Thursday, February 3, 2011

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated February 3, 2011

Defense News: DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated February 3, 2011
Source: U.S. DoD issued No. 092-11 February 3, 2011
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - February 3, 2011: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued February 3, 2011 are undermentioned;


CONTRACTS

NAVY

BEST Contracting Services, Inc., Gardena, Calif. (N62473-11-D-0006); MTM Construction, Inc., City of Industry, Calif. (N62473-11-D-0007); Premier Roofing CA, Inc.*, Spring Valley, Calif. (N62473-11-D-0008); and RL Campbell Management Services, Inc.*, Jacksonville, Fla. (N62473-11-D-0009), are each being awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract for roofing system construction and renovation at various locations within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest area of responsibility (AOR). The work to be performed provides for design-build or fully designed projects for new installation, addition, alterations, maintenance, repair, roof condition assessment, emergency leak response and testing for hazardous material on various roofing systems. The maximum dollar value for all four contracts combined is $100,000,000. No task orders are being issued at this time. Work will be performed at various federal sites within the NAVFAC Southwest AOR, including but not limited to: California (93 percent); Arizona (2 percent); Nevada (2 percent); Utah (1 percent); Colorado (1 percent); and New Mexico (1 percent). The terms of the contracts are not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of February 2016. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 14 proposals received. These four contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $13,741,686 modification to existing previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4308) for the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), fiscal 2011 dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA). A DSRA includes the execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update, improve, and extend the ship's military and technical capabilities. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by June 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $12,427,263 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Norfolk Ship Support Activity Regional Maintenance Center, Portsmouth, Va., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, Inc., San Diego, Calif., was awarded an $11,000,218 modification to existing previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-4407) for the USS Benfold (DDG 65) fiscal 2011 extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (EDSRA). An EDSRA includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities. This modification includes an option which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $34,881,723. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by July 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $11,000,218 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded on Feb. 1 a $59,994,017 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the support and sustainment, in all aspects, for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Legacy and Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Systems. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass.; Huntsville, Ala.; Iraq; and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command, Contracting Acquisition Management Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W9113M-08-C-0153).

ATK, Plymouth, Minn., was awarded on Jan. 31 a $50,000,000 contract. The award will provide for the material release production of 120mm high explosive, guided, XM395 cartridge or accelerated precision mortar initiative. Work will be performed in Plymouth, Minn., with an estimated completion date to be determined. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-10-C-0059).

Avon Protection Systems, Inc., Cadillac, Mich., was awarded on Feb. 1 an $11,552,268 fixed-price-incentive contract. The award will provide for the remaining quantities of the joint service general purpose masks, which will bring the total to 54,600 M50 masks. Work will be performed in Cadillac, Mich., with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2013. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Edgewood Contracting Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W911SR-08-C-0042).

Tencate Advanced Armor USA, Inc., Newark, Ohio, was awarded on Jan. 26 an $8,090,400 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for small arms protective inserts for Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Newark, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2011. Four bids were solicited with four bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-08-D-0063).

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  • DTN News - MIDDLE EAST NEWS: Israeli Official Sees Cyber Alternative To "Ugly" War

    Defense News: DTN News - MIDDLE EAST NEWS: Israeli Official Sees Cyber Alternative To "Ugly" War
    (NSI News Source Info) JERUSALEM, Israel - February 3, 2011: Cyberwarfare of the kind waged against Iran last year offers advanced nations an alternative to "ugly" military force with its moral costs, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    "War is ugly, awfully ugly," Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor told diplomats and journalists at a think tank called the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

    "In modern times, because war is all the time on television ... people see this and can't take it. There are limits. There is a price you pay."

    He added: "Because it is difficult, one looks for other ways. One of those other ways is the intelligence community of all the world trying to do things that don't look that ugly, don't kill people."

    He declined to discuss the mysterious Stuxnet worm found in Iranian networks last year, but his remarks underscored Israelis' doubts about delivering on veiled threats to use open force against their arch-foe's nuclear program.

    "And all the world that is not on the screen, the cyber world ... becomes more important in the conflict between nations. It is a new battleground, if you like, not with guns but with something else," he said.

    Meridor, who oversees Israel's spy services and nuclear affairs, said Israel had learned from news coverage and the ensuing public censure of its conflicts with often outgunned enemies.

    Over the past two years, Israeli officials have quietly unveiled cyber war capabilities that they say are a core pillar of defense strategy.

    They also hint at having mounted sabotage campaigns to slow down Iran's uranium enrichment and missile projects, in which Israel sees a potentially mortal threat.

    Though Israel is reputed to have the Middle East's only atomic arsenal, many analysts regard its conventional forces as too small to inflict lasting damage on Iranian nuclear facilities which are distant, dispersed and well-defended.

    Israel is also wary of drawing retaliatory missile salvoes from the Islamic republic -- which denies seeking the bomb while preaching the Jewish state's destruction -- as well as knock-on fighting with Tehran's guerrilla allies in Lebanon and Gaza.

    While reiterating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's and U.S. President Barack Obama's pledge to keep "all options on the table," Meridor said international sanctions designed to curb Tehran could prove successful if stepped up by Washington.

    "Iran will have to rethink their policy ... if they understand the Americans are saying to them simply, 'You will not get them (nuclear weapons)."

    (Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Maria Golovnina)

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    • DTN News - EGYPT IN CRISIS: Egypt Regime Digs In As Death Toll Mounts In Tahrir Square

      Defense News: DTN News - EGYPT IN CRISIS: Egypt Regime Digs In As Death Toll Mounts In Tahrir Square
      Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Jack Shenker and Peter Beaumont in Cairo, Harriet Sherwood in Alexandria, and Julian Borger - guardian.co.uk, Thursday 3 February 2011 20.57 GMT
      (NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - February 3, 2011: The Egyptian regime dug in today, defying international pressure to begin an immediate transfer of power while launching attacks on journalists and human rights observers.

      Egypt's vice-president Omar Suleiman offered political concessions, inviting the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood to a dialogue. However, the Islamist movement and other opposition parties have refused to talk until President Hosni Mubarak steps down.

      Mubarak told America's ABC News tonight: "I am fed up. After 62 years in public service I have had enough. I want to go." But he added he could not step down immediately for fear that the country would sink into chaos.

      He said he had told Barack Obama: "You don't understand the Egyptian culture and what would happen if I step down now."

      The government's readiness to negotiate, following Mubarak's own promise not to run for re-election in September, also failed to stem the pressure for faster and more radical change from anti-government protesters on the streets of Egypt's cities and from other world leaders.

      Ten people were reported dead and 800 injured yesterday at the focal point of the struggle, Tahrir Square, in Cairo, after the president's supporters mounted attacks on the crowd of protesters.

      The army made sporadic attempts to separate the two sides , swivelling the gun turrets of their tanks in an effort to disperse the skirmishing groups and pushing pro-Mubarak groups off a bridge over Tahrir Square, but the troops did not intervene decisively to stop the violence. Clashes with stones, petrol bombs and occasional gunshots continued throughout the day.

      Meanwhile, pro-government mobs tracked down and beat Egyptian and international television crews and reporters, forcing their vehicles off the roads and besieging their bureaux and hotels.

      The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said correspondents from CNN, Associated Press, and al-Arabiya television were among those attacked. The Qatar-based al-Jazeera, which has been ordered to cease broadcasting from Egypt, said three of its reporters had been arrested and one was missing. Dozens more journalists were detained.

      "The Egyptian government is employing a strategy of eliminating witnesses to their actions," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, the regional coordinator of the Campaign to Protect Journalists, reflecting fears that the crack-down presaged an all-out attack on the protesters.

      The US administration also denounced what it described as "systematic targeting" of the media. The US state department spokesman, PJ Crowley, said: "There is a concerted campaign to intimidate international journalists in Cairo and interfere with their reporting. We condemn such actions."

      Egyptian and international human rights workers were also detained when police raided a law centre in Cairo. Staff from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch were among those picked up and the organisations said their whereabouts was unknown.

      The government combined the crack-down with political concession aimed at drawing the sting from the revolt. The prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, acknowledged that the attacks on anti-government protesters "seemed to have been organised", and he promised an investigation into who was behind them.

      Suleiman, the intelligence chief and newly-appointed vice-president, said Mubarak's son, Gamal, would not stand for the presidency this year, as had previously been expected. He added that he had invited the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been banned throughout Mubarak's 30-year reign, to join a dialogue on Egypt's future. But he said the group had been "hesitant" to take part. The Muslim Brotherhood and most of the secular opposition are demanding Mubarak's resignation as a precondition for negotiations.

      The vice-president repeatedly insisted any political changes would take time and could not be rushed. It would take 70 days to explore possible constitutional amendments, Suleiman said.

      However, a chorus of foreign leaders maintained calls for more immediate and profound reform.

      David Cameron issued a joint statement with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain saying: "Only a quick and orderly transition to a broad-based government will make it possible to overcome the challenges Egypt is now facing. That transition process must start now."

      The European leaders were echoing Obama's call for change to begin at once, but like him stopped short of calling directly for Mubarak's immediate resignation.

      The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, went further. Speaking to journalists in London, he said: "President Mubarak's announcement that he will stay until the end of his term and will not run for re-election – I'm not sure that will satisfy the demands of his people. If there is a need for change, it should happen now."

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