Ground Based Missile Defense (GBMD) Support Contract Slips

by: Matthew Potter
October 20, 2011

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The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has been deploying and operating the GBMD system for several years. It operates intceptors in Alaska and a world wide network of sensors to protect the United States proper from limited ballistic missile attacks.

Originally the system was going to be expanded into Europe but the Obama Administration cancelled those plans and will invest in ship based systems and more Army Theater Missile Defense (TMD) assets. Even though the expansion was cut short the existing components need to be maintained, supported and ready to use.

Boeing (BA) was the original Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) for the program and currently is the support provider. Last year the MDA decided to put the contract up for competition and Boeing bid against a team of Raytheon (RTN) and Lockheed Martin (LMT).

Both have submitted proposals but for the second time the MDA has delayed announcement of who has one the contract. Earlier this year it was delayed until after 1 October and into the new fiscal year. to cover that first delay.

the evaluation of the competing proposals was the reason provided by the government.

The contract will be quite substantial and winning it is important to the bidders. It is necessary to keep the GBMD system up and running and utilizing the investment made over the years.

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