July 25/11: Medical care is becoming a significant item in the US defense budget, and its growth is a source of concern. Most of that relates to health care benefits, but the US military also pays to staff its facilities with doctors and nurses. The USA Healthcare Acquisition Activity in Frederick, MD recently issues a $492 million multiple-award contract to 3 of 40 contractors, for just that purpose at Medical Treatment Facilities in the D.C. National Capital Region (NCR), as well as logical extensions of those facilities in Maryland/DC/Northern Virginia, West Virginia, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Thew winning contractors will provide physician, nursing and ancillary services to July 2015. See also FBO.gov notice. The winners will compete for task orders under this umbrella contract:
Healthcare Services of North America, joint venture in Petal, MS (W91YTZ-11-D0015)
Magnum Opus Technologies, San Antonio, TX (W91YTZ-11-D0016)
Nurse Etc. Staffing in Universal City, TX (W91YTZ-11-D0017).
Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the British Indian Ocean territory of Diego Garcia is a key strategic base that acts as a staging area for navy ships, long-range bombers, aerial tankers, and other military assets whose missions take them to Africa, Asia, and the Middle east. Secondary missions include its status as one of the Space Shuttle’s emergency landing sites, and hosting one of Global Positioning System’s 3 ground antennas, as well as facilities belonging to the USA’s Space Surveillance Network.
The UK/ U.S. treaty that turned the island into a military base was signed in 1966. It runs until 2036, but either government can opt out in 2016. Meanwhile, there’s the non-trivial matter of supplying, improving, and operating the island’s military infrastructure. This article offers a look into those contracts, over a slice of time from FY 2007-2011…
On July 27/11, the Pentagon announced a $26.8 million contract to Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Savannah, GA to buy 1 leased aircraft, in accordance with option terms of the contract. Research reveals that the plane is a C-37A Gulfstream V long-range business jet, flown under a 10-year, $477.3 million lease of 5 planes, signed in October 2000. The USAF currently flies 9 C-37s: 4 at Andrews Air Force Base, MD; 3 at MacDill AFB, FL; and 1 each at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and Chievres Air Base, Belgium. They are used as longer-range counterparts to its C-20 Gulfstream III/IV VIP jets, and include secure military communication equipment on board.
The OC-ALC/GKSKB at Tinker Air Force Base, OK manages this contract (F33657-00-C-0038, PO 0183).