Navy issues RFI for intelligence system

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is looking for a contractor to support an intelligence network that will connect command centers and fleet task forces.

In a request for information, Navy officials said they plan a limited competition, based on security restrictions, for the Distributed Common Ground System?Navy (DCGS-N) Prime Mission Product contract. They are seeking sources that can provide a wide array of technical capabilities, such as system design, development, integration, hardware and software, platform and site integration, testing, and installation support.

Navy officials plan to require that contractors' engineering employees have top secret/sensitive compartmented information clearance and that contractors have an accredited sensitive compartmented information facility.

DCGS-N is the Navy's component of the Defense Department's family of systems that integrate intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting support capabilities. Maintaining security is an important aspect because some of the program's intelligence-gathering methods and sources are highly classified.

Navy officials expect to award the contract in the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

More detailed information is available at Spawar E-Commerce Central. Responses to the RFI are due by Oct. 9.

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

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