2016

  • 2016 in Review



Leidos had an exciting 2016, full of changes and achievements.


Before we sign off on the year, let's take a look back at some of our accomplishments.


An Expanded Workforce and Capabilities

We started 2016 by announcing our intent to merge with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) Business. We completed the merger in August and added three new members to our 12-person Board of Directors.

The new Leidos is "better able to offer cost-effective solutions to our customers," Chairman and CEO Roger Krone said, following the merger's close. "The combined company will be a more diversified leader in the markets we serve, giving us the scale and access to markets that enable further growth."

The deal turned us into a $10 billion company and the largest provider of government services in the contracting industry. We’ve doubled in size, diversified our revenues, balanced our customer mix, and strengthened our international profile. Our workforce of 33,000 spans 30 countries and serves government and commercial customers in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, health, and civil markets.

Leidos employees worked hard and maintained their commitment to excellence leading up to and during the merger, making them instrumental to its success. “It would not have been possible without their efforts," said Krone.

The Christening of Sea Hunter

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We collaborate on many innovative projects and with many esteemed partners. One great example is our work on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program, which aims to fight the threat of nearly undetectable submarines on U.S. ships and commerce.

In 2014, a Leidos-led team began designing a vessel that could operate autonomously, completely unmanned, over thousands of kilometers on the open seas for months at a time and with very little remote supervisory control.

This vessel became a reality in 2016 when, together with DARPA and the Department of Defense, we christened Sea Hunter.

Sea Hunter's next step is a two-year test program run by DARPA and the Office of Naval Research. If successful, this prototype will provide a cost-effective way to monitor the seas without risking servicemen and women, and could become an important part of a solution to the current risks faced by the $1.8 trillion maritime commerce industry.

Post-merger, Sea Hunter is under the guidance of our new Advanced Solutions Group, which acts as a technology engine for Leidos. ASG has the backing and budget to conduct research and development and identify technologies that will help customers complete their missions.

Modernizing JFK's Terminal 4

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In 2016, we started helping travelers pass through John F. Kennedy International Airport and on to their destinations a little faster using our predictive analytics tool. Following a successful pilot program, BEONTRA Operational Terminal Prediction (OTP) went live for the first time in North America at JFK’s Terminal 4, maximizing the efficiency of terminal operations.

The tool helps airport employees predict passenger flow, giving them the ability to adapt by making changes, such as increasing staff prior to an influx of travelers. The ability to make data-driven adjustments to terminal operations improves passenger journeys and increases both the processing speed and safety of Terminal 4's travelers.

OTP, however, is just one component of our world class aviation offerings. We also provide services such as air traffic automation, baggage and cargo scanning, flight planning, fuels management, and airport infrastructure, operations and systems integration.

With the number of people using the civil aviation system projected to double in 10 years, Leidos can lead the way for airports. To learn about our full suite of aviation solutions, see our interactive infographic Sidewalk to Sky.

Supporting Science and Advancing Medicine

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In 2016, we took steps forward in developing new vaccines and giving promising research projects new funding streams. First, we launched OnPAR (Online Partnership to Accelerate Research), the result of a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to foster scientific advancements.

OnPAR is a new funding paradigm that provides a second chance at funding for promising research proposals that did not receive monetary support the first time. Why is this needed? A surplus of high-quality biomedical proposals means that not all are able to obtain the funding they deserve.

With OnPAR's public-private partnership, these proposals can be matched with participating private organizations that are interested in funding research in the grant-seeker's specialized area of interest.

In addition to helping fund more research projects, we also work to develop new vaccine candidates for malaria, Zika, HIV, and other diseases. Using our virtual pharmaceutical development model, we draft a vaccine project and collaborate with commercial biotech and university labs to create new vaccines for clinical trials.

In 2016, our virtual pharma model earned us the title of Tech Innovator of the Year as part of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Greater Washington Innovation Awards. Shortly after the honor, Leidos Biomedical helped develop the first Zika virus vaccine candidate to be approved for NIH clinical trials in humans.

Looking Ahead to 2017

So, what’s next? After doubling in size, expanding our capabilities, launching a revolutionary autonomous ship, and further advancing global air travel and healthcare, we have a lot to live up to in 2017. Here are some areas to watch:

Autonomy. On the heels of Sea Hunter and driven by our Advanced Solutions Group, we're actively experimenting with the expansion of autonomous technology into all of our key markets.

Cybersecurity. Along with strong national security credentials, we possess a full range of tools for addressing high-end cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity for critical infrastructure is a growing challenge for governments and businesses around the world, but one that Leidos can help them meet.

Data analytics. Some of our proven capabilities for handling the proliferation of data include: leveraging Big Data; optimizing data processing; data exploitation; and dissemination. Long-deployed for our defense and national security customers, we're increasingly providing these solutions in the healthcare market.

IT modernization. We solve some of the most complex infrastructure challenges faced by IT modernization. Federal customers who hire us will have the leading government IT player on their side, converting legacy IT systems into next generation enterprise IT solutions.

Right Time, Right Place, Right People

At the core of any progress we make in 2017 will be our people, a passionate and diverse group committed to creating lasting solutions that change our world.

“We are in the people business, not the products business,” said Krone, after the merger. “We don’t need factories to compete; we need tens of thousands of highly skilled people.”

With roughly 1,100 Ph.Ds on staff and 50% of employees possessing STEM degrees, we practice what we preach. As a result, LinkedIn recognized us as one of the 40 best U.S. companies at attracting and retaining top talent in 2016.

We’re also a recognized leader in hiring military veterans. Roughly 20% of our employees are veterans and many of them join through Operation MVP, our company-wide initiative to hire, train and support transitioning veterans.

To build on our 2016 accomplishments and continue our storied history of performance, we’re actively hiring across all of our key markets. Please browse our current opportunities and join us in supporting and meeting vital missions for government and commercial customers.

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