The Boeing Company was awarded a contract Jan. 29 for risk reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, which will field the next Air Force One.

This is the first contract the Air Force has awarded for this program. Additional modifications will be made to this contract in the future to purchase the commercial 747-8 aircraft, as well as to design, modify and test those aircraft to meet the presidential mission.

These efforts are the first step in a deliberate process to control program risks and life cycle costs. These activities will include the definition of detailed requirements and design trade-offs required to support informed decisions that will lead to a lower risk Engineering and Manufacturing Development program and lower life cycle costs.

“This is the start of our contractual relationship with Boeing. It will allow Boeing to begin working on what will be the next Air Force One,” said Col. Amy McCain, the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program manager. “This initial effort is about reducing risk, really understanding where the tough work will be, finding affordability opportunities, and getting the best value for the taxpayer, while continuing to meet the needs of our commander in chief.”

The secretary of the Air Force has made it clear that affordability will be a key element of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program.

“We will continue to insist upon program affordability through cost conscious procurement practices,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.

“The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America at home and abroad,” James said. “We will ensure the next Air Force One meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission, while reflecting the office of the president of the United States of America consistent with the national public interest.”

The Air Force wants to own enough of the technical baseline to permit competition for modifications and sustainment throughout the aircraft’s planned 30-year life cycle. Competition can keep costs down, spur innovation and provide technical options.

“We are focused on ensuring this program is affordable,” McCain said. “This contract gets us started on determining how to modify a 747-8 to become the next Air Force One, and finding opportunities for cost reduction through detailed requirements choices, competition of subsystems, and in the sustainment of the aircraft after it has been fielded.”

“The current fleet of VC-25A presidential aircraft has performed exceptionally well, a testament to the Airmen who support, maintain and fly the aircraft,” James said. “Yet, it is time to replace them. Parts obsolescence, diminishing manufacturing sources and increased down times for maintenance are existing challenges that will increase until a new aircraft is fielded.”


By Debbie Gregory.

Last week, Lockheed Martin Corp. officials announced that they have filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon over the U.S. Army’s decision to award a $6.75 billion contract to Oshkosh Corporation.

The contract is to build a replacement for the Humvee combat vehicle.

The Army plans to buy about 55,000 of the multipurpose vehicles for its troops and the Marine Corps through 2040, spending an estimated $30 billion. Oshkosh in August was awarded the initial order for about 17,000 JLTVs, which are more heavily armored than the Humvees they will replace.

“After careful consideration of all options, Lockheed Martin decided to file a complaint with the Court of Federal Claims concerning our Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) contract award process,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. “We look forward to working with all parties involved on the next steps.”

A hearing was scheduled for Friday before Judge Charles Lettow. Lettow granted Lockheed’s motion to seal its complaint against the contract award. Lettow also sealed a Lockheed motion for an injunction in the case, but has not yet ruled on that move, court papers show.

The government’s answer is due by February16th.

Oshkosh Vice President John Urias said he believed the court will uphold the Army’s selection.

Oshkosh Corporation, based in Oshkosh, WI, was ranked the 48th largest American defense contractor for 2015 by Defense News. Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, MD, ranked first.

Urias stated that he had confidence in the Army’s procurement process, which he said included “exhaustive testing and evaluation to ensure our troops get the best vehicle.”

Because Department of Defense spending has been shrinking, competition for military contacts has tightened in recent years. While the number of contract protests filed with the GAO rose 5 percent in 2014 fiscal year, successful protests fell from 17 percent in 13 percent.

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By Debbie Gregory.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved H.R. 1694, the Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act. The legislation would include veterans in the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and would provide parity for the nearly 1 million veterans who are small business owners seeking government contracts. This would level the playing field in federal contracting for veteran-owned businesses by providing veterans access to existing preferences authorized for transportation projects.

Sponsored by Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and Don Young (R-Alaska), the legislation calls for states that receive federal money for transportation projects to included veteran-owned businesses in their contracting processes. They added that there are 380,000 construction firms that are owned by veterans in the U.S. that could help build projects across the nation.

Currently, only half of the states meet their DBE goals. Adding veteran small businesses to this program would increase the pool of eligible firms at the states’ disposal. For states that already meet their goals, this bill does not affect them or the small business contractors they employ.

“Our veterans are the most highly skilled workforce in America’s history – the product of rigorous training, an iron-clad commitment to teamwork and the remarkable ability to succeed where others might fail,” said Fitzpatrick. He continued. “We need Fairness to Veterans so we are leveraging the unique strengths of veteran entrepreneurs to address the challenges at home.”

“There’s no question that America’s veterans, who have sacrificed so much for the greater good, are able and ready to put their battle tested skills towards improving our nation’s roads, highways, and critical infrastructure projects,” said Young

The legislation now goes on to the Senate for consideration. The text of the bill is available on the website.

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By Debbie Gregory.

The U.S. Army’s search for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) replacement is over. The Oshkosh Corporation, formerly Oshkosh Truck, more about has won the $6.75 billion contract to build almost 17,000 new light trucks. The new vehicles will replace the Army and Marine Corps’ aging Humvees.

Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. beat out both Lockheed Martin Corp. and AM General LLC.

The order will result in the production of as many as 55,000 JLTVs over the next 25 years.

Founded in 1917 as the Wisconsin Duplex Auto Company, the company was created to build a severe-duty four-wheel-drive truck before moving into the military vehicle arena.

In 1945, the company received the first of many military honors when the “E” award is presented by the Army and Navy for excellence in wartime production. In 1953, the first Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle was delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1968, the MB-5 manufactured for the U.S. Navy and mainly used for flight deck firefighting, launched the company into a position of world leadership in the ARFF industry.

Over the years, the company has built other military vehicles, such as the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks, the P-19 ARFF, the R-11, and the MTVR.

The new trucks will replace many of the 120,000 Humvee trucks built by AM General that have been worn out by use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The updated design promises greater protection against mines and roadside bombs, as well as more range and durability to move troops and gear. They are also lighter than the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles introduced in Iraq.

News of the contract resulted in a 12% jump in the company’s stock.

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Army Contract Awards

  • Oshkosh Corp. (Oshkosh, WI) – Awarded a $584,914,693 firm-fixed-price corporate contract on June 29 for the purchase of 1,274 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) variant trucks, 452 refurbished HEMTT trucks and 98 palletized load systems trailers.
  • Oshkosh Corp. (Oshkosh, WI) – Awarded a $105,570,416 firm-fixed price contract on June 29 for the production of 644 family of medium tactical vehicles, 621 trucks and 43 trailers.
  • TASC, Inc. (Andover, MA) – Awarded a $44,786,637 firm-fixed-priced contract on June 30. The contractor shall provide all the necessary labor, supplies, material and equipment in support of the U.S. Army Special Programs Office (ASPO), Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA).
  • Atlantic Diving Supply, Inc. (Virginia Beach, VA) – Awarded a $39,500,00 firm-fixed-price contract to purchase Generation III extreme cold weather clothing system kits.
  • EvensonBest (New York, NY) – Awarded a $37,890,714 firm-fixed-price contract on June 29 to for lease-to-purchase private office case goods, open plans work stations and general furnishings for a new headquarters facility at Fort Meade, MD.
  • United Technologies Corp. (Hartford, CT) – Awarded a $33,866,773 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for further development of constant volume combustion (CVC) technology and culmination of a full scale demonstration of a Vulcan engine – CVC module and power turbine engine – that addresses near-term Department of Defense transition needs with the potential to significantly impact multiple defense and commercial applications.
  • Dragados USA, Inc. (New York, NY) – Awarded a $33,770,948 firm-fixed price contract for new excavation, wetland mitigations, demolition of two abandoned sewer siphons, construction of one grade control structure and incidental related work.
  • Northrop Grunman Corp. (San Diego, CA) – Awarded a $33,344,592 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract on June 30. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Global Hawk autonomous aerial refueling demonstration program will accomplish the first-ever fully autonomous rendezvous, rejoin, station keeping, aerial refueling, and formation separation of two unmanned aircraft.
  • Oshkosh Corp. (Oshkosh, WI) – Awarded a $30,910,661 firm-fixed-price contract on June 29 for the procurement of 286 family of medium tactical vehicles; 37 b-kits; 167 trucks; and 119 trailers.
  • BAE Systems, Specialty Group, Inc. (Pheonix, AZ) – Awarded a $16,999,833 firm-fixed-price contract on June 30 for helmet sensors, Generation II.
  • Allen-Vanguard, Inc. (Ogdensburg, NY) – Awarded a $16,999,760 firm-fixed price contract on June 30 for helmet sensors, Generation II.
  • Day & Zimmermann Hawthorne Corp. (Hawthorne, NV) – Awarded a $16,072,491 firm-fixed-price contract on June 30 for services for the operation and maintenance of Hawthorne Army Depot, storage, shipment and receipt of ammunition.
  • Kitware, Inc. (Clifton Park, NJ) – Awarded a $13,883,313 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract on June 30 to build a revolutionary wide area motion imagery (WAMI) analysis workstation called the Persistent Motion Imagery Analysis Tool for Exploitation (PerMIATE).
  • Emerson Construction Co., Inc. (Temple, TX) – Awarded a $12,805,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of an Army Reserve Center, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Boeing Research & Technology (Seattle, WA) – Awarded a $12,527,049 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to reduce the risk and uncertainties associated with performing extended flight information to a sufficient level while still achieving a significant aerodynamic performance benefit.
  • General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Inc. (St. Petersburg, FL) – Awarded an $11,027,351 basic order agreement with firm-fixed-price delivery orders on June 30 for the small caliber ammunition second source prime contractor for the production of 5.56mm ammunition used in M4 carbines, M16A2 rifles, and M249 light machine guns; 7.6mm ammunition used in M240 series machine guns; and Caliber .50 small arms ammunition used in M2 and other heavy machine guns.
  • Lockheed Martin Services, Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD) – Awarded a $10,989,965 firm-fixed-price contract on June 29 for one General Purpose Electronic Test Station (GET)-1000M2M; one GET-1000B2M; one GET-1000B2; installation and training; one lot of spares for the test stations; one lot of technical support and replacements for GET-1000B2M obsolete items.
  • Oshkosh Corp. (Oshkosh, WI) – Awarded an $8,750,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 1,750 kits for Command, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance suite and battery upgrade/silent watch for Operation Enduring Freedom upgrades on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-terrain vehicle.
  • Caelum Research Corp. (Rockville, MD) – Awarded an $8,641,352 firm-fixed-price contract for information systems operations and support services, i.e. communication security, database management, systems administration, helpdesk, programming, and data handling.

Navy Contract Awards

  • Electric Boat Corp. (Groton, CT) – Awarded a $171,856,353 contract for lead yard services, development studies and design efforts related to Virginia Class submarines.
  • Raytheon Co. (Tucson, AZ) – Awarded a $44,478,772 cost-plus-fixed-fee-contract for fiscal 2010 design agent engineering services for the MK-31 rolling airframe missile (RAM) guided missile weapon system, a cooperative development and production program conducted jointly by the U.S. and Federal Republic of Germany under memoranda of understanding.
  • Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems (Sudbury, MA) – Awarded a $13,682,885 firm-fixed-price definitization modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-G-5109) for procurement of three AN/SPY-1 radar transmitter multi-mission capability ordnance alteration (ORDALT) kits; 15 stabilized master oscillator ORDALT kits; 16 kill assessment system ORDALT kits; and four radio frequency coherent combiners.
  • DRS Sonar Systems, LLC (Gaithersburg, MD) – Awarded a $9,677,410 firm-fixed price contract for development and fielding of a high search rate tactical anti-submarine warfare capability in the form of a variable depth sonar (VDS) for installation on the littoral combat ship.

Defense Logistics Agency Contract Awards

  • Direct Energy Business, LLC (Pittsburgh, PA) – Awarded a maximum $90,294,923 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract to provide electricity.

Air Force Contract Awards

  • Pratt and Whitney Military Aftermarket Services (San Antonio, TX) – Awarded a $51,960,191 contract for the overhaul of core module, with a quantity of 28, supporting the F100-229, F15 and F16 aircraft.

U.S. Special Operations Command Contract Awards

  • Raytheon Co. (McKinney, TX) – Awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92241-10-D-0004) with a maximum value of $17,000,000 for depot-level maintenance support for the AN/APQ-174B multi-mode radar in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Technology Applications Program Office.