The Air Force has selected eight companies to compete for work on a potential $6.9 billion contract for networking equipment, software and other products.
The award follows several contract delays and an onslaught of protests against earlier iterations of the Air Force’s Network Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Netcentric Products contract. The selected vendors are:
■ immix Technology Inc., McLean, Va.
■ M2 Technology, San Antonio
■ Blue Tech, Inc., San Diego
■ Unicom Government, Inc., Herndon Va.,
■ Global Technology Resources, Inc., Denver
■ Micro Tech, Vienna, Va.
■ Red River Computer Co., Claremont, N.H.
■ Integration Technologies Group, Falls Church, Va.
The companies were among a group of 14 vendors that protested a NETCENTS-2 contract award in April made to eight other vendors. In May, the Air Force asked the Government Accountability Office to dismiss the protests because it wanted to re-evaluate technical proposals with an emphasis on Trade Agreement Act compliance, amend the solicitation, hold limited discussions, issue another request for final proposal revisions and make new contract awards, as needed.
“The Air Force then determined that in addition to the initial eight contract awards, that eight additional contracts would be awarded based on the last proposals received prior to the award on April 19,” according to a Defense Department announcement.
The Air Force did not provide immediate comment on its decision to award contracts to the additional vendors that were not previously selected in April. In total, there are 16 vendors on the contract. The initial winners on NETCENTS-2 were: Ace Technology Partners, CDW Government LLC, CounterTrade Products Inc., FedStore Corp., General Dynamics IT, Intelligent Decisions Inc., Iron Bow Technologies LLC., and World Wide Technology Inc.
The contract is mandatory for Air Force customers purchasing netcentric products and will offer commercially available solutions, such as servers, multimedia, software that isn’t included on other enterprise licenses, and identity management and biometric hardware.