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The Department of Defense has announced the details of the $11.7 billion Defense Enclaves Services (DES) IT consolidation contract.

The single-award deal will unify the Fourth Estate’s common use Information Technology (IT) systems, personnel, functions and program elements under the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

DISA said it will leverage the DES contract to manage, operate and support the network architecture. Further, DES will provide integrated, standardized and cost-effective IT services; while improving security, network availability and reliability for 22 DAFAs within the Fourth Estate.

The DES effort is aimed at establishing the modern infrastructure foundation and united frame of thought needed to deliver cohesive combat support capabilities to the warfighter.

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 15 procedures and full and open competition will be utilized.

The anticipated award is expected in the first quarter of FY2022. The resultant Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract is likely to have a multibillion-dollar ceiling, with a 10-year ordering period consisting of a four-year base period and three two-year option periods.

The IDIQ is anticipated to include firm-fixed-price, labor hour and cost reimbursable contract line item numbers.

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