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Aerospace Giant Could Supply County’s IT Needs

The county could turn to Northrop Grumman Information Technology Inc. to provide the county’s IT services.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to take up the seven-year, $667 million contract when it meets Jan. 24.

The contract would include a range of services, said Mike Moore, the county’s chief information officer. Northrop Grumman would be responsible for development and support of more than 600 applications ranging from library checkouts to the county’s property tax system.

The company would also be responsible for providing help desk support, personal computers, phones and BlackBerries, as well as maintenance and provision of the county’s networks.

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The $667 million contract is one of the state’s largest IT contracts, Moore said, and also includes a five-year option.

Computer Sciences Corp. currently provides the county’s IT services, though its contract is expiring. CSC has subcontracting support from Science Applications International Corp., Avaya Inc. and AT & T; Inc.

Moore said those companies , with the exception of AT & T; , would transition out this year and be replaced next year by Electronic Data Systems Corp. and BearingPoint Inc., all which will provide subcontracting support to Northrop Grumman.

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High-Altitude Mark:

Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk has now flown 5,000 combat flight hours in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

The Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle, has been flying in combat since its post-Sept. 11 deployment. It has flown 233 missions, the company said in a release. The Global Hawk family has flown nearly 8,000 hours, the company said in a release.

The Global Hawk can fly at altitudes above 60,000 feet , far higher than prevailing winds and bad weather , for more than 35 hours at a time. Its sensors and cameras can monitor more than 40,000 square miles during a mission (that’s as large as Illinois.)

The Global Hawk may be unmanned, but it’s not exactly like the Predator UAV , manufactured by San Diego-based General Atomics. The Predator, which has flown more than 150,000 hours, is more widely used for surveillance of smaller areas and providing close-air support with its Hellfire missiles.

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New President:

Dwayne Junker, the chief operating officer of San Diego-based Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc., has been elected president of the San Diego chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. The NDIA is one of the largest groups to provide advocacy for the defense industry.

Junker served more than 30 years in the Navy, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander.

He’s previously been the president of Advance Communications Systems’ technical services division. While there, Junker oversaw the company’s growth to 800 employees and $92 million in annual revenue.

He’s also worked as president of RF Microsystems and president of Antin Engineering.

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Moving Around:

MARVELit, a provider of open source business intelligence software, is moving from Poway to Rancho Bernardo.

The company said the move came after seeing massive growth in its open source project, OpenReports Portal, as well as the addition of manufacturing and distribution of a new business intelligence appliance.

The privately held eight-person company had been based in Poway for five years.

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Software Suit:

Microsoft Corp. has filed suit against two San Diegans, claiming that they pirated the company’s software and then sold it to consumers.

Microsoft alleged that James Baker of San Diego and Jimmy Huh of Encinitas obtained several Microsoft Action Pack subscriptions, which allows eligible people to receive discounted Microsoft software packages for evaluation.

The two local suits were among 10 filed nationwide by the software giant.


Have any technology or defense related news? Send it to Rob Davis at rdavis@sdbj.com or call him at (858) 277-6359.

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