Arnold Air Force Base - Small Business Contracting Assistance

Arnold AFB Air Force Base AEDC 

Arnold Air Force Base (AFB) - Overview of new small business contracting opportunities. Information about small business set-aside contracts and subcontracting opportunities with prime defense contractors supporting on-base activities at Arnold AFB. This web page includes an overview of the categories of products and services procured by the Arnold AFB contracting office.  


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Arnold AFB is home to  Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC).  AEDC has the worlds largest and most technically advanced and flight simulation test facilities.  AEDC operates and maintains 28 flight simulation test facilities to include: aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized flight simulation facilities. Using these simulation facilities, the Air Force can  simulate flight conditions ranging from sea level to an altitude of 300 miles.  AEDC's facilities can also simulate flight speeds up to Mach 20.  AEDC's test facilities, infrastructure, and support equipment are valued at $7.8 billion.  

AEDC employs over 2,100 people (military, federal civil service, and contractors). AEDC is unique in its work force composition. Contractor employees comprise approximately 84% while just 13% is military and federal civilian personnel.

Arnold AFB Map Air Force Tennessee

Arnold AFB is located near Tullahoma,
Tennessee (about half way between
Nashville and Chattanooga).

The AEDC complex serves a host of defense organizations worldwide.  Some of AEDC's customers are: Department of Defense (DoD) agencies, the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is another important federal customer of AEDC. AEDC also serves domestic and foreign private industry, universities, and allied foreign governments.  

Also located at Arnold AFB is a detachment of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).  MDA is a DoD research, development, and acquisition agency. MDA's mission is to develop, test, and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). 

AEDC relies upon private industry for a vast range of supplies, parts, equipment, materiel, and services. It is estimated that Arnold AFB's contracting office (AEDC/PK) annually awards and administers approximately $248 million in government contracts and procurements.

A significant portion of Arnold AFB's support from private industry comes from small businesses. In addition, there are also numerous opportunities for small businesses who are interested in serving as suppliers, vendors, and subcontractors to prime government contractors at AEDC.   

Arnold AFB Organizations and Tenant Units 

  • Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) 
    • Test Operations Division 
      • Propulsion Wind Tunnel Ground Test Complex 
      • Turbine Engine Ground Test Complex
      • Space and Missile Ground Test Complex  
    • Test Systems Sustainment Division  
    • Test Support Division 
  • Advanced Missile Signature Center   
  • Missile Defense Agency  (MDA)
  • Missile Defense Data Center  (MDDC) U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC)
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center "Corona Division"  (NSWC)   
  • U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)  
  • Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA)  
  • General Physics Corporation / AEDC Group  
  • GE Aircraft Engines, Tullahoma / AEDC Office 
  • Pratt & Whitney / AEDC Field Office  

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Arnold AFB - base operator:  Phone (931) 454-3000    

AEDC (Arnold AFB) Contracting Office
The AEDC Contracting Directorate (AEDC/PK) supports Arnold AFB and the AEDC complex.  Some of the major responsibilities of the AEDC Contracting Directorate include: Managing base and complex contracting functions, providing advice to base officials regarding "Award Fee Evaluations", advocating for fair and open contract competition, and facilitating labor relations. 
       AEDC Contracting Directorate (AEDC/PK)
      100 Kindel Drive, Suite A-335
       Arnold AFB, Tennessee  37389-1335 
       Phones:  (931) 454-6372  /  (931) 454-5174  /  (931) 454-6706  /  (931) 454-5167  
                       (931) 454-5166  /  (931) 454-4458

       Arnold Air Force Base (AFB) Small Business Office: 
       100 Kindel Drive, Suite A332
       Arnold AFB, TN 37389-1332
       Phone:  (931) 454-4405 

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