• Keep in touch. The Naval Space and Warfare Systems Command has awarded a contract to Stratos of Bethesda, Md., to provide global satellite communications in conjunction with the Inmarsat system on Navy ships.

    Under the contract, valued at $137 million over five years, Stratos will provide secure telephone, data and voice connectivity on Navy ships under the Information Technology for the 21st Century initiative, a program aimed at giving ships at sea access to databases on shore.

    The Inmarsat system is equipped on all Navy ships to provide additional satellite connectivity for logistics and operational support.

  • Security boost. Computer Sciences Corp. won a schedule contract to support the Defense Department's Computer Investigations Training Program in Linthicum, Md. The eight-year contract is worth more than $86 million.

    CSC will help the Defense Department research and develop computer investigation training courses for military law enforcement officers.

  • HR search. The Defense Department is moving forward with the development of a payroll and personnel system for the military's active and reserve units to replace dozens of legacy systems.

    DOD issued a draft request for proposals Jan. 3 to solicit feedback on a funding strategy for the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System'touted as one of the world's largest human resources systems.

    The contract for a systems integrator could be awarded as early as this summer, DOD officials said.

    'We are replacing 88 legacy personnel and pay systems across the services,' said Navy Capt. Valerie Carpenter, the joint program manager for DIMHRS.

    Carpenter gave an update on the system at a recent Navy-Marine Corps Intranet press briefing. 'This provides a single database.'

    Carpenter declined to say how much the system would cost, but analysts have estimated that DOD will spend between $500 million and $1 billion to develop DIMHRS.

    The Army has volunteered to be the first service branch to deploy the system, by the spring of 2004.

    Carpenter said DIMHRS would be in operation throughout the services by the end of 2006.
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