Air Force awards half-billion dollar agile contract

​The Air Force awarded nearly half-a-billion dollars to 22 contractors last week for agile services.

The Air Force awarded nearly half-a-billion dollars to 22 contractors last week for agile services.

As part of its Agile Acquisition program, the Air Force offered a five-year $490 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract “for pre-program activities, technology development activities, engineering and manufacturing activities, and production activities for development of new systems or modification of existing systems,” according to a synopsis of the award.

The 22 contractors will perform the work at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida through Aug. 30, 2020.


Of the 23 total bids the Air Force received — 13 from large companies and 10 from small businesses — the following were awarded on the contract:

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration
  • Boeing
  • General Dynamics
  • L-3 National Security Solutions
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MBDA
  • Northrop Grumman Systems
  • Alliant TechSystems Operations
  • Raytheon
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Sierra Nevada Corp.
  • Textron Systems
  • Applied Research Associates
  • Cummings Aerospace
  • Dynetics
  • HART Technologies
  • Integrated Solutions for Systems
  • Intuitive Research and Technology
  • Systima
  • Yulista Aviation

The contract comes in the wake of Air Force’s release of a 30-year plan in 2014 that focused heavily on agility.

“We learned from sequestration that our brittle system often leads to suboptimal decisions that are difficult to reverse,” reads the plan, called America’s Air Force: A Call to the Future. “We must transform into a more agile enterprise to maintain our edge in the emerging environment and leverage the full innovative potential resident in all our Airmen.”

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing.

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