GAO Finds No Basis For Sustaining Protest: ARA Awarded $66 Million Contract for JMEMsOctober 2012
Dr. David Jerome, Emerald Coast Division Manager
On September 12, 2012, ARA was finally awarded a $66 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to develop the Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manuals (JMEMs) and related publications after enduring a lengthy delay caused by a protest filed on June 11, 2012 with the US Government Accountability Office. The contract was issued by the Department of the Air Force, and is being directed by the Joint Technical Coordination Group for Munitions Effectiveness (JTCG/ME), which serves as the DoD focal point for munitions effectiveness information.
The contracted effort covers theoretical investigations, technical and analytical studies, software engineering, mathematical computations, and the production of operational weaponeering software tools and electronic publications that will provide munitions effectiveness information for air-delivered and surface-delivered nonnuclear weapons against selected surface and airborne targets. These products are collectively referred to as the Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manuals (JMEMs). The location of contract performance is Eglin Air Force Base, FL and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The period of performance is from June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2017.
ARA has already hired twenty-four new technical staff members to support this important national security work, and expect to add forty more to that number within the next three months.
The initial proposal was submitted by ARA on July 22, 2011 and the subsequent acquisition process proved challenging since it included five request for proposal (RFP) amendments and nine evaluation notices (ENs)—not to mention this was ARA’s first low-price technically-acceptable contract win. Division Manager Dr. Dave Jerome expressed great satisfaction with the GAO decision, and offered his sincere thanks and gratitude to all who helped contribute to winning this new contract for ARA. In addition, the contract award was also significant since it displaced a 45-year incumbent, an achievement Dr. Jerome labeled as "no small feat.”