DIA taps Northrop Grumman for Neptune Phoenix ‘integrated cloud and sensor solution’

Northrop was awarded a nine-year contract worth up to $700 million for the effort.
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Northrop Grumman Corp. is set to rapidly refine and advance the Defense Intelligence Agency’s data collection, processing and analytics assets, and prototype new sensing capabilities via a nine-year contract worth up to $700 million. 

A press release published by the company on Wednesday briefly highlighted this new effort and recent award — dubbed Neptune Phoenix — but beyond that, little has been shared publicly about the work to date. Broadly, it will involve the development of an integrated cloud and sensor solution that the agency will eventually leverage to accelerate its delivery of intelligence for its personnel.

DIA tapped Northrop Grumman as the sole prime contractor on this award, a spokesperson from the contractor told DefenseScoop on Thursday.

According to the release, Neptune Phoenix is a “single-award contract that includes lifecycle management, engineering, design, development, purchasing, prototyping, test and evaluation, deployment, and data analysis for current and future Radio Frequency and Electro Optical sensor systems.”


The company plans to apply new digital engineering approaches and model-based systems engineering techniques to consolidate and integrate DIA’s technical tools, and introduce new solutions that can help the agency better adapt to the complex and evolving intelligence landscape. 

“We’re transforming the digital ecosystem for the intelligence community to streamline inputs and provide actionable information at the speed needed to outpace evolving threats,” Jennifer Walsmith, Northrop Grumman’s vice president of cyber and information solutions, said in a statement. 

DIA did not respond to DefenseScoop’s request for more information about Neptune Phoenix.

Brandi Vincent

Written by Brandi Vincent

Brandi Vincent is DefenseScoop's Pentagon correspondent. She reports on emerging and disruptive technologies, and associated policies, impacting the Defense Department and its personnel. Prior to joining Scoop News Group, Brandi produced a long-form documentary and worked as a journalist at Nextgov, Snapchat and NBC Network. She was named a 2021 Paul Miller Washington Fellow by the National Press Foundation and was awarded SIIA’s 2020 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best News Coverage. Brandi grew up in Louisiana and received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

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