"As long as businesses see the benefits of working with the Ogden Air Logistics Center, employment here is bolstered," Lee said. "In some cases increased workloads means improved employment opportunities for the local community."
He explained much of the increased awareness of partnerships and their implementation have to do with changes in U.S. law, making it easier for the government to team up with contractors on projects.
In the case of DESP II, the partner list reads like a who's who of technology-based firms: Aerospace Engineering Spectrum; Jacobs Sverdrup; Karta Technologies; Battelle; and Manufacturing Technology Inc. – among others – bring their particular specialties to bear on projects.
DESP II provides for design, engineering and technical support services for Department of Defense weapon systems, components and support equipment.
This includes technical documentation and courseware development, systems design, software, maintenance and repair, and even environmental, health and safety concerns.
The contract itself includes a five-year ordering period and a seven-year period of performance, with a total ceiling of $1.9 billion.
"We're very excited about joining Ogden Air Logistics Center in this partnership," said Karta Technology's Paul Bielowicz, senior vice president for acquisition, sustainment group.
"Through DESP II, we're establishing a long-term, flexible, and seamless partnership targeted at increasing support for America's warfighting team," he said.
Bielowicz emphasized that "by combining the best commercial processes and practices of Karta with the superb capabilities and resources of the Air Logistics Center, this team can devise creative new ways to benefit the warfighter, while enhancing the capabilities of both organizations."