NASA has awarded Leidos Inc. a new $2.5 billion contract for information technology and communications services.
Leidos will provide telecommunications, cloud, and data centre services across all NASA centres and facilities under the ten-year Advanced Enterprise Global Information Technology Solutions (AEGIS) contract.
The contract, which will be managed by NASA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, is intended to provide a “seamless communications infrastructure that supports cybersecurity, collaboration tools, emergency and early warning systems, telephony, cabling, and radio systems.”
The agreement covers a variety of areas, including wide area network (WAN), centre local area network (LAN), telecommunications, cybersecurity support, on-premises and managed cloud data centre resources, online collaboration tools, cable plant, emergency and early warning and notification systems, telephony, and radio systems.
NASA stated that the contract will provide assets and services critical to the agency’s continued success as a global leader in aeronautics, human and robotic space exploration, scientific research, and space technology development.
AEGIS is a follow-on contract to NASA’s Integrated Communications Services (NICS) contract and is scheduled to begin in September 2021 and end in August 2031.
In 2011, NASA awarded SAIC the $1.1 billion NICS contract. In 2013, the ‘old’ SAIC company was split into two entities: Leidos and Science Applications International Corp. According to a NASA procurement document, the ‘new’ SAIC was also a bidder for the contract.