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Air Force Drops $5.3B Enterprise Cyber Capabilities IDIQ Contract

The U.S. Air Force has decided to cancel a potential 10-year, $5.3 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for enterprise cybersecurity support services due to its inability to achieve a “manageable number of prime contract awards” using the established procurement strategy and source selection evaluation procedures.

The service said in a SAM.gov notice published Tuesday it received over 250 proposals for the multiple-award Enterprise Cyber Capabilities IDIQ contract.

It is in neither the U.S. Air Force’s nor industry’s best interest to award far more prime contracts than the program and its supporting workforce can properly administer and for which sufficient competitive opportunities are projected to provide fair opportunity to a significant number of prime contractors,” the notice reads.

The service stated that it considered amending the solicitation but the modifications would have been significant and would have resulted in Air Combat Command’s Acquisition Management and Integration Center releasing another request for proposals and industry offerors incurring additional costs.

ACC released the final RFP for the ECC contract in September 2022 and accepted proposals through Jan. 6.

The ECC contract sought to enable warfighters to gain information advantage in the cyber domain by providing a range of support services, including command and control, planning and operations, vulnerability research, full-spectrum testing, software and tool development, modeling and simulation and threat assessment.

The Air Force said it is conducting an analysis to determine whether to issue another solicitation or use existing contract vehicles to meet cyber requirements.

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