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Training deal. The Defense Department has awarded SI International Inc. a $1.9 million contract to help users learn the new National Security Personnel System.

The Reston, Va., company will help DOD develop training in areas that include pay and classification, performance management and labor relations.

Under the contract, SI will train Defense's civilian workforce on the personnel system. More than 300,000 employees in the United States will take part in the courses, beginning this summer.
NSPS was laid out in the fiscal 2004 defense authorization bill as a way to change how the department hires, pays, promotes and disciplines civilian employees. The system gives managers more flexibility to move civilian workers to where they are most needed and cut hiring time for new workers.

Contract extension. The Army awarded Raytheon Co. a $151.3 million contract extension to support engineering services for the Patriot air and missile defense program, officials from the Lexington, Mass., company said.

The award from the Army Aviation and Missile Command is for the first of four one-year options on a contract awarded last year. The support includes system and software engineering, hardware engineering, quality assurance, configuration management, system testing, logistic support and program management.

The contract funds integration of several hardware and software improvements developed by separately funded programs. Patriot provides long-range, all-weather, air defense capability to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.

The contract also calls for Raytheon to provide engineering services in support of foreign military customers associated with the Patriot program.

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