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Local Firms Join in $9 Billion Contract

Companies to Develop Air Force Communications System

By ByMichael Rosenwald
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 11, 2004; Page E02

The Air Force named a series of companies yesterday to share in as much as $9 billion in contracts for its next-generation communications system.

Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda said a team of companies it leads was among those chosen for the Air Force's Network Centric Solutions program. In a statement, Lockheed Vice President Peter Rogers said the Air Force needs "information dominance for rapid mobility, global reach and power."

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Among other contractors named by the Air Force to help provide the network "backbone" for the new system were Washington area companies General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church; Northrop Grumman Information Technology of Herndon; Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. of McLean; Centech Group Inc. of Arlington; Multimax Inc. of Largo; NCI Information Systems Inc. of Reston; and Telos Corp. of Ashburn.

The five-year contract is only part of the Air Force's effort to provide real-time information on everything from troop movements to weapons supplies. Air Force briefing papers said the goal is to give U.S. forces an edge in warfare by connecting "sensors, decision-makers" and "shooters."

Lockheed said its team on the contract will include 10 other companies, including Lucent Technologies Inc., SBC Communications Inc. and IBM Global Services.

Thomas R. Temin, editor-in-chief of Government Computer News, contributed to this report.


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