Air Force awards BearingPoint Smart Ops support work

The Air Force has awarded BearingPoint Inc. a $99 million contract to support its Smart Operations 21 program, the Defense Department has announced.

Under the contract, BearingPoint of McLean, Va., will provide advisory and assistance services for the program.

The Air Force's Smart Ops program charter incorporates both Lean and Six Sigma business process improvement tools. These tools were developed chiefly in the private sector to save time and money, reduce waste and improve quality.

In the lean approach, a process is reworked to eliminate unnecessary steps that add no value or by combining processes to save time and gain efficiencies.

Six Sigma deals primarily with control and tolerances. The parameters of the process are reviewed and reassessed to determine a customer's real needs, and then to make sound decisions about when it is worthwhile to spend more money to achieve higher levels of perfection.

The Headquarters Air Force District of Washington awarded the contract.

William Welsh is the deputy editor of Washington Technology, an 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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