Navy preparing to open $5B program

October 28, 2012

A Navy office focused on stopping smugglers and terrorists is preparing to open a program worth up to $5 billion over five years to provide operations support.

The Naval Air Warfare Center’s counter-networks and illicit trafficking program office has a broad mission to detect and disrupt the wayward — from collecting intelligence related to drug smuggling and terrorists to countering the trafficking of weapons and people.

Under the contracting program, companies would offer a whole range of services the office needs, such as building hardware and software, managing training and conducting studies and analyses.

The contract will be available for use not only by U.S. agencies but also by partner nations’ government agencies, said Regina Frix, an analyst at Herndon-based Deltek, which researches the government contracting market.

As a new program, it has no incumbent, according to Frix.

In a statement of work, the government said the program would require quick action by contractors.

“Due to political and operational considerations, projects and requirements are usually determined and must be responded to quickly,” the statement read. “Because of the highly adaptable nature of the enemy and the need to take advantage of short windows of opportunity, equipment and services are frequently required on short notice,” often 30 days or fewer.

The kinds of products and services needed are typically smaller than a traditional Pentagon weapon systems program, the government added.

Deltek expects the government to release a new draft solicitation by the end of the year, said Frix. Additionally, she anticipates that small businesses will be given opportunities to compete for work.

The Navy declined to answer questions about the contract, citing the need to be fair and ensure all contenders have the same information.

Frix said there has been significant interest in the program among Deltek’s clients, though she declined to say exactly how many.

Even those who don’t directly bid on the contract may find teaming opportunities, given the program’s size, she added.

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