The sale includes 18 Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 engines, 4 AN/AAQ-24v13 LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures) Systems, 20 AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles, Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program software equipment, mission planning system and software, COMSEC(communications security) equipment, spare and repair parts, Personnel Life Support equipment, flares, supply support, training equipment and support, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics support.
With all of the recent C-17 related purchases by NATO, Canada, et. al., a reader drew our attention to a recent piece by military analyst Loren Thompson at the Lexington Institute think-tank in Washington, DC. Pulling no punches, it’s titled “The Dumbest Weapons Decision of the Decade.”
People from other countries often underestimate the role of think tanks in Washington, because there are no comparable players in their own countries. That’s a big mistake. American academia’s growing irrelevance means that the policy agendas and talking points of US political parties are often underpinned by think-tank research and proposals. Lexington isn’t in the top tier with institutions like Brookings, Heritage, AEI (American Enterprise Institute) et. al., but it’s pitching into a combustible environment. The final decision on C-17 procurement will come from Congress, the C-17 already has a lobbying base, and the country is headed for the final stretch of the 2006 mid-term elections; it’s also gearing up for a hotly-contested and security-focused Presidential election in 2008. An excerpt from Thompson’s September 13, 2006 Issue Brief (which sounds like a political address), reads:
Northrop Grumman Newport News Corp. in Newport News, VA received a $142.8 million to accomplish the Depot Modernization Period (DMP) for the Improved Los Angeles Class attack sub USS Toledo [SSN 769], which was commissioned in February 1995. DMPs are generally performed 1/3 of the way through a boat’s life cycle, and allow necessary maintenance and equipment upgrades to keep craft like the USS Toledo mission capable. The funds are a fixed-price-incentive delivery order modification to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract N00024-04-D-4409, and DID also covered a $34.7 million contract in February 2006 aimed at preparing for the DMP.
Work will be performed in drydock at Newport News, VA and is expected to be complete by February 2008, but contract funds in the amount of $124 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The USN’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair in Newport News, VA issued the contract.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington in Washington, DC recently awarded a set of firm-fixed price, indefinite-quantity multiple-award construction contracts for stand alone construction and/or design/build projects at various Navy and federal government installations in the DC metropolitan area. The basic contract was competitively procured via the Naval Facilities Engineering Command e-solicitation website, with 30 offers received. The 4 winning contractors may now compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the existing contract (N40080-06-D-0004).
The winners are all small business qualifiers, and included:
Now DID’s Spanish correspondent Pedro Lucio informs us that according to Spanish newspapers, the controversies are intensifying. Indeed, Norway’s NDLO (Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation) is now making noises about rescinding the contract. DID’s respective correspondents give us the view from both sides, as described in the Spanish press and in Norway: