I'm in DC and I believe you are spot on but as the saying goes "it's not done until the fat lady sings". That said, the rumors indicate a favorable outcome particularly as it is basically a renewed contract.
More than a gut feeling. Less than anything concrete. I view the move by the Marines as the strongest evidence something is moving forward. The need for clean drinking water in emergencies is vital. The MRE's they carry need water. I wonder if they could purify their own P with this filter? In an emergency?
I wrote the company about them maybe looking into the Gates Foundation with their water filters. Maybe a corny idea, but you never know, the foundation may like to fund some development. How many diseases could be raticated, if the world had good water to drink?