DISA awards long-term integration contract

Under the umbrella Defense Information Infrastructure Integration Contract, the San
Diego company will test, integrate and install software for the Global Command and Control
System and the Global Combat Support System, as well as other DISA and Defense Department
applications, said Irvin Reid, SAIC's senior vice president.

 Through the contract, DISA officials said, DOD eventually plans to integrate or
replace many of its legacy systems so that the military services can share tactical and
support information on the battlefield.

 The DII Integration Contract covers a range of initiatives. For example, the
contract will provide integration support to DISA's Joint Interoperability and Engineering
Organization. Contractors will develop, test, integrate and install DII products for the
Common Operating Environment, Shared Operating Environment and Shared Data Environment.

 "It's very difficult, because it integrates multiple systems into a single
system," Reid said.

 He said the integration effort will have to continue long beyond the DII Integration
Contract's one-year base and four option years.

 "I think DOD realizes that command and control systems are changing all the
time," he said. 

The trend may be toward commercial products, "but the integration of these products
will go on forever." 


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