Global consulting and digital services provider ICF has won a cyber services task order from the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL).

The $53m order has a term of five years and includes an additional base option for one-year. It also includes an option for extension to four additional years.

The task order was awarded as part of the multiple-award command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract.

In 2018, the company was selected to compete for scientific and engineering support services work under the IDIQ contract.

The first task order, estimated to be $20m, awarded under the IDIQ required the company to carry out full spectrum defensive cyber operations and research and development.

Work under this latest task order has been expanded from the initial one and includes several new research initiatives worth $30m.

ICF senior vice-president and cyber lead Jonathan Sholtis said: “The initiatives, innovations and technologies we develop through secure cyber systems engineering, agile development and rapid prototyping will enhance the army against emerging and dynamic threats.

“These technologies will enable ARL to deliver strategic and tactical information capabilities across its operations and contribute to the army’s success in future conflicts. We are proud to play such a significant role in the safety and security of our nation.”

For DEVCOM, ICF will develop technical capabilities and advancements to support the US Department of Defense (DoD) and army maintaining a technical edge.

It also improves the DoD’s chances of ‘winning future conflicts’ in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), quantum computing, cybersecurity and information assurance.