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Lockheed, Cisco Form Alliance:<@VM>Fort Bragg Kicks Off Outsourcing Study:<@VM>Pentagon Creates Team From Competitors:

By Nick Wakeman

Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md., and Cisco Systems Inc. of San Jose, Calif., will pursue new business opportunities together in the federal market. Under the alliance, Lockheed Martin and Cisco will join on business development and technology teams in areas such as command and control, security, network interconnectivity, wide area network, network management and voice communications.

Lockheed Martin will serve Cisco customers in the departments of Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Treasury.

"As our customers seek commercial, off-the-shelf technologies for their complex systems requirements, this alliance enables Lockheed Martin to apply Cisco Systems' networking solutions in our proposals to U.S. military and civil government agencies," said Robert Coutts, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Systems Integration business.Fort Bragg, N.C., is planning a study to evaluate the best way to manage and support its Information Technology Business Center. In performing what the Office of Management and Budget calls an A-76 study, the Army will determine whether it is best to conduct the IT functions internally or outsource them to a private company. The business center supports Fort Bragg, Camp Mackall and selected areas at nearby Pope Air Force Base, all in North Carolina.

Functional areas include IT management, automated systems support and services, telecommunications, visual and audio information services, and records and publication services.

For more information, see Defense Department has pulled together two competing teams into a single entity to build the next generation of the military's highly secure communications system. Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md., and TRW Inc. of Cleveland were leading one team chasing the $2.5 billion Advanced Extremely High Frequency System contract, and Hughes Electronics Inc. of El Segundo, Calif., was leading the other.

By combining the two teams, the DoD is speeding up deployment of the system by 18 months, according to Pentagon officials. Lockheed Martin will serve as the overall systems integrator and prime contractor, issuing subcontracts to both Hughes and TRW.

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