Small business qualifier M.R. Pittman Group L.L.C. in Harahan, LA won a $25.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for Emergency Restoration of the London Avenue Canal Closure Structure. Work will be performed in New Orleans, LA and is expected to be complete by May 15, 2006. There were 48 bids solicited on Jan. 13, 2006, and three bids were received by The Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, LA (W912P8-06-C-0087).
Manson Construction Co. in Seattle, WA received a $9.1 million firm-fixed-price contract for Maintenance Dredging of the Federal Navigation Channels of Ventura Harbor, CA. Work is expected to be complete by March 13, 2006. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on July 19, 2005, and two bids were received. The Army Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles, CA issued the contract (W912PL-06-C-0002).
Past DID articles covering the future of ground robots on the battlefield and the MTRS TALON/Packbot surveillance and explosives disposal robots both noted a role for smaller examples, from Dragon Runner “Throwbots” to Exponent’s field-iterated MARCBot. Some US troops were even taking initiative and using remote-control toys as part of their patrols.
Now Innovative Response Technologies Inc. in Fairmont, WV has received a $10 million firm-fixed-price contract for 309 explosive ordnance disposal “BOMBOT” vehicles for IED mine neutralization. The BOMBOT has been described by its proponents as a “high-tech toy truck with a camera and a dump bed.” How does that help soldiers neutralize IED mines, and how did an Air Force Research Laboratory project end up being procured by the USA’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)?
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure in Baton Rouge, LA received a delivery order amount of $8.4 million as part of a $20 million firm-fixed-price contract to Furnish Temporary Modular Buildings for Southern University New Orleans Campus. Work will be performed in New Orleans, LA, and is expected to be complete by Feb. 13, 2006. There were three bids solicited on Nov. 23, 2005, and two bids were received by the Army Engineer District, New Orleans, LA (W912P8-06-D-0019).
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?
The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ, also called “the Boneyard,” stores hundreds of older or retired aircraft outdoors in the dry Arizona sun (see Flash tour). The planes are then scavenged for parts, or restored to flying condition later for re-entry into active service. AMARC is sometimes the only place to get spare parts for older aircraft like the B-52 Bomber or F-111 Aardvark short of doing custom builds, and will become increasingly important given the rising average ages of the US tacair, bomber and transport fleets.
By reclaiming nearly 42,000 aircraft parts during FY 2004 and 2005, a team saved the government $1.25 billion, while providing parts support to American and allied warfighters. During a visit in 2004, DID Editor-In-Chief Joe Katzman was told the facility is that ultimate rarity, an active military installation that makes a net profit. As a result of these efforts, and some impressive strides in on-site performance, AMARC has earned a 2005 Lean Continuous Process Improvement award. Some process improvements included:
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana Recovery Field Office Continue to issue contracts for services as varied as debris removal, quality assurance, modifications to key structures, etc. The total value of all contracts noted here is $147 million.
Since the recent list is a long one, DID will divide them by issuing agency. Note especially the high number of small business related contracts in this group; this is common when undertaking local construction-related work leveraging the local firms’ proximity and also helping the US Defense Department to get closer to its small business contract award targets.
DID has covered special contracts before, wherein the US government can issue “extreme situations, massive response” requests and demand to have them met, quickly, by private sector entities. Since that kind of capability used to require large numbers of extra troops, including numerous domain expert specialists, it’s worth reminding ourselves what a change this represents.
The $10 billion US Air Force Contract Augmentation Program III (AFCAP III) is such a program, also referred to as “expeditionary engineering.” The Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base, TX has just issued a set of indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contracts, which define the small roster of firms who have shown them the capabilities and capacities to handle the kinds of situations that AFCAP III may cover.
Minority-owned small business qualifier SEI Group in Huntsville, AL won a $6.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for design, construction and installation of physical and electronic security measures in Baghdad, Iraq. To illustrate the potential importance of physical security measures to combat operations, read this news report re: how the dangerous “Route Irish” road to Baghdad airport was secured.
The contract period will end on Aug. 11, 2006. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on Aug. 11, 2005, and two bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Winchester, VA issued the contract (W912ER-06-C-0002).
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, LA has issued a series of contracts related to restoration, repair, and planning work along the Gulf Coast. These three contracts have a total value of $47.4 million.