F35The Department of Defense (DOD) contract watch for building F-35 fighter jets for the U.S. military has received a lot of publicity over the past several years. So far, the F-35 program has generated over $1 billion in contracts to companies involved with various components of the project.

On August 13, 2014, the Lockheed-Martin Corporation was given an additional $233 million to work on flight-training and maintenance simulators for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The contract increase calls for production of 19 training simulators and nearly 70 technical support systems. The bulk of the money and the work for this contract will be done at Lockheed’s facilities in and around Orlando, Florida.

Lockheed’s Orlando training systems unit manages the F-35 flight training center at Eglin AFB. This division of the company also produces automated logistics computers for the stealth fighter jets. More than 500 jobs in Orlando are tied to the F-35 work, including weapons-targeting systems produced by Lockheed’s missiles group.

The F-35 program has survived scrapping from the DOD through frequent schedule delays, cost overruns and technical problems. One of the most notable incidents was an engine fire on June 23rd that temporarily halted the project. The DOD acknowledged that Lockheed has taken a number of measures to cut costs and address performance issues over the past year.

Last month, Lockheed and its F-35 partners unveiled a plan to reduce costs on each individual aircraft by the end of the decade. The plan calls for spending $170 million through 2016 to shave costs from each F-35 to $80 million, down from $100 million.

But with a projected overall price of $400 billion, the F-35 is still on track to become the most expensive U.S. weapons system in history, with 2,400 planes built for the U.S. military and its allies.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: DOD Expands F-35 Contracts:  By Debbie Gregory

Twitter webinarOne of the biggest challenges of starting a Veteran owned small business is getting the word out about your company. In order to survive, fledgling companies need suppliers, contacts, and most of all, customers. But many Veteran business owners haven’t yet figured out how to successfully get their brand front and center in front of the public.

Some of the most successful small businesses have utilized Twitter as a platform to raise brand awareness for their companies. Set-Aside Alert, a federal government contract information service provider, is providing a webinar to help Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran business owners utilize Twitter to help their small businesses succeed.

The webinar will be led by Set-Aside Alert editor Alice Lipowicz, who has been named one of the Top 70 Most Social US Federal Technology Pros on Twitter by the Huffington Post.

Small business owners can use Twitter to raise brand awareness, share and obtain information on upcoming federal contract opportunities, network with peers and government leaders, and help build a reputation for expertise in your field. The webinar will help put Twitter to work for your small business.

The “Twitter Training for Small Business Federal Contractors” webinar will be held online at 1 pm EDT on September 4, 2014. The fee for the 60-minute webinar is $25. The webinar is available at no charge for Set-Aside Alert’s paid subscribers.

If you are already on Twitter, just getting started on Twitter, or thinking of joining, you can get super ideas on how to make a positive impression, discover more opportunities,  and drive business growth.

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The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Twitter Webinar: By Debbie Gregory

VAMBOA goals metThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced on Friday, August 1, 2014 that the U.S. government achieved its small business federal contracting goal. The federal government awarded more than 23% of its federal contracts to small businesses, totaling more than $83 billion. This was the first time in eight years that the federal government has reached its contracting goal.

The announcement was made at a press conference that was held at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. She was joined by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Senator Ben Cardin.

“When we hit our small business procurement target, it’s a win.  Small businesses get the revenue they need to grow and create jobs, and the federal government gets the chance to work with some of the most responsive, innovative and nimble companies in the U.S. while the economy grows,” Contreras-Sweet said.  “Thanks to the president’s leadership and a team effort among all federal agencies, we were able to meet this goal.”

While contract expenditures have gone down in all categories as a result of overall reduced federal spending, small businesses managed to secure a greater percentage of the contracts. This is due inpart to the SBA working with other federal agencies to help small businesses win federal contracts.

The SBA also facilitated the requirement for larger companies with substantial federal contracts to sub-contract with Veteran-owned small businesses.

Along with the announcement, the SBA released the FY 2013 Small Business Procurement Scorecard. These annual scorecard provides an assessment of each federal agency’s yearly small business contracting achievement against its goal, with 20 agencies receiving an A or A+.  Overall, the federal government received an “A” on the government-wide Scorecard.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Government Achieves Small Business Contracting Goal


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET
No. CR-037-14
February 26, 2014

CONTRACTS
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
BAE Systems, Aerospace & Defense Group, Phoenix, Ariz., has been awarded a maximum $79,972,510 modification (P00102) exercising the second option year on a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-12-D-1027) with three one-year option periods for improved outer tactical vests and individual repair kits.  This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  Locations of performance are Arizona and Pennsylvania with a Feb. 27, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army and Air Force.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
Tennier Industries*, Boca Raton, Fla., has been awarded a maximum $15,709,270 modification (P00008) exercising the first option year on a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1028) with two one-year option periods for extreme cold wet weather trousers.  This is a firm-fixed-price contract.  Locations of performance are Florida, Pennsylvania, and Georgia with a Feb. 28, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military service is Army.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
CORRECTION:  The contract awarded Feb. 25, 2014 to Zodiac Aerospace, Alpharetta, Ga.,  should have read the amount as $7,029,909 and the contract number as SPRPA1-14-C-003W
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY
Lincoln Public Schools was awarded a $12,016,371 firm-fixed price contract modification exercising the second of four option periods of service contract number HEVAS6-12-C-0001.  The contract is for comprehensive education program services, grades pre-kindergarten through eight servicing eligible dependent children of Department of Defense personnel residing on Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.  The period of performance for this option is March 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenancce funding were obligated.  The contracting activity is the DoDEA/Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools, Peachtree City, Ga.
Caesar Rodney School District was awarded an $8,191,180 firm-fixed price contract modification exercising the first of four option periods of service contract number HEVAS6-13-C-0001.  The contract is for comprehensive education program services, grades kindergarten through 12 servicing eligible dependent children of Department of Defense personnel residing on Dover Air Force Base, Del.  The period of performance for this option is March 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenancce funding were obligated.  The contracting activity for this action is DoDEA/Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools, Peachtree City, Ga.
NAVY
Harris Corp., Palm Bay, Fla., is being awarded an $11,164,184 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00039-13-C-0001) for Commercial Broadband Satellite Program Force Level Variant (FLV) terminal systems.  The Commercial Broadband Satellite Program FLV terminal system is used to provide the Navy with terminal-to-shore, space and terrestrial connectivity to significantly increase throughput of data; improve satellite communications reliability; and provide redundancy for military satellite communications.  The FLV terminal systems are deployed on CVN, LPD-17 class and T-AHs ships.  This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $37,497,686.  Work will be performed in Palm Bay, Fla., and is expected to be completed by February 2015.  If all options are exercised work could continue until February 2018.  Fiscal 2012 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy and fiscal 2013 and 2014 other procurement, Navy funds in the amount of $11,164,184 will be obligated at the time of award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.
Environmental Management Inc.*, Idaho Falls, Idaho, is being awarded a $21,486,839 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N40085-10-D-0213) to exercise option four for facilities maintenance and heavy equipment repair services at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and other outlying areas in eastern North Carolina.  The work to be performed provides for all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, incidental engineering, and other items necessary.  The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $108,929,969.  Work will be performed in Jacksonville, N.C., and work is expected to be completed March 2015.  Fiscal 2014 operation and maintenance, Marine Corps contract funds in the amount of $18,673,268 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.
CORRECTION:   The contract awarded Dec. 20, 2013 to J. Walter Thompson, Atlanta, Ga., (M00264-14-D-0002) should have read the amount as $169,999,999.  Task order 0001 should have read the amount was not-to-exceed $77,433,499.
AIR FORCE
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $10,185,912 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00017) for an existing contract (FA8682-12-C-0006) for Joint Air-to-Surface Strategic Missile anti-jam GPS receiver – Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module Version 3 (JAGR-S V3) for development of the JAGR-S V3 and options for V3 Qualification Failure Review Board (FRB), V3 Flight Test FRB, and for the Transit Case Assembly.  Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla., and Troy, Ala., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2014 missile procurement funds in the amount of $10,185,912 will be obligated at time of award. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
*Small Business
http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5231


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET
No. CR-047-14
March 13, 2014

CONTRACTS
NAVY
Exelis Inc., Clifton, N.J., is being awarded a $91,701,414 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0002) to exercise an option for the manufacture and delivery of 42 AN/ALQ-214(V)4 on-board jammer (OBJ) systems.  The AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 is an OBJ component of the integrated defensive electronic counter measures system.  It is a self-protection radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system used by Navy F/A-18C/D/E/F strike fighter aircraft against RF guided surface-to-air and air-to-air threats (missiles).  Work will be performed in Clifton, N.J. (31 percent); San Jose, Calif. (26 percent); San Diego, Calif. (11 percent); Rancho Cordova, Calif. ( 5 percent);  Mountain View, Calif. (4 percent); Hudson, N.H. (2 percent); West Springfield, Mass.(2 percent); and various locations within the United States (19 percent); and is expected to be completed in November 2016.  Fiscal 2013 and 2014 aircraft procurement, Navy funds in the amount of $91,701,414 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting.
Cardno TEC-Leidos LLC, Charlottesville, Va., is being awarded a maximum $50,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for range sustainability services for military training range complexes and assets for various locations and environmental planning for National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions with the preponderance of work involving Navy training range complexes within the Atlantic Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) and may also include work on ranges and installations around the world.  The work to be performed provides services of an interdisciplinary team required to support the Tactical Training Theater Assessment and Planning (TAP) Program.  The TAP program is intended to ensure the sustainability of Navy training ranges and operating areas to support warfighter readiness around the world.  Task order 0001 is being awarded at $10,000 as the minimum guarantee.  All work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government facilities within the NAVFAC Atlantic AOR including, but not limited to Virginia (50 percent), California (20 percent), Washington (20 percent), and Arizona (10 percent).  The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of March 2019.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Navy contract funds in the amount of $10,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with five proposals received.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N62470-14-D-9003).
Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Md., is being awarded a $22,235,508 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2300) to exercise options for class service efforts and special studies, analyses and reviews for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.  Lockheed Martin will provide engineering and design services as well as affordability efforts to reduce LCS acquisition and lifecycle costs.  Work will be performed in Hampton, Va. (32 percent); Marinette, Wis. (27 percent); Moorestown, N.J. (22 percent), and Washington, D.C. (19 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2015.  Fiscal 2013 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy contract funds in the amount of $4,000,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Columbia, Md., is being awarded $13,122,763 for time and material task order 0003 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67704-13-D-0020) to support the U.S. Marine Corps, Afghanistan Retrograde and Redeployment Operations/Maintenance/Preservation Packaging and Packing Support.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed March 2015.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Marine Corps funds in the amount of $11,024,637 will be obligated at the time of award.  Contract funds in the amount of $6,561,382 will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured with 19 proposals solicited via the Marine Corps Logistics Support Services Unrestricted Suite-Task Area 9; with eight offers received.  The Marine Corps Logistics Command, Albany, Ga., is the contracting activity.
Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Towson, Md., is being awarded a $12,177,926 modification to increase the maximum dollar value of task order 0009 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N40080-10-D-0494) for the design, bid-build repairs to building facades (phase 1) and windows (phase 2) for Rickover Hall at the Naval Support Activity, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.  The work to be performed under this modification provides for the replacement of windows and curtain walls, providing temporary facilities and incidental related work.  The contractor shall provide all labor, supervision, materials, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, and transportation to perform all work described in the specifications.  After award of this modification, the total cumulative task order value will be $17,319,816.  Work will be performed in Annapolis, Md., and is expected to be completed by March 17, 2016.  Fiscal 2014 restoration and modernization contract funds in the amount of $12,177,926 are being obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
ARMY
Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC., New Orleans, La., was awarded a $76,267,513 firm-fixed-price contract for the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, Louisiana Avenue Improvements.  Fiscal 2014 other appropriations in the amount of $76,267,513 will be obligated at award. Work is to be performed in New Orleans, La., with an estimated completion date is October 17, 2017.  Bids were solicited via the Web with three bids received.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – New Orleans District, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-14-C-0022).
BWAY Corp., Atlanta, Ga., was awarded a $47,207,822 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for M2A2 ammunition containers.  Funding and work performance location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2019.  Bids were solicited via the web with one received.  Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-D-0006).
Longbow LLC, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $25,504,554 modification (P00045) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-06-C-0134 for initial spares, peculiar ground support equipment, integrated logistics support, management, and production line spares in support of the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $25,504,554 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is June 30, 2016.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
AIR FORCE
L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Waco, Texas, has been awarded a $38,000,000 modification (P00009) for an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA8625-13-C-6597) for C-27J spare parts for the Australian military. The contract modification incorporates purchase of non-long-lead critical parts; this is a modification of a pre-existing undefinitized contract action that purchased long-lead spare parts.  The work will be performed at Waco, Texas, and is expected to be completed by March 2015.  This modification relates to 100 percent foreign military sales for Australia.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WLVK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Global Inc., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $24,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for training and technology transfer in accordance with security assistance agreements and or security cooperation programs as necessary for international C-130J maintenance training requirements for the Iraqi Air Force.  Work will be performed at New Al-Muthana Air Base, Iraq (also known as Baghdad International Airport Complex), and work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2017.  This award is a sole-source award and is 100 percent foreign military sales for Iraq.  338 Security Contracting Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA3002-14-D-0004).
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Altitude Technologies, doing business as Chinook Medical Gear Inc.*, Durango, Colo., has been awarded a maximum $28,636,252 modification (P00006) exercising the second option period on a one-year base contract (SPM2D0-12-D-0003) with seven one-year option periods for various medical and surgical products.  This is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  Location of performance is Colorado with an April 3, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 war-stopper funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
CORRECTION:   The contract announced March 4, 2014 to Universal Sodexho had the incorrect modification and length of time on the contract. The correct announcement should read:
Universal Sodexho, Tacoma, Wash., has been awarded a maximum $10,800,000 exercising the sixth modification (P00027) on a three-month bridge contract (SPM500-05-D-BP07) with three one-year option periods for maintenance, repair and operations supplies for the Korea Region. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. Location of performance is Washington with a June 30, 2014 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY
L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $16,458,470 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The work will support the DARPA mobile hotspots program for phases 2 and 3 (if option is exercised).  If successful, the phase 2 effort is expected to deliver a solution consisting of radio and router pods for mounting on Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, with all mobile hotspots subsystems wholly contained within the pods.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah (73.9%); North Hampton, Mass. (11.7%); Fort Lee, N.J. (4.7%); Malibu, Calif. (3.6%); Nashua, N.H. (1.7%); Guthrie, Okla. (1.8%); Springville, Utah (2.5%).  The estimated completion date is March 12, 2015.  Fiscal 2013 and 2014 research and development funds are being obligated at time of award.  The contracting activity is DARPA, Arlington, Va., (HR0011-14-C-0047).
MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
Lockheed Martin Corp., Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded an $8,058,225 modification to previously awarded cost-plus fixed-fee contract (HQ0276-10-C-0003) to provide test support at the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex.  As a result of this modification, the total contract value will increase from $301,550,229 to $309,608,454.  The work will be performed at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kekaha, Hawaii.  The period of performance is from contract award through Dec. 31, 2015.  Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds will be used to incrementally fund this effort.  The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity.
*Small Business
http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5241