Marines go shopping for $880M worth of new computers
Five-year purchase plan includes tablets
- By David Hubler
- Jun 09, 2011
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.
David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.