The $35 billion KC-45 aerial tanker deal has attracted a lot of attention and commentary lately, as one might expect. It has also attracted a lot of lobbying dollars – again, as one might expect. While the Pentagon hopes it can keep a lid on the program’s planned costs, it’s an absolute certainty that the lobbying bill will grow quite a bit before all is said and done.
Taxpayers for Common Sense, who built that useful Congressional earmark database, offers some figures re: lobbying monies paid to date – and DID looks at the message in terms of the political system, and the industry…
The Thales-Raytheon Systems Co. LLC joint venture in Fullerton, CA received a $68.3 million firm-fixed price/ cost-plus fixed fee contract for life cycle support of its AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air defense radars until Dec 31/11. There was one bid solicited on Aug. 9, 2007, and 1 bid was received by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL (W31P4Q-08-C-0217).
The Sentinel radar has been in development for several years, and was first delivered to the US Army in April 2006. It is described by the manufacturer as “a highly mobile, three-dimensional, phased-array, ground-based air defense radar system that operates in the X-band. It automatically detects, tracks, identifies, classifies and reports airborne threats, including helicopters, high-speed attack aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.” One of its roles will be as the primary air defense radar for the SLAMRAAM air defense missile system, which was the recent subject of a Pentagon Inspector General report.
ATK business Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co. LLC in Independence, MO recently received a pair of firm-fixed-price contracts under DAAA09-99-D-0016 for small arms ammunition from the US government. The Alliant Lake location dates back to World War 2, and had become the USA’s only facility turning out military-grade small arms ammunition. The plant is currently undergoing extensive modernization efforts, while the adoption of General Dynamics as a secondary supplier has helped to ease the USA’s supply crunch for small arms ammunition.
The 3 contracts include a pair on Feb 29/08, and another on March 3/08. The first 2 lay out $21 million for 47,855,400 small caliber (5.56mm – 12.7mm/ .50 cal) rounds, and $13.5 million for 27,779,760 rounds. The 3rd lays out $67.7 million for 304,995,920 rounds. Work on these contracts is expected to be complete by Sept 30/09; in all cases, there was 1 bid solicited on Jan 2/08, and 1 bid was received by The U.S. Army Sustainment Command in Rock Island, IL.
Carothers Construction Inc. in Water Valley, MS received a $10.1 million firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a diagnostic imaging center radiology oncology clinic at Keesler Air Force Base. This project will provide an elevated one-story steel frame and concrete addition on pile foundation, with a concrete slab, concrete and glass exterior, a modified bitumen roof, and all mechanical and electrical systems. The facility will be an adequately sized, efficient, modern, hurricane-protected Diagnostic Imaging Center for the Radiation Oncology Clinic to serve the eligible personnel in the Biloxi/Gulfport MS area, with a connector to the existing hospital.
Work will be performed in Biloxi, MS, and is expected to be complete by September 2009. This contract was competitively procured via the Naval Facilities Engineering Command e-solicitation website, with 5 proposals received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast in Jacksonville, FL (N69450-08-C-0758).