The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $43,874,673, fixed-price incentive contract to L-3 National Security Solutions for the operations, maintenance and sustainment of the Air Force Satellite Control Network.
The Consolidated Air Force Satellite Control Network Modifications, Maintenance, and Operations contract is a seven-year, Fixed-Price Incentive (Firm Target) contract which has been awarded through a competitive, best-value source selection process. The CAMMO contract will be for a maximum period of seven years with a six-month extension of services option (one 1-year base + six 1-year options + 6-month extension of services option).
“CAMMO combines operations, maintenance, and sustainment from three contracts into a single vertically integrated contract vehicle,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space and SMC commander. “By vertically integrating AFSCN contracted work, the government expects economies of scale, economies of scope, and productivity gains; as well as efficiencies compelled by competition resulting in significant projected savings.”
The CAMMO contract is a services acquisition effort integrating and consolidating AFSCN weapon system and operating location requirements from two existing contracts into a single operations, maintenance, and sustainment (OM&S) contract. The two existing contracts are: the Satellite Control Network Contract and the Network and Space Operations and Maintenance contract. Current operations, operations support, remote site support, and Level 1 (organizational) maintenance is provided under the NSOM contract with Harris Information Technology Services (HITS) Corporation. Sustainment, Level 2 (depot) maintenance, sustainment modifications, and factory compatibility testing are provided under the SCNC with Honeywell Technology Solutions Incorporated (HTSI).
This approach will require the CAMMO contractor to provide a defined level of service across the network based on system performance measures. This will incentivize the contractor to implement efficient processes across OM&S and have the opportunity to optimize their workforce, subject to mandatory requirements of the Performance Work Statement and compliance documents. The objective of CAMMO is to maintain performance and reduce OM&S cost for the AFSCN without adding additional risk. This acquisition strategy enables AF Space Command to streamline critical space operations, save scarce funding, and usher in a new era of vertically integrated service-based contracting for the AFSCN.
The AFSCN is a global network of communications and computer systems that support a growing inventory of increasingly complex space vehicles which support operational forces in peace and wartime. It is designed to have the flexibility to support a wide spectrum of orbiting satellites. A large number of satellites with various altitudes and orbit inclinations are supported on a 24-hour per day, 7-day a week schedule. In addition to the primary support provided to DOD, the AFSCN also provides services for non-DoD organizations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. – sponsored programs of foreign governments.
The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force’s center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems including Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.