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Office of Military Commissions on a digital revolutionary path

• OMC pitches bid of $20 million contract for IT support
• OMC to be digitally connected to the Pentagon
• Deadline for proposal submission at 10 a.m. on 4th April 2019
Guantanamo, Cuba:

Guantanamo Bay Naval Station is not a picnic spot but a domain of high-national security, where the Office of Military Commissions “tries accused alien unprivileged enemy belligerents who have engaged in hostilities or have purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States, its coalition partners or was part of al-Qaeda.”

The Joint Task Force Guantanamo currently houses 40 detainees and is committed to the “safe and humane care and custody of detainees in accordance with U.S. law and international obligation.” It complies with U.S. law and international agreements as specified in 42 USC Code Chapter 21D, Detainee Treatment Act, as well as the provisions of Common Article 111 of the Geneva Convention.

According to Next gov, the Government Executive Media Group providing first word on technology and government, stated that the Office of Military Commissions announced its intent to seek about $20 million in IT support services. This shall provide an impetus for “OMC to be pro-digital”.

Hence, the notice issued by Office of Military Commissions seeks feedback on a potential contract for IT support for their offices’ connection to the Pentagon networks, such as NIPRNET, SIPRNET and JWICS. The services intended to provide would include system administration, help desk, cybersecurity support and network engineering, among other tasks – which shall fasten the internal communications of DoD.

Before getting into the real time situation of OMC being digitally connected with the Pentagon, the Office of Military Commissions intends to conduct a market research on the IT support services feasibility.

Therefore, the contracting officers are soliciting businesses to respond with a three to five-page breakdown of past performance in similar areas. The deadline to submit proposal is 10 a.m. on April 4th, 2019. Interested companies must be able to field contractors with top-secret facility and sensitive compartmentalized information security clearances.

The contractors are expected to demonstrate professional caliber and high-standards of IT prowess, with the ability to understand the sensitivity of the information which shall be connected.
The Office of Military Commissions expects to award a contract before the end of the fiscal, with a one-year base period and four one-year options. The primary place of performance would be the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, where the networks would be digitally connected to the Pentagon. So, stay tuned!

Exclusive News Report By:
Kanwal Abidi – White House Correspondent & Bureau Chief, Washington D.C.

Kanwal Abidi
Kanwal Abidi is a staff journalist at The AZB, working as a White House Correspondent and Bureau Chief, Washington D.C. She recently, covered in-person the 9/11 Military Commissions 34th pre-trial hearing held at ELC at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.
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