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Contracts For September 1, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - 3 hours 19 min ago
CONTRACTS NAVY Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $311,399,980 contract for undefinitized delivery order 5503 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the F-35 Lighting II Block 3F upgrade for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and the
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American Legion National Convention

DoD Speeches - 6 hours 10 min ago
American Legion National Convention As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Baltimore, Maryland, September 1, 2015, September 1, 2015

Well, good morning and thank you. Thank you very much, National Commander Helm. I want to thank the leadership of this great organization for inviting me, and each and every one of you here for your tireless advocacy on behalf of our veterans and our men and women in uniform. And I want to thank Baltimore for hosting this year’s convention. I don’t know whether Bob McDonald is here, but I also want to thank him for his determined leadership at the V.A. and his partnership.

From the Second Battle of the Marne, to the Battle of the Bulge, from Inchon to Khe Sanh, from Fallujah to Wanat, to every person here who proudly called themselves a soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine – who now proudly call themselves a Legionnaire – thank you. You are defending those who defend us.

There’s someone else here today, a great personal friend and distinguished predecessor, who I want to mention and thank – Chuck Hagel.

Chuck was a soldier in Vietnam, stories of his bravery are well known. And throughout the rest of his life in public service, Chuck dedicated himself to those who served…and that’s why he proudly wears the golden seal.

Vietnam taught us the hard way, that while one may question why we fight, we must never question the honor of the men and women who do the fighting. Our Vietnam vets were not given the recognition or respect they deserved. We cannot reverse that wrong, but we can learn from it, and that’s what we’re trying to do together. Never forgetting the sacrifices America’s bravest sons and daughters make is what drives, inspires, and gives meaning to this organization.

For nearly 100 years, Legionnaires like you have fought for freedoms nobly earned by our country’s finest patriots.

 You’re driven by an enduring truth: that above all – above all – the strength of our military, and our nation, are our dedicated men and women in uniform. And given that truth, we have a responsibility to defend those who’ve defended us.

That’s why as Secretary of Defense, among the three principal commitments I made when first took this office a few months ago, first and foremost is my commitment to our people, to the current force – including active duty, guard, reservists and their families, and veterans too.

Second, is my commitment to lead with a national security strategy suited for this new century – protecting our country, keeping us strong, respected by our friends, feared by our enemies, and always ready.

And third, is my commitment to our future and to the force of the future – where innovation and technology remain pillars of American strength, and making sure tomorrow’s force is as great as today’s by continuing to recruit and retain the best America has to offer.

Because above all else, our people are what make our military the finest fighting force the world has ever known.

Few others know better than you: our great responsibility is to make sure we never put a single one of America's brave sons or daughters or their families in harm’s way without the greatest care and reflection about why we’re doing it and how it benefits our nation.

And our responsibility extends to all generations – to our veterans, to our wounded warriors, to the fallen and their families, and those on the frontlines today. Through our partnership, we’ve made tremendous progress in recent years, and I’m grateful for partnership with this wonderful organization.

Today, for example, we know that traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress are factors that increase the risk of suicide. And we’ve taken action to make sure servicemembers treated for mental health conditions can continue their care as they transition to the VA. We’re expanding suicide prevention training so warning signs are easier to spot and help is easier to get. We’re also overhauling our electronic health records with a focus on interoperability across agencies.

On transition assistance, we’re upgrading our program so benefits like counseling and financial planning are interlaced throughout service careers, rather than tacked on at the end. You provide these vital services, too, and we’re grateful. You know, I travel around the country and talk to employers, and the recognition today is widespread, that a veteran makes a fantastic employee. That wasn’t always so. I remember when it was different, when people didn’t understand. And now, with the exception of very few, they do.

Better transition assistance is partly why veterans are getting jobs at record rates, and good jobs. But I think there’s more that we can do. Thanks to the Legion’s help, we’ve established a credentialing and licensing program to give servicemembers credit where it’s due. Because if you're certified to drive a truck or provide medical attention in a war zone, you shouldn’t have to get re-certified back home.

Over the next few years we expect 1.5 million 9/11 generation vets to join the 2.5 million who’ve already left service. We need to lay a foundation for veteran support needed 10 years, 20 years, 30 years from now.

Asking questions about the future is vitally important, and we need to ensure today that every strategic decision we make should be a step towards keeping us safe, protecting our country, and protecting our allies and friends now and in the future.

After 9/11, under the weight of important and all-consuming missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, our men and women in uniform performed with tremendous professionalism, skill, and valor – as so many of you have done in your time when called to duty. As we remain engaged there to preserve gains we’ve helped secure, we must also turn the corner and look ahead to a full spectrum of threats today and into the future – where our focus must be broader than counterinsurgency.

In the Asia-Pacific, for example, our rebalance toward that region – where nearly half of humanity and half of the world’s economies reside – is aimed at preserving a security architecture strong enough, capable enough, and connected enough to ensure all nations – all nations – have the opportunity to continue to rise. 

The United States joins others in that region and around the world in our deep concern about China’s pace and scope of land reclamation in the South China Sea. We want a peaceful solution to all disputes, but let me be clear: the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, as we do all around the world.

In Europe, we’re supporting our allies with a new playbook, countering Russian aggression with a strong and balanced approach and bolstering our NATO alliance, which continues to be an anchor for global security. We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake: while Vladimir Putin may be intent on turning the clock back in Russia, he cannot turn the clock back in Europe. We will defend our allies…we will defend our allies, we will defend a rules-based international order, and we will defend the positive future that affords us.

 In the Middle East, the situation is, to put it mildly, complex. There are threats to our friends from different directions. But we have our compass, and we know our true north: We are focused on protecting our interests and our allies and above all, defending our people.

First, we will deliver a lasting defeat to ISIL. With a global coalition of some 60 nations, we’re taking the fight to ISIL across the physical, virtual, and ideological battlespace as it requires. Our coalition has conducted over 6,500 airstrikes, severely hampering ISIL’s movement and operations and systematically eliminating this evil group’s leadership.

Dealing ISIL a lasting defeat means that there must be capable, motivated, local forces on the ground to sustain the defeat. Otherwise we know from experience that ISIL will be defeated, but then five years, ten years later, something like it will be back. The coalition and us, we can support such local forces but we can’t substitute for them.

To date, we’ve trained more than 12,000 Iraqis. We need more. ISIL’s defeat is certain, but it will take time and it will take – require, it will require leveraging all elements of American power, including intelligence, financial, and diplomatic efforts as well as military.

Which brings me to a second, important piece of our broader Middle East strategy – the nuclear deal with Iran.

Our strategy towards Iran includes, but is not limited to the agreement to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Let me say outright, this is a good deal, because once implemented, it will remove a critical source of risk and uncertainty in an important but tumultuous region – Iran’s ability to obtain a nuclear weapon. But while the deal puts limits on Iran, the point I want to make is, the deal places no limits whatsoever on our military and our military option is real and will remain real. We will continue to protect our friends in the region, especially Israel, from Iran’s destabilizing activities. As I told some of the more than 35,000 American troops in the region when I visited there last month, deal or no deal the United States military will remain “full speed ahead.”

No matter the circumstances in that region or around the world, the bottom line is this: those who wish to do us harm will never find safe haven. If you threaten American lives – you will answer for it, no matter what it takes.

Answering threats today and for years to come demands we look forward and prepare for the future.

Last week, I was at Nellis Air Force Base, where we’re conducting exercises with our air forces and– in fact, a joint force, and some allies, working with new technologies and capabilities in space, cyber, and electronic warfare, as well as air warfare. In that way, Nellis symbolizes our strategic transition, a future where America remains – remains overwhelmingly strong in posture, and retains full spectrum dominance. After a decade of a focusing on counterinsurgency, we’re turning to all the challenges and opportunities and threats that will define our future security…where we remain strong, and agile, and always ready.

Today, the U.S. military has no equal. We are the best. But to stay the best, we have to embrace the future. And that has several dimensions. We have to be open to the wider world of technology. We need a sensible long-term budget that does right by our military and our taxpayers. And we need a 21st century personnel system to match a 21st century military – that’s what I call our force of the future.

Embracing change to stay the best into the future isn’t a course correction, it’s wind – it’s the wind in our sails. It’s the American way. Quite frankly, it’s what’s we’ve always done to make us strong.

First, our unrivaled military must double down on an unrivaled American strength – our capacity for game-changing innovation.

We have to be the firstest with the mostest in all of technology fields. As part of my effort to push the Pentagon – to push the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box, as I call it, we’re building stronger bridges between the Pentagon and Silicon Valley and the tech communities around the country. We’re aggressively investing in innovation and pushing R&D in areas like robotics, data science, cybersecurity, biotech, and hypersonic engines that can fly more than five times the speed of sound.

I was just in Silicon Valley last week announcing a new public-private partnership to propel flexible hybrid electronics technology. Which, just in case you don’t know what that is, is lightweight, shapeable sensors of the future that can give us real-time damage reports or integrate into smart prosthetics that have the full flexibility of human skin. Those are some of the applications but the most exciting applications will no doubt be the ones we can’t imagine yet. And that’s just one field of technology.

It’s not just about the best technology; you know we need the best people, too. So we’re drilling tunnels through the wall that sometimes seem to separate government from the innovative private sector – so more of America’s brightest minds can contribute to our mission, even if for a time.

All of this – having the best people, maintaining the best technology, and executing the best strategy – takes resources. That’s the next point I want to make: to support today’s force and meet tomorrow’s threats, we need long-term budget certainty.

Our troops need the best training, the newest equipment, and the right compensation. For too long we’ve been forced to make painful tradeoffs, often on short notice, critically undermining our mission. Our troops deserve better than the inadequacy of quick-fixes and one year, every year, crisis budgeting. Indiscriminate cuts from sequestration are wasteful for taxpayers …dangerous for our strategy… unfair for our troops… and frankly, embarrassing in front of the world. We need to come together behind a multi-year approach to our budgeting.

The wider catalogue of strategic challenges requires marrying the threat of force with financial and diplomatic leverage. So I also can’t be, as Secretary of Defense, indifferent to the budgets of the State, FBI, Justice Department, Treasury, Homeland Security, that’s the world in which we live. I can’t be indifferent to that and I’m not. Failing to fund them too undercuts the full national security apparatus, for example, our collective effort to protect ourselves from ISIL and defeat them.

To stay the best, finally, we have to attract and compete for the best talent from a new generation. And to accomplish this, we need to build the force of the future.

You may have read about recent proposals on personnel changes. We are thinking through many ideas and we need time to get the best ideas and advice, both from our services and from groups like yours, like the Legion. The people of U.S. Armed Forces are the best, and always will be the best, and how we manage them should be the best, too.

We have an all-volunteer force. So for us to keep recruiting and retaining the best, the military has to be an attractive place to work. We’re aligning our personnel management system with 21st century trends – like the digital revolution in talent management and the generational reality that some young Americans aren’t satisfied with an industrial-era type career tracks. They want, you might say, jungle gym careers, where you advance by moving around and having new experiences; not an escalator, where you get on and wait your turn.

But not all upgrades you see in the private sector are applicable for our military, because after all, the military is a profession of arms with a unique mission. Still, we can learn some lessons and get some inspiration from new tools and modern approaches. Here are some things we’re considering:

We’re pushing for flexibility by building on-ramps and off-ramps to give our people more choices, because wherever it’s compatible with service needs, it shouldn’t feel like you have to choose between pursuing a promotion, supporting a family, or getting a quality education.

When today’s veterans succeed, it shows tomorrow’s servicemembers that the military can be a launching pad for further success for them. A few days ago, I met with leaders at the professional networking tech company, LinkedIn. I sat down with a few veterans who worked there who said it best when they told me that the military isn’t just a great place to go, it’s a great place to be from.

In its near-100 years of life, the American Legion has seen the world undergo tremendous change. That trend continues today, with a more digitized, more connected, and more complex global security environment.

But we are a learning organization. That’s what keeps us ahead – adapting, innovating, and rising to the occasion. We don’t react to change, we wield change.

In the century of progress the American Legion helped painstakingly build, you’ve never shied from advocating for what’s fair, insisting on something better, and demanding, above all, that we do right by the people who’ve stepped forward to defend this great nation. Thank you for that.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking with Captain Kristen Griest and 1st Lieutenant Shaye Haver – the first women to earn the right to wear the coveted Ranger Tab. They did what Rangers do: “lead the way.” Today, it's actually a huge credit for anyone, man or woman, to endure the intense curriculum at Ranger school, and to prevail and to graduate.

  But these two women are more than a snapshot of the strength of our current force, they represent a broader future trend…where a strategy of attracting the best and staying the best means we keep pace with change and open ourselves to the talents and strengths of all Americans who can contribute with excellence to our force. Where we modernize our recruitment, our retention, and our readiness in a way that’s worthy of a 21st century force.

When put to the test, not everyone – not everyone, only a select few, will meet our standards of combat excellence. But no one needs to be barred from their chance to be tested. That’s just one way we’re evolving to retain our place as the finest fighting force the world has ever known.

To stay the best, we must keep our focus on our greatest strength, our people… caring for those who serve, and pursuing a strategy suited for this century, in building the force of the future. If we do right by our people, with thought and commitment and openness and honor…then tomorrow’s veterans will be as good as today’s…and America’s security will be assured for generations to come.

Thank you for all you do to make our country strong and secure.

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Contracts For August 31, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 16:00
CONTRACTS NAVY Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $430,878,490 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm contract for non-air vehicle spares, support equipment, Autonomic Logistics Information System hardware and software upgrades, supply chain management, full mission simulators
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Contracts For August 28, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:00
CONTRACTS AIR FORCE Baker-Stanley-Cardno JV, Moon Township, Pennsylvania (FA8903-15-D-0003); Merrick-Atkins Joint Venture LLP, Greenwood Village, Colorado (FA8903-15-D-0010); and Parsons Government Services Inc., San Antonio, Texas (FA8903-15-D-0013), have been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a program ceiling of
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Remarks Announcing a New Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Silicon Valley

DoD Speeches - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:06
Remarks Announcing a New Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Silicon Valley As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, Moffett Field, Mountain View, California, August 28, 2015

Hey everybody. Great to be here. Thank you all. Thanks everybody for coming – please – thank you, all of you. Congresswoman Eshoo, thank you, old friend and colleague; Congresswoman Lofgren; Congressman Honda; Mayor Liccardo; ladies and gentlemen: thank you. Thank you once again, all of you, for joining us today, and for your leadership here in the Bay Area, and for being part of this moment, which is a moment in technology history.

It’s great for me to be back in Silicon Valley. When I came here in April – after spending much of last year out here – I found that I was the first Secretary of Defense to visit in almost 20 years. So I’m pleased to return again just four months after that and show the progress we’ve made in rebuilding the bridges between the Pentagon and Silicon Valley.

This is one of my core goals as Secretary of Defense – renewing the ties, the bonds of trust between our national security endeavor at the Pentagon, and our wonderful, innovative, open technology community of companies and universities that make up one of America’s great strengths.

We’ve had a long history of partnership that’s benefitted the entire society. This building, proof of it. The world’s largest wind tunnel, it’s tested not only B-1 bombers and F/A-18 fighters, but also Boeing’s commercial fleet, and the McDonnell-Douglas DC-9, DC-10 – helping our military aviators dominate the skies, while also helping American companies dominate the global air travel and transport industry.

Over most of the last 75 years, the bonds between the technology community and defense were particularly close. I’ve observed that, from seeing it from both sides: a technologist myself, and also serving many years in the Defense Department.

We have today the finest fighting force the world has ever known. We need it – we need it to protect our country and to build a better world for our children.

We are the best, first of all – first of all – because of the magnificent young men and women who make up that force. I was with them yesterday at Pendleton; the day before at Nellis Air Force Base – it’s them. It’s them, first and foremost, that make it the greatest.

But secondly, and importantly, our strength comes from the long-standing link between the high-tech community and the government – whether it was the integrated circuit, or the Internet itself, or in an era before that the jet engine itself, satellite communications, and so on.

Because we have different missions and somewhat different perspectives, sometimes we disagree, see things differently. That’s okay. I think that’s okay. Addressing disagreements through partnership is better than not speaking at all. And whether we’re developing a new product, or a new policy, the lesson to me is always the same: it’s vigorous debate and exchange that creates breakthrough ideas. So I’m here to engage and I want to deepen that exchange between us.

And the fact is, that over successes and strains, our ties have endured. And I believe that the challenges and opportunities we face in this still young century demand that we strengthen our partnership in ways that benefit us both.

We live in a dangerous world, and the fact that our military is the finest fighting force the world has ever known is not a birthright. It’s not a guarantee. We have to earn it again and again. 

When I began my career, most technology of consequence originated in America, and a lot of that was sponsored by the government, particularly by the Defense Department. Today, much more of our technology is commercial, and the technology base is global. And other countries have been trying to catch up to the breakthroughs that for the last several decades made our military more advanced than any other.

Indeed, technologies once long possessed by only the most formidable militaries have now gotten into the hands of previously less-capable forces, and even non-state actors. Meanwhile, nations like Russia and China are modernizing their forces to try to close the technology gap. And our reliance on things like satellites and the Internet can lead to real vulnerabilities in space and cyberspace that our adversaries are eager to exploit.

So here’s what we’re doing to stay ahead of those challenges and to stay the best. We’re investing aggressively in innovation. We’re pushing the envelope with research into new technologies – on robotics, data science, cybersecurity, biotech, hypersonic engines that can fly over five times the speed of sound, and I could go on. We’re drilling tunnels through that wall that sometimes seems to separate government from scientists and commercial technologists – making it more permeable so more of America’s brightest minds can contribute to our mission of national defense, even if only for a time. And we’re developing new partnerships with America’s private sector and tech communities, particularly here in Silicon Valley.

One of the keys to this place, to Silicon Valley, is colocation, which I see every time I visit and which I experienced firsthand when I was living and working here just last year. Everyone’s in the same area, which not only helps forge relationships, but also helps spread new ideas. And that close geographic proximity, coupled with strong links between academia and industry, has made this entire region a nexus for creativity – an innovation ecosystem.

Our government has historically been part of this, too, with DoD and government investments helping spur ground-up innovation in Silicon Valley – funding research that, for example, grew into things like GPS, or more recently Google’s self-driving cars, Apple’s virtual assistant Siri, and on and on.

Now, obviously none of this diminishes the genius, the hard work, the tremendous effort by the innovators themselves, in San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View, here, or for that matter Cambridge, Massachusetts, and America’s other great hubs of innovation. The government helped ignite the spark, but these were the places that nurtured the flames that created incredible applications.

Given what we’ve already done, there’s truly no limit to what we can achieve together. And that’s why I’ve been pushing the Pentagon to think outside of our five-sided box, and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country. And today, now, here, we’re taking another step forward.

I’m announcing that the Department of Defense is partnering with FlexTech Alliance – a consortium of 96 companies, 41 universities, 14 state and local government organizations, and 11 labs and non-profits – to establish a new manufacturing innovation institute focused on flexible hybrid electronics. This is an emerging technology that takes advanced flexible materials for circuits, communications, sensors, and power, and combines them with thinned silicon chips to ultimately produce the next generation of electronic products.

The Defense Department is making a $75 million-dollar investment, which has already been matched and actually exceeded by tens of millions of dollars in contributions from our public- and private-sector partners, represented here. And like the six other Manufacturing Innovation Institutes established by President Obama over the last three years – four of which DoD helped lead, in areas like 3D printing, lightweight metals, integrated photonics, and digital manufacturing and design – this one will ensure that pioneering innovations needed to develop, manufacture, and commercialize these cutting-edge electronics will happen right here in America. I’ve talked to the President personally about these institutes on a number of occasions – he takes a personal interest in them, you might be interested to know – and I know how important it is to him that America keeps leading in manufacturing innovation and continues to bring great manufacturing jobs back home.

With over 30 of the partner organizations having a presence between San Jose and the Golden Gate Bridge – including companies along the alphabet from Apple to Lockheed Martin to Xerox – the institute will be headquartered here in Silicon Valley. And it will also leverage leading and emerging innovation ecosystems across the country – places like Boston, Chicago, Detroit, and northeast Ohio.

Flexible hybrid electronics have enormous potential for our defense mission. For example, our industry partners will be able to shape electronics to things, after decades of having to do it the other way around. By seamlessly printing lightweight, flexible structural integrity sensors right onto the surfaces of ships and aircraft, for example, or folding them into cracks and crevices where rigid circuit boards and bulky wiring could never fit, we’ll be able to have real-time damage reports – making the stuff of science fiction, in that sense, into reality. Our troops will be able to lighten their loads with sensors and electronic gear embedded in their clothing, and wounded warriors will benefit from smart prosthetics that have the full flexibility of human skin.

The reality is, though, that as I stand here in front of you today, we don’t know all the applications this new technology will make possible – that’s the remarkable thing about innovation – and that’s another reason why America, and America’s military, must get there first.

The commercial applications will be just as transformative, if not more so, given the impact of wearables, Internet-of-Things, and so on. Smart bandages that can analyze a patient’s biomarkers in their sweat will help doctors catch infections earlier. Stretchable sensors can be put on cars, bridges, and buildings to help keep people safe. Flexible medical diagnostics for x-rays and breast cancer tests will be more accurate and less painful. And instead of tracking athletic performance with bulky devices on our wrists, flexible electronics coupled with new, revolutionary fibers and textiles will let us embed washable, wearable, featherweight sensors in our clothes – giving us an even clearer picture of our health and fitness.

This new partnership is only the latest of what we’re doing to rebuild the bridge between the Pentagon and the technology community.

After this, I’m going across the street – right here – to host the first corporate roundtable at the headquarters of what I think of as my new start-up, the Defense Innovative Unit Experimental, or DIUx, which I announced at Stanford University in April and now is open for business. Located here at Moffett Field, its proximity to the Valley will be key to its success in helping start-ups and other companies here partner with us.

And later today I’ll visit LinkedIn, to discuss and learn how DoD can better compete for talented Americans who want to contribute to our mission – because as I said, it’s not just about the best technology. We need the best people, too.

This is an exciting time – it reminds me of the kind of collaboration between companies, universities, and government that built the Internet and GPS, or in an earlier era, as I said, communications satellites and the jet engine.

For those interested in foreign policy and national security, there are lots of interesting challenges and problems to work on. And that’s also true for those interested in technology. The intersection of the two is an opportunity-rich environment.

These issues matter. They have to do with our protection and our security, and creating a world in which our fellow citizens can live their lives and dream their dreams and hug their children and give them a better future.

Helping defend your country and making a better world is one of the noblest things a person can do. And we’re grateful to all of you for doing that with us.

Thank you.

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DoD Announces Award of New Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley

DoD News Releases - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:32
As part of the Department of Defense effort to partner with the private sector and academia to ensure the United States continues to lead in the new frontiers of manufacturing, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will announce today that the Obama administration will award a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics to a
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Contracts For August 27, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 16:00
CONTRACTS NAVY The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $1,489,387,310 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0067) for the manufacture and delivery of nine Navy full-rate production (FRP) Lot II P-8A aircraft, and four Royal Australian Air Force FRP Lot II P-8A aircraft.  In addition, this
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DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties

DoD News Releases - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 02:22
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. They died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle they were traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan.Killed were: Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky. He was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics
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Contracts For August 26, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 16:00
 CONTRACTS ARMY America's Staffing Partner Inc.,* Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (W81XWH-15-D-0024); Health Facility Solutions Co.,* San Antonio, Texas (W81XWH-15-D-0027); Laredo Technical Services,* San Antonio, Texas (W81XWH-15-D-0029); ASR International Corp.,* Hauppauge, New York (W81XWH-15-D-0045); Global Engineering Solutions Inc.,* Bethesda,
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U.S. Transportation Command Assumption of Command

DoD Speeches - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:13
U.S. Transportation Command Assumption of Command As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, August 26, 2015

Let’s just pause a moment before we get started. Look at this magnificent day, look at this magnificence in front of us, you all who stand here so proudly, and represent the wonderful, wonderful men and women who protect this country, what a magnificent sight. And we’re so, so proud of you. What a wonderful sight that is.

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, elected officials, leaders of the Defense Department, colleagues, I’m honored to be with you today as one of our finest military leaders, General Darren McDew, assumes this critically important command.

Before I speak to General McDew’s remarkable leadership or the work of this remarkable command, I want to offer my appreciation to Vice Admiral Andy Brown, who’s held down the fort here…where is he…there you are…who’s held down the fort here since General Selva joined us at the Pentagon. He probably didn’t know what he was in for, but Admiral Brown has done such a good job that I decided to make him the J4 back there. Now, I’m not really sure he wants to come from here to there, but we’re going to be very glad to have him.

And of course, we’ve come here today to mark a pivotal moment in the long and distinguished career of one our most accomplished military leaders, General Darren McDew.

From his earliest years – from teachers who told him they were sure he would make a difference, to leaders at the Virginia Military Institute who named him Regimental Commander – General McDew has been recognized by others for his commitment to serve. And for more than three decades in the Air Force, whether at the squadron, wing, or group wing level, General McDew has stood out for his uncommon ability to lead.

General McDew brings to this command an understanding of military logistics from the inside out. He’s a tested operator who’s logged more than 3,000 hours on tankers, C-17s, and C-130s. He’s delivered critical supplies to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines on several continents. What’s more, serving as a military aide to the President and as Vice Director of Strategic Plans at the Pentagon, he developed a keen strategic understanding of the judicious and effective use of American power.

But those who have served alongside General McDew or under his command may understand best what sets him apart. That’s his commitment to the enrichment and development of our military’s most valuable asset, our people.

General McDew says that so much of his wisdom and strength comes from what he calls his “better 98%,” his wife Evelyn, who’s here today – I have one of those too, it’s more like 99.1% in my case. General McDew has described Evelyn as his foundation, as his source of inspiration, as the person who keeps him attuned to what truly matters most: family and country, service and sacrifice.

These are the values that Darren and Evelyn have passed down to their own family, to their daughter Keisha, and their son, Keith, who serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Coast Guard. Keith, I might add, is also the proud father on Darren’s first grandchild, Henry, who made his first plane trip to be with us today. There’s Henry over there in the sunglasses.

As General McDew assumes this vital command, he follows in the footsteps of another proven strategic mind, General Paul Selva. That the President has nominated some of our most distinguished military leaders to assume this command speaks volumes about the vital importance of TRANSCOM and its people. While the men and women of TRANSCOM do not often receive the recognition they deserve, truly they are the foundation of everything we do. You provide our force the flexibility and mobility to confront any threat, in any place, for the purpose of our choosing.

Much of TRANSCOM’s strength comes from its ability to evolve and adapt, to respond quickly to new challenges and meet new demands. I saw that firsthand in the support we provided for our men and women in Afghanistan when I directed the Department’s acquisition, technology, and logistics efforts. As many of you know very well, Afghanistan is some of the most forbidding terrain imaginable. It is one of the most difficult places in the world to plan and wage a war. And yet, we were able to surge forces and build hundreds of FOBs and COPs during a period of heated conflict. I used to call this the Afghanistan miracle – but meeting tomorrow’s challenges will require another logistical miracle. Preparing to meet threats from our high-end adversaries will require major logistical lift.

As the force continues to undergo a strategic transition, as we reduce our focus on counter-insurgency and place more emphasis on full spectrum, rapid-response capabilities, TRANSCOM’s ability to reform and innovate will become more critical.

Already, TRANSCOM has improved its capacity to track deliveries in real time and predict with greater accuracy the arrival of shipments. These reforms have allowed our forces in the field to plan more effectively and efficiently, and have helped to bring costs down. TRANSCOM has also strengthened and streamlined its efforts with private sector providers. And today, there is no other part of our military enterprise that is more effectively augmented by commercial industry – and to those partners here today, thank you for being part of the team. By finding new ways to use existing commercial infrastructure, and by spurring greater competition among private sector partners, TRANSCOM continues to make our operations more cost-effective.

TRANSCOM’s commitment to expand these reforms remains vitally important, because as we deliver for the warfighter, we have an obligation to deliver value for the taxpayer as well. When the men and women of TRANSCOM continue to meet these dual commitments, it’s much easier for me to make a full-throated argument in Washington for greater investment in our people and capabilities.

In the next few weeks I’ll be talking quite a bit about the critical need for future investments in our force, the need to get a budget from Congress that charts a responsible course and invests in you. As distant as these conversations in Washington may appear to what’s happening in Southern Illinois, this is a discussion that matters deeply to TRANSCOM, to Belleville, Illinois, and to our entire country. If we can’t come together and pass a sensible budget, if we’re forced to operate under a continuing resolution, or to endure another bout of sequestration, there will be real consequences. And TRANSCOM will feel them firsthand. Because when we’re forced to make irresponsible cuts, it’s readiness that suffers first. When we’re forced to budget one year at a time, it’s investment in the future and modernization that gets sacrificed.

What you’re able to deliver so quickly and consistently can seem like magic to outsiders. But you know, and your families know, that it only happens because of the thousands of Americans within this Command who remain absolutely devoted to our mission. When every day you do what it takes to deliver for our warfighters, Washington needs to deliver a responsible future budget for you.

Just think for a moment about some of what you’ve accomplished in a little more than a year. It was the men and women of TRANSCOM who enabled the United States to lead a global effort to contain Ebola in West Africa. It was the men and women of TRANSCOM who allowed the United States to provide urgent relief to Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, helping save some 20,000 lives. And it was because of the men and women of TRANSCOM, that when an earthquake struck Nepal, we could deliver 70,000 pounds of supplies for rescue operations in less than 24-hours. With these missions, and through countless others that receive far less fanfare, you ensure that American power and the power of our example can reach anywhere, and is seen everywhere.

None of us know when the United States will have to respond quickly to even greater crises in the coming months or where your capabilities will be needed to save lives, defend our country, and make a better world. But this we do know: We know General McDew will lead this Command with confidence and certainty and with the total confidence of me and the President. We know the people of TRANSCOM will carry forward a steadfast commitment to deliver what our force requires, whenever, wherever they require it. We know that it is because of these capabilities and your contributions that we remain the military force the world has ever known.

Thank you. 

 

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