Doing Business With The Department of the Army

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Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello

Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello, chief information officer

Took the job: Aug. 1, 2000

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

Alma mater: Bachelor of arts degree in political science, Canisius College; master's of business administration degree (operations research and systems analysis), Florida Institute of Technology. Military education includes, among others, Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Armed Forces Staff College, Army War College and National Security Leadership Course.

The Army has been successful with Army Knowledge Online.

Yes. AKO is the Army's enterprise knowledge portal. Its capabilities exist on secure, protected, military networks, but can be accessible anywhere in the world by authorized user via the Internet. Specifically, AKO provides more than 1 million Army users with single log-on authentication access, and AKO-Secret (AKO-S) provides approximately 8,000 registered users access to secret-level knowledge. Recently, AKO has introduced an Army Knowledge Collaboration Center for sharing documents across the service.

What are the IT challenges the Army faces?

While our information technology needs are many, the top four technological challenges we are seeking resolution to are bandwidth availability and efficiency worldwide; C4I On the Move; multilevel security; and knowledge fusion.

What do you look for in companies with which you are thinking of doing business?

World-class corporations that have the capabilities to leverage their commercial, domestic business units for delivering IT products for government requirements; innovation; the ability to deliver reliable IT products rapidly to their customers.

A year from now, where do you see the Army's IT capabilities?

We see Army transformation being significantly advanced by enterprise level, Web-based and Web-enabled applications. The consolidation of numerous applications into Defense and Army-wide functional applications will be ongoing to achieve greater productivity, eliminate redundancy and to increase information security. The virtual integration of disparate wide-area networks into a single Army Knowledge Enterprise Architecture that can be operated and managed by a strategic direct reporting unit, named Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). One of NETCOM's primary missions is to execute network operations and computer network defense across the Army Knowledge Enterprise.Address

Washington, DC 20310

(703) 695-0363 (public information)

Founded: June 14, 1775

Secretary: Thomas White

Chief of staff: Gen. Eric Shinseki

Employees: More than 1 million active duty, National Guard and Reserve soldiers; 270,000 civilian employees

What it does: The Army's job has evolved considerably over its 227 years, changing as the nation's needs and defenses change. The Army defends the nation and supports U.S. foreign policy through its role in missions throughout the world, most notably now Operation Enduring Freedom, the war against terrorism. It also answers to the country's domestic needs, taking roles in disaster relief, anti-terrorism and drug interdiction, among others.

Major subagencies: The Army is part of the Defense Department. There are 15 major commands, nine unified commands, 12 divisions and four corps. Myriad installations, including airfields, camps, centers and depots, are located throughout the world. It oversees the Army Reserve and National Guard and the U.S. Military Academy.Army Knowledge Online is the service's Internet portal providing information to its authorized users with single log-on access from anywhere, anytime. Specific users have access to AKO-Secret, which gives them the ability to obtain "secret-level knowledge" via the portal.2003 budget request: $91 billion

2002 budget: $81.1 billion

2001 budget: $73.7 billion

  • For information on what would be the executive level of the Army ? offices of the secretary, chief of staff and the like ? start at, not the Army homepage at The latter is information geared more for those with general interest in the Army.

  • The Army is a vast organization. Each piece ? be it a command, a fort, a division, a medical center ? has its own Web site and does its own contracting. The best way to begin to do business with the Army is to check out FedBizOpps on the Commerce Business Daily Web site:

Common Hardware/Software II

Value: $2 billion

RFP: October

Purpose: Provide hardware, software, professional services and computer processing, storage and display technology to create an integrated system of battlefield processors.
Potential bidders: General Dynamics holds the current contract. No other bidders identified.

Human Resource XXI Century Services

Value: $1.5 billion

RFP: August

Purpose: Human resource and organizational development services, include career transition, administrative support and information systems.

Potential bidders: Northrop Grumman and Resource Consultants Inc. hold the incumbent contract. No other bidders identified.

Rapid Response to Critical System Requirements Support

Value: $1.3 billion

RFP: July

Purpose: Rapid response services to support critical systems requirements for the Command and Control Systems Integration Directorate.

Potential bidders: Current contract held by ARINC Inc., Lear Siegler, and Lockheed Martin Corp. Other bidders may include Affiliated Computer Services Inc., Anteon International Corp., BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI International Inc., Colsa Corp., Electronic Data Systems Corp., General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, SAIC, Titan Corp., TRW Inc. and Viatech Inc.

Reserve Component Automation System Life Cycle Support

Value: $1.2 billion

RFP: September

Purpose: Provide a comprehensive office automation computer network to link over 8,917 Guard and Reserve units at over 3,853 sites.

Potential bidders: SAIC holds the current contract. Other bidders may include CSC, EDS, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Unisys Corp.


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