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  • The DESP III contract provides a contracting vehicle allowing for rapid access to high quality engineering and technical services to support any Department of Defense (DoD) agency requiring the services of qualified engineering and technical personnel as defined within the DESP III Performance Work Statement.
  • The DESP III scope is defined in more detail in the PWS, but includes such things as technology development and insertion; reliability, maintainability, and deployability improvements; environmental and safety compliance; improvement of depot maintenance 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; trade studies; systems analysis and specification development; systems design, prototype manufacturing and IV&V; system integration, testing, modeling, and simulation; and engineering and technical documentation. 
  • The DESP III contract is an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.  While the DESP III contract is specifically established within the Air Force Material Command (AFMC), this contract vehicle may be used by all other Air Force and other agencies in the DoD. 
  • Any DoD agency requirements other than Air Force will not be allowed to exceed $10M. 
  • The DESP III ordering period is five years and extends through 10 Jan 2017 and the performance period is no more than seven years and extends to 10 Jan 2019.  
  • The contract ceiling is set at $1.9B.

How to use the DESP III Vehicle




Pre-registration of DESP III Business Opportunities

The purpose of this memorandum is to describe VSE's policies and procedures for teammates to pre-register business opportunities under the VSE DESP III Program. Pre-registration of opportunities enables the VSE Team to proactively market team capabilities and facilitates rapid response to the Government's Performance Work Statements (PWS) and Contract EngineeringTasks (CETs).

"Bringing Business to the DESP III Contract" is a central theme in successfully supporting DESP III.

Revenue generation is a function of proactive, self-marketing or identification and conversion of opportunities into CETs. VSE intends to facilitate marketing opportunities and, as opportunities are discovered that require unique skills or capabilities, engage our teammates to position the VSE Team to be the ultimate winner of CET competitions. It should be understood that given the nature of the DESP III Program VSE cannot guarantee, nor is it able to provide, projected work to our teammates.

A fundamental VSE management principal in the execution of the DESP III Program is to ensure a fair opportunity for all our teammates to obtain work in support of Defense programs they have actively marketed. In addition, VSE reserves the right to identify the best program team available to compete for CETs and ensure the highest confidence of success. Underlying this is the fact that VSE, as a DESP III prime contractor, has privity of contract with the Government. As such, VSE alone is fully responsible to the Government for task performance, in support of the DESP III Program. In order to fulfill these requirements and successfully market the DESP III Contract, VSE has established a process for the pre-registration of business opportunities by our teammates with our DESP III Project Office.


Opportunity pre-registration to support our marketing strategy will be subject to the following polices:

  1. Pre-registration of a business opportunity is allowed only as a directed, specific and clearly defined effort or project. Registration of generic work scopes or general categories of work is not authorized. For example, you may not pre-register "all C-130 aircraft modifications" that may possibly be contracted by the Air Logistics Centers C-130 Special Project Office. You may register a specific opportunity that your company is pursuing and actively marketing .E.G., installation of the Enhance Traffic and Collision Avoidance System for the USAF C-130 reserve fleet.  

  2. An incumbent on any CET has first priority on any follow-on efforts or modifications to that effort.  

  3. A "First Come, First Served" policy applies to all new opportunities and is determined by the date/time the opportunity is received by the VSE DESP III Project Management Office (PMO). Registration must be the result of specific customer contact and work description as identified on the VSE Pre-registration form.  

  4. Team members who have formed a sub-team within the team and who have registered the opportunity first will be the only company(ies) who can bid on the CET once Ogden Air Logistics Center issues it.  

  5. VSE will be the final approval authority for pre-registering an opportunity and for team composition in performance of a CET. VSE may facilitate "teaming within the team" to optimize capabilities and quality performance of a CET. VSE may also facilitate teaming when we believe a capability or capacity issue exists. Other criteria may include Performance Work Statement requirements, Government direction, past performance and the achievement of VSE's small business goals.  

  6. All large business team members should be alert for teaming opportunities within the team that support our Small and Disadvantaged Business Participation Plan. VSE promotes "synergy within Team VSE".



The following procedures will be used when pre-registering DESP III business opportunities:

  1. All opportunities will be pre-registered via e-mail to the VSE DESP III Project Manager.

    This form is available on the VSE DESP III web site. Pre-registration of a potential DESP III opportunity should be completed as soon as the opportunity can be described in sufficient detail to satisfy the requirements of Policy Item 1 above.  

  2. The VSE Project Manager will ensure the opportunity is reviewed promptly. Reviews will focus on validity of the opportunity and whether or not the opportunity has already been pre-registered and currently active. If determined to be duplicative of, or synergistic with, another opportunity, the Project Manager will contact all involved parties to coordinate how marketing efforts should be pursued. All registered opportunities and related information will be protected and only available to the VSE DESP III Project Manager and the teammate who registered the opportunity.

  3. Upon registration, an opportunity registration number will be assigned and a confirmation sent to the submitting teammate(s). The confirmation includes the opportunity name and registration number, both of which should be used in all subsequent correspondence regarding the opportunity.

  4. Our Business Development Manager and the VSE Project Manager will be available to assist any teammate in turning an opportunity into a CET. Teammates are  required to update the status of their registered opportunities as significant changes in status occur. A monthly review of opportunities will be conducted by the PMO with teammates input to access the viability of all registrations.
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