Defense Logistics Agency procurement professionals are looking to Captains of Industry / Supplier Capabilities contracts to provide tailored solutions to many customers needing weapon systems parts and weapons. engineering and support services.
As part of DLA’s efforts to create flexible acquisition strategies, COIs / SCCs are framework contracts that incorporate multiple lines of funding and types of contracts. The framework provides terms and conditions that can be adjusted to meet individual requirements and can accommodate performance based logistics, supplier initiated orders, drop shipping, and other procurement models. Using a COI / SCC typically speeds up acquisition processes, as service or customer specific add-ons are part of an already existing framework.
The COI / SCC was a natural response to the military’s recent request that the DLA help streamline support for Chinook helicopter blades, said George Scheers, director of supply operations for DLA Aviation in Huntsville, in Alabama.
Following the collaboration between the DLA and the military, the service will transition from its current performance-based logistics contract to a COI / SCC model that Scheers says will allow it to better manage the number and types of blades it needs. receives and when, thus helping the army to manage its cash flow as well. DLA plans to award the new contract in 2023.
“We are delighted to partner with the military to improve sustainment support for a key combat platform,” said Air Force Brig. General David Sanford, Commander of DLA Aviation. “I think this is a great example of collaboration between the agency and the service.”
The military is also using a COI / SCC to enhance support to Bradley fighting vehicles.
âThis was DLA Aviation’s first major effort in Huntsville to include both new spares and depot-level repairs under a single contract,â said Scheers. âThe results have been exceptional. ”
The consolidation of Bradley support saved $ 14 million on the first delivery order of $ 50 million and increased the availability rate of supplies to 96.7%. Over the past three fiscal years, the Scheers team has facilitated 426 unique purchase requisition assignments under existing COI / SCCs that would otherwise have required new procurement vehicles and taken up to 180 days of lead time. administrative instead of 55 for each allocation.
A DLA Land and Maritime detachment in Aberdeen, Md., Has been in a 10-year, $ 8 billion COI / SCC for seven years that continues to attract new customers. Nearly 20 projects are planned for fiscal years 2022 and 2023, including a $ 2.3 billion Patriot, all-weather, all-altitude air defense system, an engineering services project, and a project to build a capability. organic repair at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., for Strike Eagle radars, said Lindsey Schuman, DLA’s land and sea contracts manager in Aberdeen.
DLA Aviation’s use of the same contract to support Patriot missiles has increased on-time delivery rates to 98 percent or more, meaning a consistently high level of readiness, Scheers added.
COIs / SCCs sometimes take years to develop. Although the Air Force’s newest refueller, Pegasus, was delivered to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas in January 2019, DLA Aviation officials contacted representatives of the program office in 2014 to begin developing a long-term sustainment strategy supporting consumables managed by DLA and Repairs at depot managed by the Air Force. Contractual support for the Pegasus is difficult as it is the first aircraft certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for which supplies are managed by the Department of Defense.
DLA Aviation also uses COI / SCC to create organic capabilities for additive manufacturing.
In March 2020, it awarded a proof of process contract under an existing COI / SCC to certify a part for a sump pump cover used on certain jet engines. The success of the project has led to follow-up contract phases that will help the Air Force develop additive manufacturing capability in a lab at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City. An additional contract was awarded on August 30 for additive manufacturing at Robins AFB.
The contracts build on terms and conditions already in place in an existing CIO / SCC and allow the agency to better meet specific service needs, said Janelle Allen, head of DLA Aviation’s Strategic Contracts Division I. Some military customers have already purchased additional 3D printers and engineering services. support accordingly, she added.
DLA Aviation’s Director of Strategic Acquisitions and Programs, Christopher Davis, added that COIs / SCCs demonstrate DLA’s ability to collaborate with industry and services.
“By having the ability to leverage supplier capabilities while aggregating requirements and funding for parts, repairs, consumables and other services, DLA aligns with the needs of all departments,” said Davis said.
It also improves agility in today’s constantly changing environment, he added.
Editor’s Note: Cathy Hopkins and Beth Reece contributed to this story.
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