Air Force names new round of winners in $6.9 billion NETCENTS-2 contract

Of the nine companies that won the original award in 2012, only four were chosen this time

Hoping that the second time around will be the charm, the Air Force late Friday announced the winners of the $6.9 billion Network Centric Solutions (NETCENTS-2) Netcentric Products contract vehicle.

The awardees are: Ace Technology Partners, Arlington Heights, IL, CDW Government, Vernon Hills IL, CounterTrade Products, Arvada CO; FedStore Corp., Rockville, MD; General Dynamics IT, Needham MA; Intelligent Decisions, Ashburn VA; Iron Bow Technologies, Chantilly VA; and World Wide Technology, Maryland Heights MO.

The Air Force named its first set of NETCENTS-2 winners about one year ago, but quickly backtracked when the service was deluged by protests from losing companies. Of the nine companies that had initially won the contract in 2012, only four—Ace Technology Partners, General Dynamics IT, FedStore and Iron Bow—were picked a second time.

Of the 11 companies that protested the contracts awards in 2012, only two— CounterTrade Products and World Wide Technology—won the second time around with the latest awards.

The NETCENTS-2contract vehicle is a firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract for net-centric solutions and products. It will provide for commercially available off-the-shelf products to support the Internet Protocol network, and will include the following categories of net-centric products and associated support worldwide: networking equipment, servers/storage, peripherals, multimedia, software (not included on other enterprise licenses), and identity management/biometric hardware and associated software.

Because this is an ID/IQ, the location of performance is not known at this time and will be cited on individual delivery orders, according to the DoD announcement of the award. Generally, work will be performed at Air Force facilities.

The period of performance is six years (a three-year basic period with three, one-year options). The contracting agency was Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/HICK, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, AL.

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