Polaris Alpha, a company comprised of local firm Intelligent Software Solutions and two East Coast companies, has acquired a fourth defense corporation in Maryland.

Intelesys Corp. of Elkridge, Md. has joined EOIR Technologies, ISS and PROTEUS Technologies — all companies under the Polaris Alpha umbrella, a portfolio company owned by Arlington Capital Partners.

Intelesys provides computer network operations and cyber solutions to the intelligence community. Its addition expands the company’s cyber and signals intelligence expertise, according to a press release announcing the acquisition. The company did not release details of the transaction, which closed Jan. 18.

Intelesys was founded in 2004 and has “played a critical role for the United State’s intelligence community’s mission-critical cyber operations,” the press release said. “The company has deep expertise in the areas of software engineering, embedded development, network engineering and analysis, reverse engineering and malware analysis.”

“The acquisition is a natural fit to complement Polaris Alpha’s existing cyber defense offering,” said Peter Cannito, CEO of Polaris Alpha.  “By adding Intelesys, Polaris now provides the full spectrum of cyber operational capabilities required to support the military and intelligence communities.”

Cannito told the Business Journal that the company acquired Intelesys for “it’s unique cyber capabilities highly relevant to the future of operations in that domain and that complement our existing capabilities very well. This broader capability set will enable us to extend the scope of our cyber offerings to current and future customers in our sector.”

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“The cyber domain continues to be a contested environment with shifting threats, tactics, and technologies.” said the Springs’ Jay Jesse, president of Polaris Alpha.  “Polaris Alpha’s technologically-focused culture and innovative approach to complex national security problems is an ideal environment to further invest in the unique skill-set and technologies that Geoff, John and Chris have matured over the last thirteen years.”

While Intelesys doesn’t currently do business at local military installations, Cannito said it’s expertist is “relevant to current customers located in the region, and will enable us to broaden our service offerings on existing and future contracts.”

In addition to the new acquisition, Polaris Alpha announced Jan. 18 that it won a $48 million contract for research and development with the Naval Research Laboratory Electronics Science and Technology Division. The lab develops new electronic devices and subsystems for next-generation systems. Under the terms of the contract, the company will perform basic applied research for optoelectronic materials and devices for both space and terrestrial applications.

Polaris Alpha formed in November, when Arlington acquired both Proteus and ISS, combining them with its EOIR Technologies. Anticipated revenue for Polaris is expected to equal $250 million by the end of the year.

For information about the merger, click here.