Operationalized Contracting: ACC-Redstone Awards $25.5B Contract

By Dr. Patrick O'Farrell, Army Contracting CommandApril 18, 2018

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Sitting: Contracting Officer -- Mr. Barry Byrd. Standing Left to Right: Kalie Meadows, Julia Kidd, Amy Clark, LaTasha Porter - Contract Specialist, Patrick O'Farrell, COL Calvin Lane, Joshua Smothers, Sofia Colquiett, Eric Post, Brandon Williams, J... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

ACC-Redstone has awarded a $25.5B ceiling acquisition suite of multiple-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (MA ID/IQ) contracts for services in two pools (Large Business & Small Business), with up to a 10-year ordering period (5-year base and one 5-year option). CLS services include sustainment engineering, supply support, maintenance planning and management; furnishing or maintaining support equipment, aircraft modifications; manpower and personnel; facilities and infrastructure; packaging, handling, storage, and transportation Congressional Notification was made March 30 and DASA-P AOA completed their review of contract numbers W58RGZ-18-D-0008, W58RGZ-18-D-0030, W58RGZ-18-D-0031, W58RGZ-18-D-0032, W58RGZ-18-D-0033, W58RGZ-18-D-0034. Large Company awardees were AAR Corporation, ARMA, DynCorp, & L3. Awardees in the small business suite were North American Surveillance Systems (NASS) & Pinnacle Solutions. Award was made Apr. 4, 2018, after stock market had closed at 5 p.m. EST.

"Multi-year contracts are one of the tools that provide program managers the flexibility to quickly meet urgent operational needs of our combatant commanders," said Brig. Gen Thomas Todd, Program Executive Officer for Army Aviation. "As a result of the teamwork displayed by PM Nonstandard Rotary Wing and ACC-Redstone in getting this contract awarded, we are better positioned to rapidly respond to the increasingly complex and evolving demands of our aviation warfighters in theater." The WLSS-C contract enables ACC-Redstone to minimize procurement costs, reduce execution schedules, shortening the time from request for proposal to award to better support a dynamic wartime environment, increase contractor performance associated with supporting the Non-Standard Rotary Wing's Program Office and their continued requirements for contracted logistics support and maintenance services.

Executive Director & Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting for ACC-Redstone Rebecca Weirick said, "this contract, like the Apache Multi-Year we awarded in 10 months for $10.8B, represents operationalized contracting on many levels. Speed to award and greater flexibility for the Soldier plus also offers both a large and small business suite for bidders to compete for task orders which will reduce prices and get more for the taxpayer."

Utilizing the Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery -- Indefinite Quantity procurement approach reduces overall procurement costs through competitive Task Order awards, reducing administration costs associated with supporting additional full scale competitions, and reduces execution schedules by establishing realistic terms and conditions. This acquisition will also incentivize contractor proposal performance through short turn competitive Task Order contract actions, operationalizing with less than 180 days from requirements package to award throughout the life of the contract. These sets of contract suites were awarded nine months ahead of schedule and will provide continuous evaluation and adjustment of the competitive pools by use of "on ramp" and "off-ramps" to ensure a reasonable, reliable, and responsible base of contractors are available to compete throughout the entire ordering periods of up to 10 years.

"This is an exciting day for ACC-RSA and the NSRWA PMO. I'm happy that we have a contracting vehicle in place that will meet the needs of the NSRWA PMO customers quicker and at a better value for the tax payer. The best part of it all is that task orders under these contracts will help partner nations fight -- keeping more of our soldiers out of harm's way." said Barry Byrd, Contracting Officer for ACC-Redstone.

This suite of contracts provides CLS support to US Government partner nations, a primarily Foreign Military Sales customer base, all over the world -- initial efforts will support the Governments of Iraq and Afghanistan in the fight on the War on Terror, within USCENTCOM's Combatant Commanders' Area of Responsibility. Early competition of Task Orders will be to provide MD530 Aircraft and Mi-17 Aircraft contracted support services to Afghanistan.