LMI Awarded Larger Role Supporting Defense Acquisition and SustainmentMay 6, 2020
Tysons, Va. – LMI has received a contract to support defense officials who oversee acquisition, capability development, and lifecycle support of critical weapons systems. The five-year OASIS task order award, which significantly amplifies ongoing support to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD[A&S]), has a ceiling value of more than $70 million.
The award promises elevated customer engagement by LMI, which has provided administrative and analytical support to offices within OUSD(A&S) for several years. In addition to weapons systems sustainment, the office is responsible for implementing acquisition reforms and activities that ensure supply chain and industrial base preparedness.
“As the country responds to the Covid-19 pandemic, we appreciate the opportunity to help key decision makers ensure that national defense needs are met at this critical time,” said Robert Lech, vice president of LMI’s defense market.
LMI will support executive administration, business processes, and strategic communications for senior officials throughout OUSD(A&S), including the undersecretary and deputy undersecretary. The organization’s leadership also encompasses three assistant secretaries of defense—for acquisition; sustainment; and nuclear, chemical, and biological defense, respectively—and the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy.
“LMI understands that the defense community faces unique lifecycle challenges. We are proud to provide subject matter expertise that will help the customer accelerate deployment of new capabilities to the warfighter and perform cost-efficient sustainment long term,” said Stu Jones, director of supply chain management.
LMI Supports OUSD(A&S) in COVID-19 Response
As part of LMI’s ongoing support to OUSD(A&S), materiel readiness experts and strategic communications professionals are working closely with the COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF). Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, established the task force to coordinate interagency requests for medical resources essential to pandemic response activities. The task force “will coordinate and prioritize execution of authorities, connect supply with demand, and communicate across [the Department of Defense] and with industry,” according to a JATF fact sheet.