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Lockheed to Support CDC Terrorism-Response Effort

By Mary Mosquera
Special to the Washington Post
Monday, January 29, 2007

Lockheed Martin of Bethesda won a five-year, $135 million contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support the agency's office for coordinating terrorism preparation and emergency response.

The defense and IT giant will perform support work for the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. The office offers technical advice and funds state and local government preparedness and response, oversees the CDC's Emergency Operations Center, regulates entities that use or transfer biological agents or toxins, and manages the Strategic National Stockpile of medical supplies.

Lockheed Martin staff will provide business consulting and technical, professional, logistical, engineering and administrative tasks to improve business processes and make them more efficient. With process improvements, the contractor will automate business functions where possible throughout the agency.

As part of the contract, the company receives, stores and maintains products in the Strategic National Stockpile, a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, vaccines and other life-saving medications that are available to state and local public health agencies in an emergency. The contractor makes sure that the products, which are meant to be shipped to disaster-stricken areas within 12 hours, are kept in secure, environmentally safe storage conditions.

Lockheed Martin also will provide communications, training, planning, logistics, administrative, operations and IT support for the Emergency Operations Center, which is the agency's focus when responding to public health emergencies, disease outbreaks and investigations.

Lockheed Martin has about 140,000 employees worldwide and had $39.6 billion of revenue in 2006. The company has 939 facilities in the United States and offices in 56 nations and territories.

Mary Mosquera is a staff writer for Government Computer News. For news on this and other contracts, go tohttp://www.gcn.com

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