US Marines

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime contract for provision of support services to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).

Seeking the supply of programme, engineering, medical, and technical support services, the multiple-award indefinite-delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a maximum potential value of $495m for all 42 contractors.

The contract also has a three-year base performance period, along with two one-year options, and one six-month extension optional period.

Under the contract, SAIC will provide JPEO-CBD with an array of support services in several domains, including business and analytical, engineering and technical, logistics, as well as information technology, and medical services.

SAIC national security sector acting president John Thomas said: "The services we offer through this contract vehicle greatly improve JPEO-CBD’s ability to respond to the needs of the warfighter, which provides greater security to the nation and our assets and allies overseas."

"The services we offer through this contract vehicle greatly improve JPEO-CBD’s ability to respond to the needs of the warfighter"

JPEO-CBD serves as the joint services single focal point for research, development, acquisition, deployment and lifecycle support of chemical and biological defence equipment and medical countermeasures for US armed forces.

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The organisation oversees procurement and fielding of chemical and biological detection and reconnaissance systems, individual and collective protection systems, decontamination systems, information management systems, medical devices, as well as installation and force protection systems.

Work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out in several cities across and outside the continental US. Further details have yet to be disclosed.

Image: JPEO-CBD supports research, development, acquisition, fielding of chemical and biological defence equipment. Photo: courtesy of US Marine Corps, by Capt Keith Stevenson/Released.

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