Army needs cryptographic chipset for communications terminals

FORT MONMOUTH, N.J., 27 July 2005. U.S. Army officials are asking industry to design a Type 1, NSA-certifiable, high-speed embeddable cryptographic chipset or module for future tri-services multiband, multimode, high-capacity communications terminals.

FORT MONMOUTH, N.J., 27 July 2005. U.S. Army officials are asking industry to design a Type 1, NSA-certifiable, high-speed embeddable cryptographic chipset or module for future tri-services multiband, multimode, high-capacity communications terminals.

The request comes from the Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate of the Army's Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J. The solicitation number is W15P7T-05-R-P239.

The module must have aggregate speed as fast as 2 gigabits per second threshold and 10 gigabits per second objective; must be embeddable; have multiband/multimode/multiple security levels; have the ability to run various modes and waveforms simultaneously with varying security levels and data rates for each waveform; have a net-centric remote monitor; must be compatibility with the most current version of the National Security Agency's secure High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor (HAIPE); and must be programmable and use loadable cryptographic algorithms to supporting multiple mission requirements.

Army officials released these details in a sources-sought announcement July 26, and say they plan to release a formal solicitation in November, with proposals due about three weeks after the solicitation comes out. Award of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract is expected in mid 2006.

To be considered as a viable source for this encryption chipset, companies should reply to the Army no later than 2 p.m. eastern time Aug. 12.

To reply, or for more information, contact the Army's Bob Chu by e-mail at bob.chu@us.army.mil, or to the Army's Jean Goodwin by e-mail at jean.goodwin@us.army.mil.

Chu's and Goodwin's postal addresses are U.S. Army C-E LCMC Acquisition Center, DAAB07, Attn. AMSEL-AC, Building 1208, Fort Monmouth, N.J., 07703-5008.

More information on this cryptographic chipset job is online at www2.eps.gov/spg/USA/USAMC/DAAB07/W15P7T%2D05%2DR%2DP239/listing.html

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