Computer Science Corp. of Arlington, VA received an estimated $151.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort contract for scientific, engineering, and technical assistance support. These efforts will be part of the USA’s National Team for defense against ballistic missiles. Work will be performed in Arlington, VA and at US Missile Defense facilities, and is expected to be complete by January 2012. The Missile Defense Agency in Washington, DC issued the contract (HQ0006-07-C-0002).
Despite earlier protests from SAP, the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) continues to move ahead. The US Electronic Systems Center’s 554th Electronic Systems Group recently awarded a $627.8 million task order to Computer Sciences Corporation for systems integration support. CSC will be providing business process improvement consulting as well as software installation and testing, a common feature of corporate ERP(Enterprise Resource Planning) software implementations.
A team led by Lockheed Martin was awarded a $150 million US Navy Seaport-e task order to provide training support to Sailors across the full spectrum of surface ship combat systems. Training will encompass the AEGIS Combat System, Ship Self Defense System, Littoral Combat Ship, and DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class destroyer aka DD (X). Currently, program support is provided at the U.S. Navy’s Center for Surface Combat Systems/Aegis Training and Readiness Center headquarters in Dahlgren and 14 detachments located in the United States and Japan.
The Lockheed Martin team includes 12 companies, comprised of international and small business partners:
CSC Applied Technologies LLC in Fort Worth, TX received a $9.5 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to support SureTrak, the US Navy’s vessel tracking system. This contract covers services and hardware for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Atlantic Ranges and Facilities Department, and will include maintenance and operation of the existing SureTrak system; development and testing of modifications to the SureTrak system; development, production, and installation of customized SureTrak systems for NAVAIR and other federal agencies; and maintenance and operation of federal agency installations.
Work will be performed in Lexington Park, MD (60%) and Patuxent River, MD (40%), and is expected to be complete in May 2011. This contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, MD (N00421-06-D-0014).
In 2005 Australia and the US agreed to develop the CEAFAR (3D) active phased array radar as part of Australia’s bid to make its new Anzac-Class frigates survivable against supersonic cruise missiles, give them a potential role in long range air warfare, and even play a potential role in ballistic missile defence. As the (ex-) Minister of Defence Senator Hill noted at the time, these radars were small enough to have other applications, including airborne platforms and even the USA’s new Littoral Combat Ships.
In a previous article, DID noted that Computer Sciences Corp., America’s third-largest IT outsourcing company with billions in defense-related contracts, was on the block as a potential takeover target.
Now, a Nov 15, 2005 Network World article passes along rumours that a $12 billion sale to Lockheed Martin and/or a group of private equity investors may be imminent. Meanwhile, CSC won a $51 million contract for IT management services at the Department of Defense’s Transportation Command, and extended its long-running contract with Ford. Network World article has additional figures, and also offers a list of companies and military organizations signed to contracts by CSC during the first six months of FY 2006.
Computer Sciences Corp. Federal Sector in Falls Church, VA received a cost-plus-award-fee contract modification: a non-competitive $243.1 million extension to the existing contract for scientific, engineering and technical assistance support to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Program. Work will be performed in the following areas: system engineering, integration, test and evaluation, operations, security, and business management. The main effort will take place at Computer Sciences Corp. in Arlington, VA, but work will also be performed in Fairfax, VA and Huntsville, AL. This work involves a 15-month base period and two six-month options, and is expected to be complete by January 2008, inclusive of options. The Missile Defense Agency issued the contract (HQ0006-03-C-0003). See also:
Northrop Grumman IT has been awarded a indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract with a potential value of approximately $375 million over four years, in order to provide a range of scientific and technical advisory and assistance services to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA, also known by some as Nunn-Lugar) that will support DTRA’s mission to reduce the threat from weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Computer Sciences Corp. is America’s third-largest IT outsourcing company, with billions of dollars in defense-related contracts. InformationWeek reports that sources close to New York City-based Blackstone Group list the firm among possible buyers, while the Wall Street Journal has reported that Warburg Pincus, Texas Pacific Group and Lockheed Martin also are looking at CSC.
Still, any buyer is likely to face heavy scrutiny from both the Pentagon and private industry, from security checks on key investors to contract cancellation threats and close attention to debt rating changes. InformationWeek has more.
The US Missile Defense Agency has issued a pair of cost-plus-award-fee sole source contract modifications to provide scientific, engineering, and technical assistance support for the Executive Management Council. The contracts will end by Nov. 30, 2006.
The total value of these modifications is $48.6 million. The companies in question included: