Wang Government Services is now a subcontractor on the huge $3.4 billion Consolidated Space Operations contract NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) recently awarded to Houston, Texas-based Lockheed Martin Space Operations.
The Wang deal marks one of the first times the federal government has outsourced all of its wide area networking (WAN) operations. Yet other government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Services, are increasingly turning to the private sector through outsourcing as a way to cut day-to-day IT costs and free their staff to focus more on strategy.
Under the contract, McLean, Virginia-based Wang Government Services will consolidate WANs that connect four NASA units, including Space Science, Mission to Planet Earth, Human Exploration and Development of Space, and Aeronautics and Space Administration. Creating one network will allow NASA to more efficiently track information collected about satellites, planetary exploration, and human space flight.
Overall, NASA's outsourcing commitment is intended to help lower the cost of space flight missions by shifting technology management of five separate NASA centers over to the Lockheed team.