Lockheed center receives recognition

Nov. 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A Lockheed Martin high-level, secure voice conferencing system work center was named by the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency as "Facility of the Year."

The award in the "Large Switches" category recognizes Defense Red Switch Network facilities that demonstrate outstanding performance in all areas of the program. Lockheed Martin's contract partners, SAIC and SERCO, also played key roles in providing the support that led to the award.

"At the Pentagon, switch availability and functionality is key, given the high importance of the missions executed there," said Terry White, program director for Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Defense. "The DRSN consistently performs at the highest level, allowing for the military to have the utmost confidence in its communications."

As the nation's premier command center, the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon has never had less than 99.999 percent system availability. It provides a consistently high level of support to its numerous, no-failure missions. The team also maintains 100 percent uptimes on the Red Switches, displays customer satisfaction ratings above 99 percent and has exceeded its metrics for seven consecutive years.

The DRSN provides fast, high-quality secure and non-secure communications exclusively for the Department of Defense. The system offers access to ground networks, telephones, air platforms, sea platforms and various allied instruments from a single device.

A series of digital switches allows for users of multiple security clearance levels to participate on the same call. The network also passes security access levels between users to further verify end-to-end security, providing subscribers with a reliable tool through which they can share sensitive information.

The award was presented at the DRSN Node Site Coordinators Conference.

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