Questions?

If your question relates specifically to Air Force Space Command, please see the questions below. If you have a question which is not addressed here, you may find the answer by visiting the Questions page of Air Force Link. If you have a general military question, please refer to the Department of Defense Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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How do I obtain Astrodynamic Standards software?

Astrodynamic Standards software is managed by AFSPC/A3SC.  Additional information about Astrodynamic Standards can be found at: www.afspc.af.mil/units/asda/index.asp

Additional information can be obtained by contacting AFSPC/A3SC, 719-554-9582, DSN 834-9582

How do I do business with Air Force Space Command? 

Please visit the the following Web sites: 

http://www.selltoairforce.org/index.asp 

http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov/ 

 

How do I get started?

1. Identify Your Product or Service
It is essential to know the Federal Supply Class or Service (FSC/SVC) codes [http://www.dlis.dla.mil/h2] and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes [http://www.census.gov/naics] for your products or services.

2. Register Your Business
Obtain a DUNS Number The Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number is a unique nine character identification. If you do not have a DUNS Number, contact Dun and Bradstreet [http://www.dnb.com] to obtain one.

Register with Central Contractor Registration (CCR/PRO-Net) You must be registered in Central Contractor Registration (CCR) [http://www.ccr.gov] to be awarded a contract from the DoD. CCR is a database designed to hold information relevant to procurement and financial transactions. CCR affords you the opportunity for fast electronic payment of your invoices. On January 1, 2004, CCR assumed all of SBA's PRO-Net search capabilities and functions. Small businesses will now only need to register with CCR.

3. Identify Your Target Market within DoD
The DoD Directorate for Information Operations and Reports (DIOR) [http://www.dior.whs.mil] produces a report (ST28) of products and services purchased each fiscal year by the DoD. Data on the ST28 are sorted by FSC/SVC code and provide name and location of DoD contracting offices. This report is found at the bottom of the Procurement Statistics page [http://www.dior.whs.mil/peidhome/procstat/procstat.htm] and can be cross-referenced with the list of Small Business Specialists within each individual service organizations.

· ARMY [http://sellingtoarmy.com/User/Misc/SearchASBS.aspx]
· NAVY [http://www.hq.navy.mil/sadbu/HCA.htm]
· AIR FORCE [http://www.selltoairforce.org/Locator/locator.asp]
· DLA [http://www.dla.mil/db/DLA SB Directory.htm]

4. Identify Current DoD Procurement Opportunities
Identify current procurement opportunities in your product or service area by checking the electronic version of the Federal Business Opportunities [http://www.fedbizopps.gov] website, which can assist you in identifying DoD, as well as other Federal procurement opportunities.

5. Familiarize Yourself with DoD Contracting Procedures
Be familiar with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) [http://www.arnet.gov/far] and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) [http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dfars].

6. Investigate Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contracts
Many DoD purchases are, in fact, orders on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts. Contact the General Services Administration (GSA) [http://www.fss.gsa.gov] for information on how to obtain a FSS contract.

7. Seek Additional Assistance as Needed
There are several important resources that are available to assist you in the DoD marketplace:
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) [http://www.dla.mil/db/procurem.htm] are located in most states
and are partially funded by DoD to provide small business concerns with information on how to do business with the Department of Defense. They provide training and counseling on marketing, financial, and contracting issues at minimal
or no cost.
Electronic Business (eBusiness) [http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/ebiz] provides assistance on getting started in the DoD electronic marketplace.
Small Business Specialists (SBS) are located at each DoD buying activity and can provide assistance on how to market to the DoD.

· ARMY [http://sellingtoarmy.com/User/Misc/SearchASBS.aspx]
· NAVY [http://www.hq.navy.mil/sadbu/HCA.htm]
· AIR FORCE [http://www.selltoairforce.org/Locator/locator.asp]
· DLA [http://www.dla.mil/db/DLA SB Directory.htm]

DefenseLink [http://www.defenselink.mil] provides links to the homepages of every DoD activity. This information can be invaluable in researching the DoD marketplace and identifying your target market.
Additional procurement-related resources are located in the Links section of our web site [http://www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu/links].

8. Explore Sub-contracting Opporunities
Regardless of your product or service it is important that you do not neglect our very large secondary market, Subcontracting Opportunities with DoD Prime Contractors [http://www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu/publications/subdir/index.html].
This website lists all major DoD prime contractors by state and provides a point of contact (Small Business Liaison Officer) within each firm. We encourage you to investigate potential opportunities with these firms. Many also have
websites that may be useful and we encourage you to explore teaming options.
The SBA's SUB-Net [http://web.sba.gov/subnet] is a valuable resource for obtaining information on subcontracting opportunities. Solicitations or notices are posted by prime contractors as well as other government, commercial, and educational entities.

9. Investigate DoD Small-Business Programs
There are several programs that may be of interest to you, such as the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program, the Small Business Innovation Research Program, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions
Program. Information on these and other programs is available on the DoD Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Office [http://www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu] website.

10. Market Your Firm Well!!!
After you have identified your customers, researched their requirements, and familiarized yourself with DoD procurement regulations and strategies, it is time to market your product or service. Present your capabilities directly to the DoD activities that buy your products or services. Realize that, like you, their time is valuable and if the match is a good one, you can provide them with a cost-effective, quality solution to their requirements. Good luck

Can I get a copy of a recent speech I heard from the AFSPC Commander or Vice Commander? 

Please visit the Library portion of our Web site. We have a collection of recent speeches from the AFSPC senior leadership.

 

How do I get in touch with the Air Force Association?

Please visit the following Web site: http://www.afa.org

 

How do I obtain patches or other memorabilia for my collection?

The Air Force does not keep a stock of patches or memorabilia for public issue. There are many private companies that sell and trade in these materials.

For other questions about Air Force participation in your event, please see the Air Force Outreach web page athttp://www.afoutreach.af.mil.

 

How do I request that a speaker, band or representative be involved in my event?

For invitations to Air Force Space Command Senior Leaders, please send the invitation as an attachment topa.wf@us.af.mil. Please indicate who you would like to invite to your event and include a contact name and phone number.

For requests for Air Force Space Command speakers, please make your request by e-mail to pa.wf@us.af.mil. Please include all available details about your event and include a point of contact name, phone number and e-mail.

For Air Force Band requests, make your request online at: http://www.outreachrequests.hq.af.mil/PublicSite/index.cfm?fwa=home 

Air Force speakers, representatives and bands may provide support for public events when they are of general interest and benefit to a local, state or national audience. These events must be open to the public and not exclude any person by reason of race, creed, color, national origin or gender. However, Air Force speakers, representatives and bands may not participate in events that are designed to increases business traffic, raise money or are associated with any religious, ideological movement, political campaign or commercial enterprise.

 

How do I request tours of Air Force Space Command facilities or installations?

Tours of Air Force Space Command facilities and installations are limited by operational requirements. Most facilities are not open to public tours.

For more information, contact the unit or installation public affairs office directly. You can find their web pages with contact information listed at, http://www.afspc.af.mil/units/

For visits to Air Force Space Command Headquarters contact: Air Force Space Command Community Outreach, (719) 554-3842.

 

If I have a quesiton about VA Loans who can I talk to? 

Please first visit the following Web site: http://www.homeloans.va.gov/

I am a member of the media, so how do I get access to an AFSPC event? 

Please contact the AFSPC Media Division at (719) 554-7509 or e-mail afspc.pam@peterson.af.mil