29 Jun 10. BAE Systems participated as the primary subcontractor to L-3 MAS (Canada) in the successful completion of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornet Centre Barrel Replacement (CBR) Program. The tenth and final F/A-18 Hornet to be modified as part of this program was handed to the Commonwealth this month during an official ceremony held at the BAE Systems facility in Williamtown, NSW. The CBR Program, an integral part of the Structural Refurbishment Program Phase 2 (SRP2) for the F/A-18 Hornet fighter, involved the complete replacement of the aircraft’s centre fuselage (Centre Barrel section) near the wing root. L-3 MAS, the world leader in F/A-18 Centre Barrel Replacement, selected BAE Systems Australia as the teaming partner in Australia to conduct the in-country scope of work. (Source: ASD Network)
28 Jun 10. Twenty-three award-winning information technology companies from around the country have teamed up to compete for military contracts in excess of $7bn. The Minority Information Technology Consortium (MITC) provides a vehicle to bolster small businesses with little to no chance of winning multimillion-dollar contracts on their own.
“The definition of small business has evolved. If you’re too small, you’re out of the game,” said Dr. Randal Pinkett, MITC national spokesman and fourth-season winner of “The Apprentice.” Dr. Pinkett is chairman and CEO of MITC member company BCT Partners in Newark, N.J.
“Now more than ever the message for small business owners today is that size matters to our customers. We live in a day and age when scale is necessary to compete.”
The goal of the MITC is to become a strong and attractive resource for technology applications and infrastructure for the military and other government agencies. Its members were drawn from more than 200 firms nationwide. MITC firms are located in 24 states, but their capabilities extend outside the continental U.S. MITC companies are hoping to win portions of the Air Force’s NETCENTS 2, a $24.2bn project to procure a range of technology services. “We commend the Air Force for its ongoing efforts to make NETCENTS 2 more small business friendly by breaking up the contracts into smaller projects,” Dr. Pinkett said. MITC firms have annual revenues between $600,000 and $25m.
“A company would have great difficulty winning a contract even twice its annual revenues,” Dr. Pinkett said. “A consortium translates into strength in numbers and is a way of formalizing how we pool our collective capabilities.”
Each MITC member carries one or more of the following business classifications:
Historically Underutilized Business Zoned
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses
Women Owned Businesses
Small Disadvantaged Businesses
Veteran Owned Businesses
MITC is advised by retired military personnel and is further enhanced by partnerships with majority firms and three historically Black colleges and universities – Hampton University, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University, and Tennessee State University — that provide research and industry-specific development data.
29 Jun 10. BAE Systems announced its intention to establish four new university partnerships in the field of maritime engineering, worth at least £5m over the next five years, as part of its research and development investment in the maritime sector. Marking the official launch of the scheme, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Heriot-Watt University, with a further three university partners to be named over the next 12 months. The initiative is part of BAE Systems’ continued drive to invest in high-end research and skills, which are vital not only to its own business as a leading global defence player and UK’s largest employer of engineers, but also to the long-term competitiveness of the wider UK economy. The collaborations will include investment in long-term research projects as well as programmes to apply new technological solutions to the