Following a series of protests and subsequent legal challenges, the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), a command of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), this week confirmed a large, multi-year contract award to Crowley Logistics, Inc., to provide transportation and related services supporting DOD activities in the U.S. and Canada.
The Department of Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract is one of the largest logistics contracts awarded by the U.S. government. The period of performance is two base years followed by five option years for a total value of approximately $2.3 billion.
“We appreciate TRANSCOM’s continued confidence in our company to meet their transportation needs going forward,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO. “We look forward to providing solutions that enhance the efficiency and reduce the cost of critically important services required by our military.”
Crowley was first awarded the DFTS contract in November 2016. However, another company that is currently providing some of the services covered by the contract launched a legal challenge to the award. A court ruling in June cleared the way for the decision Monday to confirm the original award to Crowley. Initial bids in this procurement were submitted more than two years ago.
“This confirmation of the contract award hopefully ends the legal contest,” said Frank Larkin, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, logistics and commercial services. “We are eager to get started, and will be bringing best commercial practices to our government customers – providing transportation solutions that increase the velocity of the DOD’s supply chain, reduce their overall landed costs and help our military fulfill their missions.”