In 1963, DSA was founded by a group of Software Engineers who worked at RCA on a large data communications system for the Federal Government.
DSA developed the world’s first packet switch for the civil aviation community. The DoD becomes DSA’s first customer. DSA provided the DoD with Command and Control Organizational Messaging with the Automatic Digital Information Network (AUTODIN).
DSA deployed and operated 26 C2 secure messaging systems for the DoD including operations in Vietnam, Korea, England, Guam, Germany, Italy, Japan and other locations worldwide.
In 1980, DSA converted from a public company to a 100% employee-owned. Every employee has a personal stake in the success of DSA and the success of its customers.
In 1996, DSA launched the first secure web-based business opportunity tool suite allowing industry to conduct business with the US Army via the Internet. Now, US Army Virtual Contracting Enterprise (VCE) suite of tools is used by more than 350 contracting organizations worldwide providing oversight of over $50 billion in annual transactions.
In 1997, DSA designed and provided one of the first secure, web-based Knowledge Management solutions for the US Army when it began its support for the US Army MilTech Solutions office.
In 2008, DSA became a leading integrator of statewide Performance Budgeting Systems. Today, Virginia uses the DSA solution to process its $67B annual budget and Maryland its $45B annual budget.
In 2008, DSA engineered and supported the transition of the AUTODIN system to the Defense Message System (DMS). DSA supported deployment of the DMS to more than 40,000 organizations at more than 700 sites worldwide, supporting message exchanges with tactical forces, allies, other Federal Government users, and defense contractors.
In 2009, DSA developed the first secure DoD-wide enterprise social business solution, milsuite (milWIKI, milBOOK, milTUBE, milUniversity) currently supporting over 2 million active duty, civilian workforce, and contract users worldwide.
In 2009, DSA began supporting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Emergency Response Data System allowing the NRC to collect nuclear plant performance and environmental data for analysis emergency response.
In 2015, DSA deployed a Critical Infrastructure system for the University of Maryland advancing analytics and identified more than $5 million in cost avoidance.
In 2015, DSA acquired Symbolic Systems, further enhancing its Knowledge Management and collaboration core capabilities.
In 2016, DSA deployed the first on-premise Amazon Web Service (AWS) provisioning service for the Army Intelligence Community.
In 2017, DSA acquired Project Performance Company (PPC), further expanding its services to the Federal and Civilian market.
In 2019, DSA began supporting the US Army Central Technical Support Facility (CTSF) providing scalable System-of-System environments to execute Army Interoperability Certification testing and integration of LandWarNet and Mission Command capabilities.
In 2020, DSA won a spot on the Defense Intelligence Agency’s potential $12.6 billion contract vehicle for mission-critical information technology and technical support services entitled Solutions for IT Enterprise III (SITE III).
In 2021, DSA created a DevSecOps Maturity Model to advance DevSecOps within its customer base.
In 2021 and 2022, DSA expanded its critical infrastructure solutions and now supports improved infrastructure operations and cost savings for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratory, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin - Madison, New Mexico State University, University of Vermont, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center.
In 2022, DSA won the US Army Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.