Army seeks proposals for future of STAMIS

The Army plans to release the request for proposals by June 6, said Kevin Carroll,
director of the Communications-Electronics Command Acquisition Center-Washington
Operations Office (CAC-WOO).


But even as it prepares for the future of STAMIS systems, the Army is "99 percent
sure" it will do away with the STAMIS Program Executive Office at Fort Belvoir, Va.,
Carroll said.


Within the next year, the service probably will transfer STAMIS oversight to the
Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) at Fort Monmouth, N.J., he said.


CAC-WOO, in Alexandria, Va., is handling the STAMIS Computer Contract-2. The Army
expects to award the SCC-2 contract by October. CAC-WOO will extend SCC-1, set to expire
June 22, until the new contract is in place, Carroll said.


The big difference between SCC-2 and its predecessor will be the addition of more
commercial hardware and software products along with integration services, such as
maintenance and engineering support, Carroll said.


Sysorex Information Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., sells commercial products on SCC-1,
and EER Systems Inc. of Seabrook, Md., provides integration services through a separate
contract, Carroll said. SCC-2 will roll these together to support Army organizations
trying to integrate STAMIS systems and do away with service stovepipe applications.


The SCC-1 follow-on will be an eight-year contract with a five-year hardware ordering
period and eight years of maintenance. The estimated value is $469 million, Carroll said.


More services are needed to support STAMIS software with commercial products, said Bob
Guerra, president of Guerra and Associates in Oakton, Va.


Guerra, a former Sysorex vice president, said some vendors view SCC-2 as a hardware
contract, while others see it as a services buy.


On SCC-1, Sysorex sells Hewlett-Packard Co. servers, Zenith Data Systems desktops and
servers, and portables from Panasonic Communications and Systems Co. and Toshiba America
Information Systems Inc.


SCC-1 also includes peripherals and software. Sysorex has sold more than $50 million
through the contract, according to Harry Clark, the company's former STAMIS program
manager.


The Army supports numerous systems under the STAMIS program.


Operating environments range from MS-DOS to Unix in the form of Santa Cruz Operation
Inc. OpenServer Enterprise 5.0.


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