Lockheed Martin Corp. has been awarded a $20 million, year-long extension of an Air Force contract to operate and maintain information technology networks for air defense, missile warning and space defense systems used by the Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs.
More than 500 people at Lockheed and its subcontractors work on the Integrated Space Command and Control System contract, but no additional hiring is planned with the contract extension, said Suzanne Smith, a Lockheed Martin spokeswoman.
Most of the work is done at Peterson Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Station in Colorado Springs, but the contract also includes systems installed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and other locations around the world.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded the contract in October to Lockheed Martin with a potential value of $250 million if all three one-year renewal options are exercised, though the company has supported components of the system since 2000.
The system takes data from sensors in space, in the atmosphere or on the ground to give military commanders and the president a more comprehensive view of an air or missile attack on the United States.