y Justin Oakes
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
5/12/2015 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- A
senior Department of Defense official signed a key acquisition memo May
7 that will allow the Joint STARS Recapitalization program office here
to begin awarding contracts.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics,
signed a Materiel Development Decision Acquisition Decision Memo
officially ushering the program into the Materiel Solution Analysis
JSTARS Recapitalization will replace the aging fleet of specialized,
E-8C reconnaissance aircraft, which have flown more than 13 years in
continuous overseas operations and accumulated more than 100,000 combat
The new JSTARS weapon system will be comprised of four integrated
components including: a business-class, commercial-derivative aircraft;
radar subsystem; a communication subsystem; and an integrated battle
management command and control suite.
With the memo signed, JSTARS Recap officials are able to release and
competitively award up to three firm, fixed-price contracts in support
of pre-Engineering and Manufacturing Development risk reduction. The
contracts will be specifically focused on refining requirements,
identifying costs and reducing top risks.
"This activity is a significant move toward assessing subsystem
technology maturity, reducing weapon system engineering, reducing risk
and lowering life cycle cost by design," said Col. Mike Harm, acting
JSTARS Recap senior materiel leader.
On May 8, Recap officials issued a request for quotation to contractors
identified by earlier analysis, in an effort to communicate their
pre-EMD requirements; responses to the RFQ will include a technical
proposal as well as an official bid.
The pre-EMD risk reduction contract, or contracts, will entail a base
period for completing initial requirements analysis, which includes a
full system requirements review, technical reports and analysis and an
option period to complete a system functional review, preliminary design
review and subsystem prototype demonstrations.
However, the decision to exercise the contract option is contingent upon
a successful Milestone A review. The purpose of a Milestone A review is
to make a recommendation or seek approval before entering the
Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase.
"This is one of the Air Force's top acquisition priorities, and we're
motivated and extremely pleased to be moving forward," Harm said.