Air Force to upgrade network
An Air Force agency has tapped AT&T Inc. to supply it with a secure data network under a new four-year, $16.5 million contract.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Air Force Services Agency will receive the network from AT&T Government Solutions of Vienna, Va. The company will build a single cohesive network and transition all the agency's locations worldwide to it.
The Air Force Services Agency provides a range of support programs, such as troop support, dining facilities, libraries and fitness centers.
AT&T will deploy a secure IP virtual private network that works with Multiprotocol Label Switching. The network will enable the Air Force to integrate all 107 locations, including 22 outside the United States, into a single, streamlined IP communications platform with consistent standards and capabilities.
AT&T's network-based security will help the Air Force securely process millions of non-appropriated funds that are moved through the agency's banking system daily, the company said.
The four-year contract has six one-year options.
Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.