Tuesday, April 13, 2010
DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated April 13, 2010 Source: U.S. DoD issued April 13, 2010 (NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - April 13, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued April 13, 2010 are undermentioned;<> CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY ~Refinery Associates of Texas, Inc.,* New Braunfels, Texas, was awarded a maximum $253,790,281 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for naval distillate fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is the Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 27 responses. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2011. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-0471) ~Hesco Bastion Ltd., United Kingdom, is being awarded a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for protective barriers. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are U.S. Forces in U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility. The original proposal was Web solicited with seven responses. This contract is for a two-year base with two one-year options. The estimated annual value of the contract is $100,000,000. Total potential maximum value of the contract is $1,000,000,000. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM8E6-10-D-0008) ~Valero Marketing & Supply Co., San Antonio, Texas, is being awarded a maximum $68,347,800 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation turbine fuel. Other location of performance is in Corpus Christi, Texas. This is under the Foreign Military Sales program. The original proposal was Web solicited with two responses. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is Nov. 30, 2010. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-0460). ~Science Applications International Corp., Fairfield, N.J., is being awarded a maximum $13,663,315 firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract for transmission assembly parts and axle assembly parts. Other locations of performance are Troy, Mich., and France. Using service is Army. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is May 16, 2011. The Defense Logistics Agency Warren, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (SPRDL1-10-C-0030). ARMY ~BAE Systems, Sealy, Texas, was awarded on April 8 a $54,817,602 firm-fixed-price contract for an application of federal retail excise tax on 2,002 family vehicles now remaining inside the contiguous United States due to change in mission requirements. Work is to be performed in Sealy, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Center, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0460). ~Kiewit Building Group, Omaha, Neb., was awarded on April 8 a $38,274,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of 276-person barracks for Aviation Task Force Phase 1, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Work is to be performed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 9, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with four bids received. U.S. Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, is the contracting activity (W911KB-10-C-0005). ~Voith Hydro, Inc., York, Pa., was awarded on April 8 a $30,818,940 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is for the purchase and installation of a power generation turbine. This contract upgrades the hydraulic generation turbine and is for the fabrication and delivery required to replace the runner, rewind the generator stator with a digital governor, and replaces the existing excitation system with a new digital excitation system. Work is to be performed in York, Pa. (87.8 percent), and Stockton, Mo. (12.2 percent), with an estimated completion date of Nov. 19, 2013. Three bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, Mo., is the contracting activity (W912DQ-10-C-1020). ~Barriere Construction Co., LLC, Metairie, La., was awarded on April 8 a $16,994,620 firm-fixed-price contract for Lake Pontchartrain and vicinity, I-10 crossing of the south point to CSX railroad levee reach, LPV 109.02b, Orleans Parish, La. Work is to be performed in Orleans Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of April 23, 2011. Bids were solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities and Army Single Face to Industry Web sites, with six bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Hurricane Protection Office, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-10-C-0071). ~R.C. Construction Company, Inc., Greenwood, Miss., was awarded on April 8 a $12,981,723 firm-fixed-price contract to construct training area infrastructure at northern maneuver training area. Primary facilities include training area roads, existing training area road repair, turn pads, low water crossings, traffic signage, and field training/staging area. Work is to be performed in Fort Benning, Ga., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 10, 2011. Six bids were solicited with two bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W912HN-09-D-0011). ~General Electric Engine Services, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded on April 8 an $8,495,120 firm-fixed-price contract for overhaul/recapitalization of 10 T700-GE-701 and 60 T700-GE-701C/D turbine engine cold section modules applicable to the UH-60 Blackhawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters. The national stock numbers are 2840-01-121-0751 and 2840-01-284-4013. Work is to be performed in Arkansas City, Kan., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2011. One bid solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, CCAM-AL-M, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-06-D-0063). NAVY ~BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $29,636,486 cost-plus-award-fee contract for the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) post shakedown availability (PSA). This contract is for services and material for the PSA and specific efforts include: program management, planning, engineering, design, liaison, scheduling, labor, and procurement of incidental material. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va. (91 percent), and Chesapeake, Va. (9 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $5,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, with four proposals received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-10-C-2204). ~The Consulting Network Inc.*, Middletown, Md., is being awarded a $15,105,220 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-6264) for software and hardware development, systems engineering, and procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products and hardware/software integration, in support of USS Virginia Class submarine and other submarine/surface ship systems. These services will provide for the continued engineering, fabrication, test, installation, and training services for the analysis, design, and prototyping of components related to open architecture concepts. Work will be performed in Middletown, Md., and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. ~Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $10,208,402 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-4417) for the execution efforts of the USS Miami (SSN 755) docking continuous maintenance availability. Work will be performed in Groton, Conn., and is expected to be completed by August 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $10,208,402 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity. ~Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., is being awarded an $8,768,862 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-6306) for depot repair parts and material for repair of 1,300 production systems for dismounted Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) systems. Dismounted JCREW systems are electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. Work will be performed in Sparks, Nev. (90 percent), and Rancho Cordova, Calif. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. ~BAE Systems, Land and Armaments LP, U.S. Combat Systems, Minneapolis, Minn., is being awarded an $8,631,426 not-to-exceed modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5394) for mechanical design agent and canister integration of standard missiles SM-3 and SM-6 into the MK 41 vertical launching system (VLS). The MK 41 VLS provides a missile launching system for CG 47 and DDG 51-class surface combatants of the Navy, as well as surface combatants of allied navies. Work will be performed in Minneapolis, Minn. (80 percent), Brea, Calif. (15 percent), and San Diego, Calif. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. ~El Dorado Engineering, Inc.,* Salt Lake City, Utah (N00174-10-D-0007), and ~Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), McLean, Va. (N00174-10-D-0009), are each being awarded a performance-based, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. El Dorado is being awarded $8,063,984, and SAIC is being awarded $8,436,024, to provide engineering and demilitarization of munitions; provide analytical engineering and technical support services; analyze requirements; perform assessment; data analysis/management; technical support; and program management support for the Navy and other Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD customers. The contract includes four one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $43,063,421 for El Dorado Engineering, Inc., and $44,509,256 for SAIC. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and McLean, Va., and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, with six offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Md. is the contracting activity. AIR FORCE ~Northrop Grumman System Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $9,999,999 contract which will provide for additional long-lead funding of two Global Hawk Block 30M systems and two Global Hawk Block 40 systems. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 303 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8602-09-C-4001, P00003). *Small business
DTN News: Boeing Completes Chinook Industrial Cooperation Program In Spain Source: DTN News / Boeing (NSI News Source Info) MADRID, Spain - April 13, 2010: The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has successfully completed its industrial cooperation program for the third phase of the CH-47D Chinook rotorcraft upgrades performed for the Spanish Army's Airmobile Force, FAMET. Boeing finished the industrial cooperation program on schedule while exceeding the $80 million requirement, demonstrating the company's continued success in meeting its commitments. Over the 10-year program, Boeing completed 75 projects with 20 Spanish companies and institutions. All projects were coordinated through Isdefe, the company that negotiates and manages industrial cooperation agreements on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Defense's Armament and Material General Directorate. "In cooperation with Isdefe, Boeing is bringing high-value opportunities to Spanish industry," said Gwen Kopsie, director of International Industrial Participation for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "Spanish companies of all sizes were an integral part of the global supply base that brought state-of-the-art upgrades to the Spanish Army's Chinook fleet. Many more Spanish companies also benefited from Boeing's advanced technology transfer and training programs." Boeing also supports Isdefe's efforts to develop Spanish industry through a $13 million industrial cooperation program for the Harpoon advanced weapon control system. That program is on track for completion in 2012. "Boeing has been a partner to Spain for more than 75 years, serving the needs of both its commercial airplane customers and Spain's military," said Pedro Argüelles, president of Boeing Spain. "Today, Boeing's presence in Spain remains strong thanks to our collaboration with airlines, government, academic institutions and industry. Through our Research & Technology Center in Madrid, we work with our partners in Spain to develop solutions for the environmental, safety and reliability, and air-traffic-control needs of today and tomorrow." Boeing has successfully implemented industrial participation programs totaling more than US$41 billion in nearly 40 countries over the past 30 years. The Chinook is a true multi-role, vertical-lift platform. The primary Chinook mission is transport of artillery, troops, ammunition, fuel and supplies within military theaters of operation. CH-47s also have performed humanitarian-support, disaster-relief, rescue, firefighting and nation-building missions on six continents in all climates and conditions. The Chinook is currently in service with more than 18 countries worldwide. A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.
DTN News: Kyrgyzstan And The Russian Resurgence Source: By Lauren Goodrich STRATFOR (NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 13, 2010:This past week saw another key success in Russia’s resurgence in former Soviet territory when pro-Russian forces took control of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz revolution was quick and intense. Within 24 hours, protests that had been simmering for months spun into countrywide riots as the president fled and a replacement government took control. The manner in which every piece necessary to exchange one government for another fell into place in such a short period discredits arguments that this was a spontaneous uprising of the people in response to unsatisfactory economic conditions. Instead, this revolution appears prearranged. A Prearranged Revolution Opposition forces in Kyrgyzstan have long held protests, especially since the Tulip Revolution in 2005 that brought recently ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to power. But various opposition groupings never were capable of pulling off such a full revolution — until Russia became involved. In the weeks before the revolution, select Kyrgyz opposition members visited Moscow to meet with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. STRATFOR sources in Kyrgyzstan reported the pervasive, noticeable presence of Russia’s Federal Security Service on the ground during the crisis, and Moscow readied 150 elite Russian paratroopers the day after the revolution to fly into Russian bases in Kyrgyzstan. As the dust began to settle, Russia endorsed the still-coalescing government. There are quite a few reasons why Russia would target a country nearly 600 miles from its borders (and nearly 1,900 miles from capital to capital), though Kyrgyzstan itself is not much of a prize. The country has no economy or strategic resources to speak of and is highly dependent on all its neighbors for foodstuffs and energy. But it does have a valuable geographic location. Central Asia largely comprises a massive steppe of more than a million square miles, making the region easy to invade. The one major geographic feature other than the steppe are the Tien Shan mountains, a range that divides Central Asia from South Asia and China. Nestled within these mountains is the Fergana Valley, home to most of Central Asia’s population due to its arable land and the protection afforded by the mountains. The Fergana Valley is the core of Central Asia. To prevent this core from consolidating into the power center of the region, the Soviets sliced up the Fergana Valley between three countries. Uzbekistan holds the valley floor, Tajikistan the entrance to the valley and Kyrgyzstan the highlands surrounding the valley. Kyrgyzstan lacks the economically valuable parts of the valley, but it does benefit from encircling it. Control of Kyrgyzstan equals control of the valley, and hence of Central Asia’s core. Moreover, the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek is only 120 miles from Kazakhstan’s largest city (and historic and economic capital), Almaty. The Kyrgyz location in the Tien Shan also gives Kyrgyzstan the ability to monitor Chinese moves in the region. And its highlands also overlook China’s Tarim Basin, part of the contentious Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Given its strategic location, control of Kyrgyzstan offers the ability to pressure Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China. Kyrgyzstan is thus a critical piece in Russia’s overall plan to resurge into its former Soviet sphere. The Russian Resurgence Russia’s resurgence is a function of its extreme geographic vulnerability. Russia lacks definable geographic barriers between it and other regional powers. The Russian core is the swath of land from Moscow down into the breadbasket of the Volga region. In medieval days, this area was known as Muscovy. It has no rivers, oceans or mountains demarcating its borders. Its only real domestic defenses are its inhospitable weather and dense forests. This led to a history of endless invasions, including depredations by everyone from Mongol hordes to Teutonic knights to the Nazis. To counter this inherent indefensibility, Russia historically has adopted the principle of expansion. Russia thus has continually sought to expand far enough to anchor its power in a definable geographic barrier — like a mountain chain — or to expand far enough to create a buffer between itself and other regional powers. This objective of expansion has been the key to Russia’s national security and its ability to survive. Each Russian leader has understood this. Ivan the Terrible expanded southwest into the Ukrainian marshlands, Catherine the Great into the Central Asian steppe and the Tien Shan and the Soviet Union into much of Eastern and Central Europe. Russia’s expansion has been in four strategic directions. The first is to the north and northeast to hold the protection offered by the Ural Mountains. This strategy is more of a “just-in-case” expansion. Thus, in the event Moscow should ever fall, Russia can take refuge in the Urals and prepare for a future resurgence. Stalin used this strategy in World War II when he relocated many of Russia’s industrial towns to Ural territory to protect them from the Nazi invasion. The second is to the west toward the Carpathians and across the North European Plain. Holding the land up to the Carpathians — traditionally including Ukraine, Moldova and parts of Romania — creates an anchor in Europe with which to protect Russia from the southwest. Meanwhile, the North European Plain is the one of the most indefensible routes into Russia, offering Russia no buffer. Russia’s objective has been to penetrate as deep into the plain as possible, making the sheer distance needed to travel across it toward Russia a challenge for potential invaders. The third direction is south to the Caucasus. This involves holding both the Greater and Lesser Caucasus mountain ranges, creating a tough geographic barrier between Russia and regional powers Turkey and Iran. It also means controlling Russia’s Muslim regions (like Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan), as well as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The fourth is to the east and southeast into Siberia and Central Asia. The Tien Shan mountains are the only geographic barrier between the Russian core and Asia; the Central Asian steppe is, as its name implies, flat until it hits Kyrgyzstan’s mountains. With the exception of the North European Plain, Russia’s expansion strategy focuses on the importance of mountains — the Carpathians, the Caucasus and Tien Shan — as geographic barriers. Holding the land up to these definable barriers is part of Russia’s greater strategy, without which Russia is vulnerable and weak. The Russia of the Soviet era attained these goals. It held the lands up to these mountain barriers and controlled the North European Plain all the way to the West German border. But its hold on these anchors faltered with the fall of the Soviet Union. This collapse began when Moscow lost control over the fourteen other states of the Soviet Union. The Soviet disintegration did not guarantee, of course, that Russia would not re-emerge in another form. The West — and the United States in particular — thus saw the end of the Cold War as an opportunity to ensure that Russia would never re-emerge as the great Eurasian hegemon. To do this, the United States began poaching among the states between Russia and its geographic barriers, taking them out of the Russian sphere in a process that ultimately would see Russian influence contained inside the borders of Russia proper. To this end, Washington sought to expand its influence in the countries surrounding Russia. This began with the expansion of the U.S. military club, NATO, into the Baltic states in 2004. This literally put the West on Russia’s doorstep (at their nearest point, the Baltics are less than 100 miles from St. Petersburg) on one of Russia’s weakest points on the North European Plain. Washington next encouraged pro-American and pro-Western democratic movements in the former Soviet republics. These were the so-called “color revolutions,” which began in Georgia in 2003 and moved on to Ukraine in 2004 and Kyrgyzstan in 2005. This amputated Russia’s three mountain anchors. The Orange Revolution in Ukraine proved a breaking point in U.S.-Russian relations, however. At that point, Moscow recognized that the United States was seeking to cripple Russia permanently. After Ukraine turned orange, Russia began to organize a response. The Window of Opportunity Russia received a golden opportunity to push back on U.S. influence in the former Soviet republics and redefine the region thanks to the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the crisis with Iran. Its focus on the Islamic world has left Washington with a limited ability to continue picking away at the former Soviet space or to counter any Russian responses to Western influence. Moscow knows Washington won’t stay fixated on the Islamic world for much longer, which is why Russia has accelerated its efforts to reverse Western influence in the former Soviet sphere and guarantee Russian national security. In the past few years, Russia has worked to roll back Western influence in the former Soviet sphere country by country. Moscow has scored a number of major successes in 2010. In January, Moscow signed a customs union agreement to economically reintegrate Russia with Kazakhstan and Belarus. Also in January, a pro-Russian government was elected in Ukraine. And now, a pro-Russian government has taken power in Kyrgyzstan. The last of these countries is an important milestone for Moscow, given that Russia does not even border Kyrgyzstan. This indicates Moscow must be secure in its control of territory from the Russian core across the Central Asian Steppe. As it seeks to roll back Western influence, Russia has tested a handful of tools in each of the former Soviet republics. These have included political pressure, social instability, economic weight, energy connections, security services and direct military intervention. Thus far, the pressure brought on by its energy connections — as seen in Ukraine and Lithuania — has proved most useful. Russia has used the cutoffs of supplies to hurt the countries and garner a reaction from Europe against these states. The use of direct military intervention — as seen in Georgia — also has proved successful, with Russia now holding a third of that country’s land. Political pressure in Belarus and Kazakhstan has pushed the countries into signing the aforementioned customs union. And now with Kyrgyzstan, Russia has proved willing to take a page from the U.S. playbook and spark a revolution along the lines of the pro-Western color revolutions. Russian strategy has been tailor-made for each country, taking into account their differences to put them into Moscow’s pocket — or at least make them more pragmatic toward Russia. Thus far, Russia has nearly returned to its mountain anchors on each side, though it has yet to sew up the North European Plain. And this leaves a much stronger Russia for the United States to contend with when Washington does return its gaze to Eurasia. 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DTN News: Boeing Launches 787 GoldCare Service With TUI Travel PLC Source: DTN News / Boeing (NSI News Source Info) SEATTLE, - April 13, 2010:The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today announced that TUI Travel PLC, the world's leading leisure travel company, is the launch customer for GoldCare. The agreement to support the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet covers 13 airplanes currently on order by TUI. The 787s will be operated by Thomson Airways, Tuifly Nordic, Jetairfly and Arkefly. The GoldCare contract is for a period of 12 years from the delivery date of each airplane. Boeing will provide TUI Travel with GoldCare Enterprise, which encompasses the full portfolio of available GoldCare services. GoldCare is Boeing's lifecycle solution that provides maintenance, engineering and material management as a multi-year service managed by Boeing. GoldCare is made possible through Boeing's advanced e-enabling technologies. "We are thrilled to be the launch customer for this service," said Fraser Ellacott, director of Engineering, TUI Travel PLC (Thomson Airways). "We have developed this exciting concept with Boeing and are confident that this service will optimize the efficiency of our airlines' operations, reduce complexity, provide value to our stakeholders and allow us to continue to provide outstanding service for our customers." Support using GoldCare Enterprise will allow the airline group to focus on its passengers, knowing that its airplane assets achieve maximum utilization and are maintained to the highest standards by Boeing through its GoldCare partners. "As the launch customer for GoldCare, TUI Travel demonstrates the desire for and benefits of this program," said Bob Avery, vice president, Fleet Management for Commercial Aviation Services, Commercial Airplanes. "GoldCare will boost airplane reliability, reduce cost and improve efficiency throughout the lifecycle of the airplane. "TUI Travel is a strong development partner on this program and we look forward to our continued partnership as TUI Travel's 787s enter service." To deliver GoldCare, Boeing leads a global team performing comprehensive material management, engineering and maintenance services at a predictable cost based on flight hours. GoldCare provides airlines with 24/7 operations center support using the latest technology to turn airplane operating data into diagnostic information that enhances efficiency and maximizes airplane availability. The GoldCare team also includes GE Aviation, Hamilton Sundstrand, Honeywell, Moog Inc., Panasonic and Rockwell Collins. These original equipment manufacturers will support the material, repair and overhaul needs for the systems they provide on the 787.