On a slow day for defense contracting, the Department of Defense awarded a grand total of two -- count 'em, two -- contracts Thursday. One went to a privately held firm, TCOM Limited Partnership of Maryland, and the details of this one should sound familiar. TCOM got an $11.8 million award for the supply of 22M and 28M aerostat parts and spares in support of the Army's Persistent Ground Surveillance System Program -- whereby the Army floats aerostats (essentially high-tech, stationary blimps) above the ground in Afghanistan to monitor Taliban movements on the ground.

The second, slightly larger contract, was a $17.3 million award to Boeing (NYSE:BA) modifying a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, and hiring Boeing to provide logistics support services for the Navy's C-40A transport aircraft fleet.

TCOM's contract is due to be completed by October 2013, and Boeing's by July 2015.

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