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Battelle awarded $14.6 million AFICA task order

Battelle was awarded a five-year, $14.6 million task order by the U.S. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency (AFICA) under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) Cyber Security Technical Area Task (CS TAT) multi-award contract to support the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) in the development and enhancement of DTIC’s capabilities for search, discovery, and analysis of technical data and information.

DTIC is the central repository for research and engineering information for the Department of Defense (DoD) and is a DoD Field Activity reporting to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)).

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