Alion Science wins piece of $4 billion DTRA contract to counter WMD

DTRA personnel at work
DTRA personnel at work

To address the continuing threat of weapons of mass destruction, Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, was awarded a contract to compete with six other contractors for $4 billion in work to support the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA’s) efforts to counter weapons of mass destruction (CWMD).

Under the five-year base period of performance, plus a five-year option period, the Alion team will compete for individual task orders to perform research and development, hardware and software technology development, and test and evaluation across the WMD landscape. The results will help DTRA to find and deploy solutions to counter the proliferation of — and threat posed by — potential WMD devices.

“This contract will allow Alion to expand on our previous 10 years of support to DTRA in nuclear detection, modeling and simulation, exercise support and systems analysis,” said Terri Spoonhour, Alion’s senior vice president and distributed simulation group manager. “We have assembled a team that includes small businesses, large businesses, not-for-profit research companies and universities — each demonstrating proven capability to support and advance the CWMD mission over a range of critical functional areas.”

DTRA is the U.S. Department of Defense’s Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction across the entire spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive threats. DTRA’s programs include basic science research and development, operational support to U.S. warfighters on the front line and an in-house WMD think tank that aims to anticipate and mitigate future threats long before they have a chance to harm the United States and its allies.