MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency has selected Alion Science and Technology for possible support work to counter weapons of mass destruction.
The work would be conducted through competitive task orders under a multiple-award contract worth a total of $4 billion.
"This contract will allow Alion to expand on our previous 10 years of support to DTRA in nuclear detection, modeling and simulation, exercise support and systems analysis," said Terri Spoonhour, Alion senior vice president and Distributed Simulation Group manager. "We have assembled a team that includes small businesses, large businesses, not-for-profit research companies and universities -- each demonstrating proven capability to support and advance the CWMD (counter weapons of mass destruction) mission over a range of critical functional areas."
Under the award, Alion's team will compete against six other companies that have been awarded a place the contract, for individual task orders to perform research and development, hardware and software technology development, and test and evaluation across the CWMD landscape.
The results will help DTRA find and deploy solutions to counter the proliferation of WMD and the threats posed by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive weapons.
The contract has a five-year base period of performance plus a five-year option period.