do business with military basesAs a small business owner, would you like to offer your products or services to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and do business with military bases? If so, keep in mind that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which is considered the largest engineering service provider in the country, has the mission of building and maintaining America´s infrastructure, as well as providing the DoD with outstanding military facilities.

With over 34,000 military and civilian employees, the USACE provides a wide range of engineering and construction services. It also conducts ongoing research and development of new technologies for the military.

How to do business with military bases via the USACE

According to the Institute for Defense Studies, the USACE´s major functional mission areas include the following:

  1. Civil Works 
    • Budget
    • Dam Safety Program
    • Engineering and Construction
    • Legislation and Reports
    • Levee Safety Program
    • Project Planning
    • Regulatory Program and Permits
    • Recreation
    • Tribal Issues
    • Navigation (channels, harbors, and waterways)
  2. Military Missions
    • Contingency Support
    • Field Force Engineering
    • Installation Support
    • Interagency and International Support
    • Real Estate
  3. Environmental 
    • Brownfields Urban Waters
    • Environmental Operations
    • Environmental Quality
    • Environmental Technical Support to non-DoD federal agencies
    • Estuary Restoration
    • Restoration and Clean-up of Formerly Used Defense Sites
    • Invasive Species Management
    • Military Munitions Support Services
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund Program
    • Technical Project Planning
  4. Emergency Operations 
    • Expedited Contracting in Disasters
    • Develop Disaster Impact Prediction Models
    • National Response Framework (Droughts, Floods, Hurricanes)
  5. Research and Development
  6. Sustainability 

Business opportunities with the USACE

The USACE offers two ways for small firms to do business with the Federal Government:

  1. Small business set-aside contracts
  2. Subcontracting with prime Government contractors

The Department of Defense requires large businesses receiving contracts valued over $650,000 ($1.5M in construction) to subcontract with small, small disadvantaged, HUBZone, veteran-owned, woman-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. This DoD requirement yields significant subcontracting opportunities for small businesses, like yours

Products and services purchased by the USACE

The USACE, in conjunction with other organizations and military bases, routinely purchases a myriad of products and services from the following categories:

  1. Aviation and flight operations
  2. Land-based military operations
  3. Naval maritime operations
  4. Defense space operations
  5. Defense cyber operations and military intelligence
  6. Systems maintenance (aircraft, ships, vehicles, equipment, etc.)
  7. Supply chain management, logistics, and transportation
  8. Military training and education
  9. Civil engineering and facilities support
  10. Communications and information technology
  11. Medical
  12. Research and development

For more details about these categories, visit this page. Parallelly, you can contact our team of experts in federal contracting via the following channels:

Through a free video consultation, you will learn about your chances of becoming a federal provider and how to do business with military bases via the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A nationally recognized expert in federal contracting, small business entrepreneurship, vendor, and project/program management. A graduate of the prestigious Stanford and Cornell Universities, Dr. Rafael Marrero is a former Fortune 500 procurement executive, two-time Inc. 500 honoree, network news commentator, and Amazon best-selling author.

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