Leidos wins $170 million DTRA contract

RESTON, Va. Leidos has won a contract worth approximately $170 million from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to support the agency's cooperative biological engagement program (CBEP) and cooperative threat reduction (CTR) program through a global Scientific & Technical Engagement Partnership (STEP) program. The DTRA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that focuses on combating weapons of mass destruction and high-yield explosives.

The CTR program promotes collaboration with international and nongovernmental partners to advance regional engagement and multilateral cooperation in the nonproliferation sector. The STEP program aims to build long-term partnerships between strong research and technical centers and partner-country institutions to reduce biological threats through enhanced biological safety and security, awareness of biological risks, and knowledge related to biological pathogen research in foreign countries.

Under the new , Leidos intends to partner with industry, research institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and local scientists to develop collaborative overseas research programs. It also will provide specialized training in laboratory research and containment-facilities engineering, public-health preparedness and emergency response, and disease outbreak field surveillance and response.

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