The U.S. Air Force has posted a draft Performance Work Statement (PWS) for one segment of Mission Partner Command and Control (C2) and Intelligence Information Sharing Capabilities opportunity, an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at up to $10 billion. The Government is seeking industry input to shape the requirements and acquisition strategy decisions across the entire IDIQ.

The draft PWS is for the Architecture, Engineering, and Integration (AE&I) pillar, one of four pillars of the Mission Partner Environment (MPE) Acquisition. The three other pillars are: Operations, Maintenance, and Sustainment (OM&S), Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), and Transformative Effort. A draft PWS for the OM&S pillar is expected to be issued next as early as May.

The Government is planning an industry day for the AE&I PWS in April, with and other events to follow. Bidders interested in the AE&I opportunity should submit their feedback on the PWS to the Government by April 25, 2022. The Government aims to issue a revised draft PWS and seek feedback before releasing the final RFP, expected as early as October 2022.

If you are interested in the C2 opportunity, reach out to OST Global Solutions for help designing a winning strategy.

The upcoming MPE contract will consist of two levels of operation characterized by the information and data exchange requirements of the mission and anticipated partners. The Enterprise MPE includes the U.S. Government; state, local, tribal, and territorial Governments; and foreign partners. And the Expeditionary MPE includes multinational treaty organizations, the private sector, and non-Governmental organizations (NGO).

The MPE will provide enterprise-level, worldwide interoperable Command, Control, and Intelligence (C2I) information sharing capabilities across the four pillars.

The Secretary of the Air Force Concepts, Development, and Management Office (SAF/CDM) also issued a caution/reminder to potential bidders in its latest communication:

  1. SAF/CDM is aware of reinvigorated Industry efforts to obtain information and insight from various personnel and organizations. These attempts include requested meetings with individuals of influence and recommending solutions to meet perceived needs for a requirement that is not yet fully defined. These actions are counterproductive to competition and the acquisition process, and only delay our ability to get the final acquisition package out to Industry.
  2. Our Mission Partners (MP), to include Combatant Commands (CCMD), Services and Agencies (CC/S/A), other Departments, and our foreign MP work directly with the Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) in SAF/CDM to fulfill MPE mission needs and address requirements. The Acquisition Team is working diligently to provide pertinent documentation to Interested Parties and obtain Industry’s comments and feedback regarding the acquisition. Answering/addressing individual requests will only slow this process and hinder timely release and dissemination of documentation and information.
  3. Furthermore, the Government is committed to leveling the playing field by avoiding unfair access and minimizing competitive advantage of one party over another. Inappropriately seeking/gaining pre-solicitation information could disqualify potential bidders from participation.
  4. In the interest of all concerned, please continue to monitor status on SAM.gov and work directly with our COs. Notice ID for MPE acquisition is CDM-2020-1 when accessing SAM.gov. If you use an older link to access the opportunity, be sure to click in the blue notice appears immediately under the heading to view all latest updates. We have advised our MPs/stakeholders of the above and asked that they also direct Interested Parties to the POCs listed on SAM.gov.

The Government will issue a separate SAM.gov notice to manage all AE&I pillar-related correspondence, and it indicated that RFI questions and a comment resolution matrix are forthcoming.

OST Global Solutions is a professional business development consulting firm. We have experience supporting large, strategic bids like C2. We can provide capture and proposal teams to develop a complete, winning C2 proposal. Or we can provide consultants on a case-by-case basis to fill gaps on your business development team. Our services related to the C2 proposal consist of capture management, proposal management, orals coaching, proposal writing, graphics support, editing, desktop publishing, and cost volume development.

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