DoD Contracts: Raytheon Missile Systems Awarded $35M for MK-31 Guided Missile Weapon Systems

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Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $35,508,615 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for design agent and engineering support services for the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) upgraded MK-31 guided missile weapon system improvement program. The MK-31 RAM guided missile weapon system is a cooperative development and production program conducted jointly by the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany under Memoranda of Understanding. The support procured under contract N00024-15-C-5410 is required to maintain current weapon system capability, as well as resolve issues through design, systems, software maintenance, reliability, maintainability, quality assurance and logistics engineering services. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this…

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Veterans Roundup: Chuck Hagel Gives Thanks for More Free Time, More Vietnam Veterans Seeking PTSD Treatment

Vets Seek Help for PTSD Decades After War
Clare Ansberry (@clare_ansberry), The Wall Street Journal. More and more veterans of Vietnam are starting to seek help for mental health issues related to their service. Although PTSD is often associated with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the new generation of veterans only makes up about a quarter of PTSD patients, the rest are veterans from other wars including Vietnam, and the total number of PTSD claims among veterans has been increasing. Some question the criteria for determining PTSD, claiming that it may be too relaxed and the reason for the increase. –MC
Bottom line: This trend is precisely in…

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How to Handle Employment Gaps

Employment GapsOnce upon a time, the main employment gaps were among mothers returning to the work force. But now, such gaps are fairly common. More men are taking on family care, middle career people and retiring military are taking sabbaticals, it’s not as easy to roll from one contract to another as it used to be, and all ages are going to school or battling unemployment.

Employers are more willing to accept such gaps if they see an explanation and understand what you have done to maintain your skills and add new ones. Ideally you have done such things all along or have started doing them as a part of your…

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DoD Contracts; Lockheed Martin Corp. Awarded $492M for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

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Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $492,008,803 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0004) to provide non-air vehicle spares, support equipment, Autonomic Logistics Information System hardware and software upgrades, supply chain management, full mission simulators and non-recurring engineering services to support Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and international partners. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (81 percent); El Segundo, California (9 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (5 percent); Owego, New York (4 percent); and Samlesbury, United Kingdom (1 percent), and is expected to be…

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DoD Contracts: Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Awarded $316M for H-60 Weapons Systems

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $316,176,135 modification (P00030) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-10-D-0001 for continued support of technical, engineering and logistical services and supplies, and component and airframe parts, for the overhaul, repair and recapitalization of the H-60 weapons system. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $105,994,755 were obligated at the time of the award. The cumulative total of the contract, with this modification, is $538,250,392. Estimated completion date is Nov. 30, 2017. Work will be performed at Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $12,473,373…

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