Small business gets big Air Force contract

The Air Force Space Command's 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., this month awarded the $429 million Western Range Operations Communications and Information contract to InDyne Inc.

It is one of the largest federal IT contracts ever for a small business.

InDyne, which specializes in information systems, science and engineering, and technical and administrative services, partnered with Northrop Grumman's IT division on the contract.

Under the eight-year, cost-plus-incentive-fee/award-fee contract, InDyne will support systems for communications, weather, early warning, surveillance, navigation, space control, satellite operations and space testing activities, the company said in a release.

Prior to the InDyne selection, ITT Industries Inc. had held the contract for several decades.

"The WROCI contract is one of the most complex acquisitions Vandenberg has ever awarded," said Evelyn Swain, contracting officer for the 30th Contracting Squadron. "Competition was keen, but InDyne's proposal proved exceptional and provided the best overall value."

The work entails consolidating six existing contracting efforts into one comprehensive operations and maintenance contract for the 30th Space Wing, officials said.

InDyne and Northrop Grumman IT will be responsible for:

  • Western Range operations and maintenance

  • Support services

  • Training

  • Command, control, communications, information and computer systems services

  • Testing, modifying and installing communications, electronic and security systems at launch facilities

  • Launch control centers and test facilities.

  • The contract will provide for access to the Non-classified IP Router Network, Secret IP Router Network, LANs and WANs. It becomes effective Oct. 1 and extends to September 2011.

    Dawn S. Onley writes for Government Computer News.

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