DISA awards equipment contracts for global grid

The Defense Information Systems Agency, relying on help from Science Applications International Corp., awarded four indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity hardware and software equipment contracts late yesterday for the Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion project.

Over the past several months, DISA and SAIC, the prime GIG-BE contractor, considered more than 55 proposals in the four equipment areas for the project. GIG-BE is a worldwide, ground-based switched optical network with 10-Gbps OC-192 or faster connections that will serve Defense Department users at roughly 100 sites around the globe.

The two components of GIG-BE'hardware and software, and fiber-optic services'are expected to cost the agency a total of about $900 million, officials have said.

The winning subcontractors, under the Defense Information System Network Global Solutions contract, include:

  • Ciena Corp. of Linthicum, Md., for its optical transport system equipment

  • Sprint Communications Co. L.P. of Kansas City, Mo., and Sycamore Networks Inc. of Chelmsford, Mass., for optical digital cross connect equipment

  • Juniper Networks Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., for IP router equipment

  • Qwest Government Services of Arlington, Va., and Cisco Systems Inc. for multiservice provisioning platform equipment.

In September, DISA awarded two multiyear contracts for fiber-optic network services for GIG-BE. The firm, fixed-price contracts are worth about $250 million for the fiber infrastructure and $140 million for lifecycle support.

DISA expects to award additional contracts for fiber infrastructure, officials said. The fiber services contractors will establish delivery points and oversee network management, information and physical security, and commercial transport leases.

Estimated value of the equipment is about $260 million, a Pentagon spokeswoman said.

(Posted Dec. 31, 2003 and corrected Jan. 2)


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