NETCENTS-2: Jetting Toward Higher Potential

Unlike NETCENTS-2, other government contracts are not tailored to Air Force mission needs and do not require products to be compliant with Air Force standards. Additionally, no fee is charged for use of the contract. NETCENTS-2 enables a more direct working relationship for the Air Force with its vendors and providers.
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While NETCENTS-2 is considered a key element in the Air Force’s net-centric, war-fighting future, service chiefs have cemented that position into formal policy by making the contract mandatory for use by all Air Force units looking to buy IT products and solutions that meet the net-centric requirement.
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With NETCENTS-2, small businesses can compete directly for business throughout many of the contract categories, and also benefit from mandates steering business directly to them. In the NETCENTS-2 Products category, for example, 23 percent of the total obligated dollars are reserved to small business contractors.
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The NETCENTS-2 program is significantly bigger, with many more moving parts than NETCENTS-1 and the program has reacted by boosting the size of its central office, by using extensive outreach to communicate better with both vendors and users, and through improved Web-based services.
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The delays in awarding the various contracts means there is some confusion about where the orders stand and what damage may have been caused to the long-term performance of NETCENTS-2. But there’s no longer any leeway to wonder, since the last day for performance or delivery of NETCENTS-1 orders is September 9, 2015.
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