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The Army starting using its IT Enterprise Solutions contracts in 2003. More than a decade later, they have morphed into a set of major programs that provide the Army with most of its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) IT hardware and software services.
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When the ITES-2H request for proposals were initially released in 2006, they were seen as a way for the Army to buy commercial-off-the-shelf hardware. That meant everything from workstations and servers to printers and networking. Buying this equipment in bulk would leverage the Army’s buying power to get the best price. That’s still the aim, but ITES-3H encompasses much more than just hardware.
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Cybersecurity is a top priority at most government agencies. The Army is no different. With cyberthreats steadily growing more sophisticated, the technology solutions deployed to counteract them are likewise becoming more complex. ITES-3H is set to be a major source of cybersecurity technology for the Army.
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The Army and other military and civilian organizations are changing their procurement practices to better reflect future, fast-changing demands. This has implications for how government will use contracts such as ITES-3H. Instead of simply providing simply for bulk buys of IT products, it will increasingly become a way for the Army to meet rapidly changing demands imposed by emergent technologies.
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The Army finally announced the award of the five-year, $5 billion ITES-3H contract on Feb. 22, 2016, after numerous protests and delays and nearly four years after releasing the initial RFP. Its predecessor, ITES-2H, was extended four times with more than $1 billion eventually added to its initial order ceiling. In the end, 17 companies received contracts, with nine of those going to smaller businesses.
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