Army down-select: The Army has tapped 17 companies to compete for a piece of its $20 billion enterprise IT buy.

The service has said it wants to award the IT Enterprise Solutions-2 Services contracts by the end of June.

Barbara J. Trujillo, an Army contracting officer, sent out letters notifying each vendor that the service had reviewed its corporate qualification submission and found it was 'a viable potential prime contractor for ITES-2S.'

ITES-2S is a follow-on to the original ITES program, promoting performance-based contracting that supports the service's enterprise infrastructure goals, Army officials said.

The products and services contract vehicle will run for nine years and the Army expects to award eight contracts, four to large businesses and four to businesses having 1,500 employees or fewer.

Apt Apps: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is turning to Lockheed Martin Corp. for help improving the performance of its applications.

Under an 18-month contract potentially worth $10.6 million, Lockheed will focus on apps that decay due to such changing network conditions as those found on the battlefield.

The program aims to increase by 60 percent the availability of apps to warfighters.

'When the network infrastructure falls beyond design parameters, applications become unstable, causing their performance and reliability to decrease below acceptable levels. This jeopardizes the warfighters' safety and mission,' said Patrick Lardieri, a Lockheed Martin program manager.

Under DARPA's Synthesizing Adaptive Protocols by Selective Enumeration program, Lockheed will work on stabilizing the performance of collaborative apps that run on unreliable networks.

Casualty Care: The Army has awarded Anteon International Corp. a five-year, $117 million contract to support its Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care program.

The Fairfax, Va., company will provide program management and fielding to the MC4 Program Management Office for all phases of the program, from predeployment to onsite support.

MC4 is the infrastructure that supports automated medical records for deployed forces. The program maintains medical records and supports patient tracking.

The system integrates roughly a dozen medical applications that let medics treat patients in the field, speeding access to medical records in the Composite Health Care System II database. Medics access the system via handheld devices.

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