Sunday, August 8, 2021

Navy schedules Classified Industry Day meeting to discuss TACAMO aircraft replacement

The Naval Air Systems Command, Program Executive Office for Airborne Strategic Command, Control, and Communication, issued an announcement Friday for an informational Classified Industry Day for the TACAMO Recapitalization Program.

The TACAMO Recapitalization Program will procure three C-130J-30 aircraft as test assets to replace the aging Boeing E-6B Mercury long-endurance command, control, and communications aircraft. The Navy is accelerating plans to field the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules in the Take Charge And Move Out (TACAMO) survivable nuclear communications role.

The TACAMO mission is flown out of Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma by the Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron. The 16 E-6B Mercury aircraft provide reliable airborne communications between the U.S. National Command Authority and the U.S. strategic forces.

The objective of the Classified Industry Day meeting is to enhance government-industry communication, provide further information on the program, and provide an opportunity for meetings between industry and government personnel, the Navy said in a Special Notice contract document released Friday.

The Classified Industry Day will take place on Aug. 24 at the MITRE Corp. offices in McLean, Va. “One-on-one discussions will also take place at the same location on Aug. 25,” the Navy said in the Special Notice.

The meeting is open to companies that have developed or are developing new and innovative capabilities to act in a role as a Prime Lead System Integrator. Only contractors performing a current Department of Defense contract containing a DD254 will be allowed to attend the meeting. The day one events will be held at the Secret Level with no foreign nationals permitted. Day two one-on-one discussions will be at the Secret Level with no foreign nationals permitted, with the potential for Top Secret Level discussions. Only those with validated, proper clearances and citizenship will be permitted to attend.

Due to space constraints, attendance to this Industry Day is limited to a maximum of three individuals per company. MITRE company policy requires that all visitors show proof of COVID-19 vaccine (actual vaccination card or a clear photo of the card) to enter the location. Face masks are required for all participants.