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Air Force Looks to Finish Awarding $24B Networking, IT IDIQ in ’12

The U.S. Air Force is looking to award the rest of a $24.2 billion networking and information technology contract in the second and third quarters of calendar year 2012, Defense Systems reported.

The Network-Centric Solutions-2 communications program, which dates back to 2009, supports management and planning for IT and net-centric changes and implementation.

“So many people that bid on these programs and expressed interest that it was a huge task to go through the source selection, ” Air Force Senior Acqusition Executive David Van Buren told Defense Systems.

“We fully intend to award these contracts in the second and third quarters of this calendar year.”

NETCENTS-2 is a follow-on of the Air Force’s original NETCENTS program, valued at $9 billion over five years for hardware and software development, system integration, networking and security services.

According to FedBizOpps, nearly $11 billion of NETCENTS-2 is open to small businesses.

Van Buren said initial NETCENTS-2 awards for enterprise integration and service management were handed out in November 2010 and the awards are currently in source selection, Defense Systems reported.

CACI International Inc. (NYSE: CACI) won a position on NETCENTS-2 in February 2011 for engineering integration and service management support. CACI said its award has a ceiling value of $460 million over three base years and two one-year options.

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