Lockheed MartinÂ has teamed up withÂ Purdue University, New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to bid forÂ a potential $2.9 billion contract to run the Sandia National Laboratories over a 10-year period.
Each of the three universities aim toÂ provide personnel and facilities to supportÂ Sandia’s research and development ofÂ nuclear deterrence, cybersecurity, energy, non-proliferation and advanced computing technologies, Lockheed said Monday.
â€œOur goal is to help the National Nuclear Security Administration further solidify Sandiaâ€™s role as a national asset by bringing in even stronger R&D partnerships, improving the national security talent pipeline and sparking small business growth through a robust commercialization program,” saidÂ Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed’s space systems business.
Purdue will lead technology transfer programs and collaborateÂ with national and New Mexico-based startups and entrepreneurs to help license technology for commercial use under the teaming agreement.
NNSA’s current contract with Lockheed subsidiaryÂ Sandia Corp.Â is dueÂ to expire in April 2017.
The Â agency said in May the follow-on SNL support contract drewÂ interest from 15 companies.