Operational Contract Support

LMI has been working side by side with the U.S. Department of Defense to institutionalize this emerging joint capability area.

Organizations across government have become leaner. The unremitting pressure on budgets has left agencies at all levels of government in an ongoing quest for economies to minimize adverse impacts on the mission.
One approach rising to the top is contract support, which gives organizations more flexibility than a rigid workforce for meeting their fluctuating needs. More than ever, contractors provide essential capabilities, taking on roles from the back office to the front lines. Whether it’s filling a short-term need for a language specialist, a highly skilled agricultural or energy advisor, or an augmented security force, contractors contribute to a scalable and reversible workforce that can achieve operational goals while minimizing the costs associated with a large, underutilized permanent staff.
Operational contract support is an undeniably appealing proposition for financially constrained organizations. But getting the people in place is only a single facet of the challenge. Outsourcing tasks does not release the government from responsibility for managing the tasks or the company performing them. And managing the myriad issues associated with contract support requires effective planning, contract administration, and oversight to seamlessly integrate this component of the workforce to achieve the desired ends. For years, LMI has supported government agencies in institutionalizing and fully integrating complex capabilities in their processes and operations. Perhaps nowhere has this challenge been greater than in DoD, integrating contractor support into military operations. 
LMI’s experience in operational contact support (OCS) has its roots in the very beginning of the DoD’s efforts to explore concepts and formalize governance for integrating contractors into military operations. From there, we expanded our capabilities outward to cover the entire spectrum of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership & education, and personnel (DOTMLP) activities needed to fold a contracted workforce seamlessly into complex military operations.
Drawing on our deep expertise in strategy, requirements, programming, and reporting, LMI brings together all the pieces in an integrated program to better facilitate upfront OCS planning and achieve positive outcomes for the DoD.
Our systematic and integrated approach and the experience gained from our OCS contributions apply to organizations across local, state, national, and global levels of government—wherever workforce flexibility and scalability are valued.

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