US Army Chooses Competitors to Design Next Generation Load Device-Medium (NGLD-M)
US Army Chooses Competitors to Design Next Generation Load Device-Medium (NGLD-M)

US Army Chooses Competitors to Design Next Generation Load Device-Medium (NGLD-M)

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada; and General Dynamics Mission Systems, Dedham, Massachusetts, will compete for each order of the $744,220,874 contract for the Next Generation Load Device-Medium (NGLD-M). The NGLD-M will enable delivery of the strongest NSA-generated cryptographic keys to tactical, strategic, and enterprise network systems operating from SECRET to the highest levels of security classification. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 8, 2031. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communication-Tactical released a Request for Proposal for the Next Generation Load Device-Medium (NGLD-M), the Army’s effort to modernize cryptographic key load devices that are essential for Joint Service network security. Modern cryptographic algorithms will be transferred by NGLD-M to counter the threat posed by increased proliferation of cyber and electronic warfare threats. This RFP is for a ten year firm-fixed price, cost-plus-fixed fee, cost reimbursable, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contract.

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The NGLD-M is a network-enabled device allowing the network manager to reconfigure cryptographic products, perform Over-The-Network-Keying, conduct remote software downloads, and improve operational environment awareness. It will support all command echelons across the services, other government agencies and foreign military partner organizations. The maximum requirement under the resultant contract shall not exceed be 265,000 units. The NGLD-M replaces the fleet of legacy fill devices including the aging Simple Key Loader, which the Army began procuring fifteen years ago.

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