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Nichols nabs DOD pact Nichols Research Corp. a Huntsville Ala. integrator of high-performance systems won a $4.6 million subcontract with Wang Laboratories Inc. to support the Army's Redstone Arsenal Technical Test Center. Nichols will provide Silicon Graphics Inc. equipment and integration services for the center which is part of the Defense Department's High-Performance Computing Modernization Program.

NSF Singapore to link networks

Officials from the Clinton administration announced last week that the high-performance network operated by the National Science Foundation will be linked with Singapore's high-performance network to allow research collaboration between the two nations in the areas of medicine manufacturing education and architecture.

The link will be the first trans-Pacific connection for NSF's very high-performance Backbone Network Service (vBNS).

A connection to Canada's high-performance network was the first international link for the vBNS.

The Singapore Internet Next-Generation Advanced Research and Education network will be physically linked with NSF's Science Technology and Research Access Point which is designed to support the long-term interconnection and interoperability of advanced international networking NSF officials said.

The vBNS is a research tool for U.S. universities that is managed for NSF through a cooperative agreement with MCI Communications Corp.

CACI wraps up GSI buy

CACI International Inc. announced last week that it has completed its acquisition of Government Systems Inc. (GSI) a telecommunications services provider whose customers include the Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration.

CACI paid $28 million in cash for the net assets of Chantilly Va.-based GSI plus an additional $5 million to pay off existing GSI debts. GSI whose current annual revenue is $36 million provides international communications and network services to the federal government and other organizations.CACI purchased GSI from Infonet Services Corp. a communications network provider that is based in El Segundo Calif.

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