NSA awards $2b Groundbreaker to CSC

NSA awards $2b Groundbreaker to CSC

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

JULY 31—The National Security Agency today awarded Computer Sciences Corp. a 10-year contract, potentially worth more than $2 billion, to take over the intelligence agency's non-mission-critical systems.

Under the Project Groundbreaker contract, a CSC-led team will manage four information technology infrastructure services. NSA breaks out these so-called ITI services as telephony, distributed computing, enterprise management and networks. Specifically, CSC will manage NSA's desktop PC operations, general-purpose processing, e-mail, IT support, telecommunications, and enterprise and security management.

The contractor is 'responsible for redefining and implementing new ITI processes and end-to-end solutions,' NSA said in a statement.

The outsourcing will affect 750 NSA employees, an agency spokesman said. But under the contract, CSC will 'receive monetary incentives to hire a significant number of agency employees and offer them comparable or better pay, benefits and opportunities,' the agency's statement said.

The CSC team includes ACS Defense Inc. of Burlington, Mass.; BTG Inc. of Fairfax, Va.; CACI International Inc. of Arlington, Va.; Compaq Computer Corp.; Fiber Plus Inc. of Jessup, Md.; General Dynamics Corp.; Keane Inc. of Boston; Logicon Inc., a division of Northrop Grumman Corp. in Herndon, Va.; Omen Inc. of Annapolis Junction, Md.; Superior Communications Inc. of Tuckahoe, N.Y.; TRW Inc.; and Verizon Communications Inc.

'The ability of NSA to perform its mission depends on an efficient and stable ITI, one that is secure, agile and responsive to evolving mission needs in balance with the requirements to recapitalize and refresh technology,' said Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, NSA's director.

'This outsourcing partnership for these four ITI areas supports our transformation efforts,' Hayden added. 'It allows us to refocus assets on the agency's core missions of providing foreign signals intelligence and protecting U.S. national security-related information systems by turning over several ITI services for industry's purview.'

NSA expects the switchover of services to be complete by November-two months ahead of the original schedule.

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