Army continues march toward better tech

The Army is continuing its investment in improving its information technology and systems engineering structures to fight terrorism, with a new contract awarded to CACI International. The $75 million contract is the second large Army contract CACI has announced this week.

The Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD), which develops and integrates technologies for enemy situation awareness, targeting and electronic combat, awarded the new contract, under which CACI will provide engineering and technical support technology for its Rapid Development Fielding Initiatives.

The contract spans a base period of two years, with two one-year optional renewals. Under it, CACI will continue its work in command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance  technology. CACI has worked with I2WD for more than 21 years.

The work includes evaluating commercial technologies, mission applications and systems; enhancing current systems; providing rapid response services in a controlled operational setting; and supporting I2WD efforts to engineer, develop, test and deploy prototype technology systems to warfighters.

This week Defense Systems also reported that Army Command, Control and Communications-Tactical Special Projects Office hired CACI to provide counterterrorism capabilities and other services under a new $23 million contract. CACI will provide engineering, technical, logistics and business management support to multiple Army organizations. The one base year and one option year contract was awarded under the Army's Strategic Services Sourcing vehicle.

In August, Washington Technology reported that CACI, together with York Telecom Corp. and DSCI, were awarded contracts from I2WD with a cumulative ceiling value of $900 million.

Under the five year award, which runs through May 2014, CACI is providing scientific and engineering support to I2WD including researching, prototyping, and developing systems to improve intelligence collection through using networked sensors; and supporting electronic combat capabilities to counter conventional and cyber weapons, as well as information warfare systems for both offensive and defensive operations.