Alion Science and Technology

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This engineering, research, and development services provider specializes in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); military training and simulation; cyber solutions; and data analytics for its customers within the DoD and intelligence community, including one-third of their revenues from Navy contracts alone.

Alion maintains that the agency assessed their proposal with an unreasonable assessment for weaknesses in the technical approach subfactor, but we see no merit in this protest claim.

Engineering

Engineers are scientists specializing in designing and building machines and mechanical systems. Engineering covers an expansive field encompassing numerous specializations; typical examples include aeronautical, chemical, biomedical, electrical, and naval engineering. Engineers utilize their skills to design new devices while improving existing ones and developing alternative energy sources.

Alion Science and Technology designs, develops and operates defense technology for the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies. Their offerings include intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) tools; Live Virtual Constructive training services; network architecture and software engineering solutions; weapons platforms for air, land, and sea as well as special operations forces – among many more services provided to customers from Alion’s customer list.

Alion is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, with over 3,200 employees – most with security clearances – who collectively offer advanced engineering, IT, and operational solutions to military and civilian government customers for more than eighty years.

Huntington Ingalls Industries recently made several moves to adjust its platforms to an emerging Navy that relies more heavily on unmanned technologies. HII made investments such as its 2020 $350 million purchase of Hydroid; a strategic alliance with Kongsberg Maritime; and equity investment in Sea Machines Robotics, among others. Furthermore, they broke ground in September for their Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence in Hampton, Virginia.

HII recently announced its intent to combine Alion with its technical solutions business to broaden customer access to growth markets. Jones Day advised on this transaction, funded with new senior notes and term loan facility financing.

Andy Green, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer for HII Technical Solutions’ Technical Solutions division, described this deal as a significant milestone for his company. The alion business will strengthen HII’s ability to serve national security customers in growth markets while contributing an estimated fiscal 2022 revenue of around $1.6 billion and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of approximately $135 million.

Information Technology

Alion Science and Technology offers engineering, information technology, and operational solutions for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. Their products and services include naval architecture and marine engineering; systems analysis; military training simulation; data analytics; cyber solutions, and electronic warfare to strengthen national security for customers worldwide. Alion Science and Technology serves customers globally.

Alion Corporation was founded in 2002 and is based out of Tysons Corner, Virginia. Their logo features an A-shaped letter on top of an isolated circle carrier design element with either white or green backgrounds for their background color options; their trademark registration can be found with U.S.Pattent and Trademark Office.

HII’s 2021 acquisition of Alion was part of its ongoing strategy to expand technical services into target markets, including those served by the Navy and other government customers. The deal gave HII access to ISR, military training simulation, data analytics, and cyber technologies, adding them to its national security platforms portfolio. Alion generated approximately $1.1 billion annually before selling to HII; today, they employ about 7,000 people.

Alion asserts that the agency unreasonably failed to evaluate various aspects of its proposal that could have altered its tradeoff in its favor, such as a unique labor skill mix approach or a highly qualified workforce proposal. According to Alion, these aspects should have been assessed more heavily as strengths by the agency.

The agency, on the other hand, disagrees. First, they note that the contemporary record demonstrates that they considered these factors but did not perceive them as strengths. Furthermore, they state that ManTech’s revised labor basis of estimate proposal in response to FOPR amendment 0003 significantly reduced proposed labor rates while changing cost codes without altering proposed categories or skill sets; they believe their evaluation of Alion’s proposal was reasonable and consistent with evaluation criteria.

Naval Architecture

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Naval architecture is exciting because it combines artistic imagination with technical understanding. Naval architects specialize in designing vessels, submarines, and other marine structures to meet the requirements of potential owners and operators, often working alongside marine engineers, designers, and shipbuilders on complex projects together with them. A successful naval architect requires excellent interpersonal skills and project management abilities.

The University of New Orleans provides a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering, which can be obtained both on its main campus in New Orleans and through several international sites. It covers three specialized areas: deck, engine, and energy systems – these cover navigation, cargo handling systems, and various ship systems while engine studies focus on powering vessels while energy systems examine environmental impact and safety issues associated with ship operations.

Indian Maritime University in Visakhapatnam also offers an excellent Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program, with four-year bachelor’s degrees available. Students at this school learn probability and statistics, fluid mechanics dynamics, engineering design at the system level, and engineering analysis as part of their curriculum; additionally, professional internships must also be included in this coursework.

Alion Science and Technology Corporation provides engineering, IT, and operational support services to the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal government agencies. With over 70 years of innovation and exploration to their credit, Alion’s capabilities span multiple business areas: modeling & simulation; industrial technology; wireless communications; chemical, biological, nuclear & environmental sciences, as well as naval architecture & marine engineering.

Operational Solutions

Alion provides advanced engineering, IT, and naval architecture solutions to defense customers worldwide and civilian government agencies and commercial customers worldwide. Alion’s engineered solutions facilitate improved decision-making and readiness in rapidly changing environments. At the same time, its employees across offices and laboratories worldwide employ innovative yet practical approaches to transform challenges into opportunities.

Alion recently won a $192m contract from the Navy to help ensure non-nuclear surface fleet vessels operating for extended periods meet national security objectives. Awarded as part of SeaPort-Enhanced (SeaPort-e), Alion will provide technical, program, and business management services that assist them with upgrading surface ships and crew training systems for maintaining them.

Researching new technologies to ensure military ground systems can operate optimally and meet emerging threats is an ongoing task, and Alion was recently awarded a $634 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command’s Crane Indiana Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TAARDEC).

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] recently established three additional business groups at its Technical Solutions segment to better align with future customer priorities, which include Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), led by Garry Schwartz who previously oversaw Defense and Federal Solutions; Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) Solutions led by Glenn Goodman from Alion; Cyber and Electronic Warfare (EW), headed up by Terri Walker-Spoonhour who was Alion’s chief operating officer; LVC Solutions led by Garry Schwartz; Live Virtual Constructive (LVC Solutions); LVC Solutions led by Glenn Goodman while Glenn Goodman from Alion oversaw Live Virtual Constructive LVC business area; LVC Solutions by Glenn Goodman while Alion showed LVC business area; LVC Solutions was directed by Terri Walker-Spoonhour who previously managed Live, Virtual and Constructive business area led by Terri Walker-Spoonhour; while Cyber Electronic Warfare (EW), under Terri Walker-Sponhour who previously oversaw Alion COO operations as COO until this divisional CEO took over responsibility as well.