Lockheed Martin Vies For Navy's Secure IT Contract

The defense contractor teams up with several partners to pursue the fleet's CANES project.
Lockheed Martin said Monday that it has assembled a team of subcontractors with which it will bid for a contract to build a secure information systems network for the U.S. Navy's surface fleet.

Lockheed said it tapped General Dynamics, ViaSat, Harris, and American Systems for its effort to bid on the Navy's Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) project.

"We believe Lockheed Martin's own experience, the combined knowledge of our assembled industry teammates, and the innovation of a number of small technology businesses will bring a low-risk solution to the Navy," Karen Conti, Lockheed's VP for CANES capture effort, said in a statement.

Conti noted that Lockheed already has more than 7,000 computing platforms deployed across the U.S. naval fleet. Lockheed plans to integrate and test CANES-related systems and applications from its Technology Collaboration Center in San Diego.

General Dynamics officials said their company would focus on providing a wide range of services under CANES. "General Dynamics is committed to bringing advanced tactical networking, cross-domain security, systems management, and expertise in shipboard information technology installation to CANES," said Bill Rau, emerging business director for General Dynamics.

Earlier this year, defense contractor BEA Systems announced the formation of its own team to pursue CANES. BEA will work with Raytheon and DRS Technologies, among others, to pursue the contract.

CANES aims to bring an integrated, secure communications network to the U.S. Navy's fleet while reducing total infrastructure size and operating costs.

The Navy's Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence is expected to award initial system design and development contracts two to contractors later this year.

A single contractor for system production will be tapped in 2011.

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