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 biological warfare 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 contract, 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.