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DESP III is a five-year (5-Year ordering and 7-year period of performance), multiple-award, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract vehicle available for use within the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), the Air Force, DoD, and other government agencies. The contract ceiling is set at $1.9B. The order-writing period is for five years, and the performance period of any task order must be complete within two years after the expiration date of the basic contract. The scope of contract covers technology insertion, reliability and maintainability, deployability improvements, environmental and safety compliance, improvement of depot manufacturing and/or repair processes, and development of information management systems and process models. Task orders may encompass a broad range of engineering related tasks, such as concept exploration, tradeoff studies, systems analysis and specification development, systems design, prototype manufacturing, system integration, testing, modeling, and simulation, and engineering and technical documentation. Although the DESP III contract has been specifically established for use within AFMC, this contract vehicle may be used by all other Air Force and other agencies in the DoD.


The purpose of DESP III is to provide rapid, high quality engineering/technical services.

DESP III Objectives

DESP III task orders will focus on improving system life cycle cost, operational life, performance, sustainment including maintainability & support, safety & environmental friendliness, and education and training in accordance with the following objectives: Other DESP III objectives include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Reduce life-cycle costs through:

    1. Use of alternatives in system configurations that utilize current technology components or adapt common equipment to multiple requirements and applications.

    2. Development of new approaches to system development and support, such as improved specifications, standards, and processes, using techniques such as process base-lining, modeling, and simulation.

    3. Improved management techniques, process improvement techniques, process re-engineering, automation, configuration management, and quality assurance.

  2. Increase system operational life through:

    1. Evaluation and insertion of new technology into existing weapon systems, including their support systems and modernizing and improving existing operational support, maintenance, and repair processes.

  3. Improve system performance through:

    1.  Evaluation and insertion of new technology into existing weapon systems, including their support systems and modernizing and improving existing operational support, maintenance, and repair processes.

    2. Improved performance, accuracy, reliability, maintainability, deployability, survivability, and supportability of weapon systems, subsystems, and equipment (including support equipment).

  4. Improve system sustainment through:

    1. Development and production of technical documentation to include changes in Technical Orders, Technical Data Packages, engineering drawings, associated lists, and specifications for existing systems that require improved documentation or as a result of newly developed and/or modified systems provided for under a particular task order.

    2. Improved productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency of maintenance, repair, operational support activities, and related processes.  When appropriate, provide for the automation of such processes (including ADPE hardware and/or software).

    3. Redesign efforts in support of diminishing material and manufacturing sources including efforts such as reverse engineering.

  5. Improve system and personnel safety & environmental friendliness through:

    1. Review and implementation of the environmentally friendly efforts to improve maintenance, repair, operational support activities, and related processes.

    2. Provide engineering and other professional services for pollution prevention, environmental compliance, and actively pursue the health and well being of personnel (military, civilian, and contractor).  Improve the environmental friendliness, and environmental protection and remediation of existing sites and vulnerability.  Develop alternate fuel sources.  Improve hazardous material management.

  6. Provide engineering services to departments and agencies in support of systems and infrastructure critical to the performance of their identified roles through:

    1. Evaluation of specific problems or issues related to their core operations and/or functions.

    2. Design of systems or processes to resolve specific problems or issues.

  7. Provide training through

    1. Development, implementation, and conduct of training programs including modification, validation, and upgrade of training manuals and other training documentation or training aids and courseware materials.

DESP III provides a contracting vehicle allowing for rapid access to high quality engineering and technical services in support of any federal agency requiring the services of qualified engineering and technical personnel as defined within the DESP III PWS attached to each basic contract.

The DESP III contract is designed to acquire services, modifications, repairs, and spares to sustain all Air Force managed weapon systems, sub-systems, and components. Contract deliveries can include:

  • Services:  Program office management, engineering, and other support services

  • Modifications:  Design, fabrication, test, and technical data

  • Repairs:  Non-standard, critical, rare and/or contingency repairs

  • Spares:  Initial mod support, small quantities, rare, and minimum essential





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