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US Base Operational Support Services

  • August 2014
  • 51 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2307275


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Is this the Tip of the Support Iceberg?

US Base Operational Support Services (BOSS) funding is one of the areas that has absorbed the impact of increased spending in other sectors, especially during sequestration. While the key area for negative growth is the conflict zones, continental US spending has faced consistent pressure. The return of personnel from Afghanistan and Iraq has allowed a reduction in overall continental US services spending, but that may be temporary until a Base Realignment and Closure Commission changes the force and base structure. This study examines the demand for contracted services. The base year for the study is 2013, and the market forecast is from 2013 to 2018.

Key Findings
-The Department of Defense (DoD) budget request in the 2015 President’s Budget (PB) for Base Operations Support (BOS) is $ billion, not including overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding. The 2015 PB was released as this study was being completed and was included in the analysis, but OCO funding is delayed, awaiting decisions regarding Afghanistan.
-BOS funding is expected to see a negative % compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2013 and 2018. The largest drop in planned funding occurs between 2013 and 2016 and is mainly caused by withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.
-The Army will account for % of the total spending in 2015.
-In 2013, the DoD awarded $ billion to companies in the Base Operations Support Services (BOSS) market. DynCorp was the top firm with $billion in contracts.
-The top market competitors received % of service contract spending in 2013.
-OCO spending accounted for % of BOS service contracts in 2013.

Market Definitions
-This research service is an overview of program funding and contract activity for the DoD’s base support activities.
-Program funding is derived from the DoD Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 PB. FY 2015 OCO funds are included in the budget data, but are estimates due to the uncertainty of continued operations in Afghanistan.
-Contract data is based on FY 2013 BOS-related contract obligations taken from the Federal Procurement Database System (FPDS).
-The research service does not include classified programs and budgets, potentially making a small portion of total market spending information inaccessible.
-Program funding and contract values do not always align year to year because of a combination of administration costs, multi-year contracts, and use across segments.
-Program and contract segmentation with funding forecasts beyond 2013 are made at the analyst’s discretion.
-The data in this research service has been checked against official DoD budget documents and verified by multiple industry participants to provide the best possible information at the time research was conducted.
-For the purposes of this research, BOS is defined as personnel and infrastructure support to sustain mission capability, ensure quality of life, and enhance workforce productivity. Specifically:
oPersonnel support includes food and housing services for unaccompanied and deployed forces; religious services and programs; payroll support; personnel management; and morale, welfare, and recreation services for military members and their families.
oInfrastructure support includes utility system operations; installation equipment maintenance; engineering services including fire protection, crash rescue, custodial tasks, refuse collection, snow removal, and lease of real property; security protection and law enforcement; and motor pool transportation operations. This does not include related funding identified as facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization (FSRM) or enterprise IT.
-The bulk of base support is provided organically by military personnel.
-BOSS refers to the contracted services provided in support of base operations. Most BOS is a combination of organic support and BOSS.
-All calculations are based on the DoD FY, which spans from 1 October to 30 September.

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