The General Services Administration and Cyber Command — the lead command for military cyber operations — announced the winners of a multi-award contract to provide "a broad scope of services needed to support the U.S. Cyber Command mission," according to the award announcement.

Contracting officers received 17 proposals from the October RFP but only six vendors were awarded spots on the $460 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, which is set to run from the date of the award — May 20 — through May 19, 2021.

Awards: USCYBERCOM Support Contract

The new contract also represents a new acquisition model for CYBERCOM, using an internal, pre-competed contract vehicle to speed procurements rather than relying on traditional, time-consuming methods.

The acquisition model is a move Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, championed last year with the launch of a Cyber Investment Management Board.

"I have a group called the Cyber Investment Management Board, which oversees cyber investments, and it was set up partly because of the need to have very rapid and agile investments in cyber in some areas. And, to not use the traditional system," Kendall said last October.

The vehicle provides access to vendors with expertise in defensive and offensive cyber operations.

"The scope of these requirements includes capabilities, knowledge and expertise in the full range of technologies, cyberspace operations, joint operation planning, training and exercises and business areas needed to support USCYBERCOM's operational mission," according to the RFP. "In addition, the scope includes all-source intelligence, research and development, test and evaluation services."

Contract winners include The KEYW Corporation; Vencore, Inc.; Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); CACI, Inc. Federal; and Secure Mission Solutions, LLC.

Along with the award announcement, CYBERCOM issued the first task order on the new contract to Vencore, which will provide "cyberspace operations" support from June 1 to May 31, 2017, with four one-year add-on options. That task order has an estimated value of $89 million.

CYBERCOM expects to award additional task orders off the vehicle, all with the same one-year base with annual re-up options. Individual task orders can range from $2,500 to $300 million.

Aaron Boyd is an awarding-winning journalist currently serving as editor of Federal Times — a Washington, D.C. institution covering federal workforce and contracting for more than 50 years — and Fifth Domain — a news and information hub focused on cybersecurity and cyberwar from a civilian, military and international perspective.

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