Guided by Secretary Frank Kendall’s Seven Operational Imperatives – space order of battle, operationally focused advanced battle management systems, moving target engagement, tactical air dominance, resilient basing, global strike and readiness to deploy and fight – the U.S. Department of the Air Force is preparing to launch a number of new initiatives in the coming future.
These projects will be explored during the Potomac Officers Club’s 2023 Air Force Summit, which will convene top Air Force officials and industry experts for rigorous panel discussions and compelling speeches regarding the DAF’s most important priorities on July 18. At the summit, you will have the chance to hear from Kendall, a four-time Wash100 Award winner, during his opening keynote address.
Implementing the technologies necessary to bring Kendall’s vision to fruition requires monumental investments, and the DAF has demonstrated its commitment to technology modernization with a notable set of upcoming contract opportunities. Below you will find three of the DAF’s most significant future contracts.
Space Force Range Contract – $4 billion
Established in 2019, the Space Force is a prime representation of the DAF’s dedication to revolutionizing its space capabilities. With space order of battle being the first area listed in Kendall’s Operational Imperatives, the Space Force plays a key role in expanding U.S. capabilities in the new domain.
One way they are looking to further this mission is through the Space Force Range Contract. Focused on expanding the reach of Assured Access to Space – a program executive office dedicated to providing launch services and on-orbit capabilities to military forces, intelligence agencies, civilian services and the space industry – the $4 billion contract centers flexible operations, maintenance, sustainment, systems engineering and integration for technology improvements.
Trusted and Elastic Military Platforms and Electronic Warfare System Technologies Contract – $808.5 million
The $808.5 million TEMPEST contract targets avionics systems, including manned, unmanned, autonomous and remotely piloted vehicles and any intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and electronic warfare systems as well as related features with possible vulnerabilities. The awardee will have a wide range of responsibilities, such as developing, maturing and transitioning advanced sensor and avionics technologies, developing platform architecture technologies and perfecting open system architecture standards and methods for current and future multi-domain weapon systems.
Geospatial Support Services 2.0 Contract – $100 million
This contract aims to support DAF readiness across all echelons of the military hierarchy, spanning the individual, installation and management headquarters levels and build consistent, aligned and unified geospatial capabilities across the department. Intended to improve decision making within each of these areas of responsibility, the $100 million contract covers a wide range of services, including geospatial program management, information technology modernization and sustainment, geospatial strategic support and training assistance.
These three awards are just a few examples of the numerous contract opportunities the Department of the Air Force has to offer.