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ISS, Lockheed share $249 million Air Force contract with five other firms

WAYNE HEILMAN Updated: February 19, 2013 at 12:00 am

Teams headed by Intelligent Software Solutions and Lockheed Martin's Colorado Springs operation are among seven contractors selected by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to compete for command, control and information services tasks under a $249 million, five-year contract awarded recently.

The ISS team also includes Accenture Federal Services, The Boeing Co., ThalesRaytheonSystems LLC, Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems, Data Tactics Corp., Tactical Communications Group LLC and Triquetra Technologies. The team will compete for work against other teams headed by Charles River Analytics Inc. of Cambridge, Mass.; Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. of Herndon, Va.; Solers Inc. of Arlington, Va.; and BAE Systems and Science Applications International Corp., both of McLean, Va.

Under the Air Force Command and Control Applications and Information Services Development contract, the seven teams will support the replacement of Theater Battle Management Core Systems and development of command and control software and information services for use in aviation, space and cyberspace, according to an ISS press release issued Tuesday. The center at Hanscom Air Force Base near Boston awarded the contract Dec. 20.

Jim Quinn, a Lockheed Martin vice president, said Tuesday in an e-mail statement that the defense giant anticipates the new contract could create up to 50 jobs as the company bids on and wins task orders.

Marcus Featherston, ISS vice president for command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, said the company doesn't plan immediate hiring as a result of the award, but would add staff if it is awarded tasks under the contract. The first two task orders are expected to be awarded soon.

Work under the contract will provide "architecture and functionality improvements, vastly improving warfighter productivity compared to existing systems" that in some cases are using technology put into use more than a decade ago, according to the ISS press release.

The latest contract was awarded just days after Colorado Springs-based ISS received a five-year, $593 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y., to add new capabilities to its flagship data integration, analysis and reporting software.

ISS employs about 800 worldwide, including 500 in the Springs. The rest are scattered among office in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Afghanistan and various military bases. ISS generated about $200 million in revenue last year.

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