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DOD signs contract for encryption technology

The Defense Department has awarded SafeNet Inc. a $150 million contract for the company's new top-secret-grade encryptor technology.

SafeNet, of Belcamp, Md., also received an $18 million delivery order for about 2,000 KIV-7M Link Encryptor units under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract. The units were shipped in early October.

The KIV-7M is the first encryption product fully compliant with the government's cryptographic modernization program, designed to improve the level of security on the country's top-secret communications, company officials said.

The technology incorporates the latest security algorithms, is compliant with the National Se-curity Agency's Link Encryptor family interoperability specification and is compatible with previous versions of the KIV-7 family.

It also is interoperable with the KG-194/A series of encryptors and can be upgraded to provide network interoperability.

The units are installed in military Humvees, tanks, aircraft, submarines and backpacks.

Air Force hires support for satellite system

The Air Force has awarded SI International Inc. a five-year, $20 million task order to provide technical support to the service's Space Command military satellite communications branch.

Under the task order, for one year with four one-year options, SI International will offer IT systems engineering and integration, systems analyses, system and specialty engineering, and various architectures for the military satellite communications system.

SI also will work with the Air Force's Space and Missile Center and the Electronic Systems Center.

The company will use object-oriented modeling to determine the future global-networked communications system. These modeling techniques will ensure that the new systems will be interoperable and agile.

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