Army, Air Force readying to issue new contract vehicles

September 15, 2013

Several noteworthy Defense Department contracts are coming up for competition in the spring, and incumbents and newcomers alike are bracing for new opportunities.

These large contracts will likely provide work for both large and small businesses. Companies should consider teaming relationships because a place on one of these large contracts could provide vendors with exposure to new purchasing departments.

Here is a look at the three:

Army

The service’s Strategic Services Sourcing 2nd Generation contract program is expected to include work related to engineering, logistics and business operations support for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.

S32G, as it’s known, is anticipated to result in multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts. The competition will be unrestricted, with some awards set aside for small businesses. Given its predecessor contract’s duration of five base years with five one-year option periods, S32G contracts may run for up to 10 years.

The total effort is valued at $30 billion, and Deltek expects the solicitation’s release in April.

Air Force

The Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment of the B-2 Weapon System contract involves assuming platform integration responsibility for the current B-2 bomber as well as handling future enhancements and modifications.

B-2 FAST will be an unrestricted competition. The new contract’s duration is unknown, but Northrop Grumman’s incumbent contract lasted for 15 years.

The Air Force has not shared the ceiling value of the new program, but the predecessor initiative has a ceiling value of $9.5 billion. The solicitation is expected in April.

The Air Force is also preparing its Test and Operations Support contract program, which provides operation, maintenance, information management and support services to the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Test Center and Arnold Engineering Development Complex.

TOS will be an unrestricted competition, and the contract performance period is projected as one base year with five to seven one-year option periods.

Deltek anticipates the contract will be of similar value to the incumbent contract, held by Aerospace Testing Alliance and valued at $3.2 billion. A solicitation is anticipated for June.

Ashley Bergander is research manager at Herndon-based Deltek, which conducts research on the government contracting market and can be found at www.deltek.com.

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