ABSI Defense Challenges Long-Held Beliefs about Defense Contracting
Disrupting the Way the Military Procures UAS Systems, Training and Services…
ABSI Defense is a local company working in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) space, helping customers get systems and services on contract quickly. In a marketplace where it can often take 12 – 18 months to get a contract awarded, the idea of rapid procurement is practically a unicorn—rare and magical. But it can happen, and ABSI Defense is working to make it happen for their customers.
“Small UAS technology advances rapidly,” said Chris Sacco, CEO of ABSI Defense. “With short technology lifecycles measured in months in some cases, it doesn’t benefit our warfighters to wait twelve months to get their hands on systems, only to have them be a year behind the technology our enemies employ.” Add training on those systems to the equation, and it’s easy to see why traditional procurement timelines don’t work for UAS.
“We have been very successful at helping our customers get on contract inside of thirty days,” Sacco explained. “That means we can have systems delivered and being trained in two to three months—a timeframe that can literally make the difference between life and death, considering what’s going on in theater.”
In addition to rapid procurement and fielding of systems to meet urgent needs, ABSI Defense provides training for a variety of those systems, focusing not only on technology operation but on mission-based employment of that technology. By offering systems, training and sustainment, the company is making it possible to procure, train and service UAS through one procurement package, saving time and money over traditional ways of contracting separately.
ABSI Defense has established an extensive network of partners, making it possible to meet a variety of UAS-based requirements quickly, and flex to add new offerings. “We really want to change the conversation about government contracting,” Sacco stated. “Our warfighters depend on us to get them what they need as quickly as possible. They deserve to know we’re doing our best. And I think our best can be better than it’s been in the past.”