The Air Force is set to award half of it’s $24 billion dollars for the Network-Centric-Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) to small business contracts. After several delays David Van Buren, the Air Force services acquisition executive, said on Jan 20, “We fully¬† intend to award these contracts in the second and third quarters of 2012”.

The NETCENTS-2 is a five year $9billion procurement program for a range of network-centric supplies and services, including hardware and software for networking and various engineering, software development, system integration, security and telephone services. The NETCENTS-2 is based on the original Network Centric Solutions program.

$11 billion dollars, roughly half of the NETCENTS-2’s contracts, are set to be awarded to small businesses. Those contracts which are not set aside for small businesses, are required to have a minimum of 23 percent small business subcontracting. There will also be two small business companion contracts, for networking operations and application services available

The NETCENT-2 is going to be a promising contract to pursue in the coming quarters of this year for small businesses.Van Buren also said “The use of small business is a key part of the partnership between government and industry, and also critical to the innovation and broader Air Force transformation in 2012”.