REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone awarded eight indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, or IDIQ, contracts for a potential of more than $3 billion in support of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration, or D3I, Domain 1 -- space, high altitude and missile defense program -- Feb. 9.

The contracts provide for a total potential program ceiling value of $3.038 billion to be shared among all awardees to streamline USASMDC/ARSTRAT's acquisition process to support the Warfighter.

The awardees are: BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Rockville, Maryland; Dynetics Inc., Huntsville; KBRwyle Technology Solutions LLC, Columbia, Maryland; Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Virginia; QWK Integrated Solutions LLC, Huntsville; Raytheon Company, Tewksbury, Massachusetts; Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Virginia; and Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., Huntsville.

SMDC utilizes the D3I program to conduct research for the development of hardware components and software solutions for Domain 1; Domain 2 -- information integration and data exploitation; and Domain 3 -- enhanced Warfighter capabilities.

"The D3I program will reduce acquisition cycle times for contract actions for the command, and for USASMDC/ARSTRAT's customers, by reducing the procurement lead times," said Diane Whitmore, chief, SMDC Command Acquisition Support Office. "This is the third and final D3I domain to be awarded. D3I Domains 2 and 3 were awarded in February 2016 and December 2015, respectively."

The D3I Domain 1 IDIQ contracts will enhance the SMDC mission by contractually supporting the command's efforts to design, develop, demonstrate and integrate products focused on the development of space, high altitude and missile defense capabilities that enable the Warfighter to effectively support the Department of Defense, U.S. Strategic Command, unified combatant commands and other military branches, as well as government agencies.

"Transition of previously awarded contracts to D3I Domains 2 and 3 is underway," Whitmore said. "We have numerous task orders in the pipeline planned for award. These business opportunities were briefed at the December 2016 Advanced Planning Brief to Industry. In addition, the next Army Contracting Command Industry Communication Event will be hosted Feb. 21 at the Jackson Center in Huntsville."

The D3I Domain 1 is a multiple-award IDIQ, or MAIDIQ, contract vehicle procured through full and open competition, utilizing Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 15 procedures.

Each awarded contract carries a five-year base ordering period and two consecutive two-year optional ordering periods within which specific Domain 1 task order requirements will be competed among the eight awardees.

"The award of D3I Domain 1 was a tremendous team effort," Whitmore said. "We'd like to thank the SMDC leadership, ACC-Redstone, the proposal evaluation team and the industry bidders who worked hard to make this contract award a reality.

"We are looking forward to working with our industry partners to provide space and missile defense capabilities for the Army," she added.

The maximum value is a collective ceiling that will be shared among all MAIDIQ awardees across all contracts and task orders awarded. The contracts include contract line items types: cost plus fixed-fee, cost plus incentive fee, firm fixed price and fixed price incentive firm target.

"The D3I Domain 1 contract is part of USASMDC/ARSTRAT's acquisition strategy for the next decade," Whitmore said. "D3I supports the command's mission to advance space, missile defense, and high altitude capabilities for the Army, the Department of Defense, and other government agencies."