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Release No: 235-95
May 02, 1995


Undersecretary of Defense Paul Kaminski today announced approval of a regulatory relief package for the Non-developmental Airlift Aircraft (NDAA) pilot program. This regulatory relief was incorporated into the recently released NDAA Request for Proposal (RFP), which solicits industry for a commercial airlift aircraft as a potential supplement to the C-17. Proposals must be submitted to the Air Force by May 30, 1995.

The NDAA program was initiated a year ago, after the C-17 program was temporarily capped at a 40-aircraft buy pending further evaluation of C-17 cost and performance and an assessment of commercial airlift alternatives. Since that time, Government and industry involvement in over 90 hours of meetings produced a streamlined NDAA RFP that represents a giant step forward in commercializing Government requirements.

The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 designated NDAA (under the umbrella of Commercial Derivative Aircraft) as one of five Defense Acquisition Pilot Programs. The law encourages the extensive use of commercial practices, relying on industry expertise and established procedures, rather than imposing traditional government requirements and specifications. Unlike previous tailoring approaches to RFP streamlining, the NDAA RFP began as a commercial-style document and added in military requirements only when absolutely necessary. The RFP incorporates all applicable statutory relief contained within the streamlining law, plus 30 additional regulatory waivers granted by DoD and the Air Force. The streamlined, 175-page RFP specifies the requirements for both the aircraft system and contractor logistics support (CLS) of that system. Some of the noteworthy, commercial-like aspects of the NDAA RFP include:

. No military specifications or standards.

. No government furnished property (GFP); no government approved GFP accountability system. . No military priority and allocation requirements.

. Minimal unique data requirements with maximum use of existing contractor data.

. No certified cost and pricing data, government approved accounting system, or government approved purchasing system.

. Waiver of the standard mandatory unilateral changes clause; government and contractor will negotiate rights to make unilateral changes.

. Contractor retains configuration control.

. Contractor determines support equipment requirements.

Following an evaluation of NDAA contractor proposals this summer, the Defense Acquisition Executive will decide at a November 95 Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) the eventual C-17 fleet size, and whether to procure a non-developmental airlift aircraft. If the decision is made by DoD to purchase a NDAA, the Air Force will announce the selected NDAA contractor and award a contract following the DAB.

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