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By Debbie Gregory.

Faced with criticism over how it awarded a contract to move computer systems to the Internet cloud, the Pentagon has slashed a nearly $1 billion contract down to no more than $65 million, while also scaling back the scope of the work. The revision will limit its use to only U.S. Transportation Command rather than the entire Defense Department.

The contract awarded to Herndon, Virginia-based REAN Cloud—an Amazon Web Services partner, has come under scrutiny by those who feel that the procurement wasn’t handled properly, charges that Pentagon officials strongly denied.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning said that after reviewing the contract, the Defense Department decided that “the agreement should be more narrowly tailored” so that Rean would build a prototype service for a single agency, the U.S. Transportation Command, instead of many agencies within the military.

Oracle filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office last month that called the procurement “an egregious abuse” of the procurement process for a contract that it charged was “shrouded in secrecy.”

Additionally, the Pentagon was criticized because the original contract was awarded by the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx ) which was created to procure the technology of Silicon Valley-type companies that mostly shy away from Pentagon work. DIUx is fast-moving to provide non-dilutive capital to companies to solve national defense problems, usually in under 90 days.

The procurement, a follow-on to a smaller competed contract, was awarded under an “other transaction authority,” a way for the Pentagon to procure goods and services quickly without being subject to the bureaucratic federal acquisitions process.

Critics of the “other transaction authority” process say such arrangements are not competitive and insufficiently transparent.

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By Debbie Gregory.

Having electronic health records vs. previous hard copy records will go a long way in saving money, time, and lives.

After a two year search, the Defense Department awarded a $4.3 billion contract to Leidos, Inc.

Previously known as Science Applications International Corporation, Leidos is an American company headquartered in Reston, Virginia. The company provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services.

The new contract will cover more than 9.5 million Defense Department beneficiaries and the more than 205,000 care professionals who provide them with support.

Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, called electronic health records “a critical enabler for supporting and maintaining medical readiness” around the world. The new system is global, and must operate in remote places like Afghanistan, in addition to DoD’s 55 hospitals and more than 600 clinics, according to Woodson.

“Even apart from the wartime requirements, the patients we serve are frequently on the move, as are our caregivers, so it is very important to have a highly integrated system that is portable to serve the needs wherever they may be required,” he said.

The DoD and the VA are interoperable now, said Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, but this contract ensures it will continue by including future software upgrades.

Training is also included in the contract, he said.

“The trick … in getting a business system fielded isn’t about the product you’re buying, it’s about the training, the preparation of your people, it’s about minimizing the changes to the software that you’re buying,” Kendall said. “We’ve done a lot of work to ensure that our users … are prepared to take on this product and use it.”

The next big hurdle is testing the software to ensure it is secure and does what is needed. This will be carries out at eight locations in the Pacific Northwest late next year. Ultimately, the system will be fielded at more than 1,000 locations worldwide. The cost over 18 years was placed at $11 billion, but new figures suggest the ultimate cost will be below $9 billion, Kendall said.

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Leidos, Inc Wins DoD Contract: VAMBOA: By Debbie Gregory

 

military connection: ffvBy Debbie Gregory.

The Future Fighting Vehicle (FFV) program may not be totally down for the count. The Army has awarded two contracts, worth more than $28 million each, to BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems to develop design concepts for the FFV.

The effort is meant to determine whether the Army will produce an entirely new vehicle or a modern armed and armored personnel carrier to replace the Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

The Bradley, which the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program was to replace, has been in service since 1981, and is expected to remain in the Army inventory perhaps for decades in the future.

In October, Brig. Gen. David Bassett, commander PEO Ground Combat Systems, said the FFV program was largely a science-and-technology development effort, meant to help the Army explore its options while it pursues various engineering-change proposals for its existing armored vehicles.

The Army is asking BAE Systems and General Dynamics to study technologies, costs, and risks against future infantry fighting vehicle requirements for a FFV system.[Native Advertisement]

From their GCV work, BAE Systems engineers will try to recycle integrated hybrid-electric propulsion and mobility subsystems, automotive test rigs, and hybrid-electric integrated propulsion subsystems.

Due to the use of a hybrid-electric propulsion, the company will design and implement calibration maps for all components within their hybrid systems to test component efficiencies within integrated propulsion systems.

The Army’s other vehicle efforts include its pursuit of a Humvee replacement, the joint light tactical vehicle, and M113 infantry carrier replacement, the armored multipurpose vehicle, along with upgrades to the Abrams, Stryker and Paladin.

Currently in the development stage is a light vehicle that’s designed to enable airborne troops to move quickly to an objective after they’ve parachuted in. On May 28, Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno said the service is exploring the needs for a vehicle that provides mobile protected firepower, an infantry fighting vehicle and a light tank, using 20 collaborative war-fighting challenges to identify capability gaps — with near-, mid- and long-term solutions.

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VAMBOA: US Army Awards Contracts for FFV Designs: By Debbie Gregory

F35The Department of Defense (DOD) contract watch for building F-35 fighter jets for the U.S. military has received a lot of publicity over the past several years. So far, the F-35 program has generated over $1 billion in contracts to companies involved with various components of the project.

On August 13, 2014, the Lockheed-Martin Corporation was given an additional $233 million to work on flight-training and maintenance simulators for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The contract increase calls for production of 19 training simulators and nearly 70 technical support systems. The bulk of the money and the work for this contract will be done at Lockheed’s facilities in and around Orlando, Florida.

Lockheed’s Orlando training systems unit manages the F-35 flight training center at Eglin AFB. This division of the company also produces automated logistics computers for the stealth fighter jets. More than 500 jobs in Orlando are tied to the F-35 work, including weapons-targeting systems produced by Lockheed’s missiles group.

The F-35 program has survived scrapping from the DOD through frequent schedule delays, cost overruns and technical problems. One of the most notable incidents was an engine fire on June 23rd that temporarily halted the project. The DOD acknowledged that Lockheed has taken a number of measures to cut costs and address performance issues over the past year.

Last month, Lockheed and its F-35 partners unveiled a plan to reduce costs on each individual aircraft by the end of the decade. The plan calls for spending $170 million through 2016 to shave costs from each F-35 to $80 million, down from $100 million.

But with a projected overall price of $400 billion, the F-35 is still on track to become the most expensive U.S. weapons system in history, with 2,400 planes built for the U.S. military and its allies.

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VAMBOA: DOD Expands F-35 Contracts:  By Debbie Gregory


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET
No. CR-036-14
February 25, 2014

CONTRACTS
NAVY
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $2,070,439,240 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0112) to exercise the options for the procurement of 16 P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft full rate production Lot I aircraft and 16 Ancillary Mission Equipment kits for the U.S. Navy.  Work will be performed in Seattle, Wash. (78.4 percent); Baltimore, Md. (4.7 percent); Greenlawn, N.Y. (2.4 percent); Cambridge, United Kingdom (1.6 percent); Rockford, Ill. (1.1 percent); North Amityville, N.Y. (1 percent), and miscellaneous locations throughout the continental United States (10.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2017.  Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement, Navy funds in the amount of $2,070,439,240 will be obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Seaward Services Inc., New Albany, Ind., is being awarded a $26,654,889 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract incorporating firm-fixed price and cost-plus-fixed-fee provisions for the provision of vessels, supplies, equipment and services in support of the South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) in Dania Beach, Fla.  SFOMF offers land, sea, and air test environments for use by government, private industry, and educational/institutional communities.  This contract will provide materials, supplies, equipment, vessels, and services needed to efficiently and effectively operate and maintain the facility.  Data acquisition systems, offshore test range(s), underwater systems, boats, vehicles, and associated material and weight handling equipment used for testing.  Work will be performed in Dania Beach, Fla., and is expected to complete by September 2019.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Navy funding in the amount of $95,000 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship System Engineering Station, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N65540-14-D-0008).
ARMY
Action Manufacturing Co., Bristol, Pa. was awarded an $83,200,000 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract (U.K.) for approximately 1,100,000 M739A1 point detonating/delay artillery fuses and 100,000 safe and arm module assemblies for the 155mm M825A1 white phosphorous smoke projectile.  Funding and performance location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 25, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received.  Army Contracting Command, Picatinny, Arsenal, N.J. is the contracting activity (W15QKN-14-D-0003).
Treviicos South, Inc., Charlestown, Mass., was awarded a$ 44,261,913 firm-fixed-price contract for the Bolivar Seepage Barrier, Bolivar, Ohio, for a partial-depth and partial-length seepage barrier through the upstream slope of Bolivar Dam.  Fiscal 2013 other procurement funds in the amount of $5,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is May 28, 2018. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven received. Work will be performed in Bolivar, Ohio. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, W. Va. is the contracting activity (W91237-14-C-0003).
Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc., Sacramento, Calif., was awarded a $12,566,969 firm-fixed-price contract for sole-source procurement of 114 Hawk rocket motors for Jordan and 186 for Egypt. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $12,566,969 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Oct. 1, 2015.  Work will be performed in Sacramento, Calif.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-14-C-0075).
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Protective Products Enterprises Inc., Sunrise, Fla., has been awarded a maximum $76,661,994 modification (P00102) exercising the second option year on a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-12-D-1026) with three one-year option periods for improved outer tactical vests and components.  This is a firm-fixed-price contract.  Location of performance is Florida with a Feb. 27, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army and Air Force.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
Steris Corp., Mentor, Ohio, has been awarded a maximum $27,381,687 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for commercial electronic catalog.  This contract is a competitive acquisition, and 32 offers were received.  This is a five-year base contract.  Location of performance is Ohio with a Feb. 18, 2019 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM2DH-14-D-8206).
Willbros Government Services LLC, Tulsa, Okla., has been awarded a maximum $9,379,740 firm-fixed-price contract for contractor-owned/contractor-operated fuels management services.  This contract is a competitive acquisition, and four offers were received.  This is a five-year base contract with three five-year option periods.  Locations of performance are Oklahoma and Louisiana with a March 31, 2019 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army and federal civilian agencies.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2018 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-14-C-5406).
Zodiac Aerospace*, Alpharetta, Ga., has been awarded a maximum $7,063,300 firm-fixed-price contract for aircraft recorders and cartridges.  This contract is a sole-source acquisition.  This is a 24-month base contract with no option periods.  Location of performance is Georgia with a Feb. 29, 2016 performance completion date.  Using military services are Navy and Air Force.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 Army and Air Force working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPRPA1-14-C-W008).
Todd’s Quality Tomatoes*, Sanford, Fla., has been awarded a maximum $7,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract for full line fresh fruit and vegetable support.  This contract is a competitive acquisition, and three offers were received.  This is an 18-month base contract with two 18-month option periods.  Location of performance is Florida with an Aug. 24, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Department of Agriculture school customers.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPE300-14-D-P243).
AIR FORCE
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Marietta, Ga., has been awarded a $12,190,077 modification (P00209) on an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA8625-11-C-6597) to provide HC/MC-130J unique spare parts.  This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.  Work will be performed at Marietta, Ga., and is expected to be completed by Feb. 16, 2016.  Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $12,190,077 will be obligated at time of award.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WISK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
*Small Business
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