Three big Defense Department contracts coming up next year

November 17, 2013

The military is readying to release three major contract vehicles worth watching early next year.

The contracts’ requirements range from information technology support to router equipment to research and development on bomb threats.

Here is a look at the three:

Defense Department’s E-SITE

The Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise contract will provide IT and technical support services, including system design, development, fielding, and sustainment of global intelligence and command and control worldwide.

E-SITE will produce multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts. The competition will be unrestricted; however, the government intends to award small-business prime contracts and encourages teaming arrangements between large and small businesses.

The resulting contracts are anticipated to run for one base year with an additional four one-year option periods, for a maximum of five years.

The contract has 11 incumbent vendors and is expected to have a ceiling value of $6 billion. The government anticipates the solicitation’s release in January or February.

Navy’s PBX

The Private Branch Exchange Routers Switches and Related Equipment and Accessories contract will provide the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Atlantic with a wide range of commercial off-the-shelf routers, switches and related equipment. The agency plans to award multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts to qualified 8(a) small-business vendors.

The awarded contracts are expected to have one-year base periods with four additional one-year option periods, for a maximum of five years. The government estimates a total value of $990 million. Deltek expects a solicitation in February.

Army’s CREW

The Mounted Counter Radio Controlled IED Electronics Warfare System contract will provide continued system growth and research, development, testing and evaluation of new capabilities for enhanced force protection against emerging remote-controlled roadside bomb threats.

CREW will be an unrestricted competition, and the contract performance period is projected to be five years.

The incumbent contract has an estimated ceiling value of $937 million. Deltek anticipates the follow-on requirement will have a similar cap. A solicitation is expected in March.

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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