Brig. Gen. Sean P. Swindell, USA, has been assigned as commander, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan/NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan, Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Afghanistan.
Is the U.S. Defense Department moving back toward requiring cost and pricing data for commercial item purchases? A recent series of memoranda and experiences show a backward march toward the department requesting cost data as a means to justify fair and reasonable pricing for commercial item purchases.
L-3 KEO, Northampton, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $111,794,194 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only and firm-fixed-price contract for the development, first article, production and support of the Low Profile Photonics Mast (LPPM). The LPPM is a modular non hull-penetrating imaging sensor sited in a telescoping universal modular mast bay that provides submarines with improvements in stealth and survivability. Features include short wave infrared and high definition visual imaging, laser range finding, special stealth features and a capable antenna suite with broad spectral coverage and direction finding. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $157 million. Work will be performed in Northampton, Massachusetts (92 percent); and Newington, Virginia (8 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2018. Fiscal 2015 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy), fiscal 2015 other procurement (Navy) and fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $48,693,558 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured on the basis of full and open competition via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-15-C-6250).
AAI Corp., doing business as Textron Systems, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $79,490,278 fixed-price-incentive, sole-source contract for fiscal 2014 Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system (full rate production VII) in support of the Army and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of December 31, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $79,490,278 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-C-0047).