In a break from the normal winner-takes-all approach to tendering in the all-powerful US military-industrial complex, Wilson said, there would be no single prime contractor
for the project.
"A single prime contractor
will be chosen to bring together and manage the expertise, equipment and vessels to carry out the search," Australia's Joint Agency Coordinating Centre, which has been leading the multinational search, said in a statement.
"Many programs have been procured as vertically integrated, vendor-proprietary solutions relying on a single prime contractor
who was often held accountable to meet many criteria, including a compressed delivery schedule," it said.
Most DoD programs today award development and production contracts to a single prime contractor
or contractor team.
The NMCI has been operated by a single prime contractor
since it was stood up in 2000.
The companies said that as PLM projects become more sophisticated, a growing number of companies require a single prime contractor
to take full responsibility of the deployment and financial transaction.
"For the first time, a single prime contractor
will be responsible for a range of services, including the design of logistic support work programs and providing overall engineering and maintenance requirements support to these vessels," said Australia's defence minister Robert Hill.
DON conducted extensive market research and received valuable input from hundreds of private sector corporations before deciding to select a single prime contractor
to provide the Navy and Marine Corps' IT support.
These contracts will last from eight to 10 years, and use a single prime contractor
who initially gave STRICOM the best deal.