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DISA to spend $239 million on network equipment

Aug. 23, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON   |   Comments
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The Defense Information Systems Agency expects to spend $239 million through 2015 on equipment to maintain the military’s massive information network.

This includes spending for the current fiscal year, which DISA estimates at $97.6 million, according to a justification and approval document on FedBizOpps.gov. The agency plans to spend $94.3 million in fiscal 2014 and another $46.8 million in fiscal 2015.

DISA said the document is for acquiring both major and minor equipment to efficiently manage and maintain the Defense Information Systems Network. Equipment will include provider edge and core routers, optical networking equipment, fiber, network equipment, storage devices, security tools, and other information technology products, according to DISA. Contracts and orders for the equipment will be firm-fixed price.

The justification and approval document limits competition to products on the approved products list, which currently includes more than 6,000 items from various manufacturers. DISA said limiting competition to those products ensures DISA uses highly specialized items that have been tested and certified and are interoperable with the DISN. Purchasing products outside of the approved list would “result in significant additional cost, resources, and schedule slippages to the government,” according to DISA.

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