Oshkosh Awaits Protests After JLTV Win

WASHINGTON Days after the US Army awarded a major contract to Oshkosh for the Humvee replacement, defense titan Lockheed Martin and Humvee manufacturer AM General have not ruled out formal protests against the decision.

At stake is the Army’s largest acquisition program in recent memory, as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) business is estimated to be worth $30 billion. Even if a protest fails to overturn the award, it would trigger a 100-day suspension to probe the program, just as it is revving up.

Oshkosh won a $6.7 billion low rate initial contract, a base contract with options to procure the first 16,901 vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps. All told, the Army-led program will provide 49,100 vehicles for the Army and 5,500 for the Marine Corps.

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Oshkosh Corp. unveils new vehicle that will replace military Humvees

Oshkosh — The new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle has been called the “little brother” of the heavily armored military trucks built by Oshkosh Corp.

On Wednesday, the truck was the center of attention at a gathering of company and elected officials who are counting on the vehicle to save lives on the battlefield and pump billions of dollars into Wisconsin’s economy.

Tuesday, the U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh Corp. a contract that could be worth up to $30 billion and provide 25 years of work to thousands of Wisconsin employees building the new truck in Oshkosh or supplying parts for it.

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Pentagon picks Silicon Valley as innovation hub for flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing

The Defense Department picked Silicon Valley’s FlexTech Alliance to lead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics.

The goal of the FHE institute is to accelerate development of electronic sensors that weigh less, conform to the shape of the human body and stretch across the shape of an object. Uses include wearable devices for health and fitness monitoring, soft robotics to help wounded soldiers or the elderly, lightweight sensors that can be embedded into roads and bridges, and embedded sensors in automobiles and aircraft that operate in harsh environments.

This is the seventh Manufacturing Innovation Institute funded by the Obama administration as part of its drive to build innovation hubs around the country, and the first on the West Coast.

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U.S. ARMY AWARDS $6.7 BILLION JOINT LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLE CONTRACT TO OSHKOSH CORPORATION

OSHKOSH, Wis. (August 25, 2015) — The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).  The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light tactical vehicle with far superior protection and off-road mobility.  During the contract, which includes both Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP), Oshkosh expects to deliver approximately 17,000 vehicles and sustainment services.

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Oshkosh wins $30 billion contract to build new truck to replace Humvee

The U.S. Army has awarded Oshkosh Corp. a contract that could be worth up to $30 billion, and years worth of work, to build new armored trucks, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman.

The Army plans to buy 50,000 of the vehicles, at a cost of $250,000 each, while the Marine Corps would purchase 5,500. Defense industry analysts say it’s the largest contract for military vehicles in the foreseeable future, and the competition has been intense.

Vehicle production won’t start until early next year, and will be ramped up in phases, but the contract will provide a huge boost for the company’s operations in Oshkosh — that employ several thousand people — and for the company’s many Wisconsin suppliers.

Analysts said Oshkosh was the top contender to win the contract, given its record in producing thousands of armored vehicles for U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The company topped defense contractors Lockheed Martin Corp. and AM General LLC in the bidding and vehicle evaluation process that included hundreds of thousands of miles of testing.

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Predator Drone Maker General Atomics Flying Spy Missions For the Pentagon

The U.S. military wants to boost its drone presence by 50 percent in four years, and it’s hiring help. General Atomics, maker of the ubiquitous Predator and Reaper drones, began flying intelligence missions for the Defense Department this month.

It’s not unprecedented for the military to hire drone builders to fly them. Boeing pilots its small, unarmed ScanEagle drone, which has a ceiling of 3,500 feet and a top speed under 250 mph, for the Pentagon. But the Predator is far more capable, typically flies at 10,000-feet and, of course, has an armed variant.

Officials with General Atomics told Defense One that the company began flying surveillance missions for the Pentagon, although they could not disclose the location or mission details.

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Lockheed welcomes U.S. plan to use its combat system for frigates

Lockheed Martin Corp on Friday welcomed the U.S. Navy’s decision to use Lockheed’s integrated combat system for future frigate-class ships to be built beginning in fiscal 2019, saying it would allow greater commonality across the entire Navy fleet.

“It’s great news,” Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed, told Reuters in a telephone interview. “Now we get to move out and get the fleet on one system.”

Neither the Navy nor Lockheed provided an estimate for the value of the combat system, but North said each system accounted for less than 10 percent of the cost of the ship. The last three ships ordered by the Navy ranged in price from $345 million to $441 million.

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JLTV Award Could Reorder Vehicle Industry

WASHINGTON — The US Army is poised to award a contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), its Humvee replacement, in the coming days — a much anticipated milestone with the power to reshape the ground vehicles industry.

One of three competitors, AM General, Oshkosh Defense and Lockheed Martin, will walk away with a contract for three years of low-rate initial production and five years of full-rate production, for a total of 49,100 for the Army and 5,500 for the Marine Corps.

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California court rulings send clear message to employers who misclassify workers as ‘independent contractors’

SAN FRANCISCO — Two recent and very significant legal victories for California workers send a strong message to employers nationwide: if you misclassify your employees, you will face the consequences.

Misclassification is a practice used by some employers to cut costs by declaring their workers to be independent contractors — ducking their obligations to pay at least the minimum wage and overtime pay, and legally required contributions to unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation funds. These employers also fail to remit payroll taxes, resulting in huge losses to state treasuries, and the federal Social Security and Medicare programs.

The U.S. Department of Labor, which has made combatting worker misclassification a major focus of its enforcement efforts, has announced that federal courts have ruled against two Bay Area companies and sided with their employees after investigations revealed that the companies deliberately misclassified the workers as independent contractors to cheat them out of their wages and other critical workplace benefits.

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