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Navy Preparing Counter-Networks and Illicit Trafficking $5B Contracting Program

The Naval Air Warfare Center’s new counter-networks and illicit trafficking program office is preparing a $5 billion contracting program that will provide operations support to its mission to stop smugglers and terrorists.

According to a Washington Post article, the five-year contract calls for building hardware and software, managing training, conducting studies and analyses and other office services.

Regina Frix, an analyst at Deltek, said the contract will be available for use by U.S. and partner nations’ government agencies and that the new program has no incumbent.

The government said the program would require quick action by contractors.

Frix said Deltek expects the government to release a new draft solicitation by the end of the year.

“Due to political and operational considerations, projects and requirements are usually determined and must be responded to quickly, ” the statement of work read. “Because of the highly adaptable nature of the enemy and the need to take advantage of short windows of opportunity, equipment and services are frequently required on short notice, ” often 30 days or fewer.

According to the government, the products and services needed are typically smaller than a traditional Pentagon weapon systems program.

The Navy declined to answer questions about the contract to ensure all contenders have the same information.

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