U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, IL provides more than just airlift services. For heavier items, sealift is more economical, and can even be faster given required sortie rates for very large shipments. Hence the USA’s Regional Domestic Contract (RDC-5) program, where shipping companies provide services between the continental USA and Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico; and from Alaska to Guam.
Global services giant Serco Group plc recently announced a new 4-year contract with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide logistics and base support services in the Middle East. The contract is structured as 2 base years for “over” A$50 million (over $54 million), plus 2 more 1-year options. The British multinational already provides these kinds of services to Britain, Canada, Germany, and the USA, and has provided support services to all 3 of the ADF’s military branches for over 15 years.
Under this contract, Serco will deliver “fully integrated support for ADF bases… in areas such as maintenance and ground refuelling, together with healthcare, accommodation and other support functions. The services will be implemented in a staged approach, with all services fully operational by the end of September 2011.” Ongoing ADF operations in the Middle East include Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, and Sudan. Serco | Arabian Business.
The U.S. Air Force’s 2006 Industrial Product-Support Vendor (IPV) contract manages all supply chain items for production depot maintenance activities at the 3 USAF Air Logistics Centers in Ogden, UT (OO-ALC); Oklahoma City, OK (OC-ALC – opportunities available); and Warner Robins, GA (WR-ALC). The contract extends well beyond Lockheed Martin’s own aircraft and missiles; together, the ALCs provide worldwide engineering, maintenance and logistics management for all USAF fighters, transports, missiles and munitions.
April 22/11: The Pentagon announces that Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. in Johnston, PA is receiving a maximum $500 million contract modification, exercising the 2nd option year on the current fixed-price with economic price adjustment, industrial product-support vendor contract, running until April 19/13 (SPM540-06-D-BP01, P00184).
Oddly, Lockheed Martin’s own April 13/11 release gives an estimated value of just $176 million. Asked about the contract, Lockheed Martin representatives said: “For details on how the DoD arrived at the $500 million amount, I would need to refer you back to the DoD for the terms of this particular calculation.”
In May 2008, the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command awarded Navistar Defense a multi-year $1+ billion follow-on contract to provide medium tactical trucks and spare parts to the Afghanistan National Police, Afghan National Army and the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.
These trucks are based on Navistar’s severe service International 7000 Series truck, and include General Troop Transporter, POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant), water tankers, wreckers and hazardous material truck variants. In addition, Navistar was contracted to supply all required spare parts necessary to support several years of scheduled maintenance.
The US Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Contracting Department’s Philadelphia Office recently awarded a trio of contracts that provide program management and technical support services for the Naval Operational Logistics support Center’s Ordnance Information System, which is used for the important job of tracking US Navy ammunition, bombs, missiles, etc. located around the world.
The 3 contracts were competitively procured via Navy Electronic Commerce On-line, with 5 offers received. They are all 1-year contracts running to September 2011, with 4 one-year option year periods after that:
Seaport-Enhanced (Seaport-e) is a $5.3 billion multiple-award umbrella contract that let the US Navy and Marine Corps use an integrated approach to contracting for support services. Most requests involve engineering, financial, and program management support. Receiving an award makes a firm eligible to big on jobs under a pre-set contract vehicle, and the SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized means of soliciting bids and awarding task orders.
In FY 2010, the US Navy awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple-award contracts to 556 contractors. These contracts are in addition to the existing 1,675 contracts previously awarded under the SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) acquisition program…
The US military has a vast store of supplies and equipment around the world. Keeping track of all that stuff has always been a challenge. In World War II, the US Army kept track using IBM punch cards and electric accounting machines (EAMs).
Well today, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags have replaced punch cards and RFID readers and computers have replaced the EAMs. The RFID tags work like “wireless bar codes” that record, track, and manage the supplies and equipment of a modern networked military.
Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have focused attention on the performance of the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) supply chain management in support of deployed US troops. The availability of spare parts and other critical supply items affects the readiness and operational capabilities of the forces, and the supply chain can be a critical link in determining outcomes on the battlefield.
So, not only does RFID technology help keep track of supplies and equipment, it also helps get critical supplies to the battlefield at the right time and place and to secure supplies en route.
The US Special Operations Command (US SOCOM) awarded 4 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for the Global Battlestaff and Program Support Services (GBPS) program. The 4 contracts have a maximum value of $1.5 billion.
Under the GBPS contracts, the contractors will provide personnel, equipment, tools, materials, supervision, and other items necessary to support a broad range of US SOCOM mission areas.
General Dynamics C4 Systems in Columbia, MD received a ceiling $45.9 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract from the US Marine Corps Systems Command for life cycle logistics for the AccessNet digital switching system and LongArm software.
This contract includes software licenses, training, technical services, and spare and repair parts.
AccessNet is a digital switching system that supports voice conferencing (internal and external) and radio communications. The LongArm software package provides remote control capabilities for a variety of communication devices…