| October 2, 1997
For Immediate Release
APL Signs Long-Term Contracts with Navy, NASA
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md., signed a five-year, $1.6 billion contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) today. The contract, which is exclusively for Navy or Navy-related tasks to be assigned to APL, represents approximately 60% of the Laboratory's annual budget.
APL Director Gary Smith says, "The signing of this contract reaffirms the mutual commitment of APL and the Navy to continue our traditional mission to develop and apply science and technology to maintain a strong national defense."
The Navy has been APL's primary sponsor since the Laboratory was established in 1942. In extending this relationship, the new contract shifts management authority from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to NAVSEA. Funding under the new contract is at approximately the same level as that received under previous SPAWAR contracts. Tasks to be assigned under the new contract include research, systems engineering and evaluation, and technical services in such areas as theater air defense, battle space management, weapon system evaluation, and submarine survivability.
"This multiyear contract is a symbol of the confidence the Navy places in the work of APL. That confidence is justified," says Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), a member of the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics and representing Maryland's Sixth District, where APL is located. "Since 1942, APL has been one of the primary reasons our naval forces have maintained a technological advantage over every other naval force in the world."
On Oct. 1 APL signed a five-year, $500 million contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Tasks assigned by NASA under this contract will represent about 17% of APL's annual budget.
The NASA contract provides for research, design, mission operations, and data analysis services in support of the agency's Mission to Planet Earth, Discovery Program, and other space enterprises. APL was awarded NASA's first Discovery mission in 1993: the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft, which is en route to the first-ever orbit and study of an asteroid, beginning in February 1999.
APL Assistant Director for Business Operations Ed Portner points out that "These contract amounts — $1.6 billion and $500 million — are not guarantees of funding. Rather, they are not-to-be-exceeded ceilings against which various work tasks will be charged."
The Applied Physics Laboratory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.