The Defense Intelligence Agency has awarded BAE Systems a prime contractor position on Solutions for Intelligence Analysis 3 (SIA 3), a ten-year multiple award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) with a combined ceiling value of over $17 billion. 

BAE say that through this contract, the company will provide worldwide coverage, support and assistance to DIA, delivering timely, objective and cogent military intelligence to planners and policy makers.

“We are delivering secure, cost-efficient services to maintain and enhance the mission-critical systems DIA relies on every day,” said Peder Jungck, vice president and general manager of the sector’s Intelligence Solutions business.

“We’re excited to continue our longstanding partnership with DIA and bring our next-generation talent to work for their mission.”

BAE Systems say it was the largest provider of analytic services on DIA’s prior IDIQ, SIA 2, and has provided intelligence support and related services to the agency for over three decades.

“The company will continue to bring a workforce of cleared personnel in highly technical fields with an excellent understanding of the customers, their mission, and their environment.”

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Andy P

Does anyone know what this actually means ???? I’m asking for a friend….. honest……

Daniele Mandelli

LOL! I had exactly the same thought then scrolled down and saw your comment.

Nice one.

The recent RN data mining spreadsheet thingymajig article was even more confusing until some kind soul looked into it. Joe I recall.

Mark B

Well I don’t think it would be giving anything away to say that a previous version of this system might have been a bloke looking out the window for the dust storm which shows the Indians are coming. He would then blow his bugle and they would all go out and circle the wagons. I’m not getting too technical for you am I?

Daniele Mandelli

Contractors really expanding into operational intelligence side of things.

Oh well. I guess Edward Snowden was also a contractor.

Mark B

Danielle I suspect if we took the contractors out of any aspect of the defence space we would end up with a gloopy mess. They have their role.

Kim Philby wasn’t a contractor was he?

Daniele Mandelli

SIS I think?

Mark B

Daniele I have noted that in many organisations there is an unhelpful (in my opinion) amount of friction between Permanent people, interims & contractors much as there is friction between RN, RAF and Army. Each has their job to do but everyone needs to cooperate.
I was intrigued by your first comment as I’m guessing you were not totally wild about contractors.
As for Philby technically he was KGB I suppose therefore unlikely to be a contractor but nowadays you don’t know who you are sitting next to.?

Daniele Mandelli

Hi Mark.

Not necessarily. I favour in house where possible rather than privatisation. But its widespread now so no, I’m not really against it.

Look at our own ISS. GOSCC is a mix of contractors, MoD civil service and military.

I think what you picked up on was a bit if surprise that private companies now stretch even into intelligence, like the DIA and our own agencies.

I then reasoned with myself remembering Snowden.

That’s all.

Mark B


Any organisation needs to decide for itself what skills it needs to maintain in-house and what it should borrow from outside. There are pros and cons either way. Getting the balance between competence, cost, control and co-operation is difficult. Periodically the balance shifts and after a while it inevitably shifts in another direction.

Daniele Mandelli

Fair enough Mark.

Thank you.

Mark B

Sorry just my opinion. ? Merry Christmas.

Daniele Mandelli

Ha, don’t apologise. No need mate.