We last looked at Peraton in early 2021 and Peraton has gone through many changes such as organizational restructuring, commitments to building out a cybersecurity workforce, and big wins taking place within the past few years. There are many developments, but FedSavvy Strategies illustrates a few highlights of Peraton’s journey since 2021.
Since the first “new Peraton” organization was announced, it has gone through a few changes. This is not at all unusual considering the amount of M&A they have done and inherent challenges in solidifying a business that has evolved so much over such a short period of time. Post-acquisition of Northrop Grumman’s Federal IT and Mission Support business in February 2021, Peraton aligned its business units in the following four sectors:
- Space and Intelligence
- Cyber Mission
- Global Defense and Security
- Civil and Health
In May 2021, after the incorporation of newly acquired Perspecta, Peraton added and re-aligned a few business units:
- Defense Solutions
- Citizen Security and Public Services
- Global Health and Financial Solutions
- Peraton Labs – Previously Perspecta Labs focused on engineering and R&D in communications, analytics, and cybersecurity.
- Navy and Marine Corps Business Group – Supported NGEN which Peraton (Perspecta) lost.
- Systems Engineering
Shortly after the above re-organization, Peraton spun off the systems engineering business which later became Arcfield. This was largely done to mitigate significant OCI concerns over the legacy Vencore systems engineering and advisory business. This move was consistent with Peraton’s focus to build more technology.
The Space and Intelligence and Cyber Mission sectors remained unchanged.
In July 2022, Peraton announced that it had appointed John Coleman, former President of the Global Defense and Security business unit, as President of Peraton’s Citizen Security and Public Services Sector. Coleman had been the acting President of this sector since the beginning of 2022 following Rocky Thurston’s exit.
Within the last year, Peraton went through yet another reorganization. In February 2023, Jeff Bohling, formerly the President of Peraton’s Defense Solutions Sector, left Peraton and was appointed CEO of Empower AI. This led to the merging of sectors to create the new Defense Mission and Health Solutions business unit led by Tarik Reyes. The unit delivers advanced, mission-specific, multi-domain solutions to the Department of Defense (DoD) and its allies in addition to advancing public health solutions for citizen and human services agencies, as well as military, public, and global health customers to include public health, Medicare, and citizen-centric services.
The current organization of Peraton is as follows:
- Peraton Labs – Led by Chris Valentino.
- Defense Mission and Health Solutions – Led by Tarik Reyes.
- Cyber Mission – Led by Tom Afferton.
- Space and Intelligence – Led by Roger Mason.
- Citizen Security – Led by John Coleman.
The Wins Keep Coming
Peraton has won many contracts since its inception and especially through its M&A activity. Let’s examine some of the recent and noteworthy wins.
U.S. Department of the Army, Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), Cyberspace Operations Support– In January 2024, Peraton was awarded an $889 million recompete with ARCYBER to provide global cyberspace operations support for ARCYBER headquarters, ARCYBER subordinate components, components of U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), and other mission partners. The scope of work includes program management, operations and planning, intelligence and cyber operations support, policy support, information advantage operations, media relations, security operations, and training exercises. This is a recompete of a contract Peraton has held since December 2018.
U.S. Department of Defense, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Special Operations Forces Information Technology Enterprise III (SITEC III) – In November 2023, the U.S. Department of the Air Force awarded Peraton an eight year, nearly $3 billion ceiling-value task order to provide enterprise operations and maintenance (EOM) services for USSOCOM. The SITEC III EOM task order covers IT services including network operations and maintenance, user and common device support, systems and network infrastructure, configuration, license, change and asset management, training support, and IMAC services. This is a takeaway from Jacobs, who held the previous iteration (SITEC II) awarded in 2017.
Jacobs has subsequently filed multiple protests against Peraton, three of which are currently open and set to be decided late-February and mid-March of this year.
U.S National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Deep Space Network (DSN) Support Contract– In August 2023, Peraton was awarded a subcontract to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with a $513 million ceiling value to provide support to the Deep Space Network – the DSN is a NASA program that allows communications with spacecraft that explore our solar system – and manage the maintenance and operation of the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex. The scope of this work includes the sustainment of four antenna stations, each equipped with large parabolic dish antennas and ultra-sensitive receiving systems. The scope also includes base support functions, including operator-to-depot level maintenance of the antennas and infrastructure along with providing armed security for the complex. This is also a successful defense of recompete work, which Peraton has supported since 2013 through legacy ITT Exelis.
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Sounding Rocket Operations IV (NSROC IV) – In July 2023, Peraton was awarded a five year, $330 million ceiling value follow-on to support NASA’s suborbital flight operations managed by the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Peraton is responsible for design, fabrication, integration, and performing flight qualification testing of suborbital payloads. In addition, the contractor provides launch vehicles and associated hardware along with other activities associated with launch operations and related services for the NASA Sounding Rockets Program Office.
Observational Trends and Strategic Initiatives
Remember that ARCBYER re-compete win we just mentioned? This re-compete win fuels an initiative announced mid-2023 to enhance and diversify the cybersecurity workforce. The company is working with Dakota State University (DSU) to support the overall U.S. cybersecurity strategy by diversifying the cybersecurity workforce. This partnership has been going on for a few years. Via this partnership, Peraton is helping facilitate the introduction of female students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and applying these interests to cybersecurity. Peraton and DSU support the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCYBERCOM, and ARCYBER.
Additionally, Peraton has made significant investments in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation capabilities, announcing partnerships with companies like Appvance, FiscalNote, SoftIron, and UiPath. These partnerships engage in various current and future technology development trends as they relate to cloud computing, software development, analytics, and testing, fusing AI and automation to expedite development processes. This has also given Peraton access to additional software platforms and talent that can be leveraged across its customer base.
The FedSavvy Takeaways
- Peraton’s recompete win with ARCYBER proves its investments in cybersecurity are paying off and this win continues to demonstrate Peraton’s dominance in this area, especially with defense and national security customers.
- Peraton is deeply embedded across NASA, shown through its successful defense of both its DSN and NSROC IV contracts.
- Peraton remains a competitive force when it comes to large-scale enterprise IT services. USSOCOM SITEC III’s $2.8 billion takeaway from Jacobs shows Peraton’s technical expertise and scalability to provide network operations and maintenance, IT services, and device support for combatant commands on a global scale.
- Peraton’s continued investments in strategic partnerships bolsters its ability to offer customers advanced software solutions and platforms for cloud, AI, testing, and automation related opportunities.
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