DoD to award CBRN meteorological modeling support contract

The Acquisition Directorate of the Department of Defense's Washington Headquarters Service announced the intention on Friday to award a sole source contract to the Boulder, Colorado-based Science and Technology in Atmospheric Research (STAR) Institute.

The proposed award would support the External Modeling System (EMS). EMS consists of equipment that requires meteorological modeling support, which provides technical and scientific advice on chemical, biological and radiological threats; vulnerabilities; defenses; and consequence management.

The EMS provides the advice on threats that impact the Pentagon Reservation, DoD activities and DoD occupied facilities that are not under the jurisdiction of a military department within the National Capital Region (NCR).

STAR Institute will provide operational and maintenance support, training, documentation and system enhancement to EMS for a period of six months or less.

The proposed follow-on contract with STAR Institute would provide additional support for EMS to allow time to prepare and issue a solicitation for the completion of a new requirement that will be posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

STAR Institute is a non-profit organization that partners with private industry, academia and government to conduct research and development in the fields of advanced meteorological and plume dispersion systems. The research offers potential solutions to mitigate the effects of CBRN weapons.