BAE Systems’ operational research consultancy CORDA has signed a contract extension with the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) for its analysis support construct (ASC) framework.
Originally awarded to the consultancy in August 2015, the contract is slated to end in March this year. The latest contract extension will enable CORDA to continue as prime contractor for the framework for another two years.
Established by Dstl, ASC is a commercial framework designed to address the increased demand of the UK Government for evidence-based decision-making.
The framework offers a flexible and transparent approach to the analysis required by the government’s defence and security decision-makers, in addition to supporting an enhanced collaboration between the government, industry and academia analysis communities through an open supply chain.
Dstl Defence and Security Analysis division head Rob Solly said: “I’m delighted we have secured this important route to market for a further two years for Dstl and our customers across defence and security.
“The contract is providing an efficient route for accessing the supply chain with good representation from both SMEs and Academia and is playing an important role in our strategy to deliver analysis in collaboration with external partners.
“The contract has provided excellent technical assurance of work delivered and provided a single centre of knowledge for work conducted, reducing the risk of duplication.”
Dstl’s ASC has also been used by the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD), Joint Forces Command, Navy Command, Army Headquarter and Air Command, in addition to the Chief of Defence People and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
With a total value of more than £11m, 82 Dstl tasks have been contracted through the ASC framework to date.