DOD, Northrop Grumman sign defense video-teleconferencing pact

Look out, Big Brother. The U.S. military has a new way of keeping an eye on its troops ' and its enemies.

The country's military commanders soon will be using new video-teleconferencing hubs for networks that support the Defense Department's missions and operations worldwide as a critical command and control tool. The hubs will provide information on the location and status of troops as well as enemy fighters so the commanders can plan and manage military operations.

Northrop Grumman Corp. will supply the hubs under a one-year, $51 million task order from the Defense Information Systems Agency. The task order was awarded under the Encore I contract, a seven-year, $2.5 billion, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract issued to nine vendors in March 2002.

Under the Defense Information Systems Network Video Services II task order, Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector will upgrade DISA's Integrated Services Digital Network system with IP-based capabilities. The new integrated and secure net-centric system will provide real-time video and audioconferencing services to DISA and users of the global information grid-bandwidth expansion network.

Northrop Grumman will receive an additional contract option to complete the transition from the current service to the new system.

The defense contractor's teammates on the task order include AT&T Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., CritiCom Inc., FC Business Systems Inc., Netconn Solutions, Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Parsons Corp. and Radvision Inc. The companies will perform the work in Falls Church, Va., and various worldwide locations.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication Washington Technology.

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