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Archive for June, 2011

Logistics: The Big Picture

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Come hear some of the country’s foremost experts on procurement from both the military and civilian side discuss historical procurement trends, upcoming issues, and potential solutions to these continued challenges. This breakout session will feature a brief overview, a panel discussion, and a Q&A session with questions from the audience.

Lieutenant General Robert T. Dail, Army (Ret)
Captain Donald M. Ervine, USN (Ret)
Brigadier General Steve Seay, Army (Ret)
General Carrol H. “Howie” Chandler, USAF (Ret)

Be sure to register to attend Warrior Expo-East.

Reminder – Stars, Stripes & Blue Towels Contest

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This July 4th Outgo is celebrating 235 years of freedom. What better time to go all out and show your patriotism? Submit a photo, video, or story showing your spirit for a chance to win one of ten Outgo Prize Packages to help you take care in the field. Each Outgo Prize Package includes:

1 Outgo Ultra-Compact Microfiber Towel & Storage Bag (L, Navy)
1 Outgo Waterless Wash (3 fl oz)
1 Outgo Smart Suds (3 fl oz)
1 Outgo MicroTerry Washcloth Kit (Compact Ditty Bag, two 10″×10″ MicroTerry Washcloths, 1.25 fl oz Smart Suds)

To enter, it’s easy.

Contest Instructions

Submit a photo showing your spirit. Stories & videos are also allowed! Email those entries to [email protected]

Prize Eligibility
Only persons who are at least 18 years of age can enter.

Contest Ends
July 06, 2011 @ 11:59 pm (PDT)

Full Rules Here. To get in on the contest visit

Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo & Conference – Ft Bragg

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

In addition to an Officer’s Club packed with great vendors, this year’s Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo & Conference, August 30-September 1 at Fort Bragg will include several events that are free to attendees.

Future Warrior Focus Day:
• MG Rodney Anderson, Deputy Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps & Fort Bragg
• COL Peter Newell, Director, Rapid Equipping Force
• James Cluck, SES, Acquisition Executive Director, Special Operations Research, Development and Acquisitions Center
• Dr. Jack Obusek, SES, Director, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center

Specialized Soldier Training Sessions on topics such as Combative Training and Resiliency Training.

Fort Bragg Forum

Live Fire Day

BraggBQ with food, activities & giveaways

I attended last year’s event and it was excellent. With these new events it should be even better. Be sure to register now.

Wiley X Talon Now Made in USA

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Wiley X® has announced its Wiley X Talon ballistic eyewear will now be manufactured in America. This is just a part of a larger effort to produce more products here at home.

“We are American proud, and we believe there is value in fabricating products here in the U.S.,” said Wiley X Co-Owner Myles Freeman, Jr. “We consider the movement toward making more products in America as one that only strengthens our commitment to creating the very best eyewear protection available for those who serve our community and our country.”

The Talon’s interchangeable smoke and clear lens system feature 100 percent UVA/UVB protection and are compatible with a prescription insert. This distortion-free system relies on shatterproof Seleniteâ„¢ lenses featuring T-Shellâ„¢ lens coating that resists scratching in extreme environments, and meets both US MIL-PRF-31013 VO ballistic impact and ANSI Z87.1-2003 high velocity impact standards.

Schmidt and Bender Awarded SPR Scope Contract

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Yesterday, the Navy Announced that Schmidt and Bender, Inc was awarded a $34,209,500 firm-fixed-price contract for precision sniper rifle dayscope, mounting rings, spares parts, repairs and upgrades. According to the DoD announcement:

Schmidt and Bender, Inc., Claremont, N.H., is being awarded a $34,209,500 firm-fixed-price contract for precision sniper rifle dayscope, mounting rings, spares parts, repairs and upgrades. Precision sniper rifle dayscopes will be used by special forces for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The precision sniper rifle dayscope consist of several configurations that are required for use on existing and future sniper rifles. The configurations are tailored to the sniper’s training regimen, the weapon system effective range, and the weapon system caliber. The precision sniper rifle dayscope will be used around the world in extreme and adverse conditions including underwater, surf-zone, desert, arctic, jungle and urban environments. Work will be performed in Biebertal, Germany, and is expected to be completed by June 2016. Contract funds in the amount of $29,920 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured and solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with five offers received. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-11-D-JQ31).

There will be two models:

Army Configuration: 5-25x56PMII/CCW/CM/H58 Locking Turrets/Tan
US Navy Configuration: 5-25x56PMII/CCW/ 1/4 MOA/ H2CMR Reticle, Locking Turrets/Tan

Thanks to US Tactical Supply for the heads up

Free For All

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

How about we try something new? Since we don’t have a forum and many of you don’t use FaceBook how about we have an open swim?

You guys can pick any subject you want and discuss it so long as it pertains to Soldier Systems or Tactical Systems.

Feel free to say if you like something or hate it. Government, Civilian, your choice.

Individual Carbine Solicitation Officially Released- Updated

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

If you plan on being one of the contenders to supply the Army with a new carbine, you’d better have your bid in to Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey by 5:30 PM local time on 27 September, 2011. That gives us lots of time for the gun rags and internet commandos to wax philosophic about how poorly the solicitation was written and which wonder gun the Army should adopt.

The solicitation spells out the methodology to evaluate the proposals to narrow the field to three candidate weapons:

The Government intends to award up to three (3) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contracts, each with a minimum guarantee of one (1) Weapon System Component Package. The Government will select for award(s) the proposal(s) which represent the Best Value to the Government.
The source selection process for award will consist of two (2) evaluation phases, ending with a contract award to up to three (3) contractors, followed by a final down-selection to a single contractor for a new carbine. Offerors have 90 days from the issue date of this RFP to submit Phase I proposal requirements. Evaluation Phase I will consist of the evaluation of the weapon attributes of the Offeror’s hardware, evaluation of the Offeror’s facility production capability, and review of the Offeror’s cost/price proposal in accordance with the evaluation criteria contained in the solicitation. At the conclusion of Evaluation Phase I, the IC candidates which represent the best value, as determined by the Source Selection Authority (SSA) will proceed into Phase II of the evaluation. Successful Offerors will be notified and given an additional 30 days to submit the remainder of the proposal requirements for Phase II evaluations. All other Offerors considered unsuccessful will be notified by the Procuring Contracting Officer (PCO) of their respective results and given an opportunity for a debriefing. All unsuccessful candidates from Evaluation Phase I will be eliminated from further consideration for award.
Evaluation Phase II will consist of specific hardware testing, as well as evaluation of the written technical proposal, management, cost/price, government purpose rights (GPR), fielding-operational and supportability impact and past performance, and small business participation volumes of the proposal in accordance with the evaluation criteria contained in the solicitation. At the completion of Evaluation Phase II, an award decision will occur that will result in the award of a firm-fixed price IDIQ contract for up to three (3) vendors entering the down-selection evaluation.

These three systems will further be down selected to a single weapon:

The weapon systems component package deliverables will be used for the final evaluation and final down-select to one (1) Awardee. The down-select evaluations will consist of a developmental test (DT), other DT test, the cost/price proposal, the GPR proposal and a limited user evaluation.

Furthermore, the solicitation considers an IC to consist of:

Individual Carbine
Each Individual Carbine shall include the following items:
– Carbine (Qty 1)
– Magazines (Quantity of magazines shall be sufficient to hold a minimum of 210 rounds)
– Cleaning Kit (Qty 1)
– Combat Sling (Qty 1)
– Additional Precision Match Grade Trigger Group (Qty 1)
– Blank Firing Adapter (Qty 1)
– Removable Back-up Sight (Qty 1)
– Operator Manual (Qty 1) (Section C.
– Optic 1x (If IC candidate is not compatible with M68 Close Combat Optic, provide equivalent 1x optic, 1 per carbine in
accordance with AR-PD-115: Sight, Reflex with Mount, M68)
– Optic 4x (If IC candidate is not compatible with M150 Rifle Combat Optic, provide equivalent 4x optic, 1 per carbine, in
accordance with Purchase Description, Telescope: XM150 Rifle Combat Optic (RCO) dated 17 August 2006)

Notice that the basic load remains 210 rounds. However, unlike SOCOM’s SCAR requirement, the Army has wisely not specified that the weapon must be compatible with the existing M16 30 round magazine. Therefore, they have specified that the offeror provide enough magazines per weapon to provide 210 loaded rounds. Could this telegraph the end of the 210 round basic load if a weapon with a new sized magazine is adopted? The 210 rounds is based as much on compatible convenience with the legacy magazine as anything else.

Interestingly, the solicitation only calls for the procurement of up to 178,890 units over seven years. That’s hardly enough guns to pure fleet the Army.

Classicly, the Army won’t release the real performance specs (as Jason pointed out) without a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement with the Government. Since there is ZERO reason for the Army to conceal the desired performance characteristics of their service rifle it means that someone is going to have to waste the taxpayers money to ask that it be released under the Freedom of Information Act. So much for the promised transparency in Government. This means there may well be a pause before the deluge of controversy begins on the interwebs.

Tac Apps – Spyglass

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Billed as “AR compass, rangefinder, GPS tracker, stars, maps”, Spyglass is an iPhone/iPad app. It features Augmented Reality to overlay navigation data on to the phone’s viewfinder or on a map.

According to the iTunes description, it features, “Spyglass features a hi-tech viewfinder, milspec compass, gyrocompass, maps, GPS tracker, speedometer, optical rangefinder, visual sextant, gyro horizon, inclinometer, angular calculator, 5x zoom sniper scope and camera.” Lots of features here.

I really dig the fancy pointers.