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PE-backed Polaris Alpha acquires Intelesys Corp

Polaris Alpha, which is backed by Arlington Capital Partners, has acquired Elkridge, Maryland-based Intelesys Corp, a provider of computer network operations and cyber solutions for the intelligence community. No financial terms were disclosed.


ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, Md. and ELKRIDGE, Md., Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Polaris Alpha, a leading provider of mission-critical technology, software, and solutions to the defense and intelligence communities, today announced it is acquiring Intelesys Corporation, based in Elkridge, Maryland. The acquisition of Intelesys, which provides computer network operations (“CNO”) and cyber solutions to the Intelligence Community, significantly expands Polaris Alpha’s leadership in the cyber and signals intelligence arena.

Polaris Alpha is a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition officially closed January 18, 2017.

Since it was founded in 2004 by Geoffrey Bloom, John Szakmeister and Chris Lewis, Intelesys has played a critical role for the United States Intelligence Community’s mission critical cyber operations. The company has deep expertise in the areas of software engineering, embedded development, network engineering and analysis, reverse engineering and malware analysis. Intelesys is at the forefront of applying high-end capabilities to the most demanding national security issues faced by its customers and is renowned for successes in applying CNO solutions to help the customer fulfill its mission.

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

“The cyber domain continues to be a contested environment with shifting threats, tactics, and technologies.” said Jay Jesse, President, 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 skillset and technologies that Geoff, John and Chris have matured over the last thirteen years.”

“This acquisition is very timely, especially with the ongoing discussion about our nation’s preparedness for more sophisticated engagement with our adversaries,” said Charles T. Taylor, Executive Vice President, Cyber and SIGINT Business Unit, Polaris Alpha. “Intelesys is not only well aligned with our nation’s spending priorities to support cyber network operations, but also best positioned to address technological changes as the cyber landscape evolves.”

“We are very excited to be joining the Polaris Alpha family,” said Geoffrey Bloom, President/CEO/Co-founder, Intelesys. “We feel our expertise and culture will mesh well with the Polaris Alpha team, and will undoubtedly help raise the Company’s profile in the cyber and signals intelligence market.”

Bloom and Szakmeister will become part of the executive management team of Polaris. Each will be senior vice president within the Cyber and SIGINT Business Unit of Polaris Alpha.

About Polaris Alpha
Polaris Alpha (“Polaris”) provides advanced technical capabilities, specialized domain expertise and mission critical solutions to Department of Defense and Intelligence Community customers. The Company has approximately 1,200 employees with major offices in Colorado Springs, CO, Fredericksburg, VA, Annapolis Junction, MD, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, and Alexandria, VA as well as customer sites both domestically and internationally. For further details on the newly formed Company’s customers and capabilities, please visit our new website at

About Arlington Capital Partners
Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, D.C.-area private equity firm that has managed $2.2 billion of committed capital via four investment funds, including Arlington’s fourth and most recent fund which is a $700 million fund raised in July of 2016. Arlington is focused on middle market investment opportunities in growth industries including: government services and technology, aerospace/defense, healthcare services, and business services and software. The firm’s professionals and network have a unique combination of operating and private equity experience that enables Arlington to be a value-added investor. Arlington invests in companies in partnership with high quality management teams that are motivated to establish and/or advance their company’s position as leading competitors in their field.