SRA International Inc. of Fairfax won a six-year, $13.7 million contract to support Air Force planning for continued command-and-control operations if its Pentagon headquarters is hit by a terrorist attack or a natural disaster.

These efforts, known as continuity-of-operations planning, aim for maintaining essential functions of government agencies during incidents or emergencies that disrupt normal operations.

An example would be the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, said Anita Stolarow, SRA's director of Defense Department continuity of operations planning.

"The idea is to create a seamless rollover to some other place or places and make sure we can continue to do those things that need to be done," she said.

"You don't want the event to disrupt your ability to execute your core mission on a day-in, day-out basis, and that's what continuity of operations is all about," said J. Patrick Burke, senior vice president and director of the command and control, communications and intelligence sector at SRA.

"It's your ability to fight the disruptions that adversaries or natural disasters may throw at you. It's your ability to operate your operation just as efficiently as you had before the event took place. That's why it's critical," he said.

SRA has worked with Air Force headquarters since 1997 on programs to keep the agency up and running in the aftermath of a disruptive event that could affect its operations at the Pentagon.

The company, which has done continuity-of-operations support work for more than 20 years, also provides such services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, all other U.S. military services, Pentagon agencies, federal civilian agencies, state and local government agencies, and commercial entities, Burke said.

SRA won the Air Force headquarters work under the Chief Information Officer Solutions and Partners 2 Innovations contract, a 10-year, multiple-award contract managed by the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center.

The NIH center offers information technology solutions to all government agencies.

The company will continue to provide support for all policy, planning, training and information technology operations at Air Force headquarters.

ICF Consulting Inc., a management, technology and policy consulting firm, also in Fairfax, is working with SRA.

SRA provides information technology services, mostly to federal agencies. It employs about 4,600 workers and had revenue of $881.8 million for the fiscal year ended June 30.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer with Washington Technology. For more details on technology contracts, go to