Thursday, May 06, 2010
DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated May 6, 2010 Source: U.S. DoD issued May 6, 2010 (NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - May 6, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued May 6, 2010 are undermentioned;<> CONTRACTS NAVY ~United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded an advance acquisition contract with an estimated value of $138,800,000 for long lead components, parts and materials associated with the Lot V low rate initial production of 22 F135 conventional take off and landing propulsion systems for the Air Force; 13 short take-off and vertical landing propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; and 7 carrier variant propulsion systems for the Navy. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (70 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (19 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (11 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($51,300,000; 37 percent); Marine Corps ($65,600,000; 47 percent); and Navy ($21,900,000; 16 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-10-C-0005). ~Clark/Balfour Beatty, JV, Bethesda, Md., is being awarded a $49,595,866 firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of main operating rooms in Building 9 at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda. The work to be performed provides for repair, upgrade, and reconfiguration of 17 existing operating rooms. The project also includes the configuration and renovation of adjacent supporting spaces and systems including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure. Work will be performed in Bethesda, Md., and is expected to be completed by May 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was procured as a sole-source in accordance with FAR 6.302-1, “only one responsible source.” The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N40080-10-C-4405). ~Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc., Knoxville, Tenn., is being awarded a ceiling price $31,800,000 firm-fixed-priced, blanket purchase agreement for production and logistic support of the AN/TRC-170A (V)3/(V)5 Troposcatter antenna system replacement. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and is expected to be completed within three and one-half years after award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement vehicle. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-10-A-7044). ~Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $23,517,593 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-09-C-0016) to provide for additional technical and engineering services for communications-electronics advanced technology systems supporting the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Requirements Division. The estimated level of effort for this modification is 336,000 man-hours. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md. (70 percent), and St. Inigoes, Md. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. ~General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., is being awarded a $10,025,760 delivery order #0009 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M67854-06-D-5079) for integrated trailer-environmental control unit generators (ITEGs). The ITEG shall provide electrical power and environmental conditioning to multiple-type users in all anticipated environments. Its principal means of transport will be towed behind a tactical vehicle. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by May 6, 2011. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-06-D-5079). ~ViaSat, Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded a $6,051,119 firm-fixed-price delivery order #0001 under previously awarded contract (N00039-10-D-0032) for multifunctional information distribution system-low volume terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital data, and voice communications capability for Navy, Air Force, and Army platforms. Contract funds in the amount of $428,506 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed in Carlsbad, Calif. (30 percent), and various other sites worldwide (70 percent). Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2011. This contract was competitively procured via the Space and Naval Warfare Systems E-commerce Web site, with an unlimited number of proposals solicited and two offers received. The synopsis was released via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. ~Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., is being awarded a $5,186,360 fixed-price delivery order #0073 under previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-06-D-5028) to purchase 85 armor kits to include Engineering Change Proposals 4, 5, and 6, for the logistic vehicle system replacement production cargo vehicles. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity. AIR FORCE ~Universal Technology Corp., Dayton, Ohio, was awarded a $49,000,000 contract which will provide solutions for broadly defined military needs and make the transition into the design and development phase with a focus on improving or developing new and creative non-destructive evaluation health management techniques based upon applied research and advanced development technology. At this time, $701,000 has been obligated. Det 1 AFRL/PKMM, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-10-D-5210). ARMY ~Force Protection Industries, Inc., Ladson, S.C., was awarded on May 4 a $32,934,778 firm-fixed-price contract for Buffalo mine protected clearance vehicles, data items, field support representative, and technical manuals. Work is to be performed in Ladson, S.C., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 1, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0028). ~Tetra Tech EC, Inc., Metairie, La., was awarded on April 30 a $28,945,972 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of Westbank and vicinity, New Orleans, Louisiana, hurricane storm damage risk reduction system wbv-74 western tie-in closure structure, St. Charles Parish, La. Work is to be performed in St. Charles Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 10, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hurricane Protection Office, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-10-C-0076). ~Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded on April 30 a $20,720,482 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of two, with an option for one, standard commercially configured Bell Helicopter 412 EP aircraft with optional equipment requirements and complementary pilot and maintainer training. Work is to be performed in Quebec, Canada (88 percent), and Piney Flats, Tenn. (8 percent), with an estimated completion date of Oct. 1, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, CCAM-RD-F, Redstone, Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-10-C-0080). ~Hellfire Systems, LLC, Orlando, Fla., was awarded on April 30 a $15,839,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the transition of the new AGM-114R Hellfire II Romeo missile into the current Hellfire II missile production line. Work is to be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, AMCOM Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-08-C-0361). ~General Atomics Aeronautical System, Poway, Calif., was awarded on April 30 a $15,215,147 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the exercise option for contract W58RGZ-09-C-0151 in support of the extended range/multi-purpose system production readiness test asset. Work is to be performed in Poway, Calif., with an estimated completion date of April 09, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Commands, CCAM-AR-A, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-09-C-0151). ~QinetiQ North America, Waltham, Mass., was awarded on May 3 a $15,181,067 firm-fixed-price contract for Talon robotic systems and sustainment parts. Work is to be performed in Waltham, Mass., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Center, Warren CCTA-AHL-D, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-10-C-0320). ~CUH2A/Smith Carter/Hemisphere, JV, Lawrenceville, N.J., was awarded on May 4 a $14,471,840 firm-fixed-price contract for construction, administration support services for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) replacement facility at Fort Detrick, Md. The Institute plays a key role as the only laboratory equipped to safely study high hazardous infectious agent requiring maximum containment at biosafety level. This project will design the replacement, expansion, and renovation of the existing USAMRIID facilities, which will include approximately 686,787 gross square feet of new biomedical research and vivarium facilities. Work is to be performed in Fort Detrick, Md., with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2014. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-06-C-0009). ~Kipper Tool Co., Gainesville, Ga., was awarded on May 3 a $13,402,000 firm-fixed-price contract for 64 standard automotive tools sets. This is a current contract to place a delivery order for an additional 64. Work is to be performed in Gainesville, Ga., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAE20-03-D-0085). ~The Whiting Turner Contracting Co., Towson, Md., was awarded on May 4 a $13,332,934 firm-fixed-price contract for the contracting of Heat Engine Systems Altitude Test Facility, Army Research Laboratory. Work is to be performed in Aberdeen, Md., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One-hundred-and-eight bids were solicited with four bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-10-C-0078). ~RQ Construction, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., was awarded on May 3 a $12,544,000 firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal 2010 to design and construct a new 51,150 square foo 144-person dormitory. Work is to be performed in Pima County, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 25, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with nine bids received. U.S Army Engineer District, Los Angeles, Calif., is the contracting activity (W912PL-10-C-0027). ~Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC, Oak Brook, Ill., was awarded on April 30 a $10,248,000 firm-fixed-price contract for 2010 north coast dredging, including the mouth of the Columbia River. Work is to be performed along the Columbia River in Washington State and Oregon, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 1, 2010. Two bids were solicited with two bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, Ore., is the contracting activity (W9127N-10-C-0026). ~H-S, JV, Atlanta, Ga., was awarded on April 30 a $9,630,000 firm-fixed-price contract to construct a 1300-soldier enlisted personnel dining facility to include supporting site work and surrounding area. The contractor will: relocate utilities currently in the proposed building footprints as necessary to maintain continuity of services; design and construct supporting facility for the new building and parking to include electrical, water sewer, and natural gas services not handled by privatized utility company; and design and construct security lighting, exterior communications, fire protection, storm sewer system, detention structure, roads and parking lots to include striping, curbs, and gutters. The work is to include site preparation, erosion control, grassing, landscaping, fencing and signage. Work is to be performed in Fort Bragg, N.C., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2011. Three bids solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W92236-10-D-0011).
DTN News: 2010 UK Election ~ Updates Source: DTN News / BBC (NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 6, 2010: Different sets of data suggest different outcomes in this general election, but none of them are very cheering for the Labour party. The BBC's exit poll indicates the Conservatives will win 305 seats, giving them the status of the largest party in the House of Commons but not an overall majority. That would leave David Cameron relying on the support of other parties to govern. The Conservatives, though, will be cheered by a number of results - not least their first gain of the night in Kingswood - which show a swing from Labour to the Tories of 9%. If this was reflected across the country, David Cameron would have more than the 326 seats he needs to outvote every other party and govern on his own. There is more to this, though, than a simple dash to the finish line. If the Conservatives secure more than 300 votes they will probably be able to get most of their
business done in the Commons by relying on the support - or abstentions - of smaller parties. The exit poll held bad news for the Liberal Democrats - suggesting they would lose a seat. Its forecasts have been dismissed by some senior party figures who remain confident Nick Clegg's high profile and opinion poll results will be turned into real success. Brown deal hint The Lib Dems may yet be central to the story of the night.
If there is no overall majority, the Conservatives will only get a chance to try to form a government once Gordon Brown has resigned. Labour's Lord Mandelson told the BBC: "If it's a hung parliament it's not the party with the largest number of seats that has first go, it's the sitting government." In other words, if a hung parliament results then Gordon Brown can try to do a deal with the Lib Dems to keep him in Number 10. Many will take that statement of constitutional fact as a hint the Labour leader will attempt just that. If he does he will face fury from the Conservatives, and Nick Clegg will have to make some very important decisions. For many the queues outside polling stations are the feature of this election that will stick in the memory. It is clear now voters at locations across the country have arrived to have their say in this election and been turned away. The Electoral Commission will review what has happened, but it has also said the confusion could result in legal challenges. If candidates or parties contest the outcomes of individual counts, a question mark could settle over the future of a number of newly elected MPs.
DTN News: One Pirate Dead, 10 Captured In Russia Tanker Rescue Source: DTN News / Reuters (NSI News Source Info) MOSCOW, Russia - May 6, 2010: One Somali pirate was killed and 10 captured in an armed rescue mission by a Russian warship to free a Russian-owned oil tanker hijacked off the coast of Yemen, state-run RIA news agency said on Thursday.Russian sailors from the anti-ship cruiser Marshal Shaposhnikov have released a Russian tanker hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, a high-ranking official from the maritime coalition forces said on Thursday. Citing an unnamed Russian navy official, RIA said the Russian warship returned fire after the pirates started shooting, resulting in "the death of one of the pirates". A Russian defence ministry official said earlier on Thursday all 23 crew on board the China-bound MV Moscow University tanker, which was seized on Wednesday with $52 million worth of crude oil, were alive and well following the rescue.
(Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Louise Ireland)