ATEP II gets more local interest

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

More local companies are moving for a shot at a large new Air Force contract, including one that is working with two well-known locally based companies and others with a local presence.

Integrity Applications Inc. has submitted its bid for the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program (ATEP) II contract, the company said. ATEP II is a $960 million contract in support of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Integrity said it has “a purpose-built team consisting of a blend of small and large companies including two Dayton originals, MacAulay-Brown and Woolpert, as well as industry veterans Leidos (formerly SAIC) and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.”

Dubbed “Team Integrity,” 19 companies are banding together for the bid, said Paul Issler, Integrity’s advanced ISR programs director.

The team “represents a technical bench strength of 2,400 scientists, engineers, and analysts with expertise in ATEP II mission areas, 400 of whom live and work in the Miami Valley,” Issuer said in an email.

Local defense contractors — as well as developers and companies that serve them — are eyeing Air Force decisions on ATEP II. Contracts are expected to be awarded next spring or summer.

Steve Phipps, Woolpert senior vice president, said that “the Air Force’s small business approach to the new NASIC contract is refreshing and will promote innovation within the intelligence community.”

Though some companies have wondered about the new Air Force size standard for what businesses could be considered “small businesses” Integrity praised the approach. The Air Force has invited companies with up to 1,500 employees to bid for ATEP II work.

Integrity has more than 500 employees nationwide. It has worked for Wright-Patterson since 2007, including the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Integrity isn’t the only company teaming up with others on an ATEP II bid. Northrop Grumman Corp. is working with Radiance Technologies. And Fairborn’s Peerless Technologies has said it will bid as well.

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