NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PositiveID today announced the signing of an agreement with Science Applications International Corporation aimed at pursuing defense threat reduction contracts.

Specifically, the two companies will go after the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Multiple Award Contracts supporting the Weapons of Mass Destruction – Defeat Technology, Arms Control, and Nuclear Technology Electromagnetic Research and Development/Survivability and Infrastructure programs.

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