Telos Corp. of Ashburn won a three-year, $18 million contract to manage the Pentagon Telecommunications Center's information technology and telecommunications messaging systems. The contract's value could reach $34 million if all options are exercised.

The Pentagon center, run by the Army, provides advanced services such as secure e-mail for defense communications among the White House, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, combat commanders and other agencies. It also provides translation of foreign-language communications for allied forces.

Under the contract, Telos is to support functions including the Automated Message Handling System provided by Xacta Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary. Telos will register new users, operate and maintain the systems and provide around-the-clock customer support for the defense message service.

The Pentagon Telecommunications Center supports users in the eastern half of the United States, said Frank Whitehead, vice president of programs at Telos. A similar center for the western United States is being planned, he said.

The Telos contract is part of the Defense Department's broad initiative to modernize its communications systems, Whitehead said. The company will support "everything from sensitive but unclassified information all the way up to top secret," he said. "Our product supports all the guys in Iraq."

Telos has performed similar support services for the Pentagon for the past two years. The new contract was awarded through the Air Force Network-Centric Solutions contract, known as Netcents, a five-year, $9 billion program that offers a range of networking and telephone products and services for the Air Force.

Telos's subcontractors are Ice Communications Inc. of McLean; 3S Group Inc. of Vienna; Data Systems Analysts Inc. of Trevose, Pa.; and Experts Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Telos has offered IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years. The company has more than 400 employees and annual revenue of $116.7 million.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer with Washington Technology. For more details on this and other technology contracts, go to www.washingtontechnology.com.