The U.S. Army will launch a contracting process to identify up to three companies that can help manage the service branch’s information technology systems via other transaction agreements, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.
The military branch plans to roll out its Enterprise IT-as-a-Service pilot project at nine initial bases in 2020 and select contractors to install and operate IT networks at the installations.
Dan Joyce, assistant program executive officer for cyber, networks and services at the Army’s program executive office for enterprise information systems, said using OTAs will allow industry to provide constant input on feasible commercial IT capabilities.
“It’s important that we’re not specifying one desired product, one desired level of performance, because we’re aware that there’s a diversity of product performance out there for commercial buyers of large-scale IT,” said Charlie Stadtlander, communications director at the Army Cyber Command.
Facilities selected for the project include the Army Futures Command in Texas, Camp Roberts in California and Fort Polk in Louisiana.