Sole-source contract for DISA ISR cloud storage will be opened to competition

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has cancelled a sole-source $45 million contract to provide the agency with large data object storage (LDOS) technology capable of storing huge amounts of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data in a cloud environment, and will go to a competitive contract instead.

Alliance Technology Group, Hanover, MD, was awarded the $45 million sole-source contract in early April, but since then a variety of other companies have come forward with capability statements showing they can do the work, too.

“The J&A (Justification and Approval For Other Than Full and Open Competition) publication and response period provided an opportunity for industry to respond to the requirement,” states a notice on the General Services Administration website. “Based upon capability statements and responses received, DISA plans to pursue competitive means through the National Security Agency Acquisition Resource Center to satisfy the requirement.”

The LDOS technology will be used to store a variety of ISR data, including wide-area motion imagery, standard and high-definition full-motion video, hyperspectral, laser imaging detection and ranging (LIDAR), electro-optical/infrared and synthetic aperture radar data formats.

Such storage capabilities would facilitate the Air Force’s Gorgon Stare wide-area surveillance data requirements, for example. It would also permit storage of geospatial content captured by smartphone and other mobile devices.

“The assistant secretary of defense has articulated a vision for transforming the information environment within DOD,” explained DISA’s original justification for the award. “The envisioned changes represent a fundamental paradigm shift from providing platform-centric applications to platform-independent web-enabled net-centric services that meet the requirements of the end users, and which are highly available, secure and reliable.”

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