Military Base Requirements: (Space Operations)

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Military Base Contracting Requirements: (Defense Space Operations)

The United States Air Force is primarily responsible for conducting and supporting defense space operations. To perform this mission, Air Force installations and space operations support units purchase an extensive variety of products, equipment, and services from private industry.  The requirements to support defense space operations fall into five basic categories:

  1. Space Operations
  2. Systems Maintenance (space systems, land-based support systems and equipment, vehicles, information systems, etc.)
  3. Logistics Support (parts, fuels, propellants and chemicals, supplies, transportation, etc.) 
  4. Facilities and Base Support (civil engineering, utilities, security, etc.) 
  5. Personnel Support (medical, administration, services, etc.)  

The Categories of Specialized Systems, Products, Equipment, and Technical Services procured from private industry to support defense space operations are listed below. These systems, products, equipment, and services are listed by Federal Supply Classification (FSC) codes.  

Federal Supply Classification Code Description
B Special studies and analysis - (not Research & Development) 
D Information technology services, including telecommunications services 
H Quality control, testing & inspection services
J Maintenance, repair & rebuilding of equipment
K Modification of equipment
L Technical representative services 
M Operation of Government-owned facilities
N Installation of equipment
R Professional, administrative, and management support services 
T Photographic, mapping, printing, publication services
U Education & training services 
V Transportation, travel, & relocation services 
W Lease or Rental of equipment 
Y Construction of structures and facilities
Z Maintenance, repair, and alteration of real property
12 Fire control equipment 
14 Guided Missiles
15 Aircraft & airframe structural components 
16 Aircraft components & accessories
17 Aircraft launching, landing & ground handling equipment
23 Ground effects vehicles, motor vehicles, trailers & cycles
28 Engines, turbines & components
29 Engine accessories
35 Service and trade equipment
36 Special industry machinery
39 Materials handling equipment
40 Rope, cable, chain & fittings
42 Fire fighting, rescue & safety equipment
49 Maintenance & repair shop equipment
51 Hand Tools
52 Measuring Tools
54 Prefabricated structures and scaffolding 
60 Fiber optics materials, components, assemblies & accessories
61 Electric wire & power & distribution equipment
63 Alarm, signal & security detection equipment
66 Instruments & laboratory equipment 
68 Chemicals & chemical products
69 Training aids & devices
70 General purpose information technology equipment 
72 Household & commercial furnishings & appliances
73 Food preparation and serving equipment 
74 Office machines, text processing systems & visible record equipment
75 Office supplies and devices 
76 Books, maps & other publications 
79 Cleaning equipment and supplies
81 Containers, packaging, & packing supplies
89 Subsistence (food, beverages, etc.)
91 Fuels, lubricants, oils & waxes


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