders will align with the fiscal year in which they are awarded. The contracting activity is Air Force Space Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., (FA8625-11-C-6597-P00141) is being awarded an $11,812,890 contract modification for contractor maintenance team and contractor logistics support for six Iraq aircraft. The location of the performance is New al-Muthana Air Base (NAMAB), Baghdad, Iraq. Work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2015. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 funds. The contracting activity is AFLCMC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Contract involves foreign military sales.

NAVY

Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance, Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $15,855,158 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0024) to exercise an option for organizational, selected intermediate, and limited depot-level maintenance for aircraft operated by Adversary Squadrons. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West, Fla. (40 percent); NAS Fallon, Nev. (30 percent); and the Marine Corp Air Station, Yuma, Ariz. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $17,140,000 are being obligated at time ofaward. Contract funds will expireat the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $14,949,523 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) for the procurement of 103 each Pod Adapter Units and NavFLIR Surrogates, which are used to attach the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pod to the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. Work will be performed in the Basildon, Essex, United Kingdom (70 percent) and McKinney, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2015. Contract funds in the amount of $14,949,523 are being obligated at time of award, $9,869,588 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $12,704,478 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M67854-12-C-4900) to exercise an option for Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology (IT) Services (MCEITS) Operations Capability and Enterprise IT Center Operational Support Services (MOC/EITC) and Systems Integration Environment. These services provide the government operations and support for the application and service hosting environment for the Marine Corps Information Enterprise (MCIENT), unclassified and classified MCEITS Operations Capability and Enterprise IT Center (EITC), including the processes and functions necessary to ensure successful management, oversight, operations and maintenance of the capability on the Marine Corps Enterprise Network. Work will be performed at the Enterprise IT Center, Kansas City, Mo.(65 percent), Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va. (25 percent), and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., (10 percent). Work is expected to be completed on March 27, 2017. Fiscal 2013 Operation and Maintenance funds in the amount of $12,704,478 will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with full and open competition, and six offers received. Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $10,148,771 modification to a previously issued delivery order placed against basic ordering agreement (N00019-08-G-0010). This modification provides for additional non-recurring engineering for the conversion of one UH-3H helicopter to a UH-3D Trainer Aircraft, including associated test support. Work will be performed in Cherry Point, N.C., (80 percent) and Stratford, Conn., (20 percent) and is expected to be completed in October 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $10,148,771 are being obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Greenlawn, N.Y., is being awarded a $7,976,575 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2011) to exercise an option for the procurement and repair of Common (Identification Friend or Foe) Digital Transponder (CXP) hardware for the Army, Navy, and the governments of Saudi Arabia, Thailand, South Korea and Denmark. Work will be performed in Greenlawn, N.Y., and is expected to be completed in August 2015. Contract funds in the amount of $7,976,575 are being obligated on this award, $697,708 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Army ($6,007,858;75.3 percent); Navy ($1,068,642;13.4 percent); and the governments of Saudi Arabia ($380,568;4.8 percent); Denmark ($289,314;3.6 percent); Korea ($203,511;2.6percent); and Thailand ($26,682;0.3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $6,692,667 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-11-C-0013) for the operational support of two KMAX Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) deployed in operational support of Marine Corps. Work will be performed in various OCONUS locations (90 percent) and Patuxent River, Md. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $6,692,667 will be obligated at time of award, all which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

CACI, Inc.-Federal, Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $6,514,680 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00033-08-D-6506) with firm-fixed-price task orders to exercise a six-month option for worldwide logistics services in support of Military Sealift Command fleet operations and readiness. Work will be performed in Chantilly, Va.(20 percent), and various locations overseas worldwide. The work is expected to be completed by October 2013. Fiscal 2013 Working Capital funds in the amounts of $6,514,680 will be obligated on individual task orders for fiscal year 2013. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Military Sealift Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., is being awarded a $9,313,642 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-13-C-0041). This effort extends the work to mature and evolve the Vanderbilt efforts from META Language FA8650-10-C-7075 and META Design Flow FA8650-10-C-7082 contracts. This work falls under the DARPA Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) program. The META tools have been under development since late 2010, with a number of performers, narrowed down to three integrated tool chains. Work will be performed in Nashville, Tenn. (79.50 percent); Atlanta, Ga. (6.92 percent); Menlo Park, Calif. (1.06 percent); Corvallis, Ore. (2.88 percent); Cambridge, Mass. (4.07 percent); Linkoping, Sweden (2.11 percent); Natick, Mass. (1.09 percent), and Palo Alto, Calif. (2.36 percent). The estimated completion date is March 31, 2014. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va.

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Posted by unhappycamper | Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:11 AM (2 replies)

Military Contracts Awarded On 3.26.2013

http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5005

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. Older contract announcements are available from the contract archive page. Contract announcements are also available by e-mail subscription. Go to DOD News for more information and for links to other news items.


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET No. 184-13
March 26, 2013

CONTRACTS

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc., Twinsburg, Ohio, was issued a modification exercising the fourth option year on contract (SPM2D1-09-D-8331/P00014). The modification is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract with a maximum $91,626,986 for radiology systems, components, upgrades, accessories, and installation. Location of performance is Ohio with a March 29, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services include the 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.

Philips Medical Systems, Andover, Mass., was issued a modification exercising the fourth option year on contract (SPM2D1-09-D-8349/P00046). The modification is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for a maximum $77,172,660 for patient monitoring systems, subsystems, accessories, consumables, spare/repair parts, and training. Location of performance is Massachusetts with a March 29, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

DeRossi and Son Co., Inc.*, Vineland, N.J., was issued a modification on contract (SPM1C1-10-D-1029/P00019). The modification is a firm-fixed-price contract for a maximum $13,413,600 for men’s poly/wool, dress, Army, blue coats. Location of performance is New Jersey with a March 25, 2014 performance completion date. Using military service is the Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

NAVY

Lockheed Martin Corp., Liverpool, N.Y. is being awarded a $30,550,000 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5300) to exercise the firm-fixed-price options for the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 System low-rate initial production units .The SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) Electronic Warfare System. The SEWIP Block 2 will greatly improve the receiver/antenna group necessary to keep capabilities current with the pace threats and to yield improved system integration. Work will be performed in Syracuse, N.Y. (68 percent), and Lansdale, Pa. (32 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2014. Funding in the amount of $30,550,000 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Syracuse, N.Y., is being awarded a $17,179,793 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-5202) for the procurement of a one year option for fiscal 2013 AN/SQQ-89 Anti-Submarine Warfare engineering services. This includes development and fielding of the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 11 and ACB 13 systems hosted on Technical Insertion 12 hardware. Work will be performed in Manassas, Va. (52 percent); Syracuse, N.Y. (22 percent); Newport, R.I. (10 percent); Hauppauge, N.Y. (8 percent); and Lemont Furnace, Pa. (8 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2013. Funds in the amount of $7,730,000 will be obligated at time of contract award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Xerox Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $14,864,361 contract modification (P00016) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00189-08-D-Z001) for a six-month period of performance extension for supplies and support of multipurpose copier equipment aboard Navy ships, both deployed and in-port. Work will be performed on Navy ships worldwide, whether in-port or deployed, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2103. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2013 Operations, Maintenance and Navy funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. No contract funds will expire before the end of the current fiscal year. The original contract was awarded on a competitive bases, but this modification was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., Hill Air Force Base, Utah, (F42610-98-C-0001, P03801) is being awarded a $12,655,091 contract modification contract for a Dual Source program. The contract modification is to refurbish fuses under the ICBM prime integration contract. The location of the performance is Hill Air Force Base, Utah and King of Prussia, Pa. Work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2014. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is AFNWC/PZBE, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

CORRECTION

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Robertson Fuel Systems LLC., Tempe, Ariz., was awarded contract (SPRPA1-10-G-001Y-0005). The award is a firm-fixed-price contract for a maximum $8,777,175 for crashworthy external fuel system. Location of performance is Arizona with a Jan. 30, 2015, performance completion date. Using military services is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Navy Appropriation funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Posted by unhappycamper | Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:03 AM (0 replies)

Military judge rejects two trials in Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair case

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/03/25/1245978?sac=fo.military



Military judge rejects two trials in Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair case
By Drew Brooks
Published: 05:56 AM, Tue Mar 26, 201

A military judge Monday denied a motion to split the court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair into two trials and heard other motions during a hearing on Fort Bragg.

Lawyers on both sides of the case - which centers on allegations of misconduct, adultery and forcible sodomy - made more than a dozen motions.

They include routine requests for discovery and an attempt by defense lawyers to invalidate government search warrants.

Sinclair, a former deputy commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, is accused of having an illicit affair and engaging in wrongful sexual conduct with several women under his command.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 26, 2013, 07:40 AM (0 replies)

Guantanamo hunger strike grows; 3 captives hospitalized

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/03/25/186849/guantanamo-hunger-strike-grows.html



Guantanamo Bay Cuba

Guantanamo hunger strike grows; 3 captives hospitalized
By CAROL ROSENBERG | The Miami Herald
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013

MIAMI — Navy medical staff at Guantanamo counted 28 of the 166 war-on-terror captives as Pentagon-defined "hunger strikers," the prison said Monday, reporting an increase over the weekend that included three men being treated at the prison hospital.

A total of 10 of the hunger strikers were getting liquid nutrition, which under prison camp protocol is fed to a captive who's been shackled into a restraint chair and had a feeding tube snaked up his nose into his stomach.

The three at the hospital were receiving tube feedings and intravenous drips, said Navy Capt. Robert Durand, the detention center spokesman who on Friday reported 26 hunger strikers, eight on tube feedings and two hospitalized.

Hunger strike figures have grown steadily in the 10 days since the detention center acknowledged a strike was under way at a communal prison called Camp 6, until recently Guantanamo's most populous prison camp by far. Lawyers for the detainees say it was triggered by an early February shakedown of the cells at Camp 6 that included what the captives considered poor treatment of their Qurans.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 26, 2013, 06:58 AM (2 replies)

Viral Video on America’s Incredibly Skewed distribution of Wealth

http://www.juancole.com/2013/03/americas-incredibly-distribution.html

Viral Video on America’s Incredibly Skewed distribution of Wealth
Posted on 03/25/2013 by Juan

A fascinating video on America’s incredibly skewed wealth distribution, with the top 1% owning 40% and the bottom 40% almost nothing:

#!
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 26, 2013, 06:24 AM (2 replies)

US Drone Campaign in Pakistan: Amazing Infographic (Serle)

http://www.juancole.com/2013/03/campaign-pakistan-infographic.html



Pitch Interactive have visualised every CIA drone strike and every casualty in Pakistan.

US Drone Campaign in Pakistan: Amazing Infographic (Serle)
Posted on 03/26/2013 by Juan

A new interactive graphic, which uses the Bureau’s drone data, has brought a fresh perspective to the CIA’s nine-year drone campaign in Pakistan.

A team of developers has pulled together every known drone strike and casualty from data provided by the Bureau and New America Foundation. This data has been represented in an interactive timeline which allows the viewer to see how the campaign builds over time, as well as the number of people killed.

Pitch Interactive, a California-based commercial web-development studio, has produced the interactive as part of a pro-bono programme.

The project, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, aims to capture the scale and human cost of the drone war in Pakistan through its visual representation of the CIA’s covert Pakistan drone war from the first event in 2004 to the latest strike.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 26, 2013, 06:01 AM (1 replies)

New report says there are still no federal safety standards for nation’s bioterror defense labs

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/25/new-report-says-there-are-still-no-federal-safety-standards-for-nations-bioterror-defense-labs/



New report says there are still no federal safety standards for nation’s bioterror defense labs
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, March 25, 2013 17:00 EDT

US labs that research bioterror germs such as anthrax are at risk for accidents because they do not have uniform building and operation standards, a Congressional investigative group said on Monday.

A lack of oversight has persisted despite a 2009 report by the Government Accountability Office on the same topic, leaving no single agency in charge of safety or research goals at bioterror labs, the GAO said in its report.

“This deficiency may be more critical today than three years ago because current budget constraints make prioritization essential,” it said.

Further, because no agency is in charge of directing research priorities, even important projects — like a proposed $1.14 billion national bio- and agro-defense lab to make vaccines against high-risk animal diseases that could harm humans — are in peril as the United States undergoes sharp budget cuts.


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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/25/vial-of-easily-weaponized-virus-goes-missing-in-texas/

Vial of easily weaponized virus goes missing in Texas
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 26, 2013, 05:46 AM (0 replies)

U.S. will spend $6 billion to remove military equipment from Afghanistan by 2014

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/25/u-s-will-spend-6-billion-to-remove-military-equipment-from-afghanistan-by-2014/



U.S. will spend $6 billion to remove military equipment from Afghanistan by 2014
By Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian
Monday, March 25, 2013 18:00 EDT

Fighting wars is expensive, but so is winding them down. As the US prepares to ship most of its weapons, vehicles and other equipment home after more than a decade in Afghanistan, the bill for the move will be a staggering $6bn, officers in charge of the complex process say.

Rusting Soviet tanks and guns still dot the Afghan landscape, serving as bleak memorials to violence of the 1980s, and perhaps a spur to Nato forces to ensure there are no similar reminders from the last decade of conflict.

The US military has pledged it will level any bases not handed over to Afghan forces and fly out, drive out or scrap the weapons, equipment and tens of thousands of Humvees and expensive MRAPs – mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles – it has shipped in since 2001.

To do this, it must sort through 100,000 shipping containers and strip down nearly 30,000 vehicles scattered in hundreds of bases across Afghanistan’s mountains and deserts, all by a 2014 deadline, while making sure nearly 70,000 US soldiers still in Afghanistan are not left short of equipment they need to fight.



unhappycamper comment: Prediction: Six billion dollars is a lowball estimate.
Posted by unhappycamper | Tue Mar 26, 2013, 05:38 AM (0 replies)
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