Federal Analysis Feature for August: Air and Space Contracting Takes Off

Posted by Nick Schiffler on August 23, 2018

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In this federal feature we highlight five recent pieces of unique analysis. Included are a deep dive into what President Trump’s proposed Space Force may mean for federal government contractors and a look at some of the top Air Force spending budget accounts.

U.S. Space Force – Potential Federal Market Implications

Making news in August was the announcement of a proposed Space Force, to serve as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces. GovWin analyst John Slye explained how the wheels are in motion to immediately accelerate space technology, and how the creation of a Space Force could drive even more government contract spending in an already vibrant multi-billion-dollar market.

“The National Defense Strategy places significant focus on space as a warfighting domain and a modernization priority. Central to its space vision, the DoD is seeking to ‘usher in a new age of space technology and field new multi-domain systems’ to protect the country.”

Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition IV Moving Forward

Analyst Nathaniel Kulyk wrote about the NASA procurement with the biggest overall value in FY 2019, its Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition contracts (or Rapid IV). These contracts are expected to have multiple opportunities for vendors, including spacecraft design and development, testing, payload integration, and launch operations support.

“NASA expects RAPID IV to have On-Ramp opportunities in the coming years. Interested vendors who are not successful with the forthcoming solicitation should look to take advantage.”

Free Report: Air Force Spending Analysis

A recent piece of analysis from James Yassine focused on the top 5 budget accounts used by the Department of the Air Force. The report is free to download and contains an in-depth background of Air Force historical spending, as well as spending trends within these accounts.

“Key areas addressed by this budget include readiness, people, nuclear deterrence, modernization, space superiority, multi-domain command and control, air superiority, light attack and science and technology.”

What’s Next for SOCOM’s Wide Mission Support?

Federal government contractors have been anticipating the follow-on acquisition for the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Wide Mission Support, writes analyst Shawn Gocer. This large acquisition touches a number of functional areas, including but not limited to, engineering management, program management, logistics management, professional services, and education and training.

“Due to the scope and value of this massive effort, previous contracts and opportunities went through the “Protest” phase. It will not be a surprise if these efforts also go through a protest.”

AI and Cyber in the FY 2020 Federal Budget

Analyst Alex Rossino investigated how artificial intelligence (AI) technology and cyber capabilities factor into the administration’s budget for 2020. His analysis highlights the planned amount of spend in a number of organizations across the Department of Defense and explains how increased spending on cybersecurity and cyber warfare will continue to impact federal government contractors.

“The important thing to keep in mind is that improving cyber remains a key goal for the Administration so dollars will continue flowing into related work as time goes on.”

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