Navy's $3.5B NGEN recompete heats up

The primes are stepping up with their teams as the competition gets hotter for the Navy's $3.5 billion NGEN services contract.

Things are heating up around the Navy’s $3.5 billion Next Generation Enterprise Network services follow-on contract with the solicitation expected to drop in the coming weeks and possible award by the end of the year.

Within a week of each other, two leading contenders have made news with announcement of major teammates.

Late last week, DXC Technology named AT&T as a key member of its NGEN recompete team. Perhaps a little of AT&T’s recent win streak will rub off on DXC.

Within the past year, AT&T has won the potential $100 billion FirstNet contract to build a nationwide wireless network for first responders. It also won a spot on the General Services Administration's $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract.

And most recently, it won a $2.5 billion National Security Agency contract for IT infrastructure support.

Of course, DXC has been the prime on NGEN and before that the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet for 17 years through predecessor companies EDS, HP Enterprise Services and then Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

What was then HP Enterprise won the NGEN work in 2013.

Challenging DXC time around is Leidos, who on Monday named its key teammates: IBM, Unisys, and Verizon.

CSRA also is in the mix and they competed (as Computer Sciences Corp.) against what was then HP Enterprise Services (now part of DXC). CSRA told me they will announce their team as the "acquisition matures." They are also coming off a big win via the $2.4 billion NSA Greenway IT services contract.

Deltek expects a solicitation for the NGEN services recompete to come out later this month with an award in December.

The release of the RFP will go finalize the Navy’s approach to the recompete. The expectation is that NGEN will be broken up into at least two contracts: the services contract and a hardware-related contract.

Stay tuned.