Space Force Hemisphere programs are expected to have a ceiling value of $2.5B according to the draft solicitation (July 2023).

Space Systems Command (SSC) is seeking Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) for its Space Domain Awareness & Combat Power (SDACP) and Battle Management Command, Control & Communications (BMC3) Program Executive Offices through a Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract called Hemisphere.

SSC provides highly classified Space Situational Awareness (SSA) systems, Defensive and Offensive Space Control (DSC/OSC), and space test range assets to meet current and projected Department of Defense (DoD) operational requirements. SSC develops, deploys, sustains, and supports operations for systems that meet strategic and tactical operational needs, providing unrivaled space systems to ensure the survival of the United States Space Force and nation.

These systems span the acquisition life cycle from technology development to system development, procurement, integration, developmental and operational test and analysis, training, program protection analysis, sustainment, mission assurance, anomaly resolution, operations, and contract administrative support. Space Force Hemisphere will support multiple SSC/SZ-BC programs, as well as various other Air Force and mission partner programs.

This program is currently designated as a Full and Open / Unrestricted competition with a Partial Small Bus Set-Aside. While the number of awards is unknown at this time, there will most likely be some stiff competition, given that more than 3500 companies hold the NAICS of 541715.

Space Force Hemisphere Second Draft

A second-draft RFP was released on October 3rd along with a revised draft PWS. Based upon this release, the response will most likely be composed of three volumes:

  • Volume I – Executive Summary
  • Volume II – Technical
  • Volume III – Contract Responsibility & Documentation

Each volume has various subparts, and page limits apply at the subpart level.

Past Performance

While Past Performance, per se, is not required, any offeror must cite relevant performance to substantiate the capability to manage a contract with personnel clearance requirements at the TS/SCI or SAP level within the past three (3) years on prior or current Government contract(s). This information is limited to no more than five pages in the current draft. Due to this requirement, bidding organizations should expect to have well-defined recruitment strategies for cleared personnel and be able to concisely show their ability to apply those strategies.

No pricing is required for the Space Force Hemisphere IDIQ, but it will be competed at the task order level. Given recent issues with the GSA’s Polaris acquisition, this may change. If it does, you can expect IDIQ pricing would be at a labor hour rate ceiling.

The final RFP is anticipated in the near future, perhaps as early as the end of this month, so preparation time is short. Awards are anticipated to be announced in late Q2 of calendar year 2024.

Space Force Hemisphere’s major challenges will be meeting the tight page allocations for items such as teaming, quality assurance (QA), Transition and start-up, security, and small business participation. These are all limited to five pages and will need experienced technical writers to hone the material for the final response.

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