Jan 19, 2018

Republicans Are Ridiculous on FISA Spying-on-Trump Posturing

Amid concerns about President* Trump's ongoing threat to fundamental rights, as noted by Emma Kohse at Lawfare, the U.S. Senate " to extend FISA Section 702, [communications surveillance], authorities for six years on Thursday, one day before the temporary authorization was set to expire. The House the reauthorization measure on Jan. 11," signed by Trump this afternoon.

The bill is S.139, FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 — 115th Congress (2017-2018).

What's seems improbable is how quickly congressional members voice grave concern about rights and then vote for FISA, (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), anyway.

Notes Glenn Greenwald:
Whatever the merits of the FISA, Trump, Republicans, and most Democrats in Congress do offer credible concerns.

Linked are Senate Roll Call Vote on FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017.

Meanwhile, Republicans continued ridiculous posturing today that Trump is a victim of surveillance by the Deep State and the Republican-led House has the intelligence memo to prove this, though Republicans refuse to make public their secret memo.

Such posturing earlier prompted Greenwald to ridicule:

Department of Defense Contracts—Jan 19, 2018

Here are United States Department of Defense Contracts for Jan 19, 2018.

Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m., eastern, at the U.S. Department of Defense.

From the U.S. Department of Defense, Contracts

Release No: CR-013-18
Jan 19, 2018

CONTRACTS

NAVY

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4416); Continental Maritime of San Diego, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4417); and General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4418), are being awarded firm-fixed-price modifications under previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contracts to exercise option period two for complex, emergent and continuous maintenance and Chief of Naval Operations availabilities on surface combatants (DDG and CG) homeported in San Diego, California.  The option period two estimated cumulative value is $237,654,941.  Exercising these options ensures continued facilities and human resources capable of completing complex, emergent and continuous maintenance, repair, modernization and Chief of Naval Operations availabilities on surface combatant ships assigned to or visiting the port of San Diego, California.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be complete by March 2019.  No funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Fiscal 2018 and 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding will be obligated under each contract’s prospective delivery orders and will expire at the end of the funding’s respective fiscal year.  The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Huntington Ingalls Inc. - Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is being awarded a $125,136,069 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-4444) for the execution of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) emergent repair and restoration.  This effort shall provide for the additional collision repairs as well as maintenance and modernization. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is expected to be completed by January 2020.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $50,630,589; and fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $11,937,446 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract modification was not competitively procured, in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1 (only one responsible source and no other supplies or service will satisfy agency requirements). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

DigitaliBiz Inc,* Rockville, Maryland is being awarded a $45,276,907 single award, performance-based, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee services contract (N6523618D8002) for engineering and operational support to the National Science Foundation, Division of Polar programs to deliver systems necessary for the safe execution of airspace management and control, quality operational meteorology, reliable aviation ground systems, and secure/compliant information systems. The contract includes a five-year ordering period and a six-month option period. The option period, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $48,996,600.  Work will be performed at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina (57 percent); McMurdo Station, Antarctica (42 percent); and Christchurch, New Zealand (1 percent). The work is expected to be completed by January 2024.  If the option is exercised, work could continue until June 2024.  A task order utilizing no year funds, other federal government in the amount of $7,230,521 will be placed on contract and obligated at the time of award.  This requirement was solicited using full and open competition via the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command E-Commerce Central website and the Federal Business Opportunities website, with four timely offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Harris Corp., RF Communications, Rochester, New York, is being awarded an estimated value $44,859,296 hybrid, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract to provide program management, design, systems engineering, integration and test, installation, post-installation test, training and maintenance efforts to assist the government in delivering command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capability to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).  The AFP will be supplied with a joint service command and control (C2) system of systems that will replace legacy service specific systems. The Global Command and Control System - Maritime will provide information integration and dissemination to each of the AFP joint and service specific headquarters, greatly expanding their ability to form and maintain a national common operational picture.  A microwave communications backbone system along with a satellite communications capability will be procured and installed at and between the command centers, interconnecting them through long-haul communications.  Mobile C2 systems will be supplied to extend the C2 capability into areas not served by the current C2 centers.  This contract involves foreign military sales to the AFP. Work will be performed in Rochester, New York; and various locations in the Philippines, and work is expected to be completed by December 2020.  Foreign military sales funding in the amount of $40,329,848 will be obligated at the time of award to fully fund the base effort. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This sole-source contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4).  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N00039-18-C-0007).

Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc.,* Portsmouth, Virginia (N50054-18-D-1802); Walashek,* Norfolk, Virginia (N50054-18-D-1803); and L-3 Unidyne, Norfolk, Virginia (N50054-16-D-1804), are each being awarded a fixed-price, multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide Landing Craft, Air Cushion/Fleet Modernization program post-service life extension, post-shakedown availability  Fiscal 2018/2022 maintenance and repair support to include ship repair, maintenance, and modernization in support of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Virginia.  Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc.* will be awarded $34,094,700; Walashek* will be awarded $35,310,913; and L-3 Unidyne will be awarded $37,983,940.  This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative ceiling value of the respective contract to $37,983,940. Work will be performed in Little Creek, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by December 2018.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $799,998 ($266,667 minimum guarantee per contract) will be obligated at time of award.  Funding in the amount of $800,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This multiple-award contract was procured on an unrestricted basis via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with five offers received. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications Corp., doing business as L3 KEO, Northampton, Massachusetts, is being awarded $30,804,450 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-5366) for Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor Systems, radar cross section kits, shock ring kits, engineering support services and spares for both the Navy and Coast Guard. This contract modification includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $38,383,541. Work will be performed in Northampton, Massachusetts (95 percent); and Brattleboro, Vermont (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2019. Fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2016 other procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $18,244,641 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. In accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), this contract was not competitively procured (only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy the agency’s requirements). The Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System is a major component of the Mk 34 gun weapon systems employed by the Navy’s DDG 51 class destroyers and CG 47 class cruisers and the Coast Guard’s offshore patrol cutters. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics - Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded an $11,361,172 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-6245) for the production of large vertical array (LVA) fixtures for Ohio and Virginia shipsets. The purpose of this action is to exercise option year one for the production of LVA fixtures for the Ohio class shipset and the Virginia class shipset. Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut (69 percent); Syracuse, New York (11 percent); York, Pennsylvania (9 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (8 percent); Depew, New York (2 percent); and El Cajon, California (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2019. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $1,600,000 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Sunset Design and Programming Inc.,* Oxnard, California, is being awarded a maximum amount $7,975,065 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Continuous-Learning Training Curriculum (CTC courses), NAVFAC Business Management System (BMS), and NAVFAC Procurement Management Assessment program (PMAP) support services.  The work to be performed is for classroom instruction of CTC courses, developing new curriculum including web-based on-line curriculum, maintaining existing and developing new contracting processes in the BMS, and providing assessment augmentation to the NAVFAC PMAP team.  Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities within the NAVFAC area of responsibility worldwide.  The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of January 2023.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance, (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $10,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  No task orders are being issued at this time.  Future task orders will be primarily funded by operations and maintenance (Navy).  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two proposals received.  The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, California, is the contracting activity (N39430-18-D-2005).

ARMY

Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $25,868,349 modification (P00038) to contract W91WMC-14-C-0001 to provide secure enterprise-wide information management and information technology services to more than 37,000 Army Corps of Engineers customers located throughout the continental U.S.; and outside the continental U.S..  Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with an estimated completion date of April 25, 2018.  Fiscal 2018 revolving funds in the amount of $25,868,349 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.  (Awarded Jan. 18, 2018)

AIR FORCE

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Savannah, Georgia, has been awarded a maximum $18,156,593 modification (P00005) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA8106-16-D-0006 for engineering services to support the C-20 and C-37 fleet for the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.  This modification adds the second increment of the five year, multi-year basic contract.  Work will be performed in Savannah, Georgia and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2019. Fiscal 2018 Air Force, Army, and Navy operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,325,405 are being obligated at the time of award.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

L3 Technologies Inc., Communications Systems-West, Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $9,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to explore technologies enabling cooperative engagement in degraded communication environments for the next generation of munitions.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be complete by January 2025. This contract is the result of a competitive acquisition and two bids were received. Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $1,680,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8651-18-D-0015).

Surmet Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $7,959,872 cost-plus-fixed-fee small business innovation research phase III contract. The contract provides for research and development to vertically integrate the ALON transparent advanced ceramic production process to meet the Department of Defense transparent armor and infrared sensor window requirements. Work will be performed in in Burlington, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by May 2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received.  Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $1,900,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-18-C-5500).

*Small business 

Jan 18, 2018

Department of Defense Contracts—Jan 18, 2018

Here are United States Department of Defense Contracts for Jan 18, 2018.

Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m., eastern, at the U.S. Department of Defense.

From the U.S. Department of Defense, Contracts

Release No: CR-012-18
Jan 18, 2018

CONTRACTS

ARMY

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded a $910,570,376 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) research, engineering, science and technology development for state-of-the-art systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 18, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-18-D-0002).

Pike-P. J. Dick JV, Rochester, New York, was awarded a $142,859,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction and renovation of the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Canandaigua, New York. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work will be performed in Canandaigua, New York, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 29, 2021. Fiscal 2012 and 2015 military construction funds in the amount of $142,859,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, Kentucky, is the contracting activity (W912QR-18-C-0009).

J.E. Dunn Construction Co., Kansas City, Missouri, was awarded a $52,180,590 firm-fixed-price contract to provide critical space needed to accommodate the 25 percent staffing growth (in specialty medicine and surgical staff) at Langley hospital. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work will be performed in Hampton, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2021. Fiscal 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 military construction; and operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $52,180,590 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Norfolk District, is the contracting activity (W91236-18-F-0014).

Barbaricum LLC, Washington, District of Columbia, was awarded a $36,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for contractor logistics support services for the entire family of Project Manager (PM) Close Combat Systems program equipment issued to U.S. forces, including equipment lent to North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its support forces. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 19, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey is the contracting activity (W15QKN-18-D-0024).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Oshkosh Airport Products LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been awarded a maximum $68,328,228 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for commercial snow removal equipment. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. This was a competitive acquisition with five responses received. Location of performance is Wisconsin, with a Jan. 17, 2023, performance completion date. Using customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE8EC-18-D-0004).

NAVY

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $34,786,558 firm-fixed-price delivery order under a multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00024-16-D-4416) for a special selected restricted availability (SSRA) on USS Cape St. George (CG 71) homeported in San Diego, California.  This delivery order for a SSRA will execute depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities.  This delivery order includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $35,055,181.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by January 2019.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $28,036,784; and fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,749,774 will be obligated at time of award and $28,036,784 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This delivery order was competitively procured via previously awarded multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts, with two offers received. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $34,911,818 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6134018F0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order procures software and hardware upgrades for 28 flight training devices necessary to integrate aircraft software version B 6-01/C 4.01 into 23 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices and software version 20.4.01/10.6.01 into nine Air Force CV-22 training devices.  These devices are being upgraded to ensure concurrency with Marine Corps and Air Force aircraft.  Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia (26 percent); Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (21 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (18 percent); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8 percent); St. Louis, Missouri (8 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Florida (4 percent); Albuquerque, New Mexico (4 percent); Clovis, New Mexico (4 percent); Mildenhall, United Kingdom (4 percent); Clifton, New Jersey (2 percent); and Orlando, Florida (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2022.  Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy, Air Force, and U.S. Special Operations Command) funds in the amount of $34,911,818 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

Armtec Countermeasures Co., Coachella, California, is being awarded a $12,335,400 five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the manufacture of the chaff countermeasure, RR-196/AL and/or chaff countermeasure, training RR-196 (T-1)/AL, used in radar countermeasures.  Work will be performed in Lillington, North Carolina, and the ordering period is expected to be completed by January 2023.  Fiscal 2017 ammunition (Air Force) funds in the amount of $2,426,881 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of fiscal year. One source was solicited for this non-competitive requirement and one offer was received in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1).  Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity (N00104-18-D-ND01).

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp.,* Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $9,591,043 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6833518F0041 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-15-G-0013).  This order provides for work associated with Phase III Small Business Innovation Research efforts under Topics N08-008, N08-023, and N101-042 entitled “Commandable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare Sensor”; “Precision High Altitude Sonobuoy Emplacement”, and “Environmental Wideband Acoustic Receiver and Source”, respectively.  Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Maryland (65 percent); and Warminster, Pennsylvania (35 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2022.  Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $300,000 will be obligated at time of award, all of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Global Technical Systems Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded $9,515,178 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0002418F5258 under a previously awarded (N00024-14-D-5213) for 18 technical insertion 12 hybrid (TI-12H) common processing system (CPS) water-cooled production units.  The CPS is a computer processing system based on an open architecture design.  CPS consists of the CPS enclosure assembly and three subsystems the processing subsystem, the storage/extraction subsystem, and the input/output subsystem.  It is intended to support the computer requirements of various Navy combat systems.  Work will be performed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by December 2018.  Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $9,515,178 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Advance Technology International, Summerville, South Carolina (N00174-18-D-0009); and PAE National Security Solutions LLC, Fredericksburg, Virginia (N00174-18-D-0008), are being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for support services for the Demonstration and Assessment Team.  This requirement will provide support services to the Demonstration and Assessment Team for coordination of operation forces to include; warfighter workshops and other engagement activities; preparation and facilitation of technology demonstration and assessment planning and readiness meetings; analysis and reporting of warfighting/warfighter inputs and concepts.   Advance Technology International will be awarded an $8,456,914 contract that includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $43,912,146.  PAE National Security Solutions will be awarded an $8,014,685 contract that includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $41,642,821.  The location of the work will be determined by individual task orders and is expected to be completed by January 2023.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $10,000 ($5,000 per contract) will be obligated on the first delivery order at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received.  In accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304 (a), this contract was competitively procured full and open competition.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

*Small business

Wisconsin Clean Water Supporters Score First Major Electoral Victory

Communities in central Wisconsin await the decision of
the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a case that would
effectually halt a massive factory farm from beginning
operations with the consequences being economic
devastation for an entire Wisconsin region. Clean
water activists fear the decision will be corruptly
decided by five Republican-linked judges on the
seven-member court.
Madison, Wisconsin — Families and communities fighting for fresh water have scored their first electoral victory over Republicans and the industrial polluters for whom the GOP is transforming Wisconsin statutory and administrative law to make it easier to poison water without accountability.

Water is necessary for human life, but the Republican Party dismissive of this fact has not faced an electoral reckoning to this point, (Ecological Economics, Principles and Applications, Water, Mayo Clinic).

A special state senate election from northwestern Wisconsin signals a change that sent political newcomer State Senator-elect Patty Schachtner, (D-Somerset, Wisconsin) into the gerrymandered state legislature this week.

Notes Matthew DeFour this morning in the Wisconsin State Journal:

Some [political observers and environmental activists] ... said voters were tuned into local issues and angered by [defeated the Republican] Jarchow’s sponsorship of bills that have reduced environmental protections and local zoning control.

'We absolutely believe local issues motivated people in this race. All of our communications were very positive about Patty and the impact she can have on the local environment. We heard a lot from our members about Jarchow’s anti-conservation background,' said Staush Gruszynski, political director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.

Jeff Smith, an organizer for liberal advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin, said efforts to clean up the Red Cedar Watershed have been hampered by bills Jarchow has championed limiting local zoning control.

'There is a lot of angst toward Jarchow because of his anti-environment/pro-corporate stance,' Smith said.

Angst and anger because multi-generational families have children rushed to the hospital after bathing in water poisoned by factory farms vectoring manure into the environment. Consider this, children poisoned from bathing.

The Republican Party has become so pathologically removed from the health of families and communities that its office-holders are willing to see children poisoned in exchange for Big Ag's money.

Writes John Ikerd in Rural Communities of Necessity:

Rural America once had strong communities. It would have been very difficult for anyone who built a CAFO, (factory farm), in a rural area in earlier times. It wasn’t socially or morally acceptable for one person in the community to benefit at the expense of others.

A Wisconsin state senate district signals a return to the days when it mattered if you poisoned your neighbor.

From a piece here from May 2017 on the work of Wisconsin Republicans to methodically vector manure into rural communties, while depelting groundwater for the sole benefit of Big Ag:

Clean water activists in Saratoga, Wisconsin fight for
water and oppose the siting of a proposed factory farm
An impressive feat the last six years during Wisconsin's lost decade is the organization of citizen groups around the state to defend clean and abundant water.

The citizens' worst enemy are the state representatives who should be working for citizens.

In central Wisconsin, local representatives run political interference for Big Ag which pollutes and depletes ground and surface waters. [State Rep. Scott Krug, (R-Nekoosa), threatened this site with a libel suit in 2014 when I noted Krug running this "political interference," a threat Krug dropped after I advised him truth is an absolute defense against defamation actions, among other defects in Krug's threat with respect to libel law, (Mal Contends), (Capital Times), (Crooks and Liars).]

Defiling Wisconsin's waters has the political support of local State Rep. Scott Krug, (R-Nekoosa) and State Sen. Patrick Testin, (R-Stevens Point) who represent the gerrymandered districts drawn to elect Republicans. These legislators also lend their support to the proposed Wysocki factory farm. 

Wysocki and his family bankrolled State Sen. Testin with $10,000 in contributions for his successful 2016 run. Krug's 2016 campaign received heavy funding from Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Ron Vos Gov. Scott Walker and other Republican interests aligned with Big Ag, (Wisconsin Democracy Campaign),

After Krug and Testin helped ram through the Big Ag-supported Senate Bill 76 last week, Krug complained in his current constituent newsletter that, "The misinformation campaign by several area groups make this sound like a massively different bill than it is. I am happy to sit down with anyone and walk through the actual bill."

The groups Krug complains about include: Rome-Saratoga Friendly, Protect Wood County and Its Neighbors, Central Sands Water Action Coalition, Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, and the Citizens' Water Coalition of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Senate Bill 76 "is good only for the handful of really large growers, [Big Ag], who have as much concern for their fellow farmers as they have for others who need access to clean and abundant water - none!," notes Saratoga (Wisconsin), Concerned last year, (Facebook).

Of note is the fact clean and safe water groups increasingly work in concert statewide. As noted by Criste Greening in the Green Bay Progressive in late April, clean water citizen groups include the following:
Citizens' Water Coalition of Wisconsin
Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network
Wild Rivers Chapter Trout Unlimited
Friends of the Central Sands
Frac Sand Mining Awareness
Crawford Stewardship Project
Protect Wood County & Its Neighbors
Save The Hills Alliance
Kewaunee CARES
People Empowered Protect the Land (PEPL) of Rosendale
Green County Defending Our Farmland
Central Wisconsin Nature Foundation
Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative
Facing Forward Vernon Our Wisconsin Revolution
Inland Sea Society
From the Earth
Indivisible Fond du Lac
Protect Our Water
Friends of the Kinni
Concerned Rome Citizens
Rome Saratoga Friendly
Indivisible Winnebago
Central Sands Water Action Coalition
Forward Kenosha
Rinehart Lake Association
Farms Not Factories
Spirit Creek Water Protectors
Indivisible Milwaukee ~ South Side
Bad River Watershed Association
Frac Sand Sentinels
Indivisible Solon Springs
Indivisible DeForest
Concerned Citizens of Princeton
Citizens for a Better Environment Lake Mills
Emerald Clean Water For All
Penokee Hills Education Project
Penokee Hills Light Brigade
Water Protectors of Milwaukee
Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area
Citizens for Environmental Stewardship
Indivisible Ashland
Heartland Land Creations
League of Women Voters of Ashland and Bayfield Counties
LCO/Sawyer County Dems
Preserve Waupaca County
League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi RIver Region
Crystal Lake Club
Friends of the Tomorrow /Waupaca River
Waupaca Commoners Caucus
Constituents Only
Defending Our Ixonia Countryside
Vernon County Democratic Party
Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger
Gaia Coalition
Concerned Citizens of Easton
League of Women Voters/Greater Chippewa Valley
Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin
Organic Consumers Association
Blue Jean Nation
Wisconsin Resources Protection Council
Echo Valley Hope
Madison Action for Mining Alternatives
Reedsburg Area Concerned Citizens

Jan 17, 2018

Department of Defense Contracts—Jan 17, 2018

Here are United States Department of Defense Contracts for Jan 17, 2018.

Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m., eastern, at the U.S. Department of Defense.

From the U.S. Department of Defense, Contracts

Release No: CR-011-18
Jan 17, 2018

CONTRACTS

AIR FORCE

Terma North America Inc., Warner Robins, Georgia, was awarded a $44,300,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a 3D audio system for F-16 C and D model aircraft. This contract provides for non-recurring engineering, integration and production of a 3D audio system, as well as interim contractor repair support, spares and support equipment. Work will be performed at Terma Aktieselskab facilities, Lystrup, Denmark, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 16, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2016 Air Force Reserve Command equipment funds in the amount of $2,659,410; and fiscal 2017 Air National Guard equipment funds in the amount of $5,716,971, are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8232-18-D-0002).

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Wakefield, Massachusetts has been awarded an $11,476,737 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed price, and cost-reimbursable modification (41) to exercise the option period two on previously awarded task order FA8721-13-D-0002-0004 for professional acquisition support services.  This modification provides for advisory and assistance services to the B. Work will be performed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 17, 2018.  This modification involves foreign military sales to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, Japan, Australia, Turkey, Iraq, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Egypt, Jordan, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the Netherlands. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $8,778,040 are being obligated at the time of award.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

CORRECTION: The contract announced on Jan. 12, 2018, to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. for MQ-12 Block 5 kits should have been announced for MQ-9 Block 5 kits.  All other contract information is correct.

ARMY

M.C. DEAN Inc., Tysons, Virginia, was awarded a $19,614,766 firm-fixed-price contract for recapitalization of uninterruptible power supplies and load centers, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work will be performed in Aurora, Colorado, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 17, 2020. Fiscal 2016 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $19,614,766 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W912DR-18-C-0006).

NAVY

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded an $18,891,070 modification to a previously issued delivery order 4039 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0019.  This modification provides for non-recurring engineering and project support management for the production of the MH-60R in support of government of Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (90 percent); Troy, Alabama (5 percent); and Owego, New York (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2019.  Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $18,891,070 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.  

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $12,643,011 for delivery order N6134018F0001 with firm-fixed-price and cost reimbursement line items, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0001).  This delivery order provides for the production and delivery of 39, T-45 aircraft Service Life Extension program retrofit kits and support equipment/special tooling, as well as the execution of retrofit engineering and logistics to support the installation of associated government technical directives.  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (86 percent); Kingsville, Texas (8 percent); San Antonio, Texas (4 percent); and Huntington Beach, California (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019.  Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $12,643,011 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.  

Sealift Inc. of Delaware, Oyster Bay, New York, is being awarded a $10,566,750 firm-fixed-price contract to transport dry cargo between the U.S. East Coast and the Arabian Gulf utilizing the M/V Black Eagle.  The contract includes a base period of 12 months and one 12-month option which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $19,673,500.  Work will be performed at sea, and is expected to be completed by March 30, 2019.  If the option is exercised, work will continue through March 30, 2020.  Fiscal 2018 working capital (transportation) funds in the amount of $10,566,750 are being obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured, with four offers received.  The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N32205-18-C-3352).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $7,476,086 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee contract (N00019-15-C-0105) to transition the F-35 Australia, Canada, United Kingdom Reprogramming Laboratory (ACURL) system from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas, to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.  Support includes required activities including packing, shipping, installation, integration, and testing.  This modification also provides for initial spares for the ACURL.  Work will be performed at  Eglin Air Force Base, Eglin, Florida (70 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2019.  International partner funds in the amount of $7,476,086 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Inc., Raritan, New Jersey, has been awarded a maximum $9,790,074 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for medical surgical products. This is a 14-month base contract with eight one-year, and one 10-month option periods. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. To date, this is the eighth contract awarded from standing solicitation SPM2D0-12-R-0004. Location of performance is New Jersey, with a Jan. 16, 2028, performance completion date. Using customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2028 warstopper funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE2D0-18-D-0005).

Bren-Tronics Inc.,* Commack, New York, has been awarded a maximum $8,150,497 firm-fixed-price contract for storage batteries. This is a six-month base contract with a five-month option that is being exercised at the time of award. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. Location of performance is New York, with a Dec. 18, 2018, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio (SPE7L718C0004). 

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Wisconsin Special State Senate Election May Signal Blue Wave

Wisconsin state senate special election signals backlash against
Trump and malice. Winning candidate stressed decency, (Twitter)

Wisconsin Dem Flips State Seat Win by Trump by 17 Points in 2016


Updated - Madison, Wisconsin—AP writer Todd Richmond's lede this morning on a special state senate election in Wisconsin points to a possible blue wave in 2018 directed against Donald Trump, the Koch brothers and many candidates with a R next to their names.

Writes Richmond:

A surprising Democratic upset in a conservative Wisconsin Senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump just 14 months ago has raised liberal hopes of more election success coming this fall.

Patty Schachtner’s victory over an incumbent Republican state representative in Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District follows a series of Democratic wins across the country. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is up for re-election to a third term in November, took note, posting on Twitter minutes after Schachtner’s win calling it a 'wake up call for Republicans in Wisconsin.'

Democrat Patty Schachtner defeated Republican Adam Jarchow, (Facebook), in state senate district 10 in northwestern Wisconsin.

The district borders the northern Mississippi River and is known for stunning landscape and surface waters, (Wisconsin Senate District 10).

During Wisconsin's Lost Decade of Republican rule, 2011-2019, Republicans supported by billionaire-funded dark money have run slash-and-burn campaigns appealing to racism, engaging in massive voter suppression, and handed over the legislative and administrative policy agenda to rightwing special interests.

The Schachtner campaign which ran on relatively apolitical, be-decent, people-over-Party messages has the national political world taking notice, (Talking Points Memo).

Schachtner's winning campaign stressed being nice.

She told journalists she beat the Republican Jarchow because of mean-spirited, nasty mailings from special interest groups outside the district.

"It wasn’t nice. It was mean. People just said, ‘You know what? We’re nicer than that,’" (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).

Next up in national political tea reading is a special congressional election in southwestern Pennsylvania between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone, (Reuters). This Pennsylvania district is overwhelmingly Republican.

Jan 16, 2018

Department of Defense Contracts—Jan 16, 2018

Here are United States Department of Defense Contracts for Jan 16, 2018.

Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m., eastern, at the U.S. Department of Defense.

From the U.S. Department of Defense, Contracts

Release No: CR-010-18
Jan 16, 2018

CONTRACTS

NAVY

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4419); Continental Maritime of San Diego, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4420); and General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4421), are being awarded firm-fixed price modifications to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contracts to exercise option period two for the accomplishment of complex emergent and continuous maintenance and Chief of Naval Operations availabilities on amphibious ships (LPD, LSD, LHA and LHD) homeported in San Diego, California.  The exercising of these options ensures continued facilities and human resources capable of completing complex emergent and continuous maintenance, repair, modernization and Chief of Naval Operations maintenance availabilities on amphibious ships assigned to or visiting the port of San Diego, California. The option period two estimated cumulative ceiling value is $157,977,304.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be complete by March 2019.  No funding will be obligated at the time of award.  Fiscal 2018 and 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding will be obligated under each contract’s prospective delivery orders and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co.-Bremerton, Bremerton, Washington, is being awarded a $33,197,750 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-4321) to exercise an option for repair and alteration requirements for USS Nimitz (CVN 68) fiscal 2018 drydocking planned incremental availability (DPIA).  This modification is awarded under contract line item number 0018 of the existing five-year contract for non-nuclear maintenance, repair and alterations of CVN 68- and CVN 78-class ships.  USS Nimitz will be undergoing a DPIA, which is an opportunity in the ship’s life cycle to conduct repairs and alterations.  The option will authorize the third major availability of the contract and entails modification and repair of ship equipment, hull and systems.  Work will be performed in Bremerton, Washington, and is expected to be completed by May 2019.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $33,197,750 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $16,944,750 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024 17-C-5420) to exercise an option for Standard Missile-2 regrained dual thrust rocket motors.  Work will be performed in Camden, Arkansas, and is expected to be completed by December 2020. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $16,944,750 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.  (Awarded Jan. 12, 2018)

BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded $34,246,470 for modification P00024 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee term contract (N00421-17-C-0028).  This modification exercises an option for an estimated 313,632 hours of technical services for the rapid design, development, customization, fabrication, integration, test and evaluation, installation, certification, maintenance and upgrade, logistic, and life cycle support of new and/or existing communication-electronic platforms, equipment/systems and subsystems.  These efforts are in support of the Naval Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Mission Solutions Division.  Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Maryland (30 percent); Lexington Park, Maryland (25 percent); Chesapeake, Virginia (25 percent); Spring Lake, North Carolina (15 percent); and California, Maryland (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018.  Fiscal 2018 working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,000,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity

CACI-ISS Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded $18,232,339 for modification P00060 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee term contract (N00421-15-C-0021).  This modification exercises an option for an estimated 224,761 hours of technical services for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) in support of the Naval Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Mission Solutions Division.  Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Maryland (50 percent); Lexington Park, Maryland (43 percent); Fayetteville, North Carolina (5 percent) and New Bern, North Carolina (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2018.  No funds are being obligated at time of award.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $19,629,518 firm-fixed-price contract to prepare for and accomplish repair and alteration requirements for USS Kidd (DDG 100) Chief of Naval Operations scheduled, selected restricted availability (SRA) in support of the DDG-51-class destroyer ship repair program.  For U.S. Naval Surface Combatants – typical repair and maintenance work to be performed in SRA includes modernization ship alterations; blasting, painting and surface preparation for complete or touch-up preservation, freeboard, struts, rudders, running gear, ground tackle, and sea-chest; hull, mechanical and electrical; various interior tanks.  Work will be performed in Everett, Washington, and is expected to be completed by September, 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2018 working capital (Department of Defense) funds in the amount of $19,629,518 will be obligated at time of award.  Funds in the amount of 19,000,938 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, is the contracting activity (N4523A-18-C-0550).

BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Service, Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded $14,361,151 for modification P00039 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee term contract (N00421-16-C-0035).  This modification exercises an option for an estimated 181,876 hours of life cycle support services and incidental materials for fielded communications-electronics equipment/systems and subsystems, including maintenance, logistic, and lifecycle sustainment.  These services are in support of the Naval Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Mission Solutions Division.  Work will be performed in Chesapeake, Virginia (30 percent); San Diego, California (19 percent); St. Inigoes, Maryland (15 percent); Panzer Kaserne, Germany (15 percent); Fayetteville, North Carolina (10 percent); Afghanistan (6 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Florida (3 percent); Fort Bliss, Texas (1 percent); and Homestead, Florida (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018.  No funds are being obligated at time of award.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Orbital ATK Inc., Defense Electronic Systems, Northridge, California, is being awarded $9,506,874 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F1673 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0011).  This delivery order provides for the non-recurring engineering for the design, development, and qualification of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) anti-radiation homing (ARH) and millimeter wave (MMW) executive processor circuit card assembly as a form, fit, and functional replacement of the existing AARGM ARH and MMW in support of the Direct and Time Sensitive Strike Program Office.  This non-recurring engineering effort will mitigate existing cost and production issues associated with the existing AARGM ARH and MMW, as well as incorporate hardware for future expansion of capabilities.  Work will be performed in North Ridge, California (94 percent); Monterey, California (3 percent); and Moorpark, California (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2020.  Fiscal 2017 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,506,874 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND

Air Transport International, Wilmington, Ohio, has been awarded a fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity with economic price adjustments and incentives contract (HTC711-18-D-CC16) and an initial task order (HTC711-18-F-1505) for combination passenger and cargo charter airlift services on contract HTC711-18-D-CC16. This contract provides global air charter transportation services utilizing part 121 aircraft configured to simultaneously transport both passengers and cargo. Services required include full planeload port-to-port airlift transportation services, commercial equivalent economy passenger services, 463L pallet cargo services and mission coordination. Work will be performed globally. Contract period of performance is Jan. 16, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2021; task order period of performance is Jan. 16, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2018 transportation working capital funds in the amount of $40,700,565 were obligated at time of award. The contracting activity is U.S. Transportation Command, Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

PeopleTec Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded a $33,600,888 competitive, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for advisory and assistance services for international engineering in support of technical, engineering, advisory and management support. This contract covers systems engineering activities for international programs and the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) to defend regional interests, allies, and deployed forces against ballistic missile threats. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Tel Aviv, Israel, with an estimated completion date of January 2023. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website with three proposals received. Fiscal 2018 research development test and evaluation funds in the amount of $201,000 are being obligated at time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-18-C-0016).

AIR FORCE

Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc., Rancho Cordova, California, has been awarded a $20,000,000 basic indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, hybrid cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract for advanced rocket technology, specifically solid boost technology. This contract provides a vehicle the Air Force can use to establish task orders, which can be used to advance solid rocket motor technologies, and addresses technical needs for next-generation strategic, tactical and spacecraft propulsion systems. Work will be performed in Rancho Cordova, California, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 18, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and engineering funds in the amount of $925,048 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA9300-18-D-0002).

ARMY

PowerSecure Inc., Wake Forest, North Carolina, has been awarded an $18,912,443 modification (P00006) to contract W912EP-18-C-0003 to repair and restore the electric power grid in Puerto Rico. Work will be performed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with an estimated completion date of March 8, 2018. Fiscal 2018 Federal Emergency Management Agency funds in the amount of $18,912,443 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, Florida, is the contracting activity.

WASHINGTON HEADQUARTERS SERVICES

QualX Corporation, Springfield, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,918,675 firm-fixed-price contract. The contract will provide information management and information access support services for Washington Headquarters Services.  Work performance will take place in Arlington, Virginia; and Springfield, Virginia.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated at the time of the award.  The expected completion date is Jan. 16, 2022.  Washington Headquarters Services, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting office (HQ0034-17-C-0022).

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Jan 15, 2018

Black Folks Flacking for Trump at MLK Holiday Events Disgrace Themselves

President* Donald J. Trump, with Alveda King, center, niece
of slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
and joined by Isaac Newton Farris Jr., left, nephew of
Dr. King, and Bruce Levell of the National Diversity
Coalition for Trump, right, signs the Martin Luther King Jr.
National Historical Park Act, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, aboard
Air Force One, in Atlanta, Ga.
(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018


President* Donald Trump is a vile, repulsive human being.

But Trump could not proceed in his reign without the help of a handful of black folks who flack for Trump against the cause of justice and equality.

This human garbage was brought out by the White House this last week.

Two presidential* events marking the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday and the designation of King-related historic sites—during which only a reporter's shouted and unanswered questions brought up Trump's racism—tell the story of black collaborators with Trump, (White House Jan 12 remarks at signing of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day proclamation; Roosevelt Room; Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017, (H.R.267 — 115th Congress (2017-2018); President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 267 into Law, Jan 8, 2018).

For example, at the the Jan 8, 2018 event aboard Air Force One, three black attendees flacking for Trump are Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., Isaac Newton Farris Jr., nephew of Dr. King, and Bruce Levell of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, (White House).

Said Farris at the Jan 12 remarks at the presidential* King-holiday proclamation:

So, President Trump, thank you for taking the time to acknowledge this day. Thank you for remembering that we’re all Americans and, on this day, we should be united and love for all Americans.

Love? Right

Then there's the worst of the black Trump flacks: Alveda King.

"I do not believe President Donald John Trump is a racist. The economy’s up. Jobs are up in the black community. There is great promise to get a lot of people who have been unfairly incarcerated out," Alveda King told 'Fox and Friends' today, continuing her flacking for the most racist president in American history, (Washington Examiner).

See The Root for more commentary on this garbage.

Today, Trump will observe King's holiday at his golf course.

And from 2012:
Maybe Alveda and Isaac Newton Farris will look up the source and set the record straight.

Jan 13, 2018

Opposition to King Holiday in 1983 Led by Wisconsin, Rep. Sensenbrenner and Deep South

Dr. King is still reviled in Republican
circles, and other white supremacists.
Madison, Wisconsin—President Reagan signed the Rev. King Holiday bill, (H.R. 3706 (1983)), into law on November 2, 1983.

But getting King's birthday through congress as a legal national holiday was a difficult legislative project.

Lots of hate and lots of opposition from white racists, many of whom reside in small Wisconsin municipalities.

Worth recalling this weekend is who led the opposition to King's message of peace, equality and social justice.

Six members of Congress serving today—Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa); Richard Shelby (R-Alabama); John McCain (R-Arizona); Orrin Hatch (R-Utah); and United States Reps Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky) and James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin)—remain what is left of the congressional opposition who worked against Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, (Mal Contends), (Washington Post).

All six were reelected in 2016, and all six represent very white and safe Republican jurisdictions today.

From the 1983 vote establishing King's holiday, the Congressional record reveals familiar Republican names who were loyal members of the opposition to King: Reps Tom Petri, (R-Fond du Lac), Toby Roth, (R-Green Bay), and James Sensenbrenner (R-Whitefish Bay), (Gov Track).

Racism is the legacy of cowardly souls like Petri, Roth and Sensenbrenner.

Change in America comes from the people.

Unfortunately for us in Wisconsin, Reps. like Tom Petri, Toby Roth, and James Sensenbrenner work for hateful, white people, a pursuit taken up by Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Sean Duffy, and Ron Johnson today.

What do these people really have against King? See the photo above-right and check the color of King's hair and skin.

Black as midnight.

Jan 12, 2018

Department of Defense Contracts—Jan 12, 2018

Here are United States Department of Defense Contracts for Jan 12, 2018.

Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m., eastern, at the U.S. Department of Defense.

From the U.S. Department of Defense, Contracts

Release No: CR-009-18
Jan 12, 2018

CONTRACTS

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a university affiliated research center, Laurel, Maryland, is being awarded a $933,798,332 non-competitive, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Under this contract, the contractor will provide systems engineering and technical support to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). MDA's mission is to develop and field an integrated, layered, ballistic missile defense system to defend the U.S., its deployed forces, allies, and friends against all ranges of enemy ballistic missiles in all phases of flight. To meet its mission, MDA requires research, engineering, science and technology, analysis, test and fundamental technology research for state-of-the-art systems, operations, hardware and software, and associated technology creation and transition efforts. The work will be performed in Laurel, Maryland; and Huntsville, Alabama, with a period of performance from Jan. 12, 2018, to Jan. 11, 2023. Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $25,000 are being obligated on this award. The Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-18-D-0004).

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts, is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-award-fee line items with a stated maximum value of $641,758,000. Under this contract, the contractor will perform Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) test related activities for multiple radar platforms that includes planning, executing, and analyzing sensor performance in BMDS flight tests and ground tests for each test event defined in the BMDS integrated master test plan. The radar test contract effort also includes sensors modeling and simulation activities to include Open Systems Architecture Sensor Model (OSM) and Open Systems Architecture Signal Injector (OSI) development and maintenance, integration of OSI with hardware-in-the-loop radar representation, integration of OSI and OSM with the simulation framework, verification and validation support, and stakeholder/event support. This award is the result of a competitively awarded acquisition in which two offers were received. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,451,000 are being obligated at time of award. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The ordering period is from Jan. 12, 2018, through Jan. 11, 2023, with a one year option period provided in the contract. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-18-D-0003).         

DEFENSE MICROELECTRONICS ACTIVITY

RF Integration, Billerica, Massachusetts (HQ0727-18-D-SB01); Alpha Research & Technology, Desert Microelectronics Associates, and MicroNet Solutions Inc JV, El Dorado Hills, California (HQ0727-18-D-SB02); and Teledevices, Duluth, Georgia (HQ0727-18-D-SB03), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ), multiple award engineering services contract for the Advanced Technology Support Program IV (ATSP4) small business (SB). The ATSP4 SB program is designed to resolve problems with obsolete, unreliable, unmaintainable, underperforming, or incapable electronics hardware and software through development of advanced technology insertions and applications to meet the requirements of the Department of Defense for a quick reaction capability. The maximum dollar ceiling including the base period and four options for all eight contracts combined is $800,000,000. Work is expected to be performed at each of the contractors’ locations, but may vary and may be world-wide with a total of 10 years of potential ordering period. All work under the subsequent task orders will be completed within five years of the final date of the ordering period. The ATSP4 SB contracts are capable of supporting foreign military sales tasks. These awards have programmatic ceiling only, funding will be obligated for each task and no funds are obligated on the basic IDIQ contracts. The contracts were competitively procured via solicitation HQ0727-15-R-0002, resulting in 11 proposals. The Defense Microelectronics Activity, McClellan, California, is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

Northrop Grumman, San Diego, California, has been awarded a $172,669,763 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN).  This contract provides BACN payload operation and support for payload equipment and services. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and overseas locations, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 23, 2019. Fiscal 2018 overseas contingency operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $56,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award.  This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8726-18-C-0005).

Assured Information Security Inc.,* Rome, New York, has been awarded a $47,974,580 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for investigation of next-generation network operations and vulnerability assessment technology (INNOVATE).  The objective of the INNOVATE effort is to provide new cyber assessment tools for high-priority, emerging or existing telecommunications technologies.  Work will be performed in Rome, New York, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 10, 2020.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.  Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,000,876 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York is the contracting activity (FA8750-18-C-0037). (Awarded Jan. 11, 2018)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded an $11,430,408 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00002) to a previously awarded contract (FA8620-17-F2351) for the MQ-12 Block 5 kits, to include extended-range kits, beyond-line-of-sight kits and Barrett Asymmetrical Digital Datalink Computer routers.  Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2020.  Fiscal 2017 procurement funds in the amount of $10,461,551 are being obligated at time of award.  Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial Systems Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Black Horse Group LLC,* Watertown, New York (W912WJ-18-D-0002); Cornerstone Construction Services LLC,* Woburn, Massachusetts (W912WJ-18-D-0003); and Monument Construction LLC,* Nashua, New Hampshire (W912WJ-18-D-0004), will share in a $35,000,000 contract for construction, renovation and repair projects to military and other federal facilities. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 16 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 12, 2023. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Concord, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

Sotera Defense Solutions Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $10,271,933 modification (P00012) to contract W911NF-16-C-0005 for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency research and development effort titled "Technology Demonstrations and Assessments Using a Data Science Approach to Situation Understanding for Counter Insurgency Operations (TDA for COIN)." Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 20, 2019. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,276,839 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

GMS Industrial Supply, Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $17,085,042 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for shop and maintenance kits. This is a two-year, nine-month base contract with two one-year option periods. This was a sole-source contract using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Location of performance is Virginia, with a Sept. 30, 2020, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio (SPE7MX-18-D-0043).

Aerial Machine & Tool Corp., doing business as Capewell Aerial Systems,* Meadows of Dan, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $7,748,125 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for small and large modular airborne weapons cases. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. Location of performance is Virginia, with a June 14, 2024, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan (SPRDL1-18-D-0035).

DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY

X Technologies Inc., San Antonio, Texas, was awarded a competitive, hybrid firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, with cost reimbursable line items for travel and other direct costs for system engineering and technical support services necessary to strengthen the security postures and technical capability for the Department of Defense public key infrastructure (PKI) and common service provider.  The core services will provide for the review of system engineering documentation and development of software to support PKI.  The face value of this action is $7,655,049 funded by fiscal 2018 defense working capital funds.  The total cumulative face value of the contract is $38,320,674.  Performance will be at facilities in Maryland.  Proposals were solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities website, and four proposals were received.  The period of performance is Jan. 22, 2018, through Jan. 21, 2019, with four-one year option periods.  The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity (HC1028-18-C-0008).

*Small business

Trump's Racist Shithole Comment Defines Modern Republicans

From Patrice Piard and a Hatian shithole comes art

A shithole is the home of the Republican Party


Madison, Wisconsin—In American politics, President* Trump's descent into racist vulgarity is as Republican as stopping women from deciding if they wish to bear children, a deliberation Republicans believe belongs to the state.

A deep pit of psychopathology is where modern Republican politics reside in the grand tradition of American white supremacy. Trump is simply less subtle and openly proud of the gutters in which he takes residence.

Variants of nigger jokes and rhetoric among self-loathing whites have always played well in Wisconsin for example, and without the specific support of the white supremacist vote, we would not have this lunatic in office today.

In 2018 Scott Walker seeks reelection.

Following the example of Gov. Tommy Thompson, (1987-2001), Walker may think himself a political savant in appealing to racist sentiment to get elected, but sounding racist dog whistles takes no more acuity than telling racist jokes and loudly musing those blacks should get a job and feed their own kids.

Shitholes?

A shithole is the home of the Republican Party.

The slow-motion pogrom led by Trump, Ryan and assorted
billionaires. Victims are black and brown and white.
Image: George Grosz, God of War, 1940

Jan 11, 2018

Department of Defense Contracts—Jan 11, 2018

Here are United States Department of Defense Contracts for Jan 11, 2018.

Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m., eastern, at the U.S. Department of Defense.

From the U.S. Department of Defense, Contracts

Release No: CR-008-18
Jan 11, 2018

CONTRACTS

ARMY

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $193,850,000 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for eight Saudi Arabian National Guard and nine Royal Saudi Land Forces Airborne Special Security Forces unique UH-60M aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018 foreign military sales funds in the amount of $11,163,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-18-C-0017).

CECOS Group,* Milford, Ohio, was awarded an $8,559,738 firm-fixed-price contract for jacketed and non-jacketed pile, deck and miscellaneous repairs for the South Wharf at Military Operations Terminal Sunny Point, Brunswick County, North Carolina. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work will be performed in Southport, North Carolina, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 27, 2022. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,559,738 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington, North Carolina, is the contracting activity (W912PM-18-C-0004).

Industries for the Blind Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was awarded an $8,198,956 firm-fixed-price contract for an estimated quantity of 28,081 evidence collection and detainee processing kits. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 11, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-18-D-0009).

AIR FORCE

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Savannah, Georgia, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $118,281,011 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract FA8106-13-D-0002 to exercise option year five to support the C-20 and C-37 fleet for the Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, and to fund the uninterrupted continuation of contractor logistics support services.  Work will be performed in Savannah, Georgia; Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Marine Corps Base, Hawaii; MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; and Reagan National Airport, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Aug. 31, 2018.  Fiscal 2018 Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $38,429,882 are being obligated at the time of the award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

American Apparel Inc.,* Selma, Alabama, has been awarded a maximum $71,056,800 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Army combat uniform coats. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. This was a competitive acquisition with 13 responses received. Location of performance is Alabama, with a Jan. 10, 2023, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1020).

DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY

Systems & Technology Research LLC,* Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $10,569,653 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a research project for undersea sensing systems. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $3,216,772 are being obligated at the time of award. Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut (45 percent); Arlington, Virginia (36 percent); North Falmouth, Massachusetts (10 percent); Reston, Virginia (5 percent); McLeansville, North Carolina (3 percent); and Columbia, Maryland (1 percent). The contract has an estimated completion date of August 2019. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HR001118C0004).

NAVY

Clayton International Inc.,* Peachtree City, Georgia, is being awarded a $7,685,795 firm-fixed-price contract to provide depot level maintenance for one AS-61 Helicopter in support of the government of Egypt.  Work will be performed in Peachtree City, Georgia, and is expected to be completed in March 2019.  Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $7,685,795 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00421-18-C-0012).

*Small business