Army awards deals under IMOD program

Ten companies were awarded contracts late Friday under the Army's $4 billion Infrastructure Modernization program. IMOD, as the program is called, will update the fiber-optic cable and wireless communications lines at major Army bases and installations.

IMOD integrates voice, data, cable plant and/or transmission products and services into a single, integrated communications system.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts cover a 10-year-period, which includes a five-year base period with one five-year option. The acquisition will replace the Digital Switched Systems Modernization Program (DSSMP) contracts that expire in June 2007. DSSMP supplies telecommunications supplies and support to government and military agencies around the world, including switching and networking technologies, installation, and support services and logistics.

The winning IMOD vendors include:
  • AT&T Government Solutions Inc. of Vienna,Va.
  • Avaya Inc. of Arlington, Va.
  • Bechtel National Inc. of Frederick, Md.
  • Engineering and Professional Services Inc. of Tinton Falls, N.J.
  • Federal Network Systems LLC of Arlington, Va.
  • General Dynamics Network Systems of Needham, Mass.
  • Lucent Technologies of McLeansville, N.C.
  • NextiraOne Federal of Herndon, Va.
  • Science Application International Corporation of McLean, Va., and
  • Siemens Government Services Inc. of Reston, Va.

"Infrastructure Modernization is one of my top priorities. IMOD will enhance bandwidth and networking capabilities at posts, camps and stations worldwide," said Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle, Army CIO, in a news release. "This is a good thing for warfighters everywhere."

IMOD is the contract vehicle that helps the Army implement its multibillion-dollar Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program, according to Kevin Carroll, the Army's program executive officer for enterprise information systems. Through I3MP, the service is upgrading the wiring at Army sites to tie into the Defense Department's Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion program.

I3MP extends the reach of the $900 million GIG-BE program beyond the roughly 90 sites it now reaches. The Army has already upgraded some of its bases and will be bringing the network to more sites in the coming year.

Dawn S. Onley is a staff writer for Washington Technology's sister publication, Government Computer News.

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