Navy awards network contract
- By Bill Murray
- May 17, 2001
The Navy awarded a $102.2 million delivery order to General Dynamics Corp.
to upgrade the service's networks outside the continental United States
and make them more interoperable with the rest of the Navy's enterprise.
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command officials awarded the contract
Wednesday to General Dynamics, choosing the company over Avaya Inc., according
to an announcement on Spawar's Web site (www.spawar.navy.mil). Both companies hold Voice, Video and Data contracts
The Navy Base Level Information Infrastructure (BLII) delivery order
may give Navy personnel outside the United States better network infrastructure
that what the service has within the United States because it will be completed
by October 2003, said Tom Reidy, deputy chief information officer for the
Navy's European Forces in London. BLII is more commonly known as Outside
the Continental U.S. Navy Marine Corps Intranet (OCONUS NMCI).
The first installations that will receive the fiber-optic cable upgrades
and information technology service and outreach centers through BLII are
in Bahrain; Yokosuka, Japan; and Naples, Italy, according to Spawar. BLII
also includes other installations in Europe and the Far East.