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NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — A multimillion-dollar project to upgrade the Navy’s overseas computer networks and install miles of fiber optic cable is expected to be a major resurfacing of the Navy’s information highway.

The Base Level Information Infrastructure project has been in the works since 2002 and will be completed by the end of the year. It is designed to offer faster, more secure and efficient service for users.

Ric Larsen, project engineer for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in Rota, also known as SPAWAR, is helping install 2,000 computer jacks locations in 83 buildings at the naval station.

“It will be more robust, more bandwidth, more efficient,” Larsen said.

“The user shouldn’t see as many bottlenecks.”

In 2002, SPAWAR in San Diego issued a $102 million contract to the Massachusetts-based General Dynamics to upgrade Navy networks in Europe, the Far East and Bahrain.

Options could drive the contract award to $137.8 million, according to the initial release.

Earlier this month, SPAWAR awarded a $7.8 million modification contract not to exceed $18.9 million to General Dynamics.

The contract includes such activities as conducting site surveys and testing the networks.

The upgrades will occur in the United States, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, Japan, Diego Garcia and Singapore.

Lt. Dana Heidenescher, the assistant officer in charge of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, said the system is so much better than the older system that the command will be able to redirect five information technicians to other areas.

The command has 59 information techs.


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