ARMY

Raytheon to proceed on $575M Army software services order

Raytheon said Monday it will proceed to start work under a three-year, $575 million task order to update software for missile defense and other weapons systems for the Army after the withdrawal of a protest against the award.

Booz Allen Hamilton withdrew its final protest against the “Strategic Systems” award Feb. 8, nearly one month after that protest was filed Jan. 2 to the Government Accountability Office. That was the third time Booz Allen put its concerns about the award on record to GAO.

Strategic Systems is one of three major task orders that have migrated from the Army’s AMCOM Express contract to the government-wide OASIS professional services vehicle run by the General Services Administration.

The battle over Strategic Systems dates back to the original award to Raytheon in June of last year, after which Booz Allen filed its first protest in July. GSA and the Army decided to take a corrective action and GAO quickly dismissed that protest.

Two months later, Booz Allen filed a second protest that GAO also quickly dismissed and ruled as premature. Again, GSA and the Army decided to take a corrective action. GAO ruled Booz Allen should wait until that corrective action was completed and then determine whether or not to protest again.

Strategic Systems covers software sustainment and system engineering services on missile defense and weapons systems such as THAAD, AN/TPY-2 radars, Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System, Sea-Based X-Band Radar and Upgraded Early Warning Radars.

Booz Allen has an outstanding entitlement filing with GAO to be reimbursed for costs, according to the GAO bid protest docket.

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Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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