Air Force picks 12 companies to compete for $5.79 billion worth of computer networking jobs

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 31 March 2014. U.S. Air Force information technology (IT) experts are choosing 12 companies to compete for as much as $5.79 billion to provide network operations and management services for a wide variety of military computer needs.

Mar 31st, 2014
12 square-off for $5.79 billion in networking
12 square-off for $5.79 billion in networking
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 31 March 2014. U.S. Air Force information technology (IT) experts are choosing 12 companies to compete for as much as $5.79 billion to provide network operations and management services for a wide variety of military computer needs.

Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala., named the companies last week that will complete for the next three to seven years for the Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) network operations and infrastructure program.

These 12 companies will complement the 25 contractors working on the NETCENTS-2 products. NETCENTS-2 provides the Air Force with a primary source of network-centric and IT products, services, and solutions. Use of the NETCENTS-2 contracts is mandatory for Air Force organizations, and is available to the other military services.

Related: Latest awards bring total number of Air Force NETCENTS-2 COTS computer contractors to 25

The 12 NETCENTS-2 networking integration contractors named last week are:

-- American Systems Corp. in Chantilly, Va.;

-- BTAS Inc. in Beavercreek, Ohio;

-- The Centech Group Inc. in Falls Church, Va.;

-- Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. in San Diego;

-- Indus Corp. in Vienna, Va.;

-- MicroTech in Vienna, Va.;

-- Smartronix Inc. in Hollywood, Md.;

-- SMS Data Products Group Inc. in McLean, Va.;

-- STG Inc. in Reston, Va.;

-- Sumaria Systems Inc. in Danvers, Mass.;

-- Technica Corp. in Sterling, Va.; and

-- Telos Corp. in Ashburn, Va.

Related: Air Force expands pool of NETCENTS-2 computer network IT contractors from 8 to 16

These companies will compete for Air Force and other government IT jobs to support network operations, core enterprise services, and infrastructure development and operations, includes network management and defense, services oriented architecture infrastructure, enterprise-level security, management, implementation and operations, telephony infrastructure, and services.

The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity (ID and IQ) contracts for NETCENTS-2 network operations and infrastructure solutions are for three year with four one-year options. Task orders are limited to five years, and performance may extend three years beyond the expiration of ordering, Air Force officials say.

This contract vehicle is the mandatory source for all Air Force units purchasing services that fall under the scope of the contract, and it is available for use by Army, Navy, other department of defense and federal agencies.

Related: Air Force chooses eight companies to provide IT equipment in NETCENTS-2 Netcentric Products

Each company selected will receive at least $2,500, and will complete for subsequent government IT networking jobs. Air Force officials chose 12 companies of 29 that submitted proposals.

ID and IQ contracts with this much money at stake often receive protests from losing contractors. The original NETCENTS-2 products contract was awarded in April 2013 to eight contractors. Due to protests, the number of NETCENTS-2 products contractors expanded to 16 in late August, and then grew to 25 of the original 26 proposers last November.

For more information contact the Air Force Life Cycle Command online at www.wpafb.af.mil/aflcmc, or the Air Force NETCENTS program at www.netcents.af.mil.

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