SAIC bounces back with $281M missile defense win

Contractor will provide assistance to the Ballistic Missile Defense System

On the heels of losing a lucrative National Institutes of Heath contract last week that will most likely lead to job cuts, Science Applications International Corp. announced today that it won an award from the Missile Defense Agency, the research, development and acquisition arm within the Defense Department, in a contract valued up to $281 million, according to a news release.

The five-year, multiple-award contract will be primarily based in Huntsville, Ala. and SAIC will support the Ballistic Missile Defense System with senior advisory and analytical services, the company said in an announcement.

The contractor will assist MDA as it develops, tests, and fields ballistic missile capabilities and will help develop, deploy and maintain those BMDS capabilities, the release said.

Last week, SAIC spokesman Vernon Guidry confirmed that SAIC was "not chosen to continue" work on an IT contract at the NIH and that it would mean more than 80 job cuts out of its Bethesda, Md. office. 

SAIC, of McLean, Va., ranks No. 6 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

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