The Department of Defense awarded eight defense contracts Wednesday, worth $7.3 billion in total.
The single largest award, constituting 96% of the funds on offer, went to a single, privately held alternative energy firm -- Foresight Renewable Solutions, LLC, based in San Francisco. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted Foresight a $7 billion firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract "for use in completing and awarding power purchase agreement task orders." The Pentagon's contract announcement did not make clear whether this award is in any way related to the similar-sounding $7 billion in Power Purchase Agreement contracts that were announced last summer.
In addition to the private Foresight contract, the Pentagon announced awards to the following publicly traded companies:
- Lockheed Martin (LMT 1.38%), which was awarded a $35.8 million contract modification funding the development of a Universal Armament Interface capability in software controlling use of Small Diameter Bombs carried by U.S. Navy F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters. These funds cover ground tests of the software only. Testing should be completed by April 2018.
- Accenture (ACN -0.12%) was awarded a $7.5 million contract modification from the U.S. Army, funding "enterprise business system onsite support and change requests" through June 27, 2015.