Monthly Archives: November 2010

Snowdon Awarded Three-year $8.2 Million Department of Defense Contract

Snowdon announced that it has been awarded a new three-year contract from the Department of Defense (DoD) Program, Transformational Medical Technologies (TMT) for the discovery and preclinical development of novel medical treatments to combat biowarfare pathogens. Snowdon may receive up to $8.2 million in support of development efforts under this new Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) contract.

Snowdon is partnering with two centers of excellence at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ-NJMS). The Center for Emerging Pathogens in the Department of Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Nancy Connell, will test Snowdon’s drug candidates on specific biowarfare pathogens. The Center maintains high-level biosafety containment facilities for this purpose. Snowdon will also be assisted by the newly opened Regional Biocontainment Laboratory of UMDNJ under the direction of Dr. David Perlin, Director of the Public Health Research Institute (PHRI).

Snowdon has recently expanded its research and development space and facilities in the Princeton Research Center (Monmouth Junction, NJ) and has hired additional scientific staff and technical personnel. This DTRA contract will complement Snowdon’s ongoing activities in the development of novel treatments for pain, nervous system disorders, and other infectious diseases.

CSC Deploys Enterprise Resource Planning System to Support Air Force Logistics Modernization

CSC announced that it successfully fielded the first portion of the United States Air Force’s (USAF) Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS), a major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program undertaken by the Department of Defense (DoD). When fully implemented, ECSS will significantly upgrade the Air Force’s global logistics capabilities.

“We are now at the point of putting capability into the field,” said Brig. Gen. Kenneth J. Moran, Air Force program executive officer and director for the Expeditionary Combat Support System and Integrated Logistics Information Technology Systems. “It comes down to a different way of doing business as an Air Force. We know that when we get through this journey our Air Force is going to be stronger than ever.”

The fully deployed ECSS will support more than 250,000 Air Force personnel managing $33 billion in assets at over 600 locations worldwide. ECSS will integrate all key supply chain stakeholders, including other military services, industry trading partners, DoD headquarters, and various federal agencies, providing the capability to optimize asset management worldwide. ECSS will generate a 20 percent increase in equipment availability and meet an Air Force primary business process improvement objective for the 21st century.

In addition, ECSS will reduce costs across the Air Force Logistics enterprise. During recent fact gathering by the House Armed Services Subcommittee, the Air Force’s Chief Management Officer identified over $12 billion in projected savings from ECSS during its operational lifecycle. ECSS ultimately will replace more than 250 disparate and increasingly costly legacy information systems with a single logistics solution and global access. It will streamline inventory management, improve materiel and maintenance management, enable accurate enterprise planning, and increase financial visibility and accountability.

“This first pilot of the ECSS resource planning capability is a result of deep involvement by Air Force subject matter experts and an unprecedented partnership between industry enterprise resource planning leaders, CSC and Oracle,” said Jack Gallagher, CSC vice president and ECSS program executive. “The foundation built through these efforts will significantly contribute to a highly agile, combat ready future Air Force.”

This initial pilot is one of three that will be conducted over the next year at Hanscom AFB (Mass.). Other locations, including Langley AFB (Va.), Scott AFB (Ill.), Gunter Annex (Ala.), Wright-Patterson AFB (Ohio), and Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon, are involved in this initial operational pilot.

CACI Awarded $75 Million Contract to Support Military Entrance Processing Command

CACI announced that it has been awarded a $75 million contract by the Department of Defense Business Transformation Agency to support the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command’s (USMEPCOM) Virtual Interactive Processing System (VIPS). The standalone contract was awarded for a base period and option periods totaling 3.5 years. This is new work for CACI and will support USMEPCOM’s efforts to streamline its accession process for military applicants.

A joint military and civilian organization, USMEPCOM provides a gateway for applicants entering the armed services. Headquartered in Illinois, it operates 65 military entrance processing stations to meet its mission. One of the most advanced, service-oriented, open architecture-based systems in the federal government, the VIPS system will modernize and automate the infrastructure that is used to qualify, evaluate, and process applicants for the uniformed services, Coast Guard, and National Guard. Once implemented, the paper-free system will make recruiting processes more responsive, flexible, and efficient, and will ultimately reduce the cycle time to induct enlistees and save millions of dollars annually. As an enterprise system, VIPS will interface with the core recruiting systems of each military service. Its modular open systems integration approach and extensive use of biometric components will enable deployment of rapid operational capabilities with near-term benefits.

The award strengthens CACI’s functional core competencies in Business System Solutions and Cyber Solutions, drawing on a significant record of success implementing federal business systems. CACI’s in-depth understanding of the Department of Defense’s open architecture-based systems makes it an ideal candidate for this work. Not only has CACI attracted critical partners to build a team with unrivaled expertise in military accessions processes and medical records systems, but they have cultivated useful enterprise relationships with world-class vendors in business software and hardware systems as well as biometrics.

According to Bill Fairl, CACI’s President of U.S. Operations, “With this new contract to support USMEPCOM, we will directly enhance the ability of the nation’s armed forces to bring the most qualified men and women into their ranks. Our expertise in government transformation efforts makes us an ideal fit to build one of the most advanced systems for the Department of Defense within a robust, standards-based, and service-oriented architecture.”

CACI President and CEO Paul Cofoni said, “CACI’s core commitment to contributing materially to the transformation of government now includes this important new work for the Business Transformation Agency and USMEPCOM. Our proven approaches and innovative solutions in implementing federal business systems will help strengthen and streamline our nation’s ability to ensure the best and the brightest come into our military services, year after year.”

Republic Airways to Add Embraer 190 Jets

Republic Airways announced a firm order for six Embraer 190 jets and a conditional firm order for 18 Embraer 190 or 195 jets. The agreement concludes a Letter of Intent (LOI) announced earlier this year.

Republic plans to take delivery of the six firm orders between August and December 2011. The aircraft will be placed into service within the network of Frontier Airlines, and operated by Republic Airlines. Each aircraft will be WiFi-enabled and configured with STRETCH seating, which offers Frontier customers in the first four rows an additional five inches of legroom.

“We look forward to growing our fleet of E190 aircraft and to possibly featuring the E195 in our network,” said Bryan Bedford, chairman, president and CEO of Republic Airways. “The E190 is a favorite among business and leisure travelers and offers us great operational flexibility as we continue to optimize our fleet in favor of larger, more economical aircraft.”

“Increasing the average seats per aircraft of the Frontier network will help us further improve our cost efficiency and allow us to more closely pair capacity with demand in a number of markets,” said Daniel Shurz, vice president of strategy and planning.

Republic Airways Holdings, based in Indianapolis, Indiana is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Lynx Aviation, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, collectively “the airlines.” The airlines offer scheduled passenger service on approximately 1,600 flights daily to 127 cities in 42 states, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico under branded operations at Frontier, and through fixed-fee airline services agreements with five major U.S. airlines. The fixed-fee flights are operated under an airline partner brand, such as AmericanConnection, Continental Express, Delta Connection, United Express, and US Airways Express. The airlines currently employ approximately 11,000 aviation professionals and operate 276 aircraft.

NASA Spacecraft Snaps Closest Images of Comet Hartley 2

CitySpur.com has reported that a NASA spacecraft 23 million miles from Earth has snapped close-up pictures of Comet Hartley 2. On Thursday, the Deep Impact spacecraft passed within 435 miles of the comet, which scientists believe is an icy leftover from the formation of the solar system nearly 4.5 billion years ago. Hartley 2 is nearly 1.5 miles wide and is the smallest comet to be photographed close up. The peanut-shaped comet is small by comet standards but it spews several times more gas and dust than other comets. “Early observations of the comet show that, for the first time, we may be able to connect activity to individual features on the nucleus,” said researcher Michael A’Hearn in a statement. “We certainly have our hands full. The images are full of great cometary data, and that’s what we hoped for,” added the University of Maryland professor who is also the principal investigator of EPOXI. EPOXI is a combination of the names for the two extended mission components: the extrasolar planet observations, called Extrasolar Planet Observations and Characterization (EPOCh), and the flyby of comet Hartley 2, called the Deep Impact Extended Investigation (DIXI). Australian astrophotographer Malcolm Hartley, who discovered the comet in 1986, said he never believed a spacecraft would get so close to his namesake find. “The spacecraft has provided the most extensive observations of a comet in history,” explained Ed Weiler, the associate administrator of the NASA Science Mission Directorate. Deep Impact Iis the first spacecraft ever to visit two comets. Its primary mission was to make a crater on the surface of the comet Tempel 1 by firing a copper probe into the comet in July 2005. It provided scientists with information detailing what that cosmic dirtball was made of. The probe was redirected to meet up with Hartley 2, while at the same time conducting planetary studies. The spacecraft spent months chasing the comet and covered several million miles. EPOXI began imaging its nucleus at 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. The probe, travelling at 27,000 miles per hour, reached its closest proximity to the comet at 10 a.m. Thursday.

ManTech Awarded $24 Million Contract by Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

ManTech announced the company has received a $24 million contract with the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). The contract, which is a follow on to ManTech’s Engineering and Technical Services in support of Combat Identification and Air Traffic Control Systems, has a one-year period of performance with four, one-year option periods.

Under the contract, ManTech will continue to provide a wide variety of engineering and technical services in support of combat identification and air-traffic control systems, including design, development, integration, test and evaluation, installation, fielding, certification, maintenance and logistics support.

NAWCAD supports research, development, test, evaluation, engineering and fleet support of Navy and Marine Corps air vehicle systems and trainers. NAWCAD is the steward of the ranges, test facilities, laboratories and aircraft necessary to support Naval acquisition requirements. It is one of two product centers within the Naval Air Systems Command.

“ManTech has more than 18 years of experience providing engineering and technical support to Combat Identification and Air Traffic Control systems in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division,” said Terry M. Ryan, president and chief operating officer of ManTech’s Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology group. “We offer a history of strong support, extensive experience in non-cooperative target recognition and our full commitment to continued support of NAWCAD’s vital mission.”

US Airways to Add 500 Crew Members in 2011

US Airways announced that it will need 500 crew members next year primarily in anticipation of planned retirements and attrition, which will be filled by recalling employees currently on furlough, as well as through hiring new crew members. The majority of these returning and new pilots and flight attendants will be flying by July.

“This is great news for our workforce and the communities we serve,” said US Airways President, Scott Kirby. “We look forward to welcoming our colleagues back to US Airways, and bringing new crew members onto the team.”

“Our crew member hiring needs are being driven primarily by planned retirements and attrition, as well as international growth. Today’s announcement is consistent with our previously announced plan to keep our domestic capacity flat in 2011 while growing international capacity by 8 percent.”

The 2011 crew member plan includes filling 420 flight attendant positions and 80 pilot positions. The Company will first offer these positions to employees currently on furlough status, and once this process is complete will begin hiring new employees. After the recall, US Airways will have no flight attendants on furlough, and may have up to 100 pilots remaining on furlough. When the recall and new hire process is complete, the airline will have approximately 4,970 active pilots and 7,300 active flight attendants.

ManTech Awarded $68 Million Contract from the U.S. Army to Provide Cellular Communications Service in Afghanistan

ManTech has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army to provide Expeditionary Cellular Communications Service (ECCS) in Afghanistan. The contract is valued at $68 million.

ManTech will design, build and maintain an integrated communications system that will provide continuous cell phone coverage for operational forces in Afghanistan. The solution will include permanent and mobile cell towers located on forward-operating bases.

“Uninterrupted communications are critical to our forces in remote regions,” said Louis M. Addeo, president and chief operating officer of ManTech’s Technical Services Group. “ManTech’s ECCS solution draws from our extensive communications capabilities and our in-country support experience. We are proud of this opportunity to put our expertise to use once again in support of the coalition effort in Afghanistan.”

CACI Awarded $45 Million Contract to Continue Support for Common Ground Systems in U.S. Army Operations

CACI announced that it has been awarded a $45 million task order contract to provide program management and technical engineering services to upgrade Common Ground Systems (CGS) with subsystems from the U.S. Army’s Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Ground Mobile system. With the support of key teammate General Dynamics C4 Systems, CACI received the one base-year (six-month option) award under its Strategic Services Sourcing (S3) contract with the Army.

The DCGS-A integrates intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data within a single system to streamline the Army’s ability to process and disseminate this data to commanders in the field. The benefit is that field commanders gain a better situational understanding of their environment, which enables them to visualize and analyze imminent threats, predict threat intentions, and develop countermeasures. The enhanced CGS systems will provide warfighters with improved means of receiving, processing and sharing intelligence data in a mobile, tactical environment.

The CACI team will provide software and lifecycle management for the integrated systems by performing budget and program financial analysis, managing and training users, and providing logistical support. The award strengthens CACI’s functional core competency in C4ISR Integration Services, drawing upon more than 20 years of experience delivering advanced solutions to the warfighter at an accelerated pace and sustaining them throughout their lifecycle. CACI’s work will result in a more effective CGS system while ensuring optimal deployment and containing costs.

According to Bill Fairl, CACI’s President of U.S. Operations, “We’re pleased to continue our support for the Distributed Common Ground System-Army. Our demonstrated expertise in technical engineering and program management is an ideal fit for helping the Army deliver the intelligence our warfighters need in theater operations.”

CACI President and CEO Paul Cofoni said, “With this new contract, CACI continues its longtime commitment to providing support in the battle against global terrorism. We look forward to offering proven solutions for the Army’s data and intelligence needs in the years to come.”

CPI Aerostructures Receives New Purchase Orders from Spirit AeroSystems for the G650 Wing Leading Edges

CPI Aerostructures announced that it has received new purchase orders from Spirit AeroSystems for wing leading edge assemblies for the Gulfstream G650 aircraft. In March 2008, Spirit and CPI Aero entered into a long term agreement to provide Spirit with leading edges for the wing of the Gulfstream G650 business jet. Spirit designs and manufactures the G650 wing for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

This award brings the total new year-to-date awards for CPI Aero from all customers to $57.4 million, compared to $23.4 million for all of 2009. New awards now exceed the $55.3 million record set in 2008.

Edward J. Fred, CPI Aero’s CEO and President, stated, “We are proud of our performance on this program and are excited about this follow on order. As we continue to demonstrate our assembly capabilities to Spirit, we hope to be considered for additional opportunities for assemblies on this platform.”