NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Leidos and partner PositiveID have been awarded a contract from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to develop detection technologies for potential weapons of mass destruction.

Leidos is one of seven contractors eligible to compete for task orders under the DTRA contract, PositiveID said today. The multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a five-year base period of performance, and if all options are exercised, it is valued at $4 billion.

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