04 Nov 2014

MOD set to name new managed service providers

Summary: The MOD has announced a new group of managed service provider contracts which will transform the way in which DE&S manages the acquisition and support of defence equipment.

A managed service provider (MSP) is a third-party contractor that delivers network-based services, applications and equipment to enterprises, residences or other service providers.

The contracts will help deliver the MOD’s 10-year equipment plan, worth £164bn.

CH2M Hill has been offered the contract for project delivery in the Land and Joint Enabler domains, Bechtel has been offered the contract for the Air and Fleet domains, and the human resources contract has been offered to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Once contracts are signed, the MSPs will provide strategic support and assistance in specific areas of the DE&S in order to drive forward the Government’s 10-year equipment plan.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Technology and Support Philip Dunne said:

“The contracts we have offered to CH2M Hill, Bechtel and PwC represent a key milestone in the work to transform DE&S into a higher performing project delivery organisation.

Once their work gets underway, we can expect the MSPs to provide DE&S with some of the best private sector skills available to improve even further our ability to procure defence equipment and support as cost effectively as possible.”

The competition for a final MSP contract for Finance, Management Information and Information Technology will commence in the next few months.