Our year in review
2020 has been quite a year, to say the least. But at Leidos, important work never stops. In the midst of a global pandemic, we’ve invested in mission-critical capabilities, welcoming many new colleagues to the Leidos team, and the community has recognized the talent and drive of our employees.
As the public health emergency has continued to develop throughout the year, our primary focus has remained on the health and safety of our employees, their families and the communities where they work and live. Equally important is our unwavering commitment to our customers’ missions and executing the important work we do to strengthen their mission for the global population. In addition, we reinforced our commitment to inclusion and continued to reject social injustice and discriminatory behavior within our company.
With the completion of the acquisitions of the security detection and automation business of L3Harris and Huntsville, Ala. based aerospace developer, Dynetics, early in the year, our journey didn’t stop there.
Security detection and automation
The expansion of our security detection and automation portfolio has added more airport and critical infrastructure screening products, automated tray return systems, and other industrial automation products. We now have over 24,000 systems across 120 countries working to make travel safer, healthier, and more efficient.
New member of the Leidos team Dynetics is building a space vehicle to bring the first woman and the next man to the moon in 2024. They strive to build a sustainable human presence on the moon and enable the next era of space exploration to Mars and beyond. Dynetics’ Human Landing System (HLS) is one of three landers under consideration by NASA as part of their Artemis program. Additionally, Dynetics is a force providing mission-critical services through powerful high-technology for the US government. They pursue research-based projects and life support systems, like their Laser Air Monitor system and miniature carbon dioxide scrubber. Further, their expertise includes sensors, hypersonics, and autonomy; solutions essiential to national security.
In the last year, we’ve seen a number of major contract wins. These span the range of our capabilities from a $1 billion FAA Flight Services contract to the Energy Department’s $4 billion Hanford site contract and the $6.5 billion contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency. To round out 2020, we secured the $7.7 billion Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network contract, providing trusted and invested expertise for one modernized network construct. The contract will allow Leidos to leverage the shore-based networks and data management for key offices within the Department of the Navy to improve capability and service.
In March 2020, we launched our first podcast, showcasing pioneers in science, engineering, and technology. Our hosts dove into how Leidos is creating solutions for difficult challenges, with guests from Leidos and some of our subsidiaries, Dynetics and QTC. Recorded virtually, the MindSET podcast has featured conversations with guests around the world and showcased our commitment to digital modernization. The first season of MindSET includes a wide span of topics from autonomy to the moon and is now available on multiple streaming platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Amazon music.
The work we accomplish would be impossible without the gifted people making it happen. We’re well aware of it, and so are others. Many of our talented employees were recognized for their hard work this year. 18 of our employees were honored at the Women of Color STEM Conference, 15 employees received recognition at the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) conference, and we’re looking forward to celebrating a record-breaking 37 more employees at the 2021 BEYA conference in February 2021. The awards did not stop there, as recognition rolled in from the 2020 Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers conference and the Great Minds in Stem Hispanics in Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference, as well!
The hard work our team puts in paid off greatly for individual awards, but also for the enterprise as a whole. In 2020, we were recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere and one of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2021 by Newsweek. We also ranked number one on Washington Technology’s 2020 Top 100 list and number two on Bloomberg Government’s Top 10 IT government contractors. Finally, we were honored on MilitaryTimes’ Best Employers for Vets, DefenseNews’ Top 100, and the 2020 Edison Best New Product Awards for Threat Defense and Security.
As we look forward to 2021, we will expand the Leidos family even more to welcome 1901 Group, a Reston, Va. based leader in cloud, cybersecurity, and enterprise-scale digital modernization services and capabilities. This addition will help us build more fixed-priced, utility-based business arrangements, and expand into the growing cloud and IT services markets. The transaction is expected to close in early 2021.
That’s a wrap
In an unprecedented year, we’ve all experienced some unprecedented change—but we hope you’ll agree with us when we say it’s been an eventful year to be proud of—and we hope you’ll follow or consider joining us on our journey into 2021.