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USAF taps Criterion Systems for sustainment, maintenance services

VIENNA, Va., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Criterion Systems announced it has been hired to provide sustainment and maintenance support for the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System.

Work on the system, which is a net-centric intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance weapon system, comes under a small business contract given the company earlier by the Air Force Materiel Command.

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Under the new contract, Criterion, a systems integrator, will perform on-site and deployed system administration, configuration management, and hardware, software and network maintenance services. The services are to support commercial off-the-shelf DCGS servers, work stations, exploitation equipment and network communications devices for effective operations in distributed C4ISR program.

C4ISR is the acronym for command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The value of the five-year award, which takes effect in February, is $19 million if all options are exercised.

Work will be performed both inside the United States and abroad.

"The DCGS plays a vital role in our nation's defense by using geographically separated, networked sites to produce intelligence information -- we greatly appreciate the confidence that the U.S. Air Force has in our work, as shown by this mission-critical contract award," said Promod Sharma, president and chief executive officer of Criterion. "This contract gives Criterion a worldwide footprint and further increases our presence in the national security market."

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