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Increase Competition through Small Business Source Approval Request (SAR) for DLA Nuclear Enterprise Support Office (NESO) NSN: 8010-01-266-6576



OBJECTIVE: Improve product availability and increase competition through the development of Source Approval Requests (SAR) by small business manufacturers for National Stock Numbers (NSNs) with government provided technical data. Small Business eligible manufacturing sources utilizing the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA’s) technical data will develop SAR packages including quality and manufacturing plans, sample parts, and production forecasts for items identified in this BAA. The intent is that participating small business manufacturers, once approved, will be responsive to future solicitations for these items as well as the development of additional SARs for technically related NSNs. 

DESCRIPTION: The DLA Nuclear Enterprise Support Office (NESO) was established to position the Agency to be fully responsive to the needs of the United States Air Force and U.S. Navy nuclear communities. The sole mission of the office is to synchronize DLA’s enterprise wide support to the nuclear enterprise and engage strategically with DLA customers. Through partnerships with the small business industrial base, the DLA will augment existing sources of supply to enhance product availability, competitive price as well as ensure effective logistics support to the nuclear enterprise. Manufacturers that are interested in pursuing qualification as an Approved Source in future DLA procurements for NESO Items are required to demonstrate that they can competently manufacture the Critical/Weapon System Item/NSN. To qualify as an Approved Source, the onus is on the manufacturer to document and demonstrate their product meets all the government's minimum requirements. The DLA Source Approval Request (SAR) Guide and templates as well as SAR Charts that explains the process are located via the internet at the referenced link 1. Participating firms must have a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code and be Joint Certification Program (JCP) certified in order to access technical data. Refer to link 2 below for further information on JCP certification. All available documents and drawings are located in the C Folder location “SBIR181NSNS”. Participating Small Businesses will need to create a DIBBS account to view all data and requirements in C Folders. In order to access C Folders, participating firms must have a valid account in DLA’s Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) in order to receive a password to C Folders. Refer to links 3 and 4 below for further information on DIBBS and C Folders. 

PHASE I: The innovation goals of Phase I are to provide Small Business eligible manufacturing sources an opportunity to qualify as an Approved Source for Critical/Weapon System Items/NSNs specifically identified in this BAA. In this phase, manufacturers will develop appropriate technical data and conduct analysis of their existing manufacturing capability to assess where their existing manufacturing capability or quality systems can be adapted to successfully produce specific Critical/Weapon System Items/NSNs. In addition, it is highly recommended that manufacturers and engineers critically analyze the component to be produced for the potential to reduce costs, extend lifecycle, and improve the quality of the component. The culmination of this research will provide the basis for a business case for the final report. In this phase, manufacturers will pursue Engineering Support Activity (ESA) SAR approval. The list of NESO Items and associated details have been selected to develop competition through the submission of Source Approval Requests (SAR’s). The list of NSNs contains NSNs with an Annual Demand Value (ADV) >$10K currently sourced with fewer than two (2) manufacturers. 1. NSN: 8010-01-266-6576 Part Name: Proxy Primer Coating DLA Supply Chain: C&E Weapon System: B-2 Part Description: MILSPEC Part Number M85582-2-C2-001P, Dark Green. Used during the B-2 specialized Low Observable maintenance processes. PPG Aerospace Irvine, CA Company advised they will no longer manufacture the material. 

PHASE II: Based on the results achieved in Phase I, DLA NESO will decide whether to continue the effort based on the technical progress, potential for authorization to participate as an Approved Source, and feasibility of the manufacturer’s business case. The goal of Phase II is to achieve authorization to participate as an Approved Source for the specific NSN in future procurements. 

PHASE III: At this point, no specific funding is associated with Phase III. Progress made in PHASE I and PHASE II should result in the manufacturer’s qualification as an approved source of supply enabling participation in DLA procurements. COMMERCIALIZATION: The manufacturer will pursue commercialization of the various technologies and processes developed in prior phases through participation in future DLA procurements for items identified with this BAA. 


1: DLA Small Business Resources:

2:  JCP Certification:

3:  Access the web address for DIBBS at

4:  Log into c-Folders. ...query solicitation SBIR181NSNS

KEYWORDS: Proxy Primer Coating 


Natalie Thomas 

(405) 739-2649 

Giovanni Ortiz 

(703) 767-2578 

Denise Price 

(703) 767-0111 

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