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Frequently Asked Questions

The below FAQs include general questions and answers about Leidos/Leidos Europe, Ltd., Team Leidos and the LCS(T) programme.

General Questions

Leidos is a Fortune 500® science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016.

Leidos is leading a team of defence and logistics specialist subcontractors ('Team Leidos') that has been awarded a 13-year MOD contract to transform the UK's defence logistic commodities and services. This involves procuring non-military essentials such as food and medical supplies, and providing storage and distribution services for the UK’s armed forces at home and abroad.

Team Leidos is a prime-sub-contractor team, including leading logistics companies Kuehne + Nagel, TVS, Agility, Thales, and Prolinx that have come together to bid for the UK's LCST contract.

The Team Leidos delivery model guarantees a single accountable party for the UK Government – combining the best in innovation and commercial practice with experience of the requirements of Front Line Commands (FLCs). Above all, the Team Leidos near real-time capabilities ensure the UK’s armed forces receive exactly what they need, whenever and wherever they need it.

Amongst our team, we have proven global expertise and experience in delivering projects of this kind, including recently in high-intensity conflict situations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Our team members also have extensive experience of delivering cost-savings efficiencies for both the MOD and US DOD.

As part of several of its US DOD contracts, Leidos has helped military organisations and their front line customers become better managers of costs and support chain processes. As the MOD moves towards a similar model, Leidos can bring this experience to bear on the changing relationships between front line commands and DE&S.

Leidos provides high technology support to the MOD.

Team members TVS, Agility and Thales currently work on a number of high profile and significant contracts for the MOD.

Kuehne + Nagel has also committed to supporting British Armed Forces through its reservist recruitment programme.

Leidos has been operating in the UK for a number of years, first as SAIC and now Leidos.

Over the last 15 years, Leidos has held contracts with UK Government Departments, including Home Office and commercial companies to provide and maintain:

  • Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs), to prevent cross border illicit movements of radioactive materials
  • SNM (Special Nuclear Material) and X-Ray Vehicle and Cargo Inspection Systems (VACIS) to guard against the smuggling of contraband, drugs and people
  • EU compliant Standard 3 Computed Tomography (CT) duel energy detection systems used for the identification of concealed explosives in hand and check-in luggage for UK airports

Leidos provides high technology support to UK MOD. In addition to existing contracts, Leidos recently won a NATO Support Agency (NSPA / Varec) contract to manage, implement, test and maintain a NATO Fuel Management System focussed on follow-up operations in Afghanistan.

  • The NSPA/ Varec contract is an example of the logistic services Leidos offers to NATO as well as the US Military. The Varec system is also used by the MOD and the US DOD.

Leidos operated information technology services for Scottish Power as part of their global e-business services for utilities in the 2000s.

Leidos' global logistics credentials include work as the Joint Logistics Integrator for the US Department of Defence Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle Program where they deployed, trained, and supported 26,000 MRAP vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Leidos, the prime contractor for the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s Integrated Logistics Support contract, has a strong commercial relationship with sub-contractor Smiths Detection. Smiths Detection is a major UK company, which provides supplies, parts and services provided at 400 airports across the U.S.

Leidos subcontracts with Moog Fernau (Luton, UK) for Deployable Tactical Air Navigation (D-TACAN), air traffic control equipment in support of the US Air Force.

Leidos was created in 2013, when Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) split into two entities. Approximately 2/3 of the original company called SAIC was renamed "Leidos"; the other 1/3 retained the SAIC name – essentially Leidos is the new name for a 46-year old company.

Leidos and the new SAIC are two independent, public companies, each listed separately on the NYSE. They do not share directors or board members.

It stands for Logistic Commodities and Services (Transformation).

It is the first time the MOD has attempted a tender of this scale for its logistics functions, LCS(T) represents a step change in the way that MOD stores and distributes military equipment and supplies, provides distribution services, and procures and manages the inventory of common commodities such as food, clothing, packed fuel and medical supplies.

The initial period of the contract is 13 years.

Employees will be TUPEd across to Team Leidos, with the majority going to Kuehne + Nagel. Team Leidos has a wealth of experience on 40 different TUPE transitions involving more than 5,000 employees.

We currently have a committed team in the UK, which is a mix of British and a small number of U.S. nationals who will be involved in the 2 to 3 year transition phase before the recruitment process is started to replace them with British nationals. No jobs will be moved to America.

It is not. The sale of the DSG is entirely different and separate from the LCS(T) contract. While the DSG is being sold to private buyers, LCS(T) involves the management of MOD services by Team Leidos.

Leidos has been in the process of establishing its headquarters close to MOD's Abbey Wood complex at Emersons Green in North Bristol. We will also be a presence at individual storage facilities after contract award.

Leidos has established a separate corporate entity in the UK to manage the LCS(T) contract, Leidos Europe, Ltd This new UK entity, which is responsible for managing LCS(T), has a Board made up of UK and US nationals. It is a UK company that pays UK taxes, abides by UK laws and supports UK jobs.

Annex: Team Leidos Members

Kuehne + Nagel, Ltd. (KN) is Team Leidos' Storage, Distribution and Freight team member.

With approximately 63,000 employees at more than 1000 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world’s leading logistics companies.

KN's strong market position lies in the sea freight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics services.

In the UK, KN is the market leader in sea freight and hold the number two position in both airfreight and overland.

In contract logistics, they provide logistics solutions for many of the UK's largest consumer, retail, technology, food, drinks and ecommerce businesses with a combined UK workforce of c10,000 employees.

TVS Supply Chain Solutions, Ltd. (TVS) is providing the Procurement Service for Team Leidos on the LCS(T) contract.

TVS Supply Chain Solutions is a UK-based company within TVS Logistics; an $800m group operating across Europe, Asia and the USA. They have a 100 year history in the UK dating back to their beginnings as Leyland Motors and growing into one of the UK's leading service providers in world class, end-to-end supply chain management for the Defence, Automotive, Beverage, Industrial and Utility markets.

Working direct with the UK Ministry of Defence as well as original equipment manufacturers and service providers, TVS supports military equipment in the maritime, land and air environments; as well as supporting commercial, public sector and private vehicles, beverage dispense equipment, industrial engines, power generating equipment and infrastructure, both in-service and in manufacturing environments.

TVS has extensive experience in development and implementation of a range of logistics-based IT systems including the integration between its own platform and MOD IT systems. This knowledge and expertise supports the Team Leidos planned IT capability development during the LCS(T) contract.

Agility Defense & Government Services, Inc. UK (Agility) is Team Leidos' Removals and specialist movements team member.

Agility has a global footprint of 550 offices in 100 countries, providing services such as removals, transportation, food, and fuel. Agility is already delivering real benefit to LCS with two current contracts, first as the disposals contractor in Afghanistan and secondly, with Global Removals (GRMS).

Thales UK provides Team Leidos with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning Services.

Thales is a global technology and services leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets.

With 65,000 employees in 56 countries, including 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

Thales UK employs 7,500 staff based at 35 locations.

Prolinx Limited are providing the Secure Datacentre Infrastructure Services, and associated End-User computing requirements, to Team Leidos on the LCS(T) contract.

Managed Services are delivered with relevant certifications and accreditations to UK Government secure standards at multiple Business Impact Levels.

Extensive expertise of delivering a range of secure Managed Service offerings to the Defence and Intelligence sector.

UK owned, based and operated Secure Data Centre, 24/7 Service Desk, Network Operations Centre (NOC) and Security Operations Centre (SOC).