A national IT systems integrator is buying a major federal IT service provider to boost its business opportunities with the federal government.
San Antonio, Texas-based Sirius Computer Solutions Inc. has acquired Crofton, Maryland-based Force 3, to expand Sirius’ security and networking offerings in the federal marketplace.
The deal, which will turn Force 3 into Sirius’ federal subsidiary, is expected to close Thursday.
Force 3 sells a full menu of services and software to U.S. agencies including access control, identity management, software-defined networking and network security. Since 2000, Force 3 has earned $1.5 billion in prime unclassified government contracts, with another $24.8 million in subprime contracts, according to business analytics firm Govini. Its services are listed on multiple governmentwide contract offerings: GSA’s Schedule 70, NASA’s SEWP, NIH’s ECS III and the Air Force’s NETCENTS-2.
“Force 3 is viewed by many manufacturers as one of the most skilled federal partners in networking and security,” said Joe Mertens, president and CEO at Sirius, in a release. “Our clients will benefit from strengthened engineering skills in these areas, as well as additional contract vehicles that are available to help federal, state and local governmental clients simplify the process of acquiring the solutions they need.”
This is the fourth major acquisition Sirius has made over the past 18 months. In 2014, Sirius acquired Redmond, Washington-based Brightlight Consulting, which concentrates on business intelligence and analytics. In 2015, the company acquired Greensboro, North Carolina-based Varrow Inc. — which specialized in data storage management, virtualization and disaster recovery — and a portion of Avnet Inc.’s digital software solutions and services.
Force 3 — with several hundred active clients and approximately 170 employees — will continue to operate out of its Crofton office.
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