Report: Air Force Eyes March 29 Release of Final Launch Service Procurement Solicitation

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An Air Force official said service leaders and Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the details of the final request for proposals for the Launch Service Procurement program, SpaceNews reported Saturday.

The report said the service issued draft RFPs in December and February with plans to release the final solicitation on Friday, March 29, for the LSP program. Under the initiative, the Air Force will pick only two companies in 2020 to compete for up to 25 national security launch services missions over five years. Sources say Will Roper, the service’s top acquisition executive and a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, and officials of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center approved the final RFP for LSP.

The Air Force selected Northrop Grumman, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin in October to build rocket prototypes under separate launch service agreements in support of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, which is now known as National Security Space Launch. Air Force officials expect the three vendors to submit proposals for the LSP Phase 2 competition.

The Wash100 award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the most influential executives in the GovCon industry as selected by the Executive Mosaic team in tandem with online nominations from the GovCon community. Representing the best of the private and public sector, the winners demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision.

Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2019 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2019.

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