Posts Tagged ‘SAIC’

US Marine Corps’ ACV Competition Gathers Pace as Morgan Advanced Materials Teams with SAIC for Vehicle Protection

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Sixteen development prototypes for the U.S. Marine Corps’ next-generation Amphibious Combat Vehicles 1.1 (ACVs) will be fitted with special composite armour systems from Morgan Advanced Materials, after the business was awarded a contract with Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC).


The Composites and Defence Systems business of Morgan will supply a complete composite armour solution, consisting of appliqué armour and spall liners which are part of its established CAMAC® composite platform armour portfolio. Furthermore, Morgan will deliver lightweight composite flotation boxes, specifically designed to fit the vehicle’s geometry. The development of this high performance, low mass armour system is a result of working with leading materials and decades of engineering experience in ballistic and blast protective technologies.

The selection of Morgan’s armour solution and composite flotation boxes is the latest stage of a wider tender process from the Marine Corps. SAIC is one of two prime contractors selected to develop next-generation ACV 1.1s for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of this competition. Once completed, the company’s prototypes will be tested in 2017, with the potential for both SAIC’s design and Morgan’s CAMAC® armour to be down selected for the full programme.

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan’s Composites and Defence Systems business, commented: “We are honoured to be selected by SAIC to deliver the armour solution and composite floatation boxes for their ACV. Our platform armour solutions are a result of extensive materials and product development, ensuring our armour delivers outstanding multi-hit protection at an extraordinarily low weight. This is the latest in a number of significant project wins for our composites and defence business, and is a huge endorsement of Morgan’s composite armour technology and product development team.”

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SAIC Announces Layoffs

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

A recent article in the Washington Post details the looming layoff of 700 employees by defense giant SAIC.

What I find funny is that the WP article makes it sound like SAIC is doing all of this great stuff for the employees facing cuts like career counseling and retraining as well as two months notice. The thing is, by Federal law, they have to do those things. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.

It’s unfortunate to see more workers being laid off and I’m starting to see shades of 2008 all over again, except this time it’s defense rather than other sectors of the economy. The slowdown was coming but impending Sequestration threatens to force even deeper cuts to defense spending. This is bound to send ripples through the economy.

SAIC is making moves to split its business in order to evolve with the economy. Currently, plans call for a $7 billion-a-year Solutions company to focus on IT for Defense, Engineering and Medical. The other new business will be ~$4 billion-a-year services business like we commonly see today providing systems engineering and technical assistance, financial analysis and program office support.