The Army has put out a call to industry seeking additional companies that may be able to assist in the service’s new program to improve data sharing with the joint services and NATO.

A new notice posted Monday looks to find vendors with the necessary network security certifications to participate in the Joint Enterprise Data Interoperability (JEDI) program, which was originally awarded as a sole-source contract to Nexus Life Cycle Management (LCM) in August 2019.

Dragoons from Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment advance in a Stryker during a joint training exercise with Lithuanian soldiers in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Pabrade Training Area, Lithuania, March 2, 2015. Photo: DVIDS

“Since it takes approximately two years to obtain the required certifications, the Army is seeking qualified vendors that may have obtained the requisite certifications since the award of the [JEDI] contract on August 19 2019,” the Army wrote.

The program is not to be confused with the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud computing program, which was awarded to Microsoft [MSFT] and has since been tied up in several legal battles.

Potential partners that will join Nexum LCM for the Army JEDI program must have required certifications for the following DoD networks: Mission Partner Environment; Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router & Secure Internet Protocol Router networks; as well as NATO information networks.

Industry partners are asked to detail their experience supporting interoperability requirements for entities ranging from the Pentagon, the Defense Information Systems Agency, European Command, and the Joint Staff, as well as any prior work supporting NATO through its Communications and Information Agency. 

The new market survey is also intended to determine if Nexus LCM remains the only company with the necessary certifications for the Army JEDI program.