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Feds Sued Over $900 Million Nuke Support Contract

Software Engineering Services wants a court to overturn the StratCom award.

A software company has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, seeking to overturn the award of a $900 million defense IT contract to a group of tech and consulting contractors.

In documents filed last week in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Software Engineering Services (SES), of Bellevue, Neb., claims the government's decision to bypass it for the contract was "irrational, prejudicial, and at odds with the law and regulation."

The contract, U.S. Strategic Command Systems and Missions Support II (USAMS II), was awarded in August to Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI International, Client/Server Software Solutions, ITT, MacAulay Brown, and Science Applications International.

Last week, SES asked the court for a temporary restraining order that would prohibit the Department of Defense from "continuing any procurement activities" under the contract. SES said it would suffer "irreparable harm" if the motion is not granted. The court has yet to rule on the request.

A spokesman for SES said Tuesday that he was unable to elaborate on the company's complaint and most of the court documents are under seal.

Under the contract, the vendors will provide a range of technical support and consulting services worth up to $900 million to the U.S. Strategic Command, which controls the nation's nuclear missile arsenal. In addition to nuclear deterrence, StratCom also oversees and coordinates military operations related to space and cyberspace.

The contract runs for a year, with four one-year options, and covers a broad range of services. Contractors will provide IT support services for StratCom's Space Surveillance Network, missile warning systems, and Computer Network Defense, Exploitation, and Attack system, as well as for a number of other systems.

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