Hamilton Sundstrand Corp. of Windsor Locks, CT (a United Technologies company) won a $250.4M sole source contract to supply a number of spares and services for various power and control subsystems across the USAF fleet. This fixed price with estimated quantities, firm fixed price and cost reimbursable contract will cover annual demand quantities for each of the items named. Approximately 5400 items will be incorporated into the contract, and weapon systems, spares and services support will include systems on the A-10, B-1, B-52, C-130, C-141, C-5, E-3, F-15, F-16, KC-135, T-38, et. al. Engineering and Technical services for technical data support of the items will be authorized on an as required basis, and will account for less than 1% of the estimated contract value.
Solicitation for this Strategic Sourcing Initiative began August 2003, and negotiations were completed in February 2005. Most work will be done at Hamilton Sundstrand’s Rockford, IL and San Diego, CA locations. The Headquarters Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, UT issued the contract (FA8208-04-D-0002).
According to Cryptome, a Defense Science Board Task Force on “Identifying and Sustaining U.S. Department of Defense/UK Ministry of Defence Defense Critical Technologies” will meet in closed session on April 1, 2005 at Strategic Analysis, Inc. of Arlington, VA. The Task Force’s mission is to produce a methodology to identify unique defense technologies, as well as commercially developed technologies needing augmentation to fulfill defense niche areas; and then apply the methodology to develop a list of defense critical technologies.
The public statement and directive notes that the task force:
SAIC of San Diego, CA received a delivery order amount of $9.8M as part of a $14.8M cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for “Sustainment and Development” (S&D) of the Joint Automated Deep Operations Coordination System. ADOCS helps the U.S. military harmonize and coordinate the activities of ground, artillery and air forces, maintain restricted targets lists, and other key command activities. It was labeled as one of the “unsung heroes” of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Work will be performed in Alexandria, VA and is expected to be completed by Feb. 27, 2006. This was a sole source contract (DACA42-03-D-0007) initiated Jan. 6, 2005 by the U.S. Army Engineer District, Alexandria, VA.
Northrop Grumman Information Technology of McLean, VA received an $8M cost reimbursable, cost-plus fixed-fee contract to support novel and diverse applications in optical supercomputing. The contractor will be fully responsible for all necessary expenditures, from hardware and facilities to travel and services required by the contractor’s Dec. 20, 2004statement of work: “Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site Technical Support.” Northrop Grumman Information Technology in Albuquerque, NM will be the primary locus of work, which will be complete by June 2010. Solicitation began in September 2004, and negotiations were completed in February 2005. The Det 8 Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM issued the contract (FA9451-04-C-0158).
The Natick Soldier Center (NSC) Greening Program is designed to give scientists and engineers with no military experience a better understanding of U.S. Army culture and the soldier’s daily experience, so that they can apply that knowledge on the job. Participants usually receive a one-day orientation course before becoming involved in a week of basic combat training, and the efforts are typically coordinated with units conducting field training exercises. The group breaks away periodically from the controlled schedule to review what they’ve learned. Interested individuals are invited to contact the NSC.
In a significant boost to its annual sales, small business category qualifier Carter Industries Inc. of Olive Hill, KY won a $52,953,000 firm fixed price indefinite quantity contract for Coveralls for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. This is a basic award contract with two one-year term options, and the estimated performance completion date is Feb. 24, 2006. The proposal was solicited through the GATEWAY system, and seven responded. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia issued the contract (SP0100-05-D-4114).
Day & Zimmerman Inc. of Texarkana, TX received a delivery order amount of $5.3M as part of a $26.5M firm-fixed-price contract for 445,288 M67 “Baseball” Grenades. The M67 is the standard infantry grenade of the U.S. military. Work will be performed in Texarkana, TX, and is expected to be completed by July 30, 2006. This was a sole source contract (DAAA09-99-G-0004) initiated Jan. 16, 2002 by the U.S. Army Field Support Command in Rock Island, IL.
The U.S. Army uses an estimated 20M gallons of water per year for field sanitation. In an effort to cut down on logistics stress and cost, the Greywater Remediation and Recycling project was started two years ago with the aim of reducing potable water consumption and greywater backhauling by two-thirds. The team is working with two technologies on the commercial market that have been used for decades in industrial applications, and are now small and lightweight enough to be practical for the military.
Critical attributes include low-power consumption per gallon distilled, compact size, durability, low or no-maintenance, ease of operation, and speed that allows remediation to finish before the next meal.