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Fingerprint deal. The Defense Department has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a five-year contract to build an automated biometric system that will consolidate, store and search fingerprint data collected worldwide by the department.

The Automated Biometric Identification System, funded at $5 million this year, is patterned after the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which Lockheed developed and maintains. IAFIS is the largest biometric database of its type in the world, according to Lockheed Martin. It houses fingerprint and criminal history data on more than 47 million people.

Lockheed will acquire, install, integrate, operate and maintain ABIS. The contract includes IT hardware and software, communications technology, and other equipment and supplies.

ABIS will automate fingerprint searches and let military agencies store and exchange fingerprint images around the clock.

The contract is the latest task order awarded under the Army's IT Enterprise Solutions contracting vehicle.

IT renewal. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., has awarded a $195 million follow-on contract to Eagan, McAllister Associates Inc. for IT products and services.

Under the contract, which runs for one base year and four option years, the Lexington Park, Md., company will provide systems engineering, software development, configuration management, testing, product improvement, quality assurance, logistics and lifecyle management.

Work on the contract will be performed through September 2009, primarily in Charleston.

The SPAWAR Systems Center, located at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, handles command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance engineering for the Navy.

Lab project. The Joint Forces Command has awarded Anteon International Corp. a $28.9 million contract to design the Joint Advanced Training Technology Laboratory.

Under the five-year deal, the Fairfax, Va., company will come up with plans for the lab and then run it for the command. The lab will evaluate, refine, and certify training standards and technologies for the Global Joint Training Infrastructure.

As part of the work, Anteon also will help the Defense Department figure out how to resolve problems in joint training. The command lab's mission will be to create a training environment for use across the military services that closely mirrors conditions and requirements for a live exercise.

The lab is IT-laden, including modeling and simulation, joint command and control, and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance systems, IT security, database design, data collection and knowledge management systems.

Consolidation. The Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a $290 million, server and IT infrastructure consolidation contract to Hewlett-Packard Co.

Under the Enterprise Data Center program, which will run for five base years with five one-year options, Hewlett-Packard will consolidate large numbers of DLA servers, applications and storage devices into centralized, state-of-the-art facilities, according to Mark Philip, the center's program manager.

The facilities are aimed at reducing DLA's inventory while modernizing its IT infrastucture. Philip said the EDC program would also provide more effective implementation of the agency's enterprise information assurance programs.

'With EDC, DLA is taking a huge step forward for the agency, the Defense Department, the government and, ultimately, the taxpayers,' Philip said.

DLA headquarters, as well as the Defense Energy Support Center, the Defense Logistics Information Service, and the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, will become the first divisions to migrate to EDC.

Initial operational capability is scheduled for early next year, with full operations set for August 2006.

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