November 14, 2011
Contract Award: CACI to support modernization of U.S. defense medical logistic
As reported in a recent press release, CACI International Inc has been awarded four prime task order contracts, totaling $69 million, to continue the company's support for the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support system (DMLSS) at the U.S. Joint Medical Logistics Functional Development Center (JMLFDC) at Fort Detrick, Md.
DMLSS is an automated information system that provides medical logistics, facility management, and medical maintenance support for U.S. Armed Forces at medical facilities worldwide.
The first of CACI's four awards is the DMLSS Development and Sustainment Support task order. It is a $21 million award to continue providing software development and sustainment services to support the Defense Health Systems Support, Medical Logistics Division, and the Joint Medical Logistics Functional Development Center in system development, delivery, and sustainment. Work will include IT and information management assistance, concept exploration, requirements development, and support in business process reengineering and provide maintenance and sustainment support for the current DMLSS Automated Information
The Theater Enterprise-Wide Logistics System (TEWLS) task order is a $24 million, SAP-based integration effort to continue migrating theater level medical supply chain management into the DMLSS AIS. TEWLS provides a single, authoritative transactional database to manage theatre medical material assets and provide order and shipment status through standard DoD systems. This effort will lead to improved management of medical logistics in operational theatres worldwide.
The DMLSS Engineering Life Cycle Management task order is an $18 million award to continue providing a broad spectrum of system and software engineering life cycle and technical services. This contract provides overarching support to all Defense Medical Logistics applications and systems.
The e-Commerce DMLSS support task order is a $6 million award for new work to provide system and software development and sustainment services to improve the system's e-commerce electronic catalog. This effort will create a common transaction exchange format and messaging service to significantly improve the ordering, tracking, and financial capabilities within DMLSS.
The contracts were awarded by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity under the Defense Medical Information System/Systems Integration, Design, Development, Operations and Maintenance Services (D/SIDDOMS 3) IDIQ contract vehicle.
According to Bill Fairl, CACI President of U.S. Operations, "For well over a decade, CACI has provided health and health IT services to a wide range of government customers. These new awards to support the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support system are the direct result of the deep mission understanding and outstanding experience our team brings to every aspect of the system's work."
Paul Cofoni, CACI President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Transformative healthcare IT solutions and services that enable the efficient delivery of vital medical services to our Armed Forces are key components of our future growth strategy. This wide-ranging work with DMLSS clearly demonstrates that the significant corporate investment in healthcare IT and the dedication of our senior management are resulting in a growing momentum for success."
An interesting report appeared recently on Jane's, discussing how the prospect of a lean decade of defence procurement investment in the U.S. has prompted defence contractors to pursue diversification strategies to ensure survival and to bolster investor confidence. In addition to export drivers to reduce reliance on the Department of Defense (DoD), a significant number of majors have sought to increase their presence in markets adjacent to defence. Chief among these in recent months has been the fast-growing healthcare information technology and services sector.
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References: CACI (1), Jane's (2)