By William Welsh
The aim of a new contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Corp. is to
increase security of networks through which the Air Force sends both
classified and unclassified information.
Northrop Grumman Information Technology of McLean, Va., will perform
the work under a $14.5 million deal awarded through the Air Force.s
Network Centric Solutions (Netcents) contract. The company.s team
includes Science Applications International Corp., Booz Allen and
Hamilton, X-Technologies and Innove.
Under the contract, Northrop Grumman IT will develop a system capable
of judging the vulnerability of networks over their lifecycles. The
system will use a mix of commercial and Defense Department software.
Additional work will include integration, testing and delivery of the
so-called vulnerability lifecycle management system, which ultimately
will be installed at about 130 Air Force locations worldwide.
The system will be configured to exchange network and security
information with the Air Force Combat Information Transport System.
Northrop Grumman, which has more than 125,000 employees and annual
sales of $29.8 billion, ranks No. 2 on Washington Technology.s 2005
Top 100 list of federal prime contractors.
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