ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Work by Lockheed Martin on transitioning the U.S. military's global data network to support new technologies and capabilities is to soon begin.
Lockheed, which won the $4.6 billion contract from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency, said the go-ahead to begin its management of the effort, came from the Government Accountability Office following an unsuccessful protest by a competing bidder.
"We are gratified that the U.S. government has made its determination and we are ready to begin work with DISA to improve the speed and efficiency of information exchange between our joint warfighters around the world as well as their commanders and allies," said Gerry Fasano, president of Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions-Defense.
"Our team has maintained a high state of readiness to effect a smooth transition and an efficient, progressive path forward for the DISA."
The Global Systems Management contract Lockheed received is one of the three largest from DISA and provides for programming, operations and engineering services and lifecycle management of the network.
The contract is for seven years total – a three-year base contract period and two, two-year options.
Lockheed said its team for the contract includes AT&T, ACS, Serco, BAE Systems and ManTech.
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