$394M for MITRE in FY 2012
In September 2011, The MITRE Corp. in Bedford, MA received a $394.2 million contract modification, exercising the 3rd option year for systems engineering and integration support for Air Force ceiling programs (892 staff-years) and Air Force non-ceiling programs (300 direct staff years) in FY 2012. This contract also supports Foreign Military Sales programs (6%) to Britain, France, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. The ESC/CAA at Hanscom AFB, MA manages the contract (FA8721-12-C-0001).
These contracts have been going on for some time. MITRE was formed in 1958 as a not-for-profit corporation under the leadership of C.W. Halligan, and has a long-standing cross-fertilization with MIT. It manages several Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). The one for the Department of Defense (recently changed to the National Security Engineering Center) specializes in command, control, communications, and intelligence systems. Other FFRDCs serve the Internal Revenue Service & the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs (the Center for Enterprise Modernization [PDF]), Homeland Security, and the Administrative office of the U.S. federal courts. Finally, MITRE has its own independent research and development program, to explore new technologies and new uses of technologies to solve its sponsors’ problems.