In Washington, knowing “who” is usually more important than knowing “what.” Roll Call magazine offers a valuable feature for industry and government personnel alike, as it covers “Defense: 10 Staffers to Know“:
“The world of defense encompasses a range of related issues, from procurement to personnel to weapons systems – and their respective price tags. This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee marks up its 2010 defense authorization act; last week, the House Armed Services Committee marked up its 2010 legislation. Here are 10 Hill staffers who play important roles in establishing the nation’s defense policy and priorities.”
The feature offers short descriptions of the staffers’ backgrounds, and some entries also note particular foci. Contrary to public perceptions, these staffers aren’t young 20 or 30 somethings; they’re generally people with decades of experience in the field.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific awarded 3 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts with a potential value of $172.4 million to provide Net-Enabled Command Capability (NECC) systems engineering support for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The companies that won the contracts are Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, VA (N66001-09-D-0113); FGM in Reston, VA (N66001-09-D-0114); and Science Applications International Corporation in San Diego, CA (N66001-09-D-0115).
The firms will compete for task orders during the ordering period, which expires June 30/11. The contracts were competitively procured via publication on the FedBizOpps website and posting to the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website, with 3 viable offers received. Work will be performed at DISA locations in the Washington, DC area.
DID has more information on NECC and each contract…
The need for affordable 24/7 surveillance of key areas like bases and geographic chokepoints is a key feature of both modern counterinsurgency, and domestic/ border security. In the USA, this has resulted in programs like Raytheon’s RAID/ GBOSS towers and aerostats, Lockheed Martin’s TARS aerostats along the southern border, and Lockheed Martin PTDS aerostats on the front lines. The same trend can be observed in places like Thailand and in Israel, whose experience has led to export orders in Mexico and India.
The work, which falls under the Alion-operated Modeling and Simulation Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) contract (N61339-03-D-0300), includes analyzing human performance on weapon system ability and readiness through the USAF’s Human Systems Integration (HSI) program. HSI takes a human-centric approach to system design and acquisition to reduce lifecycle costs and optimize system performance. Alion’s work will help the Air Force measure performance and improve weapon systems.
Naval Submarine Base New London (click to view larger)
American Bridge Co. in Richmond, VA won a $35.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of Pier 31 at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London. American Bridge will demolish the existing pier and build a new facility, which will include a pile-supported pier with concrete deck, electrical shore power, pier lighting, communications, cable, telephone, lightning protection, water, sewer, compressed air, pure water and oily waste/waste oil piping connections off-pier, bitts, jib cranes, retractable craneless brows, rubber-faced steel fendering system and specialized equipment.
USS Monterey docked at Naval Station Norfolk (click to view larger)
Archer Western Contractors (dba Archer Western) in Chicago, IL won a $7.7 million firm-fixed-price task order under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-08-D-9739) for the construction of a child development center at Naval Station Norfolk. The Archer Western task order contains 1 unexercised option, which, if exercised, would increase the cumulative task order value to $7.8 million.
Naval Station Norfolk, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s largest concentration of naval forces, supports the operational readiness of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Archer Western expects to complete the center by September 2010. 5 proposals were received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, VA.