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Army awards $2 billion integration contract to three companies

The Army has awarded a contract worth more than $2.3 billion to three systems integrator companies to provide omnibus IT services to the Army and other federal agencies.

NCI Information Systems Inc. of Reston, Va.; Signal Solutions Inc. of Fairfax, Va., and STG Inc. of Reston won the Total Engineering and Integration Services II (TEIS 2) contract, a five-year deal that consolidates several IT services contracts.

The value of NCI's contract is $780 million, Signal Solutions' award is worth $776 million and STG's award is worth $772 million. The ceiling value for each vendor is about $800 million.

Air Force signs Northrop Grumman to design Joint Stars targeting system

The Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a five-year, $532 million contract for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Improvement Program, called Joint Stars. The contractor is to design systems and improvements for the E-8C Joint Stars fleet of aircraft, which has advanced airborne ground-surveillance, targeting and battle-management systems.

E-8C Joint Stars detects, classifies, tracks and targets hostile ground movements and transmits real-time information through secure data links with Air Force and Army command posts.

The contract covers the engineering, design, development, integration, testing and delivery of enhancements and upgrades to the Joint Stars fleet.

DARPA aims to develop a language translation system for soldiers in the field

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has issued a $16.4 million contract to BBN Technologies of Cambridge, Mass., to develop a system to transcribe speech and computer-encoded text directly into English text for soldiers, commanders and other decision-makers.

The project is part of DARPA's Global Autonomous Language Exploitation initiative to use software to absorb, analyze and interpret huge volumes of speech and text in multiple languages.

The contract calls for a system that will include automatic transcription of both speech and text communications, and filter the resulting English text for needed data, the company said.

DOD e-health record system gets to the halfway point

The Defense Department said recently that it was halfway through installing its Web-based electronic health record system at DOD facilities around the world.

It also gave the system a new name: the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA).

'We are digitizing the entire military health care system'from the battlefield to military clinics and hospitals to the Veterans Health Administration,' said William Winkenwerder, assistant Defense secretary for health affairs.

AHLTA replaces the Composite Health Care System (CHCS I). DOD expects to complete the system installation in December 2006.

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