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Lockheed Martin Kicks Off $4.6 Billion DoD Global Information Grid Contract

Lockheed Martin to Manage Defense Information Systems Agency Network Transformation Under $4.6 Billion Contract

Lockheed Martin, the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government, has been cleared to begin managing the transformation of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Global Information Grid, after the GAO denied the previous management firm’s protest.

The contract could be worth upwards of $4.6 billion over the next seven years.

Lockheed MartinSAIC was the previous manager on the Global Information Grid, and was replaced by Lockheed in June, but protested the change. On Tuesday, Lockheed said that the GAO had denied their protest, and that work would begin on the Global Systems Management Operations (GSM-O) contract.

GSM-O is the largest of three Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Global Systems Management contracts. It provides programmatic, operations, and engineering services; material; equipment; and facilities to support the lifecycle management of the network.

Lockheed will start with a base of three years. The DISA will have two 2-year options to continue the contract with Lockheed, for a total of seven years.

"We are gratified that the U.S. Government has made its determination, and we are ready to begin work with DISA to improve the speed and efficiency of information exchange between our joint warfighters around the world as well as their commanders and allies," said Gerry Fasano, president of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions-Defense.

"Our team has maintained a high state of readiness to effect a smooth transition and an efficient, progressive path forward for the DISA," Fasano added.

Lockheed won’t be alone, as they will enlist AT&T, ACS, Serco, BAE Systems, ManTech, and other specialized and small businesses during the life of the contract.

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.