Space Enterprise Consortium Other Transaction RFI Released
/ Published October 17, 2016
LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif --
The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center is exploring options regarding competitive award of an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) to an eligible new or existing not-for-profit consortium manager of large and small organizations representing traditional and non-traditional defense contractors. The mission of the consortium will include performing research, development, test and evaluation within prototyping projects that address U.S. government requirements for space systems. The government plans to collect questions, comments and qualifications of interested parties. This Request For Information (RFI) is strictly related to companies interested in managing the consortium, not to the potential members of the consortium.
“We are looking forward to reviewing multiple vendor suggestions for innovative approaches to employing a consortium with other transactions agreement,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force program executive officer for space and commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center. “In today’s contested space environment, we hope to introduce additional diverse industrial participation in the space enterprise to drive innovation and quick reaction capabilities.”
SMC announced on Oct. 17 that it has released a RFI for the Space Enterprise Consortium manager. This announcement was in conjunction with the Secretary of the Air Force’s remarks at the Air Force Innovation Forum in San Jose, California. The Space Enterprise Consortium OTA effort directly addresses the Secretary of the Air Force’s identified need for more rapid acquisition techniques in the Air Force. The OTA will enable more responsive procurement of militarily relevant space capabilities and prototypes.
The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the U.S. Air Force's center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.