12 vendors participate in DIA PC, Unix purchase

The Defense Intelligence Agency earlier this month spread 24 contract awards among a dozen companies as part of a $449 million program to put in place the building blocks for the next generation of the agency's information technology systems.

Modeled after blanket purchase agreements used by the Navy and other agencies the DIA Systems Acquisition and Support Services II contracts cover six categories of IT equipment. Under the SASS II program a minimum of three companies will compete for orders within each category. DIA managed the procurement on an extremely fast-track basis winnowing out the winners from a file of 317 bidders in four months.

Chip Mather senior vice president of Acquisition Solutions Inc. dubbed the SASS contracts "a DIA version of a BPA to meet their special needs such as Tempest " a highly secure computer technology. Mather said he was impressed with the speed and breadth of the award. "A few years back DIA would have had a hard time awarding contracts like these in 30 months " Mather said.

SASS contracts by category and value:* PC-based systems ($24 million): Dunn Computer Corp. Dynamic Decisions Inc. Cordant Inc. BTG Inc. Sysorex Information Systems Inc. and Digital Equipment Corp.* Peripherals ($10 million): Cordant BTG and Sysorex.* Unix-based systems ($220 million): Sun Microsystems Federal Inc. Sysorex and Digital.* Communications components ($55 million): BTG Cordant and Sytel Inc.* Specialized systems ($35 million): Cordant Sun BTG and Digital.* Tempest IT equipment ($105 million): NAI Technologies Inc. Candes Systems Inc. and Wang Federal.

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