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Amentum Awarded $56 Million Contract to Support Biological Threat Reduction Missions in Africa


CHANTILLY, VA; December 4, 2023 – Amentum has been awarded a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) contract valued at $56.1 million to support the U.S. Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) mission. Expanding on Amentum’s international BTRP work on the African continent, the company will deliver expertise to secure and consolidate pathogens; enhance biosafety and biosecurity standards; and sustain and maintain partner countries’ abilities to detect, diagnose, surveil, and report emerging and re-emerging diseases of international security concern.

“Amentum’s expertise in managing important national security missions with partner nations will be strengthened by modernizing construction delivery, smart logistics networks, sustainable training approaches and safe laboratory operations,” said Mark Whitney, President, Amentum’s National Security Group. “Our threat reduction capabilities and experience will enhance the ability of BTRP’s partners to detect and prepare for any biological threats that may impact our country, allies, and the African region.”

Under this contract Amentum will work with the African Union’s Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Center in Bishoftu, Ethiopia to enhance biosafety and biosecurity of the facility. Amentum’s work will include construction and engineering of a new laboratory and training facility; equipment procurement, delivery, and installation; operations and maintenance support, and biosafety. Amentum will also deliver biosecurity training to ensure the center is sufficiently equipped to protect biological assets and implement a bio risk management program.

The award has a three-year base period of performance with several options which can extend the period of performance to five years. Work will be performed within and outside the continental United States with specific focus on BTRP partners in Ethiopia and the African Union.

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