Under Contract

Under Contract
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• The Pentagon awarded a $1.76 million contract to Paraclete XP Skyventure to use a “vertical wind tunnel.” The price is based on a year, with the option to renew for four additional years. “Vertical Wind Tunnel training provides a realistic in-flight training venue for individuals and teams to practice in flight body stabilization drills and emergency procedures associated with Military Free Fall (MFF) program,” according to documents. “The Fort Bragg Vertical Wind Tunnel (VWT) has been beyond economical repair for several years, and currently, there is no plan to repair it — too costly to repair the outdated facility. If a plan to rebuild comes to fruition, it will be with the latest wind turbine technology requiring [military construction program] funds,” read documents attached to the contract award.

• The Department of Energy awarded a $7.75 million contract to National Security Psychological Services to conduct “psychological assessment services” required for government employees to receive security clearances. The department houses the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons.

 • The National Park Service awarded a contract worth $8.78 million to W.M. Schlosser Co. to help restore and rehabilitate the Robert E. Lee Memorial in Arlington, Va. Among other things, the work includes updating four historic buildings, including Lee’s mansion, the north and south slave quarters and the museum on the estate.

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• The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a contract that, if the government decides to renew the contract for two additional years, could be worth $9.46 million. Solicited last year, the contract sought “innovative research proposals in the area of automated techniques and software tools for neutralizing cyber-adversary infrastructure,” including combating systems of bots capable of stealing data through distributed denial-of-service attacks, among other things. Two Six Labs won the contract.


Contract information compiled from General Services Administration data and government press releases. Send announcements about government contracts to mwilson@thehill.com.