Army intranet portal to be managed by Lockheed Martin

The Army has awarded a $152 million contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. to manage the Army Knowledge Online enterprise Web portal.

Lockheed Martin, with Computer Sciences Corp. and Science Applications International Corp. as subcontractors, will provide systems operations and maintenance, network communications, hardware and software integration, and around-the-clock help desk support for both the Non-Classified IP Router Network and the Secret IP Router Network.

The performance-based contract, announced yesterday, is for a base year with six option years.

Bryon Young, director of the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Commercial Contracting Center, called the competition 'an excellent example of the benefits that can be achieved through a performance-based acquisition strategy.'

"Combining the great things that AKO has done in the past with the net-centric future that Army modularity will provide ' this is a great opportunity for the Army," added Kevin Carroll, the Army's program executive officer for enterprise information systems, in a news release. PEO EIS has oversight of AKO.

AKO will integrate hundreds of applications and services across a common enterprise portal. Prior to contract award, AKO had seven contractors managing various components, but Army officials think they can achieve some efficiencies by moving to a single contractor.

"AKO prides itself in service to soldiers supporting Army operations around the world. Through the hard work of countless IT pioneers, AKO has steadily grown to a world-class intranet service in a few short years, and our team looks forward to the continued evolution of technological advances to meet the needs of the Army'active duty, Guard, Reserve, civilians, retirees, family members and other users," said Greg Fritz, acting director of AKO, in a statement.

AKO users log on to the portal roughly half a million times daily.

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