Military Embedded Systems

Cyber contract for U.S. DoD worth $495 million signed by Verizon


June 21, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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NEW YORK. Verizon's Public Sector unit won a $495 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to set up and deliver the network for the agency that connects 200 research labs and supercomputer locations.

According to the announcement from Verizon, the company is tasked with creating a high-bandwidth, low-latency, Layer 2 wide area network that will include switch, router, firewall and edge-computing capabilities for the DoD's Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) and its High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP).

The Verizon statement describes the DREN as a high-speed fiber-optic network that enables military researchers to use supercomputers to collaborate on research, development, test, and evaluation efforts; for its part, the HPCMP is aimed at bringing advanced computing capabilities to the DoD’s research, development, test, and evaluation community. 

Work under the contract will begin with a four-year base with three two-year options.

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