DOD will spend $13b to convert legacy systems

The Defense Department has issued a request for proposals to convert legacy systems to the Net-Centric Enterprise Services environment.

The RFP for Encore II Information Technology Solutions, a 10-year, $13 billion program, was released earlier this month.

The multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts will cover hardware, software, licenses and services for DOD and other government agencies.

The IT buying vehicle is envisioned to migrate Defense agencies and services to an integrated environment that is consistent with the Joint Vision 2020 concept.

The Net-Centric Enterprise Services program will use Web services so Defense agencies can tap nine core functions: management, messaging, discovery, mediation, collaboration, user help, security, storage and application.

'Encore II will be able to provide service/agency engineering and other support as they transition legacy systems to use ... DOD's Net-Centric Enterprise Services program,' the RFP states. 'Encore II will support a broad array of services that will allow implementation of both the NCES enterprise capabilities and Community of Interest capabilities across the enterprise.'

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