Army to get network boost at Fort Benning

LGS to furnish communications infrastructure support to accommodate expansion

LGS will provide installation, integration and professional network services to the Army under an $11.7 million delivery order that could be worth as much as $30.7 million if all options are exercised.

The subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent will assist the Army in a variety of communications network projects at Fort Benning, Ga., which is expanding as part of the Defense Department’s Base Realignment and Closure program (BRAC).

With more than 130,000 soldiers and civilians, Fort Benning and its Infantry Center are one of the Army’s busiest installations, providing training for soldiers and leaders for today’s combat situations and developing requirements for the future.

LGS will provide supervision, labor, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation and design to upgrade Fort Benning’s data network in preparation for BRAC.

As a part of this process, Fort Benning will grow to accommodate operations of other bases that have closed. The LGS work includes the upgrading of four area distribution nodes, which serve as a main data communications hub, as well as wireless infrastructure to connect new buildings.

The delivery order award falls under the Infrastructure Modernization (IMOD) contract and is in support of the Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program managed by the Network Service Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

LGS is one of ten prime contractors selected for the $4 billion IMOD contract, which replaced the telecommunications switch modernization effort of the Digital Switched Systems Modernization Program.

The Vienna, Va., company is the successor to the former Lucent and Alcatel Government Solutions business units. Beginning operations on Jan. 1, 2007, LGS is an independent and wholly owned subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent’s North American operations.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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