The Defense Department has awarded a technical services contract worth up to $3 billion for its 12 winning bidders. (SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images)
Twelve contractors have been selected for a Department of Defense technical services contract valued at up to $3 billion.
The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks (DS TATs) contract covers research, test and advisory services for focus areas, including:
» survivability and vulnerability;
» advanced materials;
» autonomous systems;
» directed energy;
» military sensing;
» non-lethal weapons;
» reliability, maintainability, quality, supportability, and;
» weapons systems.
The contract is for one base year with four one-year options. It was issued by the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, according to a Department of Defense announcement.
The winning contractors are:
» Booz Allen Hamilton
» EOIR Technologies
» Georgia Tech
» Mantech TSG-2 Joint Venture
» Prescient Edge
» Strategic Analysis
» URS Federal Services
» Wyle Laboratories.
Section 1.4.2 of the FedBizOpps solicitation goes into more detail on the focus areas. The advanced materials areas, for example, includes aerospace structural composites, thermal batteries and mortar tubes among other items. The autonomous weapons area delves into unmanned vehicles and associated armaments such as pulsed energy projectiles and plasma weapons. The directed energy weapons area includes particle energy projectiles, electroshock weapons, and electron particle beam weapons.
"The opportunity to play a role in developing the next generation of platforms and capabilities for the DoD is very exciting,” said Tom Greenspon, executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamiilton. “We look forward to engaging with the full suite of our engineering and C4ISR strengths to shape programs that will be key to the national defense for decades to come. If we can draw anything from our shared history, it's important to understand that the investments being made during the period of performance on this contract will be critical to our technological advantage many years into the future."
“We will continue to bring our long-standing expertise in materials, manufacturing and weapon systems development and integration to support the DoD’s goals," said Rob Hirt, an Alion vice president, in a company news release.
Meanwhile, Prescient Edge has been awarded a position in the advanced materials and directed energy focus areas, according to the company.