The Consulting Network Incorporated, Middletown, Maryland, is being awarded a $16 million contract modification for software and hardware development, systems engineering and procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products and hardware/software integration, in support of Virginia-class submarines and other submarine/surface ship systems. The services provided are for the continued engineering, fabrication, test, installation, and training services for the analysis, design and, prototyping of components related to open architecture concepts. This effort is for Phase III of a Small Business Innovative Research, topic number N01-150, "Open Architecture Concepts." These services will be rendered as needed to support the Navy's initiative for an improved capability for both legacy and future variants of Navy systems in compliance with evolving FORCEnet and Global Information Grid requirements. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.