• On guard. The National Guard Bureau has awarded a $50 million contract to SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va., for IT services. The eight-year contract is for work to support a nationwide telecommunications network connecting 54 U.S. states and territories.

    The SRA team will maintain the GuardNet network, which provides readiness training and professional development for the National Guard in its role in homeland defense. The network consolidates video and data communication functions to support distance learning, mobilization, disaster assistance, incident response and information operations.

    Under the contract, SRA will handle systems integration, network operation and security, database management, and support for classified and encrypted messaging systems.

  • Keep the lines open. The Air Force's Electronic Systems Center's Theater Deployable Communications program office is providing communications equipment to units participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.

    The office, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., has supplied computers, telephone switches, satellite terminals and radios to forces in Europe, the Pacific and across the United States.
    'So far, we've fielded equipment to 50 units, and we're building equipment as we speak,' said Joan Wandrei, the program office manager.

    The equipment is ruggedized to endure extreme temperatures, dust, moisture, shock, vibrations and pressure changes.

  • A-76 outsourcing. Rothe Computer Solutions of San Antonio received a $5 million contract to provide information management and communication services at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    The contract, which will run from August 2002 through July 2003, was awarded as a result of a cost comparison study under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76.

    Rothe will provide services such as records management, administrative communications support, document imaging, IT equipment and software, and management and support of base wireless communications.
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