Nine companies share $800 million contract to support nuclear weapons, cyber warfare, and C4ISR

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., 21 Nov. 2014. U.S. military authorities in charge of space, cyber warfare, missile defense, global command and control, and nuclear weapons are spending as much as $800 million over the next five years for support services.

Nine companies share $800 million contract to support nuclear weapons, cyber warfare, and C4ISR
Nine companies share $800 million contract to support nuclear weapons, cyber warfare, and C4ISR
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., 21 Nov. 2014. U.S. military authorities in charge of space, cyber warfare, missile defense, global command and control, and nuclear weapons are spending as much as $800 million over the next five years for support services.

Officials of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., will oversee nine companies through 2019 that will provide a wide variety of advisory and assistance services for U.S. military strategic forces.

Companies receiving contracts for the USSTRATCOM Systems And Mission Support III program, which were announced late Thursday, are:

Alpha-Omega Change Engineering in Hampton, Va;
Server Software Solutions Inc.Client/ in Bellevue, Neb.;
ISYS Technologies in Littleton, Colo;
Joint Strategic Solutions in Omaha, Neb.;
McCallie Associates Inc. in Bellevue, Neb.;
Peerless Technologies Corp. in Fairborn, Ohio;
S4 Inc. in Bedford, Mass.;
Software Engineering Services (SES) in Bellevue, Neb.; and
The Garrett Group Inc. in Bellevue, Neb.

USSTRATCOM is one of nine unified commands in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD, and involves unified military forces from all four branches of the military.

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The command combines U.S. legacy nuclear command and control mission with responsibility for space operations; global strike; global missile defense; and global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), and combating weapons of mass destruction.

USSTRATCOM was established in 1992 as a successor to Strategic Air Command (SAC), and merged with U.S. Space Command in 2002. The unified military combat command structure gives the president and the secretary of defense a unified resource for understanding threats around the world and responding to them quickly.

Advisory and assistance services (A&AS), also known as knowledge-based services, involves jobs that require detailed processes or technical knowledge, such as engineering management, program management, logistics, management support, administration, professional services, and education and training.

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The nine contractors chosen for the USSTRATCOM Systems And Mission Support III contract will assist with organizational policy development, decision-making, management and administration, program and project management and administration, and research and development.

The companies also will provide professional advice and assistance to help USSTRATCOM improve federal technical management processes. This can involve information, advice, opinions, alternatives, analysis, evaluations, recommendations, training, and the day-to-day aid of support personnel.

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On this contract, announced Thursday by the 55th Contracting Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., the nine companies will do the work at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., and should be finished by November 2019.

For more information contact USSTRATCOM online at www.stratcom.mil, or the 55th Contracting Squadron at www.offutt.af.mil/units/55cons.

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