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Coalition special forces wait for an MH-47G Chinook to land so they can extract their high value target during the opening ceremony for the Jackal Stone 10 Exercise at Darwsko, Poland, Sept. 20, 2010. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine. SRA International is an awardee on SOCOM's Global Battlestaff contract.

Coalition special forces wait for an MH-47G Chinook to land so they can extract their high value target during the opening ceremony for the Jackal Stone 10 Exercise at Darwsko, Poland, Sept. 20, 2010. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine. SRA International is an awardee on SOCOM's Global Battlestaff contract.

niches. For example, the post-9/11 period obviously set up a big need for intelligence analysis, counterterrorism expertise, and we reached out and made a couple of key acquisitions in that area. We really concentrate on organic growth. Now, things may change; our company's been very successful and we may want to expand our core, but that's been our "M.O." for the last 10 years or so.

Okay, talk to me about this new omnibus contract that SOCOM has just put out, because it provides an interesting perspective on SETA contracting across the entire DoD enterprise in that it's large - essentially a service-level type contract because there's the reality that SOCOM is kind of a fifth armed service. If you can, can you give us S some sense of that contract, lay out the skeleton, and start hanging lasG some nuts and bolts on it for us?

Let's look at what SOCOM has done here and I think it's very ^ impressive. One, they have managed to balance two somewhat iS competing requirements. One is competition: They've wanted more o yb competition for this kind of work. And number two is agility. Typically phot these things kind of work against themselves. So, their solution was g- complete an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract A. r vehicle and make awards to four strong prime contractors. We were one of those awardees. And then, for the 110-plus planned SETA task orders, we're all going to compete - very efficiently and aggressively and thoroughly, on all 110 of these task orders. So, SOCOM is achieving getting better value, more innovation, and yet they're still able to do this kind of contracting with the kind of speed that this command demands.

Now, let's hang a few bits on that. Originally, the solicitation was responded to by six different bidders. The final down select picked four?

Yes, they made awards to four strong prime awardees.

And those awardees are?

SRA International, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI, and Jacobs, which was the incumbent on the previous contract. That's a lot of power for the command [SOCOM] when you think about what they've got at their disposal now in terms of competitive SETA resources, and in terms of thought leadership, and in terms of the personnel that can be brought to bear on any particular task. The challenge there is that you've got to come up with mechanisms in the competition that don't bog down the system, because you've got all these big guys competing

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