DARPA releases plan for 'breakthrough' defense tech
March 26, 2015
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency unveiled its vision this week of America's future high-tech military superiority.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The U.S. Army awarded 20 companies a place on the five-year $10 billion Global Tactical Advanced Communications Systems indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.
The contract, which will replace the World Wide Satellite Systems contract, includes a small business set-aside requirement for task orders valued at $4.5 million or less. The contract will be run by the Program Executive Office for Command, Control Communications-Tactical.
"This is a one-stop shop for a very broad range of hardware and services," said Lt. Col. Greg Coile, the Army's product manager for Satellite Communications, or PdM SATCOM. "The contract's range, flexibility and consolidation capabilities will enable the Army, Department of Defense and other agencies to spend more efficiently and get needed capability into the hands of Soldiers at a faster pace."
The GTACS contract was awarded on October 31 and will be managed by PdM SATCOM under Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or PM WIN-T, which provides the Army's tactical communications network.
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