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Defence awards cyber contracts to Leidos, KBR, Fujitsu

The firms have been awarded contracts to provide end-user computing and support for Defence’s ICT infrastructure.

user icon Charbel Kadib
Wed, 10 Mar 2021
Defence awards cyber contracts to Leidos, KBR, Fujitsu
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The Department of Defence has awarded contracts to Leidos, KBR, and Fujitsu, as part of a $175 million program to upgrade Defence’s ICT infrastructure, which provides key command, control, situational awareness, and allied/partner interoperability services for ADF personnel across all battlespace domains.

Specifically, the firms have been tasked with working collaboratively to provide:

  • service desk functions;
  • end-user and workstation support;
  • voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and email communications;
  • collaboration tools; and
  • network infrastructure and network services management.

The contracts also involves the continued sustainment of in-service deployed ICT environments, which involve:

  • centrally-governed security and accreditation and enterprise governance;
  • enhancing the capacity and skillsets of Defence’s ICT workforce; and
  • building strategic partnerships.

Leidos, KBR and Fujitsu are expected to work alongside the Information Officer Group, the three services (Army, Navy, and Air Force), the Joint Capabilities Group, and the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

“This win bolsters the sovereign industry capabilities of our Mission IT and Security Solutions business and fosters growth in Australian industry through our partnering with oobe, an innovative local company that leads transformation of legacy systems to secure cloud platforms,” Rob Hawketts, KBR's vice president, government solutions, Asia Pacific, said.

Paul Chase, Leidos Australia CEO, added:. “We have a longstanding relationship with Defence CIOG, providing innovative, secure and sustainable industry-leading solutions and services.

“Defence is highly reliant on information and digital communication wherever they operate. Through this contract we will provide security services within the deployed ecosystem.

"We look forward to collaborating with CIOG, the Service Delivery and Capability Managers for the deployed environments and other partners to provide a reliable secure warfighting and business network in the rapidly evolving deployed environment.”

Graeme Beardsell, CEO of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, also welcomed the opportunity to support Defence's ICT infrastructure.

“Fujitsu is pleased to continue its longstanding relationship with the Department of Defence and to be working collaboratively with Defence’s industry partners KBR and Leidos.

“Where together we will deliver a comprehensive solution that will provide exceptional support to critical Defence operations. Through our strategic partnership with Defence, we look forward to provisioning surge capacity and enhancing skills with our ADF colleagues.

“Fujitsu’s approach is focused on supporting Defence in its mission to defend Australia and its national interests through the delivery of technology solutions and increased ICT capability.”

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres

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