CoAspire's CEO, Doug Denneny is a long-standing member and volunteer on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation's "Scarlet and Gold Committee" responsible for putting on the annual gala in support of funding scholarships for the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who support(ed) Marine units.
CDR Patrick Baker takes over command of the world famous VFA-213 Blacklions at NAS Oceana, Virginia.
If you haven't attended - SOFIC is one of the best trade shows and symposiums in the US. Not only do the USSOCOM Program Managers and Small Business advocates lean forward and provide candid assessments of their needs, but the Special Forces teams put on a heck of a demo!
CoAspire completed its GSA IT Schedule 70 eOffer this week and applied for the IT Professional Services and Cybersecurity "Incident Response" SINs. Additionally, CoAspire completed its SDVOSB re-certification submision through the VA CVE. A busy week - now off to Tampa and the Special Operations trade show - SOFIC
On Wednesday, May 9th 2018 during the FY19 NDAA markup, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed two "En Bloc" amendments for the JAGM-F missile program for the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act. En Bloc amendments are cleared in a bi-partisan process in advance by the HASC and are voted on during the day-long markup process. Both En Bloc votes that included JAGM-F were unanimous.
For those not familiar with the process, the House Armed Services Committee conducts their mark-up of the NDAA in an open, televised forum and members of the public can sit in the limited public seating area and watch the debate and votes in person. Some of the amendments can be controversial. The ones on the JAGM-F were not, and had senior, bi-partisan support.
Here is a link to a Defense News article that lists the En Bloc amendments.
The first amendment passed by the full committee (EB7 117r1) authorizes an additional $5M for JAGM-F missile studies and analysis for the Navy for their F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-35C aircraft, and an additional $5M on a separate line for the USMC for their F/A-18C/D, AV-8B and F-35B/C aircraft.
The second amendment (EB2 177) requests a briefing by the Department of the Navy to the committee on the services' plans for JAGM-F integration on its fighter aircraft to replace the Laser Maverick missile that will be out of inventory in the coming decade. This type of briefing request is expected when the committee authorizes additional funding, to ensure the services have a good plan moving forward.
The US Air Force has requested $31.596M in the FY19 budget to begin JAGM-F integration activities on their aircraft, and the $10M for the DoN will allow both the Navy and Marine Corps to begin their studies and analysis in concert with the Air Force in FY19 and beyond.
The JAGM-F missile is an eject-launched, fighter-capable derivative the JAGM missile that is a dual-mode seeker missile incorporating an active millimeter-wave radar and a semi-active laser seeker. The JAGM missile is a follow-on to the the Hellfire missile and will IOC on the US Army's Apache helicopter and the US Marine Corps' Cobra helicopter.
CoAspire was thrilled to win a five-figure deal as a prime contractor to the Department of Commerce to deliver Dell laptops and computers in record time. CoAspire delivered the computers in 24 hours from initial quote request, to quote response, contract award, purchase and delivery to the DOC customer. Contact CoAspire if you have any short-fused or long-term hardware or software requests. We will deliver!
CoAspire had a fact-filled and fun day with the Coast Guard in Cape May, New Jersey on Friday. In attendance were over fifty Capitol Hill staffers, and Navy League and DHS personnel. All got an up-close and hands-on view of the Coast Guard, its people, its aircraft, ships, boats, and missions. It was a fantastic day to be on the water and learn more about this service and their great ROI to our nation.
CoAspire personnel attended the retirement ceremony and Change of Command ceremony for RADM Mark "Bam Bam" Darrah, USN, an exceptionally talented naval officer and program manager. Mark finished his career as the PEO for all unmanned aviation and weapons programs and turned over his job at a formal change of command ceremony to RADM (Sel.) Brian "Zulu" Corey.