Defense Dept. to Spend Up to $4 Billion for R&D on Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction
8:41 AM, Dec 16, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
A Request For Information by the defense department's Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in July 2011 culminated this month in contract awards to seven different companies worth up to $4 billion over the next ten years. The contract awards, posted in a notice entitled Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Research and Technology Development, went to some well known defense contractors including Raytheon and Northrop Grumman.
Despite the $4 billion ceiling, the contracts come with a guaranteed minimum of only $100,000 for each of the seven companies as the work will be parceled out on an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) basis, which is typical in these types of projects.
The documents with the original Request For Information provide background on the project:
The process stretched over more than two years and included various briefing, an Industry Day for potential contract recipients, and dozen of revisions and amendments. And the Defense Department is not through. Just a day after the awards were released, the DTRA announced another Industry Day as part of its "market research" entitled "Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Situational Awareness, Intelligence, Operations, and Data Visualization Support" held in December in Arlington, Virginia.
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