Contract Guide: NetCents-2: Air Force Builds a Bridge to the Future

NetCents-2: Air Force Builds a Bridge to the Future

The Air Force Network-Centric Solutions program is not just a suite of contracts. It is one of the leading examples in government of an effort to integrate technology and procurement strategies. From a technology perspective, the program was designed to provide products and services that meet the service’s operational requirements while also complying with both Air Force and Defense Department technical standards and initiatives. From a procurement perspective, the program was designed to simplify the process for ordering a wide range of IT products and services.

In this special report, we offer insights into the program as a whole as well as the individual contracts. The information is timely. Although the NetCents program has been around for many years, the Air Force has made significant changes since the first iteration. In many ways, it’s a whole new ballgame.

The Network-Centric Solutions (NetCents) contracts are key to how the Air Force acquires information technology systems and services in support of its continuing focus on building a “net-centric” fighting force.
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NetCents-2 Products will be a major source for product solutions supporting the Air Force’s lower-cost effort to push higher-capacity computing and communications to warfighters worldwide.
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This innovative program is designed to help the Air Force integrate new capabilities into existing systems and produce an environment that works together as a whole.
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Many times, the key to a successful venture is not the technology they choose but the expertise that’s devoted to the range of the ancillary efforts needed to integrate, test, secure and keep systems up and running.
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The NetCents-2 Enterprise Integration and Service Management EISM contract offers a wide range of support services, such as recommending emerging technologies and solutions, conducting analyses to support portfolio management, and assessing the effect of IT programs on various domains.
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