Air Force Readying to Open Expanded Training Program Contract
January 8, 2012
The Air Force is preparing to start a competition for a training program worth nearly seven times more than the initiative's existing version, drawing plenty of interested contractors.
There are already nearly a dozen companies winning task orders under the existing Training Systems Acquisition II, or TSA II, program now under way. But the effort, which provides a wide range of training such as instruction on how to fly various planes and how to perform maintenance, has almost reached its $3 billion ceiling, said Steven Mihalisko, a senior Air Force analyst at Deltek, which researches the government contracting market.
A much larger group of Air Force programs — totaling nearly 40 — will be able to make orders using the new contract vehicle, which Mihalisko said will have a nearly $21 billion ceiling.