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AT & T to modernize Army National Guard ’ s enterprise network

Global communications company , AT & T , has announced that it has been awarded a task order to modernize the Army National Guard ’ s enterprise network by the Defense Information Systems Agency ’ s Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization .

AT & T has announced that it has been awarded a task order to modernize the Army National Guard ’ s enterprise network that enables Army National Guard soldiers and civilians to access the Internet , connect with other networks and databases , and support training and mission planning and execution .

The task order awarded by the Defense Information Systems Agency ’ s Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization is valued at US $ 15 million over 11 years if all options are exercised . It was awarded via the General Services Administration ’ s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract .
The importance of the project
The Department of Defense Information Network ( DoDIN ) -Army National Guard- A ( NG ) has grown into one of the US Department of Defense ’ s largest , singleaccredited networks , spanning 11 time zones and more than 124,000 users .
It provides telecommunication services to 54 joint forces headquarters and across
2,312 geographically separated Army National Guard locations .
DoDIN-A ( NG ) provides Army National Guard leadership with command and control capabilities across Army National Guard sites in 50 US states and four US territories – the District of Columbia , Guam , Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands .
The Army National Guard helps communities recover from natural disasters , pandemics and civil disturbances , and has been doing so for nearly four centuries .
Combining civilian-acquired skills and experiences with their combat training , Army National Guard soldiers bring rich and unique capabilities to the joint force .
The anticipated benefit of AT & T ’ s modernization of DoDIN-A ( NG )
This contract is part of the Army National Guard ' s efforts to modernize their network to ensure best in class enterprise network services in support of their mission .
Under the agreement , AT & T expects to deliver virtual private networking services to support the Army National Guard ’ s remote training services and provide the Department of Defense high-speed , highly secure cloud connectivity .
Lance Spencer , Client Executive Vice President – Defense , AT & T Public Sector and FirstNet , said : “ We ’ re bringing the right solution at the right time to modernize the DoDIN-A ( NG ).
“ These are critical networking services that can help the Army National Guard improve mission readiness and delivery .” p
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