Three firms split a $45 million U.S. Department of Defense contract to supply the Defense Media Activity department at Fort Meade, Md., with Cisco satellite decoders and HD encryption systems. Curiously, however, none of these companies was actually named Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) itself.

Instead, the winners who will compete among themselves to fulfill the $45 million firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract include privately held Bluewater Communications Group LLC, small-cap Globecomm Systems (UNKNOWN:GCOM.DL), and TVC Communications LLC, of Annville, Penn., a small subsidiary of larger electronics distributor WESCO International (NYSE:WCC). All three will now be competing against each other to win the Pentagon's business on individual task orders for the Cisco and other HD equipment on order.

This contract exercises the "option" year on a pre-existing contract, and is expected to run through Aug. 31, 2014.