Netcents contracts awarded

The Air Force's Standard Systems Group of Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., awarded eight contracts to small and large businesses today under its combined, $9 billion Network Centric Solutions program.

Work under the five-year contract includes engineering, software development, integration, security and telephone services. It also includes voice, video and data hardware and software products, supporting the Global Information Grid architecture.

The long-awaited indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts went to Booz Allen Hamilton, of McLean, Va.; General Dynamics Corp. of Needham Heights, Mass.; Lockheed Martin Corp. of Manassas, Va; Northrop Grumman Information Technology of Herndon, Va.; The Centech Group Inc. of Arlington, Va.; Multimax Inc. of Largo, Md.; NCI Information Systems Inc. of Reston, Va.; and Telos Corp. of Ashburn, Va.

The contracts will each run for a three-year base period with two, one-year options.

Netcents replaces the Air Force's Unified Local Area Network Architecture II, or ULANA II, contract, which expired in February 2003.

The service has been using the Navy's Voice, Video and Data, or Vivid, contract. (GCN story)

"We are pleased to have these contractors on board, especially the small and small disadvantaged businesses.' We consider them partners in our business environment," said Frank P. Weber, Standard Systems Group executive director. "We are confident these new partners will enable us to meet the full range of network-centric requirements for our customers."

"We now have highly flexible contract vehicles in place to cover the entire range of networking and telephony products and services requirements for the Air Force," added Brig. Gen. Bradley Butler, deputy Air Force CIO, in a statement. "These vehicles will satisfy virtually any network-centric requirement for our warfighters worldwide. "

John Gilligan, Air Force CIO, will soon release a policy that makes Netcents a "mandatory use" contract across the service, according to the statement.

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