LEGAL REALITY CHECK – A Case in Point Regarding Judicial Transparency (among other things)

This is a follow-up to my previous BFP piece about the lack of transparency in the so-called justice system.

OPB recently broke a story about unique developments in the Bundy/Malheur Refuge case that provide several perfect examples of the kind of lack of transparency that I’ve been talking about, not to mention common distortions by the mainstream media.

I’ll start out by discussing the media distortion issue first.   In the article, the OPB headline asserted that the Bundy defendants had received “special privileges” to have unmonitored meetings with their attorneys to help prepare for their upcoming trial.  From my perspective, this characterization is a total distortion of what is really going on.

The reality is, Judge Jones was making reasonable accommodations to help ensure compliance with constitutional requirements.  A more appropriate description would have been “Judge grants special accommodations under circumstances to ensure constitutional right to legal counsel.”  Another way to phrase it might have been: “Court takes action to help ensure that, under the unique circumstances of the case, Defendants’ civil rights are not violated,” (and hopefully avoid appealable errors).  Or, here’s yet another possibility:  “Based on Multnomah County Jail’s questionable attorney/client communications practices, judge takes action to help ensure effective right to legal counsel.”

One of the biggest challenges is with the characterization “privileges.”  The distorted notion that these defendants received some special privilege in this regard doesn’t hold water.  And it is not consistent with what Judge Jones said.  He said they received “special accommodations.”  To characterize what happened as special privileges is the functional equivalent of making special accommodations, under applicable circumstances, for someone with a hearing impairment or other physical handicap, etc., and call such accommodations “special privileges.”  As in this case, such a description is a distorted and misguided characterization.

Granted, the Bundy/Malheur case is unique.  It involves multiple defendants, and multiple attorneys.  It will require special accommodations to ensure compliance with constitutional requirements.  Special accommodations are not the same as special privileges. This isn’t doesn’t even involve “privileges.”  It involves fundamental constitutional rights. Everyone is entitled to such accommodations as are reasonably necessary to ensure constitutional compliance and protection of these rights.  Moreover, because it appears that these particular defendants are being treated essentially as political prisoners and enemies of the state, they are apparently  concerned about obvious government eavesdropping (which everyone knows is already happening at level, let alone a high-interest situation like this one), and their ability to have unmonitored, confidential communications with their attorneys.

And just to explore this issue a little deeper, it is my understanding that any and all attorneys or other parties (including me) who have had anything to do with this particular case (the Bundy/Malheur case) or related parties are subject to very invasive electronic surveillance.  Speaking of transparency, because of this unprecedented level of electronic spying – even on attorneys’ communications with their clients – from what I understand, the government has purportedly undertaken the unusual step of implementing what is referred to as a “taint team” that is supposed to be scrubbing all information made available to the prosecutors to supposedly prevent the disclosure of confidential communications between the defendants and their attorneys.  So in short, one team of federal domestic spies are monitoring all the parties’ communications, including the communications of court-appointed attorneys, while another team of federal good Samaritans are trying to make sure the information the other team has access to isn’t being misused for criminal prosecution purposes.  Doesn’t that make you feel better?

I’ll have to confess that the thought that regardless of what I might want to think, I have zero privacy, and it’s not just God watching my every move gives me a lot to think about.  But I try to take comfort in the fact that to the extent any of my communications with any of the subject parties or their attorneys are covered by attorney/client privilege, there is someone out there who will dependably and good-naturedly ensure that those communications won’t be shared with the prosecutors.  It gives me warm and fuzzies just thinking about it.

Despite all the legitimate justifications for the communications arrangements, in attempting to finally disclose and explain the special attorney/client communication arrangements made available to the Bundy defendants, Judge Jones has now said some things that ought to be a concern for a number of reasons, and in this part of his explanation he does use the words “privileges,” and “special treatment,” which I find to be both troublesome and problematic. He said:

“Initially, I chose to keep these special accommodations off the record to avoid publicity based on advice from the Multnomah County Sheriffs office and the USMS suggesting that the special treatment might pose a danger to these defendants and influence other inmates at the jail to request similar privileges.

So, in a nutshell, what we have here is a federal judge making off-the-record legal decisions, based on secret meetings, and ex parte advice from a county sheriff’s office, and the US Marshall Service, and keeping the whole thing under wraps “for weeks.”   It looks more like months actually.  And a big question revolves around why on August 4th, over two months later, Judge Jones would finally provide a carefully worded “declaration” disclosing the whole thing.  There is no question that how he has handled the whole situation has a tendency to raise suspicion, prompt speculation, and make the whole situation appear to be much more “special” than it actually is, and raises all kinds of questions.  It is genuinely unclear why he didn’t just take an open, transparent, straight-forward approach.  But of course that would have deprived quite a few people of something “special” to fuss about.

Regardless of all those issues, this is a perfect example of lack of transparency in the judicial system, and why it is so problematic.  In my view, the explanation Judge Jones provided raises more questions than answers, and the approach he chose to take has caused more problems and issues than he was purportedly seeking to avoid.  While we’re talking about Judge Jones, however, I also want to say something about one of his other rulings.

During a recent hearing addressing pre-trial detention, Ammon Bundy’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, outlined some of the defenses and legal theories he intended to assert, including adverse possession.  He said that the Malheur occupiers, including Bundys, were seeking to stake an adverse possession claim at the refuge.  My understanding of the argument was that he was seeking to assert the fundamental principles involved in an adverse possession claim, and then seeking to attempt to apply those principles and concepts to the situation at the refuge, in the form of a defense explaining why Bundys were doing what they were doing at the refuge.  Judge Jones quickly, and seemingly off-the-cuff, rejected the argument, however, and ruled that it is not possible to make an adverse possession/use claim against the government.

The point I want to make in that regard is that Judge Jones’ blanket observation is not entirely true, and he seemed to be very hasty in rejecting the conceptual principles.  It is worth noting that these principles were not being asserted affirmatively, seeking to have the court issue a ruling that the occupiers were legally entitled to some sort of decree of adverse possession.  Instead, the principles were being asserted as a defense, to help explain their motives and what they were thinking – which seems to be relevant, especially in light of latent assertions that they were not only seeking to impede federal officers, but that they were also conspiring to overthrow the federal government.   If, however, they can show that what they were really trying to do was assert an adverse possession claim -- even if they were wrong in their reasoning -- it could change the equation, particularly with respect to intent.

In terms of exploring and applying the principles involved in an adverse possession claim, it is useful to note that the whole concept of RS 2477 rights-of-way across federal land is based on grandfathered adverse use and prescriptive rights principles. So there is some precedent for application of the principles.

But if all this leaves you scratching your head, you’re not the only one.

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Todd Macfarlane, Newsbud- BFP Legal Analyst & Commentator, is an attorney, rancher, writer, political activist, conservationist and commentator.  Although he is comfortable wearing several different hats, beyond faith, family and grass-fed livestock ranching, his primary interests include natural law, property rights, western land-use, political policy, and what he often refers to as the “so-called justice system.”  

LEGAL REALITY CHECK – It’s High Time the Court System Takes a Serious Look at Transparency — by Todd Macfarlane

This is one of those issues that should quickly become self-evident.

Our legal system goes by a number of different names.  Some call it the “Justice System.”  Others call it the “Court System” or the “Judicial System.”  Still others refer to it as the “Legal System.” Based on my experience and observations, I often refer to it as the “so-called justice system,” for a variety of reasons.  But whatever label is used, there is no question, to the casual, outside observer, our legal system is completely shrouded in secrecy and mystery.  It is the functional equivalent of the Holy Bible, printed in Greek and Latin, prior to William Tindale’s English translation, so that normal people could read and understand it.

For some time I have been talking about another piece I’m working on about how the federal court system is the epitome of the fox guarding the hen house – especially when it comes to handling cases involving the federal government.  One of the basic tenets of natural law is that a party cannot be an impartial arbiter of a dispute in which that party (in this case the federal government) is involved.

While this piece addresses broader issues of judicial transparency beyond the federal court system, it seems to coincide with a lot of other information recently reported, including articles about the Nevada Federal Court’s protective order preventing disclosure of almost all information in the “Bundy Standoff” case, and Katie Aguilera’s recent piece about the complete lack of transparency in federal plea bargaining (http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2016/07/14/how-sentence-enhancements-increase-plea-deals-reduce-transparency-in-the-u-s-justice-system/).

Wouldn’t the public be interested to know that in many federal plea bargain arrangements, including virtually all the Oregon Stand-off Plea Deals, there is almost no negotiation.  The defendants have virtually no say in the “take–it-or-leave-it” terms that are offered.  The playing field is anything but level.  The carrot they are offered is little or no incarceration, if they will expressly admit that they participated in a conspiracy to impede federal officers. If there was some sort of conspiratorial agreement – whatever that means – between some of the parties, I seriously doubt many of these defendants had given the possibility of impeding federal employees a second thought,  let alone were aware of the purported terms of any such purported conspiratorial pacts  I have had an opportunity to observe this process up-close and personal and I don’t see how the defendants could not have felt coerced to accept and admit to language and terms that they would have never even considered, let alone agreed to, on a level playing field – all in the name of creating leverage for the government’s case.

And the same thing often applies to the flood of “friendly” federal sue-and-settle lawsuits pursued by environmental special interest groups under the Equal Access to Justice Act.  They have learned that this process often allows them to profit financially while essentially dictating federal land-use policy, in a process that is typically applies public tax dollars to advance private agendas – with a woeful lack of transparency in the negotiation and deal-making process.

Other prime examples include both secret FISA Courts, and the entire grand jury process by which indictments are obtained.  There is zero transparency.  No wonder, as an old saying goes, even ham sandwiches are so susceptible to indictment.  But in reality, the secrecy and lack of transparency goes much deeper and is a big part of the entire system.  In the federal court system protective orders limiting access to information are common place.  And in the vast majority of cases, it is the other branches of government which are seeking to keep as much as possible under wraps. This approach should leave any thinking person seriously scratching their head, and asking questions.

While there have arguably been vast improvements in overall governmental transparency over the last few years, for the most part this does not apply to the court system.  The court system is still very antiquated and mysterious – especially when it comes to transparency.   Just as an example, many courts will not even allow pictures to be taken in the courtroom, let alone audio or video recording. And they often apply double standards to these restrictions and limitations.

Consequently, most people’s perception of what happens in the court system comes from movies and television.  Movies like My Cousin Vinnie, LA Law and Drop Dead Diva inform their understanding (and have actually also been cited and referred to by supreme court justices).  Even most attorneys think the best lawyer they know is Gregory Peck, playing Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

In the day and age in which we now live, one of the biggest things that has allowed people who are really interested in such things to become better informed about governmental processes is live-streaming of other governmental functions, including legislative sessions and committee meetings, whether it be Congress, state legislatures, or local municipal and county governments.  This contributes substantially to transparency in government, and allows average, “normal” people better opportunities to see and better understand what is going on.

Why shouldn’t the same concepts apply to the judicial branch?  Given the fact that many courts don’t even allow the taking of pictures in the court room – no actual images of anything – while other courts do, what is the policy justification for such rules?  Back in the day, frontier court trials were major public events.  Everyone wanted to see for themselves what was happening.   For the most part today court sessions are still considered “public” and are fully accessible to the public, but how many members of the public are in a position to participate in person?

Transparency benefits everyone.  The same principles that apply to law enforcement dash-cams and body cams also apply in the courtroom – transparency enhances understanding and accountability.  What can possibly be the reason why the Judicial branch should not be subject to the same concepts and requirements of transparency and accountability?

Most court proceedings are already recorded several different ways.  One of the recordings is for security purposes.  Another entirely different set of recordings is used to help preserve the “record” of the proceeding for possible appeal.  When I was recently in a state courtroom observing a jury trial, I counted at least seven cameras – seven.  What would be wrong with having one more camera, with a live stream that would allow the public to follow the proceedings, remotely, just like they do with so many other government functions?

This sort of discussion and suggestion will almost undoubtedly be viewed as unwelcome boat rocking of the status quo.  Something that some may find interesting to know is that the very stiff, stodgy and tradition-bound legal system does not look kindly on boat rocking.  Bar associations and their rules discourage attorneys from criticizing the system and applicable status quo.

Obviously, there would be some cost associated with implementing such transparency.  And undoubtedly there will be those who say that the cost of transparency is just too high. But what I’m thinking is that if more people had an opportunity to watch and observe the system in action, they could and would suggest a myriad of ways to help stream-line and make the system more efficient and effective.

Seriously, wouldn’t more transparency be in everyone’s (except perhaps the lawyers’ and judges’) best interests?

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Todd Macfarlane, Newsbud- BFP Legal Analyst & Commentator is an attorney, farmer/rancher, writer, political activist and commentator.  Although he is comfortable wearing several different hats, beyond grass farming, his primary interests include natural law, property rights, western land-use, policy, and what he often refers to as the “so-called justice system.”  He also has a keen interest in waves – making a few, riding some, and being content to simply watch and admire others.  For Newsbud-BFP, he alternates between several columns, including Legal Reality Check, and The Tug-o-War (over public lands and resources in the West). In this particular column, he's wearing his cowboy hat (or lawyer suit)

BFP Exclusive Report- A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for June 2016

DOD spent $25,448,646,000+ on 292 individual contracts during June 2016

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $25,448,646,000 on 292 individual contracts during June 2016.  This amount does not include 23 Foreign Military Sales transactions worth roughly $3,330,606,000.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS)Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.

AM General received $66,406,483 to provide Iraq with 356 HMMWV.

AMTEC Corp. received $84,546,877 to provide Iraq with 40mm grenade systems. One bid solicited, one received.

Armtec Countermeasures Co. received $25,307,185 to provide Pakistan, Romania, UAE, and Saudi Arabia with infrared countermeasure flares.

BAE Systems received $10,862,557 to build, integrate, test, and deliver 1 assault amphibious command vehicle (AAVC7A1), and 1 assault amphibious recovery vehicle (AAVR7A1). This includes weapons, equipment, spares, publications, training, engineering, etc. for Japan. This was sole-source (FAR 6.302-4) per Japan’s official written direction.

BH Defense received $30,933,730 to provide Iraq with equipment, training, sustainment, and support to the Iraq International Academy. One bid solicited, one received.

BTAS (Ohio) received $11,786,566 for advisory & assistance services (knowledge-based, non-engineering) to Hanscom AFB and geographically separated units. This provides Professional Acquisition Support Services II program support for development, acquisition, integrations, test, deployment and sustainment in support of R&D and production activities. FMS: Morocco, Japan, Singapore, Jordan, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, Luxembourg, Romania, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.

CNS Aviation LLC received $7,084,967 to provide Afghanistan with avionics bench test sets for counternarcotic activities.

Conti Federal Services Inc. received $7,395,937 for construction at Site 13558 in Israel.

Critical Solutions International received $32,887,207 to provide Afghanistan with 464 mine rollers, 300 brackets & manuals, and OCONUS U.S. HMMWV training.

DynCorp received $35,779,427 to provide Iraq contractor technical support services for multiplatform vehicles.

Harris Corp. received $1,700,000,000 to provide Afghanistan with Harris radios, ancillaries, spare parts, and services. The following day, DOD issued a statement saying the contract had no been awarded yet. On 22 June, the contract was finally awarded.

Lockheed Martin received $20,431,791 to provide France with C-130J long lead items (spares & support equipment) in preparation to receive four C-130J.

Raytheon received $7,863,440 to provide the Netherlands with 155mm projectiles.

Sunrise Beach Corp. received $10,640,045 to provide Netherlands with unit field and sustainment level maintenance activities (inspection, maintenance, preservation, corrosion control, avionics & component removal, repair).

FMS TO DICTATORSHIPS

Boeing received $667,522,500 to provide Qatar with twenty-four AH-64E Apache helicopters, 1 Longbow crew trainer, ground support equipment, and Thales radios. One bid solicited, one received.

General Electric received $26,979,910 to provide Egypt with twelve F110-100 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) kits.

Kilgore Flares Co. received $24,873,926 to provide the UAE and Qatar with infrared countermeasure flares.

Northrop Grumman received $8,841,488 to provide Morocco with 172 eyesafe laser range finders. One bid solicited, one received.

Raytheon received $7,227,976 to provide the UAE with PATRIOT system electric power plants. Some work in Germany.

Raytheon received $523,386,294 to modernize six PATRIOT fire units for Kuwait. One bid solicited, one received.

Swiftships LLC received $15,000,000 to provide Egypt with 28-meter coastal patrol craft production material kits, 4.7-meter rigid inflatable boats, FLIR system, diagnostic equipment, and engineering technical services. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4) - International Agreement.

UNINHABITED VEHICLES & CRAFT

Arête Associates received $7,645,708 (later revised to $7,116,398) to provide Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance & Analysis (COBRA) program systems support for the AN/DVS-1 COBRA Block 1 system and equipment. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(5).

General Atomics received $24,848,504 for an additional six months of logistics support for Warrior A and Gray Eagle Block 0.

Northrop Grumman received $62,406,998 for operation and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) program ISR mission.

Northrop Grumman received $203,559,743 for Global Hawk contractor logistic services and sustainment.

SRA International Inc. (CSRA Co.) received $7,525,000 for basic, applied, and advanced technology development, R&D, and demonstration for understanding the trust calibration process re: human-machine teaming.

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

Buchanan & Edwards Inc. received $19,500,000 for the Marine Corps Recruiting Information Support System (MCRISS).

Leebcor Services received $11,959,980 to repair and refurbish First Battalion Recruit Barracks B-589 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island.

MEDIA

Media Fusion Inc. received $7,660,980 for multimedia services at Edwards AFB including AFRL and any services for Air Force Plant 42.

Par Government Systems Corp. received $7,195,416 for MediSphere software and hardware. This supports the MediFor program, which aims to develop technologies for automated assessment of image/video integrity. For a given image/video, the product should automatically detect manipulations, inform analysts re: types of manipulations (how & what significance) to facilitate decisions regarding the intelligence value of the image or video.

USAFRICOM

Berry Aviation received $13,157,872 for air transportation (including casualty evacuation, passenger & cargo services, and airdrop) throughout Trans-Sahara Africa.

EUCOM

URS Federal Services received $17,792,619 for Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise (EAGLE) Army Prepositioned Stock-2 (APS-2) European Activity Set (EAS). Work in Germany.

USNORTHCOM

Shape Technologies LLC received $8,154,767 for support (technical engineering & exercise simulation generation) to the Modeling & Simulations Operations Branch of the Joint Exercise and Training Directorate of Headquarters USSTRATCOM and for the Modeling and Simulation Branch of NORAD and USNORTHCOM.

USSOUTHCOM

King Aerospace Inc. received $31,309,919 for logistics support of the De Havilland Canada Dash 7 Airborne Reconnaissance Low (ARL) EO-5 Army Fixed Wing aircraft fleet at Fort Bliss.

Munilla Construction Management received $63,028,574 to consolidate and replace W.T. Sampson School, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. This involves building a pre-K-12 school.

USCENTCOM

AAR Airlift Group Inc. received $21,789,000 for two rotary wing aircraft to move cargo and passengers throughout Afghanistan. Columbia Helicopters Inc. received $24,983,704 for two rotary wing aircraft to move cargo and passengers throughout Afghanistan.

AC First received $24,117,967 for logistics support in Afghanistan. One bid solicited, one received.

BAE Systems received $31,063,977 for Afghanistan Intelligence Services supporting U.S. Forces - Afghanistan. One bid solicited, one received. CACI (Six3) received $28,613,559 for Afghanistan Intelligence Services supporting U.S. Forces - Afghanistan. One bid solicited, one received.

Leidos received $26,926,214 to support the 1st Theater Support Command, Ammunition Supply Point in Kuwait.

Mission Essential Personnel LLC (MEP) received $8,788,091 for coordination, planning, and execution of intelligence collection operations for U.S. Forces - Afghanistan. One bid solicited, one received.

Vectrus Systems received $26,121,838 for Base Operations Support at Camp As-Sayliyah, Camp As-Sayliyah – South, and Area Support Group - Qatar.

USSOCOM

ACADEMI; AECOM-URS; ARMA Global Corp.; Fulcrum IT Services; Jacobs Technology Inc.; and Raytheon have been added to a previously announced (28 July 2015) contract worth $900,000,000 (max.) for USSOCOM Wide Mission Support services (management, engineering & technical, professional services).

Boeing (Insitu) received $40,695,000 for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS 1.5-B) ISR services for USSOCOM. This is sole-source, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c) (1), implemented by FAR 6.302-1.

Medvolt LLC received $9,065,868 for a language training facility for Special Operations, Fort Carson, CO.

Textron (AAI) received $35,000,000 to provide USSOCOM mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems, ISR services. This is a sole source requirement, issued per 10 U.S.C 2304(c) (1), implemented by FAR 6.302-1.

Zero Point Inc. received $49,000,000 to provide USSOCOM with technical and program assistance (include training for radio-controlled IED, electronic countermeasures, EOD and counter proliferation), engineering, systems analysis, strategic project support, telecommunications analysis, and tech support, etc. Work will be at Fort Bragg and worldwide.

USPACOM

DynCorp received $20,939,704 to provide services for Philippines Operations Support in the Philippines for Marine Corps Forces Pacific and the Pacific Command Augmentation Team – Philippines.

ASYMMETRIC WARFARE GROUP

PAE (A-T Solutions) received $20,488,140 for a one-year extension for Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) operations support at Fort Meade.

“NARCO-TERRORISM”

Alliance for Counter Narcoterrorism LLC; CACI; Mission Essential Personnel; Leidos received a shared $480,000,000 to support the counter narco-terrorism program office.

DARPA

Agile Defense Inc. received $27,924,716 for unclassified IT services and support to DARPA Mission Services Office Information Technology Directorate.

BAE Systems received $13,359,684 for work on DARPA’s Adaptive Radar Countermeasures program.

Lockheed Martin received $7,397,174 for Phase II of the Collaborative Operations In Denied Environment (CODE) program. Phase I focused more on system design & development for CODE prototype, while Phase II matures algorithm suites.

Northrop Grumman received $17,773,859 for work on Phase III of DARPA’s Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program. Phase III focuses on design, fabrication, and testing of Tern Demonstration System (TDS) prototype. Northrop Grumman’s cost share increases by $1,025,859 ($39,396,556 to $40,422,415).

ACADEMIA

University of Dayton Research Institute received $12,098,382 for R&D and “application of conceptual, preliminary, and detailed vehicle design processes to current and future aerospace systems, weapon systems, sub-systems, and components including assurance of performance over the life cycle.” The program seeks to develop physics-based design and analysis of aerospace vehicles through modeling & simulation codes “using distributed computing environments concurrently requiring development of approximation methods, reduced order models, sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification, verification, validation, experimental methods characterizing behavioral physics, and data visualization.”

GEOINT

GeoEye Analytics Inc. received $55,300,000 for management & maintenance of all-source geospatial predictive analysis services (gathering, analyzing, manipulating data for geospatial predictive modeling). This was uncompetitive, per FAR 6.302-1, FAR 6.302-3, and FAR 15.3.

AIRCRAFT PROPULSION RESEARCH

AS & D LLC received $207,881,101 for Aerospace System Technical Research and Operations Services. Provide AFRL with high quality on-site test operations, engineering and technical personnel to perform test site design, modification and build engineering analysis of test facilities at Edwards AFB.

General Electric received $919,470,655 and United Technologies received $873,174,143 for designing, fabricating, integrating, and testing multiple complete, flight-weight centerline, 45,000 lbs. thrust turbofan adaptive engines (AETP). GE work is in Cincinnati, OH, and Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). UT work is in Hartford, CT; West Palm Beach, FL; and AEDC.

Honeywell received $75,000,000 for the Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) III & Beyond program. Williams International Co. received $30,000,000 for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) III & Beyond. VAATE aims to develop technologies by 2017 that will permit an order of magnitude increase in turbo-propulsion affordability over Y2K technology.

United Technologies Corp. received $24,000,000 for R&D in the areas of power and thermal management system detailed design.

JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER (F-35)

Alion Science & Technology Corp. received $18,091,846 and Wyle Laboratories Inc. received $34,000,000 to provide engineering and logistic services in support of the F-35 Joint Program Office. These were not competitively procured, per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

American Systems Corp. received $9,580,425 for fighter test services and operational test capabilities necessary to accomplish test concept supporting Joint Strike Fighter operational test team at Edwards AFB.

Lockheed Martin received $323,000,000 for a laboratory providing an integrated reprogramming capability to build, test, modify, and delivery mission data files (MDFs) for the F-35. This was non-competitive, 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

Lockheed Martin received $27,189,434 to help develop a Common F-35A air system (incl. training device integration, fusion updates, and flight test requirements for South Korea and Israel). International partner funding of $9,400,000 is allocated initially.

Lockheed Martin received $13,430,765 for delivery, installation, configuration, and initial sustainment for Autonomic Logistics Information Systems Operational Representative Environment in support of the F-35 for USAF ($6,773,065; 50%); USMC ($3,328,850; 25%) and the U.S. Navy ($3,328,850; 25%).

RAPTOR (F-22)

United Technologies received $64,205,540 for F119 engine sustainment

EAGLE, FALCON & HORNET

Boeing received $33,863,858 for integrated logistics support and sustaining engineering services in support of F/A-18 A-F and EA-18G for U.S. Navy ($29,013,260; 86%); Australia ($2,190,403; 8%); Finland ($382,569; 1%); Kuwait ($382,569; 1%); Malaysia ($382,569; 1%); Switzerland ($382,568; 1%); Canada ($373,005; 1%); and Spain ($373,004; 1%).

Boeing received $17,241,112 for automated maintenance environment for F/A-18 A-F and EA-18G for U.S. Navy ($15,468,605; 90%); Australia ($1,772,507; 10%).

Lockheed Martin received $23,726,165 for equipment in support of F/A-18. This was sole-source, per 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1).

eggitt Safety Systems received $21,488,710 for two-seat canopy actuators for the F-16. Partial unnamed FMS.

LANCER (B-1)

Parker Hannifin Corp. received $30,889,800 for B-1 fuel injection nozzles.

POSEIDON

Boeing received $18,116,915 to update the flight management computer system software and air data inertial reference magnetic variation tables on the P-8A.

Boeing received $71,571,420 to develop, integrate, and test P-8A Increment 3 Block I capabilities: Link 16, Harpoon II+ Missile, integrated broadcast system receiver & filtering, high frequency radio system, targeting, and narrowband SATCOM for U.S. Navy ($67,571,420; 94.5%), Australia ($4,000,000; 5.5%).

AERIAL REFUELING

General Electric received $59,812,570 to remanufacture eighteen F108 engines. This is a sole-source acquisition.

L-3 Communications received $1,910,525,014 for KC/KDC-10 airframe contractor logistics support. This includes KDC-10 Remote Aerial Refueling Operator System for the Netherlands (FMS).

OTHER FIXED WING AIRCRAFT

American Systems Corp. received $85,000,000 for operational test & evaluation services (integrated test functions for USAF and multiservice fighter acquisition programs; test design; test planning, execution, reporting) related to 4th and 5th generation fighters at Edwards AFB and Nellis AFB.

Boeing received $7,997,277 for engineering, kits, equipment, and tooling to modify T-45 engine inlet in order to correct chronic engine surges and stalls.

Boeing received $40,309,890 for C-32 and C-40 aircraft items and contractor logistics support.

Canadian Commercial Corps. received $7,798,279 for the Global Procedure Designer (GPD) software design, installation, support, training, maintenance, and technical support. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Draken International received $28,000,000 for adversary air support services (including fuel and flight hours) at Nellis AFB.

GSE Dynamics Inc. received $14,761,578 for fairing assemblies and engineering and technical support.

Gulfstream received $9,876,821.01 for Gulfstream Executive Aircraft Engineering Services. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Interstate Electronics Corp. received $11,877,790 for flight test instrumentation engineering services. This was non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

M1 Support Services received $193,770,483 for: T-38 aircraft maintenance program operations & maintenance services. This provides B-2 and U-2 pilots with a companion training capability and adversary air assets for the F-22 community. Work at Beale, Holloman, Langley, Tyndall and Whiteman AFB.

Precision Turbines, Inc. received $45,823,629 for performance-based contractor logistics support for two UC-35C and 10 UC-35D aircraft in support of USMC. Overseas work is in Okinawa, Japan (7.3%) and Doha, Qatar (0.1%).

Raytheon received $14,015,266 for Block 1 engineering, manufacturing development, and preparation for Joint Precision Approach & Landing System (JPALS) Program configuration design review.

TIAX LLC received $17,689,581 for an integrated aircrew ensemble initial rate production and initial operational test and evaluation.

HELICOPTERS

Airbus received $73,082,640 for Program Year 11 contractor logistic support for the U.S. Army's UH-72 fleet.

General Electric received $46,302,266 for T-700 engine field service support.

Lockheed Martin received $40,382,466 for MH-60R non-recurring engineering efforts for the integration of software product improvement for U.S. Navy ($35,382,466; 87.6%); and Australia ($5,000,000; 12.4%).

Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) received $11,062,320 for one UH-60M helicopter.

Moog Inc. received $7,129,206 to repair the cylinder assembly and the analog convertor on H-60 aircraft. This was sole-source, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

GENERAL AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE

Lockheed Martin received $7,027,343 for sustainment of the Common Organizational Level Tester (COLT).

Lockheed Martin received $1,750,000,000 for repairables for various weapon systems. This was sole-source, per 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1).

Pacific Architects and Engineers Aviation & Technical Services received $37,791,348 for maintenance on aircraft at Naval Test Wing Pacific, China Lake (50%); Point Mugu, CA (40%); and various U.S. locations (10%).

Parsons Government Support Services received $7,194,399 for ground support equipment maintenance services at Robins AFB.

AIRCRAFT INSTRUMENTS, PODS & SENSORS

Harris Corp. (Exelis) received $12,321,567 for engineering services and software support equipment products for Advanced Self-Protection Jammer (AN/ALQ-165), the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (AN/ALQ-214), Aircraft Self Protection Optimization and the Software Improvement Project for U.S. Navy ($7,392,941; 60%); Australia ($2,464,313; 20%); Kuwait ($985,725; 8%); Finland ($739,294; 6%); and Switzerland ($739,294; 6%). This was not competitively procured, FAR 6.302-1.

Honeywell International Inc. received $9,086,802 for 101 full-rate production Lot 39 advanced multi-purpose displays for F/A-18E/F and EA-18F aircraft. This was not competitively procured, per FAR 6.302-1.

Rockwell Collins Inc. received $24,933,924 for up to 194 Quint Networking Technology radios; 379 parts of associated hardware; and 36,482 hours of incidental equipment modification services for AN/ALQ-231(V) Intrepid Tiger Electronic Attack System in support of the Joint Electronic Attack Compatibility Office. This was not competitively procured, per FAR 6.302-1.

Technology Service Corporation (TSC) received $11,227,839 for work on Rapid Reaction Multi Mission/Support Jammer Cueing.

Toyon Research Corp. received $22,825,667 for AN/ALQ-231(V) hardware, incidental engineering and modification services for the electronic warfare and electronic attack communications jamming airborne and ground based systems and laboratories. This was non-competitive, per FAR 6.302-1.

AIRBORNE COUNTERMEASURES

Pyrotechnic Specialties Inc.; Amtec Corp. received $48,000,000 to replenish BBU-35 A/B [PDF} impulse cartridges. Some FMS (Singapore, Greece, India, Taiwan, Poland, Hungary, Tunisia, Belgium, Romania, Pakistan, Morocco, UAE).

Raytheon received $118,526,926 for Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) Jammer vehicles (lot 9) and support equipment. This is sole-source.

AEGIS

Lockheed Martin received $357,018,057 for AEGIS work: engineering, computer maintenance, inspection, overhaul, depot support, etc. for Japan (49.6%); South Korea (27.9%); Norway (16.4%); Australia (5.1%); and Spain (1%). Includes AEGIS implementation studies for future FMS. FMS ($86,154,657) obligated at time of contract. This was non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1) and (c)(4).

Lockheed Martin received $22,383,606 for lifetime sustainment and support services for installed Aegis Weapon Systems (AWS).

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP (LCS)

Advanced Acoustic Concepts received $27,461,965 to support existing mission package software platforms for LCS Mission Modules Program. AAC will procure, install, fabricate, test, troubleshoot and perform operational maintenance.

Austal USA received $11,239,032 to provide emergent availability planning and execution for full ship shock trials support (FSST) for USS Jackson (LCS-6).

CSC Government Solutions LLC received $10,291,231 for professional services (test & eval, lifecycle engineering & support, logistics & operational readiness, program management, business & financial management, systems engineering, production planning & production engineering, manning, personnel & training, human systems integration analysis & engineering, data management engineering, combat systems dev.) in support of the LCS Program Office, and the LCS Fleet Introduction and Sustainment Program Office.

Lockheed Martin received $10,864,910 for emergent availability planning & execution and test & trials for USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) full ship shock trials.

SHIP CONSTRUCTION

General Dynamics received funding for detail design and construction of six T-AO 205 Class Fleet Replenishment Oilers (lead ship in FY2016 worth $640,206,756; aiming for one follow ship/year FY2018 - FY2022). This was procured via limited competition pursuant to 10 U.S .Code 2304(c)(3).

Huntington Ingalls Inc. received $272,467,161 for long lead-time material in support of one amphibious assault ship (LHA 8). Limited competition, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(3).

SHIP MAINTENANCE

BAE Systems received $53,434,742 for USS Russell (DDG-59) FY2016 selected restricted availability (SRA).

BAE Systems received $21,234,688 for fitting out availability and post shakedown availability of Amphibious Landing Platform Dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26).

Huntington Ingalls Inc. received $17,306,376 for emergent and supplemental long lead-time material to support overhauling USS George Washington’s (CVN 73) refueling complex.

MHI/Tecnico JV received $27,102,332 for USS Arlington (LPD-24) FY2016 phased maintenance availability (PMA).

SUBMARINES

General Dynamics received $7,285,000 to design Virginia class submarine – Virginia payload module prototype and tactical integrated tube & hull forgings.

General Dynamics received $13,712,585 to continue developing AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) Technology Insertion (TI) and Advanced Processing Build (APB) software upgrade for multiple submarine platforms.

Lockheed Martin received $14,296,595 for AN/SQQ-89 product supportability and installation efforts for U.S. Navy (87%); Japan (13%).

OTHER NAVAL CONTRACTS

For an estimated $3,960,000,000 (max.) of services per year, 608 corporations will compete for service requirements solicited by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Office of Naval Research, and USMC. The functional service areas within the contract scope include: R&D; engineering; modeling, simulation, and analysis; prototyping, pre-production, model-making, and fabrication; system design documentation & technical data; software engineering; programming & network support; quality assurance; information assurance; IT support; ship inactivation & disposal; interoperability; test & eval; acquisition logistics; training support; and public affairs & multimedia support.

For technical support services (assessing network requirements; designing system architecture; network modeling; simulation & testing; network technology & prototype development; network security; information assurance & certification of networks; network management) on afloat, ashore, and airborne networks and information systems: Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. received $18,101,909; Calnet Inc. received $19,441,463; McKean Defense Group LLC (Cabrillo Technologies) received $21,859,683; SAIC received $20,740,845; Scientific Research Corp. received $20,436,260; Solute Inc. received $19,336,821.

Adept Process Services Inc. received $30,291,891 for port operations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii.

Falconwood Inc. received $72,967,311 for program management office support for Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems’ (PEO EIS) Navy Enterprise Networks office. This is non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

General Electric received $20,075,280 for Single Shank Turbine LM2500 Hot Section Modification Kits and Integrated Electronic Controller Modification Kits.

Harris (Exelis) received $24,371,236 to build, test, and deliver four FY2016 AN/SPS-48G radar modification kits.

Progeny Systems Corp. received $16,660,623 for services (resolve obsolescence that impacts host platform physical/electronic interfaces) involving software development, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) procurement, and hardware/software integration for subs and undersea warfare weapons.

Serco Inc. received $9,902,408 for Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) waterfront installation support in Norfolk, VA (36%); San Diego, CA (30%); Pearl Harbor, HI (5%); Everett, WA (6%); Mayport, FL (6%), and overseas ports (17%).

Systems Planning & Analysis received $9,737,545 for expertise in: engineering, test & evaluation, and program management for above water sensor systems development.

4 Star Technologies Inc.; Atlantic Diving Supply; Advanced Computer Concepts; Blue Tech Inc.; CDW Government LLC; CounterTrade Products Inc.; FCN; Global Technology Resources; iGov Technologies; M2 Technology; Marshall Communications; MicroTechnologies LLC; NCS Technologies Inc.; New Tech Solutions; Presidio Networked Solutions; Red River Computer Co.; SAIC; Scientific Research Corp.; Sterling Computers Corp.; Unistar-Sparco Computers Inc.; Walker & Associates received a shared $750,000,000 for commercial-off-the-shelf, C2 equipment and related worldwide support services primarily for the U.S. Navy (nominal support to DOD and civilian federal agencies). C2 equipment may consist systems: video & imagery; GPS equipment, intelligence support; intercom; and tactical displays, processors, workstations.

SATELLITE LAUNCHES

Alaska Aerospace Corp. received $80,426,000 for launch facility and range support services in Kodiak, Alaska.

Lockheed Martin received $50,247,984 for seven Reentry Field Support Equipment sets and four sets of support equipment. Includes interim contractor support, and if necessary, design requalification and/or recertification.

Orbital ATK (Launch Systems) received $7,581,050 for Missile Component Advanced Technologies (MCAT) Program. This includes motor cases, internal & external case insulation, nozzles, thrust vector control & actuators, propellant, advanced solid rocket materials, model & simulation tools, characterization & mitigation of hazards with SRMs & propellants, etc.

SATELLITES

Harris Corp. received $24,361,851 for Space Control Depot support of nine additional programs that have transitioned to sustainment.

L-3 received $43,874,673 for Consolidated Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) modifications, maintenance, and operations at Diego Garcia; Guam; Ka'ena Point, HI; New Boston AFS; Thule AB; Vandenberg AFB; Bordon, Hants, UK; and Cape Canaveral AFS. Harris Inc. received $8,982,374 for two months of operations, maintenance, and logistics support of Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) at Schriever AFB; Colorado Springs, CO; Vandenberg AFB; Diego Garcia; Andersen AFB; Kaena Point, Oahu, HI; New Boston AFS; Cape Canaveral AFS; and Thule AB.

Lockheed Martin received $47,971,885 for Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Satellite vehicle 1-4. LM will help with mission planning functionality to support the AEHF transition from initial to full operational capability.

Lockheed Martin received $25,195,531 for Remote Sensing Systems Directorate’s Space Based Infra-Red Systems (SBIRS) follow-on production, specifically transitioning geosynchronous earth orbit operations. This adds backend tuning to the baseline.

HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

Lockheed Martin received $34,027,588 for Next Generation Technical Services IV at: Wright Patterson AFB; Aberdeen Proving Ground; Stennis Space Center; Vicksburg, MS; and Lorton, VA.

SAIC received $84,726,491 for management and technical support necessary to advance high performance computing services at: Wright Patterson AFB; Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG); Stennis Space Center, MS; Vicksburg, MS; Lorton and McLean, VA.

CYBER, SIGINT & CRYPTOGRAPHY

Applied Research Associates; Booz Allen Hamilton; Concurrent Technologies Corp.; Eoir Technologies; Leidos; Logos Technologies; Neany Inc.; Radiance Technologies Inc.; Sierra Nevada Corp. received $248,613,655 for DOD technology requirements.

Arctic Slope Mission Services received $8,144,007 for cyber security and interoperability engineering support for assistance with requirements to meet, develop, test and certify information systems delivered under unnamed FMS cases. Work at Hanscom AFB. This is a sole-source acquisition.

CACI-ISS Inc. received $25,652,565 for approximately 299,730 hours of technical services for C4ISR electronic projects in support of Naval Air Warfare Systems, Aircraft Division – Special Communications Mission Solutions Division.

Clark Construction Group received $616,311,000 to design and build a multi-story office building at Fort Meade.

Harris (Exelis Inc.) received $25,089,863 for technical and engineering support toward the design, development, integration, test and operation of command and control, electronic warfare, communication and sensing systems. Exelis will be part of a team to provide tailored technical collection target planning and innovative technical collection plans. Planning and modeling shall leverage existing technical assessments and signatures.

L-3 Communications received $32,446,422 for advanced engineering services to unnamed FMS. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Nimbis Services Inc. received $9,000,000 for R&D on DOD’S cloud-based silicon integrated circuit design environment, which would allow “seamless linkage of the best design and verification capabilities across DOD.” Work is in Columbus, Ohio, for AFRL. This is a sole-source acquisition.

RKF Engineering Solutions received $19,748,000 for the Defense Spectrum Organization Electromagnetic Spectrum Services Applied Engineering Support - Mobile Service Provider. Work in Annapolis, MD, and Fort Meade.

SAIC received $8,571,428 for system interoperability/integration requirements & tests, and proof of concepts studies relating to force protection requirements for INSCOM G3 Aerial ISR. Work in Huntsville, AL; Fort Gordon; and Afghanistan.

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) received $9,236,172 to support and sustain Tactical Systems Emulator (TSE) software, TSE System Integration Laboratory, TSE Continental United States Classroom Systems at Beale AFB; Fort Bragg; Hurlburt AFB; and Cannon AFB. This was sole-source acquisition by Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA).

STG Inc. received $34,538,786 for IT services and support requirements for the 2nd Regional Cyber Center Western Hemisphere, Fort Huachuca.

COMMUNICATIONS

Rockwell Collins Inc. received $60,121,339 for AN/ARC-210 radios and ancillary equipment for U.S. and FMS platforms.

ViaSat Inc. received $33,052,330 to provide senior leaders and support staff with Ku-band and Ka-band comms utilizing ViaSat subscription service while travelling via aircraft.

ViaSat Inc. received $48,270,580 for engineering, technical services and ancillary hardware and software products in support of Joint Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) SATCOM Network Integrated Control System UHF SATCOM channel controllers and user terminals sustainment/modernization. Work in San Diego, CA. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

DRS Network & Imaging Systems received $20,500,000 for Army Installation Kits and Spares for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

ECS Federal received $8,685,758 to deliver enterprise-wide IT services (help desk, desk-side, organizational messaging and communications) to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and its respective customers.

IBM received $13,472,479 for continued IT services and support for PEO Enterprise Information System Product Lead-Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems.

IBM received $319,600,000 for Commissary Advanced Resale Transaction System (CARTS PDF) replacement/modernization point of sale hardware procurement.

Mythics Inc. received $10,201,849 for Oracle software maintenance for PEO Enterprise Information Systems and Army Materiel Command at Fort Belvoir.

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY (MDA) & ICBM

BCF Solutions Inc. received $109,680,314 for advisory & assistance services re: acquisition life-cycle planning, policy development, program review & analysis, documentation and integration focused on supporting MDA’s development, and deployment of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). Work at the National Capital Region; Fort Belvoir; Huntsville, AL; Dahlgren, VA; Colorado Springs, CO; Albuquerque, NM; and Hanscom AFB.

Lockheed Martin received $205,000,000 for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system development, support and integration.

Northrop Grumman received $600,000,000 to provide MDA and DOD with: enterprise-level technical integration and BMDS level operational integration products & services; integrated missile defense capabilities & readiness, wargame command & control procedures, operational concepts, and doctrinal requirements; and IT services. Partial FMS to the UAE.

Venturi Inc. received $51,478,645 for advisory and assistance services for logistics support to MDA technical, engineering, advisory and management support (processes, procedures, plans & policies throughout BMDS acquisition life cycle) in Huntsville, AL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dahlgren, VA; Hanscom AFB; Vandenberg AFB; Fort Bliss.

NUCLEAR WEAPONRY

Boeing received $7,663,455 for engineering and manufacturing development (test assets, materials, hardware) of the B61-12 tailkit assembly.

MISSILES, BOMBS, ROCKETS, PROJECTILES

Action Manufacturing Co. received $29,474,619 for M739A1 Point Detonating/Delay (PD/DLY) Fuse.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. received $24,407,499 for R&D and testing of rocket propulsion technology for Army missile systems. Orbital ATK received $24,860,200 for R&D and testing of rocket propulsion technology for Army missile systems.

A1 Signal Research received $29,903,222 for 10 months of test & eval support to the Environmental & Component Test Directorate, Redstone Test Center (RTC). One bid solicited, one received.

BAE Systems received $8,938,495 to install additional anoxic treatment capacity at Building 221, Phase 2, Holston Army Ammunition Plant (HSAAP). BAE Systems received $9,002,367 to install two additional anoxic treatment cells at HSAAP. BAE Systems received $26,911,091 to install two equalization basins at HSAAP.

Intuitive Research & Technology Corp. received $7,092,164 for labor and travel in support of the Lower Tier Project Office Missile Systems Independent Integration Analysis.

Lockheed Martin received $10,629,679 for ~185,059 hours of life cycle logistics services for Tomahawk command & control system; Naval Mission Planning System; digital camera receiving stations; and Naval Strike Warfare Planning Center programs in support of U.S. Navy ($7,542,815; 70.96%); Japan ($280,624; 2.64%); Australia ($280,624; 2.64%); Denmark ($280,624; 2.64%); Saudi Arabia ($280,624; 2.64%); Finland ($280,624; 2.64%); Italy ($280,624; 2.64%); Malaysia ($280,624; 2.64%); Kuwait ($280,624; 2.64%); Pakistan ($280,624; 2.64%); Canada ($280,624; 2.64%); and the UK ($280,624; 2.64%). This was not competitively procured, per FAR 6.302-1.

Longbow LLC received $27,911,619 for Radar Electronic Unit full-rate production Lots 5, 6, and 6b.

Parsons Government Services received $455,096,167 for weapons and missile systems engineering advisory and assistance services under technical, engineering, advisory, and management support in Huntsville, AL; the National Capital Region; Dahlgren, VA; Salt Lake City, UT.

Raytheon received $11,140,001 for depot level diagnostics and repair of major PATRIOT missile system items. Overseas work in: South Korea; Japan; UAE; Bahrain; Qatar; Kuwait; Germany, and Turkey.

Raytheon received $23,000,000 for life cycle support efforts on the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II).

Raytheon received $23,796,465 for Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ESSM) Design Agent, In-Service Support (ISS), Technical Engineering Support Services (TESS) and Block 2 Risk Reduction Support. This is sole-source, per international agreement between USA and nine other countries. Overseas work in: Hengelo OV, Netherlands (2.31%); Raufoss, Norway (2.27%); Ottobrunn, Germany (1.18%); Richmond, Australia (1.18%); Rocket Center, WV (0.79%); Mississauga, Canada (0.70%); Madrid, Spain (0.51%); Ankara, Turkey (0.30%); and Koropi, Greece (0.14%). This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4) - International Agreement.

Raytheon received $28,000,000 to integrate Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) onto various USAF and USN aircraft platforms.

Torch Technologies Inc. received $85,339,100 to continue supporting missile modeling simulation, hardware-in-the-loop and prototype development facilities.

Tower Industries Inc. received $87,149,390 for cast iron practice bombs for the USAF.

VEHICLES

BAE Systems received $7,311,630 for work on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

BAE Systems received $13,723,310 for System Technical Support and Sustainment System Technical Support for the Bradley Family of Vehicles.

General Dynamics received $15,951,250 for equipment and facility repairs at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, Lima, OH.

IDSC Holdings LLC received $13,792,415 for spare parts for multiple weapon systems, aircraft and vehicles.

Oshkosh Defense received $18,500,000 for systems technical support for heavy tactical vehicles.

SMALL ARMS & LIGHT WEAPONRY (SALW)

EXPAL USA and Island Pyrochemical Industries Corp. (IPI) received $39,800,000 for sheetstock propellant. Work in Europe and Africa.

Nammo Pocal Inc. received $9,361,143 for M751, M775 and M781 point detonating mortar practice fuses.

N2 Imaging Systems received $81,071,853 for Family of Weapons Sights – Sniper engineering and manufacturing development, and LRIP. This is the first clip-on thermal weapon sight developed/fielded for U.S. Army snipers.

ORDNANCE DISPOSAL

BAE Systems received $9,515,068 to design, build, and demonstrate an airborne prototype to detect buried mines/IED from an altitude of up to 2000 feet.

Leidos Inc. received $7,600,000 for product support integration services for the Marine Corps Counter Radio-Controlled IED Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems in Charleston, SC (60%); Camp Lejeune (10%); Camp Pendleton (10%); Camp Hansen, Okinawa (5%); Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (10%), Marine Corps Base Hawaii (5%).

GEAR & EQUIPMENT

A-Tech Corp. received $27,810,075 for R&D of Advanced Electro-Optical and Infrared Sensing.

Airborne Systems North America received $99,000,000 for the RA-1 Advanced Ram air parachute system (RA-1) and spare parts.

Aurora Industries (Camuy, Puerto Rico) received $47,338,830 for U.S. Army duffel bags.

Eagle Industries received $49,049,500 for Ballistic Combat Shirts for the Soldier Protection System Torso & Extremity Protection.

Mahaffey Tent & Awning Co. received $8,712,812 for Joint Readiness Training Center rotational life support services.

Specialty CNC; Loughmiller Machine Tool & Design; J&N Metal Products; Guardian Technology; and CM Engineering received a shared $20,000,000 for weapon mounts and stands.

Television Equipment Associates Inc. (TEA) received $15,758,350 for Tactical Communications and Protective System kits.

CLOTHING

American Apparel Inc. received $16,719,102 for various types of uniform trousers (Army, USN, USMC). American Apparel Inc. received $16,069,122 for various types of uniform blouses (Army, USN, USMC).

Crown Clothing Co. received $7,943,140 for USMC men's coats.

M&M Manufacturing (Lajas, Puerto Rico) received $25,400,632 for U.S. Navy working uniform blouses and trousers. Work in Puerto Rico.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. received $10,339,075 for Navy leather dress shoes (M&F).

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Cubic Global Defense Inc. received $52,151,396 for training support to the Joint Readiness training Center, Fort Polk.

Davis Defense Group received $95,000,000 for professional support services: administrative, editorial, engineering, instructional, multimedia, program management, student service support, instructional technology and subject matter experts for the Marine Corps College of Distance Education & Training (CDET) Distance Professional Military Education programs. CDET develops and delivers career/service level school, intermediate/joint level school, and professional military education to eligible U.S. Marines.

Inverness Technologies, Inc. received $18,385,338 for services to the Transition Assistance Program at Fort Knox.

  1. F. Taylor Inc. received $33,681,937 for management, operation, and development services on the manned flight simulator facility in support of various platforms for U.S. Navy ($32,752,792; 97.24%); U.S. Army ($546,843; 1.62%), FMS ($382,302; 1.14%).

Katmai Health Services Inc. received $21,500,000 for high-fidelity role player services within a training environment (including exposure to operational complexities, mental & physical stress, and challenging ethical decision-making) at Camp Lejeune (33.3%); Camp Pendleton (33.3%); Marine Corps Base Hawaii (33.3%). This was received as an 8(a) set aside, per FAR Part 17.

CBRNE

Battelle Memorial Institute received $10,081,145 for CBRNE logistics support services.

HDT Expeditionary Systems Inc. and Design West Technologies received $37,692,590 for M98 gas particulate filter sets. These were non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

FUEL & ENERGY

BP ($10,536,567) and Petromax Refining Co. ($22,743,828) received those amounts for fuel. BP ($152,714,386) and BioUrja Trading LLC ($113,153,044) received for fuel. Phillips 66 Co. received $23,307,495 for fuel. Shell Oil ($107,916,190) and Calumet Shreveport Fuels ($42,959,640) received those amounts for fuel.

Cummins Power Generation received $7,900,000 for the Program Manager Expeditionary Energy & Sustainment Systems for the Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources 5 - 60 kilowatt (kW) [PDF] generator requirement.

MEDICAL & SAFETY

Atlantic Diving Supply Inc. received $8,834,055 for the Saros Battlefield Oxygen System for the Army Medical Materiel Agency.

Barr Laboratories Inc. received $35,232,541 for two types of adenovirus vaccine.

CAZADOR LLC received $12,604,359 for initial commodities for a family health clinic and for a veterinary clinic in Japan.

FCN Inc. received $10,387, 236 to provide CISCO service and maintenance support to include maintaining deployed CISCO hardware throughout the Defense Health Agency and military treatment facilities worldwide.

GlaxoSmithKline (Research Triangle Park, NC) received $17,115,211 for multi-dose influenza vaccine vials.

Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Co. received $27,000,000 for dental equipment.

Seqirus received $18,108,450 for multi-dose influenza vaccine vials. Work in USA (Pennsylvania) and Australia.

VWR International LLC received $8,250,000 for laboratory equipment.

Welch Allyn Inc. received $43,650,000 for patient monitoring systems, subsystems, accessories, consumables spare/repair parts and training.

Zoll Medical Corp. received $400,000,000 for monitors used to check vital signs.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Battelle Memorial Institute received $99,500,000 for environmental support services at various installations worldwide.

Jacobs Field Services North America Inc. received $17,048,890 to remove deactivated electrical cables; debris removal; site operation & maintenance; and technical support & mechanical dredging for the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site. Jacobs Field Services North America Inc. received $7,853,186 for help with mechanical dredging in the intertidal area along Fairhaven, MA.

KCR Manufacturing; S&H Products; Kochek Co. received a shared $49,500,000 for water handling accessories supporting Wildlands Fire Protection program.

Multi-Media Environmental Compliance Group JV received $95,000,000 for multi-media environmental compliance services in NAVFAC Southwest.

Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises received $8,482,805 for remediation in Pentolite Road red water ponds and remediation of contaminated soil in Plum Brook Ordnance Works.  One bid solicited, one received.

Parson Government Services; Tetra Tech Inc.; Marstel-Day LLC; HDR Environmental, Operations & Construction; and Ch2m Hill Inc. received $9,000,000 for comprehensive environmental, planning, conservation restoration, miscellaneous sustainment, and support for: Headquarters, DOD, Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and DLA projects; and USACE.

TPMC-Energy Solutions Environmental Services JV; Los Alamos Technical Associates; J2 Dial Cordy JV received a shared $500,000,000 for environmental services including support & maintenance, environmental restoration & compliance, base realignment and closure and military family housing programs worldwide.

FORCE PROTECTION

M.A. Mortenson Co. received $50,660,000 to build a Crab Island Security Enclave at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay.

FOOD SERVICES

Berg Manufacturing Inc. received $24,608,663 for the engineering, design and production of the Multi-Temperature Refrigerated Container System.

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) received $17,015,046 for contractor advisory and assistance services. Some services (i.e., progress review; other discussion; briefings) may be performed at the Defense Commissary Agency.

FreshPack Produce Inc. received $62,128,910, received $30,688,690, and received $46,703,366 for fresh fruits and vegetables for customers and schools in San Antonio, Texas. One customer is the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Southern Foods Group received $8,510,191 for fresh dairy and juice items.

Sysco received $7,600,000 for food and beverages in Alaska. This is sole-source, per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1).

BASE SUPPORT, CONSULTING, ADMIN & LOGISTICS - Base operations (a.k.a. base support services) usually involve a combination of: facility management, fire & emergency services, grounds maintenance, janitorial services, pavement clearance, pest control, port operations, utilities, vehicles & equipment service, and waste management.

CGI Federal Inc. received $34,240,357 for U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) G-2 operational and environmental support services.

Didlake Inc. received $8,735,197 for annual custodial services at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and outlying clinics in the Hampton Roads Area.

Fluor Federal Solutions LLC received $47,050,814 for base operations support services at various installations in NAVFAC Southeast.

IAP World Services Inc. received $15,625,567 for base operations support services at NAS Patuxent River.

Logistics & Technology Services received $9,486,123 for municipal services (janitorial, pest control, ground maintenance, environmental) for 63rd Regional Support Command, Region 2 – Texas.

Mark Dunning Industries Inc. received $11,236,580 for base operating support services at NAS Jacksonville, Bureau of Medicine & Surgery, Naval Station Mayport, Blount Island, and outlying areas.

LiDAR SURVEYING & MAPPING

Chenega Technical Innovations LLC received $10,120,306 for reconnaissance and surveying systems and technology refresh kits.

Fugro received $12,500,000 and Surdex Corp. received $12,500,000 for architectural & engineering work on photogrammetric and LiDAR surveying and mapping.

BUSINESS & OFFICE SUPPORT

Accenture Federal Services received $53,519,203 to continue operations and maintenance services for the General Fund Enterprise Business System.

Booze Allen Hamilton received $11,562,841 for systems engineering and technical assistance to the PEO Enterprise Information Systems Project Management Office Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army.

The Boston Consulting Group received $8,147,343 for subject matter expertise and analysis which will assist DOD with the implementation of policies, procedures, and systems that will increase the effectiveness of DoD's cost management across all business lines. Work at the Pentagon.

Bowhead Business & Technology Solutions received $48,000,000 for contract services for the Information Technology Laboratory.

Deloitte Consulting received $9,516,157 for analysis (enterprise value map, value chain, governance performance) in support of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. Non-competitive, per FAR 6.302-1.

Koniag Information Security Services received $7,846,513 to provide DOD Office of the Chief Information Officer (DOD CIO) with an “enduring data analytics environment that allows repeatable, verifiable analytics based on the Department's Business Mission Area (BMA) on the available IT enterprise services.”

POWERTEK Corp. received $7,659,036 to support Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Products and Services at Fort Belvoir.

Ridgewood Technology Partners received $7,959,065 for program management office support for the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems’ Navy Enterprise Networks (NEN) program office. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

OVERSEAS BASE OPERATING SUPPORT

Centerra Group LLC (formerly G4S Government Solutions) received $6,541,550 for base operating support services at military and civilian installations in Singapore.

DZSP 21 LLC received $43,879,074 for base operations support at Joint Region Marianas, Guam. Non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1) and FAR 6.302-1.

OVERSEAS CONSTRUCTION

Cardno-Amec Foster Wheeler JV received $30,000,000 for USMC facilities assessments utilizing the BUILDER™ Sustainment Management System at various Marine Corps installations worldwide. Some work in Japan (24%).

Cromwell Architects Engineers Inc. received $25,000,000 for architectural and engineering services for Navy Exchange Service Command facilities worldwide.

Wolf Creek Federal Services Inc. received $16,361,434 for demolition of facilities and structures in Guam.

DOMESTIC INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT

Andritz Hydro Corp. received $16,383,400 to rehabilitate five Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton turbine hub linkages at the John Day Dam, Rufus, OR.

BIS Services LLC received $9,512,825 for a hurricane protection project along the Louisiana coast.

Decatur Construction Inc. received $8,278,000 to expand the Ft. Logan National Cemetery by developing approximately 10 acres of land for additional graves.

Eastman Aggregate Enterprise LLC received $11,889,481 for the Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Beach Renourishment 2016, Miami Beach – Hot Spots.

Luhr Brothers Inc. received $18,000,000 for flood control on the Mississippi, Atchafalaya, and Red Rivers, and Old River control channels.

Midwest Construction Co. received $9,278,360 to build hard points and place riprap upper bank paving at locations along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

Natt McDougall Co. received $15,576,500 to upgrade the adult fish facility, Fall Creek Dam & Reservoir in Lowell, OR.

Thalle Construction Co. received $42,972,545 for a roller compacted concrete reinforcing berm, downstream of the Center Hill Auxiliary Dam, to reduce the risk of a catastrophic failure of the auxiliary dam.

DOMESTIC AIRFIELD REHABILITATION

Atlantic Contracting & Material Co. received $11,320,995 to repair SP Area and SP 37 airfield pavement onboard Naval Station Norfolk.

R.C. Construction Co. received $16,026,182 to repair Green Ramp North, Phase II, Pope AFB.

Renew Group received $9,000,000 for paving at Altus AFB.

DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

A & D General Contracting received $12,825,000 to repair and alter Hangars 101 and 103 at MCAS Yuma.

AECOM-Parsons JV received $7,584,719 for construction management technical support services at the Pentagon and at Raven Rock Mountain Complex.

CB&I Federal Services received $14,610,276 to close twenty-seven large fuel tanks at Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro, CA. Each tank will have appurtenances removed, filled with a cellular concrete flowable fill, and abandoned in place.

CCI Construction Services LLC; D&D Construction Inc.; Dawson Federal Inc.; GSI Pacific Inc.; TKH-ASI LLC; and Hawaii Pacific JV LLC received a shared $245,000,000 for construction projects located primarily within NAVFAC Hawaii.

CCI Energy & Construction Services received $8,000,000 for Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirement (SABER). CCI will provide plant, labor, materials and equipment, and perform all operations in connection with SABER at Eglin AFB.

Cutter Enterprises LLC received $11,145,244 to renovate the Joint Base Charleston Passenger Terminal.

Dan's Excavating; Angelo Iafrate Construction; Site Development; and RBV Contracting received $9,500,000 for repair, maintenance, and construction for the Michigan National Guard.

David Boland Inc. received $17,277,083 to construct an Army Reserve Center in Dublin, CA.

Drace Anderson JV received $10,477,239 to build the T-6B Texan II Joint Primary Aircraft Training System, training operations facility, at NAS Whiting Field.

D Square & Au Authum Ki JV received $14,757,314 to build the Guardian Angel Squadron operations facility at Davis-Monthan AFB.

Electech Hawaii; Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates; MK Engineers received $9,900,000 for architectural and engineering electrical services for Pacific region projects.

EMR Inc. received $9,677,872 to repair and renovate Building 351 barrack housing at Northwest Annex in Chesapeake, VA. EMR Inc. received $7,639,777 to renovate the Navy Gateway Inn & Suites portion of Building 225 at Dam Neck.

EVCO National Inc. received $8,000,000 for repair and replacement of exterior building surfaces, preparation and painting.

GCAG/SCG JV received a maximum $950,000,000 for design & construction service to support restoration and modernization programs in the continental United States Central Region supporting the Air Force Civil Engineer (AFCEC).

Granite Construction Co. received $22,448,211 to improve existing Infantry Squad Defense Range 314C at Camp Pendleton.

Gridiron Construction Co.; K-Barr Group; SAF Inc.; Siler Excavating received $25,000,000 for construction projects primarily within NAVFAC Southeast.

Heartwood Pacific LLC received $7,785,662 to design and repair an HVAC system in Building 214/214A on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Infinite Energy Construction Inc. received $45,000,000 for simplified acquisition of base engineering requirements at Joint Base Charleston.

Iron Horse Kurtz JV; Pro-Mark Services, Inc.; Fuller Construction, Inc.; Cerebral Group LLC; Triple A Building Services Inc.; received a combined $45,000,000 for maintenance, repair, alteration, mechanical, electrical, heating/air conditioning, demolition, painting, paving, earthwork, and industrial/office/housing construction on Ellsworth AFB.

Mechanical Enterprises Inc. received $10,000,000 for mechanical, fire protection and other projects in NAVFAC Hawaii.

Notkin Mechanical Engineers received $30,000,000 for architectural and engineering projects located primarily within NAVFAC Northwest.

Okland received $10,687,842 to design and build an epoxy hangar bay flooring system, and a powder coated steel mechanical enclosure at Luke AFB, Arizona.

RMF Engineering Inc. P.C. received $25,000,000 for architectural and engineering services for DOD and U.S. intelligence community agencies.

Roof Spec Inc. and Bradford Roof Management Inc. received $10,000,000 for engineering and technical support to USACE, Mobile District, for the Roofing Sustainment Management System (ROOFER) implementation.

S.B. Ballard Construction received $20,459,328 (later revised to $19,080,553) to design and build a Maritime Surveillance System Facility (including SCIF) at NAS Oceana, Dam Neck Annex.

Tetra Tech/Mead & Hunt JV received $45,000,000 for nationwide architectural & engineering services for the Army and Air National Guard.

DREDGING

American Construction Co. received $25,662,750 for inner harbor operations and maintenance, and deepening dredging of Grays Harbor, WA.

Inland Dredging Co. received $24,000,000 for dredging within USACE, Mobile District.

Orion Marine Construction received $7,696,600 for pipeline dredging, Matagorda Ship Channel to Point Comfort, Matagorda and Calhoun counties, TX.

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Christian Sorensen, a Newsbud-BFP Contributing Author & Analyst, is a U.S. military veteran.

A-RCI = acoustic rapid commercial-off-the-shelf

LRIP = low rate initial production

PEO = program executive office, the space where military and civilian officials direct a major acquisition program

SRA = selected restricted availability = implementation of depot-level maintenance and modifications with the goal of updating a ship’s technical and military capabilities

TI = technical insertion

 

*Editing consolidated similar contracts. Italics indicate notes from the editor.

 

**Any clerical errors are the editor’s alone. Each month, Boiling Frogs Post presents a distillation of the previous month’s DOD Contracts. Check back regularly.

 

***To avoid competitive bidding, DOD invokes 10 U.S.C. 2304, FAR 6.302, and FAR 8.405-6. DOD uses 15 U.S.C. 638 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with small businesses. DOD uses CFR 206.302-4 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with treaties and foreign transactions.

 

Western-Backed Chechen “Freedom Fighter” Named as Istanbul Attack Mastermind

Meet Akhmed Chatayev: Freedom Fighter - Government Informant - Most Wanted Terrorist   

First details begin to emerge about the suspected Islamic State attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport that left at least 44 people dead and more than 230 injured.

A senior Turkish government official announced on Thursday that the three suicide bombers who carried out the attack were nationals of Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.[1]

Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak quoted police as saying that eight terrorists were involved in the operation. Three of them were killed, one was detained and four others remain at large.

According to the Yeni Safak report, well-known Chechen Islamic State commander Akhmed Chatayev organized the deadly attack.[2]

Turkish officials did not immediately confirm Chatayev’s involvement but a Turkish police source with direct knowledge of the investigation told NBC News that Chatayev is believed to be the planner of the attack.[3]

Turkish police reportedly launched a manhunt to catch the Chechen terrorist leader.[4]

Western governments and media are now scrambling to explain why they dismissed Russian warnings about Chatayev and protected him for many years despite a long history of terrorism-related offenses.

Akhmed Chatayev first caught the Russian authorities’ attention when he was captured during the Second Chechen War in the late 1990s. Depending on whom you want to believe, Chatayev lost his right arm either due to a wound sustained during the fighting or as a result of torture after his arrest.

The circumstances of his release remain unclear, which prompted Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s The Interpreter to suggest that Chatayev might have been recruited as a Russian informer or agent.[5]

Judging by his actions upon release, this seems unlikely.

Chatayev left Russia in 2001 and found refuge in Azerbaijan,[6] like many other Chechen “freedom fighters.”[7]

This can be explained by the fact that Azerbaijan served as one main conduit for the U.S.-NATO-led ‘Gladio B’ operations in the region – the other main conduit being Turkey.[8]

The true extent of U.S.-NATO involvement in the Chechen struggle for independence is still a well-guarded secret but Chatayev’s story sheds some light on dubious Western machinations that have fueled terrorism in Russia and beyond.

In 2003, “Akhmed One-Arm” moved to Austria. He was granted asylum and received Austrian citizenship. While enjoying Austrian hospitality, Chatayev made extensive use of his new passport that “allowed him to travel freely in Europe and elsewhere.”

Russian media reports suggest that Chatayev was wanted by Russian authorities since 2003 on suspicion of recruiting fighters and raising funds for the North Caucasus insurgency. According to sources in Chechen Islamic groups, this task was assigned to him by none other than Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov.[9]

Neither Chatayev’s close connection to Umarov nor his criminal activities seemed to bother anyone in the West. Russia repeatedly tried to get him extradited, to no avail.

In 2008, “Akhmed One-Arm” made headlines in Sweden. He was arrested and sentenced to 16 months in prison for smuggling an automatic weapon and two handguns with munition and silencers into the country. Chatayev had arrived by ferry boat from Germany along with two other Chechens. He told the Swedish authorities that they were on their way to Norway to go fishing and denied having any knowledge of the weapons hidden in a spare wheel in the trunk of his car. Chatayev was convicted in March 2008 and released in January 2009.[10]

A few months later he continued his tour through European prisons in Ukraine. The Ukrainian authorities arrested him at Russia’s request. Russia asked for Chatayev’s extradition but the European Court of Human Rights and Amnesty International intervened, reminding the Ukrainian government that the wanted terror suspect had been granted refugee status in Austria.[11]

Instead of enjoying life in Wien, Chatayev then got into trouble in Bulgaria. In summer 2011, he was detained at the Bulgarian border while attempting to cross into Turkey. A Bulgarian court decided to extradite him to Russia but Chatayev filed an appeal and played the refugee card – with success.[12]

Afterwards, Umarov’s trusted associate settled in Georgia, where he was offered a job by then-Deputy Interior Minister Giorgi Lortkipanidze due to his excellent connections to the North Caucasus insurgency.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Lortkipanidze did his best to obfuscate what really happened in Georgia and which role Chatayev played. He claimed that he recruited Chatayev as an informer and negotiator between the Georgian government and the Islamic underground of the North Caucasus to prevent terrorist attacks in Georgia.

Lortkipanidze told The Daily Beast that he was pleased with Chatayev’s work for more than a year until he refused to rat out a group of radical militants that was trying to cross from Georgia into Russia.[13]

Georgia’s former Deputy Interior Minister was referring to the so-called Lopota incident in August 2012, but for some reason he failed to mention that this incident exposed a secret government training program for Chechen fighters. An investigation into the clashes in the Lopota gorge by Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili unearthed explosive information:

According to the report, in February 2012 senior officials from the Georgian Interior Ministry contacted some of “veterans of the Chechen war”, as well as representatives of Chechen community now living in Europe with the purpose to convince them that the Georgian authorities were ready to give armed militants “so called corridor”, a free passage for infiltrating into Russia’s North Caucasus via Georgia.

These efforts, according to the report, resulted into arrival from Europe of about 120 Chechens and other natives of the North Caucasus in Georgia.

“Flats were rented for them in various neighborhoods of Tbilisi, mainly in Saburtalo district,” the report reads, adding that the Interior Ministry officials were picking them up at Tbilisi airport and providing them with firearms and driving licenses.

Georgian military officials and “Chechen militants with large combat experience” trained the Chechen recruits at the Shavnabada and Vaziani military bases near Tbilisi. There is evidence to suggest that Akhmed Chatayev was involved in this secret program. Nanuashvili’s report named Lortkipanidze as having coordinated the recruitment and training, which explains why he didn’t tell The Daily Beast the whole truth about Chatayev’s work for the Georgian government.

According to Nanuashvili’s sources, the Chechens grew impatient because their training was taking longer than expected and demanded to be taken to the Russian border. But after arriving in the Lopota gorge, the fighters were prevented from entering Russia and told to surrender their arms before returning either to a military base or to Pankisi gorge.[14]

Chatayev was reportedly one of the “authoritative Chechen individuals” that were brought in to mediate after the Chechen fighters refused to lay down their arms. The talks yielded no results and Chatayev was injured during the ensuing fighting. Georgian security forces arrested him a few days later. His injured leg had to be amputated and he was charged with illegal possession of two hand grenades.

Russia asked once again for Chatayev’s extradition, with the same result as before. In December 2012, Chatayev was released on bail and the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office eventually dropped the charge against him one month later.[15]

Former President Mikheil Saakashvili and his United National Movement (UNM) seized upon this fact in the aftermath of the Istanbul airport attack to settle political scores.

Saakashvili emphasized that Chatayev was arrested by his government in a counter-terrorist operation led by Lortkipanidze, and lamented that, after a change of government, “the new Georgian government, led by Russian oligarch Ivanishvili, promptly freed him.”[16] The former Georgian leader failed to mention that his close associate Lortkipanidze was in charge of a secret government training program for Chechen fighters and that Chatayev had been working for him.

Lortkipanidze later escaped prosecution in Georgia for his role in the Lopota debacle by following his old boss Saakashvili to Ukraine.[17]

In addition to Chatayev, nine Chechen fighters survived the 2012 clashes. They were allowed to leave the country a few days later and the Georgian Interior Ministry assisted them in traveling to Turkey.[18]

Turkey is the preferred destination of many Chechen “freedom fighters,” and Chatayev was no exception.

According to Russian independent news agency Caucasian Knot, he lived in Turkey between 2012 and 2015. During this time, he came into direct contact with Islamic State commander Tarkhan Batirashvili – a man with a similar story.[19]

After serving as the Caucasus Emirate’s representative in Turkey, Chatayev reportedly joined IS in 2014.[20]

As early as January 2015, “a trustworthy source from Istanbul” told Georgian media that Chatayev was organizing the transit of young recruits from Georgia’s Pankisi gorge to Syria.[21]

One month later, Chatayev removed any last doubts about his activities by appearing in an IS video in Syria as the commander of the Yarmouk Battalion, a Chechen-led IS battalion of Russian-speaking jihadists.[22]

In August, Russian security services identified “One-Legged Akhmet” as the main recruiter of Russian nationals to the Islamic State.[23]

In October 2015, the U.S. government finally acted on the IS video from February and added Chatayev to its list of specially designated global terrorists.[24]

Within a few years, Chatayev had gone from working for the U.S.-backed Georgian government and enjoying protection in the West to becoming one of the most wanted terrorists - despite barely changing his behavior. The biggest difference was that his activities were no longer limited to Russia.

The fact that Akhmed Chatayev has now emerged at the center of the investigation into the Istanbul airport attack raises many inconvenient questions - and Western governments have a lot to answer for.

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Christoph Germann- BFP Contributing Author & Analyst
Christoph Germann is an independent analyst and researcher based in Germany, where he is currently studying political science. His work focuses on the New Great Game in Central Asia and the Caucasus region. You can visit his website here

[1] Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler, “Istanbul airport bombers were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz: Turkish official,” Reuters, 30 June 2016: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-blast-raids-idUSKCN0ZG0RM.

[2] “Russian national identified as a suicide bomber in Istanbul airport attack,” Yeni Safak, 30 June 2016: http://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/russian-national-identified-as-a-suicide-bomber-in-istanbul-airport-attack-2488906.

[3] William M. Arkin, Mansur Mirovalev and Corky Siemaszko, “Chechen Akhmed Chatayev Is Called Suspected Planner of Istanbul Attack,” NBC News, 1 July 2016: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/istanbul-ataturk-airport-attack/chechen-akhmed-chatayev-called-suspected-planner-istanbul-attack-n602401.

[4] Dominique Soguel and Suzan Fraser, “Attention in Istanbul bombing focused on Chechen extremist,” The Associated Press, 1 July 2016: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fad6ca6eda9142bead29b11b7b259981/turkish-official-mastermind-feb-terror-attack-killed.

[5] Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, “Russian Press Claims Alleged Mastermind of Istanbul Attacks Was Detained For Terrorism In Four Countries But Was Let Go,” The Interpreter, 30 June 2016: http://www.interpretermag.com/turkey-claims-airport-bombers-were-russian-uzbek-and-kyrgyz-georgian-ties-possible/#14408?pressId=14408.

[6] Nino Burchuladze, “‘Ahmed One-Arm’ - The man who sends Jihadists from Pankisi to Syria,” Georgian Journal, 31 January 2015: http://www.georgianjournal.ge/military/29509-ahmed-one-arm-the-man-who-sends-jihadists-from-pankisi-to-syria.html.

[7] Sibel Edmonds, “BFP Exclusive: US-NATO-Chechen Militia Joint Operations Base,” Boiling Frogs Post, 22 November 2011: http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2011/11/22/bfp-exclusive-us-nato-chechen-militia-joint-operations-base/.

[8] Nafeez Ahmed, “Why was a Sunday Times report on US government ties to al-Qaeda chief spiked?,” Ceasefire Magazine, 17 May 2013: http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/whistleblower-al-qaeda-chief-u-s-asset/.

[9] Fatima Tlisova, “Chechen Suspected in Istanbul Attack, but Questions Remain,” Voice of America, 30 June 2016: http://www.voanews.com/content/chechen-suspected-istanbul-attack-questions-remain/3399309.html.

[10] “The Latest: Tunisian town buries doctor killed in Istanbul,” The Associated Press, 1 July 2016: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fda76e4091a14140b0c30212f60139d0/latest-us-official-chechen-organized-airport-attack.

[11] “Ukraine: Ukraine obliged to halt extradition: Ahmed Chataev : Further information,” Amnesty International, 22 January 2010: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur50/002/2010/en/.

[12] “Bulgarian court refuses to hand over terror suspect to Russia,” Russia Today, 22 July 2011: https://www.rt.com/news/terror-suspect-denied-extradition/.

[13] Anna Nemtsova, “Mastermind of Istanbul Airport Attack Had Been Georgian Informant, Official Says,” The Daily Beast, 1 July 2016: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/01/mastermind-of-istanbul-airport-attack-had-been-georgian-informant-official-says.html.

[14] “Public Defender Calls on MPs to Probe into Lopota Armed Clash,” Civil Georgia, 1 April 2013: http://www.civil.ge/eng/article.php?id=25911.

[15] Liz Fuller, “President Again Denies Georgia Co-Opted Chechen Fighters,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 28 April 2013: http://www.rferl.org/content/georgia-chechen-militants-allegations-saakashvili-denial/24970927.html.

[16] Mikheil Saakashvili, Facebook, 30 June 2016: https://www.facebook.com/SaakashviliMikheil/posts/1224494270914285.

[17] “New head of Odessa Police escapes prosecution in Georgia,” Caucasian Knot, 17 June 2015: http://eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/32068/.

[18] Ibid., Civil Georgia.

[19] Ibid., Tlisova.

[20] “Details of Atatürk Airport attack planner emerge,” Yeni Safak, 2 July 2016: http://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/details-of-ataturk-airport-attack-planner-emerge-2489718.

[21] Ibid., Burchuladze.

[22] Joanna Paraszczuk, “Russian Citizen Linked To Lopota Gorge Incident Now Heads IS Battalion In Syria,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 25 February 2015: http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-lopota-gorge-incident-islamic-state-syria/26869379.html.

[23] Joanna Paraszczuk, “Main Russian IS Recruiter 'Identified In Turkey,' But Who Is One-Legged Akhmet?,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 10 August 2015: http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-islamic-state-one-legged-akhmet-recruiter/27181197.html.

[24] “Treasury Sanctions Individuals Affiliated With Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and Caucasus Emirate,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, 5 October 2015: https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0199.aspx.

Newsbud Exclusive-The Travels of NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg: An Analysis

An exposé on the expansionist agenda of NATO which shows no intention of slowing down!

We travel to people and places important to us. If somebody looked at our travel itineraries over time, it would not be difficult to discover our priorities, our likes and dislikes, our beliefs and fears, the general pattern of how we live our lives and what we think about.

The same applies to political figures. Whom they travel to meet can reveal a lot about their current political agenda and the way they go about putting it into practice. It might even be possible to predict certain of their future moves.

Considering that, at this time, NATO activities are bringing Europe one step closer to another global conflagration (so familiar from both recent and more distant European past), it is worth examining the travels of its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and seeing what they can tell us about current and future NATO moves.[1]

Jens Stoltenberg is a long-time Norwegian politician of centrist social-democratic orientation and was the leader of the Norwegian Labour Party.[2] His father Thorvald Stoltenberg was also a well-known figure in the same political party and, at different times, held the posts of defense minister (1979-1981) and foreign minister (1987-1989 & 1990-1993).[3] The younger Stoltenberg served two times as the prime minister: 2000-2001 and 2005-2013. It should be noted that he was in charge of Norway during the July 22, 2011 bomb attack on the government building in Oslo and the subsequent Breivik massacre.

Stoltenberg's party lost the majority in the parliamentary elections of September 2013 and, as a result, he lost the post of the prime minister. Conveniently, the chief NATO position became open a year later and he was chosen to replace the neo-liberal Iraq-war Bush ally Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the NATO summit in Wales in September 2014. It appears that Stoltenberg's nomination received the strongest support from the German chancellor Angela Merkel who was able to convince other NATO leaders to vote for him.[4]

This is interesting in light of the fact that both Merkel and Stoltenberg have been alleged to have had contacts with the Soviet KGB in their youth. All throughout the last decade there were occasional reports in the Norwegian media about the alleged "grooming" of the young Stoltenberg by the KGB agents in Oslo in the 1980s under the code name Steklov.[5] Stoltenberg denied any wrongdoing and claimed that the allegations were a part of the brutal campaign by his right-wing opponents. It is curious though that Stoltenberg toned down the aggressive anti-Russian rhetoric of his NATO predecessor Rasmussen. However, it is the actions that count and they are no different than Rasmussen's.

The 13th Secretary General

Stoltenberg's first day on the job as NATO's Secretary General was October 1, 2014. He is the 13th Secretary General since NATO's founding in 1949 and let's hope that this number is not a sign of bad luck for him, Europe, or the world.

Stoltenberg's first foreign trip took place just 5 days later and it was to Poland. This choice of the first destination is very revealing. Poland is the most populous among East-Central European NATO members and plays the key role in the new NATO doctrine of putting pressure on Russia in the North. It is also the  most important ally of the pro-NATO government in Ukraine and is actively engaged in assisting the Kiev side in the civil war. The fact that the next NATO Summit will take place in Warsaw in July 2016 was likely also the topic of discussion.

Stoltenberg's second trip exposed even more clearly the contours of a logic that has the encirclement of Russia as its main driving force. It was a two-day trip to Turkey on October 9-10, 2014. Just like Poland in the North, Turkey is the most important NATO member in the South. At the same time, due to its numerous internal problems and imperial historical tradition, Turkey is the most "troublesome" of all NATO allies. We have witnessed the exponential increase in the hostilities between Turkey and Russia within the last year, linked, primarily, to the Russian military intervention in Syria, but also to the situation in Crimea and the general Black Sea region. It is worth remembering that Russia and Turkey have fought a long series of wars in the past centuries and that this region has now once again become one of the most explosive places in the world.

This was not Stoltenberg's only visit to Turkey so far. He visited it much more recently on April 21-22, 2016 and this should be taken as an indicator of the further deterioration of the Russo-Turkish relations. At the same time, Stoltenberg visited the squadron of NATO ships based in the Aegean Sea, the official purpose of which is to monitor the refugee situation, but which at the same time keeps a very close watch on the Russian navy activity in the area.

Every time Stoltenberg visits Turkey, he also has to visit Greece in order to appear fair to both NATO members which have a lot of unresolved issues, including the division of Cyprus. Hence he visited Greece right after Turkey on both occasions, the first time on October 30, 2014, and the second time on April 22, 2016. Recently, Greece has intensified relations with Russia as  exemplified in the May 2016 visit of the Russian president Vladimir Putin. Of extreme importance in this respect was Putin's visit to the Orthodox monastic community on Mount Athos.[6] This Christian Orthodox connection may turn out to be the eventual undoing of NATO, but that is a topic that requires a separate studious treatment.

Stoltenberg also visited two ongoing NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo. He visited Afghanistan twice, first, quite early in his tenure on November 6, 2014 (which shows the high priority of this operation), and then on March 15, 2016. He visited Kosovo only once on January 23, 2015. It is very important to note that his visit was officially announced as the visit to the KFOR troops, even though he met with the entire Kosovo Albanian leadership. This was done in order to save NATO itself from an embarrassing and open dissension among its members, considering that four NATO member states do not recognize Kosovo's independence: Spain, Slovakia, Romania, and Greece. This issue remains an Achilles heel of NATO and will no doubt be even more exploited by its opponents in the future.

Moreover, is it surprising that the country most visited by Stoltenberg so far is neither Poland nor Turkey nor the U.K. and the U.S., but Germany? In fact, Germany is the only NATO member state in which Stoltenberg met not only with the leadership, but also addressed the meetings of political parties. He gave a speech at the annual meeting of the conservative Bavarian CSU parliamentary group in Wildbad Kreuth on January 8, 2015 and the social-democrat SPD conference in Berlin on February 8, 2015. This intense focus on Germany shows to what extent the support of German political elites is crucial for the continued existence of NATO. Let's not forget that one of the most concise definitions of NATO was given by its first Secretary General Lord Ismay when he said that the purpose of NATO is "to keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down."[7] Stoltenberg also took part in the Munich Security Conference, the annual gathering of the erstwhile Cold Warriors, on February 6-7, 2015.

Forums and Conferences

In addition to the Munich conference, it is interesting to see which other international conferences and forums were attended by Stoltenberg because this will give us a sense of the network of NATO-friendly international non-governmental organizations. One of these is the Snow Meeting organized every year by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, which Stoltenberg attended on January 15-16, 2015. Another is the Brussels Forum organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and attended by Stoltenberg on March 20, 2015 and again on March 18, 2016. This not-for-profit organization has been one of the strongest advocates of the NATO expansion in Europe and sponsors the whole variety of activities connected to NATO promotion. One can say that the GMF is one of the most significant tools of NATO soft power. It is financially supported by the German government as well as many corporate sponsors. The close association between the GMF and Stoltenberg is also revealed by the fact that one of his first speeches in office was the address to the GMF in Brussels on October 28, 2015.

Tightly related to the GMF is the POLITICO magazine, considering that its Editor-in-Chief John F. Harris is on the GMF Board of Trustees.[8] And, indeed, Stoltenberg attended the launch party for the European branch of POLITICO in Brussels on April 23, 2015. No doubt that POLITICO is a new addition to the usual suspects of the U.S. public diplomacy (propaganda) warfare in Europe, such as the Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America.

While he was in the U.S. on May 25-27, 2015, Stoltenberg delivered a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) based in Washington, D.C., another think tank whose raison d'être is to promote NATO interests in Europe and beyond. Stoltenberg visited the U.S. on two more occasions, most recently, on April 4-7, 2016. He also took part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 22-23, 2016.

Non-NATO states

The key part of the job of a NATO Secretary General is to lobby  - using the stick, the carrot, or both - the (remaining) non-NATO states in Europe, the post-Soviet region, North Africa, and the Middle East to closely tie their foreign policy to NATO goals and projects, even if they stop short of becoming actual members. Obviously, the pressure to integrate into NATO is the strongest in Europe and it is therefore not surprising that Stoltenberg visited almost all militarily neutral European states. The first on his list was Finland which he visited on March 4-5, 2015, then came Sweden on November 9-10, 2015, Serbia on November 19-20, 2015, and Switzerland on January 22-23, 2016 (on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos). All these states (barring perhaps Switzerland) are currently under intense propaganda barrage by the external and internal NATO-friendly political forces to give up their traditional military neutrality and join NATO. Stoltenberg's visits were an important component of the carefully designed psychological operation to turn up the heat on the unwilling general population of these states. This is especially evident in the case of Montenegro which Stoltenberg visited twice, first, on June 10-11, 2015 and, then, again on October 14-15, 2015. His visits were used by the Montenegrin regime of Milo Djukanović to increase the popular support for NATO membership. The regime's attempts were not successful as the majority of the Montenegrin citizens still remain opposed to NATO.

Stoltenberg also visited two former Soviet states, Georgia on August 26-27, 2015, and Ukraine on September 21-22, 2015. The ruling elites of both states have become willing collaborators in NATO's Eastern expansion, which turned these states into overt and covert battlefields with Russia. Both the winners and the losers of this NATO-Russia geopolitical chess game are known. The winners are the military-industrial-intelligence complexes and the losers are the ordinary people. On all sides.

It should also be noted that Stoltenberg visited several non-NATO states in the Middle East and North Africa. He visited Jordan on December 8-10, 2014 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NATO-sponsored organization Mediterranean Dialogue, which includes seven states: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunis.[9] He continued on to Qatar on December 10-12, 2014 to mark another anniversary: the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, a NATO-led project that brings together NATO member states and Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain.[10] Stoltenberg paid another visit to the region more recently. He visited Kuwait on February 29, 2016, Iraq on March 1, 2016, and the UAE on March 2, 2016.

Overall, in the period included in this analysis (October 2014 - June 2016), Stoltenberg made slightly less than 90 trips. His travels expose the expansionist agenda of NATO which shows no intention of slowing down. However, the intention is one thing and its becoming reality quite another.

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Filip Kovacevic is a geopolitical author, university professor and the chairman of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro. He received his BA and PhD in political science in the US and was a visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University in Russia for two years. He is the author of seven books, dozens of academic articles & conference presentations and hundreds of newspaper columns and media commentaries. He has been invited to lecture throughout the EU, Balkans, ex-USSR and the US. He currently resides in San Francisco. He can be contacted at fk1917@yahoo.com

Notes

[1] All the information about Stoltenberg's travels comes from the official NATO website

www.nato.int and concerns the time period from his becoming the Secretary General until early June 2016 when the analysis was conducted.

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jens_Stoltenberg

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorvald_Stoltenberg

[4] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29424512

[5] http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ba6_1413068110

[6] https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/putin-visits-orthodox-monastic-community-at-mount-athos/2016/05/28/af53bf56-24d0-11e6-b944-52f7b1793dae_story.html

[7] http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/opinion/16iht-edwheatcroft16.html?_r=0

[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Marshall_Fund

[9] http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_60021.htm

[10] http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_58787.htm?

 

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins: Episode 4

From the Orlando Shooting to “Dissent Memo” on the Syrian War

In the latest Newsbud Report, we look at how the Orlando shootings are driving media and politics; we talk with abandoned CIA officer Sabrina de Sousa about her impending extradition to Italy; State Department veteran Peter van Buren comments on the “dissent memo” urging escalation of the Syrian war.Thanks for watching this Newsbud Report. If you have a news tip or story you think we should cover, email peter@peterbcollins.com

Show Notes

FBI Relented, Released Unredacted Transcript

Did FBI Attempt to Entrap Mateen Lead to “Radicalization”?

Orlando Shootings Exploited for Election Year Politics

Speaker Calls Adjournment to End Protest

Senate Narrowly Rejects Bill to Expand FBI Spying Powers

FBI Collects 411 Million Citizen Photos

FBI Seeks “General Warrants” to Hack Computers

51 State Dept. Officers Sign Memo Demanding Escalation of Syria War Against Assad Government

State Department Dissent Memo is Remarkable

Supreme Court Deadlock on Obama Immigration Orders

Supreme Court Weakens Protections from Illegal Searches

California’s Last Nuclear Plant Will Shut Down

Utility Waged 20-Year Fight to Shift Cost Overruns to Ratepayers

High Costs for Nuclear Power and Growth of Renewable Energy Led to Shutdown Decision

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- Episode #2

Did we just finish Mainstream Media Malpractice Week? We examine the media’s premature projection of Hillary Clinton as Democratic nominee. We report on the FBI’s expanding use of paid informants in “domestic terrorism” cases, like the recent convictions in Minneapolis; and the FBI’s push for expanded powers to monitor internet activity. We examine NY Gov. Cuomo’s order to punish supporters of boycotts of Israel, and journalist Max Blumenthal comments in our interview. In our Newsbud Exclusive, Prof. Filip Kovacevic reports on Russia’s plan to counter NATO expansion with its Alliance of Neutral States. We also cover Brazil’s deepening crisis, and the US role in the 2009 coup in Honduras.

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The Alliance of Neutral States (ANS): Putin’s Anti-NATO Grand Design for the Balkans

Capitalizing on the popular dissatisfaction with the neoliberal Atlanticist political & economic status quo

For about two decades, it appeared that the end of the Cold War in Europe left the Balkan states with no long-term geostrategic option except the so-called Euro-Atlantic integrations underwritten by the ideology known as Atlanticism. This option reached the peak of its strength after NATO's military intervention in the Bosnian conflict in 1995 (which was its first out-of-area military operation since the founding in 1949) and NATO's 78-day long war against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999. More covertly, NATO forces also intervened in the Macedonian-Albanian conflict in 2001.

As the result of these offensive military undertakings, Bosnia and Kosovo essentially became NATO protectorates with the civilian administrations being supervised by the EU, while the U.S. military bases and auxiliary facilities were quickly established in both. In addition,  Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Romania became the members of NATO in 2004 and Croatia and Albania in 2009. All remaining Balkan states, surrounded by NATO members from all sides, rapidly developed close military and intelligence linkages with NATO headquarters in Brussels. This process was greatly helped by the fact that the ruling political elites in these states, except to some extent in Serbia and the Serb Republic (a political subunit within Bosnia), openly acted as NATO's agents of influence and advocated membership, even though this contradicted the political will of the majority of the population.

These Balkan political elites have been allowed to compensate for the obvious lack of internal democratic legitimacy by the endless praise from the high-level officials in Brussels, Berlin, Paris, London, and Washington, DC. Organized crime, corruption, lawless privatizations, massive unemployment, widespread poverty and hopelessness have simply been swept under the rug. The typically loud defenders of human rights and the rule of law have looked the other way. Evidently, the Atlanticist end justified all and any "dirty" means. Geography trumped democracy.

Progressive Resistance

It is true that even during this period there were political forces which advocated alternative scenarios, mostly based on the Titoist policy of non-alignment and the "third way" in international affairs. However, their activities were constantly being subverted by the well-oiled,  imported NATO propaganda machinery in the government, in the media, and in the non-governmental sector. Their members were generally young people who were enthusiastic, honest and genuinely committed to the public good, but were plagued by the lack of funding and faced with frequent media blackout and open discrimination. Nonetheless, their programs articulated the most promising and humane geopolitical vision for the Balkans. They conceptualized the Balkans as a territorial bridge between the West and the East rather than as the place of persistent confrontation, or the "line of fire" as formulated by the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015.[1] They wanted the Balkans to become a force for peace and human dignity in the world.[2] Their vision still remains the best option for the Balkan peoples.

However, even though these progressive groups still continue to be active with no less enthusiasm than before, they are being increasingly superseded in their anti-NATO efforts by the revival of the once vanquished (and left for dead) U.S. Cold War opponent. Since the beginning of conflict in Ukraine in early 2014, Putin's administration has returned to the Balkans with political force and funding not seen since the days of the tsar Nicholas II.

Enter Putin (in the footsteps of Nicholas II)

It is worth remembering that in summer 1914 Nicholas II entered what came to be known as the WWI in order to protect Serbia and the Serbian people from the Austro-Hungarian invasion. Some political circles in both Russia and Serbia understand the decades-long NATO's military activities in the very same historical key, especially with regard to the status of Kosovo. While the possibility that history will repeat itself in this respect is, thankfully, still far remote, it cannot be denied that recent developments go a long way in creating the ominous atmosphere for the eruption of localized violence in the near future.

These developments all relate to the declining popularity of the Atlanticist geopolitical narrative in the Balkans and the foremost among them is the public articulation of a new Balkan grand design by the Putin administration. Just as the fundamental component of the U.S. grand design for the Balkans is its eventual full integration into NATO, Russia has now articulated a clear and precise counter-design. Instead of joining NATO, the remaining non-NATO Balkan states (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, and Macedonia) are to form the alliance of neutral states (ANS).

The Lovćen Declaration

What the ANS means in practice can best understood if we examine the first formal document in which it has been articulated. This so-called Lovćen declaration was signed by the representatives of the United Russia party (founded by Putin and currently chaired by the Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev) and the Montenegrin opposition party Democratic People's Party in the historically significant Montenegrin village of Njeguši on May 6, 2016.[3]

Njeguši is the birthplace of the Montenegrin royal dynasty of Petrović-Njegoš which ruled over Montenegro for more than 200 years and developed very close political and family ties with the long-ruling Russian dynasty of Romanovs. Moreover, the declaration was signed in the house in which one of the most famous rulers of the dynasty, Petar II, known as the Montenegrin Shakespeare, was born. The name of the declaration also has an important historical connotation as it comes from the nearby mountain Lovćen on the top of which the Petar II's mausoleum is located.

One of the most powerful political figures in Montenegro, the metropolitan Amfilohije, the chief bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, was present at the signing and gave his blessing. Though in the past Amfilohije has been known to support the authoritarian and pro-NATO prime minister Milo Djukanović around the election time, he has always publicly opposed NATO membership and has given fiery speeches on its "evil nature" to the point of accusing NATO for continuing Hitler's anti-Slavic project.[4]

Even more importantly, Amfilohije's involvement with the Lovćen declaration reveals one of the fundamental components of Putin's overall geopolitical plan - the nurturing and intensification of the religious Christian Orthodox connection between the Russians and the Orthodox peoples of the Balkans. This includes not the Serbs, Montenegrins and Macedonians, but also the Greeks and Bulgarians whose states are in NATO and whose religious "awakening" can easily subvert NATO from the inside. The strength of this connection and its future implications have seriously been underestimated by the Atlanticist circles. There are clear indications that these circles have been taken by surprise and now, in their first reactions, seek to minimize the importance of Putin's ANS efforts.

The Atlanticist Response

For example, the journalist Gennady Sysoev, Balkan correspondent for the Russian newspaper Kommersant, who is known in Montenegro for his NATO-friendly commentaries, claims that Putin's undertaking is bound to end in failure because the partners of the United Russia in the Balkans are in the political opposition and the ANS goes against the officially proclaimed policies of the Montenegrin and other Balkan governments.[5] However, Sysoev is intentionally silent on the fact that, given the present political instability in Montenegro, Bosnia, and Macedonia, the United Russia's political partners, which, it is true, are now in the opposition, might be able to come to power at some point in the not too distant future. Indeed, they have entered the partnership with Russia's ruling political party precisely because they intend not to be the opposition any longer and expect financial and logistical help from Putin in their electoral political activities. They will hardly be disappointed. The Lovćen declaration spells out in detail all aspects of political, economic, and social relations in which the Russian support will be forthcoming.

The NATO-controlled media in Montenegro quickly seized on Sysoev's article and summarized it under the title "Putin's party relies on marginal figures."[6] The speed of translation and publication suggest the high degree of coordination. However, the title of the article is misleading because the very same method has been used by the U.S. and NATO intelligence services to control the governments of East-Central European states since the collapse of communism. Countless small parties with just a handful of parliamentary deputies were formed with the money coming from the various "black budgets" with the task of entering the governing coalition and then steering the entire government in the direction charted by their foreign founders and mentors. These parties have had minimal public legitimacy, but have made a great political impact with their "blackmail" potential. As they also don't cost very much, the CIA, the MI6, and the BND regularly create them for every new election cycle.

Now the Russians (primarily, the SVR and the GRU) are using the same rulebook for their own geopolitical interests. In addition, however, Putin's grand design for the Balkans embodied in the ANS is also likely to prove durable not only because it builds on the traditional cultural and religious ties linking Russia and the Balkans, but also because it rides on the wave of the enormous present popular dissatisfaction with the neoliberal Atlanticist political and economic status quo.

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Filip Kovacevic is a geopolitical author, university professor and the chairman of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro. He received his BA and PhD in political science in the US and was a visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University in Russia for two years. He is the author of seven books, dozens of academic articles & conference presentations and hundreds of newspaper columns and media commentaries. He has been invited to lecture throughout the EU, Balkans, ex-USSR and the US. He currently resides in San Francisco. He can be contacted at fk1917@yahoo.com

NOTES

[1] http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5a7_1425064348 ;  See also my previous BFP article on the destabilization factors in the Balkans, http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2015/03/03/bfp-exclusive-who-is-trying-to-destabilize-the-balkans/

[2] Consider for instance the activities of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro and similar organizations across the ex-Yugoslav political space, http://mnmne.org/

[3] http://ruskarec.ru/politics/2016/05/06/u-crnoj-gori-je-potpisana-lovcenska-deklaracija-sa-jedinstvenom-rusijom_591025

[4] http://www.dan.co.me/?nivo=3&rubrika=Drustvo&datum=2015-07-21&clanak=501981

[5] http://kommersant.ru/doc/2982518

[6] http://www.vijesti.me/vijesti/putinova-stranka-se-oslanja-na-marginalce-887562

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Hastert Coverup Cemented in Place

Peter B. Collins presents Sibel Edmonds

In the last week of April, the judge who sentenced former GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert to 15 months in jail described him accurately as a “serial child molester” while, perhaps unwittingly, he cemented in place the coverup of Hastert’s serious crimes (not limited to pedophilia) as a Congressman and Speaker. Sibel Edmonds has accurately, and courageously, exposed much more of the sordid history of Hastert; in over 9 months, no other media outlet we’re aware of has even raised the most obvious question: did Hastert stop molesting boys when he went to Washington? Edmonds knows that the FBI and CIA videotaped many of his sexual adventures, strong evidence that Hastert’s conviction for lying about structured transactions is the most serious attempt at a “limited hangout” coverup since Nixon. So far, it’s holding nicely for its creators.

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BFP Exclusive Report- A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for April 2016

DOD spent $11,355,885,000+ on 188 individual contracts during April 2016

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $11,355,885,000 on 188 individual contracts during April 2016.  This amount does not include 26 Foreign Military Sales transactions worth $1,508,484,000.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS) – Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.

Al-Salam Aircraft Co (AAC) Ltd. received $32,500,000 to provide Saudi Arabia with services required to disassemble/assess 3 F-15 and to convert 1 F-15S to F-15SA.

BAE Systems received $39,999,960 to manufacture MJU-68/B flares for PMA272 Air Expendable Countermeasures program for Israel. Sole-source, per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1).

Boeing received $308,035,700 to provide Holland with 12 CH-47F helicopters.

The Entwistle Co. received $8,842,250 to provide France with [catapult] trough covers. This is a sole source acquisition, per 10 U.S. C. 2304(c)(1).

Lockheed Martin received $78,810,265 to provide Japan with FY2016 AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship Undersea Warfare System systems, TI-14 baseline.

Lockheed Martin received $8,777,487 for providing UAE with spare missile parts.

Lockheed Martin received $73,800,000 to provide Japan long lead materials, parts, components and effort to maintain planned production schedule for 6 LRIP lot 12 F-35A. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) received $54,991,000 to provide Mexico with 7 uniquely configured UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

Longbow LLC received $116,700,000 to provide India with fire control radar systems and support of Apache project office. One bid solicited, one received.

Northrop Grumman received $19,189,897 to provide Japan with engineering, installation, integration, and testing on E-2C Hawkeye’s NP2000 propeller.

Northrop Grumman received $21,673,279 for production and technical support services on WSN-7 navigation system. FMS: Japan, South Korea, and Egypt.

Oasis Systems received $9,649,000 for engineering and technology acquisition support services (re: disciplined systems & specialty engineering; technical & information assurance) at Hanscom AFB. FMS (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bulgaria, Australia, Egypt, and Japan). This continues an earlier contract.

OPS-Core Inc. received $17,526,260 to provide Austria with sentry helmets and accessories. One bid solicited, one received.

Raytheon received $17,877,938 to provide Pakistan with thermal weapon sights & spares, training, and contract data requirements lists. One bid solicited, one received.

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV received $181,307,878 for FMS (Estonia, Czech Republic) Guidance Electrical Unit (GEU) hybrid regulators.

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin J/V received $10,559,149 for FMS (Jordan, Czech Republic) Block 1 Round Combined, GEU Golden Units.

Rockwell Collins-ESA Vision Systems received $20,270,722 to repair Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) and to consolidate USAF F-15, F-16, and JHMCS FMS repair support into one contract. This is FMS to 13 unnamed countries. Sole-source.

Sierra Nevada Corp. received $71,475,750 to provide Saudi Arabia with two modified King Air 350 (extended range) with ISR/synthetic aperture radar capability, one transportable ground station, one fixed ground station, and one mission system trainer. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Textron (Bell) received $170,173,188 to manufacture/deliver nine AH-1Z and nine auxiliary fuel kits to Pakistan.

Textron (Cessna) received $14,095,939 to provide Pakistan with Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX and 4 Cessna T-206H Stationair, all modified for aeromedical evacuation. Includes 24-month sustainment package (spares, tooling, support equipment) for each aircraft, along with pilot and maintainer training. Sole-source.

Textron received $65,948,115 for FMS (Iraq, Colombia): 54 Commando Select with 40/50 turret; 4 Commando Select with 40/50 turret and C2 variant; and 2 Commando Select. One bid solicited, one received.

UNINHABITED VEHICLES & CRAFT

General Atomics received $9,486,872 for engineering services on Grey Eagle. General Atomics received $8,075,148 for engineering services on unspecified unmanned aircraft systems.

Northrup Grumman received $83,417,599 for logistics support for the Hunter UAS in Sierra Vista, AZ, and Afghanistan.

Raytheon received $21,592,886 to continue software upgrade transition on MQ-8 Fire Scout tactical control system 2016 Linux cyber baseline. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(1).

SRA International received $7,963,464 for technical project management, integration, planning & programming; network monitoring; configuration & performance & mission management; communications security management, systems admin; and communications engineering at Langley AFB. This is presumably a modification on a previous contract regarding USAF Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS). Paid for using FY2016 overseas contingency operations funds.

BIOMETRICS

CrossResolve LLC received $17,244,129 for basic and applied research of biometric identity operations (advanced contactless/stand-off biometric face, finger, and iris technologies; data analytic tools; and established communication channels) in support of the Navy Special Surveillance Program.

USAFRICOM

Gulf Extreme Engineering & Mir Sulaiman Amini Construction Co.; Consorzio Stabile GMG S.C.AR.L.; Eiffage Infraestructuras SA; Dover Vantage Inc.; Maruf Sharif Construction Co.-MACEC; Prime Projects International Ltd.; 77 Insaat Ve Taahhut A.S.; JV SKE Djibouti MACC; and EMTA Insaat Taahhut ve Ticaret A.S. received $25,000,000 for demolition, construction, and repair of facilities, airfields, and infrastructure at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

USSOUTHCOM

Leidos Inc. received $10,407,562 to provide linguists, interpreters, translators, stenographers, and court reporters to assist in case preparations for hearings and trials conducted by the Office of Military Commissions (OMC) in Arlington, VA, and Guantánamo Bay. Paid for with FY2016 overseas contingency operations funds.

USCENTCOM

CNS Aviation received $7,084,962 for avionics bench test sets in support of Special Mission Wing (SMW) counternarcotic activities in Afghanistan.

Sterling Operations Inc. received $8,372,456 for environmental footprint reduction in Afghanistan.

USNORTHCOM

Randy Kinder Excavating & Koehler Engineering & Land Surveying JV; Decatur Construction Inc.; JDM Construction; and Terra Construction Inc. received $70,000,000 for construction in Laredo, Del Rio, and Big Bend border patrol sectors for USACE, Southwestern Division, Fort Worth District.

USSOCOM

Dillon Aero Inc. received $15,000,000 to provide life-cycle contractor support for M134 mini-gun weapons systems for USSOCOM’s Technology Applications Program Office. This was non-competitive, per FAR 6.302-1.

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group received $50,789,311 for Special Operations Forces & Personnel Recovery Division advisory & assistance services (professional acquisition, engineering, scientific, research, financial, and admin work on program management of aircraft R&D, production, and lifecycle acquisition and sustainment activities) at Wright-Patterson AFB.

USPACOM

Leidos Inc. received $7,129,983 for 3D geospatial information. Work in the Philippines.

ACADEMIA

University Of Dayton received $17,457,232 for R&D on synthesizing organic matrix composites constituents, new integrated composite materials, computational tools for processing science & data management, and multiscale modeling at Wright-Patterson AFB.

DARPA

IBM was issued a ceiling decrease of $7,397,671 ($32,761,127 to $25,363,456) for DARPA research on I20 Broad Operational Language Translation (BOLT) program. Some work in Aachen, Germany (9%); Cambridge, UK (8%); Le Mans, France (4%).

Vencore Labs Inc., d.b.a. Applied Communication Sciences received $7,719,472 for work on DARPA’s Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) program.

NATIONAL LABS

Gardner Zemke Co. received $13,145,132 to design and construct a TA-3 electrical substation, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

TELECOMS

AT&T received $11,738,110 for the Priority Telecommunication Service (PTS) to support DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC). Non-competitive, per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

AT&T Corp. received $74,600,000 for the Northstar Long-Haul Telecommunications Network and associated transmission circuits for an ultra-high frequency/line-of-sight (UHF/LOS) communications system network.

MICROELECTRONICS

ACI Technologies Inc. received $99,000,000 to provide the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) requires support for the ManTech Navy Electronics Manufacturing Center of Excellence (NEMC).

GENERAL AIRCRAFT RESEARCH

Jacobs Technology received $9,837,482 to support AFRL by providing on-site test operations, engineering, and technical personnel competent in liquid, solid, spacecraft, emerging, pervasive propulsion, experimental test operations, systems integration and analysis at Edwards AFB. This is a sole-source acquisition.

L-3 Communications received $200,337,000 for warfighter readiness and training research (R&D, evaluation, and validation of training approaches, methods, tool, instrumentation, and enterprise infrastructure for learning and performance) at Wright-Patterson AFB for AFRL.

Universal Technology Corps. received $17,457,232 for R&D and technology transition to advance the technology readiness level on advanced hybrid structural materials and processes at Wright-Patterson AFB.

JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER (F-35)

Aechelon Technology received $11,907,930 for 14 visual image generators in support of joint simulation environment for F-35. This was not competitively procured, per FAR 6.302-1.

Lockheed Martin received $181,765,203 to manufacture and deliver F-35 LRIP (lot 9) Alternate Mission Equipment, including armaments, pilot flight equipment, and red gear for USAF ($66,076,555; 48.46%); USMC ($19,039,454; 13.97%); USN ($6,923,078; 5.08%); non-DOD ($30,088,244, 22.07%); Japan ($2,617,276; 1.92%); Israel ($11,518,219, 8.5%).

United Technologies (Pratt & Whitney) received $36,071,097 for replenishment spares and maintenance services for LRIP lot 10 F-35 for USAF ($16,538,222; 46%); USMC ($14,096,978; 39%), USN ($5,435,898; 15%).

United Technologies (Pratt & Whitney) received $1,038,074,689 for lot IX LRIP F-35 propulsion (components, parts and materials) associated with procurement of 28 F135-PW-100 CTOL propulsion systems for USAF; six F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for USMC; four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for USN; seven F135-PW-100 and F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for international partners; 11 F135-PW-100 spare propulsion systems for FMS customers. This also provides three spare propulsion systems and one trainer propulsion system for USAF. Purchases: USAF ($365,456,442; 35%); USN/USMC ($226,542,833; 22%); international partners ($299,525,306; 29%); and FMS ($146,550,108; 14%).

RAPTOR (F-22)

Lockheed Martin received $11,213,000 for F-22: incorporate a change order for the Radar Cross Section Test Facility turntable and support equipment design at Fort Worth.

OSPREY (V-22)

Bell-Boeing JPO received $14,485,959 for nonrecurring engineering on CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) joint urgent operational need effort as well as 10 CV-22 IASE A-kits.

Bell Boeing JPO received $55,000,000 to repair various V-22 parts. One firm solicited, one offer received, per 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1).

Hamilton Sundstrand received $8,696,829 to repair the computer frequency generator used on MV-22 and CV-22. This was sole-source, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(C)(2).

HELICOPTERS

Boeing received $922,628,257 to remanufacture 117 AH-64E helicopters.

Lockheed Martin received $8,475,334 for non-recurring engineering (modify, test, qualify) on three MH-60 R/S avionics weapons replaceable assemblies for U.S. Navy ($7,237,936; 85.4%) and Australia ($1,237,398; 14.6%).

Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) received $11,062,320 for one UH-60M.

Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) received $16,232,698 for engineering technical and field services on H-53 and H-60, subsystems, and support equipment at Miramar (22%); McGuire AFB (22%); New River, NC (22%); Mayport Naval Station (12%); North Island, CA (11%); Cherry Point, NC (11%). Non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) received $25,000,000 for long lead items on two LRIP lot 1 CH-53K. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

Lockheed Martin received $70,665,000 to update and maintain operational, vendor, maintenance-related, flight test, and laboratory support software in support of the MH-60 R/S and SH-60B aircraft. This was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1.

Textron (Bell) received $7,466,150 to procure and install eight AN/APR-39D(V)2 radar system integration kits (A-kits) into Lot 13 AH-1Z and UH-1Y.

AIRBORNE SIGNALS

Northrup Grumman received $24,587,690 for line replaceable unit repair, reset/overhaul, and technical services for various Guardrail Common Sensors, receiving sets, AN/ARW-88(V) radio items. One bid solicited, one received.

EAGLE, FALCON & HORNET

Boeing received $93,842,190 for depot-level maintenance support and sustainment for the F/A-18 A/B/C/D.

Sonoran Technology & Professional Services received $7,665,527 for F-16 weapon system support contract instruction services and support at Luke AFB and Holloman AFB. Contains small FMS amount to Singapore.

AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING (HAWKEYE & SENTRY)

Northrop Grumman received $28,446,240 for material and supplemental support of the E-2D Delta System Software Configuration 2 Suite.

ELECTRONIC WARFARE AIRCRAFT (GROWLER & PROWLER)

Boeing received $27,761,364 for production, verification, and delivery of test program sets (TPS) produced for the EA-18G Airborne Electronic Attack suite.

Boeing received $19,900,000 to provide preliminary work associated with engineering change proposal 6472 integration of Next Generation Jammer Pod onto EA-18G. This was non-competitive, per FAR 6 302-1.

Boeing received $13,715,272 to provide additional funding for a portion of the small business contract incentive that was negotiated as part of the lot 38 full-rate production of EA-18G and F/A-18E.

Raytheon received $1,012,928,257 to design, manufacture, integrate, demonstrate and test 15 Next Generation Jammer engineering development model pods and 14 NGJ aero-mechanical test pods. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S. Code § 2304(c)(1).

POSEIDON

Boeing received $235,273,721 for long-lead items to manufacture/deliver 11 lot 8 full-rate production IV P-8A for U.S. Navy.

STRATEGIC AIRLIFT

Lockheed Martin received $18,112,864 for C-5 sustaining engineering services. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Lockheed Martin received $61,295,562 for production of HC-130J configuration.

OTHER FIXED WING AIRCRAFT

Essex Industries Inc. received $34,000,000 for deployable oxygen generator systems.

Northrop Grumman received $61,750,409 for Battlefield Airborne Communication Node (BACN) payload operations and support. Paid for in part with FY2016 overseas contingency operation funds.

GENERAL AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE

DynCorp received $8,205,304 for aviation field maintenance management.

Lockheed Martin received $7,417,136 to remove, repair, replace, and test electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) repairable and consumable assets. Includes: sustaining logistics & engineering; facilitating Failure Reporting, Analysis & Corrective Action System; and data. This was not competitively procured, per 6.302-1.

Lockheed Martin received $138,795,382 for broad supply chain management and logistical support of spare parts and industrial hardware relating to the maintenance, overhaul, and repair at USAF air logistics complexes. This is sole-source, per 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1).

Unison Industries received $31,657,979 for additional money and items in support of aircraft engines.

AIRCRAFT PODS, SENSORS & COUNTERMEASURES

BAE Systems received $8,790,765 for Anti-Access Real-Time Mission Management System - Contested Environment Networked Situation Understanding System (ARMS-CONSENSUS) software.

Lockheed Martin received $93,654,627 to work on incorporating Common Terrain Following (MCTF) radar system into MC-130J.

Northrop Grumman received $87,151,644 for Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures (LAIRCM PDF) calendar year 2016 base hardware and support. 5% ($4,357,582) is FMS to Australia.

Raytheon received $90,115,060 for 39 Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) turrets and associated data, production support, and spares.

Rockwell Collins Inc. received $83,000,000 for Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) modification, integration and support. Includes: design, development & testing of system, and block upgrades. Sole-source.

AEGIS

Raytheon received $30,989,008 for one AN/SPY-1D(V) transmitter group radar system ship set, select missile fire control system MK 99 equipment, and engineering services.

Raytheon received $19,874,536 for engineering & systems services (operations research; physics analysis; test plans, procedures, monitoring; test data collection analysis & review; real-time mission & technical management support; technical reports & briefing prep) on AEGIS ballistic missile defense program for U.S. Navy ($18,682,064; 94%) and Japan ($1,192,472; 6%).

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP (LCS)

Austal USA received $9,937,228 for procurement and engineering on FY2015-2016 scope changes (more room for increased crew on LCS Independence).

Lockheed Martin received $74,644,836 for Freedom variant LCS program core LCS class services, class services, special studies, analyses and reviews.

Rolls Royce received $7,249,356 to manufacture LCS ancillary parts kits. One firm solicited non-competitively, per FAR 6.302-1.

SHIP MAINTENANCE

BAE Systems received $48,862,912 for USS McFaul (DDG 74) FY2016 extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (SRA), which includes maintenance, modernization, and repair.

BAE Systems received $29,414,546 for the cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) FY2016 Special Selected Restricted Availability (SSRA).

Cabrillo Enterprises; South Bay Sand Blasting & Tank Cleaning; and Surface Technologies Corp. received $10,000,000 for deck covering removal and non-skid and installation services onboard Navy ships and vessels within a 50-mile radius of San Diego, CA.

C&N Universe, Inc.; Integrated Marine Services, Inc.; Marine & Restaurant Fabricators, Inc.; Miller Marine; and Pacific Maritime Industries, Corp. received a shared $25,000,000 for sheet metal repair and fabrication services on U.S. gov vessels within 50 miles of San Diego, CA, USA.

Huntington Ingalls Inc. received $25,578,306 for the basic work package for FY2016 planned incremental availability for USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in Coronado, CA. Huntington Ingalls Inc. received $7,294,887 for CVN 71 FY2016 supplemental package for planned incremental availability in Coronado, CA.

Huntington Ingalls Inc. received $20,000,000 for additional planned supplemental work for the Refueling Complex Overhaul of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

ManTech received $11,793,318 to provide specific systems operation, sustainment, and support services for the Navy Ship Maintenance and Logistics Information Systems (SMLIS) program.

SUBMARINES

BAE Systems received $72,001,043 to definitize long lead-time material and manufacture/deliver propulsors and tailcones for Virginia Class subs (SSN 794 through SSN 803) including associated hardware for 10 shipsets and a spare.

General Dynamics received $10,081,980 for Common Missile Compartment missile tube to keel robotic welding systems (five for USA; five for UK).

General Dynamics received $31,798,708 to maintain, modernize/repair operational nuclear powered subs, floating dry docks, support & service craft, and plant equipment assigned to Naval Submarine Support Facility, New London.

Lockheed Martin received $12,035,307 for Common Missile Compartment/Ohio Replacement, missile service unit, X-Link Pod Refresh, and Strategic Weapons Systems Ashore efforts at Cape Canaveral, FL.

Lockheed Martin received $20,516,392 for production/support of Acoustic Rapid Commercial off-the-shelf Insertion (A-RCI) sonar systems (TI-14) for U.S. subs.

Lockheed Martin received $49,503,485 to procure MK 39 Mod 2 expendable mobile antisubmarine warfare (ASW) training targets (EMATT). MK 39 Mod 2 EMATT is the U.S. Navy’s open ocean ASW training target.

L3 received $21,342,465 for production & delivery of Signal Analysis System (SAS) outboard cables. SAS provides U.S. Navy subs with signal analysis, near-ship situational awareness/contact avoidance, and passive acoustic intercept.

L-3 received $11,889,610 to develop a first article TB-34X fat line towed array, tow cable, test set, receivers & provisioned items. TB-34X is a fat line towed array passive sonar receiver aboard U.S. Navy subs.

Progeny Systems received $10,758,039 for engineering and technical services in support of AN/UYQ-100 undersea warfare decision support system, which provides integrated net-centric undersea warfare command & control.

Thales Defense & Security received $7,064,742 for sonar domes. This was sole source, per 10 U.S. C. 2304(c)(1).

OTHER NAVAL/USMC CONTRACTS

American Electronics received $45,383,063 for engineering and technical services on NAWCAD’s Air Traffic Control & Landing Systems Division for U.S. Navy ($44,929,233; 99%) and U.K. ($453,830; 1%).

ArgonST, EOIR Technologies, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Physical Optics Corp., Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, S2 Corp., Sea Corp., SI2 Technologies, and TiCom Geomanics received a shared $800,000,000 to work on the Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Command & Control program (re: develop/demonstrate a set of prototypes and component subsystems, which integrate radio frequency functionality electronic warfare, radar, comms, information ops into a common set of multi-function apertures, electronics and software/firmware through modular architecture, scalable across platforms).

BAE Systems received $51,875,784 to provide engineering products and up to 706,560 hours of technical services at NAWCAD Air Traffic Control & Landing Systems (ATC&LS) Division (AIR-4.11.7) for design, development and test & eval of ATC&LS products.

CDI M&T Co. received $9,067,883 for integrated logistics support on life cycle of all Aircraft Launch & Recovery Equipment (ALRE) systems and subsystems in support of Naval Air Systems Command ALRE.

Coherent Technical Services Inc. received $20,471,350 for emerging navigation technology engineering services for air and shipboard C4ISR capabilities.

Crestwood Technology Group; Gideon Services, Inc.; and RC Electronics received a shared $9,895,616 to deliver commercial off-the-shelf electronics, hardware, and components for Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control Systems suites for installation in new ships and retrofit into existing ships.

General Dynamics received $9,147,485 for five Common Aviation Command & Control System (CAC2S) limited deployment units (LDUs). A limited source competitive procurement; 4 offers solicited & received, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

Golden Sands General Contractors Inc. received $11,757,000 to build the Vertical Electro-Magnetic Pulse Simulator (VEMPS) at NAS Patuxent River.

Lockheed Martin received $21,905,303 for performance-based logistics maintenance and support on up to 400 Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) stations and 150 reconfigurable transportable CASS stations for USN/USMC ($20,225,117; 92%); Kuwait ($631,246; 3%); Australia ($481,370; 2%); Malaysia ($272,410; 1%); Finland ($219,358; 1%); Italy ($75,802; 1%).

Lockheed Martin received $8,142,123 for Common Display System (CDS) Technology Insertion-16 production. CDS provides U.S. Navy with an enterprise display solution on surface ships with potential use by USMC and allied forces.

Lockheed Martin received $45,036,292 for TB-37 Multi-Function Towed Array production units, tow cables, electro-optical slip rings, drogues, shipping products and engineering services support AN/SQQ-89 anti-submarine warfare system for USN (73%) and Japan (27%).

Mercury Defense Systems received $15,430,634 to produce 28 Type II advanced Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM) units for NAWCAD, Lakehurst, NJ.

NDI Engineering Co. received $17,777,138 for technical services to NAWCAD Prototype Manufacturing Department (AIR-4.8) at NAWCAD Lakehurst on Joint Base McGuire-Dix.

Raytheon received $20,406,692 for four AN/AQS-20A sonar mine-detecting sets.

Raytheon received $17,653,917 for science & technology research concerning the Network Cooperative Radar Program.

SPACE

Boeing received $275,000,000 for R&D, engineering, and program management to advance scientific & technical knowledge of ground-based space-superiority.

Boeing received $16,622,453 for increased government insight of Boeing's satellite manufacturing process in order to assure mission capability and asset longevity for Wideband Global SATCOM Block II follow-on satellites.

Booz Allen Hamilton received $19,121,456 for systems engineering and integration support to the launch and test range system at Los Angeles AFB.

Data Computer Corp. of America received $79,910,000 for the Western Range Modernization Network program, specifically upgrading mission communications core at Western Range (Vandenberg AFB, Pillar Point AFS, Point Mugu, Santa Ynez Peak) from asynchronous transfer mode to Internet protocol v6 (IPv6).

Harris Corp. received $9,202,986 for work on System Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR), which sustains FPS-85 Phased Array Eglin radar. This radar tracks space objects.

Harris Corp. received $7,526,652 to sustain the Ground-based Electro Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) weapons system at White Sands Missile Range, Maui, Diego Garcia, and Colorado Springs.

LinQuest Corp. received $67,776,992 to provide Space & Missile Systems Center Remote Sensing Systems Directorate technical services (planning & policy implementation; security; development, launch, and post-launch support Test & Eval) at Los Angeles AFB; Sunnyvale, CA; Peterson AFB; Buckley AFB; and Boulder, CO.

Space X received $82,700,000 for launch services to deliver the GPS III satellite to its intended orbit. Includes launch vehicle production, mission integration, and launch operations for a GPS III mission.

CYBER, IT, COMMS & CRYPTOGRAPHY

Cyber Defense Information Assurance received $11,473,390 for USAF Intranet Control weapon system and DOD Joint Regional Security Stacks.

General Dynamics and EOIR Technologies Inc. received $49,000,000 for software engineering lifecycle support (including design development, coding & implementation, testing).

HP received $443,220,679 for USSTRATCOM Information Technology Capabilities Contract II (infrastructure, mission critical systems, applications) at Offutt AFB.

Iron Bow Technologies received $10,371,613 for Korea Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) upgrade.

Microsoft received $31,100,000 for premier support services. One bid solicited, one received.

Netcentrics Corp. received $17,142,286 for information technology hardware.

Raytheon received $89,525,958 to update and install Plug & Fight (P&F) A-Kit end items and provide Army Integrated Air & Missile Defense (AIAMD) integration, test, and evaluation support. One bid solicited, one received.

SAIC received $10,591,623 for Aviation Mission Planning System, Phase II software modifications.

Sands Business Equipment & Supplies received $17,100,000 for commercial-off-the-shelf business equipment for DOD electronic mall customers.

SRI International received $7,778,244 for basic and applied R&D on methodologies and technologies re: deployment of interoperable surveillance, tracking, security, and access control solutions. Efforts provide modular & open system architecture approach for creating systems across domains to develop sensors and support a variety of aviation platforms/systems.

Telos Corp.; Dell; CDW Government; HPI Federal LLC; Integration Technologies Group Inc.; Transource Services Corp.; Emtec Federal LLC; and NCS Technologies Inc. received $675,000,000 for IT supporting enterprise software.

Triton Marine Construction received $28,269,600 to build/install underwater subsea power transmission and fiber optic cable system between utility provider-owned substation and Naval Computer & Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic, Cutler power plant, Maine, USA.

BALLISTIC MISSILES

EaglePicher Technologies LLC received $8,071,110 for 360 MK21 arming and fusing assembly batteries for the Minuteman III. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Exelis, Inc. received $58,018,301 for System Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR) Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Pave Phased Array Warning System (BPP) sustainment projects at Fylingsdales AB; Thule AFS; Clear AFS; Beale AFB; Cape Cod AFS; and Peterson AFB.

Exelis, Inc. received $15,439,296 for SENSOR Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) sustainment support projects at Cavalier AFS, ND, and Colorado Springs, CO.

Lockheed Martin received $21,000,325 to provide the UK with engineering and technical support services (technical planning, direction, coordination, control to ensure that UK Fleet Ballistic Missile Program requirements identified/integrated) and deliverable materials for Trident II. Paid for with UK Contract Funds. This was a sole-source acquisition, per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c) (4).

Lockheed Martin received $20,184,053 for material and labor re: additional enhanced modeling and simulation capabilities along with Ballistic Missile Defense integration and flight-test support.

Lockheed Martin received $10,545,650 for a missile ground test unit and missile round canisters for MDA, terminal high altitude area defense (THAAD) project office.

Mabbett & Associates received $15,422,673 to provide comprehensive and sustainable environmental management, planning, compliance, sustainability, and related technical support to MDA supporting acquisition, development, testing, deployment, and fielding of an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System and other new MDA missions.

Millennium Engineering & Integration received $235,390,812 for advisory & assistance services to test, exercise and wargame supporting technical, engineering, advisory and management (for development, implementation, sustainment and assessment of processes, procedures, plans and policies) for the Ballistic Missile Defense System throughout the test life cycle.

Veterans Technology received $128,846,565 to develop and implement Ballistic Missile Defense System and program-level strategic planning & financial management; cost estimating & analysis; accounting; and financial support.

MISSILES, BOMBS, ROCKETS, PROJECTILES

American Ordnance LLC received $8,638,117 for material management at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant (MLAAP). One bid solicited, one received.

American Ordnance LLC received $14,062,431 for M795 Insensitive Munitions Explosive (IMX) Projectiles.

Orbital ATK received $121,370,003 to convert U.S. gov-provided AGM-88B into 145 full-rate production lot 5 AARGM all-up-rounds and 12 captive air training missiles, incl. supplies & services necessary for missile manufacture, spares, & fleet deployment for USN ($121,050,143; 99.98%); Italy ($319,860; 0.02%).

Raytheon was docked $16,087,941 to support a Third Stage Rocket Motor (TSRM) reliability growth/design enhancement Engineering Change Proposal for design enhancement that will increase reliability margin of TSRM nozzle assembly.

Raytheon received $12,021,870 for Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 Target Detection Device (TDD) redesign efforts.

SAIC received $9,537,517 for systems and computer resource support for Aviation & Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal.

Woodward HRT received $9,696,687 for cylinder assemblies for the U.S. Army. This was a sole-source acquisition, per 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1).

DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY

Engility Corp. received $42,039,869 for advisory and assistance services for DTRA in support of the Research & Development Directorate.

VEHICLES

BAE Systems received $9,525,940 for system technical support and sustainment system technical support for the Bradley Family of Vehicles.

BAE Systems received $25,393,313 to convert 43 Bradley M3 vehicles to M2 vehicles, and 13 M3 Operation Desert Storm-Situation Awareness vehicles to M2 ODS-SA vehicles.

BAE Systems received $109,715,382 for 36 M88A2 Hercules vehicles, and authorized stockage list spares.

General Dynamics received $47,858,415 to retrofit Stryker fleet to maintain the appropriate vehicles’ configuration. One bid solicited, one received.

IBIS TEK, LLC received $7,869,884 for additional medium tactical vehicle 58-gallon and 78-gallon armor B-Kits.

Oshkosh Defense received $31,791,324 to recapitalize 44 heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks (HEMTT) M1977A4 (M977A0/A2 to M1977A4) and 48 M1977A4 (M1977A0 VSE to M1977A4).

Veyance Technologies received $9,572,391 for track shoe assemblies for the U.S. Army’s M88 vehicle. This was sole-source, per 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1).

SMALL ARMS

Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace (Kongsberg, Norway) received $12,970,980 for additional CROWS M153 conversions.

Medico Industries Inc. received $17,888,945 for 120mm high explosive shells; 120mm high explosive & full-range practice charges; and smoke adapter fuses.

SSK Industries Inc. received $10,372,061 for electronic automatic activation devices.

Yoland Corp. received $18,730,839 for 60mm, 81mm, 120mm, and 155mm main and drogue mortar and artillery parachutes.

CLOTHING

Golden Manufacturing Co. received $57,068,055 for U.S. Army coats.

National Industries for the Blind received $8,400,000 for physical fitness uniform pants.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

CSC government Solutions LLC received $34,122,376 for IT services supporting Naval Education & Training Command and all organizations within the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education enterprise. This is is a non-competitive action, per FAR 6.302-1, using justification 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

FUEL & ENERGY

Agera Energy LLC received $18,063,626 for electricity in NY, CT, ME, MA, RI.

Exide Technologies received $45,068,074 for storage batteries.

Brad Hall & Associates Inc. received $10,435,528 for various types of fuel. ExxonMobil received $236,457,850 for fuel. IPC received $15,913,706 for various types of fuel. IPC received $14,536,843 for ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. Senergy Petroleum LLC received $15,913,706 for fuel.

Graybar Electric received $19,500,000 for maintenance, repair and operations in Northeast region, Zone 2, USA. This was sole-source, per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1).

MEDICAL & SAFETY

AECOM received $10,000,000 for architectural and engineering services to support Army Medical Command within USACE South Atlantic Division.

LEIDOS Engineering LLC received $10,000,000 for medical treatment and research operations at U.S. Army Medical Command installations.

Livingworks Education received $12,272,947 for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), training, and materials. One bid solicited, one received.

MedImmune Biologics Inc. received $47,600,000 for influenza vaccine.

Rogers, Lovelock & Fritz Inc. received $10,000,000 for Medical Command facilities support.

ENVIRONMENTAL

AECOM Technical Services; Booz Allen Hamilton; National Defense Energy & Environmental Alliance; and Noblis Inc. received a shared $122,500,000 to support the National Defense Center for Environmental Excellence primarily to demonstrate, validate, and transition technologies to address DOD environmental, safety, occupational health and energy needs.

CB&I Federal Services received $9,000,000 for architectural and engineering services for environmental support within Great Lakes & Ohio River mission boundaries of Louisville District, USACE.

Mira Facilities Management2 LLC; QRI-GMI JV; and Stell Environmental Enterprises Inc. received $12,000,000 for environmental projects, Southwest Division, USACE.

FOOD SERVICES

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. received $59,530,860 for fresh beef and frozen coarse ground beef products for resale to Central Meat Processing Plant (CMPP) at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.

Senn Brothers Produce received $36,900,000 for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sodexo Management Inc. received $17,228,710 for changes to FY2016 dining facility meal quantities and credits at Camp Pendleton (49.45%); San Diego, CA (21.21%); Twentynine Palms (16.14%); Miramar, CA (6.38%); Yuma, AZ (5.11%); and Bridgeport, CA (1.71%).

BASE SUPPORT - Base operations (a.k.a. base support services) usually involve a combination of: facility management & investment, fire & emergency services, grounds maintenance & landscaping, janitorial services, pavement clearance, pest control, port operations, utilities, vehicles & equipment service, and waste management.

Didlake Inc. received $9,741,954 for annual custodial services at NAS Oceana, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and outlying clinics.

Pride Industries received $7,136,695 to support Fort Polk, Louisiana, Directorate of Public Works, Base Operations.

Spectrum-CBS JV LLC received $7,996,692 for facility support (management, supervision, labor, transportation, equipment & supplies to perform preventive maintenance, inspections, testing and maintenance for facilities, ground structures, equipment & systems) at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

Vectrus received $10,506,221 for base operations support at Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL.

Wolverine Services LLC received $11,280,274 for public works functions at Fort Wainwright, and the Donnelly, Yukon, Black Rapids training areas in Alaska.

BUSINESS, ADMIN & OFFICE SUPPORT

Herdt Consulting; PSI Pax; and SAIC received a shared $147,178,362 for process improvement, reengineering, management and data support services (including Navy Enterprise Resource Planning sustainment on behalf of NAVSUP Business Systems Center (BSC).

NetCentrics Corp. received $8,513,822 for IT operations supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, supported organizations, and Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

AUDIT

Immixtechnology, Inc. received $39,169,546 for Business Activity Monitoring Services, which identify improper payments across legacy payment systems, and supports Navy’s Audit Assertion with reconciling services for Navy's Funds Balance with Treasury. This contract was a sole source, logical follow-on.

LOGISTICS

L-3 Communications received $9,629,413 for the Logistics Readiness Center (LRC), Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, GA. One bid solicited, one received.

DOMESTIC INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT

ETCON Inc. received $15,636,394 for open-end paving.

G&G Steel Inc. received $11,770,060 to fabricate and deliver miter gates, spare parts and valves for the Holt Lock and Dam, AL.

Harper Contracting Inc. received $13,348,010 to build a soil cement revetment structure on the Santa Ana River, Lower Santa Ana River Channel, Reach 9, Phase 4, Yorba Linda, and Orange County, CA

DOMESTIC AIRFIELD REHABILITATION

Coffman Specialties Inc. received $17,997,875 to repair the runway and lighting on Airfield 7/25 at NAS Fallon.

DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

AIP Enterprise; Comanche Nation Construction; Gideon Contracting; and Warden Construction Corp. received $20,000,000 for construction services at Tinker AFB.

B3 Enterprises LLC; Erickson Builders & Co.; Hamline Construction, Inc.; Kreofsky Building Supply; L.S. Black Constructors – Loeffel Construction JV; Max Gray Construction; and Versacon, Inc. received $9,500,000 for construction services for Minnesota National Guard.

Blue Cord Design & Construction; Herman/JCG Co JV; Synergy Kirlin JV; and Doyon Project Services received $249,000,000 for design and construction services.

CDM Constructors Inc. received $17,997,749 to repair a water distribution system at NAS Joint Reserve Base New Orleans.

Gunter Construction Inc. received $7,022,722 for road construction at Ft. Polk.

Nagamine Okawa Engineers Inc. received $10,000,000 for structural design and engineering services located primarily within NAVFAC Hawaii.

Northrop Grumman received $24,887,312 to install a multi-story, steel-framed office complex inside a high bay production area.

Weldin Construction received $20,000,000 for maintenance, repair, and minor construction work at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

DREDGING

Tetra Tech EC, Inc. received $10,465,548 for Site 17 sediment dredging remedial action at Naval Station Newport, RI.

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A-RCI = acoustic rapid commercial-off-the-shelf

LRIP = low rate initial production

PEO = program executive office, the space where military and civilian officials direct a major acquisition program

SRA = selected restricted availability = implementation of depot-level maintenance and modifications with the goal of updating a ship’s technical and military capabilities

TI = technical insertion

*Editing consolidated similar contracts. Italics indicate notes from the editor.

**Any clerical errors are the editor’s alone. Each month, Boiling Frogs Post presents a distillation of the previous month’s DOD Contracts. Check back regularly.

***To avoid competitive bidding, DOD invokes 10 U.S.C. 2304, FAR 6.302, and FAR 8.405-6. DOD uses 15 U.S.C. 638 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with small businesses. DOD uses CFR 206.302-4 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with treaties and foreign transactions.

Christian Sorensen, a BFP Contributing Author & Analyst, is a U.S. military veteran and Arabic translator.

 

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: US Role in Unfolding Coup in Brazil?

Peter B. Collins presents Journalist Pepe Escobar

Following the dramatic April 17 vote to impeach Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, Pepe Escobar unpacks the layers of corruption in his native country and suspects an American role in the effort to take down the pro-workers PT party based on NSA surveillance of the state oil firm, Petrobras, and of Rousseff personally. We talk about the “Car Wash” corruption scandal that touches most elected officials, the brazen effort to remove a president who has not been charged with a “crime of responsibility” as required by law, and the scheming of the vice president, Michel Temer, who will serve as acting president if the Senate sustains the impeachment attempt.

*Pepe Escobar is a globetrotting reporter who writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch. He is the author of Empire of Chaos and several other books.

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Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: The Israeli Propaganda Machine

Peter B. Collins presents Journalist Max Blumenthal

Framed around a new documentary that exposes the sophisticated Israeli message machine, and the influence of American media manipulator Frank Luntz in shaping perceptions of Israel as a victim, Max Blumenthal is candid, and critical. Blumenthal is one of many contributors to this important film. We also discuss the recent execution of a wounded, disabled Palestinian suspect by an Israeli medic, and how Netanyahu initially misjudged the Israeli public’s reaction. We talk about the Brooklyn debate between candidates Clinton and Sanders, and Blumenthal has strong remarks about each. And, he states that this is the first time he’s been asked about the attempted smears Blumenthal has been targeted for by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and other allies of Israel.

*Max Blumenthal is a journalist, and author of Goliath and The 51-Day War. Get more information on the documentary mentioned, The Occupation of the American Mind here.

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Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: New NSA Whistleblower Fears for Her Life

Peter B. Collins presents Karen Stewart

After 28 years at the National Security Agency, Karen Stewart was fired in 2010 and continues to face retaliation that she fears will lead to her death. After filing a complaint with the Inspector General in 2006 about a workplace dispute, Stewart endured harassment, home invasions and false claims that she was delusional and paranoid; her security clearance was pulled, then she was terminated with a gag order. In 2015, she discovered that the man who broke into her house was a high-level NSA manager, and payback resumed with obvious 24/7 team surveillance, just like they do on TV. Her most alarming claim is that she is being targeted with Directed Energy Weapons beamed in from nearby homes, and fears that ongoing exposure will lead to cancer or seizures that could be fatal.

*Karen Stewart joined the NSA in 1982, and enjoyed positive job ratings and promotions to GS-12 before her report to the Inspector General. She lives near Tallhassee, Florida and is pursuing a new career as an artist.

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds- “The War on Terror Sham: Mindboggling Comparison of Scales & Proportions!

This will be a brief presentation on the sham called The War on Terror and the involved costs- in terms of scales in methods, dollars and lives. The price tag for the US War on Terror sham is placed at over $4 Trillion. We’ll be looking at mindboggling facts presented via comparison of scales and proportions when it comes to US Military-Intelligence vs. The Supposed Borderless Terrorists in the Middle East. A massive never-ending war against a fantastical network of technologically and militaristically dwarfed terrorists. Don’t you see who wins in this synthetically created perpetual war?

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The $5 Trillion War on Terror

Exactly How Big Is This So-Called Al Qaeda?

For Afghan troops, donkeys are the new helicopters

The IED: The $30-Bombs That Cost The U.S. Billions

1,600 US bombs dropped in Syria and Iraq during March cost $8.5m a day

About M1 Abrams Tanks

Cost of Camels

Cost of Donkeys

Do the Math: Global War on Terror Has Killed 4 Million Muslims or More

Timeline: Terror Attacks Linked to Islamists Since 9/11

NSA recording 'nearly all' phone calls in Afghanistan

Five Reasons Why Drones Are Here to Stay

Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds- “Kill First, Ask Later … Wait! Never mind! Don’t Ask or Answer Whatsoever!”

In this episode I provide a brief presentation on our dangerous and Kafkaesque world where our nation claims a 100% right to kill with no reason or explanation needed, a 100% right to kidnap and torture, and a 100% right to blacklist and surveil without having to show any justification. We are going to talk about a US code of operation that confidently says “Kill First, Ask Later … Wait! Actually never mind! Don’t Ask or Answer Whatsoever!” We’ll discuss our murders by drones, our secret no fly lists, secret surveillance target lists, and much more. You may consider yourself immunized from these factual absurdities, but I can assure you: You Are Wrong!

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Almost 2,500 Now Killed by Covert US Drone Strikes Since Obama Inauguration

Nearly 90 Percent of People Killed in Recent Drone Strikes Were Not the Target

Naming the dead: Only 10 of scores killed by US drones in Pakistan last year have been identified

Terror Suspects Are Frequent Targets of U.S. Drones

U.S. ‘Reasonably Certain’ Drone Strike Killed ‘Jihadi John’

‘Am I on the ‘No Fly’ List?’—and Other FAQs to the FBI

Why the no-fly list was declared unconstitutional