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Army awards Tapestry Solutions $11.5 million contract to create battle simulations

Tapestry Solutions Inc. was awarded an $11,497,382 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract by the U.S. Army.

The award will provide for the managing and operating battle simulation training services for U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa.

Work location will be determined with each task order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2016.

The bid was solicited through the Internet, with four bids received.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command, RCO Grafenwoehr, Germany, is the contracting activity (W912PB-11-D-0019).


Navy awards Brady G2 and RORE-ITSI part of a $15M contract

The Navy awarded Brady G2 and RORE-ITSI, J.V., LLC, an option year two under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price multiple award contract for performance-based environmental consulting services in support of various Navy, Marine Corps and federal government programs.

The two local companies joined three others under the contract for a combined total value of $15 million.

The work to be performed provides for obtaining support for innovative environmental solutions; support for guiding and managing innovative environmental projects; site characterization, data analysis, and data management utilizing the triad approach and Navy Installation Restoration Information System; environmental reporting and document preparation; innovative environmental solutions outreach; and environmental program management support.

The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $45 million. No task orders are being issued at this time.

Work will be performed throughout the continental United States and its territories.

The term for this option is from August 2011 to July 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Specialty Center Acquisitions, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity.


Navy awards Trieco TT Sustainable Resources $50M architect-engineering contract

Tne Navy awarded Trieco TT Sustainable Resources, J.V., a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract with a maximum amount of $50 million for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and underground storage tank studies.

No task orders are being issued at this time. All work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps installations including, but not limited to, locations in California (85 percent), Arizona (5 percent), Colorado (2 percent), Nevada (2 percent), New Mexico (1 percent), Utah (1 percent), Washington (1 percent) and other Department of Defense installations nationwide (3 percent).

Work is expected to be completed by July 2016. Contract funds in the amount of $5,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 14 proposals received.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest is the contracting activity (N62473-11-D-2205).


SPAWAR awards Space Micro contract for making spacecraft electronics

Space Micro Inc., an innovator of radiation hardened electronics for space applications, has been awarded a Phase 1 Small Business Technology Transfer Research contract from the Navy's SPAWAR Systems Center.

The contract is to evaluate the use of nanomaterials to develop and manufacture space qualified components. Space Micro has teamed with the University of California, San Diego Nanomaterials Laboratory as its research partner.

The electronics on spacecraft must be able to withstand the space environment to assure mission success. However, the aerospace industry orders relatively low quantities of "space qualified" electrical components, often at irregular intervals. This makes it a difficult business case for companies to keep a manufacturing line open just for space components, which leads space programs to rely on a very small number of suppliers, sometimes even a single source, according to Space Micro.

The products resulting from this R&D would meet the needs of many military and commercial space programs and significantly reduce the long lead times commonly experienced in low volume space parts, according to the company. Space Micro will build upon and leverage their existing heritage space electronics hardware used for TacSat2 imaging, and the ORS-1 image processing system, the IPC5000TM.

"This new SBIR will further develop our existing suite of miniaturized, affordable, low SWAP electronics and insert into next generation missile programs," said David Strobel, the CEO at Space Micro.


Navy awards $42.7 million for methane-fueled power plant for MCAS Miramar

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest awarded a $42.7 million contract this week to a New York company to supply Marine Corps Air Station Miramar with enough renewable energy to power half the base over the next 15 years.

Miramar Energy LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortistar Methane Group of White Plains, N.Y. will build a 3.2 megawatt power plant fueled by methane gas at the city of San Diego's Miramar landfill. The landfill sits on leased land from the Navy adjacent to MCAS Miramar.

Minnesota Methane, a subsidiary of Fortistar Methane Group, currently manages a power plant that collects methane gas at the landfill to generate electricity for landfill operations. The plant’s renewable energy is also sold to the city of San Diego. "This ... is the first project in the entire Department of Defense to use special legislation established to allow the long-term, 10- to 30-year, business arrangements necessary to accomplish these types of power purchase agreements," said Capt. Keith Hamilton, NAVFAC Southwest's commanding officer, in a statement.

That special legislation is Section 2922a of U.S. Code Title 10, "Contracts for energy or fuel for military installations," which Congress enacted in July 1982.

"This project is a very important early success on the path towards accomplishing Secretary of the Navy Mabus's energy strategy to improve our energy security, efficiency and independence by obtaining or producing at least 50 percent of our total ashore energy requirement from clean, renewable, or alternative sources by 2020," said Hamilton during remarks at the project's groundbreaking ceremony.

The project also has an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 component. RQ-Berg JV of Carslbad was awarded a $5.4 million Recovery Act-funded contract in February to construct an electrical distribution system to supply renewable energy from the landfill power plant site to MCAS Miramar.

"Our team has been carefully working that project in parallel with the power plant agreements to ensure that the power lines will be ready to receive and distribute the power when this new plant is ready to go in service," Hamilton said.

The project will also improve MCAS Miramar’s strategic energy security and economics.

"The contract will include a provision for 'Black Start', a technology that allows USMC to maintain electrical operations in the event of an electrical grid failure," said Rose Araracap, NAVFAC Southwest's deputy assistant operations officer and technical expert for this renewable energy project. "This renewable energy will significantly reduce MCAS Miramar’s reliance on fossil fuels. The price is pre-established for price predictability and budgetary planning."

Electricity generated from the landfill renewable power plant is scheduled for delivery by early next year.

"I am extremely pleased that early next year I can flip on the switch and half of the power will be coming from San Diego's trash," said Col. Frank Richie, MCAS Miramar's commanding officer.


LRAD to install system in Pentagon

LRAD Corp. (Nasdaq: LRAD), a local company that makes acoustic hailing devices, announced Tuesday that it has received an order for an LRAD-RX installation at the main visitors' entrance of the Pentagon as part of a security upgrade.

The order was received from SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco International company and a longtime leader in life safety and property protection.

"Having our LRAD-RX system being installed at a prominent entrance to help secure the Pentagon is noteworthy," said LRAD’s president and chief executive Tom Brown. "The LRAD-RX will provide Pentagon security officials the ability to remotely issue warnings and instructions that can unequivocally be heard and understood in any outdoor environment. By broadcasting highly intelligible voice commands and powerful warning tones, the LRAD-RX creates standoff and safety zones that can prevent uncertain situations from escalating into major security breaches."

The directional broadcasts of the LRAD-RX enable security officers to communicate instructions and warnings with intelligibility in any language to individuals or large groups.

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