Air Force awards deal for unmanned space vehicle launches

The Air Force's 45th Space Wing has awarded a contract for unmanned space vehicle launches to Space Coast Launch Services LLC, a Computer Sciences Corp.-led joint venture with Shaw Group Inc. of Baton Rouge, La.

CSC officials estimated the value of the award, which has a five-month base period and 10 one-year options, at $335 million if all options are exercised. The joint venture will provide operations, maintenance and engineering support to launch, spacecraft and ordnance facilities.

About 400 managerial, administrative and technical personnel from the joint venture will work at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Teaming with the joint venture are ExecuSys Inc. of Melbourne, Fla., which will provide information technology support services, and Yang Enterprises Inc. of Oviedo, Fla., which will provide logistics and procurement services.

Army looks to speed work on common computer system

The Army has awarded General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Va., and Rockwell Collins Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a $153.9 million contract modification to speed up the development of the Integrated Computer System.

ICS, the common computer environment for the Army's Future Combat Systems, will be integrated into the platforms for FCS.

Earlier this year, the Army restructured the managerial part of the Future Combat Systems program, responding to sharp criticism from legislators and an unflattering report by the Government Accountability Office.

Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey established an Army Modular Force Integration Office to monitor the integration of technologies into troop systems.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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