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Section I. OVERVIEW
a. The Product Manager (PM), TMDE is responsible for the life -cycle management of all
Army General Purpose TMDE (GPTMDE). Execution of the modernization function is assigned to
the Assistant Product Manager, TEMOD. The objectives of the TEMOD program are to improve
the materiel readiness of weapons systems, minimize TMDE proliferation and obsolescence, and
reduce TMDE support costs.
APM, TEMOD accomplishes this mission through:
Coordination with TRADOC to identify and prioritize Army GPTMDE needs.
Utilization of an accelerated acquisition and deployment process, which provides
logistically supportable GPTMDE , incorporating current technologies , to the user as
quickly as possible.
The optimization of TMDE requirements definition, deployment planning, asset
tracking, and acquisition decision making, resulting in significant dollar savings to
the Army, a reduction in the number of TMDE instruments necessary to satisfy
user's needs, and increased maintenance productivity.
a. APM, TEMOD utilizes a Nondevelopmental Item (NDI) acquisition process to procure
state-of-the -art TMDE. The NDI process permits full deployment within 5 years of project start or
30 months after contract award. The TEMOD NDI acquisition process is as follows:
The process utilizes a Bid Sample/Two-Step Sealed Bid approach, initiated by an
user's survey to determine actual instrument requirements, and a market research to identify
current marketplace capabilities. This information is evaluated along with the TRADOC initiated
and DA approved requirements document to determine equipment specifications. Once the
specifications are identified, a Step I solicitation (which includes a Request for Bid Samples) is
released. Bid Samples are representative instruments provided to the government by competing
manufacturers. Vendors respond to the Step I solicitation by submitting bid samples.
Bid samples are tested for performance, and evaluated for supportability and ease
of use, identifying those samples meeting pre-established criteria.
Those vendors successfully completing Bid Sample testing are issued a Step II
solicitation, (including an invitation for bid). Contracts are awarded on the basis of the lowest life
cycle cost, and are generally firm-fixed-price, 5-year, indefinite quantity contracts to
accommodate increases in requirements and to assure the long term availability of the
Concurrent with TEMOD fieldings, obsolete and uneconomically supportable
instruments are identified for removal from the units receiving the new equipment, thereby
reducing substantially operational and support costs incurred by the Army.