The U.S. State Department has unveiled a new initiative called “Global Connect,” which seeks to bring 1.5 billion people who lack Internet access online by 2020. Catherine Novelli, undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, announced the initiative during a keynote address at the UN Headquarters on “Development in the Digital Age,” which was delivered on behalf of John Kerry, secretary of state.
DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was recently awarded a $78 million time-and-materials contract to provide specialized engineering and installation support services for the ongoing information technology infrastructure requirements in support of U.S. Forces - Iraq and State Department users. Work will be performed in Iraq. The U.S. Army Rock Island Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity.