Frequently Asked Questions
What was the driver behind the recently announced acquisition of ACS by the SI Organization, Inc. (the SI)?
Drawing on its Bell Labs heritage, ACS has been uniquely valued for working large-scale problems requiring deep knowledge of technology and operations. The SI’s purchase of ACS is a major step in their strategy to broaden and enrich the portfolio of capabilities it offers its clients.
Who is the SI?
The SI is a leading provider of full life cycle, mission-focused systems engineering and integration capabilities to the U.S. Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and other agencies. Its scalable systems engineering platform for modeling, simulation and analysis helps customers baseline requirements, optimize resources and manage risk. The company has over 40 years of experience successfully delivering complex, system-of-systems technology solutions. The SI employs approximately 2,000 people, with major locations in Chantilly, VA; Laurel, MD.; Denver; Los Angeles; and Valley Forge, PA. For more information, visit www.thesiorg.com.
What will ACS’s corporate structure be?
ACS will continue to operate as a standalone company under the SI umbrella. Across its operations, ACS is wholly committed to ensuring seamless continuity and outstanding performance across each of its client relationships, programs and contracts.
How will ACS’s acquisition benefit its clients?
Drawing on its Telcordia and Bell Labs heritage, ACS will continue to excel at creating innovative technologies and services to solve the most difficult and complex information and communications problems. Collectively, ACS and the SI bring fresh technologies, expertise and solutions to a wider spectrum of sectors that are increasingly dependent on advanced communications and information capabilities.
Will the support ACS provides government customers change?
ACS’s acquisition by a U.S. owner will simplify many of our relationships with government clients and organizations. More broadly, the government sector - - federal, state and local - - will continue to be a prime focus for ACS. In response to the intensifying needs in this sector, we are increasing our emphasis on cyber security, advanced networks and operations, and communications.
What impact does this mean for ACS’s work in the commercial sector?
Tapping the complementary expertise of the SI, ACS will be able to more fully apply our distinguished world class research, consulting and engineering to help commercial enterprises and government agencies around the globe fully exploit the future of communications. This expertise will be delivered to a wider range of commercial enterprises across numerous communications-intensive industry verticals; including communications carriers, power utilities, avionics, financial and consumer electronics.
Will Applied Communication Sciences remain involved in industry standards groups?
The historic role our subject matter experts have had in industry standards will continue to be strong and visionary. This is underscored by our senior positions across the industry’s most influential organizations including IEEE, ATIS, TIA, 3GPP/2, WiMax Forum, TM Forum and numerous other groups.
How does the acquisition impact the DSS policies ACS has been operating under due to its previous ownership?
In January 2012, ACS’s then-parent company, Telcordia Technologies, was purchased by Sweden-based LM Ericsson. Due to the unique nature of ACS’s work with the U.S. Federal government, and to mitigate any government concerns regarding foreign ownership of Telcordia, ACS was created to run as a separate subsidiary under a government-approved “proxy” structure. This proxy agreement included having ACS directly report to a proxy board of directors comprised of U.S. citizens who had been approved by the U.S. Government.
ACS remains committed to full compliance with all of the Federal government’s Defense Security Service (DSS) requirements. While we expect that our Proxy Agreement will be formally processed for termination by the DSS in the coming months, we will continue to comply fully until such time as requirements are officially removed or altered.
Do any of ACS’s security credentials change?
All ACS security and business accreditations and registrations remain in place.
Will Applied Communication Sciences be changing the location of its physical facilities?
Some consolidation of ACS and the SI facilities may occur, particularly in the Washington D.C. area where both companies have a significant presence. Other ACS facilities will remain in place.
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