Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT July-September 2016 Contents competition. This also could result in more innovative solu-
tions at a fair market value being bid on its requirements.
GTACS II also will allow more small businesses to partici-
pate in competitions—10 instead of the current six.
The GTACS I contract expires in October 2017. Under the
current timeline, the Army expects to issue the final request
for proposal in November 2016, with contracts awarded
in October 2017.
While the GTACS contract supports new requirements
development and full systems integration, including hard-
ware, software and services for tactical network systems
such as ground satellite terminals, the CHS contract en-
ables a one-stop, rapid acquisition capability for modified
commercial information technology (IT) hardware.
CUTTING-EDGE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
CHS provides state -of-the -art computing and networking
equipment that improves connectivity, interoperability,
logistics and maintenance support to Soldiers, and is avail-
able for use by all DOD and federal agencies. Designed
as a rapid execution vehicle to meet tactical requirements,
the CHS contract supports Army and DOD programs that
require increased ruggedness, configuration management,
end-of-life configuration changes, and hardware to meet
an operational need; or that do not have well -defined
Valued at more than $3 billion, the CHS-5 contract will
enable the rapid procurement of total life cycle system
management solutions in support of tactical programs. The
contract’s consolidated acquisition approach can design,
develop, modify, ruggedize, environmentally test, pro-
cure, support and provide configuration management for
commercial IT hardware systems, all made available via a
single contract action and a single part number.
The program structure for CHS-5 includes a single-step,
full and open competition, leading to a best value award
of an IDIQ contract for a five-year period of performance
(a three-year base with two one-year options). Much of the
CHS-5 contract is focused on enabling supported pro-
grams to develop life cycle sustainment plans for commer-
cial IT during the hardware procurement phase.
As the commercial industrial base adapts to fit a leaner
Army, the organic industrial base will be called upon to
provide more holistic life cycle sustainment support. The
CHS-5 contract will require vendors to establish a public-
private partnership with Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsyl-
vania, to facilitate product support for programs procuring
hardware via CHS-5 and having core logistics capability
requirements. This partnership leverages the innovation,
resources and leadership skills of both Tobyhanna and
CHS to provide the best value to the warfighter.
Since its launch in 1987, the CHS program has provided a
consolidated acquisition approach for tactical technology
solutions, offering economies of scale and complete life
cycle management and warrant y for hardware of all sizes
and varying levels of ruggedness. Combining a prime
contractor with options for small business procurement and
Army organic support, CHS, as part of PEO C3T, serves
as a broker uniting Army programs with the technologies
that meet their requirements.
The rapid execution of the contract is what makes CHS
valuable to the Army. CHS coordinates with multiple pro-
grams to facilitate ef ficient procurement and sustainment
of hardware items across the Common Operating Environ-
ment, while leveraging industry innovation to supply the
latest technologies to Soldiers. This holistic approach to
Army tactical hardware resulted in a cost avoidance total-
ing $205 million in FY15.
The current CHS contract, CHS-4, ends in August, and
on the current timeline the Army expects to issue the final
request for proposal in September, with contracts awarded
in December 2017.
As the Army continues to modernize its tactical com-
munications network, GTACS II and CHS-5 will provide
competitive contracting mechanisms to facilitate the
acquisition of innovative technology and service solutions,
thus helping the Army retain its military dominance on the
For more information, email usarmy.APG.peo-c3t.
email@example.com; for more information
about GTACS, email usarmy.apg.peo-c3t.mbx.pm-
—MR. JAMES SAWALL, assistant product manager,
Commercial Satellite Terminal Program, and
MR. BRECK TARR, product lead, CHS
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