DOD inks deal to enhance research network

DOD inks deal to enhance research network

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

JULY 10—The Defense Department yesterday awarded a $400 million contract to Global Crossing Ltd. of Bermuda to provide advanced WAN services for its Defense Research and Engineering Network.

The network serves DOD's High-Performance Computing Modernization Program. Global Crossing's government markets unit in Washington will design, develop and manage the DREN network, which lets Defense employees communicate throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and other U.S. territories.

The contract has a three-year base and seven one-year options. The contract is worth at least $137 million, but could top $400 million if DOD exercises all the options.

'The Office of the Secretary of Defense is investing a significant amount of funding in high- performance computing to provide the U.S. military with a technological advantage to support warfighting requirements,' said Rodger Johnson, DREN program manager.

Global Crossing will link more than 6,000 scientists and engineers at Defense laboratories, test centers, universities and industry sites using a single, contiguous fiber-optic network. The company will provide IP, asynchronous transfer mode and wavelength services for video, audio, imaging and digital data.

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