DID has covered the bi-partisan drive for defense procurement reform among U.S. legislators. The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) non-governmental organization has a couple of recent entries on its blog that highlight a couple of recent efforts to watch.
One is from Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]. The other concerns some candid testimony to the DAPA from Air Force General Lawrence Farrell Jr. (ret.), President of the National Defense Industrial Association.
The European Commission has issued a news release noting that a proposed transaction, in which German defense firm Rheinmetall will take over EHG Elektroholding’s 50% shareholding in AIM, has been approved under EU Merger Regulations.
Small business qualifier ArmorWorks, LLC in Tempe, AZ won a $5.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 164 Light Weight Armor Replacement System (LWARS) kits and six interim spares for the CH-46E Sea Knight Helicopter, including field support services.
The overall goal of the CH-46E modifications is to keep the Sea Knight as a viable platform until replacement H-60S Knight Hawk helicopters and MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotors can be fielded from 2006-2012 or so. Given the increased tempo of US Navy and Marines operations in the Global War on Terror, and the resulting need for the CH-46’s services, some of those requirements have accelerated or intensified. Required upgrades include:
Via Murdoc Online, we’re pointed to a new blog called CROWS to the Rescue, which chronicles the efforts of a Field Service Engineer for Recon/Optical Inc. who served for 14 years in the Army and is now in Iraq as a civilian, supporting the new systems.