James Burman (JB): Please could you describe Leidos’ history of working with governmental agencies? How and when did the relationship come about?
Tim Crofts (TC): Leidos civil business is dedicated to supporting UK government business, and our critical national infrastructure portfolio. Leidos provides a broad range of services and solutions to central and devolved government clients across the UK.
Within Scotland we are one of the largest technology companies with more than 300 employees providing innovative technologies, advanced solutions, and world-class services to clients including the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, and The Student Loans Company among others.
With over 30 years of support for NATS we have developed experience in all aspects of aviation literally from sidewalk to sky. Our Intelligent Approach (Time Based Separation) air traffic management tool went live at London Heathrow Airport in March 2015 and has resulted in a 2,000 hours per year reduction in airborne holding on arrival. Our application development and support services help Highways England manage 4,300 miles of road network, which carries one-third of all traffic by mileage and two-thirds of all heavy traffic.
As for national security and defence, our mission is to make the UK a safer place to be, to protect our citizens and to provide the tools, services and information that allow our front line customers to be more efficient and informed. We have a strong reputation for delivering innovative solutions that address complex challenges, creating seamless customer experiences that put users at the centre of design.
Leidos is currently upgrading the Command and Control system for the Metropolitan Police Service. The 10- year programme, which has a total value in excess of £100M, will run until 2031. Leidos is delivering a flexible system that captures emergency contacts from the public and subsequently coordinates deployment of officers to incidents, pre-planned events, and other operations. Our innovative, open standards based technology solutions enable rapid migration of legacy systems and create modernised Command and Control enterprises that can keep pace with evolving requirements and adapt to commercial innovations in IT.
Leidos’ border protection solutions are designed to meet Britain’s security mission needs, now and in the future. We have more than 50 products and applications that can comprise an end-to-end border security solution that form the components of end-to-end border security solutions and services running from prediction to resolution. Our solutions cover the entire security spectrum, from unmanned vehicles, safety and security, and software/hardware integration to transportation, simulation, and geospatial applications. Our capabilities span air, land and maritime ports of entry.
Leidos is responsible for the transformation of the Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Strategic Central and Bureau Platforms. Work under the 10-year contract will be carried out as part of the Home Office Biometrics programme. The initiative will transition, operate and transform critical elements of the UK’s national biometrics systems in support of law enforcement, immigration services and border security.
From a logistics perspective, Leidos manages the flagship £6.5bn Logistics Commodities & Services Transformation (LCST) Programme for the UK Ministry of Defence, implementing technological advancements whilst generating millions in savings for Government. Since 2015, the LCST Programme has delivered over £1bn products to the UK Military using cutting-edge procurement techniques and strong governance. That means getting everything from food rations to boots, exactly where they need to be, at the right price and at the right time.
JB: During the webinar, we will discuss how part of Leidos’ role is to create a single supply chain for multiple government parties. I would imagine that is a constantly evolving target – how does Leidos ensure it stays on track?
TC: The Leidos support chain integration platform delivers ‘one version of the truth’, with every stakeholder seeing exactly the same data. It’s constantly updated, providing total visibility in near real-time. Compared to the 30 or so systems that were in place before the LCST programme, the outcome is vastly improved management information, delivering vastly greater levels of data quality, reliability, and trust—leading to better decisions, and better partnering.
But the Leidos support chain integration platform is more than just best-of-breed software, it is also people —people with a deep bench of skills in supply chain management, and supply chain integration.
Leidos understands supply chains, we understand supply chain processes, and we can work quickly. The Leidos supply chain integration platform interacts with hundreds of suppliers, and seamlessly interacts with three major Ministry of Defence systems—and does so without requiring any changes to have been made to those systems. When you look at what was happening with sourcing and delivering PPE, the result was PPE being sourced through systems designed to support the Ministry of Defence, transported through systems designed to support the Ministry of Defence, and then being receipted in systems designed to support the NHS. That’s what we’re capable of.
Crises occur: that’s a fact. And when they do occur, it’s important to be prepared to move quickly, and move surely. More than ever, supply chain resilience is a strategic requirement—and one that won’t be met by ageing systems that laden with technology debt. It isn’t necessary to throw those ageing systems away: simply integrate them with a modern best-of-breed platform such as the Leidos supply chain integration platform. And the time to do that is now: it’s too late to build supply chain resilience when you’re in the midst of dealing with a crisis.”