Despite the federal government’s new spending-conscious stance, defense contractors are anticipating that the Army, Navy and Pentagon will open new programs worth up to nearly $13 billion in the coming months.

Here are three multiple-award contracts that are moving forward, even as agencies cope with sequestration.


The Rapid Response Irregular Warfare program is meant to provide the Navy Counter-Networks and Illicit Trafficking Program Office with program and operations support.

The program is expected to include a series of blanket ordering agreements for technology development and application; training, operations and logistics support; and program and executive support.

The estimated ceiling value for the initiative, which is a new requirement and has no incumbents, is $5 billion over five years.

The government does not anticipate budget cuts severe enough to cancel this program, and Deltek expects the solicitation to be released in June.


The Army’s Space and Missile Defense Technology Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration — or D3I —program is focused on a broad range of missile defense, space and other applicable warfighter solutions.

Contract awardees will conduct research for the development of hardware components and software solutions related to space, missile defense, information integration and data exploitation, among other areas.

D3I will be competed in three lots: An unrestricted competition, and two small-business lots.

The total value for the program, over all three competitions, is expected to be no more than $4.9 billion over nine years.

The new program has no previous service providers, and the government estimates a solicitation release in June for all three competitions.

Defense Department

The Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks, or DS TATs, contract consolidates the technical area tasks requirements from six previous contracts. The program will provide research, development, test and engineering as well as advisory and assistance services.

The government intends to make multiple awards using an unrestricted competition pool and two partial small-business set-aside competition pools. Small businesses may participate in one or both of the set-aside pools as well as the unrestricted pool.

The program’s ceiling value is set at $3 billion over five years. Because it consolidates predecessor programs, there are a number of incumbent companies.

The government is planning to release the solicitation next month.

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