The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to build a global network by 2020 that supports multiple forms of communication worldwide at 100 gigabits per second, Nextgov reports.
DISA issued a request for information last Wednesday indicating it would replace its network transport contracts with a single vehicle that would include broadband, cellular, satellite and Wi-Fi coverage.
The merged contract would likely be valued at $1 billion a year, said Warren Suss, president of Suss Consulting, according to Nextgov.
The new contract will replace the DISN Access Transport Services vehicle, the Defense Information System Network Transmission Services – Pacific and the Joint Hawaii Information Technology Services vehicles.
It will also reduce the agency’s use of Networx and Bulletin Board for circuit services in order to create the single Global Network Services vehicle.
DISA wants circuits that can operate at speeds as high as 400 gigabits per second in order to enable a worldwide network system.
The new contract would allow DISA to acquire end-to-end services such as satellite dishes, while giving Defense Department users worldwide broadband wireless communications.
Commercial service providers would be responsible for managing the wireless services.
DISA wants interested solicitors to respond to the RFI via its U.S. Pacific Command-created social media site.
Vendors can reply through email, but DISA said it would prefer them to use the All Partners Access Network.
The agency said the site will allow for a more collaborative method in gathering industry comments on the single contract vehicle.