U.S. Department of Defense Contract Awards for Jul 15, 2011


Here’s Today’s Department of Defense Contract Awards



The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization awarded Stratos Government Services Inc, 1400 Eye Street, Washington D.C., an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for Military Sealift Command’s next generation wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service on July 12, 2011.  The contract, with a $315,000,000 not-to-exceed ceiling price and a guaranteed first-year minimum of $5 million, will replace the current MSC Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport (BEST) commercial satellite communications infrastructure.  The period of performance is 12 July 2011 through 11 July 2019 (four-year base period plus four one-year option periods).  Performance will be at various locations world-wide.  The contract number is HC1013-11-D-0102.


Navistar Defense LLC, Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded a $141,964,119 firm-fixed-priced delivery order #0021 under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5032) for the procurement 140 MaxxPro Recovery Vehicles (MRVs) and logistics sustainment spares and support.  MRVs support U.S. and coalition forces requiring assistance resulting from disabled vehicles during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  Work will be performed in West Point, Miss., and work is expected to be completed by the end of November 2011.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Minneapolis, Minn., was awarded on July 14, 2011, a $24,068,204 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 57MM HE-3P cartridges and 57MM target practice cartridges.  This contract is for fabrication, testing, inspection and delivery of 57MM, MK 295 MOD 0, high explosive pre-fragmented programmable, proximity fuzed (HE-3P) cartridges and 57MM, MK 296 MOD 0, target practice cartridges to function in the MK 110 MOD 0 gun mount.  Work will be performed in Bjorkborn, Sweden, and is expected to be completed by November 2013.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Md., is the contracting activity (N00174-11-C-0039).

GE Aviation Systems, LLC, Santa Ana, Calif., is being awarded a $20,339,889 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0076) for the procurement of 240 FPU-12/A 480 gallon external fuel tanks for the F/A-18 E/F (112) and the EA-18G (128) aircraft, including related program support .  Work will be performed in Santa Ana, Calif., and is expected to be completed in February 2014.  Contract funds in the amount of $4,975,889 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

DTI Associates, Inc., Arlington, Va., is being awarded a $15,165,201 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-5132) for professional support services to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. These services include support services in the areas of program management, business financial management, and systems engineering for the Pentagon, Navy Annex, and Crystal City locations.  The primary responsibilities of OPNAV N86 are to oversee and support integration of capabilities and resources to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations.  The contractor will provide subject matter experts, critical budget and finance support, and support in the development of operational requirements and concept of operations analysis. The contractor will coordinate program input and support between other government agencies, foreign services, academia, technical activities, laboratories, warfare centers, and industry.  Work will be performed in the Washington, D.C. metro area and is expected to be completed by August 2012.  Contract funds in the amount of $7,127,644 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Element Environmental LLC, Aiea, Hawaii, is being awarded a maximum amount $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for installation restoration investigations at various Navy and Marine Corps activities in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific area of responsibility (AOR).  The work to be performed provides for engineering, chemistry, geology, hydrogeology, human health and ecological risk assessment, social and life sciences, drafting, electronic data management, statistics, health and safety, and other support services.  No task orders are being issued at this time.  Work will be performed within the NAVFAC Pacific AOR including, but not limited to, Hawaii, Guam, and Japan, and is expected to be completed by July 2014.  Contract funds in the amount of $25,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website,with eight proposals received.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (N62742-11-D-1821).

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., was awarded July 13, a $12,674,979 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-4410) for USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) FY11 Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability.  An Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability is an extensive ship renovation and modernization, including alterations and repairs, including inspection and testing of all ship’s systems and components ensuring safe and dependable operation of the ship.  Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by July 2012.  Contract funds in the amount of $12,674,979 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

FLIR Systems, Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., is being awarded a $7,785,143, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for electro-optics sensor (EOS) systems, failure analysis, repairs, upgrades, field repairs, provision item order spares, maintenance training, and data in support of the Naval Shipboard Protection System program. The EOS systems are rugged and ship mountable to provide surface ships with a day/night, high-resolution, infrared and visible band imaging capability, as well as range finding capability, to augment existing optical and radar sensors for the purpose of detecting and identifying asymmetric threats.  The EOS systems will be operated on military maritime crafts exposed to harsh operating and environmental conditions. The EOS systems will be used to detect threats as they are entering into a U.S. Navy exclusion zone.  Work will be performed in Wilsonville, Ore., and is expected to be completed by July 2016.  Contract funds in the amount of $65,397will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured.  Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-11-D-JQ64).


The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is announcing the award of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification, option exercise, under contract HQ0147-09-C-0007 to The Boeing Company of Huntsville, Alabama.  The total value of this contract modification is $36,723,335 increasing the total contract value to $697,000,221.  Under this contract modification, the contractor will manage the Ground-based Midcourse (GMD) Defense Weapon System Sustainment and Operations Support to include system sustainment, training, and operations support of the GMD mission assets.  The work will be performed in Fort Greely, Alaska, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The performance period is from 1 September through November 30, 2011.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The MDA, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.


Camel Manufacturing, Pioneer, Tenn.,* was awarded contract SPM1C1-11-C-0019.  The award is a firm fixed price contract with a maximum $8,611,440 for lightweight maintenance enclosures.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.  The date of performance completion is October 31, 2012.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

Crown Clothing Co., Vineland, N.J., ** was awarded contract SPM1C1-08-R-1144.  The award is a firm fixed price contract with a maximum $8,372,133 for coats.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using service is Marine Corps.  The date of performance completion is July 26, 2012.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Phish 3D a masterpiece; arrives in Buffalo this weekend!

The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY) May 7, 2010 | Jeff Miers Sitting down inside the Dipson’s McKinley Mall 3D Theatre for a showing of the new “Phish 3D” film ? I was the only one there, which was really kinda cool! – I dropped the conveniently provided glasses on the bridge of my nose, the lights went out, the film started, and then a grand piano came flying out of the screen and nearly crushed me. go to website evo 3d review

Good morning. What’s all this, then?

Yes, “Phish 3D” opens with a shot of the band’s stage just before Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell and Jon Fishman walk on and take up their positions. It was McConnell’s instrument, a big, black grand ivory 88s, that nearly took my head off. It looked so real, man! And I’d had nothing stronger than my morning coffee.

The film opened in major markets gradually over the last few weeks, and so, by the time this two-day Buffalo run was confirmed ? Friday and Saturday evening only, beginning at 7 p.m. both nights, inside the Dipson Mckinley Theatre at McKinley Mall – I’d noticed the reviews in a few prominent dailies and periodicals. These were almost all snarky and condescending. One writer’s lead ? in a Boston Herald review – was built around the fact that he fell asleep during “Maze”, which he described as a “Pink Floyd-like space-rock jam”, despite the fact that it’s an up-tempo psychedelic country R&B tune with elements of a fugue.

But then, let’s cut the guy some slack – he was asleep, after all.

“Phish 3D” has already been roundly criticized, not so much for what it is, but for what it isn’t. And what it isn’t is Metallica’s “Some Kind of Monster”, or any other “Behind the Music”-type documentary which attempts to tell the story of the musicians and their fans in a neat and linear fashion. The only drama in “Phish 3D” comes via the music itself, its performance, and its reception by the tens of thousands of fans who attended the three-day “Festival 8” event.

So it’s a concert film, then. A wise choice, to focus on the music here, for the film is aimed at the genuine Phish-head, not the casual observer who might wonder what all the fuss is about, or just what the hippies have gotten themselves all worked up over this time.

The Phish-heads, of course, don’t need an introduction into the wonderful and wacky world of Phish, because they already live there.

“Festival 8” was no mere concert, of course. The gig took place over Halloween weekend in 2009, on a site in Indio, California; over the course of three days, Phish played 8 sets of music, including an early afternoon acoustic set, and a “costume set”, during which the band performed the Rolling Stones’ “Exile On Main St.” in its entirety.

The film breaks down this mass of music into three segments. The first captures a more “conventional” Phish electric set, opening with a torrid “AC/DC Bag,” moving through an inspired take on the newer “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan” – with some dazzling soloing from Anastasio, who will spend much of the film offering up peerless guitar work – and hitting a peak with a mind-bending trip through “Maze.” (Yes, the very tune that put the Boston Herald critic to sleep. Inexplicably.) Part II of the film concentrates on the day-two afternoon acoustic set, which kicks of with a chugging “Back On the Train,” and hits its stride with a ridiculously strong “The Curtaain With,” which comes across in the acoustic setting as a cross between a Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays composition and a Gabriel-era Genesis suite. go to web site evo 3d review

Finally, we get to an abridged version of the “Exile” material, with the four Phish men finding augmentation in the form of backing vocalists Sharon Jones and Saundra Williams, plus a nimble horn section. Drummer Fishman’s take on Keith Richards’ theme song, “Happy,” is a hoot, but the highlight also happens to be Anastasio’s finest vocal of the film – an interpretation of the gospel-based beauty “Shine A Light,” which is pretty much transcendently beautiful.

As for the 3D effects, well, beginning with the rather startling on-screen arrival of McConnell’s grand piano, “Phish 3D” places the viewer at various points right on the stage, and right in the middle of the crowd. Balloons batted around amidst the sea of audience humanity appear to be bobbing about inside your cranium; exhaled puffs of smoke rise in front of you, and you can practically smell their source; thousand of glow sticks tossed skyward by audience members in time with musical crescendoes threaten to land in your lap.

It’s all really cool stuff, but just as has always been the case with Phish, the visual ephemera simply feels like icing on the cake. It’s about the music.

“Phish 3D” plays this evening and Saturday at 7 p.m. only, in the Dipson Theatres at McKinley Mall.

Phish 3D Review: 4 stars Starring: Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Sharon Jones, Saundra Williams Directors: Lawrence Jordan, Eli Tishberg Running Time: It’s long, dude.

The Lowdown: A condensed version of Phish’s three-day Festival 8 concert festival, filmed in vibrant 3D and presented in crystaline 5.1 surround-sound. Not a “band biopic; Phish 3D, like Phish itself, is about the music.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

[Video] Jeff Miers


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