Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP)
The Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP) was initially conceived and implemented to provide Civil Engineer (CE) and Services (SV) personnel a contract force multiplier. The intent was to augment CE, SV and logistics capabilities during worldwide contingency operations. For example, the contractor's force could relieve active duty and air reserve component (total force) personnel from sustainment tasks to ensure fundamental military missions remained fully staffed and operationally ready.
Contractor support on the Battlefield has been a part of the American Revolution, Civil War, both World Wars and the Korean War. During the Vietnam War, the heavy use of contractors led the Army to determine that a need existed for a preplanned method for utilizing CoB. In 1985, the Army formalized this concept as the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP). The Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP) has been in existence since 1997 and was similarly created to preplan for worldwide contingency operations to support civil engineer (base construction), logistics, and other services.
The first Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP) contract was awarded to Readiness Management Support, LC (RMS) in February 1997 and was for 1 base year plus 4 option years. Readiness Management Support, Cape Canaveral, Fla., was awarded a $452,600,000 cost-reimbursement-award-fee contract to provide for the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program. Contract was expected to be completed February 1998. There were 40 firms solicited and six proposals received. Solicitation began September 1996; negotiations were completed January 1997. The 325th Contracting Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (F08637-97/C-6001).
RMS also won the rebid of the contract in February 2002, which calls for 1 base year and 7 option years. Like the Army and Navy contracts, it is a cost-plus-award-fee contract.
RMS is supported by its parent company, Johnson Controls, Inc., and eight other subcontractors on the AFCAP team. Each team member specializes in one or more portions of the contract. As with the LOGCAP and CONCAP contracts, the AFCAP contract requires that the AFCAP team plan for and provide specific services when called on to support a combatant commander in a contingency or war. RMS has provided this support at several locations around the world.
AFCAP is a cost reimbursement (cost plus award fee) contract tool where the government and private industry team together to provide cost effective, responsive solutions to meet the realities of today as well as the challenges of tomorrow. The AFCAP tool is only available for contingent response situations and is designed to provide rapid engineering, services and logistics solutions.
The existing AFCAP contract is in effect until February 2010, and can respond to requirements quickly, often in less than 48 hours. The Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, 325th Contracting Squadron and AFCAP Contractor, Readiness Management Support (RMS), each have around the clock 24/7 contact capability, since real-world events often dictate other than normal working hours. The AFCAP Contractor, RMS, has a vast network of mission oriented world-class sub-contractors and vendors and can usually have personnel and equipment on-site, or en-route, within 24 hours of award of a task.
While AFCAP was designed to support the Air Force, any government agency may request support under the contract. Typically, Air Force major command civil engineers (or their delegated representative) request AFCAP support and services, but there have been many others. For example; the Army, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and the US International Board of Broadcasters (parent organization to Voice of America) have all used AFCAP.
AFCAP is an available, easy to use contract tool that can assist you across a spectrum of contingent operations -- from natural disasters to regional conflicts. However, there are policy and political constraints prohibiting use in certain situations. It is also important that a potential customer knows that requirements development, programming, funding, and on-site representation are crucial customer responsibilities.
Under the AFCAP contract used in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Readiness Management Services was contracted to build two concrete aircraft ramps, each over eighteen-football fields in size, in one quarter of the time usually allotted such projects in the US.
By early 2004, of the 100-plus people working flight operations at Bagram, about 60 were civilian - part of the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program. AFCAP was the first Coalition contract to stand up in Afghanistan, said Glenn Allison, Bagram's AFCAP site manager. The civilian contractors serve one-year tours, each one replacing three Airmen who would be on four-month deployments.
AFCAP is the continuity piece. Although the ops group commander oversees the contract and provides a military liaison, the civilians are responsible for maintaining control over the day-to-day air traffic and providing any maintenance required to keep the air traffic systems up and running.
Civilians working in the tower control air traffic out to 10 miles away and up to 7,400 feet high. The radar approach center covers out to 50 miles and up to 25,000 feet. With this radius of responsibility, AFCAP winds up controlling aircraft in and out of Kabul as well as Bagram. AFCAP contractors manage the airfield environment - runways, taxiways, lighting, radar, communications equipment, and more. There's millions of dollars worth of assets here dedicated to flight operations.
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