22 December 2000

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) National Missile Defense Joint Program Office announced today that The Boeing Company, Space & Communications Group, Anaheim, Calif., will be awarded a cost-plus-award-fee contract for continuing development of the National Missile Defense (NMD) system. The performance period is January 1, 2001, through September 30, 2007, with work performed by Boeing and its major subcontractors, primarily in Huntsville, Ala.; Tucson, Ariz.; Sudbury and Bedford, Mass.; and Colorado Springs, Colo.

The contract award announced today exercises certain options under the original contract and provides a flexible contract structure to accommodate the President's September 1, 2000, decision on continuing development and testing of the NMD system while deferring a deployment decision to the next administration.

This contract (with a potential value of $6 billion) protects the option for the next administration to deploy the NMD system at the earliest possible date, and restricts obligation of funding to funds available to the NMD program in fiscal 2001. Subsequent year obligations will be subject to review and approval by the Department of Defense and the next administration. No decision has been made to deploy a NMD system, and this contract award does not change the current NMD system architecture or any previously planned system elements.

The contract has a full potential value of $13 billion, if all future options are exercised. In April 1998, Boeing was selected as the Lead System Integrator (LSI), or prime contractor, for the NMD system. The initial contract awarded to Boeing in 1998 will expire in April 2001, and does not reflect present-day NMD program requirements relating to initial deployment, countermeasures mitigation and the need for an improved test program. Award of the contract today ensures continuity of the development and test program, and eliminates the potential for interruption of planned test activities.

The award of the contract announced today is a normal acquisition procedure designed to keep the NMD development and testing program on track. It provides continuity and a disciplined business approach until the new administration decides on its NMD program direction. Based upon several recommendations received by both internal and external experts, the new contract provides the framework for potential enhanced test and evaluation via an expanded test program infrastructure and the implementation of a more extensive countermeasures mitigation program. All future program elements are, of course, subject to discussion by the new administration.

The BMDO point of contact is Lt. Col. Rick Lehner, (703) 695-8743 or (703) 864-1743, or richard.lehner@bmdo.osd.mil.

22 December 2000
Pentagon Awards Defense Contract


The Pentagon announced a multibillion-dollar contract with the Boeing Co. on Friday to keep work going into the next administration on a national missile defense system.

Although no decision has been made whether the United States will deploy such a system, President Clinton said this year that testing and development should continue until the next administration makes a decision.

The contract is valued $6 billion for work from January 2001 through September 2007, and if additional work is required past that it could be worth up to $13 billion.

President-elect Bush has said he supports building an anti-missile shield to protect the United States.

``This will ensure that the Bush administration has the flexibility to structure the program to meet its requirements,'' said a Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Rick Lehner.

The initial contract for Boeing expires in April 2001, and enough money remained only for two more tests, Lehner said.

``We don't want to have an interruption in the test program,'' he said.

Clinton said Sept. 1 that he was putting off deployment in part because of doubts about the technical feasibility of a system to shoot down enemy missiles.

Pentagon brass believe an effective defense against ballistic missile attack on the United States can be built, but they've had limited success with five tests done so far.

In two of three interception tests, prototype interceptor rockets failed to hit their target in space.

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