DoD asks for bids on $13 billion contract for netcentric warfare

WASHINGTON, 12 Dec. 2005. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has set the value of its next-generation enterprise services solicitation -- Encore II -- at $13 billion.

Dec 12th, 2005

WASHINGTON, 12 Dec. 2005. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has set the value of its next-generation enterprise services solicitation -- Encore II -- at $13 billion.

The contract seeks proposals by Jan. 30 to convert legacy DoD systems to the Network Centric Enterprise Services environment. DISA said it expects to award contracts to vendors by May.

DISA plans to use the 10-year Encore II Information Technology Solutions contract to acquire a wide range of engineering and technical services for commands and agencies throughout the Defense Department. These services range from high level enterprise IT policy and integrated solutions management to communications engineering and asset management.

According to the Encore II request for proposals (RFP), DISA intends to use the contract to support users in the military services and agencies as they transition from legacy systems to another key DISA project, Net-Centric Enterprise Services. Encore II will help them effectively use core NCES product lines, including collaboration and discovery tools and a planned defensewide knowledge portal, the RFP states.

DISA director Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Croom said last month he expects the agency to award more than nine contracts for Encore II, which has a five-year baseline and the option for another five years.

To meet the strong demand for engineering services in the DOD, DISA in August raised the ceiling on its existing Encore I contract to $2.5 billion from $2 billion.

For more information, see http://fs2.fbo.gov/EPSData/DISA/Synopses/4826/HC1013-05-R-2003-FY06/Attach13-NetCentricStrategy.doc.

SOURCE: Federal Computer Week

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