Special Ops seeks faster nets

IGov received a $300 million contract last week to build new Tactical Local Area Networks (Taclans) battlefield systems and update existing ones for the Special Operations Command (Socom).

Carla Barilla, president of iGov's Technologies business unit, said the company will build newer Taclans that are lighter, faster and smarter than existing ones. She said the company will also add new hardware and software to current Taclans so they can share information with new ones.

Barilla said Taclans consist of notebook computers, computer servers and software applications that connect to the military’s unclassified and classified networks. She said they are deployable so that Socom units can easily transport them on missions and set them up when they arrive in a combat zone.

Barilla said the Socom deal is iGov’s largest information technology services contract. It covers five years in support of Socom’s Office of the Program Manager for Special Operations Forces Digital Environment.

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