Boecore Inc. won its biggest prime contract in its 17-year history last month from the Air Force, a five-year, $93 million deal to provide near real-time early warning of ballistic missile launches to U.S. military commands and allied nations.
The Colorado Springs-based defense contractor said Friday in a news release that it plans to hire 50 people by year's end to work on the Shared Early Warning System Engineering and Contractor Logistics Support (SEWS II) contract and several other expanding programs where the company serves as a subcontractor. Boecore, which has hired 60 people so far this year, plans an open house next week for applicants for the highly technical positions it is trying to fill, including systems engineers, software developers, cybersecurity engineers, network engineers, knowledge management and space training specialists.
"SEWS is a high visibility mission system providing time sensitive information to a wide variety of foreign partners. We are extremely pleased to be entrusted with the sustainment and operation of this critical system," Scott Boe, Boecore's chief development officer, said in the company's release.
Boecore's subcontractors on the SEWS II contract including CACI, which now owns Boecore's first customer, L-3 Communications, and Northrop Grumman Corp., which had worked with Boecore from 2005-10 in the Department of Defense Mentor-Protege program, designed to help small businesses move from working as subcontractors to winning prime contracts.
Lockheed Martin Corp. had held the contract since 2000. The system includes the Defense Support Program and the Space Based Infrared System satellite networks, serving key U.S. allies with others added on an as-needed basis.
Boecore will provide support, operations and maintenance services that include design, modernization, integration, logistics, configuration management, systems engineering, cybersecurity and training to Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base. The company won the award, which was restricted to small business bidders, over six other competitors, according to a Department of Defense news release. The system provides information to the U.S. State Department, U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command, according to a summary posted by the Air Force on the FedBizOpps website.
Boecore employs 275 people, including 240 in Colorado Springs with the rest spread among offices in Los Angeles; Huntsville, Ala.; Albuquerque, N.M.; North Carolina; Virginia, and Washington. The contract expands the company's role in designing, developing, maintaining and securing critical command and control, missile defense, radar and satellite systems. Boecore holds three prime contracts with the Air Force and Army Space and Missile Defense Command and 15 subcontracts for work with the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
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