Colorado Springs-based defense contractor DSoft Technology, Engineering & Analysis Inc. earlier this month won the largest contract in its 26-year history.
Its $95.9 million, five-year deal with Air Force Space Command will provide modeling, simulation and analysis services for space and cybersecurity.
DSoft, which now employs 47 people, has hired four new employees and plans to hire up to 15 more in coming weeks to complete the work, said David Hollenbach, the company's president and CEO. The contract starts on Friday, but the company doesn't expect to begin work on task orders under the agreement until late July, he said. DSoft also plans to lease another 2,000 square feet of space to expand its offices on Kelly Johnson Boulevard, just west of Chapel Hills Mall.
"The contract is for the same type of work we are doing now for Space Command, but this adds depth and breadth to that work," Hollenbach said. "This won't take us out of small-business status (with the federal government), but it will take us to a new level of sophistication working with the government and sets the stage for bidding on and winning larger contracts with other agencies."
The contract is an indefinite-delivery/infinite-quantity award, meaning the company will be assigned task orders to complete. The work is designed to give the command "more robust and resilient architecture underpinned by better situation awareness and responsive command and control," Hollenbach said in an email. The goal is to provide commanders with "tools, decision aids and response options necessary to prevail if conflict extends into space."
DSoft's subcontractors include Boulder-based Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates LLC; Louisville-based Rampart Technologies Corp; and BCSi Inc., Cosmic Advanced Engineered Solutions, Infinity Systems Engineering LLC, Integrity Communications Solutions Inc., Isys Technologies, Polaris Alpha LLC and Synaptech LLC, all of Colorado Springs.
DSoft was started in 1992 by Derick Lopez, then an Air Force Academy computer science professor, to complete software work for commercial clients, but the company grew by winning contracts with a variety of military commands and federal agencies. The company tripled in size in 2016 after acquiring TG O'Brien & Associates Inc., another Colorado Springs-based government contractor, and winning a $5 million, five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Interagency Fire Center.
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