Aug 31/11: Towne Group Media & Management in Columbia, MD receives an $8.4 million contract modification, subject to availability of FY 2012 funds, exercising the 3rd option year on the current firm-fixed price commercial service contract to support Pentagon Channel operations at the Defense Media Activity. Towne Group provides the channel’s editorial, creative and production staff, and there are separate expenses for the channel beyond that – such as satellite newsfeeds, for instance.
Towne Group was picked for this particular role in 2004, and the only other announced contract for this purpose was the $7.9 million 1st option period, from Oct 1/09 – Sept 30/10. The period of performance for this 3rd option starts with the new fiscal year, on Oct 1/11. The Defense Media Activity-East Contracting Office in Fort George Meade, MD manages the contract (HQ0028-09-C-0011).
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 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.
Alion Science and Technology in McLean, VA received a $97 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to provide the Chief of Navy Information Office (CHINFO) with media relations, community outreach, visual information systems, information technology support, Web site portal management, and business case analysis development and assessment, as well as management and public relations for Fleet Week.
Campbell Ewald Co. won an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for advertising and marketing services for the Navy Recruiting Command in Millington, TN. This contract is worth $146.2 million over the base year, and 4 one-year options could bring its total value to $806.5 million.
Most of this work will be performed at Campbell Ewald’s Warren, MI, facility and the base year ends in May 2010. This contract was competitively procured via Navy Electronic Commerce Online, with 4 offers received by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk’s Contracting Department in Philadelphia, PA (N00189-09-D-Z040).
Campbell Ewald has been working with the Navy on recruiting-related contracts since 2000. In 2005, following a major account review, they scored a major $400+ million win. The firm is responsible for Navy campaigns like “Accelerate Your Life” and NavyforMoms.com, and has expanded the Navy’s reach into social networking communities. That Navy-related work has won over 80 industry awards since 2000. See also Campell Ewald’s release, which includes sample marketing segments.
Defense Industry Daily came across 3 snapshots in recent months that illustrate the changing nature of the front-line information war, and of the environment in which industry and government must operate. We’ve now added a 4th.
These 4 examples have broad reach, from tactical reconnaissance and information warfare, to strategic reconnaissance, to front-line “public diplomacy,” to the halls of politics and power…
1. Tactical: You’re on Candid Cellphone!
2. Google Earth is Watching You… as You Watch Others [NEW]
3. From Front-Line Transparency to Policy Debates: US Navy Blogs
4. Informed Reporters Who Work from Home: The US V.A. Department Experience
The Rendon Group Inc. in Washington, DC received a $6.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for Strategic Communications Operation Support. Rendon is a PR firm who specializes in media training, media relations, and public communication during high-stakes situations. Work will be performed in Baghdad, Iraq, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 15, 2006. There were seven bids solicited on Sept. 16, 2005, and two bids were received. The Joint Contracting Command – Iraq/Afghanistan in Baghdad, Iraq, issued the contract (W27P4A-05-C-0014).
Russian and East European Partnership in Fineview, NY received a $35.5 million firm fixed price contract to provide for up to 200 bi-cultural, bi-lingual advisors for subject matters experts to support the Multi-National Forces in Iraq. The location of performance is Operational Support Services in Fayetteville, NC, and various locations in Iraq. This work will be complete by July 2006. Solicitation began July 2005 and negotiations were completed July 2005. The 11th Contracting Squadron at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC issued the contract (FA7012-05-C-0020).
A number of different U.S. military organizations have recently issued recruiting-related contracts, including a $250 million advertising & publicity contract for the U.S. Army, up to $200 million for various National Guard related services, and up to $35.1 million in materials for Navy Recruiting Command.
The U.S. Army and especially the National Guard have recently had issues meeting recruiting goals as the regular force size rises, and the prime cohort for National Guard enlistment sees more of a stark choice between re-enlistment in the regular force and service abroad vs. exit from the service.