AF awards $486 million in training contracts

The Aeronautical Systems Center this month awarded five vendors contracts worth $486
million jointly to develop training systems for the Air Force.

The vendors—Boeing Co.; Camber Corp. of Huntsville, Ala.; Intelx Corp. of
Leesburg, Va.; Lockheed Martin Corp.; and Raytheon Training Inc. of Irving,
Texas—will provide the Air Force with systems, courseware, training and support.

Air Force officials said the Training Systems Acquisition contracts will streamline the
procurement of such systems. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts, which
run through June 2006, will support users in the Air Force, Reserves and Air National

“The contract is part of our effort to revolutionize the way we do business to
help improve training in the Air Force,” said Col. Ellen Pawlikowski, chief of the
Revolutionizing Training Division of the Air Force Training Systems Product Group at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The vendors will compete for task orders under the five-year contract. There are,
however, set-asides reserved for the two small businesses.

“It’s all part of an effort to allow us to do things faster and more
efficiently,” Pawlikowski said. “We now have five highly capable training
systems contractors in place to meet our needs.”

The TSA contract is the latest in a series of large training systems contracts won by
Camber, one of two small businesses that won TSA contracts. In little more than a year,
Camber has won two 60-month IDIQ contracts with the Air Education and Training Command at
Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Training Systems
Division for Instructional Systems Development in Orlando, Fla.

Litton PRC Inc. is a subcontractor to both Camber and Lockheed Martin. It will take the
lead for all task orders relating to space systems training analysis and development and
will support other front-end analysis and curriculum requirements, a company spokesman

Ron Thompson, Camber’s TSA program manager, said more than half of Camber’s
27 subcontractors also are on other TSA teams.

Tony Syme, president of Intelx, said the company’s first task order is to evaluate
and analyze the visual system for the F-15 trainer.

Syme said TSA will ultimately save the Air Force time and money by replacing the
lengthy acquisition process, which normally takes anywhere from 18 months to 24 months.
The task order process will likely reduce the acquisition cycle to a few months, he said.

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