The Defense Information Systems Agency issued an $11 billion contract Monday to Leidos to consolidate the networks of non-warfighting defense support agencies.
Under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity Defense Enclave Services contract, Leidos will lead what DISA calls the Fourth Estate Network Optimization (4ENO) initiative — an effort to modernize and move the Department of Defense‘s 22 Fourth Estate agencies and field activities to a single platform.
Called DoDNet, the platform will house common IT elements like personnel, contracting and communications systems.
“We have to evolve the [Fourth Estate Defense Agencies and Field Activities] from unique information environments to a single digital enterprise. This will address the cost, security and integration issues that result from having separate networks, compute, and cybersecurity services and it will allow us to establish the modern infrastructure foundation and unified architecture needed to deliver cohesive combat support capabilities to the warfighter,” said Don Means Jr., director of DISA’s Operations and Infrastructure Center, in a statement.
Leidos will lead the management and operation of the greater network architecture for the 22 agencies and be responsible for helping those agencies in optimizing their IT portfolios in the move over to DoDNet.
Unifying the 22 Fourth Estate agencies on a single, streamlined network will provide cost-efficiency, defendability from cyberattacks and agility for modern IT development by eliminating “unnecessary complexity within the IT space,” DISA said in a release.
The contract has a potential 10-year period of performance, with a base ordering period that runs through February 2026 and three optional two-year periods to extend.