Major programs within the Coast Guard

Integrated Deepwater System Program: The Coast Guard's modernization project is scheduled to run for 25 years and cost $17 billion. It involves the procurement or overhaul of command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems as well as the replacement of about 100 aging cutters and 200 aircraft. The guard chose a vendor team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. for an $11 billion Deepwater contract in mid-2002.

Inland Rivers Vessel Movement Center: The Coast Guard plans to increase the amount of electronic reporting to its St. Louis movement center, which receives critical information about hazardous cargo travelling by barge on inland rivers. Currently, about 70 percent of the cargo notifications enter the Coast Guard databases manually. The service seeks to reduce that to about five percent.

Coast Guard Enterprise Architecture: The guard's CIO office, with the assistance of the Maritime Domain Awareness Directorate, is burnishing the service's systems blueprint to assure integration of existing systems and interoperability of future projects.

Rescue 21: The guard's $611 million 'maritime 911' system project will upgrade communications via the service's coastal and inland radio towers to promote efficient transmissions. General Dynamics Corp.'s C4 Systems unit is performing the systems upgrade under a September 2002 contract [www.gcn.com, GCN.com/357].

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