DISA wants help shaping Net-Centric services

The Defense Information Systems Agency is seeking help from industry in shaping up the nine core services that will constitute its Net-Centric Enterprise Services initiative.

Earlier this month, the acquisition directorate of DISA released a pre-solicitation notice seeking commercial software development and collaboration tools that could work with NCES. The submission deadline is Sept. 3.

The nine core services, including enterprise service management, messaging, discovery, mediation, collaboration, user assistant, security, storage and application, will be used jointly and by service systems. The RFI seeks software ideas to support the NCES architecture.

'This RFI will be the basis for collecting information on products available, and as a result of information received, the government may enter into product loan agreements for trial and testing of products identified,' according to the document.

DISA is open to numerous business models for the NCES program including:

  • The vendor selling software to DISA, and DISA integrating and operating the software in its facilities

  • The vendor selling a turnkey hardware/software system to DISA, and DISA operating the service

  • The vendor integrating and operating the service in DISA facilities for a flat or by-subscription fee

  • The vendor operating the service in its own facilities for a flat or by-subscription fee.

The NCES initiative will integrate a common set of information services over the Global Information Grid.

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