US Special Operations Command (US SOCOM) has been extremely busy since Sept 11/01. That is creating corresponding demands on their support infrastructure, much of which is contracted. SOCOM is famous for having a practical, results-oriented, “get it done now” approach to contracting, which creates more freedom for contractors but also means a certain degree of added pressure. Much like the lives of SOCOM’s operators.
The L-3 Communications conglomerate does a lot of work with US SOCOM, and this DID article covers a couple of those key contracts. Their Joint Operations Group’s profile describes the nature of their work with SOCOM – and it’s extensive:
“Aircraft Integration Systems is responsible for providing comprehensive logistics support operations and maintenance located at three principal sites in Lexington and Richmond, Kentucky, with 25 additional locations in 12 other states and four OCONUS sites. The SOFSA provides critical and rapid response for joint logistical support to USSOCOM, focusing on Special Operations Forces (SOF) and SOF-unique equipment. In partnership with USSOCOM and the SOFSA, we match SOF requirements with existing or new capabilities to meet near- and mid-term logistics support mission needs. Not only are we industry leaders in Special Operations Aviation (SOA) systems integration, we also specialize in unique wheeled vehicle engineering and design, and watercraft refurbishment. In addition, the Joint Operations Group maintains expertise in the area of Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), gunsmithing, and communications-electronics and night vision device repair and return. SOFSA operations encompass the entire spectrum of logistics support including repair, modification, maintenance management, life cycle support, and sustainment of equipment.”
Nor is this L-3’s only major support effort for US SOCOM…
April 19/10: L-3 Services of Tampa, FL received a $150 million maximum order amount modification to increase the contract ceiling on the current indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for information technology support to USSOCOM Headquarters, its components, theater special operation commands and the military departments (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) that have or provide direct support to Special Operations forces. The orginal contract was awarded March 13/02 to BTG, which was acquired in 2005 by L-3 when it purchased Titan Corp. (which itself acquired BTG in 2001); the original contract had a maximum value of $189.4 million.
Work will performed in Tampa, FL and “other locations,” and the contract will expire March 31/11. The ceiling increase will be accomplished by issuing modification P00050 to contract number USZA22-02-D-0017.
March 4/09: L-3’s overall special operations support business takes a major hit, as Lockheed Martin wins the next 10-year, $5 billion installment of US SOCOM’s SOFSA CLS support contract. Read “Lockheed to Replace L-3 on $5B SOCOM Suppoprt Contract” for more.
Feb 9/09: L-3 Services of Tampa, FL received a $400 million maximum order amount modification to increase the contract ceiling on the current indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for information technology support to USSOCOM Headquarters, its component commands, theater special operation commands, and the military departments (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) that have or provide direct support to Special Operations Forces. The effect is to triple the maximum value of the original $189.4 million March 13/02 award.
Work will be performed in Tampa, FL and “other locations,” and the contract will expire on March 31/11. The ceiling increase will be accomplished by issuing modification P00047 to contract number USZA22-02-D-0017 on an ‘other than full and open’ competition basis.
Jan 30/09: The Air Force is awarding a contract to L3 Communications Corp., Integrated Systems Joint Operations of Lexington, KY for $6.2 million, to exercise the remaining option for the production and installation of dual rails applicable to the MC-130P “Combat Shadow”. The MC-130P is a modified Hercules plane that serves as SOCOM’s primary option for transporting its forces to their mission zones. The work will be performed in Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, FL. The WR-ALC/580th ACSSG/Contracting at Robins AFB, GA manages this contract (USZA22-03-D-0006, RJ31-03).
June 25/07: L-3 Communications Integrated Systems’ Joint Operations Group in Lexington, KY received a $600 million ceiling increase modification to an existing indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract, for Contractor Logistics Services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOFSA CLS). Work will be performed “in various locations,” and is expected to be complete by Sept 30/08. The basic contract was awarded through full and open competition, and one proposal was received (USZA22-03-D-0006).
The ceiling increase raises this contract’s potential total to $2.1 billion.
March 12/03: A $1.5 billion indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to “maintain a dedicated, highly responsive logistical support capability to special operation forces worldwide in support of the global war on terrorism.” The new contract ceiling increase thus brings the maximum potential total of this contract to $2.1 billion. The bulk of the work will be performed in Lexington, KY and will be complete by Sept 30/13 (USZA22-03-D-0006).
This US SOCOM page contains contract documents related to the contract, and requested modifications.
March 13/02: BTG, Inc. in Fairfax, VA received an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract, with performance based provisions. to provide for enterprise information technology services support of special operations forces world-wide. The maximum dollar value of this contract is $189.4 million.
Work will primarily be performed within the continental USA, and managed out of Tampa, FL. United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, FL manages this contract (USZA22-02-D-0017).
This article can be found its entirety here.