Back in 2003, General Dynamics won the Intelligence Information, Command and Control, Equipment and Enhancements (ICE2) contract to support and maintain critical intelligence and command and control systems and networks for U.S. defense and intelligence operations worldwide, as well as related government departments.
A typical site supported through the ICE2 program could be outfitted with commercial-off-the-shelf data-handling equipment, command and control (C2) equipment, local area networks, wide area networks, secure and non-secure video systems, communication devices and intelligence exploitation equipment. The equipment at these sites is used to process information of varying security classifications, and many of the sites are sensitive facilities. The sites provide intelligence data to the National Command Authority and various civilian agencies and departments, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Intelligence Agency, Unified Commands, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and the Departments of State, Energy, and Treasury.
ICE2 replaces the Intelligence Information Processing and Production (I2P2) contract; I2P2 and ICE2 are both managed under the Single Service Logistics Support Manager (SSLSM) program at Robins Air Force Base, GA, and General Dynamics was the 26-year incumbent on the SSLSM contracts. Now the contract’s value has been increased to $2.25 billion…
SRA International Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for $5.8 million. This action provides for analytical, advisory, management, technical and functional support of 9th Reconnaissance Wing for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information systems, operations planning, programming, and budgeting activities (e.g. integration, IT network support, systems requirements identification, registrar, training, administrative, scheduling, etc.) in support of the U-2 Reconnaissance Program. At this time, total funds have been obligated; work will be complete October 2007. Headquarters 9th Contracting Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, CA (FA4686-07-C-0005).
Developed in the 1960s by Lockheed’s Skunk Works to fly higher than Soviet missiles could reach (an assessment subsequently proved to be in error), the USA’s U-2 “Dragon Lady” has remained a staple of the US Air Force’s surveillance capabilities ever since. The U-2 was originally slated to be retired by the USAF, but its ability to carry certain key payloads (like broad area synoptic imagery equipment) that the RQ-4 Global Hawk can’t yet match is keeping it in service for now.
Small business qualifier Sylvan Forest Products in Portland, OR received a $6.2 million modification to a previously awarded fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for lumber and related products for the northwest region. Using services are the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The date of performance completion is Aug 19/08, and the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA issued the contract (SPM500-01-D-BP08).
Economic price adjustment contracts can receive modifications for 2 reasons: additional orders, or an adjustment to reflect a commodity’s rising price during a contract’s lifetime. Without that, small business qualifiers couldn’t afford to bid on many federal contracts due to the huge price fluctuation risk involved.