$8M for EDS to Help Keep Pentagon Communications Survivable

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(click to view full) Electronic Data Systems in Herndon, VA received an $8 million modification to a fixed-price-incentive with award fee contract for Implementation of the Command Communications Survivability Program Systems Integration Effort. The foundation for CCSP was laid in the first days after 9/11… The urgent business of reconstituting the building led to something virtually unheard of: calls from a number of contractors, offering their assistance free of charge. It led to a meeting with a number of contractors at the Pentagon the Saturday after the attack, in which Fred R. Budd, director of the Pentagon’s IT agency, told them what he was looking for: a fresh look at the building’s network infrastructure, with an eye toward making the network survivable in the event of another attack. Budd wanted to go beyond the immediate reconstitution and address the basic vulnerabilities 9/11 brought to the fore. “We gave the contractors some very specific instructions,” Budd says. “We told them, ‘We want you to take a fresh look at our network infrastructure, and we want to make this a survivable network. You need to help us identify the vulnerabilities and make it better.’ I also told them that we did not […]

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