Aberdeen, MD—The U.S. Air Force recently awarded a three-year, task order contract to Battelle to assist with the 649th Aeronautical Systems Squadron move from Brooks City Base in San Antonio, Texas, to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The contract has a ceiling of over $32 million.
The move is part of the Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) process mandated by the Department of Defense as a way to gain greater efficiencies across the military base system. The 649th is the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense program management organization for the Air Force.
While the realignment process is underway, there will be concurrent operations at Brooks and Aberdeen.
“Our goal is to try and minimize the impact upon these missions,” said Jerry Fager, Battelle’s San Antonio Project Manager for the 649th contract. “Battelle has the people, the knowledge, and the capabilities to help ensure that operations continue throughout the move.”
Battelle will provide assessments, evaluations, and studies of the materiel systems managed by the 649th. It will also make recommendations to ensure the most efficient and rapid modernization of equipment for CBRNE defense. In addition, Battelle will provide engineering, test and evaluation, sustainment and training support recommendation.
Battelle is the world’s largest non-profit independent research and development organization, providing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $5.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 20,400 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science and math education.