DISN Pacific award on tap

DISN Pacific award on tap

The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to award a $2 billion Pacific telecommunications contract by mid-November. Originally, DISA had planned to award the contract nearly two years ago.

MCI WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp. are the only two confirmed bidders for the Defense Information Systems Network Transmission Services-Pacific contract. Through DTS-P, DISA plans to create a communications backbone to serve Defense facilities in the Pacific region.

But unless MCI WorldCom's proposed acquisition of Sprint falls through, it would seem that DISA will end up dealing with the same company no matter which of the two vendors wins the contract.

DTS-P will be a single-award, five-year contract with five option years, said Peter Paulson, chief of DISA's Networks Division. Agency officials predicted DTS-P would be a $2 billion contract, but it has a $10 billion order ceiling.

The award bogged down because DISA had to review 7,000 contract line item numbers, said Peter Smingler, a DISA contracting officer. And there was no pressure to replace an expiring contract, he said.

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