Doing Business with Arnold Engineering Development Complex

Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility

AEDC is a government owned and managed, contractor operated test complex located in Southern Middle Tennessee. AEDC is a large and advanced complex of flight simulation test facilities. AEDC operates more than 68 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges, sled tracks, centrifuges, and other specialized units. All NASA manned spacecraft and every high-performance aircraft, missile, space launch system and most military satellites in use by the Department of Defense today have been tested in the complex’s facilities. AEDC is located at Arnold Air Force Base in middle Tennessee, with operating locations at the Federal Research Center at White Oak, Maryland; at Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, and Edwards AFB, California; Peterson AFB, Colorado; Hill AFB, Utah; Holloman AFB and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; and at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

AEDC Contracting

Sampling of What We Acquire

The Installation Contracting Division (PZI) provides contracting support to AEDC for acquisitions expected to exceed $25,000

  • Large industrial equipment such as compressors, valves, and motors
  • Instrumentation and laboratory equipment
  • Machine shop and metalworking equipment such as vertical mills and lathes
  • Construction efforts including new construction, renovation and maintenance of existing facilities, roofing, paving, and painting
  • Research & Development, to include prototypes and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIRs), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTRs)
  • A&E Services

Contracting Directorate: AFTC/PZ (Arnold)
Manages the contracting program
Primary liaison with AFPEO/CM
Industrial labor relations advisor liaison
AEDC advisor on award fee process
Business advisor to the AEDC/CC
Primary interface with operation contractors General Managers

Installation Contracting Division:  AFTC/PZI (Arnold)
Supplies, Equipment, Construction, Information Technology, Services (Advisory & Assistance Services, Architecture-Engineering Services), Research and Development, Utilities, Vendor Relations 

Government Purchase Card Area Program Coordinator

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Test Range Contracting Division: AFTC/PZZ (Arnold)
Administers Test Operations and Sustainment (TOS), Facility Support Services (FSS), Base Communication, Information & Technology (BCITS), and Janitorial, Grounds Maintenance and Refuse Collection (AbilityOne) contracts.
As well as: Small Business Specialist, Purchasing System Oversight, Audit Focal Point, Property Administration, Plant Clearance Officer, Award Fee Secretariat, Program Management Support, Award Fee Secretariat, Quality Assurance Program Coordinator (QAPC)

PRIME Contractors at AEDC

CW Resources (AbilityOne), Phone: 860-391-3358
Janitorial, Grounds Maintenance, and Refuse Collection

Abacus, Phone: 931-454-4287
Base Communication and Information Technology II

Akima Intra-Data, LLC, Phone: 931-454-4300
Facility Support Services II

National Aerospace Solutions (NAS), Phone: 931-454-5470
Test Operations and Sustainment

Main Contracting Office Telephone: 931-454-7806

Small Business

Role of Small Business Specialist

The role of the Small Business Specialist (SBS) is to assist and promote the increased participation of small and disadvantaged businesses in contracting opportunities and monitor progress toward small business goals in the following categories:

  • Small Business
  • Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Women-owned Small Business
  • 8(a)
  • Hubzone
  • Alaskan Native
  • Service Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business
  • Historically Black Colleges & Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI)
100 Kindel Drive, Suite A332
Arnold AFB, TN 37389-1332

Key Points of Contact

In addition to establishing contact with the SBS, there are additional key individuals that are interested in the types of supplies and services offered by your company.

Government Purchase Card (GPC) Program

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program


Contracting Opportunities

Finding contracting opportunities at AEDC:

  1. AEDC contracting opportunities are posted on the website. Enter FA9101 in the Keyword Solicitation # search field.
  2. Register to receive notification when business opportunities are posted at AEDC. (see for instructions)
  3. Register your business in System for Award Management at making sure to complete all required sections such as Representations and Certifications and requesting a Unique Entity ID.

NOTE: Failure to register in System for Award Management (SAM) will prevent your company from receiving contracts at AEDC.

Subcontracting Opportunities

We promote the involvement of small business at the subcontract level. In accordance with FAR 19.702, any large contractor receiving a contract for more than $750,000 ($1,500,000 for construction) shall submit a small business subcontracting plan in the event small business contracting opportunities are possible.

Contractor Visits and Base Access

Contractor visits to discuss business opportunities are welcomed. Contractors wishing to visit with the SBS or other staff members must call in advance and make an appointment.

Contact the SBS, 931-588-0676.

Note: Arnold AFB has security restrictions for visiting and driving on the installations. A sponsor is required if you do not have a base pass or DoD identification.


Test Customer

AEDC Commercial Test - AEDC conducts tests, engineering analyses, and technical evaluations for research, system development, and operational programs of the Air Force, Department of Defense (DoD), other government agencies, and industry. AEDC provides such services to Air Force, DoD, and other federal government organizations under agency-to-agency agreements. We provide the same services to industry and any other organizations under AEDC test contracts when the testing or services support DoD acquisitions or when such services cannot reasonably be obtained within the private sector. Test contracts are cost-reimbursement, advance-pay type arrangements that include the terms and conditions necessary to assure AEDC's compliance with applicable Government statutes and regulations.

1099 Schriever Avenue, MS 9010
Arnold AFB, TN 37389-9010
931-454-7621 / DSN 340-7621

AEDC Public Affairs

AEDC Public Affairs
100 Kindel Drive, Suite A-242
Arnold AFB, TN 37389
(931) 454-4204
Privacy and Security
Public Affairs cannot provide individual phone numbers, nor do they have the ability to transfer phone calls.