Lockheed to manage US DoD’s global data network

25 June 2012 (Last Updated June 25th, 2012 03:45)

Lockheed Martin has been selected by the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to manage operations of the Department of Defense's (DoD) global data network, as part of the global systems management operations (GSM-O) contract.

Lockheed Martin has been selected by the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to manage operations of the Department of Defense's (DoD) global data network, as part of the global systems management operations (GSM-O) contract.

The three-year deal includes a combination of firm-fixed-price, fixed-price with incentive, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus and fixed-fee pricing plans, with two two-year options and could reach a maximum potential value of $4.6bn.

Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions-Defense president Gerry Fasano said the contract would provide the company with an opportunity to help DISA improve the speed and efficiency of information exchange between the soldiers, commanders and allies worldwide.

''In addition to being committed to managing a smooth transition of GSM-O responsibilities to the Lockheed Martin team, we're excited to use our team's commercial best practices to evolve the network into one that supports new communications capabilities and technologies that directly affect warfighters' ability to achieve mission success,'' Fasano added.

''As information is produced and consumed at speeds and volumes that were once unimaginable, our warfighters need an enterprise architecture that can be quickly adapted and enhanced for new technologies, while effectively managing costs.''

''As information is produced and consumed at speeds and volumes that were once unimaginable, our warfighters need an enterprise architecture that can be quickly adapted and enhanced for new technologies, while effectively managing costs.''

Under the terms of contract, Lockheed will be responsible for network provisioning, operations, assurance and maintenance across the DoD's network systems.

Led by Lockheed, the GSM-O team includes AT&T, ACS, Serco, BAE Systems, ManTech and other specialised and small businesses.

The GSM-O offers programmatic, operations, engineering services, material, equipment and facilities to support the lifecycle management of the network.