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U.S. Army Plans Missile Defense, Space Tech R&D Contract

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The Army Contracting Command has indicated its intent to award Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory a sole-source, $92.5M indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research and development services to the military branch's Applied Science, Systems Engineering and Space Science Support program.

A SAM notice posted Thursday lists the following eight core competencies under the military branch's ASSESSS program:

  • Strategic systems test and evaluation
  • Submarine security and survivability
  • Space science and engineering
  • Combat systems and guided missiles
  • Theater air defense and power projection
  • Information technology
  • Simulation, modeling and operations analysis
  • Mission-related and public-service oriented research, technology development, test, evaluation and system analysis


Scope of work includes fundamental technology research, technology insertion planning and execution, risk mitigation strategy development, hardware and software modeling, engineering analysis and quantification of research impact.

The proposed single-award IDIQ has a 12-month base period of performance and four one-year option periods.

In the same notice, ACC said the command is exploring potential sources of missile defense, space science and systems engineering support necessary to accelerate transition of new technology to soldiers.

Interested parties can submit written statements of capability until Dec. 8.

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