Three land NSA development work

Three companies each won $10 million contracts from the National Security Agency to help develop an inline encryption device for high-speed classified networks.

The winning companies were General Dynamics Corp., Falls Church, Va.; L-3 Communications Corp., New York; and ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, Calif.

The NSA device will encrypt sensitive information transmitted over the Internet and other Internet protocol-based networks. The resulting Gigabit Ethernet Encryptors will be compliant with the NSA's High-Assurance IP Encryption standards, which were set in place to ensure interoperability with future generations of IP encryptors developed for the government.

Each company will build a prototype of the device and will compete to build production units, said Bruce Rowe, a spokesman for ViaSat.

The NSA plans for the encryptor to be a part of the Global Grid Program, the Defense Department network for transmitting classified information using IP. All three companies plan to fold the work into commercial products.

About the Author

Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here


  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

  • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

    In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.