three firms given $3 billion defense info contract
By Associated Press
Rocky Mountain News
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency said
Tuesday it awarded a contract worth up to $3 billion to Qwest
Communications, AT&T and a third company to upgrade the agency's
communications network. The contract has a base period of three
years with seven one-year options. The guaranteed minimum value
for the contract over the base period is $5 million. Arrowhead
Global Solutions Inc. also won a portion of the contract.
Qwest will provide private communications lines between military
post camps or stations in 11 states including Oregon, New
Mexico, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming, said Diana Gowen, senior vice
president of Qwest's government service division.
According to Gowen, there are more than 2,000 domestic military
posts in the country. Based on the needs of the Pentagon, Qwest
could supply as many as 6,000 circuits to bases.
Qwest officials in Denver didn't immediately have additional
details on the contract or how much Qwest's portion might be
Mark Ritter, vice president of telecom solutions for Falls
Church, Va.-based Arrowhead, said his company will provide
high-speed connections to about 500 military bases.
AT&T declined to comment on the awarded contract.
The agency's previous system will be replaced by a high-speed
network designed to increase the capability and flexibility of
the Defense Department's communications programs.
Staff writer Jeff Smith
contributed to this report.