New $4.6B Global Information Grid Program to Launch; DISA to Award Most Funds

The Defense Information Systems Agency will soon award an operations contract, which will draw the majority of $4.6 billion in funds set aside for a global information grid management services program.

DISA’s current global support contracts are held by Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC), among others.

Other program funds will go to an engineering, transition and implementation segment, as well as a small-business projects and support segment.

DISA’s upcoming operations contract will be fixed-price and performance-based, with incentives based on cost and performance.

Unlike the current global support awards, the operations contract will award work on systems that enable the adoption of new technologies as they evolve, rather than specifying technology in the contract.

DISA’s primary goals are to improve provisioning and network operations, assurance and maintenance.

With particular focus on security, DISA hopes to make data available worldwide in real time and enable war fighters to use tablets, smartphones and other emerging technologies.

Cellular links, satellite communications and wire connections will drive connectivity.

Current award work involves fiber optics, satellites, wireless links and radio frequency systems.

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