Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, VA issues up to $7.2 billion worth of indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contracts for global intelligence support services. Each contractor will compete for task orders, and receive a minimum guarantee of just $5,000. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, and will run from Sept 11/14 to Sept 11/19.
There were 2 categories of winners: larger firms, and small business set-asides…
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Tactical Technology Office has 3 major focus areas. Advanced Platforms does a lot of work in robotics, from load carriers that walk like a dog (LS3) to UAVs designed to stay up for months (Vulture). They also do work in areas like hypersonic vehicles, however, and helicopter rotors that work better by changing their shape. Advanced Space Systems deals with programs like MOIRE flat-lens surveillance, and F6 fractional/clustered satellites. Advanced Weapons Systems covers projects like the naval LRASM missile, the Triple Target Terminator missile for fighters, or guided small-caliber sniper rounds (EXACTO).
In October 2011, US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic in Charleston, SC issued a multiple-award contract for FY 2012, whose options could drive it to $150 million, and extend work through FY 2014.
The Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, GA is an outgrowth of the BRAC 2005 process, which consolidated the Army Armor Center and School with the Army Infantry Center and School. In October 2011, they issued a 5-year, maximum $458 million contract among 14 contractors.
Winners will bid on task orders to help the center produce training strategies, doctrine, capabilities, analysis, instruction and products for the current and future force. Per standard procedure, work location will be determined with each task order, during a contract period that will run until Sept 30/16. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 34 bids received by the Mission Contracting Office in Fort Bragg, NC. The 14 winners were:
The US Air Force has exercised a second option year on a $90 million 5-year contract (FA8224-07-D-0001) for Mainstream GS in Bethesda, MD, to provide continuous process improvement (CPI) services. CPI is intended to improve the efficiency of how the USAF works as an organization.
A main portion of Mainstream’s work involves support for the Air Force Smart Operations 21 (AFSO21) program, which is based on both Lean and Six Sigma business process improvement tools.
In an interview, Mainstream President Alan Horowitz told DID that his company is supplying the USAF a number of CPI services, include Lean and Six Sigma consulting, training, facilitation, and planning…
International consulting firm Alix Partner recently released their 2009 Global Aerospace & Defense Review(SM), which investigated virtually all segments of the global aerospace industry, its key customers, and key issues. Their conclusion? After 5 years of strong, profitable growth, financials for virtually all segments of the aerospace industry globally are deteriorating rapidly – and the situation is likely to worsen in 2010. Extracting cash from operations will be key. Or, as Alix Managing Partner Phillip Toy puts it: “In times like these, cash is king, queen, pilot and co-pilot.”
Alix believes that the ways in which the industry is changing, and underlying business fundamentals for industry firms, are at least as important as the overall trend. Overall, industry financial-distress indicators have deteriorated by 24% since 2008. The debt/capital ratio of North American airlines in particular is a concerning statistic, and the financial state of European supplier firms also bears watching. On the defense front, continued cuts are expected past 2010, with a possible counter-trend in Asia. The biggest change, however, concerns Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, whose EBIT margins have exceeded their customers’ by an average of over 30% over the last 2 years. That power relationship is changing, and the change has important implications for industry firms up and down the supply chain.
DID is working with Alix Partners on a guest article that will discuss some of this research, and flesh out some of the study’s insights and implications for our readers (July 22/09: The article is up).
Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH received the fourth option, worth $6.9 million, under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N62473-07-D-4013) to provide environmental services and technology to U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps installations and commands worldwide. Battelle will provide engineering and incidental services for research, development, testing, evaluation, and implementation of environmental technologies, strategies and techniques; operation of sites and systems, including maintenance and monitoring; and technical consultation.
The total estimated contract amount after exercise of this final option is $30 million. Battelle will perform the work at various Navy, Marine Corps, and other federal locations worldwide. It expects to complete the work by June 2010. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Specialty Center Acquisitions in Port Hueneme, CA manages the contract.
Guest article by Ian Cookson & Grant Thornton Corporate Finance LLC
Aerospace component M&A activity remained strong in 2008, and was one of the best performing sectors, with the same number of transactions as the record set in 2007. Activity was again weighted toward the first half of the year (in a 60/40 split), with a similar number of transactions in the second half of 2008 as 2007. Although 40% of transactions were led by private equity groups, this masks a shift in the second half where strategic buyers proved more successful in winning bids (by a factor of 3:1). Private equity buyers found it harder to raise the levels of debt that supported prices of previous acquisitions.
The strong level of aerospace component activity is in stark contrast to U.S. M&A activity as a whole, which declined by a third in volume terms from the prior year (and substantially more by value). However, the number of smaller deals across all industries (under $50 million) remained remarkably constant. It is this category of smaller deals that is more reflective of aerospace component transactions.
During the Cold War, NATO countries had a strong incentive to invest in minesweeper fleets, in order to keep their ports open to American reinforcements and cover key chokepoints that might be mined by Soviet submarines. With the demise of the Soviet Union, and the rise of remote-controlled UUVs and USVs that can be mounted on any ship, the perceived need for minesweeper ships has declined. The US Navy, for instance, will decommission all 12 of its 893 ton, fiberglass MHC-51 Osprey Class minesweepers by the end of FY 2008. So far, 8 of them have been sold to the Egyptian (MHC 60 & 61), Greek (MHC 52 & 53), Lithuanian (MHC 56 & 57), and Turkish (MHC 58 & 62) navies, even though the first ship was only christened in 1991.
With piracy rising sharply in the early 21st century, however, and land mines showing themselves to be the preferred tactic of islamists and other terrorists on land, some countries are connecting the dots and reassessing their post Cold War needs…
On Dec 25th, UK servicemen and women posted overseas in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and the Falkland Islands receive a Christmas box filled with gifts. Inspired by a tradition that dates back to the First World War, the Christmas box program was established 3 years ago by charity UK4U; this year, they distributed gifts to more than 25,000 British troops. The final send off for the items took place on Dec 22/07 this year, and the UK MoD has a feature describing their receipt.
What a fine idea. This worthy program is made possible by industry sponsors, including:
Angliss BAE Systems
Cooneen Watts & Stone
Fleet Air Arm Association
Fretwell Downing Hospitality
Gifts by Design
J C Bamford Excavators
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Marks and Spencer
NP Aerospace (England)
Nuffield Trust for Forces of the Crown
PA Consulting Group
Purple Food Service Solutions
Royal Photographic Society
Sodexho Defence Service
Twinings of London
Yellow Ribbon Foundation
Innovative Productivity Incorporated (IPI) in Louisville, KY received a $28.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, level of effort contract for the operation and management of the McConnell Technology and Training Center (MTTC). The focus of the work will be to identify and/or develop innovative technologies, processes and concepts, with a focus on reducing operating costs and increasing product quality. MTTC will enhance selected technologies and technology transfers between DOD and private industry, and/or develop them where appropriate.
IPI is a partner in the US Navy’s Fleet Maintenance Reduction Program (FMRP), which helps the Navy resolve nagging and costly shipboard problems by inserting innovative products and technologies; the US Navy estimates that the MTTC projects will save approximately $1 Billion over the next 15 years. IPI also runs the National Surface Treatment Center which works with the Navy on corrosion issues, and the firm offers Quality Management and Business & Industrial Skills Programs that include Six Sigma, Lean strategies, and ISO certification.
Work will be performed in Louisville, KY and is expected to be completed by September 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $10.4 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in Carderock, MD (N00167-07-C-0008)