Army contracts set stage for IT integration

With the award this month of four hardware and software contracts, jointly worth $500 million, the Army says it has laid the foundation to begin consolidating systems servicewide.

The Army awarded deals for the hardware and software components of its twofold IT Enterprise Solutions program to Dell Inc., GTSI Corp. of Chantilly, Va., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.

The companies will begin offering wares through indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts on Oct. 1. Each contract has a three-year base period and two one-year options.

Through the hardware and software portion of ITES, organizations across the Army will be able to buy client and notebook PCs, servers, storage systems and networking equipment, as well as biometric devices and wearable computers.

The Army is evaluating bids for mission support services, the second part of the ITES procurement. The service said it would award the contracts next month.

The services that users will be able buy through the second set of contracts include installation, equipment maintenance, site survey, system configuration and integration, data migration and asset tracking.

One portal

The ITES project, which the Army Small Computer Program is managing, is part of a larger Army initiative to consolidate and merge disparate systems under an integrated enterprise architecture.

Through the Army Enterprise Infostructure Transformation program, the service will replace dozens of legacy systems and forge 'a single Army network, one portal,' said Kevin Carroll, the Army's program executive officer for enterprise information systems.

ITES will complement the Warfighter Information Network'Terrestrial program, a $6.6 billion project for IP and cellular communications, the $877 million Global Information Grid'Bandwidth Expansion program and the $3.2 billion Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization program.

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