Should existing commands such as AFRICOM and CENTCOM's maritime forces be granted greater authority, or should the U.N. beef up its protective policy and punishment? Is it too small a problem, in the big picture, to create a worldwide organization that deals only with protecting world's waterways? Dock here, toss over some tie lines for discussion, and share your ideas.
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BAE Systems Land and Armaments, Ground Systems Division, has been awarded an $8.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the scope line-replaceable units for the Paladin integrated management program. Awarded by the U.S. Tank-Armaments Command (TACOM), the company will perform the work with an estimated completion date of June 2012.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. has received a $546 million firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to manufacture and deliver UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters for the Marine Corps. Under the terms of the contract, awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Bell will provide 18 new UH-1Y aircraft; nine remanufactured AH-1Z aircraft; and two new AH-1Z aircraft. Work is expected to be completed in July 2013.
Fortress Technologies has won a contract from the Department of Energy Savannah River National Laboratory to develop a series of 802.11 wireless network components. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will produce components that can be integrated into a layered solution to meet National Security Agency security requirements mandated for classified wireless data transmission up to the secret level. Fortress products supporting this effort include the FC-X Security Controller, ES520 Secure Wireless Bridge and ES210 Tactical Mesh Point.
Iridium Communications Inc. has awarded a $492 million contract to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) for satellite space launch services. Under the terms of the contract, the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle will carry multiple Iridium NEXT satellites per vehicle, inserting the satellites into a low-Earth orbit as Iridium replaces its current satellite constellation. Efforts will take place over a two-year period starting in early 2015.
Alliant Techsystems Inc. has been awarded an $8.9 million firm-fixed-price contract to produce the 120-millimeter (mm) accelerated precision mortar initiative (APMI) with the goal of fielding the 120-mm precision-guided mortar cartridge. The contract, let by the U.S. Contracting Command, Joint Munitions and Lethality Contracting Center, will encompass all activities necessary to produce approximately 1,310 APMI cartridges at an estimated total value of $18.3 million.