Marines go shopping for $880M worth of new computers

Five-year purchase plan includes tablets

The Marine Corps is planning to spend $880 million to buy more than 400,000 desktop and laptop computers as well as a smaller number of commercial and rugged tablet computers through a five-year Marine Corps Common Hardware Suite procurement contract, according to an online report by NextGov.

The Marines’ shopping list includes 131,965 general purpose laptops and 141,838 desktop computers, NextGov said.

The service also will use the contract as an umbrella vehicle to acquire 7,220 commercial tablet computers and 7,880 rugged tablet computers as well as 15,850 small, lightweight netbook computers.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, who now works for Harris Corp., said the planned bulk buy of tablet computers is the wave of the future for tactical computing because they are ideal for viewing maps and other graphic information.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Fri, Jul 8, 2011

Are all, or any of these computers compatible with the IUID implemented system?

Fri, Jun 10, 2011 Calvin Kansas City

Why aren't they just ordering this hardware through their NMCI CSR instead of cutting a whole new contract? That is why the Navy and Marine Corps cut the deal with EDS in the first place isn't it? I love the Corps but there's more to this story than we're getting here.

Fri, Jun 10, 2011

The breakdown of the 400,000 computers in this article lists about 305,000 computers. Can you provide a breakdown on the other approximate 95,000 computers?

Fri, Jun 10, 2011

The breakdown of the 400,000 computers in this article lists about 305,000 computers. Can you provide a breakdown on the other approximate 95,000 computers?

Fri, Jun 10, 2011

The breakdown of the 400,000 computers in this article lists about 305,000 computers. Can you provide a breakdown on the other approximate 95,000 computers?

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