Scientific Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in San Diego, CA received a maximum $200 million option on a previously awarded prime vendor contract (SPM500-04-D-BP13) for management of consumable parts at U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft repair facilities.
Under the original Generation II (GEN II) Integrated Prime Vendor (IPV) contract awarded in 2004, SAIC serves as supply chain manager for parts to be used in the depot maintenance of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, including the F/A-18, P-3, EA6B, C-130, CH-46, CH-53, AV-8, E-2, and S-3. In addition, SAIC is providing support for depot overhaul and maintenance of aircraft subassemblies, engines, ground support equipment, avionics equipment, and other major items.
DID has more on the GEN II IPV contract and the Defense Logistics Agency’s effort to privatize logistics support…
Unlike Britain and the USA, France’s economic stimulus package includes military modernization funds. As part of that effort. France’s DGA procurement agency recently announced [in French] 3 ammunition purchases worth EUR 43.9 million (currently $62.3 million).
Harper Construction Company in San Diego, CA received 2 options worth $6.8 million on a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N62473-08-C-2201) for construction of 2 Multi-Battalion Operations Centers at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, CA. The total contract amount after exercise of all options is $48.1 million.
The MCAGCC, which acquired in 2000 the additional responsibilities of Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command (MAGTFTC), conducts relevant live-fire combined arms training, urban operations, and Joint/Coalition level integration training that promotes operational forces readiness.
Under the 2 options, Harper will provide furniture, fixtures, and equipment for the newly constructed centers. Harper expects to complete the work by October 2010. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest in San Diego, CA manages the contract.
Integrated Marine Services in Chula Vista, CA won a $36.4 million ceiling indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to provide ventilation cleaning services for U.S. Navy ships and other government vessels within a 50-mile radius of San Diego, CA.
The company expects to complete the work by July 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $3,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured as a HUBZone set-aside via the FedBizOpps website, with 5 offers received by the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego, CA (N55236-09-D-0018).
The global proliferation of advanced, ultra-quiet diesel electric submarines has prompted a number of responses around the globe, from initial-stage efforts to mimic a shark’s senses in the USA, to the most obvious route of using more powerful active sonars. In Western countries, concerns have been expressed that these sonars may disorient or scare marine mammals, leading to decompression sickness or disruption of their biological sonar navigation systems. This has led to (unsuccessful) lawsuits aimed at curtailing submarine exercises by Western navies.
In December 2007, USN Rear Adm. Lawrence S. Rice, director of Naval Operations Environmental Readiness, discussed some of the measures that are being taken to investigate the issue, and also mitigate any possible effects. In January 2008, a court battle erupted over undersea training off the coast of San Diego, CA, throwing the issue back into the limelight and potentially crippling Navy training before a dangerous deployment to the Persian Gulf. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ follow-on ruling was predictable, but in November 2008, the US Supreme Court issued its ruling.
In light of that favorable ruling, a settlement has now been reached on the Navy’s terms. The Navy has just been given permission to conduct exercises near Hawaii, and this, too, is likely to end up in court, along with its planned training near Florida. Meanwhile, the US Navy continues to fund marine mammal research – which may begin to include UUVs and/or USVs…