CSC wins telecom, aviation contracts

Computer Sciences Corp. will supply the U.S. government with emergency telecommunications services in the event of a national emergency, officials of the El Segundo, Calif., company said today.

Under a separate contract, CSC will provide aviation services support to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Under the first contract, awarded by the National Communications System, CSC will provide integration support for the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service and the Wireless Priority Service, federal government programs for improving national security and emergency preparedness telecommunications in the event of natural or man-made disasters. GETS and WPS utilize the surviving assets of the public switched network to provide priority treatment and enhanced routing not available to normal telecommunications traffic.

The contract is worth about $81 million if all options are exercised, CSC officials said. The contract is for two years with three one-year options.

"During an emergency, key response personnel and leaders in the public and private sectors must make quick decisions based on limited information," said Jim McCoy, president of CSC's Networks and Telecommunication Integrated Solutions organization. "GETS and WPS provide high assurance that these individuals will have access to communications channels and allow the exchange of information, even if networks are experiencing severe congestion."

Under the second contract, CSC's DynCorp Technical Services organization will continue to provide maintenance and modification services for NASA aircraft assigned to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. The aircraft assigned to these centers represent more than 80 percent of NASA's aircraft fleet.

CSC officials estimate the five-year Johnson Space Center Aircraft Maintenance and Modification Program contract will be worth about $228 million if all options are exercised.

The contract includes three work expansion options during the five-year term. CSC will provide flight operation, technical data collection and space shuttle simulation support services under the contract work expansion options, company officials said.

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