May 15, 2008 20:04 UTC
by Art Fritzson, Lloyd W. Howell Jr., and Dov S. Zakheim
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) took an unprecedented step on May 15, 2007, blocking troop access to MySpace, YouTube, and other popular Web sites. The official reason was to conserve bandwidth and safeguard security. But the DOD’s ban also highlighted a gap in understanding between senior military leaders and what demographers call Generation Y (alternatively known as the millennial generation or the baby-boom echo). Few members of this generation, born after 1978, can recall a time when the Internet was not at their disposal.
Not long ago, one of the authors of this article was asked to lead a U.S. Air Force study on the implications for the military of this new online generation. The request came from senior officers who had been appalled to discover a number of junior officers using the still-permissible Facebook Web site for the purpose of organizing their squadrons. These senior officers were having difficulty with the concept of using a civilian social-networking site for military purposes. What would that mean for military security? How would it affect the control and vulnerability of squadrons in the field? And from the perspective of DOD “middle management,” what was a major supposed to do? Forbid the behavior and risk losing the real benefits of an online community? Or protect it and risk the wrath of more senior officers who just didn’t understand?
This kind of conundrum is relevant not just for the U.S. military. A wide range of organizations, including most global corporations, will soon face a large, new cohort of young employees. Generation Y’s affinity for the interconnected world is just one of its intriguing characteristics…
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May 15, 2008 16:43 UTC
AM General, LLC, South Bend, Ind., was awarded on May 13, 2008, a $187.75 million firm-fixed price contract for 1,470 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (Hummers). Work will be performed at Mishawaka, IN and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited and 1 bid received by he US Army TACOM in Warren, MI (DAAE07-01-C-S001). Note that this is just the base delivery; additional funding will be required to add more armor, weapons. communications gear, and other Government Furnished Equipment.
This contract can be added to other recent announcements. See the mid-April 2008 article “$650.1M for 4,526 Hummers” and the early May article “Another 3,216 Hummers for $522.4M“.
May 15, 2008 15:20 UTC
Protective Apparel Corp. of America in Jacksboro, TN received a $13.5 million firm-fixed price delivery order for body armor. This is an off GSA contract for the Government of Iraq’s Ministry of the Interior security forces.
Work will be performed at Jacksboro, TN and is expected to be complete by Sept 1/08. Bids were solicited via the Web with 15 bids received by the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq’s Joint Contracting Command – Iraq, (MNSTC-I/JCC-I) in Baghdad, Iraq (GS-07F-9075D).
May 15, 2008 12:48 UTC
CVN 74 into Pearl
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Naval Base Kitsap in Washington State is mostly known as a submarine base; it hosts a majority of the USA’s Ohio Class SSBN nuclear missile subs, all 3 of its most advanced SSN Seawolf Class fast attack subs, and 2 SSGN Special Forces and cruise missile submarines. The Nimitz Class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis [CVN 74] also docks here.
The Nova Group/Tutor-Saliba joint venture in Napa CA will provide all labor, materials, and equipment to demolish the existing Pier Bravo, and build a new ship repair wharf, including the replacement of approximately 300 lineal feet of quay wall (Structure 729), the strengthening of the sheet pile wall west of the Dry Dock 6 mole, and the demolition of Pier 8…
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May 14, 2008 14:46 UTC
Martin-Baker Aircraft Co., Ltd. in Middlesex, England make the rocket-boosted pilot seats used to get pilots out of their planes quickly, away from lethal impacts with a tail or wing, and if necessary, to a safe altitude for parachute deployment.
The firm recently received a $42.2 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-07-C-0011), exercising an option for 178 Navy Aircrew Common Ejection Seats (NACES) including 78 for the Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers; 12 seats for the US Marine Corps F/A-18A+ Hornets; 46 for the Government of Canada (upgraded F/A-18A+ Hornets); and 42 for the Government of Australia (same). The contract also covers 285 thermal batteries for the NACES, including 251 units for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 23 units for the Government of Finland (F/A-18C/Ds) and 11 units for the Government of Switzerland (F/A-18C/Ds). In addition, this contract provides for associated component parts and production support for the U.S. Navy production aircraft and the Governments of Canada and Australia.
In total, this contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, ($21.8 million; 51.69%; and the governments of Australia, ($9.7 million: 22.94%); Canada, ($10.6 million; 25.01%); Finland, ($102,632: 0.24%); and Switzerland, ($49,085: 0.12%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Middlesex, England, (71.5%); Johnstown, PA (16%); Northridge, CA (7%); and Ronkonkoma, NY (5.5%), and work is expected to be completed in December 2009. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.
May 14, 2008 12:31 UTC
EA-6B launches HARM
Raytheon Government & Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ received an $8.9 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-03-D-0009). It exercises an option for depot level repair, maintenance, and post-production services of up to 300 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARMs) for the U.S. Air Force ($7,960,411; 89.6%); the U.S. Navy ($396,694; 4.43%); and the Governments of Korea ($437,846; 4.93%) and Turkey ($92,766; 1.04%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Tucson, AZ and is expected to be complete in May 2009. The Naval Air Systems Command issued the contract.
The AGM-88 HARM missile is designed to find enemy radar installations up to 150 km/ 90 miles away, and destroy them by homing in on their emissions. It was first introduced in 1983, and upgraded versions remain the mainstay of the SEAD(Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) role among American and allied airpower. Tactical responses to HARM have led to the development of various new missiles intended to fill its role more effectively, however, including Raytheon’s AGM-88E AARGM.
May 13, 2008 11:54 UTC
Turner Denny Construction Co. in Virginia Beach, VA received a $5.8 mllion firm-fixed price contract for “an information systems server farm addition” at Fort Lee, VA. Work is expected to be complete by Dec 31/09. Two bids were solicited on Dec 21/07, and 2 bids were received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Norfolk, VA (W91236-05-D-0054).
May 12, 2008 14:52 UTC
In the above Jan 10/08 photo, an Afghan soldier with the Afghan National Army Air Corps directs a newly delivered AN-32 light tactical transport plane to its spot on the ramp of Kabul Air Base in Kabul, Afghanistan, just 65 days from receipt of original tasking from the Navy International Program Office. This plane was the first of 4 refurbished AN-32s that were purchased from the Ukraine by the ANAAC, which now has 7 An-32s in inventory. The ANAAC also flies 2 related AN-26 transports.
US Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program Office bought the AN-32s from Ukranian commercial firms, after inspecting the aircraft…
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May 12, 2008 13:52 UTC
May 12/08: Harper Construction Co., Inc. in San Diego, CA won a $22 million firm-fixed price contract for re-stationing of 31st Air Defense Artillery from Fort Bliss, TX, including construction of primary infrastructure and site development at Fort Sill, OK to support the new “Net Fires center” there. Work is expected to be completed by March 1/10. See this Corps of Engineers page for more details regarding the relocation project, which has a total of $148 million programmed for the move. Web bids were solicited on Sept. 21/07, and 2 bids were received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Tulsa, OK (2912BV-08-C-2002).
The 31st ADA Brigade operates Patriot missile batteries, and also includes a combat support hospital and associated detachments. Its attached reserve unit the 3rd Battalion, 265th ADA Regiment, operates Avengers, Hummers equipped with a combination gun/Stinger missile package.
May 12, 2008 12:07 UTC
A “BIM” example
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Veterans Enterprises Technology Services, LLC in Knoxville, TN received a $9.8 million firm-fixed price contract for the construction of a Center of Standardization program and dining facility. Work will be performed at Fort Sill, OK and is expected to be complete by Sept 30/09. Web bids were solicited on Oct 4/07, and 4 bids were received by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, VA (W91236-07-D-0043).
Centers of Standardization is an important part of the US Army’s base construction program, which could reach $40 billion between 2004-2013. The idea is to have facilities of the same type share the same design standards across all US Army bases, even if they look a bit different from the outside. The intent is to lower costs and speed up construction, and the new approach is also linked to recent Army Corps of Engineers process improvement efforts. One aspect of that approach is to begin making use of “Building Information Modeling” (3D computer models) as a regular part of its construction processes. Another is the removal of needless overhead like specifications for particular bolt sizes in construction contracts. Taken together, these and other improvements can cut the expected time to build new facilities from 5-7 years from initial planning through completion to 2-4 years. See the March 2006 issue of the US Army’s official “Soldiers” Magazine [PDF format] and the March/April 2007 issue of US Army IMCOM’s Public Works Digest Magazine [PDF format] for more.