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Navy wants single contract for overseas IT

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. Navy is looking to create a single contract for its overseas computer networking systems, according to Naval Network Warfare Command officials.

ONE-NET — the Navy Enterprise Network for installations outside of the continental United States — has been in place since 2005, though different contractors provide work on the Pacific, Middle East and European systems.

Lt. Cmdr. Doug Gabos, Naval Network Warfare Command spokesman, said a consolidated contract will mean increased efficiency and effectiveness of information technology services, reduced costs, greater standardization of services and an enhanced network.

"It is our expectation that everyday ONE-NET users may notice some enhancement in service as a result of consolidation," he said in an e-mail response. "Other benefits, such as increased network security will go unnoticed by everyday users."

When ONE-NET was announced in 2005, Navy officials explained that it would provide "centralized information assurance, intrusion detection, monitoring, reporting tools, processes and remediation," according to a Navy news release.

Because the new single contract won’t be reality before the Pacific contract expires, current Pacific contractor Computer Sciences Corp. was awarded a one-year, $29 million extension.

That extended contract allows the Navy to "prevent disruption of these critical IT services in the most cost-effective manner," in accordance "with the procedures set forth in the Federal Acquisition Regulations," Gabos said.


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