U.S. is giving billions to the ITs for military intelligence
WASHINGTON, (BM) – 144 US private IT companies will compete in U.S. military intelligence tasks. One hundred seven of them are small businesses, and the deal’s value is 12.6 billion dollars. Winners are listed here.
BulgarianMilitary.com learned the news from a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Defense. Solutions for Information Technology Enterprise III contract is the program’s name, which replaces the agency’s previous version. SITE III will aim to provide U.S. cybersecurity as well as control and maintenance tools.
“This SITE III contract will address the evolving needs vital to the security of the U.S. and facilitates worldwide coverage for integrated information technology intelligence requirements and technical support services to the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency,” the press release said.
According to preliminary information, the contract and the project are for the next ten years. Two types of information are of interest to the military project – classified and unclassified I.T. services. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, this project and its collective agreement will increase U.S. cybersecurity and cyber intelligence effectiveness.
US military intelligence stopped working with Turkish counterparts last year
The United States has halted a secretive military intelligence cooperation program with Turkey that for years helped Ankara target Kurdish PKK militants.
The U.S. decision to indefinitely suspend the program, which has not been previously reported, was made in response to Turkey’s cross-border military incursion into Syria in October, the U.S. officials said, revealing the extent of the damage to ties between the NATO allies from the incident.
The U.S. officials, who requested anonymity due to the matter’s sensitivity, said the United States late last year stopped flying the intelligence collection missions that targeted the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which both the United States and Turkey classify as terrorists.
The U.S. military had carried out the missions using unarmed drone aircraft, which one official said were flown out of Turkey’s Incirlik airbase. The U.S. military has a significant presence. The base is also a key hub for U.S. spy agencies operating in the region.
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