The Air Force is moving forward with a $6.9 billion contract for networking equipment, software and other products, following a decision last month to add eight companies to the existing contract.
The Aug. 26 awards follow several contract delays and an onslaught of protests against earlier iterations of the Air Force’s Network Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Netcentric Products contract. The selected vendors are:
■immix Technology Inc., McLean, Va.
■M2 Technology, San Antonio
■Blue Tech, Inc., San Diego
■Unicom Government Inc., Herndon Va.
■Global Technology Resources Inc., Denver
■Micro Tech, Vienna, Va.
■Red River Computer Co., Claremont, N.H.
■Integration Technologies Group, Falls Church, Va.
The companies were among a group of 14 vendors that protested the NETCENTS-2 contract award in April made to eight other vendors. In May, the Air Force asked the Government Accountability Office to dismiss the protests because it wanted to re-evaluate technical proposals with an emphasis on Trade Agreement Act compliance, amend the solicitation, hold limited discussions, issue another request for final proposal revisions and make new contract awards, as needed.
“The Air Force then determined that in addition to the initial eight contract awards, that eight additional contracts would be awarded based on the last proposals received prior to the award on April 19,” according to a Defense Department announcement.
The Air Force did not comment on its decision to award contracts to the additional vendors that were not previously selected in April. In total, there are 16 vendors on the contract. The initial winners on the NETCENTS-2 contract were: Ace Technology Partners, CDW Government LLC, CounterTrade Products Inc., FedStore Corp., General Dynamics IT, Intelligent Decisions Inc., Iron Bow Technologies LLC., and World Wide Technology Inc.
Companies will compete to offer commercially available solutions, such as servers, multimedia, software that isn’t included on other enterprise licenses, and identity management and biometric hardware. The potential six-year award is one contract vehicle under the Air Force’s $24 billion NETCENTS-2 program, which will replace the current NETCENTS program for buying information technology and Netcentric products, solutions and services.
The contract is mandatory for Air Force customers purchasing Netcentric products.
In July, the Air Force awarded a $960 million NETCENTS-2 Application Services contract to six vendors: Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, Harris IT Services Corp., SRA International, Raytheon, L-3 National Security Solutions, and TYBRIN Corp. Services under the contract include sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational support services.