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2016 Fed IT Profile: National Security Technologies

Federal IT Top 100 Rank: No. 2

$4.82 billion

Federal IT executive: James Holt, president

When National Security Technologies, known as NST, recently acquired two unmanned aerial systems as part of a research project at the Nevada National Security Site, it represented a big step toward its goal of expanding nationally and doing more with data.

“We are looking at a multimodal approach for data fusion in a variety of sensor technologies from radiological, imagery, and other remote sensing systems,” said Karen McCall, unmanned aerial systems program manager for NST.

The Nevada National Security Site was named in 2013 as one of six Federal Aviation Administration-authorized test locations for unmanned aerial systems after its successful bid for designation due to NST’s experience and expertise in such systems.

NST is the managing and operating contractor for the Nevada National Security Site for the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Its research on aerial platforms at the site is designed to expand the development of sensor technology on unmanned systems and let scientists find ways to further the capabilities of current systems.

National Security Technologies LLC is a joint venture between Northrop Grumman Corp., which serves as the managing partner; AECOM, a technical services firm; CH2M Hill, a global engineering company; and Nuclear Fuel Services. Headquartered in Las Vegas, NST also has satellite operations across the country, including at NST/Los Alamos Operations in New Mexico and frequently teams on projects with the Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories.

Factoring out non-IT related revenue, IDC Government Insights estimates the company generated $4.82 billion in revenue from the sale of IT products and services to the federal government during the government’s fiscal year 2015, ranking it second in the 2016 Federal IT Top 100 rankings. (Read the full story here.)

Founded in 2006, NST's overall work at the Nevada site involves development, testing, evaluation and deployment of technologies to help address national and global security challenges, including nuclear deterrence, nonproliferation and counterterrorism.

The company also works on projects for other federal agencies, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, NASA, the Defense Department, the State Department and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

National Security Technologies earlier this year named two vice presidents—Raffi Papazian and Roy Bridges — to help lead the company to “the next level of excellence,” NST president James Holt said. Papazian is tasked with ensuring that program execution is tightly integrated across the Nevada facility, while Bridges is in charge of all operations support at site.

— Richard W. Walker

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