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NATO contracts for satellite services
by Richard Tomkins
Luxembourg (UPI) Nov 10, 2016


NCI to support U.S. Army intelligence
Reston, Va. (UPI) Nov 10, 2016 - Information technology provider NCI Inc. is to provide engineering and integration support services for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

The 18-month task order from the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command, National Capital Region Engineering Directorate, is worth $10 million.

Covered under the order is engineering and installing secure and test INSCOM command, control, communications, computers and intelligence/information technology systems, or C4I/IT. The work will encompass multiple classification levels for data network systems, voice systems, applications, audio/visual systems, supporting applications, physical end user locations and classification connectivity requirements, infrastructure equipment room and premise distribution wiring within a sensitive compartmented information facility.

"NCI has developed a unique methodology for C4I/IT implementations focused on engineering for mission assurance, ease of maintainability and maximum cost effectiveness," said Paul A. Dillahay, NCI's president and chief executive officer. "We look forward to bringing the vast experience from our previous successes within the intelligence community to INSCOM for this new task order award."

GovSat, an affiliate of European satellite operator SES, is to support the operational phase of the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance program.

Work under the NATO end-to-end service contract includes the delivery of satellite capacity in commercial Ku-band -- largely coming from the SES fleet – and associated capacity management services to support command-and-control and sensor data communications required by NATO Global Hawk vehicles.

"The award of this contract confirms the unique capability of GovSat to address the secure communication requirements of a NATO defense program, including the handling of sensitive and classified material," said Patrick Biewer, chief executive officer of GovSat. "GovSat is now de-facto operational, well ahead of the GovSat-1 satellite launch which is foreseen for next year."

GovSat is a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg government and SES. It offers capacity leases and secure operations from facilities with European Union and NATO clearances to governments and institutions.

SES said GovSat's first satellite, GovSat-1, is currently under construction and scheduled for launch next year.

The NATO AGS system consists of air, ground and support elements for all-weather, persistent wide-area terrestrial and maritime surveillance in nearly real time. AGS will be able to contribute to a range of missions such as protection of ground troops and civilian populations, border control and maritime safety, the fight against terrorism, crisis management and humanitarian assistance in areas affected by natural disasters.


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