Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute has won a $1.73 billion renewed contract to support the US DoD with secure software systems.
Software Engineering Institute (SEI), which is sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, is the only Federally funded research and development centres (FFRDC) focusing specifically on software-related security and engineering issues.
The contract was awarded for a term of five years with an option for an additional five years, the US DoD announced Tuesday.
"CMU Provost Farnam Jahanian said, "Together, CMU and the SEI will support the missions of our nation's defense and civilian agencies and collaborate with industry partners to advance and transition innovative technologies."
Complex software systems requiring the highest levels of cybersecurity now underpin the operations of the DoD, the Department of Homeland Security, and other government agencies and industries in our software-dependent society.
As part of Carnegie Mellon University, the SEI is positioned to develop technologies and practices through its own research and to apply innovative technologies developed by outside organizations to solve difficult engineering and cybersecurity challenges in various fields, including aerospace, transportation, banking and finance, energy, robotics and industrial automation.
"The renewal of our contract is a strong endorsement of the value the SEI's women and men provide at a time when cybersecurity and software quality are critical to our national security," said Paul Nielsen, SEI director and CEO.