General Dynamics’ [GD] Information Technology subsidiary filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on March 4 over Leidos’ [LDOS] February win of the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network Re-compete (NGEN-R) contract.

GAO set a decision due date for June 12.

The NGEN-R replaces the legacy NGEN contract vehicle, which provides information technology capability and support services to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) users and stakeholders. NGEN-R will add IT coverage outside the continental United States (OCONUS) via the OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-Net) and split the NGEN work into end-user hardware (EUHW) contract and Service Management, Integration and Transport (SMIT) sections.

In a competition featuring three entries, the Navy awarded Leidos the $7.7 billion NGEN-R SMIT contract in February (Defense Daily, Feb. 6)

The SMIT award covers base network services covered by the current NGEN vehicle including electronic software delivery, end user core build, endpoint detection, logistics management, network operations, security operations, service desk, transport and virtualization services.

The initial contract runs five years through February 2025 but includes three one-year option periods that would have it run through August 2028 and then reach the full $7.7 billion value.

The Navy awarded the potential $1.4 billion EUHW portion of NGEN-R to Hewlett Packard, Inc. subsidiary HPI Federal LLC [HPQ] last October (Defense Daily, Oct. 9, 2019).