Air Force Deploys Commercial IT Support to Eight Initial Bases

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The U.S. Air Force launched a risk-reduction experiment to provide commercial information technology services to the branch’s installations, officials said Thursday.

Unisys was awarded a three-year, $76.3M contract in February to provide IT support to eight initial Air Force bases which may increase to 20 over time. The other agreement covers a wide range of as-a-service support such as end-user device management, enterprise service desk and IT service management.

The Hanscom Air Force Base integrated program office coordinated with other Air Force commands to select the participating installations that represent “a diverse range of mission capabilities and geographic locations.”

Maj. Jonathan Demers, a program manager at Hanscom, said the contract with Unisys will support the Air Force’s efforts to deliver standardized, innovative and agile IT support to airmen as the service modernizes its infrastructure to incorporate resilient IT capabilities and cloud technology.

The contract serves as the Air Force’s second enterprise IT-as-a-service award, with the first network-as-a-service agreement issued in 2018. Unisys will perform work through February 2022.

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