Boeing and IBM join forces to gain edge at DOD

Boeing and IBM join forces to gain edge at DOD

To nab network-centric work at the Defense Department, Boeing Co. and IBM Corp. today announced a 10-year alliance.

The two companies estimate that DOD will spend $200 billion for ground- and space-based systems for net-centric operations.

The partners are pursuing four intelligence and eight Defense programs, said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing's integrated defense systems unit. He declined to name the programs. Depending on the nature of the contracts, he said, either company could lead the effort, with the other acting as subcontractor.

Boeing and IBM will develop technologies to share information across multiple platforms, including satellites, aircraft and handheld radios, company officials said. The two already are investing jointly in software and communications R&D.

'The Boeing and IBM team will deliver the finest digital information technology industry has to offer,' Albaugh said. 'With capabilities enhanced by this new technology, our defense and intelligence community will gather real-time information and communicate it across all levels of command for maximum effect.'

IBM will provide Boeing with off-the-shelf middleware, applications, microprocessor technology and designs for electronic systems. IBM will also help integrate technology into networking and computing systems being developed for DOD and other government agencies.

'We want to help government toward horizontal integration using commercial technologies,' said John Kelly, senior vice president at IBM.

In 2003, Boeing had prime federal IT revenue of $3.4 billion; IBM, more than $900 million.

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