Sequestration: Air Force cancels Alaska Radar System contract meeting
U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced Thursday they must cancel a meeting
with defense contractors next month at Joint
Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)
in Alaska due
to budget restrictions associated with sequestration. The
Air Force 673rd Contracting Squadron and the 611th Air Support Group at JBER planned
to meet with contractors on Aug. 7 and 8 to discuss an operations and
maintenance contract for the Alaska Radar System (ARS).
original plan was to host a Site
Visit with contractors and have personnel transported from JBER
to remote radar sites located at either Point Barrow or Tatalina,
with alternate sites at Tin City or Cape Newenham. Transportation to
and from the remote sites would have been with the 537th Airlift Squadron via military aircraft.
to unforeseen impacts on the USAF flying hour program and travel
budgets directly associated with sequestration, we must cancel the
Industry Day and associated Site Visit previously scheduled for 7 &
8 August 2013,” the Air Force said in documents released through
the Federal Business Opportunities website. “Planning efforts are
currently underway to reschedule this event for March/April 2014.
follow on date will be announced as soon as scheduling permits,”
the Air Force said. “In lieu of the Site Visit, the ARS program
office is planning to capture video and pictures of the sites that
will be released to industry.”
Alaska airspace surveillance, intercept control, and navigational
assistance to military and civilian aircraft.