AF Suspends L-3 Special Ops Unit

AF Suspends L-3 Special Ops Unit

The government has taken the rare action of cutting a unit of L-3 off from all new business while it investigates alleged misuse of an email system and has threatened the broader company, saying it is “considering” suspending the parent subsidiary as well.

A source with long experience of black contracting, and who knows L-3 reasonably well, characterized the suspension as “a very serious matter” for both the government and the company. This source said that such suspensions usually occur “because the contracting agency does not feel they have gotten the attn of the company’s senior leadership.”

We bet that L-3’s senior leadership is fully engaged now.

Here’s the company’;s announcement:

L-3 Communications Corporation received notice that its Special Support Programs Division (L-3 SSPD, formerly known as L-3 Joint Operations Group (JOG)) has been temporarily suspended from receiving any new contracts or orders from U.S. Federal Government agencies, including under its Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA) contract.
The notice of temporary suspension was received from the Office of the Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force on June 4, 2010 and relates to an on-going governmental investigation of L-3 SSPD concerning the alleged inappropriate use of an e-mail system by L-3 SSPD employees. L-3 SSPD is continuing to perform on outstanding orders under its existing contracts, including the SOFSA contract. The temporary suspension will remain in effect until lifted at the discretion of the Air Force.
The Air Force has also notified L-3 that it is considering whether a suspension of L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P., as the parent of L-3 SSPD, is also warranted.

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Good Evening Guys,

This posting looks so lonely, I though I just had to put something up even though it directly doesn’t apply to L-3.

From RIA Novosti (can also be found on another web site that I’m not suppose to mention) is and article that may be of some interest to a few of you who are still into the tanker deal.

The USAF has signed a contract with The Russian Federation, to buy, at $250 million a pop an undisclosed number of the An-124 heavy lifters. The An-124 is currently out of production, but The Russian Federation and The Ukraine have agreed to restart the production line, if the order is large enough. The An-124 has recently been used to move the illfated Stryker units of the 2nd. ID from Diego Garcia to Afghanistan under contract. The An-124 has about 25% more capacity then the US C-5A Galexy.

The An-124’s parts will be manufactured in The Ukraine and the assembly will be done, yes you guessed it by our friends at Boeing. I would assume that the Calif line that has been making the C-17, that we don’t need any more of, will do the Boeing work. The current contract goes through 2016 and is renewable.

Let’s all give a big Bronx Cheer to that all American “patriotic” Company Boeing.

Byron Skinner

I think you may have misread the story.… the DoD has contracted the An-124 for hauling stuff, not to buy the silly things.… For that kind of money we could RERP the entire c-5 fleet and save $$$. The C-17 does have problems, though.… short legs means tanker support needed, etc. It’s a great airplane. I don’t know much about the 124, but why would we buy new builds when we are cutting production and inventory on our strat airlift fleet right now?

The AN-124 was the only A/C big enough to bring the EP-3 we lost to China a few years ago. One big a%^ A/C.

Hey Byron — maybe you can go to Russia and get a job on their parts manufacturing line, as I’m sure Boeing wouldn’t be interested in your services.


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