CSC nets $155M in U.S., Canadian, government work

Computer Sciences Corp. has won several new federal information technology contracts and subcontracts worth about $155 million.

The awards include a seven-year, $60 million contract to standardize and integrate the Canadian Department of National Defence's deployed network operating system, and a five-year, $43 million contract extension for support of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope program.

Under the $60 million contract with Public Works and Government Services Canada, CSC will create a single operating system, based on Windows 2000, which will integrate the Department of National Defence's network system. The company will provide project planning and management, systems design, integration and deployment, training support and applications support services.

The integrated system will improve network security and increase efficiency. It also will help the Department of Defence reduce its licensing, software, maintenance and asset management costs, CSC officials said.

Teaming with CSC are Hewlett Packard (Canada) Co. and CDI Corporation Education Services Inc. HP will provide technical architecture and deployment services, while CDI will provide training services.

CSC's $43 million space telescope contract extension marks more than 20 years of support for the telescope program. CSC will continue its work under an agreement with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc., a consortium of 36 universities and other nonprofit institutions that operates the Space Telescope Science Institute for NASA in Baltimore.

Under the agreement, CSC will provide systems engineering, software development and maintenance, data processing and computer systems administration. Services called for also include scientific research, calibration of scientific instruments, planning and scheduling of science observations, archival support and public outreach activities.

Approximately 80 scientists, systems engineers, software developers and computer operations specialists will continue to perform the work at Maryland offices in Baltimore, Laurel and Lanham.

CSC officials also announced a five-year, $45 million subcontract win to support NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The company was selected as the sole subcontractor to SGT Inc. of Greenbelt on its Program Analysis and Control contract with NASA.

About 60 CSC employees will work at Goddard, providing project planning and scheduling and configuration management services in support of many space missions.

Another subcontract win, this one from General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Va., will bring CSC $7.2 million over four years from its ongoing support of the Army's Land Warrior System. The subcontract adds to the $71 million that CSC has won collectively since the Land Warrior program began three years ago.

The entire Army contract to General Dynamics Decision Systems has an estimated value of $791 million if all options are exercised.

The Land Warrior features a 12.5-pound wearable ensemble of equipment and software containing wireless communications, weapon-mounted sensors, global positioning system-based navigation and computers that integrate soldiers in the field into a networked fighting team, improving their situational awareness.

Under the new subcontract, CSC will lead the development of application software and interactive electronic technical manuals and provide systems security development and tactical Army systems engineering expertise. Under a contract option, CSC may also support the manufacture of both the first- and second-generation systems once the government has completed its testing of the Land Warrior.

CSC is a provider of systems design and integration, IT and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting and management consulting. The company has about 90,000 employees and annual sales of $11.3 billion in fiscal 2002.

Officials of the El Segundo, Calif., firm, announced the awards March 25 and 26.

About the Authors

William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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