U.S. Bolsters Indo-Pacific Alliances in Face of Threats

By David Bergun December 5, 2019 – A top Defense Department official said the U.S. and its allies are facing a number of global threats — from Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria and various terrorist groups. John C. Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a growing concern, however, is the military, economic and political high-end threats to Indo-Pacific region allies and partners emanating from China. Rood testified today at a hearing on strategic threats, ongoing challenges and National Defense Strategy implementation. In response…

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DSCA Approves MK45 5 inch/62 Caliber Mod 4 Guns for India

November 20, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of up to thirteen (13) MK 45 5 inch/62 caliber (MOD 4) naval guns and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.0210 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of India has requested to buy up to thirteen (13) MK 45 5 inch/62 caliber (MOD 4) naval guns and three thousand five hundred (3,500) D349…

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DOD Releases 2019 Military Intelligence Program Budget

October 24, 2019 – The Department of Defense released today the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) appropriated top line budget for FY 2019. The total MIP budget, which included both the base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations appropriations, was $21.5 billion and is aligned to support the National Defense Strategy. The department has determined that releasing this top line figure does not jeopardize any classified activities within the MIP. No other MIP budget figures or program details will be released, as they remain classified for national security reasons.

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 1, 2019

Progeny Systems,* Manassas, Virginia, was awarded a $25,689,916 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and cost only contract for the procurement of Navy systems engineering. This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $98,044,894. Work will be performed in Middletown, Rhode Island (70%); and Manassas, Virginia (30%), and is expected to be completed by September 2021. If all options are exercised, work will continue through September 2027. Fiscal 2019 research, development test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $800,000 will be obligated at time…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 30, 2019

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a $2,195,644,813 modification (P00011) to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification definitizes the production and delivery of 112 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force, 46 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps, and 25 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Navy. In addition, this modification definitizes award of long lead components, parts and materials associated with 129 F135-PW-100 and 19 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales…

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DOD Selects CompanionMx™ for Suicide Prevention Study in Active Duty Naval Personnel

September 26, 2019 – CompanionMx™, Inc., a digital health technology company providing a platform to sense, understand and prevent mental health episodes, today announced the launch of a forthcoming study with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, with funding support from the Department of Defense, entitled, “Facilitating Assessment of At-Risk Sailors with Technology (FAAST).” FAAST will evaluate the efficacy of the Companion™ System, based on a smartphone-enabled, upstream suicide prevention intervention in active duty naval personnel. “Since the beginning, we have worked to serve the behavioral health community through objective…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 23, 2019

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $352,672,006 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-19-D-0015). This modification increases the ceiling and scope of the contract to include the procurement of Lot 12-14 Generation 3 helmet mounted displays in support of the F-35 Lightning II program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval…

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70th Anniversary of First Joint Chiefs Chairman

By Jim Garamone This week marks the 70th anniversary of the swearing-in of Army Gen. Omar N. Bradley as the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The need for the office grew out of the experiences of World War II. The war made the need for joint force obvious, but that did not mean the amalgamation of the services under the Department of Defense in 1947 was not contentious. Personnel in all services saw the legislation — which also established the U.S. Air Force and the Central Intelligence…

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Former Defense Intelligence Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

March 15, 2019 – Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, a resident of Syracuse, Utah, and a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer, pleaded guilty today in the District of Utah in connection with his attempted transmission of national defense information to the People’s Republic of China. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24, 2019. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney John Huber for the District of Utah and Special Agent in Charge Paul Haertel of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office announced the charges. Hansen retired…

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US Navy Contract Announcements February 26, 2019

Lockheed Martin Space, Littleton, Colorado, is awarded a maximum amount $846,030,000 un-priced letter contract modification PH0001 to a previously awarded and announced un-priced letter contract (N00030-19-C-0025) for the design, development, build and integration of large diameter rocket motors, associated missile body flight articles, and related support equipment for Navy Intermediate Range Conventional Prompt Strike Weapon System flight test demonstrations. Work will be performed at Littleton, Colorado, with an expected completion date of Jan. 1, 2024. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $20,000,000 are obligated…

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US Navy Contract Announcements February 27, 2019

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $366,206,842 five-year, firm-fixed-price requirements, long-term contract for the repair of 18 different head-of-family part numbers in support of the T-64 engine. Work will be performed in Cherry Point, North Carolina, and work is expected to be completed by February 2024. Working capital funds (Navy) will be obligated as individual task orders are issued and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One company was solicited for this sole-source, non-competitive requirement in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1,…

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US Navy Contract Announcements February 28, 2019

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is awarded a $428,896,674 advanced acquisition contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0067). This modification provides for long-lead material and activities in support of 16 P-8A lot 11 aircraft to include six for the Navy, four for the government of New Zealand, and six for the Republic of Korea. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington (97.04 percent); Huntington Beach, California (2.4 percent); and various locations within the continental U. S. (.56 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2020. Fiscal…

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US Navy Contract Announcements March 1, 2019

HDT Expeditionary Systems Inc. (HDT), Solon, Ohio (N00178-19-D-4503); and Design West Technologies (DWT),* Tustin, California (N00178-19-D-4504), are each awarded multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with firm-fixed-pricing arrangements for the procurement of M98 gas particulate filter sets. The maximum ceiling dollar value for both contracts combined is a possible $78,565,403. The two contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. Work will be performed in Solon, Ohio, for the filters manufactured by HDT and Tustin, California, for the filters manufactured by DWT, and is expected…

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US Navy Contract Announcements March 4, 2019

Corvid Technologies LLC,* Mooresville, North Carolina, is awarded a $223,277,038 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the delivery of hardware, equipment and components for manufacturing and integration of short- and medium-range sub-orbital flight vehicles supporting Navy, other government agencies, and Foreign Military Sales testing over a five-year ordering period. The flight vehicles are exo-atmospheric rocket-based vehicles specifically configured to deliver payloads and test articles into a flight regime of interest for systems under test. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (76 percent); other government agencies (12 percent); and Foreign…

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