SAIC Awarded Potentially Billion-Dollar NASA IT Contract


New NASA contract could prompt SAIC to add new intelligence jobs

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), which is based in McLean, Virginia, continued its strong run recently when it was awarded an IT contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The Associated Press reports that the contract, which is worth at least $340 million over a minimum three-year span, will involve SAIC managing local area networks at all of NASA's centers. The company will also reportedly work on NASA's national security systems, the news source said.

"SAIC's innovative approach will enable NASA, and the [Office of the Chief Information Officer], to deliver reliable and secure IT services to support NASA's space missions and research for the Nation," said SAIC senior vice president Doug Wagoner.

With the new contract potentially worth up to $1.3 billion over more than 10 years, SAIC could begin searching for candidates for new defense and intelligence jobs who have undergone a lifestyle polygraph test and obtained security clearance. Such clearance is often required for many defense jobs within the U.S. government or with private companies.