Veterans Roundup: VA IG Report Raises Voices on the Hill, Veteran Homelessness Taking on a New Face

Criminal or Victim?
Greg Jaffe (@GregJaffe), The Washington Post. Robert Carlson, a former soldier dealing with PTSD symptoms, had an outburst of anger, assaulted his wife, and fired gunshots, which led to a court-martial and eight year jail sentence after a civilian grand jury decided not to go to trial. Also this week, an article this week by Jordain Carney, examined servicemembers who received less than honorable discharges, in turn locking them out of VA care. This story follows a veteran, Brian Lewis, who received a less than honorable discharge because of a personality disorder, but may have actually been suffering from PTSD symptoms instead. Stories of veterans such…

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DoD Contracts: Lockheed Martin Corp. Awarded $60M for F-35A Air Systems

NAVY

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $60,000,000 modification to the previously awarded Lot IX F-35 Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0002) to procure long lead parts, materials and components in support of the procurement of four additional F-35A Air Systems for the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in February 2015. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $60,000,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent…

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Interview with a Recruiter, Jo Weech, Red Alpha

Jo WeechJo tell us about yourself and Red Alpha

Prior to working for Red Alpha, I had my own management consulting firm. A little over a year ago I started working with Red Alpha as a consultant. The company was growing and we focused our strategies on recruiting and retention. In May I became the Director, Talent Management.  My role is recruiting, retention, team building and growing the careers of current employees.

Red Alpha was started in 2011 by three developers who still work on projects. In three short years we have established a great reputation with both engineers and customers in the IC. Red Alpha is on multiple contracts with…

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DoD Contracts: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. Awarded $146M for Trident II (D5) Missile Production

NAVY

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded $146,313,578 for fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification PZ0001 to a previously awarded un-priced letter contract (N00030-14-C-0100) for new procurement of Trident II (D5) missile production, D5 Life Extension development and production, and D5 Deployed Systems Support. The work will be performed in Sunnyvale, California (35.12 percent); Magna, Utah (16.55 percent); Kings Bay, Georgia (8.26 percent); Cape Canaveral, Florida (7.57 percent); Culpeper, Virginia (4.51 percent); Silverdale, Washington (4.43 percent); Bloomington, Minnesota (4.32 percent); Kingsport, Tennessee (2.51 percent); El Segundo, California (1.59 percent); Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1.57 percent); Oakridge, Tennessee (1.44 percent); and other various locations less than 1 percent each (12.13…

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DoD Contracts: L-3 Communications Corporation Awarded $31M for Cessna 208B Aircraft

AIR FORCE

L-3 Communications Corporation DBA Communication Systems West, Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $31,159,640 firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract action for production, modification and integration of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities onto three Cessna 208B aircraft, spares and training. Work will be performed at Salt Lake City, Utah, and Titusville, Florida, with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2015. This award includes foreign military sales for the countries of Niger, Kenya and Mauritania. Fiscal 2014 building partnership capacity funds in the amount of $31,159,640 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,…

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