The Navy will soon start accepting proposals for a contract to revamp its entire computer network within the next few days, Politico reports.
A request for proposals for the multi-billion Next Generation Enterprise Network contract could come within a few days, said NGEN spokesman Steven Davis.
The awardee or awardees will replace the Navy-Marine Corps intranet, used to connect hundreds of thousands of military computers across the U.S. and overseas.
In 2008, HP (NYSE: HPQ) began managing the network when it acquired Electronic Data Systems, the original contract winner.
Two years later, the company received a $3.4 billion contract to continue managing the system and help the Navy make the NGEN transition through 2015.
HP is looking to hold onto the contract, however, because its magnitude has sparked much interest from competing contracting firms.
CSC (NYSE: CSC), General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) have formed a partnership to bid on NGEN and the team has launched a website for the program.
AT&T (NYSE: T), Dell (NYSE: DELL), IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) have also expressed interest in the contract, Politico reports.