Soltek Pacific Construction in San Diego, CA received a $17.6 million firm-fixed-price task order (#10) under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62473-08-D 8615) for design and construction of a Marine Corps Combined Arms Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training facility. The complex will be located at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA. Soltek expects to complete construction by January 2011. For this task order, 5 proposals were received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest in San Diego, CA.
The facility will be designed to provide a training area in which Marines can develop individual and unit skills needed to fight in an urban environment. By the year 2010, 75% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, according to the Army Field Manual on Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain. Urban areas are expected to be the future battlefield.
Government Sewing & Apparel (dba Columbia Sewing Co.) received a maximum $8.6 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract to supply the Marine Corps combat utility uniform, including battle dress, desert and woodland camouflage blouse and trouser sets. The company, which won the original contract in 2006, will make the uniforms at its Arkansas and Puerto Rico facilities. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia received 10 responses to its original solicitation. This contract (SP0100-06-D-0362) is exercising option year 3. The date of performance completion is June 25/10.
DID has more on the Marine Corps MARPAT camouflage uniforms…
Archer Western/RQ Construction Joint Venture in Chicago, IL won a $151 million firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of multiple bachelor enlisted quarters at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, NC. The contract also contains 1 unexercised option, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $162.9 million.
Camp Lejeune is the home of the Expeditionary Forces in Readiness, including the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. The base is home to more than 47,000 Marines and sailors from around the world. The base’s 14 miles of beaches make it a major area for amphibious assault training, and its location between two deep-water ports (Wilmington and Morehead City) allows for fast deployments. The main base is supplemented by 6 satellite facilities: Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, Camp Johnson, and the Greater Sandy Run Training Area.
Archer Western/RQ Construction will perform the work in Jacksonville and expects to complete it by August 2011. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 18 proposals received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, in Norfolk, VA (N40085-09-C-3215).
Jacobs Engineering Group recently announced a 1-year, $3 million contract from the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA to support the Program Manager (PM), Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Services (MCEITS). Jacobs will develop and manage program strategies and acquisition plans; support systems engineering, logistics and test activities; provide business management services; and assist in systems interoperability and migration efforts for the PM MCEITS. The contract has a potential value of $9.9 million over 3 years.
MCEITS provides the Marine Corps with integrated Web services consisting of enterprise shared data environment, portal, online identity management, and web system access control. MCEITS is the Marine Corps’ IT platform for participation in the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Net-centric Enterprise Services (NCES) program, which is trying to get data out of functional silos and into the hands of people on the front lines. The 2008 EDS article “Enabling an Information-Driven Battlespace Through Net-Centric Logistics” discusses one possible implementation along these lines. NCES’ Core Enterprise Services are packaged into 4 product lines: Service-Oriented Architecture Foundation (SOAF), Collaboration, Content Discovery & Delivery, and the Portal.
The Straub-Martin joint venture in Bonsall, CA won a $92.25 million firm-fixed-price contract to design and build 3 USMC Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) and a parking structure at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA. The MCAGCC is situated near the Mojave Desert, and does a lot of live-fire combined arms training, urban operations, and Joint/Coalition level integration training.
Each BEQ will house 384 Marines in the standard 2+0 configuration, and will include a multipurpose community area and laundry facilities. This contract also contains 3 options, which may be exercised within 548 calendar days of award. Their exercise would bring the contract total to $101.35 million.
Work will be performed at Twentynine Palms, CA, and is expected to be complete by April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 10 proposals received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego, CA (N62473-09-C-1228).
Oshkosh Corp. in Oshkosh, WI supplies the US Marine Corps’ and /Navy Seebee construction battalions with MTVR medium trucks. The vehicles come in several types, but all are distinguished by having very good off-road capabilities for trucks, with 7.1 ton payload capacity off-road and an on-road payload capacity of up to 15 tons. In order to fit into cargo aircraft like the C-130, the trucks can fold down part of the cab, reducing the vehicle’s height.
The picture above shows an MTVR in that stowed configuration.
April 10/09: Oshkosh received a $10.6 million fixed-price delivery order under an existing indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (M67854-04-D-5016, #0071) for 442 reducible-height armor kits on MTVR cargo, dump and tractor-trailer variants, and armor kits on MTVR wrecker variants at Jacksonville, FL. Israeli firm Plasan Sasa has been Oshkosh’s partner in this area since 2005.
Work will be performed in Jacksonville, FL, and is expected to be complete by May 31/10. The Marine Corps System Command in Quantico, VA manages this contract. See also Oshkosh release.
TJ Drafting and Design, Inc. in Christmas FL received an estimated $20.9 million firm-fixed-price contract from the Marine Corps System Command, Orlando, FL, to advance the training capability, operational readiness, and tactical proficiency of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), Joint Forward Observers (JFOs), and Forward Air Controllers (FACs). Demands for air support remain high in the current war, and widespread proficiency in these skills is essential for effective combined arms operations.
The training scenarios will require the placement of tactical ordnance on selected targets using Joint Close Air Support (JCAS) procedures and observed fire procedures for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS), artillery and mortar fire to perform destruction, neutralization, suppression, illumination/coordinated illumination, interdiction, and harassment fire missions. Work will be performed at multiple Marine Corp bases worldwide, and work is expected to be complete on August 31/11. Contract funds in the amount of $12.3 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with 4 offers received (M67854-09-C-8031).
Bell Helicopter subsidiary Bell Aerospace Services Inc. (BellAero), just announced a multi-year sub-contract worth up to $173 million from PKL Services Inc of Poway, CA. The PKL, BellAero, and JK Hill team will provide selected organizational-level RESET maintenance for the USMC’s Lot 3 (AH-1W Cobra attack, UH-1N utility, and CH-53D/E heavy transport) and Lot 4 (very aged CH-46E transport) helicopters at multiple locations around the world.
As is customary for these sorts of RESET programs, The USMC’s helicopter project involves a combination of inspection, cleaning, corrosion treatment, servicing, full disassembly and reassembly, repair and select mandatory replacement of parts.
CH-46E, Somalia, 1991
In 2005, Bell acquired US helicopter, one of the world’s top centers for maintenance and modification of H-1 Huey helicopters. BellAero currently runs a number of turnkey support projects for various branches of the US military, but this is their first contracted opportunity to support Boeing (CH-46) and Sikorsky (CH-53) platforms, in addition to Bell Helicopters’ own machines. Bell Textron release.
Small business qualifier Horus Vision LLC in San Bruno, CA received a not-to-exceed $49 million, 5-year firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for Scout Sniper Observation Telescopes (SSOT). The SSOT is a lightweight variable power telescope that will replace the M49 Sniper 20x power fixed telescope throughout the United States Marine Corps, which has been in use since World War 2 and remains in service with a number of countries around the world.
Snipers are not loners; as shown above, they always work in pairs. One team member serves as the spotter to help identify difficult to find targets at long range, and adjust the marksman’s fire as necessary. The SSOT is intended for those spotters, and is part of a larger set of marksman-class optics buys by the USMC. High-quality optics, in the hands of trained riflemen, are proving to be extremely useful against opponents who regularly use human shields and commit related war crimes. As such, a broader trend within the Corps is the shift toward universal fielding of combat optics, rather than restricting these tools to snipers and designated marksmen.
With respect to the chosen spotter systems, note that the specifications advertised on Horus Vision’s web site do not correspond to the USMC’s purchased systems, which will use less-advanced MilDot crosshairs. See below for the explanation…
BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP in York, PA received a $22.3 million sole-source, cost plus fixed fee contract for technical, engineering and management support (TEAMS) services in support of the Assault Amphibious Vehicles used by the US Marines. This contract contains options that would extend the contract by 4.5 years, and bring its contract value to $41.6 million.
Work will be performed in Quantico, VA (52.07%), Santa Clara, CA (21.1%); Sterling Heights, MI (13.03%); Albany, GA (8.21%); and Ladysmith, VA (5.59%), and and work is expected to be complete by Feb 18/10, (August 2014 with options). The Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA manages this contract (M67854-09-C-6006).
With the follow-on EFV program delayed by years and close to outright cancellation, maintaining the USMC’s aged AAV7 Amtracs amphibious armored personnel carriers is critical to operational readiness. New thermal sights will help keep the vehicles relevant on the battlefield, and the related EPLS program should offer some maintenance help, as proactive diagnostic systems become more common within the Amtracs fleet.