DARPA awards secure network deal

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a $14 million contract to Raytheon Co. to build a secure enterprise network and render support for classified systems. The contract is potentially worth $57 million.

Raytheon of Waltham, Mass., will connect DARPA's local and disparate networks to a single, integrated one. The company's solution for the agency's network is based on an architecture that offers a secure Microsoft Windows-based environment.

The secure enterprise network will let the agency's staff send secure e-mail and file attachments, share instant messages and collaborate via voice and video in an environment that recognizes security clearances and manages access to information accordingly.

Raytheon also will supply maintenance and transition services, so DARPA's existing networks can meet future requirements.

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

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