If you want to keep track of key Pentagon programs, Selected Acquisition Reports are an important resource. Shortly after the defense budget is submitted, the Pentagon releases details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes on a periodic basis, summarizing the latest estimates of a major program’s cost, schedule, and technical status. Quarterly SARs are submitted for initial reports, final reports, and for programs that are rebaselined at major milestone decisions. Subsequent quarterly exception reports are required only for those programs experiencing unit cost increases of at least 15% or schedule delays of at least 6 months.
Total program cost estimates provided in the SARs include research and development, procurement, military construction, and acquisition-related operation and maintenance (except for pre-Milestone B programs which are development costs only). Total program costs reflect actual costs to date, as well as future anticipated costs, and include anticipated inflation allowances.
Allied Container Systems, Inc. in Pleasant Hill, CA won a ceiling price $461.6 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to produce, test, install and deliver the Combined Arms Military Operations in Urban Terrain (CAMOUT) training system at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA. Allied will perform a mix of design, fabrication, installation, integration, verification and fielding of the CAMOUT.
Work will be performed in Twentynine Palms, CA (60%) and Pleasant Hill, CA (40%), and is expected to be complete April 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $19.1 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured through full and open competition, with 5 offers received by the Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA (M67854-07-D-8000).
On April 11, 2007, Canadian Minister of Gordon O’Connor announced a $30 million (currently about $26.3 million) contract award to General Dynamics Canada for Vital Point Biological Agent Detection, Sampling and Identification (VP Bio Sentry) systems. The General Dynamics system has been designed to detect aerosolized biological agents within seconds, providing soldiers time to don protective equipment, as well as providing critical identification information to help mitigate the effects of exposure.
It’s based on leading-edge, real-time detection technology developed in collaboration with Defence Research and Development Canada in Suffield, Alberta, and combined with rapid identification technology…
Shaw-Dick Pacific, LLC in Honolulu, HI received a $176 million (first increment) firm-fixed-price contract for construction of the Hawaii Regional Security Operations Center, at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific. Work will be performed at Wahiawa, HI, and is expected to be complete by June 2010. This contract was competitively procured with 38 proposals solicited and 2 offers received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific in Pearl Harbor, HI (N62742-07-C-1329).
An additional $144 million will be funded upon the passage of FY 2008 Military Construction Appropriation Bill making the total amount $320 million, with one additional $40,000 option that may be exercised within 3 months.
Impact Science & Technology (IST) in Nashua, NH, which was acquired by EDO in late 2006, received a $56.9 million firm-fixed-price, time and material (cost) contract for production and support of 1,100 electronic jammers for use on American land vehicles in Iraq & Afghanistan. The purchase is part of the Counter Radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) program, spiral 2.1, and the devices jam the cell phone signals that are often used to remotely detonate land mines. This contract is for the urgent procurement and support of CREW systems, to be used by forces in each of the military services found in CENTCOM. The Navy manages the joint CREW program for Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Joint IED Defeat Organization.
All funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed Nashua, NH (75%); Dover, NH (18%); Lowell, MS (6.8%); Huntsville, AL (0.2%); and is expected to be complete by May 2008. The contract was competitively procured with 5 offers solicited and 5 offers received by The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC (N00024-07-C-6319).
Note that this contract is additive to the $88 million CREW contract award to EDO that was announced on April 6, 2007. The firm would not comment on the type of jammers to be produced – their own, or EDO’s Warlock.