NSA awards crypto card contract

The National Security Agency has awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for cryptographic cards that are the key component in providing secure classified voice communications for the Defense Department and other government agencies.

Rainbow Mykotronx, a Rainbow Technologies Inc. company, won the three-year IDIQ contract valued at as much as $33.6 million.

The award is a follow-on contract to a $15.3 million IDIQ for more than 60,000 cards that recently closed because its maximum was reached six months before the end of the contract.

The new IDIQ will enable the government to purchase more than 100,000 cards, said John Droge, a vice president for Rainbow Technologies. Rainbow's Fortezza Plus Cryptocard is used for securing classified voice traffic. The card holds a government classified cryptographic algorithm for the Secure Terminal Equipment platform, Droge said. STE provides secure voice, data and multimedia transmissions at 128 kilobits/sec over Integrated Services Digital Network or public switched telephone connections.

The card also stores user credentials, keys and digital certificates.

The new contract also is available to NATO and other coalition allies for secure communications, Droge said.

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Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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