Navy, Army, Guard award IT contracts

Navy, Army, Guard award IT contracts

The Navy, Army and Army National Guard each has awarded multimillion-dollar contracts for large-scale IT projects.

  • The Navy awarded a $23.8 million contract to Computer Sciences Corp. to provide IT and system engineering support services to the Office of Naval Research's Best Manufacturing Practices Center of Excellence.

    The five-year task order contract requires CSC to help with technical risk identification and mitigation, application programming and Web site development and hosting. The College Park, Md., center is one of several technical centers of excellence within ONR.

    About 40 CSC engineers, application programmers and Web specialists will perform the work. They will conduct best practices surveys, develop and maintain the network, the Program Manager's Work Station and related tools, and provide on-site technical and administrative support for the center, its clients and satellite centers, the company said.

  • The Army will pay SBC Southwestern Bell $13.2 million to build a Gigabit Ethernet data network at Fort Eustis, Va., and to upgrade the administrative communications system at Fort Benning, Ga.

    The delivery orders are part of the Army's ongoing Digital Switched Systems Modernization Program and are to be completed in two years.

    A portion of the upgrade work at Fort Benning will allow the system the capability to support voice over Internet protocol. The Gigabit Ethernet network at Fort Eustis will allow all desktop PC users to communicate 'as if they were sitting in the same building,' according to a release from SBC.

    'The application advantages, simplicity of system administration and cost savings of upgraded networks present a much better value to the Army,' said Lt. Col. Dwayne S. Green, product manager, Defense Switched Systems Modernization Program at Fort Monmouth, N.J. When these projects are complete, Fort Eustis will have highly efficient administrative and communications operations, he said.

    At Fort Benning, the system will be 'based on one of the most reliable central office switches and positioned to move to VOIP without a major upgrade when the Army is ready,' Green added.

  • The Army National Guard has awarded a $12 million contract to CACI International Inc. to develop and maintain enterprisewide personnel, financial and logistical data management systems.

    The Consolidated Software Maintenance contract, awarded yesterday, consolidates IT management and allows the Guard to reduce operating costs and streamline personnel efficiency, according to a release. The contract is for one base year and four option years.

    The work will support National Guard organizations throughout the United States and its territories. It includes software applications that track personnel records, manage Guard budgets, and monitor supply distribution. CACI, of Arlington, Va., will also design, develop, integrate, test, implement and provide training on the new systems.

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