Dozen companies share $4.1 billion Army contract

A mix of 10 large and two small businesses are sharing a $4.1 billion contract award to supply the Army with communications and transmission services to help the service improve its battlefield communications, sister publication Washington Technology reported.

The companies will compete for task orders under the contract, known as Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission System, or PM DCATS. The contract will be used to tie together individual weapons systems via satellite communication and transmission capabilities, according to information from Centurion Research Solutions.

The 12 companies are:

•             L-3 National Security Solutions Inc., Reston, Va.

•             Globecomm Systems, Inc., Hauppauge, N.Y., (small business)

•             Harris Corp., Melbourne, Fla.

•             General Dynamics One Source, Fairfax, Va.

•             DRS Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Va.

•             Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va.

•             Serco Inc., Reston, Va.

•             Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va.

•             Intelligent Decisions Inc., Ashburn, Va., (small business)

•             Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda, Md.

•             AT&T Government Solutions Inc., Vienna, Va.

•             LGS Innovations LLC, McLeansville, N.C.

The Army Contracting Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is the contracting activity for PM DCATS.

The goal of the contract is to enable battle space information dominance, according to Centurion Research Solutions.

The various systems to be tied together must operate seamlessly, and it should not be discernible where one system ends and another begins. The systems are interdependent, so the absence of one system may impact the ability to provide overall satellite communications.

The Army’s mission will be best met by the individual systems working together, according to Centurion Research Solutions.

The Army has been developing the contract since 2010, and released the request for proposals in 2012.

The Army received 24 bids on this contract.

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