The U.S. Space Force (USSF)’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) competitively awarded the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) consortium manager agreement to National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) on Jan. 15, 2021.
SMC previously delayed award to further evaluate a judgment against NSTXL that occurred separate from the source selection of the consortium management agreement. SMC assessed the matter with due diligence as part of the responsibility determination, and concluded the filing would not affect the company’s ability to execute the terms of this contract in the best interest of the Government.
The $12B award is a ceiling for consortium projects. During the 10-year period of performance, the total value of prototype projects awarded through the consortium cannot exceed $12B, and the compensation the consortium management firm receives is a sliding rate based on the value of projects awarded.
As with routine contract management efforts, SMC will be engaged with NSTXL and oversee the contract on a daily basis. The Government evaluates, competitively selects, and awards all prototype awards, while the consortium manager’s responsibility is to organize and manage the members.
“Currently SpEC includes 457 members to date and all decisions relating to requirement development, evaluations, awards, and performance evaluation reside with government program offices,” said Col. Tim Sejba, program executive officer for SMC’s Space Development Corps. “This award marks the beginning of ‘SpEC Reloaded’ and will enable the SpEC to continue to accelerate prototyping and deliver new and innovative capabilities to the warfighter and the world.”
The Space Enterprise Consortium is the premier tool for industry engagement and rapid prototype development in the space defense arena.