Army microdrone purchase documents (DLA)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Defense Logistics Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # DL-14-HFOI-00063
Status
Completed

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all contracts, invoices and purchase documents for the Army Rapid Equipping Force acquisition of microdrones from the beginning of FY2010 to the day this request is processed.

The most recent purchased was reported in Wired: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/11/army-maveric-microdrone/

Per the attached, REF indicated that DLA is one of the agencies with this information.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Dixon, Kathy

Please see attached.

From: Dixon, Kathy

Please see attached.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Gordon,

Per the attached, this request has been forwarded to DLA Troop Support. Please confirm receipt and advise as to its status.

Thank you.

From: Gordon, Pamela DLA CIV TROOP SUPPORT

Mr. Musgrave,
Troop Support has no NSNs or part numbers currently on contract for
microdones. A query of our system under microdrones also does not
indicate any purchases. Please provide a specific manufacturer name or
part number if you wish us to pursue this further. If we do not receive
your response within five days we will consider that you are no longer
interested in pursuing your request.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Pamela Gordon
Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
215 737 3283

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Gordon -

The manufacturer's name is Prioria Robotics.

Per the November 2013 Wired article:

Maveric has a bird-like profile with flexible wings, giving it the appearance of a raptor in flight. The drone, made of composite material, can fly as high as 25,000 feet and zip along at between 20 and 65 mph, making it just the thing for reconnaissance missions.

[...]

Earlier this fall, [Prioria Robotics] won a $4.5 million contract from the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force to produce 36 Maverics for an urgent, but undisclosed, need. Training the Joint Special Operations Task Force to use Maveric started earlier this month, according to Prioria, and fully-equipped delivery is expected in December.

Thank you!

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DL-14-HFOI-00063.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DL-14-HFOI-00063.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DL-14-HFOI-00063.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DL-14-HFOI-00063.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DL-14-HFOI-00063.

Thank you for your help.

From: Gordon, Pamela DLA CIV TROOP SUPPORT

Lew,
Not sure what you want me to do with this. I closed it a long time ago and never received the follow up messages. My FOIA was DSCP-14-PFOI-00432.
Pam

Pamela Gordon
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
(215) 737-3283

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Gordon -

As you'll see below, I provided additional information but received no response as to whether the FOIA was still open. Please advise.

Best,
Shawn

From: Gordon, Pamela DLA CIV TROOP SUPPORT

Mr. Musgrave,
This request had been closed as I never received your response to my March 27th email. If you wish to pursue this you must submit a new request and a statement that you are willing to pay administrative costs.

Pamela Gordon
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
(215) 737-3283

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Gordon -

As I did send an email in response to your request for clarification, I would ask that you reopen this request and confirm that I have been classified as a media requester for the purposes of fees.

Best,
Shawn

From: Gordon, Pamela DLA CIV TROOP SUPPORT

Mr. Musgrave,
Please provide your specific description of your qualifications as a media requester in order for us to consider a waiver of fees.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Gordon -

My work has been published in a number of media outlets, including The Boston Globe, Gothamist, VICE, Motherboard, Dig Boston and a slew of other publications.

In keeping with the 2007 FOIA amendments and procedures for determining fee status as a journalist, here is a sampling of recent articles as proof of publication history:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/feb/18/dhs-vancouver-olympics-social-media/

betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/14/boston-police-suspend-use-high-tech-licence-plate-readers-amid-privacy-concerns/B2hy9UIzC7KzebnGyQ0JNM/story.html

www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/syracuse-home-to-an-air-force-drone-squadron-banned-drones

Please advise as to whether this sufficiently qualifies me as a media requester.

Best,
Shawn

From: Teer, Deborah J DLA CIV GENERAL COUNSEL

Mr. Musgrave,

A search of the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) (https://www.fpds.gov/fpdsng_cms/index.php/en/; see attached) shows that contacts with Prioria Robotics were awarded by the Dept of Navy and Dept of Army. Our records do not indicate that DLA has contracted with this company. I suggest that you send your request to the Navy and Army. If you believe DLA has the records you seek, please contact me via telephone so we can further discuss your request.

At this time, you have no open FOIA request with DLA for contracts with Prioria Robotics.

Thank you

Deborah Teer
DLA HQ FOIA Officer
703-767-5247
Deborah.teer@dla.mil
Deborah.teer@dla.smil.mil

From: Gordon, Pamela DLA CIV TROOP SUPPORT

Mr. Musgrave,
Attached is a copy of the two (2) Delivery Orders we have issued for equipment manufactured by Prioria Robotics supporting US Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF). The associated part numbers are listed on the Orders themselves and they were for small reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Please let me know if you require anything further.

Pamela Gordon
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
(215) 737-3283

The manufacturer's name is Prioria Robotics.

Per the November 2013 Wired article:

Maveric has a bird-like profile with flexible wings, giving it the appearance of a raptor in flight. The drone, made of composite material, can fly as high as 25,000 feet and zip along at between 20 and 65 mph, making it just the thing for reconnaissance missions.

[...]

Earlier this fall, [Prioria Robotics] won a $4.5 million contract from the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force to produce 36 Maverics for an urgent, but undisclosed, need. Training the Joint Special Operations Task Force to use Maveric started earlier this month, according to Prioria, and fully-equipped delivery is expected in December.

Thank you!

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On March 27, 2014:

Mr. Musgrave,
Troop Support has no NSNs or part numbers currently on contract for microdones. A query of our system under microdrones also does not indicate any purchases. Please provide a specific manufacturer name or part number if you wish us to pursue this further. If we do not receive your response within five days we will consider that you are no longer interested in pursuing your request.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Pamela Gordon
Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
215 737 3283

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On March 25, 2014:

Ms. Gordon,

Per the attached, this request has been forwarded to DLA Troop Support. Please confirm receipt and advise as to its status.

Thank you.

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On March 25, 2014:

Please see attached.

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On March 19, 2014:

Please see attached.

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On March 17, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all contracts, invoices and purchase documents for the Army Rapid Equipping Force acquisition of microdrones from the beginning of FY2010 to the day this request is processed.

The most recent purchased was reported in Wired: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/11/army-maveric-microdrone/

Per the attached, REF indicated that DLA is one of the agencies with this information.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

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E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 10808
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Gordon,

Per the attached response from the Rapid Equipping Force, the order numbers were:

TLSNFPBID/SPM8EJ09D0017/429917 (three systems)
TLSNFPBID/SPM8EJ09D0017/427171 (four systems)

Please advise as to whether the documents you sent correspond to the above procurements. If not, please provide documentation as indicated in the letter from REF.

Per the letter, I have also cc'd Captain Schweichler in case he may be of help tracking down these procurement documents.

Thank you again for your help with this request.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Gordon, Pamela DLA CIV TROOP SUPPORT

Mr. Musgrave,
I am pursuing a clarification for you and will respond as soon as possible.

Pamela Gordon
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
(215) 737-3283

From: Gordon, Pamela DLA CIV TROOP SUPPORT

Mr. Musgrave,
In order for us to clarify, you must provide a copy of the letter from REF that you indicated below. If we do not receive that within 3 days we will consider that you are no longer interested in pursuing this further.

Pamela Gordon
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
(215) 737-3283

From: Shawn Musgrave

Apologies - see attached.

-Shawn

From: Gordon, Pamela DLA CIV TROOP SUPPORT

Mr. Musgrave,
The attached documents DLA Troop Support sent to you do correspond with the information he received from REF.

Pamela Gordon
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
(215) 737-3283

From: Shawn Musgrave

Thank you. I now consider this request completed.

Best,
Shawn

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