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article imageU.S. Navy applying the cloud, seeks expertise from CALNET

By Andrew Moran     Mar 18, 2013 in Business
Reston - Even the United States military is heading into the cloud. The announcement that the U.S. Navy would be seeking commercial cloud ideas was confirmed in 2011 when it made substantial cuts in its business IT spending.
CALNET, a private intelligence, telecommunications and information technology (IT) firm, announced Thursday that it will be awarded a contract to support the SPAWAR Systems Center’s (SSC) Pacific (PAC) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT & E) Data Center as part of SEAPORT.
The contract will consist of CALNET providing management and technical capabilities in order to support the United States Navy’s concentration, mergence and strengthening of its data center environment. The partnership will also include CALNET offering ongoing 24/7 support to the Navy’s transition into a private cloud environment.
At the present time, the SSC’s data center supplies a core network and hosting services to the Navy, both externally and internally, and to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Navy (DoN) customers.
“CALNET is extremely pleased to be provided the opportunity to support this important initiative for the Navy in support of their efforts at data center consolidation,” said Kaleem Shah, founder and president of CALNET, in a news release.
Backgrounder
Founded in 1989 by Kaleem Shah, who has many years of experience working in the technology sector, CALNET has created the slogan “Partnership for Success.” Shah still maintains several imperative roles within the company with such titles as proposal writer, CEO, program titles and among others.
It is headquartered in Reston, Virginia and is comprised of a workforce of roughly 200 employees. CALNET assists federal departments, with a particular focus on antiterrorism agencies, in their technical endeavors. The firm’s IT specialties and Language Services also help private industries, like finance and high-tech, to pursue areas of efficiency.
CALNET has a range of products that are considered to be efficient, quick and, most importantly, cost-effective. Its specific services, for instance, consist of Multi-Discipline Intelligence Analysis, Document & Material Exploitation (DOCEX), Intelligence Synchronization.
Most of these services have showed that they are capable of succeeding on an international level in the Contiguous United States (CONUS) and Outside of Contiguous United States (OCONUS) in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Korea.
One of CALNET’s biggest successes occurred in 2007 when it was given two significant contracts from the U.S. DoD. Its first contract consisted of a $66 million contract with the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to provide linguistic services to GITMO. The other was a $104 million contract with INSCOM to train Defense and military personnel.
Throughout its history, some of its clients have included the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Treasury Department, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and the Joint Improved Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).
Due to the current climate and projections that the national defense industry will reach as high as $820 billion in the year 2020, the company has declined to undergo an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Instead, CALNET has decided to focus on remaining agile.
The move has allowed the firm to remain humble, even with several of its accolades. Inc. magazine, which listed CALNET on its annual 500 list of America’s 500 fastest growing companies in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, reported that it has experienced 705 percent growth since 2009.
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