The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is the Department of Defense (DoD) combat support agency that provides information technology and communications support to DoD agencies, the military services, combatant commands, and mission and coalition partners. DISA’s Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) is the core global enterprise network DISA uses to provide connectivity.
DISN’s current communication network program in partitioned by multiple geographic regions spanning nine contracts. DISA envisions a future single consolidated DISN network. This effort is named the Global Network Services (GNS) program.
The GNS contract will provide the vehicle for DISA to acquire telecommunications network solutions and services that improve or enhance the DISN. This IDIQ contract is valued at $4 billion over a five-year base period with five one-year options.
Completion is full and open. An awardee becomes a Multiple Award Contractor (MAC). MACs can lead to future task orders issued under the GNS contract vehicle. DISA anticipates a minimum of two MACs.
GNS Service Requirements
The GNS solicitation covers engineering, furnishing, installing, testing, and maintaining transmission services, capabilities, and circuits. Key service requirements are:
- Network capacity services
- Telecommunications network data transfer services
- Satellite communication services
- Wireless services
- Equipment installation
Additional services will be used to equip the DISN with sufficient capability to support multimedia services including voice, data, video, and imagery transfer at any time or place. Secondary requirements include logistics support, IT professional services, and software and systems software. Provision of services will occur in both CONUS and OCONUS.
This program is of interest to wired communication carriers, wireless communication carriers, and satellite communication carriers and teams that combine these types of communication services.
GNS Contract Vehicle
DISA has spent more than a year developing its strategy for the GNS contract. Deltek predicts that the final solicitation will be released in February. Awards are anticipated in September 2015. The contract is directed by DISA’s Procurement Directorate at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
GNS Proposal Responses
Responses must consist of a five-volume set provided as an Internet upload and burned to CD-ROMs. The Technical and Management Volume is the largest of the set at approximately 200 pages. The Past Performance Volume requires completion of questionnaires by customers. Read More