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Defense Early Bird Briefs – April 14, 2015

Welcome to Defense and Military Times” all new Early Bird Brief, the mos comprehensive roundup of national and international headlines compiled by the world’s largest independent newsroom covering the global defense industry and military affairs. Please share your thoughts direectly with Early Bird Editor Oriana Pawlyk: opawlyk@militarytimes.com.

Today’s Top 5
    Iraqi leader arrives in Washington at turning point in ISIL battle
(Politico) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is visiting Washington Tuesday at a crucial moment in the war against the Islamic State. 
 
    Putin Lifts Ban on Russian Missile Sales to Iran
(New York Times) President Vladimir Putin on Monday approved the delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, potentially complicating negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program and further straining ties with Washington. 
 
    VA whistleblowers allege continued attacks, failures
(Military Times) Last July, when Dr. Christian Head testified before Congress about improper record keeping at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Health Care system, he also detailed what department whistleblowers typically face when they speak out: isolation, defamation, and aggressive attacks. 
 
    The sequestration monster myth
(Politico) Defense Secretary Ash Carter warns that sequestration will make the nation “less secure.” Sen. John McCain says it will set the military “on a far more dangerous course.” And Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says it will prompt “a dramatic change in how we protect our nation.” There’s just one problem: The sequestration monster lurking around the corner isn’t really coming. 
 
    Best for Vets: Employers 2015 rankings are out

(Military Times) With the unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans routinely running below 7 percent, companies across all industries have realized how vets can boost bottom lines – and they’re fighting to bring people like you onboard. 


 

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Air Force, Army, Dept. of Defense Contract Awards, Navy

Contracts Awarded by the Department of Defense – April 7, 2015

No: CR-064-15
April 07, 2015

CONTRACTS

 

ARMY

 

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $494,999,925 order dependent contract for software and system development and integration onto the CH-47, MH-47, MH-6, MH/UH/HH/VH-60, VH-3, MH-65 and all their variants, including potential foreign military sales requirements. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-D-0016).
 

Dynamic Aviation Group,* Bridgewater, Virginia, was awarded a $39,218,969 firm-fixed-price contract to purchase of six DHC 8-315 aircraft from de Havilland Canada in the Saturn Arch and Desert Owl configuration. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of July 17, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $39,218,969 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-C-0040).

Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded an $8,093,754 modification (P0001) to contract W58RGZ-15-D-0016 Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) Software Maintenance for the CH-47F platform. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $8,093,754 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is April 2, 2017. Work will be performed Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
 

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Contracts Awarded by the Department of Defense – April 6, 2015

No: CR-063-15 
April 06, 2015 

CONTRACTS

 

ARMY

 

Environmental Rail Solutions, Inc.,* Shrewsbury, New Jersey (W912-DR-15-D-0008); Aleut World Solutions, LLC,* Anchorage, Alaska (W912-DR-15-D-0007); Penguin Logistics LLC,* d/b/a MHF Services, Wexford, Pennsylvania (W912-DR-15-D-0005); Pika International, Inc.,* Stafford, Texas (W912-DR-15-D-0006) were awarded a $225,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award task order contract with options to transport and dispose of varying types of radiological waste. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2025. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Maryland
 the contracting activity.
 

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