Army unveils solicitation for $900M tech development vehicle / Yuichiro Chino

Around one-third of the planned awards are being set aside for small businesses.

The Army has unveiled its final solicitation for a potential $900 million, multiple-award contract to acquire broad technology development and integration services as the branch pushes ahead on its modernization and innovation agenda.

Bids for the Army Modernization Program are due Dec. 11, while feedback and questions on the request for proposals have a deadline of Nov. 30. The timeline for obtaining the performance work statement is tight however, as companies have until Nov. 11 to do so.

Small businesses will receive two or three awards out of the total six-to-nine being planned, the Army said in a notice Friday.

The service branch wants what it calls disruptive innovation to develop multi-domain operations capabilities. This includes prototyping, experimentation, testing, analytics, and technology insertion and integration, according to the solicitation.

Documents outline the requirements that cover several elements of research-and-development such as applied research, operational systems development and demonstration and validation.

The Army Research Laboratory, Defense Department and other government agencies can acquire services through the contract.

The Army Modernization Program contract is a recompete of this vehicle awarded in 2015 for broad R&D services focused on countering asymmetrical threats.