CACI Inc. of Fairfax and Texas Instruments Inc. of Dallas have joined forces to seek new and less expensive ways to process information for the Department of Defense, company officials said.

The companies have established the DOD Information Engineering Technology Center, which will officially open sometime in the first quarter of next year. It will concentrate on building computer systems to work within DOD's needs and on reducing system development costs by 70 percent to 75 percent, officials said.

"There has been a strong movement in DOD to take advantage of product improvements in information systems," said Sam Pearson, vice president of CACI and director of the new center. "But part of the drawback has been that DOD services specify how products must be developed. We are trying to apply new technology to DOD's restrictions."

CACI wants to bring together a staff that "is knowledgeable about DOD, the tools available and how to apply those tools to real-world situations," Pearson said.

CACI is recruiting people for the new center. It is looking for "technical gurus" who are recognized in the field of information systems, and can provide scientific direction to the center's research, according to Pearson.

The center is owned and operated by CACI, and housed in CACI's Fairfax headquarters. Texas Instruments is providing the hardware and software tools.

Pearson said CACI is especially interested in Texas Instruments' information engineering facility, which processes and integrates many different pieces of information at the same time.

OAO Corp. of Greenbelt has received a $56.9 million contract to provide data processing services to federal agencies in 15 western states.

The contract, awarded by the General Services Administration, is expected to save more than $6.6 million in procurement costs over its four-year life, said Frank J. Carr, commissioner of GSA's information resources management services.

Part of the savings is expected to come from a more efficient procurement system. "It used to take 6 to 15 months to receive equipment ordered for a project, but with this contract, it will take about 8 1/2 weeks to fill orders," said a GSA spokesman.

OAO will provide services to GSA and other federal agencies in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

Congressional Information Service Inc. of Bethesda is expanding its scholarly publishing business by purchasing the publishing assets of Clearwater Publishing Co. Inc., which is based in New York. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Clearwater offers several library products, including microfiche and microfilm collections of historical documents in American Indian studies, art and architecture, Jewish studies, Latin American studies, maritime history and political and social science.

Congressional Information will take over Clearwater's product line and rights to reproduce collections on microfiche or microfilm. The collections will be included in Congressional Information's academic editions, a scholarly publishing program launched earlier this year.

Congressional Information also publishes government document indexes and microfiche collections.

Norman A. Ross, president of Clearwater, will become a consultant to Congressional Information.

Vanguard Technologies International Inc., based in Fairfax, has won a $15.8 million contract from Rockwell International Corp.'s North American space operations.

Under the four-year contract, Vanguard will develop and maintain computers and telecommunications information systems for the Department of Energy's Rocky Flats power plant.

The government of Portugal has awarded Contel Corp.'s federal systems sector a $10.5 million, four-year contract to design and install a command and control information system for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's commander of the Iberian Atlantic Command.

Many people will have access to the system, but the amount of information each person can retrieve will depend upon his security clearance. The system will have built-in intelligence to simplify operations for users and to protect its information from outsiders.

Contel also is designing a command and control system for NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic, based in Norfolk. The system should be complete at the end of next year.

Planning Research Corp. of McLean has been awarded three contracts, worth a total of $9.9 million, to install computerized dispatching systems for police departments in the United States and Canada.

Under the contracts, Planning Research is automating communication and information systems in police, fire and justice departments, as well as emergency medical clinics. The systems will speed response to requests for assistance.

The contracts include a $7.6 million subcontracting agreement with General Electric Canada Inc. of Montreal; a $2.7 million contract with Vancouver, Canada, and a $600,000 contract with Stockton, Calif.

Presidential Airways of Herndon has won a $3.5 million contract to train Westair Airlines personnel to fly Westair's new British Aerospace 146-type jetliners.

The contract is part of British Aerospace Inc.'s sales agreement with Westair, which is based in Fresno, Calif.

Presidential personnel will train Westair's pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, dispatchers and other operations personnel. Training will begin in January and could last into June. Presidential operates a fleet of type-146 jets at Dulles International Airport.

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