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NSA picks four firms for IT BPA

The National Security Agency recently selected four companies to provide information technology services under a five-year blanket purchase agreement potentially worth $450 million.

Computer Sciences Corp., CACI International Inc., EER Systems Inc. and QSS Group Inc. were each awarded contracts under the BPA Oct. 28, 2002.

The BPA covers a range of IT services, including technical analysis, systems and security engineering, hardware and software installation, maintenance and training, help-desk support and systems administration. The companies will provide IT engineering, technical and management services for the IT Infrastructure Services program at NSA's Washington, D.C., campus and NSA sites worldwide.

CSC is an incumbent in some areas of the BPA and is dedicating about 250 employees from its Maryland Intelligence Center to contract work. The company estimates its share of the award to be about $300 million if all options are exercised.

Army taps Ciber for IT services

The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command has awarded systems integrator Ciber Inc. a multimillion-dollar contract to provide information technology services.

Ciber will provide wide-area and local-area network support, network security, help-desk operations and server administration at the command's facilities nationwide.

By having Ciber assume responsibility for maintaining its network, the command can focus on fulfilling its mission, according to Ciber officials.

SRA buys ASI

SRA International Inc. will acquire Adroit Systems Inc. for $40 million in cash, company officials announced Jan. 3.

Alexandria, Va.-based ASI specializes in defense and intelligence business, including command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, logistics, knowledge management and intelligence analysis. ASI, with about 330 employees, had a net income of $2.2 million on revenue of $42.8 million for fiscal 2002, according to SRA.

SRA plans to absorb all of ASI's current management team and operating divisions into its command, control, communications and intelligence business unit.

As part of the transaction, ASI executives will buy about 170,000 shares of SRA stock. The transaction is expected to close by early February. n

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