Verizon Business will provide a broad range of data and advanced voice services to the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization through two agreements worth up to $1.12 billion. Under one agreement valued at as much as $752 million, Verizon Business will provide the Defense Department with data services, including network-based Internet protocol virtual private network services based on multi-protocol label switching, asynchronous transfer mode and wireless and point-to-point private lines for existing services. In a separate agreement valued at as much as $368 million, Verizon Business will be the primary provider for voice services to help more than 700,000 users at military locations worldwide communicate and collaborate effectively.
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CSC has been awarded a task order from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command to provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) regional support center support services. The new services will support the Army's Product Manager Robotic and Unmanned Sensors and the Product Manager Countermine and Explosive Ordnance Demolition. The contract is worth an estimated $192 million if all options are exercised. CSC will provide qualified technicians and logistics personnel to provide maintenance for a collection of networked battlefield sensors and other C4ISR systems throughout Southwest Asia.
Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has received a contract with an estimated value of $14.9 million from the office of the chief information officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DRC will provide business engineering services, technical support, design and architectural support required to assist with the development of enterprise and system-level architectures for ICE.
While other commanders speak of esoteric needs, the head of the U.S. Army, Pacific cites both technological and cultural expertise as the key to mission success. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USA, commander, U.S. Army, Pacific, is calling for specific new technologies to help his force meet its dynamic mission requirements.
The biggest challenge in securing and operating networks efficiently may be to understand them-which currently is not taking place, said Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Leading off the first full day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2008, Gen. Fraser offered observations about network operations and security that tended to be more philosophical than technical.
The U.S. Defense Department, through Military OneSource, has established a Wounded Warrior Resource Center (WWRC) telephone number and e-mail address. Troops, veterans and their families can call (800) 342-9647 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to request support if they have concerns or difficulties during the recovery process. Both methods of contact are operational 24/7.
Intelligence officers in the Pacific theater have seen the future, and it is commercial. That was a point driven home by the opening panel in TechNet Asia-Pacific 2008, now under way in Honolulu, Hawaii. The J-2 panel focused on intelligence challenges, and panelists cited the need for commercial technologies and capabilities to fulfill intelligence sharing needs across diverse coalitions and partnerships.
Pragmatics Incorporated has received a $17 million task order to provide systems engineering and technical support services for biometrics systems supporting the U.S. Army. The task order was awarded under the Defense Information Systems Agency ENCORE II contract, a multiple-award vehicle open to all federal agencies. Pragmatics will provide program, architectural, engineering and analytical support to the Army.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a task order to provide information technology support and services to the U.S. Central Command's (CENTCOM's) Directorate of Command, Control, Communications and Computers (J-6). The task order has a ceiling value of $226 million if all options are exercised. Under the task order, SAIC will provide command, control, communications and computer information (C4I) support for the entire CENTCOM organization. Services will include planning, program management, integration, operation and maintenance of headquarters and/or joint theater-level communications and computer networks.
iRobot Corporation has received a $3.7 million order from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) under an existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for delivery of 17 PackBot Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) robots and repair parts.