The Department of Defense awarded 11 defense contracts Thursday, worth $1.64 billion altogether. More than half the funds on offer, however, went to seven companies chosen to participate in a major Pentagon training project.

The contract in question, worth an estimated $876.9 million over the next five years, takes the form of cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity awards to:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH)
  • General Dynamics (NYSE:GD)
  • Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)
  • Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)
  • Science Applications International Corp (NYSE:SAIC)
  • and two other privately held firms.

These seven firms will bid against each other to win various task orders over the next five years to perform work under the Pentagon's Joint Force DevelopmentĀ program, which aims to "advance the operational effectiveness of the current and future joint force." Tasks will involve providing continuously adaptive support for training and real-world operations through "education (academics), training assessment, experimentation (warfighting solutions), and infrastructure." This contract is expected to run through April 30, 2019.

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