Missile Defense Agency in pact with CSC for support services

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a $243 million contract to Computer Sciences Corp. to provide engineering and technical support to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Joint Program Office.

Under the contract extension, which runs for a 15-month base period with two six-month options, CSC will assist the program office with program, acquisition and business management, systems engineering, testing and evaluation, operational status reporting and site activation support, according to a company release.

The contract extension follows a three-year contract awarded to CSC in 2002. Subcontractors on the program include Science Applications International Corp.; SYColeman, a division of L-3 Communications of New York; COLSA of Huntsville, Ala.; and more than 30 small businesses located in Virginia and Alabama.

The Ground-based Midcourse Defense System is a component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. It includes a ground interceptor and radars and a battle management command, control and communications system. According to the Missile Defense Agency's Web site, the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System is being developed to protect the country against limited ballistic missile threats during the midcourse segment of an attacking missile's flight.

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