HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 21 March 2005. The Electronic Systems Center will present the strategy and structure of the Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System Integrator contract during several Industry Day sessions on March 22 and 23 at the MITRE compound in Bedford, Mass.
The first day will be a general session covering the scope and technical requirements of the contract, which is potentially worth more than $2 billion. The second day will offer one-on-one sessions with potential bidders.
"Over the past several months, our team has worked shoulder to shoulder with DoD to fine tune the plan to deliver a transformational capability that will make the Air and Space Operations Center a powerful weapon to use against our adversaries," said Col. Terence Szanto, Operational Command and Control Systems Group commander.
The center anticipates issuing the draft request for proposals in May with the final RFP to follow in July and contract award before the end of the year.
The contract is to standardize, field and sustain the 17 worldwide AOCs along with the training site at Hurlburt AFB, Fla., and the Help Desk at Langley AFB, Va., according to Maj. Joe Nedeau, AOC Weapon System Modernization deputy program manager.
The official designation of the contract was changed to Weapon System Integrator because it more accurately portrays the AOC's designation as a weapon system, Major Nedeau said.
"By its nature, this contract will allow us to focus on inherently governmental functions and program management, while contactors can draw upon their wealth of engineering talent to address technical issues," said Major Nedeau. "Ultimately, we believe this will lead to greater efficiency and reduced deployed footprint in terms of both personnel and materiel with a significant cost savings to the Air Force."
For more information, see www.hanscom.af.mil.