by Justin Oakes
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
1/29/2016 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Battle
Management programs are now able to take an expedited approach to
acquisition by tapping into a select pool of small and large businesses
courtesy of a new contract vehicle called PEITSS.
On Jan. 27, 2016, the Air Force awarded a $538 million indefinite
delivery, indefinite quantity PEITSS -- short for Platform Engineering
and Integration for Tactical and Strategic Systems -- contract to five
small businesses and one large business capable of procuring,
integrating, fielding and supporting battle management and command and
Instead of programs undergoing the often long and tedious process of
sending out requests for proposals followed by an individual source
selection, they will be able to piggyback off the existing PEITSS IDIQ
contract and RFPs from the awarded companies. The PEITSS awardees
include BAE Systems, BCF Solutions, iGov Technologies, Pelatron,
PeopleTec and Smartronix.
"What makes this contract unique is the pool of contractors poised to
perform the work and the speed to award," said Don MacMillan, PEITSS
After several years of market research, MacMillan discovered that much
of the work typically handled by large defense contractors could in fact
be performed by smaller, more flexible companies. In general, the
Battle Management Directorate places a heavy emphasis on small business
participation, and according to MacMillan, the PEITSS contract will
constitute a considerable percentage of this year's small business
The principle advantage to the PEITSS contract is speed.
"There are fewer steps involved with an IDIQ, and it is a relatively easy process compared to most contracts," MacMillan said.
According to officials, program delivery orders can be awarded in as
little as 18 weeks once the contracting officer receives a proposal
package from a PEITSS company.
The PEITSS contract is the first of its kind and will span the next 10
years, with a five-year base contract and an option to extend the
ordering period for another five years.
Now that PEITSS is available for use, Battle Management program offices
can begin executing delivery orders. And the first program to benefit
from the new contract vehicle is Tactical Air Control Party-Modernization's Mobile Communications System, otherwise known as MCS.
On Jan. 28, MCS officials issued a delivery order valued at
approximately $52.4 million to iGov Technologies. The order will produce
an initial six MCS systems, followed by a full production option of 158
MCS will modify existing M1145 Humvee systems and provide joint terminal
attack controllers critical voice, data and video communications. The
system will allow JTACs to coordinate and control close-air support from
the safety of an armored vehicle.
"It is the first TACP capability to be fielded using PEITSS, which
allows the Air Force to deliver a system that Air Combat Command needs
and also saves taxpayer dollars," said Maj. Ryan Marcotte, MCS program
manager. "When MCS-type capabilities are needed on future TAC-P
vehicles, such as the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle and Joint Light
Tactical Vehicle, PEITSS will be the contract of choice."
With a $538 million ceiling and no restrictions on contractor teaming,
the PEITSS contract allows Battle Management programs to incorporate new
C2 capabilities on many different types of platforms. Options can vary
from dismounted Airman to fixed vehicles to shelters and even airborne
"PEITSS provides a ready-made competitive contract vehicle to rapidly
pull together and deliver no- or low-development solutions to all types
of Battle Management customers," said Col. Michael Harm, Theater Battle
Control Division senior materiel leader. "We expect to keep our awardees
busy over the next several years."