20 hot defense contracts for 2011 and beyond

We round up the 20 largest defense contracts of the next 18 months

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to remove the Rapid Reaction Support for the Warfighter contract while more information is verified.

Our roundup of the 20 largest defense contracts is a showcase of military IT needs for the next 18 months.

Many of the contracts are recompetes, with market research firm Input identifying only two as new procurements.

All are in the prerequest for proposals stage, and Input expects agencies and military services to start issuing RFPs this month.

The contracts cover a range of services, from basic IT to advanced science and engineering. A common thread among several contracts is the military's need for a rapid response from contractors.

We ranked the contracts according to their ceiling, not by the amount of work they are expected to generate. We created this list using Input's contract database.


1. Strategic Services Sourcing Second Generation
Acronym: S32G
Agency: Army
Value: $30 billion
Status: RFP expected in November 2012.
Solicitation No.: Not available.
Incumbents: Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI International, ManTech International, Computer Sciences Corp., Lockheed Martin, USFalcon, D&S Consultants.
What it does: The contract supports command and control customers of the Army Communications-Electronics Command. Services include engineering, joint training requirements, logistics and business operations support.
2. Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise Program
Acronym: EAGLE
Agency: Army
Value: $30 billion
Status: RFP expected in May.
Solicitation No.: W52P1J10RXXXX.
Incumbents: Thirty-four companies that hold the Army's Field and Installation Readiness Support Team contract.
What it does: The Army Sustainment Command will use the contract to support logistics operations around the world. Services include supply, maintenance, transportation support, and plans and operations.

3. Seaport Enhanced Rolling Admissions 2011
Acronym: SeaPort-e 2011
Agency: Naval Sea Systems Command
Value:$19.5 billion
Status: RFP expected in April.
Solicitation No.: Not available.
Incumbents: None.
What it does: This is an on-ramp contract for contractors that didn’t win an earlier entry onto SeaPort-e. This is a mechanism for the Navy to add new contractors to the vehicle. Services include research and development, engineering, modeling and simulation, prototyping, software engineering, configuration management, information systems development, training, and administrative support.

4. F-22 Follow on Raptor Enhancement Development and Integration
Acronym: FREDI
Agency: Air Force
Value: $16 billion
Status: RFP expected in April.
Solicitation No.: F22FREDI.
Incumbents: Lockheed Martin.
What it does: The contract provides for the development of integrated software and hardware upgrades to the F-22 weapons system. Work will include correcting existing defects, incorporating new requirements and enhancing performance.

5. Communication and Transmission Systems
Acronym: CTS
Agency: Army
Value: $10.5 billion
Status: RFP expected in May.
Solicitation No.: W52P1J11R0018.
Incumbents: Boeing Co., D&S Consultants, EyakTek, General Dynamics, Globecomm Systems, Harris Corp., ITT Corp., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Co., Rockwell Collins, and Telecommunications Systems Inc.
What it does: CTS is used to provide satellite communications and transmission to support various weapons systems. Services include systems configuration, interoperability with the Global Information Grid, network support and other support services.

6. Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems and Support Services
Acronym: GTACS
Agency: Army
Value: $10.2 billion
Status: RFP expected in March.
Solicitation No.: W15P7T11RC001.
Incumbents: None. This is a new contract.
What it does: The contract will be used to support secure and unsecured communications to deployed and mobile forces. The contract will have five task-order areas: research and development, production and deployment, sustainment, special projects, and small business.

7. DOD Enterprise Software Initiative COTS and SOA Systems Integration Services
Acronym: ESI/Compass
Agency: Defense Department
Value: $10 billion
Status: RFP expected in October.
Solicitation No.: N0010409RQ190.
Incumbents: Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp., Deloitte and IBM.
What it does: The contract aggregates DOD’s buying power for commercial software, hardware and services and to bring commercial best practices to DOD. 8. Information Technology Enterprise Solutions 3 Hardware
Acronym: ITES 3H
Agency: Army
Value: $5 billion
Status: RFP expected in June.
Solicitation No: W91QUZ10ITES3H.
Incumbents: Dell, IBM, GTSI, CDW, Apptis, and World Wide Technology.
What it does: The Army uses this contract to acquire desktop PCs, laptop PCs, servers, storage and networking equipment and related services.

9. Space High Altitude and Missile Defense Ground Systems for Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration
Acronym: D3I
Agency: Army
Value: $3.7 billion
Status: RFP expected in September.
Solicitation No.: Not available.
Incumbents: This is a new contract.
What it does: This contract will be used to fill what the Army sees as a gap in its ability to design, develop, demonstrate and integrate products for space, missile defense and other high-altitude capabilities. Users will include the Transportation Command, the combatant commands, DOD and other agencies. The contract will support mission areas such as strategic deterrence, global strike, intelligence and reconnaissance, and protection against weapons of mass destruction.

10. Strategic Rhythm Generation 1
Acronym: SRG1
Agency: Air Force
Value: $3 billion
Status: RFP expected in March.
Solicitation No.: FA862210R8526.
Incumbents: Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Innovative Logistics Techniques, HMR Technical LLC, Jacobs Engineering Group, PESystems, Business Technologies and Solutions Inc., Logtec Inc., Sumaria Systems, Centech Group, and Innovative Technologies Corp.
What it does: This is a small-business contract and will be used to support acquisition management at the Air Force Materiel Command. Services will include management and professional support services, studies, analysis and evaluations, and engineering and technical services.

11. Training Systems Acquisition III
Acronym: TSA III
Agency: Air Force
Value: $3 billion
Status: RFP expected in June.
Solicitation No.: PIXS6406.
Incumbents: Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Sytronics, Textron, Cubic Corp., CAE Inc., Boeing, NCI Information Systems, L-3 Communications, Flight Safety Services Corp. and LB&B Associates Inc.
What it does: The Air Force Materiel Command uses this contract to support training efforts that include the acquisition of training systems and the tasks of analysis, design, development, production, installation, integration, test, database generation and sustainment.

12. Launch and Test Range System Integration Support
Acronym: LTRS
Agency: Air Force
Value: $3 billion
Status: RFP expected in April.
Solicitation No.: 0949.
Incumbents: InDyne Inc. and ITT Corp.
What it does: This Air Force Space Command contract supports the network of instrumentation at the east and west training ranges. Each range has instrumentation to monitor and track spacelift vehicles, ballistic missiles and guided weapons.

13. C4ISR Worldwide Sustainment Services
Acronym: Not applicable
Agency: Army
Value: $2.8 billion
Status: RFP expected in April.
Solicitation No.: Not available.
Incumbents: Computer Sciences Corp.
What it does: This contract supports the Communications Electronics Command, Army Materiel Command and Logistics Readiness Center in providing communications and electronics systems and equipment to warfighters. The contract will support command and control systems.

14. Removed to verify more information.

15. Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance Contract
Acronym: SETAC
Agency: Army
Value: $2.75 million
Status: RFP expected in March.
Solicitation No.: W9113M10R0001.
Incumbents: Radiance Technologies, S3 Technologies and DMD Inc.
What it does: This small-business contract is used by the Army Space and Missile Defense Command to deliver systems engineering and technical assistance support. Areas of support include business initiatives, requirement definitions, program and project analysis, and logistics assessments.

16. Aircraft maintenance and related services for the Army Aviation Center
Acronym: Not applicable
Agency: Army
Value: $2.7 billion
Status: RFP expected in September.
Solicitation No.: W58RGZ10R0499.
Incumbents: L-3 Communications.
What it does: The contract provides for quality maintenance and logistic support services for aircraft assigned to the Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, Air Force and others at Fort Rucker, Ala.

17. Warrior Enabling Broad Sensor Services for the Night Vision Electronic Services Directorate
Acronym: WEBS NVESD
Agency: Army
Value: $1.9 billion
Status: RFP expected in March.
Solicitation No.: W15P7T10RP601.
Incumbents: Sentel Corp., Fibertek Inc. and EOIR Technologies.
What it does: This contract is for rapid responses to new requirements, including combating improvised explosive devices and development of new weapons systems. Requirements include modeling, training, and surveillance expertise.

18. Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks
Acronym: TAT
Agency: DOD
Value: $1.5 billion
Status: RFP expected in December 2012.
Solicitation No.: Not available.
Incumbents: Wyle Inc., Alion Science and Technology Corp., Booz Allen Hamilton, Georgia Institute of Technology and John Hopkins University.
What it does: The contract will support the Defense Technical Information Center. The center supports DOD's information analysis centers by providing services, networks, databases, and storage for scientific and technical information.

19. Mobile Consolidated Command Center Support Contract
Acronym: MCCC MSC
Agency: DOD
Value: $1.5 billion
Status: RFP expected in April.
Solicitation No.: FA870711R0010.
Incumbents: Lockheed Martin.
What it does: The contract supports the Northern Command’s mobile command posts, which include secure command and control systems. Work includes systems integration, sustainment, modernization and operation of a government-owned maintenance facility.

20. Global Information Grid Services, Management, Engineering, Transition and Implementation
Acronym: DISN GSM-ETI
Agency: Defense Information Systems Agency
Value: $1.4 billion
Status: RFP expected March.
Solicitation No.: HC102810R2001.
Incumbents: Apptis.
What it does: Work under this contract includes engineering, transition services, systems engineering, telecommunications standards development, IT systems and technology updates.

Source: Input

Reader Comments

Mon, Mar 14, 2011 Editor

For now, Rapid Reaction Support has been removed from the list while we try to verify more information.

Fri, Mar 11, 2011

The contract award value of #14, Rapid Reaction Support for the Warfighter (Solicitation No.: FA860410C7452) is estimated at less than $10 MILLION, NOT $2.8 BILLION.

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