Army readies PC pacts

The Army continues to push for the latest PC technology at the best prices, with slightly more than $800 million worth of contracts for advanced PCbased servers, desktops and notebook computers up for grabs between now and January. The Army CommunicationsElectronics Command's (Cecom) Systems Mana

The Army continues to push for the latest PC technology at the best prices, with slightly more than $800 million worth of contracts for advanced PC-based servers, desktops and notebook computers up for grabs between now and January.

The Army Communications-Electronics Command's (Cecom) Systems Management Center plans to award its $355 million server contract, Infrastructure Architecture Solutions-1 (IAS-1), next month to a single bidder.

Bidders on IAS-1 include Federal Data Corp., Government Technology Services Inc., Litton/PRC Inc. teamed with Dell Computer Corp., Telos Corp. teamed with Electronic Data Systems Corp. Other possible bidders are Unisys Corp. and Vanstar Government Systems. IAS-1 is a follow-on to the Small Multiuser Computer II contact, valued at $907 million, which was awarded to Telos in 1995. That contract was due to expire last month, but it was recently extended to January 1999.

RFP for PC-3

Last week Cecom issued a request for proposals for its fast-track PC-3 contract, with a value of $300 million. Bids on PC-3 are due Nov. 16, with award of two contracts due before the end of January 1999, when the PC-2 contract held by GTSI and Vanstar will expire.

The Army plans to buy 50,000 PCs a year through the PC-3 contract, according to Alan Bechara, vice president and chief operating officer for Comark Federal Systems, Chantilly, Va. Bechara predicted that GTSI and Vanstar will join the PC-3 bidding fray as well as manufactures such as Dell and Micron Electronics Inc.

George Fuster, president of Dunn/IDP Computer Corp., Dulles, Va., said his company definitely intends to bid on PC-3.

Cecom also released the statement of work for its Portable-3 procurement last week, with the formal RFP due for release by January. Vendors predict that many of the same companies that plan to bid on PC-3 also will submit bids on Portable-3.

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