Who We Serve: Through an Electronic Systems Center (ESC) Professional Acquisition Support Services (PASS) task order, Quantech provides Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) to the Aerospace Management Systems Division. This Air Force program office is responsible for acquisition and fielding of $1.2B of US and International Aerospace and Ground Based Communication, Navigation and Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Command and Control Systems, Landing Systems, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS; 10 active cases with 6 nations—Egypt, Oman, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan). The current suite of programs includes the National Airspace System (NAS; ACAT 1C), Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS; ACAT 1C), Deployed Instrument Landing System (D-ILS; ACAT III), Deployed Radar Approach Control (D-RAPCON; ACAT III), CNS/ATM (non-ACAT), and the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The majority of this support is accomplished at Hanscom AFB, MA; however, support is also provided at Patuxent River, MD, and Washington, D.C.
What We Do: PASS is a performance-based A&AS contract that provides ESC Directorate and Division organizations with acquisition support expertise that complements the Government’s organic technical capabilities. Under this task order, Quantech provides program management, acquisition, financial management, operations and integration, training, executive administrative, graphics/illustrations, and human resources support. This professional mix of experts provides support encompassing the full spectrum of acquisition services during the entire system life cycle. Our management approach focuses on providing resource flexibility that evolves with each customer’s changing needs while maintaining the right skill mix for task workload at the lowest possible cost. We measure our performance through Service Delivery Summary (SDS) metrics (external) as well as self-imposed metrics (internal) that quantify how well we are meeting all customers’ expectations in key areas such as Transition, Cost and Schedule Control, Personnel Management and Business Relations.
The Results: Our employees are key contributors and have direct impact on mission success. Here are a few examples of our team has accomplished:
- Key Capability Fieldings: Directly contributed to high-visibility Air Traffic Control equipment deliveries and installations that support high-tempo military operations worldwide:
- Runway approach lighting, ASR-11 digital airport surveillance radar system, and automation system in Iraq to enable the emerging Iraqi Air Force to carry out air traffic control and defense missions in support of Iraq sovereignty.
- Eighteen DoD Advanced Automation Systems (DAAS) and 12 Digital Airport Surveillance Radars (DASR) that replace aging radars and analog scopes with digital technology to increase performance, reliability, maintainability and workload efficiency.
- Acquisition: Our team in the Landing Systems Branch helped institute a robust risk management system founded on DoD and Air Force guidelines/directives. We facilitated reviews/workshops and active coordination among individual managers and instituted a comprehensive database. This effort was recognized as an ESC Best Practice.
- Mission Area Collaboration: Provided vital planning and on-site execution support to the Division’s CNS/ATM Conference—annual gathering of 400+ attendees (US Government, Industry, and Allied Partners). We enabled the Division to develop effective short-term and strategic plans to ensure the USAF platforms will be properly certified to operate as airspace requirements/mandates evolve.
- Financial Management: Competently executed the full-spectrum of financial management and budget processes to support a large program office and assisted in successfully clearing over $1M of expiring/cancelling funds with no current year bills with unliquidated obligations. We led the way for implementation of the Comprehensive Cost and Requirements System tool to budget, track and report program obligations and expenditures, leading to ESC recognizing the Division as experts in this field and identifying our processes as “Best Practices”.
- Source Selection: Provided dedicated, skilled teams to support two crucial source selections to achieve contract award—Deployed Instrument Landing System (D-ILS) and Kyrgyzstan Republic Air Traffic Control System (KR ATC). D-ILS will deliver an upgraded landing system capability to US and coalition forces worldwide. KR ATC will modernize the enroute air surveillance system and communications for air traffic management as well as install a new Air Traffic Control Tower at Manas Air Base.
- Operations and Integration: Provided dedicated, full time manager to guide the Division’s Wartime Materiel Support (WMS) and Self Inspection (Unit Compliance Inspection) programs to success. AFMC IG rated the Division’s overall 2008 UCI as “Excellent”; the ESC Exercise IG rated the 2009 WMS response by the JPALS team as “Excellent”.