Jun 28, 2011 15:40 UTC
June 24/11: The US DSCA announces [PDF] Morocco’s official request to buy 8 AN/MPQ-64F1 Improved Sentinel radars, 8 M1152 HMMWV Sentinel transports, 8 accompanying AN/VRC-92E SINCGARS Vehicular Dual Long-Range System Radios, plus Sentinel Software, HMMWV support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, and U.S. Government and contractor support.
The DSCA says that “The Government of Morocco is modernizing its armed forces and expanding its air defense architecture.” They could certainly use that…
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Jun 28, 2011 13:45 UTC
The Lakeshore TolTest JV, LLC in Detroit, MI recently won a $64.4 million firm-fixed-price contract to design and build a brigade garrison at “Deh Yak Ghazni”, Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Ghazni, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Jan 30/13. It is not immediately clear whether the garrison is for Afghan government use, under the ANSF program, but that is likely. Bids were solicited through the Internet, with 8 bids received by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Afghanistan Engineer District in Kabul, Afghanistan (W5J9JE-11-C-0130)
Deh Yak is a district about 30 km east of Ghazni city in Ghazni Province, which is located in eastern Afghanistan. The province has served as part of the trade route from Kabul to Kandahar for many centuries, and was recently discovered to have incredibly rich lithium deposits. Those discoveries will likely add to Ghazni’s interesting history. It was a thriving Buddhist center before its destruction by Muslim conquerors in 869 AD, and the area’s subsequent historic legacy still shapes it via the number of resident Hazaras among the Pashtun population. The Deh Yak district is majority Pashtun, however, with some ethnic Tajiks.
Jun 27, 2011 16:55 UTC
NATO’s shared NE-3A Sentry AWACS fleet act as flying command posts and radar stations, directing aerial operations and providing an overall picture of activity in the air and on the sea. They are crewed by multinational teams, made up of all 16 (soon 15) participating countries. The 18-plane acquisition was signed in 1978, and remains the largest single joint purchase ever made by the alliance. Today, 17 of the 707-based NE-3As remain in operation, flying out of their main base at NAB Geilenkirchen, Germany, and other locations as needed. Ongoing upgrade programs have worked to keep them relatively current.
Finmeccanica’s Alenia Aeronautica recently announced a 10-year, estimated EUR 100 million contract with the IAMCO joint venture, to supply a range of maintenance and upgrades for NATO’s NE-3A AWACS fleet. Within the contract…
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Jun 27, 2011 13:57 UTC
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in McLean, VA recently won a $9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for an unusual effort:
“…research in the detection of insider threats based on sensor data from routine activities of members of a group, and possibly social networks.”
Call it the WikiCaulking contract. Work will be performed in McLean, VA; Amherst, MA; Corvallis, OR; Pittsburgh, PA; and Atlanta, GA, with an estimated completion date of May 31/13. Bids were solicited through a broad agency announcement, with 7 bids received by U.S. Army Contracting Command in Durham, NC (W911NF-11-C-0088).
Jun 26, 2011 14:23 UTC
President Barack Obama’s June 22, 2011 address to the nation confirmed that the decision he made in 2009 to send an additional 33,000 troops into Afghanistan was by no means an open-ended commitment. Starting in July, the United States will begin removing 10,000 troops from Afghanistan, with a further commitment to bring home the additional 23,000 troops by next summer. Reflecting that the United States’ mission in Afghanistan will change from combat to support, troop withdrawals will progress at a steady place until 2014. It is anticipated that by this time Afghanistan will be responsible for its own security.
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