Defense issues RFP for bandwidth in Defense Network

The Defense Department yesterday issued a request for proposals for technologies that will add a bandwidth boost to the Defense Information Systems Network.

The RFP was issued for the DISN Access Transport Services contract. DATS is estimated at roughly $500 million.

DATS will provide upgraded, leased-access transmission services between the government-owned backbone network and 600 military locations not covered by the department's $900 million Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion initiative at 90-plus sites. The transmission services will be required to support bandwidths up to OC-192, offering 10-Gbps throughput.

The upgrades would affect two DISN contracts that will expire over the next two years: the DISN Transmission Services CONUS (for the continental United States) and the DISN Switched/Bandwidth Manager Services CONUS.

As part of the DISN upgrade, many legacy voice, data and video systems as well as emerging capabilities'such as the department's main network-centric warfare initiatives'will shift to IP operation. DISN currently is a switched-circuit transport system.

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