In a recent article, DID linked to a full roster of the key decision-makers in the Pentagon, Homeland Security, and national intelligence agencies, including personal backgrounds and contact info. To understand the players, however, it’s necessary to understand the over-arching game. In the Pentagon, that game is “transformation.”
The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA has just issued four maximum $120 million firm fixed price contracts for “a variety of Shelters, Trailers and Components for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Federal Civilian Agencies.” Performance completion date is Sept. 5, 2006, and proposals were Gateway solicited with 10 responses. Winners included:
Johnson Outdoors in Binghamton, NY (SPM100-05-D-6059).
Small business qualifier DHS Systems LLC in Orangeburg, NY (SPM100-05-D-6060).
Base-X Expedition Shelters in Fairfield, VA (SPM100-05-D-6063).
Small business qualifier Alaska Structures Inc. in Anchorage, AK (SPM100-05-D-6064).
Whether this contract is a stroke of fortunate timing or not, demand for these items is extremely high right now, especially among Federal Civilian Agencies. Given the risk of additional hurricanes and the likely need for semi-permanent housing for Gulf Coast refugees, steel ISO container derived dwellings and medical/ command posts might also be worth considering. This long-term solution would offer rapid, sturdy (some can withstand up to 100mph winds without anchoring) sheltering derived from the very casings that hold incoming relief supplies. The result could offer an immediate solution for field relief posts that must be securable, leave the U.S. with upgraded disaster-response capabilities down the road, and add new military/ industrial capabilities. See this DID article for more thinking along these lines.
Raytheon Systems Co. in Tucson, AZ received a $17.1 million ceiling-priced modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed price contract (N00019-03-C-0003) for 150 AIM-9M/9X tactical missiles, 30 spare guidance control sections, and eight guidance control system containers for the Government of Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program. Investigation reveals that N00019-03-C-0003 is simply a catch-all contract that includes many AIM-9 related foreign sale purchases by various countries.
Giat Industries has just received a firm EUR 50+ million contract from the DGA (French defense procurement agency) to upgrade the AMX 10P tracked Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) in service with the French Army’s infantry regiments. The contract is being undertaken within the framework of a contract signed in March 2004 with the French state.
The modifications will significantly increase the vehicles’ protection with the installation of add-on armour, while improving mobility by fitting new suspension systems and a strengthened gearbox. The AMX 10P tracked APCs will be upgraded by Giat Industries in their units between 2006 and 2008.
DID has covered the H-46 Sea Knight helicopters of the US Navy and Marines, and noted the efforts underway to keep them in the air. The ravages of age, the corrosive effects of sea spray on airframes and engines, and a high operational tempo due to the demands of the Global War on Terror and disaster-responses to Hurricane Katrina, the Asian Tsunami et. al. make that job a challenge.
The Boeing Co. office in Canoga Park, CA received an initial $200,000 increment as part of a $5.9M cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Research and Development for Mobile Electric Laser Technology. Boeing is currently the main contractor for the Airborne Laser missile defense program, and powerful mobile lasers would be valuable in other defensive capacities as well.
McKnight Construction Co. in Augusta, GA won a $6.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for a Fire Crash Rescue Station. Work will be performed at Robins Air Force Base, GA, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 21, 2007. There were 433 bids solicited on April 20, 2005, and four bids were received. The U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, GA issued the contract (W912HN-05-C-0054).