RESTON, Va., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman said Monday it has won a $220 million IT contract from the U.S. National Security Agency.
"Northrop Grumman Corporation recently received from the National Security Agency a $220 million contract to develop an advanced information management and data storage system that will support efforts to modernize the nation's electronic intelligence and broader signals intelligence capabilities," the company said in a statement.
"Under the 51-month, cost-plus-award-fee Information Management and Storage -- IM&S -- system development contract, Northrop Grumman will provide architecture design, systems engineering, system development, integration and test and deployment activities," Northrop Grumman said.
"IM&S will provide long-term, uniform access to electronic intelligence data collected across the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community. The system will directly support the information sharing strategy of the Director of National Intelligence and the Defense Department's net-centric vision," the company said.
"The men and women of Northrop Grumman and its subcontractor team are excited to have been selected for this important program," said Robert A. Pattishall, vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman's Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division.
"The entire organization looks forward to a strong partnership with NSA as we work together to revolutionize signals intelligence information management and storage. This team is ideally suited to provide the advances in technical capability and productivity imperative to this vital effort, advances applicable to multiple missions across the defense and intelligence communities," Pattishall said.
Northrop Grumman said it "was one of two companies to lead technology development efforts before being selected for the IM&S contract."
"IM&S is a revolutionary step in information management. This system will radically change the way analysts perform their jobs, resulting in a significant increase in analyst productivity," said Loren Ryder, Northrop Grumman's IM&S program manager. "We are pleased to have been selected for this opportunity based on the merits of our technology and management approaches."
Northrop Grumman said its IM&S team members "include BAE Systems, San Diego; IBM, Bethesda, Md.; Sparta, Inc., Lake Forest, Calif.; and Sierra Nevada Corporation's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division, Sparks, Nev.; as well as several distinguished small and disadvantaged businesses."