Army issues RFP for servicewide IT needs

The Army has released a request for proposals for the $800 million IT Enterprise Solutions program, a twofold procurement for hardware and software and for mission-support services.

The Army Small Computer Program, which is running the ITES procurement, issued the RFP earlier this month; bids are due June 9. The Army plans to award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts to at least five vendors this summer.

Through the hardware and software portion of ITES, organizations across the Army will be able to buy client and notebook PCs, servers, storage systems, networking equipment, operating systems, commercial software and peripherals, as well as biometric devices and software, and wearable computers.

Users will procure services 'by issuing individual task orders that will identify specific, detailed requirements,' the RFP said. Many types of services will be available, including program management, IT planning, integration and consolidation, security, and test and evaluation.

'The purpose of the ITES acquisition is to support the Army enterprise infrastructure and infostructure goals with a full range of innovative, state-of-the-market information technology solutions at a reasonable price,' according to the ITES statement of objectives.

The ITES procurement is part of a larger Army initiative to consolidate and merge disparate systems under an integrated enterprise architecture, Army officials said.

Single network and portal

Through the Army Enterprise Infostructure Transformation program, the service will replace dozens of legacy systems and forge 'a single Army network, one portal,' said Kevin Carroll, the Army's program executive officer for enterprise information systems.

Maj. Gen. Steven Boutelle, the incoming Army CIO, said the agency hopes to augment its success in using commercial satellites with the ITES contract.

Boutelle added that ITES would complement the Warfighter Information Network-Terrestrial program, a $6.6 billion project for IP and cellular communications, the $877 million Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion program and the $3.2 billion Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization program.

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