Several large GEOINT contracts are set to be awarded or reach other key milestones in the coming months, and this activity is helping shape the landscape against the backdrop of the upcoming GEOINT 2012 Symposium in Orlando, FL. GEOINT Data Services (“GDS”) is expected to be an imminent multi-billion dollar award to replace NGA’s successful 10-year Global Geospatial Intelligence (“GGI”) contract, which is due to expire in January 2013. Also, details of proposal requirements are expected on Systems Engineering and Integration for the National System for GEOINT (“SEIN”), a combination of the Enterprise Engineering (“EE”) contract and certain pieces of the ~$2.5 billion GeoScout program.
As winners and losers are determined on these and other large procurements, the hierarchy of contractors and subcontractors will be reshuffled, demonstrated by the merger of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye following the announcement that NGA would exercise the full third option year for only DigitalGlobe’s EnhancedView contract. Certain players have already pursued strategic alternatives to position themselves for contract awards, including key NGA contractor SAIC, which recently announced plans to separate into two independent companies, in part to help alleviate concerns over organizational conflicts of interest.
With continued heated competition for funding and awards, we fully expect industry participants to handle considerable uncertainty with strategic moves in positioning for, and adjusting to, contract award decisions.