Navy Awards Contracts To Streamline Ship Based IT

by: Matthew Potter
March 8, 2010

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The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman omnibus contracts to support their Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program. This will look at development of new IT networks for their ships while also reviewing existing systems with a goal of reducing the number and consolidating them. Because ships take a long time to build each ship even if it is of a similar class may have updated or newer systems on board. This means that support can be fragmentary adding cost and time.

The Northrop contract is worth over $700 million and the Lockheed one almost a $1 billion if all options are exercised. Its first goal is to develop a new standardized system for use with Navy ships. To make it a harder problem this will also have to have the ability to integrate with other services systems for join operations. IT programs like this have a history of delays and cost overruns as they are hard to do. This might be an exception if the Navy locks requirements early and uses a spiral development path to add features and capabilities in discrete implements.

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