In 2006 it appeared that recent purchases by Australia, Canada, Britain, and possibly others would not be enough to sustain C-17 production much beyond 2008, when the end of US orders was scheduled to close the line. The line ended up lasting rather longer than that, thanks to a combination of American orders that brought the plane close to its original production targets, and expended interest abroad.
In September 2013, however, Boeing confirmed that they were closing the C-17 production line. The final date is now mid-2015. After that, Airbus’ A400M and Russia’s IL-476 will compete as the only in-production intratheater military transports on the market.
M.C. Dean Inc. in Dulles, VA received an $18.9 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for a second generation satellite-based internet-broadband service and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network in support of deployed military personnel. Locations for this contract will include Iraq and the Balkans. They will also include other current and future satellite and other non-Global Information Grid operations in the European Command and Central Command Areas of Responsibility, and other unidentified locations per tasking received by the SPAWAR Europe office. Our April 2005 “U.S. Defense Department Moves Closer to Voice-Over-IP” addressed this trend, and there have been similar MC Dean contracts. For additional background, see the February 2006 Signals Magazine article “Coalition Commanders,” [PDF format] which covered an MC Dean Project in Kabul, Afghanistan to install a Joint Operations Center fed by services of this type.
The aggregate amount of all task orders issued against this contract will not exceed $47.3 million. Work will be performed in Iraq (75%) and other OCONUS(Outside the CONtinental US) locations (25%), and is expected to be complete by June 2007. This contract modification was awarded using other than Full and Open Competition; it was synopsized to the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website and the Commerce Business Daily’s Federal Business Opportunities website on Jan. 29, 2007 by The Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center, in Charleston, SC.
The US Navy has issued a set of consulting firm contracts to help the Director of Material Readiness and Logistics (OPNAV N4) with business process improvements. These are cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contracts with options. Contract funds associated with the contract guaranteed minimum amounts will expire Sept. 2007, while work is expected to be complete Mar. 2008. Work will be performed in Washington, DC (95%); and other Department of Navy CONUS(CONtinental US) locations (5%). These contracts were competitively procured and solicited through Navy Electronic Commerce Online, with 15 offers received by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Contracting Department, Philadelphia Division. Winners included:
Accenture National Security Services LLC in Reston, VA. $11.6 million, $57.5 million if all options are exercised (N00189-07-R-Z018).
AMSEC LLC in Virginia Beach, VA. $8.9 million, $44 million if all options are exercised (N00189-07-R-Z019).
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in McLean, VA. $9.5 million, $47 million if all options are exercised (N00189-07-R-Z020).
IBM in Fairfax, VA. $9.3 million, $47 million if all options are exercised (N00189-07-R-Z021).