Air Force rolls out $10b comm and IT services RFP

The Air Force has ended months of delays on a major backbone buy with the release of a request for proposals for the $10 billion Network Centric Solutions program.

The service issued the Netcents RFP early this month. The Air Force had spent the past few months tweaking the solicitation in response to comments on its draft versions.

The Air Force plans to award multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts for IT products and services. These include engineering, software development, integration, security and telephone services, plus voice, video and data communications products.

The service expects to award seven contracts: four to large companies and three to small businesses. Netcents also will be open to buyers in other Defense Department and civilian agencies.

Air Force officials said the contract would satisfy the service's requirements for interoperability and resource sharing, and would support its work to integrate systems under the Defense's Global Information Grid. GIG is DOD's enterprise architecture.

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