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Chesapeake PERL To Produce Nerve Agent Bioscavenger For DTRA — Press Release

C-PERL Will Produce Nerve Agent Bioscavenger Butyrylcholinesterase for Defense Threat Reduction Agency using Proprietary Protein Production System.

SAVAGE, Md., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Chesapeake PERL has been awarded a contract to develop the human nerve agent bioscavenger butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) as a potential nerve agent countermeasure for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The contract will fund development of a recombinant human BChE and its production in C-PERL’s PERLXpress high efficiency protein manufacturing system. C-PERL will collaborate with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (located on the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD) to test the circulatory stability and anti-nerve agent protective efficacy of the recombinant BChE, with the ultimate objective of advancing a product into human clinical trials.

BChE is the lead bioscavenger candidate based on its ability to afford protection over a broad range of highly toxic organophosphorus nerve agents. It is a natural mammalian blood protein that can be administered either prophylactically or post-exposure, but is normally present at low concentrations in human plasma making it both expensive to produce and severely limited in supply. DTRA is seeking economical alternative production methods utilizing recombinant technology, and has selected C-PERL for its experience in manufacturing high quality proteins using its highly automated, efficient and cost-effective PERLXpress production system.

Chesapeake PERL is a biological manufacturer specializing in the production of high quality proteins, including glycosylated and lipid-associated proteins, multimeric forms and self-assembling macromolecular structures. PERLXpress, the Company’s proprietary, highly automated in vivo implementation of the Baculovirus Expression Vector System, employs whole insect larvae as mini-bioreactors. The tissue heterogeneity of the insect bioreactors leads to very high levels of protein expression as well as protein modification and processing that closely resemble native versions of the same proteins, and the system flexibility enables rapid, precisely controlled production from micrograms to tens of grams of protein. www.c-perl.com.

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Insourcing, Outsourcing: SAIC Wins OSD Support Contract

As the debate about eliminating contractor jobs in the Defense Department and insourcing those positions continues the Defense Department and Services continue to award support contracts. SAIC (SAI) the latest contractor to benefit by winning a large award to support the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense (OASD(NCB)).

The contract has one base year and four options years and could be worth up to $95 million if all options are exercised. SAIC, one of the largest defense contractors in the U.S., will provide professional, technical, analytical and executive services through the contract.

The OASD(NCB)’s office is chartered with “Drive the capability to prevent, protect against, and respond to weapons of mass destruction threats” and provide “A world safe from nuclear, chemical, and biological threats” as part of the Office of Secretary of Defense. Under it are offices for Chemical and Biological Defense, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Nuclear Matters and Threat Reduction and Arms Control. The current office was created in 2011.

As with all such offices throughout DoD and the different Services and Agencies they still rely on contractor support in different areas. These include direct office and mission support. The goal of insourcing was to reduce these positions by making sure that any “inherently government work” was being done by a civil servant and not a contractor. There have been disputes among the government, unions and contractors as what jobs should be insourced and how much work is being taken away from private industry. There have also been arguments about who is cheaper, civil servants or contractors, and various politicians weighing in on both sides.

The fact that these types of contracts are still being awarded is a good sign for the industry and SAIC especially. SAIC is one of the larger defense contractors with projected revenues of $10 billion or more in 2012 and it does this primarily by providing services rather then manufacturing large, defense systems. As the Defense Department reduces contracts and positions it might hit SAIC hard although they have shown the ability to win some major contracts.

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General Physics Teams with Parsons on Cooperative Threat Reduction Integrating Contract II (CTRIC II) — Press Release

General Physics Teams with Parsons on Cooperative Threat Reduction Integrating Contract II (CTRIC II)

LKRIDGE, Md., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Global performance improvement solutions provider General Physics Corporation (GP), a subsidiary of GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX), has teamed with Parsons, a firm that was selected by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as one of four integrating contractors for its Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program. This 5-year (plus 1-year extension) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a ceiling of $950 million.

Established in 1991, the CTR Program is a congressionally mandated and funded program that seeks to reduce world arsenals of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). As an example, one of the program’s objectives is to reduce the threat to global security by eliminating stockpiled chemical weapons in Russia.

David H. Ziegler, Sr., GP’s Director of Chemical Weapon Destruction Programs, states, “GP has provided decades of training, engineering and operational services supporting the reduction of U.S. Army Chemical Weapon stockpiles domestically and looks forward to working with Parsons on the CTRIC II WMD reduction initiative globally.”

About Parsons

Parsons, celebrating more than 65 years of growth in the engineering and construction industry, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, environmental and defense/security. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, professional services and innovative alternative delivery solutions to federal, regional and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com .

About GP

GP is the principal operating subsidiary of GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX). GP is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, e-Learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP’s solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at http://www.gpworldwide.com .

SOURCE General Physics Corporation

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URS Awarded Defense Threat Reduction Agency Contract

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–URS Corporation (NYSE: URS) today announced that it has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the Department of Defense to support the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. The multiple award contract, which has a five-year base term followed by a one year option period, has a maximum aggregate value to all four awardees including URS of approximately $950 million, if the option period is exercised.



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Sivananthan Laboratories Receives $1M Contract

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BOLINGBROOK, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sivananthan Laboratories, Inc. has received a $1 million sub-award from California State University at Northridge (“CSUN”) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (“DTRA”) for basic research to counter weapons of mass destruction (“WMD”). DTRA safeguards America and its allies from WMD and provides capabilities to reduce, eliminate and counter the threat and effects from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives. In collaboration w



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Today in the Department of Defense, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today in the Department of Defense, Thursday, June 24, 2010
June 24, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen will conduct a press briefing at 1 p.m. EDT in the DoD Briefing Room, 2E579.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn speaks at the grand opening of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at 11 a.m. EDT. The NICoE, a state-of-the-art research, diagnosis and treatment center for Service members and veterans with diagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions, is located at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen will speak at The Hill newspaper's Tribute to the Troops breakfast at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Washington Court Hotel Atrium Ballroom, 525 New Jersey Ave, NW.

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen hosts an honor cordon to welcome General Ryoichi Oriki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japan Self-Defense Force, to the Pentagon at 10:15 a.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance and will be followed by a tree planting ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard.

The Undersecretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal will provide remarks at a Pentagon ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The ceremony will be held in the center courtyard beginning at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

A National Capital Region Flyover of Arlington National Cemetery occurs at 9 a.m. EDT with two T-6's.

The Senate Armed Services Committee considers the nominations of: Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, for reappointment to the grade of general and Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command and Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, to be general and Commander, U.S. Forces-Iraq at 9:30 a.m. EDT in room SD-G50, Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James N. Miller Jr. and Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency Kenneth A. Myers III testify at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the new START treaty at 10 a.m. EDT in room 419, Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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Today in the Department of Defense, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today in the Department of Defense, Thursday, June 24, 2010
June 23, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates speaks at the grand opening of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at 11 a.m. EDT in Bethesda, Md.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn has no public or media events on his schedule.

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen will speak at The Hill newspaper's Tribute to the Troops breakfast at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Washington Court Hotel Atrium Ballroom, 525 New Jersey Ave, NW.

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen hosts an honor cordon to welcome General Ryoichi Oriki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japan Self-Defense Force, to the Pentagon at 10:15 a.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance and will be followed by a tree planting ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard.

The Undersecretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal will provide remarks at a Pentagon ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The ceremony will be held in the center courtyard beginning at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

A National Capital Region Flyover of Arlington National Cemetery occurs at 9 a.m. EDT with two T-6's.

Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James N. Miller Jr. and Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency Kenneth A. Myers III testify at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the new START treaty at 10 a.m. EDT in room 419, Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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Today in the Department of Defense, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today in the Department of Defense, Thursday, June 24, 2010
June 23, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has no public or media events on his schedule.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn speaks at the grand opening of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at 11 a.m. EDT. The NICoE, a state-of-the-art research, diagnosis and treatment center for Service members and veterans with diagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions, is located at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen will speak at The Hill newspaper' Tribute to the Troops breakfast at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Washington Court Hotel Atrium Ballroom, 525 New Jersey Ave, NW.

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen hosts an honor cordon to welcome General Ryoichi Oriki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japan Self-Defense Force, to the Pentagon at 10:15 a.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance and will be followed by a tree planting ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard. Media is invited for photo and video only.

The Undersecretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal will provide remarks at a Pentagon ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The ceremony will be held in the center courtyard beginning at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

A National Capital Region Flyover of Arlington National Cemetery occurs at 9 a.m. EDT with two T-6's.

Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James N. Miller Jr. and Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency Kenneth A. Myers III testify at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the new START treaty at 10 a.m. EDT in room 419, Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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Raytheon Awarded Contract for Integrated Standoff Inspection System — Press Release

Raytheon Awarded Contract for Integrated Standoff Inspection System

TEWKSBURY, Mass., April 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) a $20.5 million contract to research and develop an automated system for the standoff detection and identification of shielded special nuclear material.

The Integrated Standoff Inspection System, or ISIS, is an active interrogation nuclear radiation detection system that will provide the government with an accurate and reliable inspection system that is fully integrated and automated.

“The need to effectively detect and track the movement of nuclear material increases every day,” said Michael Del Checcolo, vice president of Engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. “ISIS will enable our government to more effectively identify and classify nuclear materials to help prevent their unauthorized entry into this country.”

Raytheon is using its OpenAIR(TM) business model, leveraging the best of large and small businesses, as well as academia and national laboratories, to develop the best-value solution for DTRA. The Raytheon-led team consists of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.; Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Advanced Energy Systems, Inc., Medford, N.Y.; Bubble Technology Industries, Chalk River, Ontario; and experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

Source: Raytheon Company

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Raytheon Awarded Contract for Integrated Standoff Inspection System

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Raytheon Awarded Contract for Integrated Standoff Inspection System
April 26, 2010

TEWKSBURY, Mass., -- The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $20.5 million contract to research and develop an automated system for the standoff detection and identification of shielded special nuclear material.

The Integrated Standoff Inspection System, or ISIS, is an active interrogation nuclear radiation detection system that will provide the government with an accurate and reliable inspection system that is fully integrated and automated.

"The need to effectively detect and track the movement of nuclear material increases every day," said Michael Del Checcolo, vice president of Engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "ISIS will enable our government to more effectively identify and classify nuclear materials to help prevent their unauthorized entry into this country."

Raytheon is using its OpenAIR™ business model, leveraging the best of large and small businesses, as well as academia and national laboratories, to develop the best-value solution for DTRA. The Raytheon-led team consists of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.; Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Advanced Energy Systems, Inc., Medford, N.Y.; Bubble Technology Industries, Chalk River, Ontario; and experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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House Armed Services Committee: schedule for the week of April 12 – April 16, 2010

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House Armed Services Committee: schedule for the week of April 12 – April 16, 2010
Ike Skelton, Chairman
April 7, 2010

The House Armed Services Committee announces the following schedule for the week of April 12 – April 16, 2010:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – 5:30pm – 2118 Rayburn – Open

The Military Personnel Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on Department of Defense Medical Centers of Excellence.

Witnesses:

Dr. Charles Rice
Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
President, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
Department of Defense

Lieutenant General Eric Schoomaker, USA
Surgeon General
U.S. Army

Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, USN
Surgeon General
U. S. Navy

Lieutenant General Charles Bruce Green, USAF
Surgeon General
U.S. Air Force


Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – 10:30am – 2118 Rayburn – Open

The Full Committee will meet to receive testimony on the United States nuclear weapons policy and force structure.

Witnesses:

The Honorable James N. Miller, Ph.D.
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
U.S. Department of Defense

General Kevin P. Chilton, USAF
Commander
U.S. Strategic Command

The Honorable Thomas P. D'Agostino
Under Secretary for Nuclear Security
Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration
U.S. Department of Energy

The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
U.S. Department of State


Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – 2:00pm – 2118 Rayburn – Open

The Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Chemical Biological Defense Program and counterproliferation policy.

Witnesses:

Mr. Andrew Weber
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Mr. Kenneth A. Myers, III
Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Brigadier General Jess A. Scarbrough, USA
Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense


Thursday, April 15, 2010 – 10:00am – 2118 Rayburn – Open

The Full Committee will meet to receive testimony on the Independent Panel’s assessment of the Quadrennial Defense Review.

Witnesses:

The Honorable William J. Perry
Co-Chairman
Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel
United States Institute for Peace

The Honorable Stephen J. Hadley
Co-Chairman
Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel
United States Institute for Peace


Thursday, April 15, 2010 – 1:30pm – 210 HVC – Open

The Strategic Forces Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on the report on the ballistic missile defense review and the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for missile defense programs.

Witnesses:

Dr. Bradley H. Roberts
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, USA
Director, Missile Defense Agency
U.S. Department of Defense

The Honorable J. Michael Gilmore
Director, Operational Test and Evaluation
Office of the Secretary of Defense


Thursday, April 15, 2010 – 2:00pm – 2118 Rayburn – Open

The Military Personnel Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on supporting the reserve components as an operational reserve and key reserve personnel legislative initiatives.

Witnesses:

The Honorable Dennis M. McCarthy
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
U.S. Department of Defense

Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, USAR
Chief, Army Reserve

Vice Admiral Dirk Debbink, USNR
Chief of Naval Reserve

Lieutenant General John F. Kelly, USMC
Commander, Marine Forces Reserve

Lieutenant General Charles Stenner, USAFR
Chief, Air Force Reserve

Lieutenant General Harry Wyatt, USAF
Director, Air National Guard

Major General Raymond Carpenter, USA
Acting Director, Army National Guard


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AVI BioPharma Gets Contract To Work On Counters To Possible Biological WMD

The United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) awarded AVI BioPharma a contract to work on a drug to counter the Junin virus. There are concerns that this virus could be weaponized and used as a biological agent. The contract is worth over $11 million.

The contract is part of a program to develop measures to protect U.S. troops and civilians from Junin, Ebola and the Marburg viruses. AVI BioPharma Inc. is a company based in Washington state that is working on drugs based on RNA. They are also working on treatments for “muscular dystrophy and for the treatment of cardiovascular restenosis” as well as various viruses like Junin.

Obviously over the last several years the U.S. Government is concerned with treating populations as well as their military and civil servants fro these kind of diseases. Not only are their operations in parts of the world where these are more common Ebola and other blood diseases are a threat for use as a WMD. There will probably be many other contracts for this kind of work awarded over the next few decades.

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US awards threat reduction contract for Former Soviet states

October 14, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Black & Veatch, Contract Awards, DTRA, logistics, medicine 

Black and Veatch won a contract from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to provide services to Ukraine in the area of defenses against bioterrorism and bio weapon proliferation.  The contract is worth $175 M and is part of much larger contract worth up to $4 B.  Black and Veatch has worked with DTRA for several years in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) on threat reduction.

For more see The Kansas City Business Journal.

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DTRA awards IT modernization contract

September 23, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Contract Awards, DTRA, IT, Lockheed Martin, logistics 

Lockheed Martin won an ID/IQ contract to modernize the IT systems at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). If all options on this five year contract are executed it could be worth over $45 M. Like all of these types of contracts there may be none, a little or all work awarded. The long term goal is to unify the existing legacy systems with one, modern one.

See RTTNews.com for the story.

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