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Army awards secure joint tactical radio software contract

The Army recently announced it had selected General Dynamics Decision Systems to provide cryptographic software for the Advanced Infosec Machine (AIM) processor chip that will encrypt voice and data communications sent to and from the Joint Tactical Radio System's futuristic radios.

Joint tactical radios are software- centric and can be programmed to patch users into various radio frequencies. Radios in use today were designed to work in a specific frequency range; each of the military services uses its own frequency. Joint tactical radios can be programmed for any waveform, and initial production is expected in 2005, according to the prime contractor, Boeing Co.

General Dynamics Decision Systems will develop, test and deliver cryptographic software products to run on the radios' AIM chips, which can be used in the Joint Tactical Radio System prototypes for airborne, maritime and ground applications.

Qwest expands MAA offering

The General Services Administration has granted two contract modifications for Qwest Communications International Inc. Both allow the company to expand the services it can offer under its Seattle Metropolitan Area Acquisition contract.

Qwest announced the modifications April 1 at the Network Services Conference sponsored by GSA's Federal Technology Service.

One modification allows Qwest to sell multitiered security profile services, including high-speed data services with integrated security. The other allows Qwest to sell high-speed data services. The contract changes illustrate FTS' continuing efforts to stay ahead of changing technology and to ensure its procurement services keep pace with agency needs.

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