DISA seeks vendors to ease transition to NCES program

The Defense Information Systems Agency is looking for vendors to join a sweeping IT buying vehicle that will help it convert legacy systems to the Network Centric Enterprise Services program.

The agency recently released a draft request for proposals on the project and plans to award multiple contracts for the 10-year, $10 billion Encore IT Solutions II program.

The winning vendors will compete to sell hardware, software, services and other products to the Defense Department and other government agencies. The systems will support command and control, intelligence, mission support and elements of the Global Information Grid, a massive worldwide network for classified and nonclassified military data.

As DISA prepares to test and roll out capabilities for NCES, which will identify or develop a standardized set of services for military users, the Encore II contracts will provide lifecycle support, DISA officials said. The agency also will use the contracts for tweaking the NCES architecture.

NCES will use Web services so Defense agencies can tap nine core functions: management, messaging, discovery, mediation, collaboration, user help, security, storage and applications.

'DOD is transitioning from an unintegrated collection of stovepipe systems and architectures to an integrated and interoperable environment,' the draft RFP said. 'Many costly redundancies and duplications of functionality exist within the current legacy environment.'

The Encore II contracts expand the capabilities of DISA's Defense Enterprise Information Services I and II contracts, and earlier Encore contracts.

Previous Encore contract winners include Analytical Services Inc. of Huntsville, Ala.; Computer Sciences Corp.; Electronic Data Systems Corp.; and Lockheed Martin Corp.

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