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By Shepard Ambellas
It was recently uncovered by Intellihub.com staff that the corporation of the U.S. Army, could be used to mask a massive militarized weaponization of the “enemy” in an effort to generate more wartime revenue for the privately owned military industrial complex.
What is most startling about the bid request is not only the sheer amount of AK style rifle magazines but the fact that the standard U.S. Army issue rifle is not of the AK family. The bis request called for “592,825 (approx) AK Rifle Magazines: 7.62x39mm Caliber, New Production, Steel, 30 Round Capacity”.
In fact, a write-up on MilitaryAnswers.com reads, “and fires the same round. It is essentially a shortened version with a 14.5 inch barrel that is preferable if you are in close-quarters combat. The basic M4 is a standard issue rifle for the Army. M4s have a trigger group that allows semiautomatic and three-round burst fire modes. By 2014, the Army hopes to replace all off its M4 carbines with the more advanced M4A1 variant.”
the full bid request posted on FBO.gov reads;
Added: Jul 29, 2013 9:07 am
This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued.
The U. S. Army Contracting Command – New Jersey, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, in support of the U.S. Army Research Development Engineering Command Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM-ARDEC) and Several Program Offices, intends to issue a solicitation to all Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) holders to procure the following:
1. 592,825 (approx) AK Rifle Magazines: 7.62x39mm Caliber, New Production, Steel, 30 Round Capacity
Please note that only contractors that have received previously established Basic Ordering Agreements (BOAs) under W15QKN-12-X-C003 will be issued a solicitation. If you believe you are capable of supplying the abovementioned Non-Standard Weapons (NSW), please respond to the Government’s open and continuous sources sought notice, W15QKN-12-X-C003 and follow the detailed instructions. Responses to the sources sought notice will be assessed to determine the contractor’s capabilities, and if determined capable, the contractor will be awarded a BOA.
The proposed contract action is for supplies for which the Government intends to solicit under the authority of FAR 16.703. The Government expects to award a Firm Fixed Price contract to the offeror that provides the best value to the Government. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive proposals. In addition, the Government will not pay for any information provided under this notice.
The point of contact for this requirement is Mr. Paul Giovannoli, Contract Specialist, ACC-NJ-MA, Bldg. 10, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000; email: email@example.com.
ACC – New Jersey, Center for Contracting and Commerce, Building 10 Phipps RD, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000
ACC – New Jersey Center for Contracting and Commerce, Building 10 Phipps RD Picatinny Arsenal NJ 07806-5000
Paul Giovannoli, 9737242136
While some proponents of war might argue that the U.S. Army is rather just tying up magazines that could have readily been sold or dispersed to the enemy limiting the enemies supply capabilities, essentially heading the enemy off at the pass.
It will be interesting to see how the situation develops.
^Standard Issue Rifles Used in the U.S. Military – MilitaryAnswers.com
^10–AK Rifle Magazines – FBO.gov
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