The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle - Photo Courtesy of the Army Times
Debt Crisis? Bah! The US Army has announced that it’s getting close to holding a full and open competition for its next generation Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). This ground pounding bad boy has brought out almost all of the stars in the prime contracting galaxy, including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, AM General and General Dynamics; not to mention a huge network of subcontractors.
That the JLTV is nearly ready for prime time is not a huge surprise. There has been plenty of coverage of the development phase here and elsewhere. What is somewhat surprising is the timing of the announcement, what with all of the shenanigans taking place in that big white building clearly visible across the Potomac from the Pentagon. If the Army gets its way, the JLTV, along with the Humvee Recap and the upcoming Ground Combat Vehicle program, it would be making a huge investment in the ground vehicle inventory. We’ll just have to see what happens on Capitol Hill.
For a more in-depth analysis, check out Philip Ewing’s article on DoD Buzz.
Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles
If you want to know where the Pentagon is dropping taxpayer dollars in vast quantities, look for big rolling objects. That’s the word from an analysis by Michael Fabey in AvWeek’s Aerospace Daily and Defense Report. Here’s an excerpt:
While the Pentagon lists tracked combat vehicles, wheeled combat vehicles and trucks as individual line items within the top 10 of the Defense Department expense list for 2010, the three categories together tally up to about $12.8 billion, which would put them at the top of the list — the same spot their combined total occupied a year ago, according to an Aerospace DAILY analysis of data provided by the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.
Tracked combat, assault and tactical vehicles lead the ground expenses with about $5 billion in contracts and modifications, the analysis shows — good enough to place fourth in total individual-line Pentagon transactions.
Pending any decisions on force strength in Afghanistan, this looks to be an area where the Pentagon will be forced to spend dollars for quite a few years to come. Given the number of metals manufacturers in Portland and Seattle that supply the heavy vehicles market, it’s a fair bet that a chunk of the supply chain is located around these parts. Absent from the short list of big recipients is local favorite Daimler Trucks North America, which manufactures a number of large military trucks for Uncle Sam.
Kudos to Philip Ewing at DoD Buzz for catching the story. Read the full article here.
Leupold Glass Carries the Day
Article Written by Gary Hanson
Once again, PNDC member company Leupold Tactical is making an important contribution to the war effort. The Leupold Mark 4 Extended Range/Tactical Riflescope is the main sight for the new Army “Game Changing” sniper rifle, the XM2010. Leupold Tactical, a PNDC member company, produces some of the best military and civilian optics in the world and prides itself on meeting the changing needs of today’s armed forces. The success of this user-focus is demonstrated by the pairing of the Mark 4 with the cutting-edge XM2010.
Sniper rifles have been crucial in many combat operations and have proven particularly effective in the mountains of Afghanistan. The XM2010, with its .300 Win Mag cartridge and Leupold Mark 4 scope gives new meaning to the sniper motto: “if you run, you will only die tired.”
Click here to read the full story at Defense media network.
On September 23rd, PNDC will be hosting our 5th Annual Member Meeting and Social at the Governor Hotel in Portland. This year is going to be one heckuva good time.
Why do I say this with so much confidence? Well, this year’s Northwest military update will be given by none other than CSM Frank Grippe, on of the most respected guys in the Army. Not only does Frank serve as one of the highest ranking soliders in our Army, he’s also quite a comedian. Check out this clip of Frank last year on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” for a sneak preview of his comic stylings.
Need tickets? I thought so. Visit www.pndc.us and follow the links to the registration site. You don’t want to miss this.
In the interest of providing some educational content for our members, this post will be the first of an occasional series called How It’s Done. We’ll be keeping an eye out for member companies that notch a win with the government or a big prime. Since the aim of PNDC is to help bring more money back to the Pacific Northwest, it seems like a good idea to make sure we keep you apprised of the best practices that are leading to wins.
First up, a win for Offices by Design. How it was done:
Offices by Design was recently awarded a $185,000 contract to supply and install office furniture to the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) near Boston, Massachusetts.
Offices by Design is a small woman owned business based out of Hillsboro. Maureen Greer, the President, began seriously looking into government contracting soon after joining the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition last summer. She has had a number of initial successes using online bid boards such as FedBid.com and DIBBS (the Defense Logistics Agency’s bid board). These include a $35,000 sale of workstations to the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. and a win with the Department of State.
Her most recent award of $185,000 from the Army’s RDECOM ended a nine month bid process including a site visit to their facilities in Massachusetts and a presentation to the RDECOM Director. With this win, Offices by Design hopes to become an easy choice for any future RDECOM contracts.
Offices by Design’s effort exemplifies that while government contracting requires an upfront commitment of sweat equity – it can eventually pay off. With experience under her belt, future contracts with the government will become a valuable portion of Maureen’s business.
For more information on OFFICES by Design, please visit their website at: http://www.officesbydesign.net.
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