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SDL Mission Assurance Services

Solicitation Number: FA8818-12-R-0001
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Air Force Space Command
Location: SMC - Space and Missile Systems Center
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Added: Apr 06, 2011 3:01 pm
The Launch Systems Division (SDL), Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM, is contemplating a multi-year Cost Plus Incentive Fee (CPIF) contract for technical, engineering, analytical services, quick response research, mission assurance, and special studies to support the launch vehicle acquisition and launch process. This process supports Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) Space Development and Test Directorate (SDTD) requirements generation, planning, budgeting, acquisition, and mission assurance. This services procurement will replace the existing mission assurances contract with Northrop Grumman Missile Defense (now TASC), which expired in December 2010. SDL is responsible for the management of deactivated Peacekeeper and Minuteman ICBM and other ballistic assets, as well as new launch vehicle integration and launch. This services effort will consist of support tasks for: Peacekeeper and Minuteman based, and liquid chemical based rocket systems; emerging government and commercial rocket systems; integration necessary for operations of launch vehicle systems and technology. Interface with SAF/AQ, AF/XO, AFSPC/DR/XO, OO-ALC, MDA, AFRL, NASA, and other government offices will be required. SDL provides launch vehicles, payload integration, mission planning, booster storage, maintenance, logistics support, and launch services for research and development tests. SDL also obtains, stores, and uses retired ballistic missiles as test launch vehicles. In addition, SDL tests and evaluates new government and commercial launch vehicle configurations, or new entrants, to the government launch business. The contract will contain a conflict of interest clause covering access to other companies' proprietary information and restricting performance and related activities as a prime contractor, first tier subcontractor or a consultant during the entire life cycle for all systems covered by the contract.

Responses submitted to this synopsis should contain information demonstrating the ability to meet the following technical requirements for Minuteman based, Peacekeeper based, ballistic missile based, liquid chemical based, and emerging government and commercial rocket assets:

1) Ability to assist in review of contractor technical performance. Review contractor and other agency activities, in-plant practices and procedures, records, tests, and technical results to evaluate compliance with technical guidelines and requirements. Review and evaluate contractor plans, specifications, designs, analyses, drawings, test procedures, and reports.

2) Ability to perform analyses and trade studies to define mission requirements, support mission planning, and evaluate launch vehicle configurations. Conduct payload integration activities to ensure compatibility between the payload and launch vehicle including electrical interfaces, electromagnetic interference effects, mechanical/envelope interfaces, support equipment requirements, thermal effects, dynamic loads and structural margins, and payload environments. Perform trajectory, stability, control, mass properties, and post-boost deployment performance analyses, and perform bending analyses to support targeting and controls. Conduct break-up and hazard analyses to support Range Safety requirements. Demonstrate ability to aide in pre-flight qualification of on-board software via computer simulation. Support mission assurance, launch operations, post-flight analyses and mishap/anomaly investigations.

3) Coordinate requirements definition, integration, and implementation throughout booster/motor preparation. Support booster processing including inspection, aging and surveillance, nondestructive testing, and refurbishment activities to ensure Government or commercial assets are flight worthy. Develop facility, transportation, and handling equipment requirements for excess ballistic missile storage. Support the design, test, and checkout of new and modified equipment. Support environmental assessments, hazards analyses, and safety plans associated with the acquisition of additional storage facilities.

4) Perform systems engineering tasks necessary to develop, produce and deploy the following: missiles, missile basing, reentry, and launch vehicle systems and technology. Perform technology trade studies in the areas of Ballistic Missile Guidance and Missile Electronics, Reentry Vehicle Technologies, Ballistic Missile Propulsion, and Missile Basing and Operations. Evaluate advanced system options on the basis of mission compatibility, performance potential, relative cost including reliability, maintainability, producibility, and technology maturity.

5) Analyze hardware and software risks and non-conformance, documenting anomalies, root causes, and corrective actions. Provide risk assessments for each non-conformance. Monitor integrating contractor technical execution against approved plans and inform the Government of any discrepancies. Monitor contractor and other agency activities, in-plant practices/ procedures, records, tests, and technical results to evaluate compliance with technical guidelines and requirements.

Offerors are to note that specifications, data, plans, or drawings critical to the Peacekeeper and Minuteman portion of this effort are in the possession of the incumbent contractor and cannot be furnished by the Government without substantial cost. Potential sources must submit Statements of Capability (SOCs) to this office. The SOC shall address the above requirements and contain pertinent and specific information addressing the following areas:

1) Experience: an outline of previous efforts, specific work previously performed, and any in-house effort relevant to the specific task areas of this effort, and proposed policy for complying with organizational conflict of interest requirements;

2) Personnel: name, professional qualifications, and specific experience of scientific and engineering personnel who will be assigned to work in areas of this effort as well as the management personnel who might be assigned to work in areas of this effort;

3) Clearances: prospective offerors must have, or be able to obtain, a minimum of a secret clearance, completion of a national agency check (NAC), or have submitted for a NAC in order to use government information systems. In addition, approximately 15 -20 Mission Assurance personnel shall require a Top Secret clearance.

The SOC(s) will be rejected unless all the above technical requirements are addressed. The SOC must be received by 22 April 2011. Each SOC is limited to 25 pages, excluding resumes. All replies to this synopsis must refer to the Reference Number (11-47) above. Submit only unclassified information. All responses shall include company size status under the NAICS code identified below. One hard copy and one soft copy (PDF or MS Word, font size no less than 10pt) shall be submitted. Submit all responses to this synopsis to SMC/PKTS, Attn: Mr. Glenn Bontly, 3548 Aberdeen Ave SE, Bldg 413, Kirtland AFB, NM 87117-5776. Electronic copies shall be e-mailed to If you are interested only in subcontracting possibilities, please indicate this clearly in your submission. Initial award of any resultant contract is anticipated for early 2012. Responses from small and small disadvantaged businesses are highly encouraged. Firms responding should indicate if they are a small business, a socially and economically disadvantaged business, an 8(a) firm, a historically black college or university or a minority institution. The government reserves the right to set this acquisition, or portions thereof, aside for small businesses, socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, 8(a) firms, historically black colleges or universities, and minority institutions. For this proposed acquisition, the definitions in FAR 19.001 and NAICS size standards apply. The NAICS code is 541712, and the size standard is 1,000 employees. Foreign firms are advised that they will not be allowed to participate in this acquisition at the prime contractor level. The research and test data produced under a resultant contract may contain Military Critical Technology List (MCTL) information whose export is restricted by the Export Control Act (Title 22, U.S. Sec 2751, et seq.) or the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended (Title 50, U.S.C., App. 2401, et seq.). Only those companies who are on the Qualified Contractors Access List (QCAL) may receive such information. Companies may request certification and registration from the Defense Logistics Service Center (DLSC), Federal Center, 74 North Washington, Battle Creek, MI 49016-3412 as soon as possible.

This announcement is for information and planning purposes only. It does not constitute an RFP and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government. Questions pertaining to this announcement shall be directed to Mr. Glenn Bontly, Contract Specialist, SMC/PKTS at (505) 846-2021, email:

An Ombudsman has been appointed to address concerns from offerors or potential offerors during the proposal development phase of this acquisition. The Ombudsman does not diminish the authority of the program director or contracting officer, but communicates contractor concerns, issues, disagreements, and recommendations to the appropriate Government personnel. When requested, the Ombudsman shall maintain strict confidentiality as to the source of the concern. The Ombudsman does not participate in the evaluation of proposals or in the source selection process. Interested parties are invited to call the Space and Missile Systems Center Ombudsman, Mr. James H. Gill at (310) 653-1789, email:

483 North Aviation Blvd
El Segundo, California 90245-2808
Kirtland Air Force Base
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87117
United States
Glenn Bontly,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 5058462021
Arthur C. Trader,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 5058537664