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Wireless solicitation. The Defense Information Systems Agency has released a request for proposals for enterprise wireless services for Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.

Under the Defense IT Contracting Organization-Europe, DISA plans to award a single contract to support the Army in Europe and other DOD and federal agencies.

The contract ceiling is $114 million. It has a two-year base period with four, two-year options.
The purpose of the contract is to provide a commercial global system for services through mobile telephones, wireless personal digital assistants and other wireless services for all DITCO Europe customers.

Proposals are due July 13.

Travel tools. The Defense Travel System has added two new tools to make travel planning faster for administrators at hundreds of military installations.

Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Mission Systems unit released the Site Set-Up tool and Self-Registration module in a recent software upgrade, according to a company announcement.
With the Site Set-Up tool, a military installation can transmit information about its organizational structure, financial accounts and systems, and personnel.

'The tool does interactive site setup through a question-and-answer process, similar to commercial tax preparation programs,' said Rich Fabbre, Northrop Grumman's DTS program manager. 'Gather your information, sit down and enter it into the system. It's that easy.'

Individual travelers will use the Self-Registration tool to load personal data into DTS after a travel administrator has completed setup.

'The Self-Registration tool lets travelers input their own addresses, Social Security and government credit card numbers, frequent-flier account information, and personal preferences such as aisle or window seats, all behind the encrypted security wall,' said Randy Butler, DTS deployment tools product manager.

Through DTS, Defense intends to create a single user interface for travel management departmentwide. DOD had awarded Northrop Grumman an eight-year, $267 million contract for the project in May 1998.

GIG ideas. The Defense Information Systems Agency is reviewing information received from vendors about commercial products that can be used in the Global Information Grid's Core Enterprise Services architecture.

DISA sought information on state-of-the-art data technologies and products to help the agency define a comprehensive set of data services requirements.

The request for information seeks software to support the GIG Core Enterprise Services architecture, including content management, security, messaging, applications, storage, collaboration and enterprise management.

There are nine core services outlined in the Net-Centric Enterprise Services project. NCES is part of the larger GIG Enterprise Services initiative.

The new enterprise services architecture on which critical DOD applications rely must:
  • Support posting data to common storage spaces

  • Alert users to changes in DOD information or time-critical events that affect them

  • Give users the capability to gather data they need from widely dispersed military systems

  • Ensure information assurance

  • Support interoperability among allies.

The specific software sought includes data management tools; interface software; data catalogs; metadata management; and translation, correlation and formatting capabilities.

DISA may enter into product loan agreements for trial and testing of the products, according to the RFI.

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