Written by John Hewitt Jones
The Navy has issued a solicitation for a potential 10-year follow-on contract to purchase afloat network devices, spare parts, lab equipment, software and maintenance services.
According to a notice posted on SAM.gov, the process will result in the award of multiple contracts for indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity supply, known as Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES).
CANES is the French Navy’s key program for consolidating and replacing its existing afloat networks. The procurement vehicle has a maximum award cap of $4.1 billion.
The launch of the RFP comes as the department strives to become faster at adopting new technologies and more effective at combating cyber threats.
Speaking at a symposium last month, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday emphasized the need for the Navy to improve how it meets strategic goals such as improving connectivity and adopting new systems.
“Despite the momentum we’re building, we also have to be honest with ourselves: We’re not living up to our full potential,” the department’s senior admiral said at the Surface Navy Association’s national symposium.