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27 Jun 13. Family of Light Armored Vehicles (FOLAV) Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) Mobility and Obsolescence Upgrade Program Research and Development (R&D) Phase II Effort. Solicitation Number: W56HZV13C0231-P00001. Agency: Department of the Army. Office: Army Contracting Command
Location: ACC – Warren (ACC-WRN)(DTA). UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF FAR 6.302-1 ENTITLED, quote mark ONLY ONE RESPONSIBLE SOURCE AND NO OTHER SUPPLIES OR SERVICES WILL SATISFY AGENCY REQUIREMENTS quote mark THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO AWARD A SOLE SOURCE, COST PLUS FIXED FEE, INCREMENTALLY FUNDED CONTRACT, WITH CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (CAGE 98247), SUBCONTRACTED 100% TO GENERAL DYNAMICS LAND SYSTEMS – CANADA (CAGE 56161). THE CONTRACT PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE IS ESTIMATED AT 3 YEARS AND WILL BE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FULLY INTEGRATED REPLACEMENT POWERPACK, SUSPENSION, DRIVELINE, STEERING, AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. THE EFFORT INCLUDES REQUIRED ENGINEERING, LOGISTICS, TEST SUPPORT, AND DELIVERY OF PROTOTYPES IN SUPPORT OF THE LAV MOBILITY AND OBSOLESCENE ECP UPGRADE AND INTEGRATION PROGRAM. CONTACT THE BUYER MICHAEL BRUSATE. Contracting Office Address: ACC – Warren (ACC-WRN)(DTA), ATTN: AMSTA-AQ-AMB, E Eleven Mile Road, Warren, MI 48397-5000. Place of Performance: ACC – Warren (ACC-WRN)(DTA) ATTN: AMSTA-AQ-AMB, E Eleven Mile Road Warren MI48397-5000, US. Point of Contact(s): Michael Brusate, 586-282-9018, MICHAEL.D.BRUSATE.CIV@MAIL.MIL. (Source: Open Source Information Report)
28 Jun 13. The Army found itself in the uncomfortable position of defending the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program yet again, this time after the commandant of the Marine Corps suggested that he was not willing to pursue JLTV at the expense of other priorities should the automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration remain permanent.
While praising JLTV, Army and Defense Department officials, however, did not answer specific questions regarding statements made by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, who told reporters on June 27 that he was not willing to “die in a ditch” over JLTV if sequestration remains in place. Instead, Amos told reporters, the Marines would pursue their top priority — the Amphibious Combat Vehicle — at the expense of every other modernization program. Amos’ statements raise questions about whether the Army would be able to keep the JLTV program alive if the Marine Corps drops out in the event of full sequestration. It is unclear if the matter is being discussed at the Pentagon, though any meaningful decisions are likely to remain in limbo until the sequestration debate is allowed to play out on Capitol Hill. Army Col. David Bassett, the deputy program executive officer for combat support and combat service support, told Inside the Army in a statement that JLTV remains essential to the Army. “The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle remains a key Army modernization priority and a great joint partnership, and it is essential to filling a critical capability gap in today’s light tactical vehicle fleets,” he said. “The Joint Program Office continues to diligently monitor and work to mitigate any budgetary changes, as sequestration impacts acquisition programs across the military.” Amos’ June 27 comments followed a June 14 media event hosted by the Army and Marine Corps, in which both services discussed their deep commitment to the JLTV as a critical modernization program (ITA, June 17). This is not the first time the Army has felt a need to defend the JLTV following Marine Corps comments suggesting that sequestration might force the Marines to re-think their position on the truck program. Heidi Shyu, the Army’s chief acquisition executive, had to address questions earlier this year after Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jo