The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded a Network-Centric Solutions II (NETCENTS-2) Application Services (Small Business Companion (SB)) contract to Diligent Consulting to help improve the availability of IT services for military personnel.

The $960m indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a three-year base ordering period and four one-year options, and is expected to be available for ordering in late 2012.

Under the contract, the company will provide a wide range of services, including application development, sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, as well as testing and operational support to the USAF.

Additional services to be delivered include revealing information from authoritative data sources (ADS) to support web-services or service oriented architecture (SOA) constructs in the AF enterprise environments.

Diligent president and CEO, David Cerminaro, said the company has successfully completed full life-cycle development for many USAF systems over the past few years, and is currently working on other programmes.

”We have been able to reduce costs for the Air Force by modernising old legacy code to current web-based technology, enabled by SOA, and fully documented following Department of Defense Architectural Framework (DODAF) 2.0 guidelines,” Cerminaro added.

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Diligent COO, Rick Riney, said the NETCENTS-2 award is a flexible and easy to use, and is capable of lowering the procurement lead time of task orders to a considerable extent.

”It will be a major enabler for applications that need to move to the Cloud," Riney added.

The NETCENTS-2 contracts aims at simplifying acquisition of services and capabilities by soldiers and cover the supply of a range of IT network-centric and telephony products, services and solutions, such as net-centric operations and missions.