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Harris Scores Headquarters Contracts

Harris Corp. recently scored two contracts worth more than $90 million to provide information technology (IT) services to support the headquarters operations of units of the Air Force and Army.

In the larger of the two awards, worth about $77 million, Harris will provide the IT infrastructure for the newly relocated Army Materiel Command (AMC) headquarters building at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.

Under the contract, Harris will engineer, furnish, install and test the command, control, communications, and computer infrastructure. This includes audio-visual and video teleconferencing equipment, the company said.

Harris officials said the contract includes one base year and two one-year option periods, during which time the company would provide operations and maintenance support, as well as help desk capabilities.

AMC is the Army’s “premier provider of materiel readiness.” Its umbrella of services includes technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment across the spectrum of joint military operations.

“If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, communicates with it or eats it, AMC provides it,” a unit fact sheet notes.

Well known for its tactical field radios, Harris also is an IT powerhouse with professionals working in all 50 states on a wide range of defense and civilian projects. The firm ranks 13th on the list of top 100 IT contractors as compiled by the trade journal Washington Technology.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Fla., Harris received the award under a nine-year $20 billion Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Services contract vehicle, which is the preferred method of contracting for services and supplies for the Army. Harris will work with several subcontractors, the company said.

Separately, this is the second DoD headquarters relocation contract the company has received in roughly a year. In November 2009, Harris received an award worth up to $55 million to support the U.S. Southern Command relocation program in Miami, Fla.

Meanwhile, the company said it recently received a new IT headquarters award worth about $15 million from an Air Force unit. This one is for the Headquarters Air Force Information Management Enterprise Business Solutions Software Development Services Support program.

Under the contract, a team headed by Harris will deliver technical services to the software development support project. These services include program requirements management, process engineering, and systems administration, Harris said.

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