Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has received a contract extension from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to continue its support for the nation's defence.
Awarded for a term of five years with an option for five more years, the contract has an overall value of $1.73bn and requires SEI to advance and transition the science, technologies, and practices needed to engineer and secure software systems.
CMU president Subra Suresh said: "CMU's expertise in securing systems and combating cyberattacks is a university-wide strength across SEI and various academic units, and this work is becoming increasingly important not only for national defence but also for individual citizens, critical infrastructure, and commercial enterprises."
Sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, the SEI is the only federally funded research and development centre (FFRDC) focused on software-related security and engineering issues.
FFRDCs are unique non-profit entities sponsored and funded by the US Government and help address long-term problems of considerable complexity, analyse technical questions with a high degree of objectivity, and offer creative and cost-effective solutions to government problems.
SEI director and CEO Paul Nielsen said: "Our new contract guarantees that the SEI can continue to develop breakthrough technologies in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, the Department of Defense, and our industry partners.
"It also ensures that hundreds of excellent technology jobs remain in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future, and that the SEI will continue to be a high-tech anchor for the region."
According to CMU, operations of the DoD, the Department of Homeland Security, as well as other government agencies and industries currently depend on complex software systems requiring the highest levels of cybersecurity.
Established in 1984, the SEI is positioned to develop technologies and practises through its own research and to apply innovative technologies developed by other organisations to solve difficult engineering and cybersecurity challenges in aerospace, transportation, banking and finance, energy, robotics and industrial automation.
Image: The current DoD operations are said to rely on complex software systems requiring the highest levels of cybersecurity. Photo: courtesy of SSG Suzanne Ringle.