Archive: Army

Senate Adds $4 Billion In Defense Procurement Funding To Omnibus Package

By Jen DiMascio The final version of the spending bill expected to be passed yesterday by the House of Representatives included $70 billion in funding for the war–about $6 billion of which was set aside for defense procurement. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said yesterday the bill will cover war spending until about April. […]

Army To Extend ATK Operation of Lake City Ammunition Plant

Alliant Techsystems [ATK] Dec. 19 announced the Army has notified the company of its intent to award a contract to operate the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant for four more years. The new contract covers government small-caliber ammunition orders through September 2012, with deliveries on these orders scheduled for up to 18 months after receipt […]

Army Receives Approval For 95 More Stryker NBC Reconnaissance Vehicles

By Ann Roosevelt The Army has received the green light for more General Dynamics’ [GD] Stryker Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicles (NBCRV), adding state-of-the-art capability for the service and the joint force. "This month, after careful consideration, the Department of Defense gave the authorization for 95 more Stryker NBCRV bringing the current authorized total to […]

iRobot Wins $286 Million Army x-Bot Contract

By Ann Roosevelt The Army yesterday said that iRobot [IRBT] was awarded the $286 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that could call for as many as 3,000 robots, spare parts, training and repair services over the next five years. "We’re pleased twice–we’re pleased to have what some here have described as a [author John] Grisham novel, included, […]

L-3 Communications Protests Army Translation Award To DynCorp

By Ann Roosevelt L-3 Communications [LLL] yesterday filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) challenging the Army’s award of a $4.6 billion contract for translators and linguists to Global Linguist Solutions (GLS). GLS is a partnership formed by DynCorp International [DCP] and McNeil Technologies. L-3 does not comment on protests, nor does […]

House Proposes Omnibus Package That Includes War Money, $4.3 Billion For JIEDDO

By Jen DiMascio The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee early yesterday disclosed its plan to fund the federal government and the military’s war efforts, which includes $4.3 billion for the Pentagon’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. The bill written in the House walks a political fine line between responding to the potential for […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]

Senate Passes Defense Spending Bill That Backs Changes To Army Radio Buys

By Jen DiMascio The Senate last week passed the defense authorization bill for 2008, which recommends nearly a billion dollar reduction in the Army’s plans to buy tactical radios. The administration sought $2.9 billion for tactical radios–the bulk of which was included in the president’s supplemental war funding request. The bill provides only $1.4 billion […]

BAE SYSTEMS Awarded Close To $900 Million In Bradley Reset Work

BAE SYSTEMS Dec. 11 was awarded two Army contracts that total nearly $900 million to reset Bradley Fighting Vehicles. The first reset contract, issued Nov. 29, is a $709.3 million firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursable contract The work will be done in York, Pa., and completed by Dec. 31, 2009. The contract funds will not expire at […]

Army Issues BAA for Autonomous Mine Countermeasures

The Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Night Vision Electronics Sensors Directorate has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking various technological approaches that can remotely and autonomously detect, mark, and neutralize explosive threats and which are suitable to be deployed on a Talon-class robotic platform. The specific technology gap being addressed is the need […]