The Department of Defense had a slow day Thursday, announcing only five new defense contracts, with a combined value of only $109.5 million. Of these contracts, only two went to publicly traded defense contractors:
- AECOM Government Services (NYSE:ACM), whose National Security Programs unit was awarded a $10 million modification to a public relations contract with the U.S. Army. AECOM will provide U.S. Forces-Afghanistan with a capability to passively gather, analyze, and disseminate open source "atmospheric" information throughout the Afghanistan Combined Joint Operating Area. AECOM will assist with monitoring, tracking, and measuring local sentiment toward U.S. Forces-Afghanistan programs and policies, and will also provide professional advice and assistance on local social, religious, political, economic, and tribal matters, and communication strategies, and will finally assist with producing open source "atmospheric" information supporting Afghanistan-related strategic, operational, and tactical decision making. AECOM will provide these services through December 4, 2015.
- Jacobs Engineering (NYSE:J), whose Technology division won an $11.3 million cost-plus-fixed-fee task order from the U.S. Navy under a previously awarded General Services Administration Alliant Multiple Award contract for information technology services. Jacobs will be providing various IT services to the Navy involving software development, engineering, and enterprise architectural compliance through January 2015.