|IMMEDIATE RELEASE||No. 333-11
April 22, 2011
The Department of Defense announced today it will issue 27awards to academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The program expects to award $191million over five years. The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program supports research by teams of investigators who intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline in order to accelerate research progress. The awards will be made by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and are subject to successful negotiation between the institution and DoD.
“MURIs are an important vehicle for engaging the brightest researchers on ideas with major impact for the department,” said Zachary J. Lemnios, the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering. “These projects constitute significant investments in multidisciplinary research with the potential for making rapid progress in cutting-edge science. DoD relies on such programs, in line with our S&T priorities, to pave the way for revolutionary breakthroughs supporting tomorrow’s warfighter.”
The awards are the result of the fiscal 2011 competition that ARO, ONR, and AFOSR conducted under the DoD MURI program. Most MURI efforts involve researchers from multiple academic institutions and academic departments. Based on the proposals selected in the fiscal 2011 competition, a total of 70academic institutions are expected to participate in the 27research efforts.
The highly competitive MURI program complements other DoD basic research programs that support traditional, single-investigator university research by supporting multidisciplinary teams with larger and longer awards. The awards announced today are for a five-year period subject to availability of appropriations and satisfactory research progress. Consequently, MURI awards can provide greater sustained support than single-investigator awards for the education and training of students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering fields critical to DoD, as well as for associated infrastructure such as research instrumentation.
Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air ForceOffice of Scientific Research solicited proposals in 25 topics important to DoD and received a total of 332 white papers, which were followed by 113 proposals. The awards announced today were selected based on merit review by a panel of experts.
The list of projects selected for fiscal 2011 funding can be found at: http://www.defense.gov/news/d20110422MURI.pdf .
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Missing WWII Airman Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
U.S. Army Air Forces Pfc. Mervyn E. Sims, 23, of Petaluma, Calif., will be buried Friday in his hometown. On April 24, 1943, Sims and four crew members aboard a C-87 Liberator Express departed from Yangkai, China, in support of “the Hump” resupply mission between India and China. Prior to takeoff, a ground crew determined the aircraft had sufficient fuel for the six-hour flight to the air base on other side of the Himalayas in Chabua, India. Once cleared for takeoff, there was no further communication between the aircrew and airfield operators. Army officials launched a search effort when the plane did not arrive at the destination. No evidence of the aircraft was found and the five men were presumed killed in action.
In 2003, an American citizen in Burma reported to U.S. officials at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) that he had found aircraft wreckage he believed to be an American C-87 in the mountains 112 miles east of Chabua. He was detained by Burmese officials when he attempted to leave the country with human remains and artifacts from the site. The remains and materials were handed over to officials at the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon. Attempts to excavate the site are being negotiated with the Indian government.
Meanwhile, JPAC scientists continued the forensic process, analyzing the remains and physical evidence already in hand.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA, which matched that of Sims’ sister, in the identification of his remains.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died. At the end of the war, the U.S. government was unable to recover and identify approximately 79,000 Americans. Today, more than 72,000 are unaccounted for from the conflict.
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- Welcome Home Army Air Force 2LT Martin P. Murray RIP (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- Welcome Home 2nd Lt. Martin P. Murray RIP (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- Remains of U.S. airman missing since 1943 identified (cnn.com)
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- Welcome Home Army CPL John W. Lutz, RIP (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET No. 325-11
April 21, 2011
Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems, Goleta, Calif., is being awarded an $84,763,767 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0052) to exercise an option for the procurement of 87 full rate production Lot 13 AN/ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receivers for the U.S. Navy (77) and the government of Switzerland (10). In addition, this option provides for the procurement of weapons replaceable assemblies for the governments of Canada and Australia. The AN/ALR-67(V)3 enhances pilot situational awareness by providing accurate identification, lethality, and azimuth displays of hostile and friendly emitters. It also controls the electronic warfare data bus and interfaces with electronic warfare systems, the onboard radar, airborne mission computer, and the F/A-18 weapon systems. Work will be performed in Goleta, Calif. (41 percent); Lansdale, Pa. (18 percent); Forest, Miss. (12 percent); Chatsworth, Calif. (11 percent); San Diego, Calif. (10 percent); Sydney, Australia (4 percent); Milwaukie, Ore. (2 percent); and McKinney, Texas (2 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchase for the U.S. Navy ($72,099,001; 85 percent); and the governments of Switzerland ($9,359,600; 11 percent), Canada ($2,542,324; 3 percent), and Australia ($762,842; 1 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Oceaneering International, Inc., Hanover, Md., is being awarded a maximum value $12,100,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the advanced mooring system to improve vehicle, personnel and container transfer during skin to skin mooring within the sea base through sea state three (threshold), sea state four (objective). The total cumulative face value of this contract is $12,100,000. The action will be incrementally funded with this initial obligation of $643,983. The contract will be incrementally funded over a period of 36 months. Work will be performed in Hanover, Md., and is expected to be completed April 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under Broad Agency Announcement 10-016, with four proposals received. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (N00014-11-D-0327 and task order 0001).
Chrysler Group International, LLC, Auburn Hills, Mich., was awarded on Apr. 19 a $17,977,169 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 530 Jeep J8 kits, completely knocked down, and one lot of contractor furnished spare parts all under Foreign Military Sales to Israel. Work will be performed in Romulus, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Apr. 18, 2012. A sole-source bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Contracting Center, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-11-C-0273).
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Inc., Charlotte, N.C., was awarded on Apr. 19 a $7,647,765 fixed-price-incentive contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 15 joint service general lightweight standoff chemical agent detectors; 15 scanner transit cases; and 15 operator display unit transit cases. Work will be performed in Charlotte, N.C., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 21, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Edgewood Contracting Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W911SR-08-D-0022).
|IMMEDIATE RELEASE||No. 330-11
April 21, 2011
Did you know Sonny? Sonny lived in the South Pacific on the Island Nation of Palau and fought along side mainland American troops in Afghanistan. We wish to thank Sonny for his service and his life for our freedom. God Bless him and the people of Palau!
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Sonny J. Moses, 22, of Koror, Palau, died April 18 in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered as a result of a grenade attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, April 16. He was assigned to the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.
For more information, media may contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at 931-561-0131.
- RIP Spc. Sonny J. Moses (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- RIP CPT Charles E. Ridgley Jr., SFC Charles L. Adkins, SSG Cynthia R. Taylor, SGT Linda L. Pierre, SPC Joseph B. Cemper (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
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- RIP SSG Bryan A Burgess, PFC Dustin J Feldhaus (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- RIP PVT Brandon T. Pickering (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- RIP SPC Dennis C. Poulin (waronterrornews.typepad.com)