With only a few days left in the fiscal year to award a contract, the Navy has finally announced the winner of the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) on 27 June. Congratulations to Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (HPES), the incumbent, for landing the contract! If fully executed, HPES would get almost $3.5 Billion dollars from the award.
It’s been such a long, tough road to get here. I am certain that the Navy would have preferred more competition. Only two teams submitted proposals. HP’s team includes AT&T, IBM, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. The competitions team was lead by Harris Corporation and CSC, and included General Dynamics, CISCO and Verizon.
Because of the complexity of the contract and the amount of the award, it has taken years of effort to get here. I shudder to think what each team has invested in this. I assume that after the Government debrief, there will be a protest from the losing team. With so much at stake, it’s inevitable. But meanwhile, we have gotten one step closer to actually making some much-needed improvements in this mammoth network, and that’s a good thing.