Marines want single IT warehouse to handle tactical and garrison needs
- By William Welsh
- Jan 14, 2013
The Marine Corps is seeking information from contractors that will enable it to establish a single warehouse from which it can fulfill orders by both tactical and garrison forces for commercial, off-the-shelf IT hardware.
In a request for information (RFI) issued Jan. 11 through the FedBizOpps website, the Marine Corps states that it is seeking a contractor that would be able to furnish personnel with the appropriate skills and technical expertise to handle receipt, inventory, imaging, kitting and shipping (RIIKS) and warehousing of COTS IT hardware and software in a Marine Corps enterprise staging and warehousing facility.
The Marine Corps processes about 10,000 tactical IT hardware assets annually and 35,000 garrison IT hardware assets annually using the RIIKS process. Another 3,000 IT hardware assets are processed for other Marine Corps customers.
The Marine Corps wants to combine tactical and garrison IT hardware and software fulfillment into one facility that will perform RIIKS, staging and warehousing.
The Marines currently process tactical IT hardware assets through a commercial facility in Charleston, S.C., that is managed by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command - Systems Center Atlantic.
The Marines process garrison IT hardware through the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet Continuity of Services Contract at a Navy Supply Systems Command Weapons System Support facility in Mechanicsburg, Pa. That fulfillment is handled by a contractor. With the transition to the Next Generation Enterprise Network Contract, the Marine Corps wants the fulfillment center to be government-owned, operated and equipped with contractor support.
The current contract agreement is scheduled to expire April 30, 2014. Responses to the RFI are due Feb. 11.
William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.