Lockheed Martin wins DMS extension

Lockheed Martin will extend its decade-long work on the Pentagon's Defense Message System (DMS) under a newly awarded contract potentially worth $750 million.

The contract aims to sustain the Defense Department's secure e-mail platform for the next 10 years. Lockheed Martin will provide engineering services for technology enhancements, a technical support desk and system maintenance, among other services. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has an initial value of $5.99 million. Following the one-year base period are nine one-year options that could boost the contract's value to $750 million.

The Operations and Sustainment Systems Group at Maxwell Air Force Base awarded the contract. The Defense Information Systems Agency serves as the program manager.

Lockheed Martin won the original DMS contract in 1995. Missed deadlines and cost overruns plagued that $1.6 billion deal. DOD created DMS as a replacement for its Automatic Digital Network.

Today, DMS supports more than 6 million military messages per month, according to Lockheed Martin.

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