Wrapping up a week most notable for its stinginess, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded only three (yes, you read that right) new contracts Friday. As for the $44 million in Pentagon contracts awarded, the winners were:

  • NuStar Terminals Operations Partnership L.P., tagged a "small business" in the Pentagon award, but actually a sub-subsidiary of $1.7-billion market capitalized NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS). NuStar won a $23.3 million firm-fixed-price contract to receive, store, and ship government owned petroleum products for the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps from now through July 11, 2018. An optional extension could push NuStar's completion date out to July 11, 2023.
  • Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT). Lockheed was issued a $12.9 million delivery order to conduct repairs on 25 unspecified items located in the common cockpit of Navy H-60R/S helicopters by July 1, 2015.
  • And finally, British defense contractor QinetiQ's North America subsidiary won a $7.8 million firm-fixed-price contract to supply Talon IV robots (analogous to our own more familiar iRobot PackBots in form and function) to the Pakistani military. The Talons will be used for bomb disposal work in Pakistan.

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