May 17, 2009 14:58 UTC
CH2M Hill-Kleinfelder of San Diego, CA, won a maximum $100 million cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity architect/engineering contract for long-term environmental regulation compliance in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s (NAVFAC) Southwest area of responsibility (AOR). This AOR includes California (80%), Arizona (5%), Nevada (5%), Colorado (4%), New Mexico (2%), Utah (2%), and other federal and Department of Defense installations nationwide (2%). NAVFAC manages the planning, design and construction of shore facilities for U.S. Navy activities around the world.
Under the contract, CH2M Hill-Kleinfelder will provide studies, evaluations, consultation, conceptual design, value engineering, risk assessments, pilot or treatability projects, operation monitoring and optimization of environmental treatment or control systems. These services will enable the Navy and the Marine Corps to comply with Department of Defense, federal, state, local, and installation specific environment laws, regulations, and guidance.
The firm expects to complete the work by May 2014. The first task order of $1.9 million has been awarded and is due to be complete by May 2010. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities and Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 4 proposals received by NAVFAC Southwest, based in San Diego, CA (N62473-09-D-2622).
Nov 12, 2007 17:27 UTC
Aviation Week’s Ares reports that The European Parliament will vote on including military aviation in the EU’s greenhouse gas emission trading scheme (ETS) during its plenary session in Strasbourg, France, this week. Military aircraft were not originally included, but an amendment to the draft legislation calls for flights performed by military aircraft to be included in the ETS unless they are “part of an international mission.”
If the aircraft are included, the cost of purchasing emissions credits would be added to the price of training flights and other military activities – presumably including local disaster relief, unless this too was exempted.
Amusingly, the Green party has criticized the European Parliament itself for the emissions its members and staff cause, by moving back and forth from Brussels and Strasbourg to hold plenary sessions.
Sep 27, 2007 19:58 UTC
In 2005, Republic of Korea (ROK, aka. South Korea) Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung said that he aimed to increase the defense budget from 2.8% of the total gross domestic product to 3.2% by 2008, a 12.5% increase in relative terms even before economic growth is factored in. In 2006, the government announced plans to cut troop levels from 680,000 to 500,000 by 2020, and funnel more money to modern weaponry. This related move is partly driven by weapons costs that rise much faster than inflation as each new generation is fielded, and partly by the realities of South Korea’s birth rate and future population pyramid.
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Jul 28, 2006 03:11 UTC
In three years, the price of oil has risen from $30 a barrel to about $80. The US military reportedly represents 97% of the US federal government’s energy costs and now spends more than $10 billion a year on fuel, $4.7 billion of which went to pay for Air Force jet fuel. Meanwhile, the US Army Corps of Engineers sees energy use as a future operational issue for US bases and forces on the ground, and the Pentagon is taking a closer look at alternative energy options. Including new options for jet fuel and naval propulsion.
Along similar lines, Congressional Reps. Roscoe Bartlett [R-MD] and Steve Israel [D-NY - and see his blog also] recently inaugurated a bipartisan panel called the Defense Energy Working Group. Its goals include attracting other members of Congress to the working group, channeling funds for advanced energy initiatives in the Pentagon via federal incentives & handouts, and bringing in sectors like business and universities to collaborate. “Our reliance on foreign energy is a glaring military vulnerability,” Israel said. “It’s a fundamental national security issue.”
Former CIA chief James Woolsey, the Chair of the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board Policy Panel on DoD Energy Strategy, and an Advisory Board Member of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), will also serve in the group. Woolsey is scheduled to address an energy security forum at the National Defense University later in 2006. For those wishing a preview, Transcripts and video of his appearance at the Pentagon’s recent Crystal City, VA conference are available.
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Mar 28, 2006 12:18 UTC
Following our reports today covering the USA’s recent purchase of $3.15 billion worth of various fuels and almost $230 million worth of electricity over the past week, it seems like a fuller picture is in order. A CNN online article notes that according to the Defense Energy Support Center, the U.S. military consumed 144.8 million barrels of fuel in 2004, spending $6.7 billion. In 2005, it consumed only 128.3 million barrels, but spent $8.8 billion. For 2006, the energy support center estimates the military will need 130.6 million barrels and pay more than $10 billion.
Fears of shortages after Hurricane Katrina gave the issue even more urgency, and set in motion a cascade of events from Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England’s September 2005 fuel conservation memo, to by a December 2005 directive asking all defense facilities to cut their energy consumption and increase the use of renewable energy sources. The goal is reduce energy consumption by 2% each year, while increasing renewable energy use to 7.5% of total demand by 2013 and 25% by 2025.
B-52H: gas guzzler
There are certain to be procurement-related implications from these moves up and down he chain. Re-engining the USA’s 1950s-era B-52 bombers was previously dismissed as not worth it, but odds are pretty good that it will happen in the new climate. DID’s March 17, 2006 “Energy Conservation Moving Up Pentagon’s Agenda” article describes a number of other initiatives that are already underway, excerpts and links to a key report from the US Army Corps of Engineers covering future military sustainability, and offers (updated) information about the Pentagon’s upcoming inter-agency Energy Conversation events at the end. We enjoyed seeing Rep. Bartlett’s [R-MD] office quote and reference that article in the invitation to former CIA director R. James Woolsey’s upcoming talk.
Feb 14, 2006 01:38 UTC
DOSS Aviation Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO is being awarded a $178.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to support the USAF’s Initial Flight Screening program. Actual award of a contract will be contingent upon completion of a successful national Environmental Policy Act analysis by the Air Force at the offeror’s proposed training location in Pueblo, CO, before mobilization and performance begins. The contract is structured to screen between 1,200-1,700 students per year once the program is operating at full capacity. As a point of comparison, consider DID’s November 25, 2005 article covering the “Canada Wings Aviation Training Centre” for Canadian and foreign students near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
The contract will include a six-month mobilization effort, one basic year and nine one-year options and will provide ground school and flight training for Air Force officers with follow-on assignments to undergraduate flying training courses (Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training). The contractor will furnish all aircraft, aircraft maintenance, fire/crash/rescue support, labor (to include certified flight instructors), training facilities, physical and personnel security, lodging, dining, local transportation and physical fitness facilities for the students. In addition, the contractor will provide office space for a permanent-party military cadre that will oversee the students while they are in residence at the contractor’s training facility. Solicitations began August 2004, negotiations were complete in October 2005, and work will be complete by September 2006. The Headquarters Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base, TX issued the contract (FA3002-06-C-0002).
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Jan 09, 2006 09:54 UTC
F-16CJ: KA2 mock-up
HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. uses fractal patterns to create better military camouflage designs. Canada changed military camouflage standards by issuing their proprietary “pixelated” CADPAT uniforms as a result of a DND research program. Its improved performance in NATO exercises helped smooth the adoption of the related MARPAT for the US Marines and its ACUPAT derivative for the US Army. See this Hyperstealth page, and this MARPAT-related USMC page, to understand some of the key principles behind these new designs.
Working with Lt. Col. Timothy R. O’Neill, Ph.D. (U.S. Army, Ret.), whose research work formed the basis of both CADPAT and MARPAT, Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. has entered the digital camouflage field. In 2003, the firm was commissioned by King Abdullah II to create the advanced digital KA2 camouflage pattern for Jordan’s Armed Forces, Police, Customs and Counter-Terrorism battalions. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has since extended that research into other areas, and the company has been given permission to announce that after two years of R&D, digital camouflage patterns have proven themselves applicable to weapons, vehicles, helicopters, and even jet aircraft. Better still, they claim that these patterns can be applied with little specialized training and no drawbacks over conventional camouflage.
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Dec 09, 2005 04:39 UTC
Robins Air Force Base received ten 5kW fuel cells in October 2005 as part of the Robins Micro-grid Project. The fuel cells will provide 275,000 kilowatt hours of power to the base’s power source until their departure in October 2006. New York-based manufacturer Plug Power Inc., Atlanta-based Logan Energy Corp., the Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center and others are involved.
The quiet fuell cells reform propane gas and extract hydrogen to produce electricity as part of Robins’ Fuel Cell Micro-grid project, also known as the Common Core Power Production (C2P2) program. C2P2 a year-long demonstration-validation Department of Defense, Air Force program to ultimately seek alternative, environmentally-sound fuel sources for troops in deployed locations as part of BEAR (basic expeditionary airfield resources), or as backup power sources for stateside bases. So, how will this program work?
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Nov 02, 2005 01:10 UTC
Nordic Ammunition Co. (or “Nammo”) in Karlsborg, Sweden received an $8.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for 5.56mm M995 and 7.62mm M993 armor piercing cartridges. Nammo subsidiary Vanasverken supplies the Swedish Defense forces, and specializes in armor piercing and sniper ammunition development. Their other specialty is a new non-toxic ammunition cartridge.
Work will be performed in Bedford, PA and is expected to be complete by Oct. 30, 2009. This was a sole source contract initiated on June 17, 2005 by the Picatinny Center for Contracting and Commerce in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (W15QKN-06-C-0009).
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Sep 01, 2005 04:56 UTC
Ecology and Environment Inc. in Lancaster, NY is being awarded a not to exceed $20 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for environmental planning and engineering services for preparation of documents including Categorical Exclusions (CATEX), Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as Environmental Reviews and Environmental Studies under Executive Order (EO) 12114, “Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions.”
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