Army awards $2.5 billion operations contracts

Thursday - 4/21/2011, 6:44pm EDT

By John Buckner
Federal News Radio

The Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command announced this month the contract winners for its $2.5 billion Operations, Planning, Training and Resource Support Services (OPTARSS II) program.

The contract winners include 23 small businesses and 13 large businesses. All winners have a one-year base and four one-year options. The Army issued two procurements, one full and open and one set-aside for small businesses. OPTARSS II also marks the first time the contracts are open to small businesses. The Army awarded the original OPTARSS only mainly large businesses.

OPTARSS II is an indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, multiple-award contract.

It covers seven primary tasks:

  • Operational planning
  • Training
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Flight operations
  • Mobilization plans and execution
  • Deployment operations
  • Force protection program
  • Transformation

OPTARSS II is a follow up contract to the original OPTARSS and will provide the same basic services.

The Army did reduce the size of the original OPTARSS, eliminating C4I systems management, organizational support and program management from the new contract.

Each business awarded under the contract would provide one or more of these services for the Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). The services also are available to any other Army or Department of Defense services or agencies, and can be used either overseas or in the U.S.

"We are proud to be selected to provide the flexible, comprehensive, responsive services that the Army needs to maintain readiness and best support our warfighters-whenever and wherever it is needed," said George Schindler, President, CGI Federal, a large business winner under the contract. "With OPTARSS II, we also now have a contract vehicle that enables us to continue to expand our training and operations support across the Army and DoD."

John Buckner is an intern with Federal News Radio.

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