Armor & Mobility

MAR-APR 2018

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Additionally, LOGCAP supports Army rotations at the National Train- ing Center in Fort Irwin, California. Specifically, it supports the needs of the opposing forces who mimic real-world enemies that rotating units have to "fight". Every year around 10 brigades move through NTC on their way to deploy around the world and LOGCAP enables the tough, realistic training provided by NTC. Also, LOGCAP is currently supporting opera- tions in Iraq and Afghanistan alongside our coalition partners. A&M: What can you tell us about the benefits of the current LOGCAP? MG Gamble: LOGCAP can respond quickly and operate under austere conditions. LOGCAP's use of a pool of qualified performance contractors fosters competition to reduce overall costs and to enhance the quality of services. The use of more than one contractor reduces the risk associated with the Army relying on a single contractor while broadening the selection of mission resources. It also established the precedent of aligning one performance contractor to a combatant command region, which significantly increased responsiveness to the supported command requirements. A&M: How will the next generation of the LOGCAP contract differ from the previous? MG Gamble: The next LOGCAP contract will retain the strengths of the current LOGCAP contract and will add capabilities to the current LOGCAP portfolio -- a form of continuous improvement. The contract will continue the shift from a more reactionary response to a more forward-looking and proactive posture enabled by embedded LOGCAP planners in the Army Service Component Commands (ASCC). Said a different way, the next LOGCAP contract will be focused on providing the contracted capabilities required by ASCC and Theater Support Commands to "set the theater". Another important change is the standardization of the performance work statements, structuring of the workload data, and standardization of baseline reporting, to include maximum use of Army automated information systems. This will bring more transparency to the program, and also allow contrac- tors to respond more rapidly to requirements. The focus is on having a pool of agile qualified contractors that can respond quickly to fill capability gaps and then scale contractor operations in synch with the ebb and flow of military operations. A&M: As the contract evolves, what command level will the LOGCAP program focus on in the future? MG Gamble: Our focus will remain on our ASCCs. The Army is responsible for operations in the land domain and LOGCAP enables these operations with contracted capabilities that provide scale and endurance. In support of the ASCCs, LOGCAP will include a "Setting the Theater" task order awarded with a 10-year period of performance. This will set the conditions for performance contractors to support the ASCCs deliberate and crisis action planning process. In support of the ASCC, the performance contractor will also par- ticipate in planning and rehearsal exercises. The exercises will be used to proof the contractor's support concepts and build off of lessons learned. This will improve responsiveness by being able to more rapidly define requirements and bring more predictability to cost. A&M: What are the reasons for recompeting the LOGCAP contract and changing the LOGCAP Program's approach? MG Gamble: The current LOGCAP contract is scheduled to end later this year so recompete is a natural part of the lifecycle. Additionally, the LOGCAP Program needs to keep pace with changes in the operational environment. The new LOGCAP contract will continue, and improve on, the best practices of the current contract in order to support the whole of government efforts to deliver the capabilities needed to set and surge each specific theater. The new contract is scheduled for award in the fall with transition to begin immediately thereafter. A&M: What has ASC done to engage industry in support of the LOGCAP contract competition? MG Gamble: ASC partnered with Army Contracting Command-Rock Island to conduct multiple Industry Days over the past year and a half. Part of each Industry Day consisted of one-on-one sessions with potential offerors. The event gave ASC's LOGCAP Program Office the opportunity to update industry and ensure they had a comprehensive under- standing of the capabilities and concepts the U.S. government was requiring in the LOGCAP contract recompete. It also allowed for an open exchange with industry on capabilities, limitations, and future trends, and gave industry the opportunity to ask questions and pro- vide feedback. The Industry Days also served to create a networking opportunity for large and small businesses to develop relationships as prime contractors and sub-contractors. In summary, the Industry Days provided the government the opportunity to engage with industry to ensure both sides understand the performance requirements and proposal packaging and evaluation methodology. With this common understanding, the U.S. government is best postured to receive high- quality proposals from capable contractor teams. A&M: What is the LOGCAP Program Office doing to improve predictability and transparency regarding costs from a program management perspective? MG Gamble: The standardization of how requirements are developed will give both government and industry a common perspective, which will allow both to better predict costs based on labor models and desired outcomes. This inherently builds in transparency, cost predictability, and ultimately accountability, because historical data can be leveraged to define future rough order of magnitude costs for specific services – known in the acquisition community as 'should cost.' During and after performance execution, the final costs can then be compared to those predicated costs consistently across the Army for all task orders. This ultimately provides the requiring activities the required effects within the predicted cost estimates. A&M: Can you tell us how LOGCAP fits into the overall mission of providing logistical support to the warfighter? MG Gamble: LOGCAP provides ASCCs and operational commanders with expeditionary contracted logistics capabilities that enable them to scale operations quickly and to create the endurance required for military operations. LOGCAP is a flexible tool that is able to respond quickly and operate in environments where requirements fluctuate with the ebb and flow of operations. Whatever mission, ASCCs can use LOGCAP to enable mission success. LOGCAP UPDATE March/April 2018 | Armor & Mobility | 7

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