Contract Award: $2B Antarctic Support Contract

Post Date: December 13, 2012 | Category: Contract Award Activity

Lockheed Martin

NSF and the USAP have been an anchoring U.S. presence in Antarctica since 1956 through its active and influential scientific research program, supporting fundamental discovery research that can only be done there and studying the Antarctic and its interactions with the rest of the planet. The program goals include:  understanding the region and how its ecosystems depend on the polar environment; understanding its effects on (and responses to) global processes such as climate; and using the region as a platform for fundamental research in every scientific discipline.  Antarctica's remoteness and extreme climate make it a unique and natural laboratory environment.

Around this time last year KBR, CH2M Hill, and Lockheed Martin were top 3 contractors considered for the National Science Foundation contract in Antarctica on the highest, driest, coldest, windiest and emptiest place on Earth.

This contract required exceptional logistics and planning expertise. A few of the unique challenges include managing the world’s longest supply chain, building airfields on ice and snow, working in the world’s worst weather conditions, and managing remote field camps, ice-breaking research vessels and the largest research stations and laboratories on the cold continent.

The contract was to operate and maintain the United States' facilities in Antarctica which supports scientific research activities being undertaken by the United States Antarctic Program.

On 22 December 2011 the initial announcement was made to the USAP  that the $ 2 Billion contract had been awarded to the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Following the announcement CH2M Hill filed a protest the next day, KBR didn't issue a statement on the matter. "CH2M Hill Antarctic Support, Inc. is disappointed with result of the NSF's selection process for the Antarctic Support Contract,"  the company said in a official statement but Lockheed-Martin declined to comment on the protest. CH2M Hill protest was denied eariler this year  April 2012 as reported by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GOA).  See Bid Protest »

Brief History: Research Program in Antarctica 

Since the late 1960s the National Science Foundation (NSF) has increasingly relied on a prime private contractor to provide science support, operations and maintenance, logistics support and construction in the Antarctic.

Operation Deep Freeze, the beginning of America's current Antarctic research program, began in 1955-56 in preparation for the International Geophysical Year (IGY), and the support force at that time was the U. S. Navy. However, even then, it was recognized that private companies were better equipped to provide certain aspects of support. During the first summer at McMurdo, Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) had welders on site constructing two fuel storage tanks and a 250,000 gallon tank for aviation gasoline and a 100,000 gallon tank for diesel fuel.

As the original temporary IGY-era program evolved into the continuing research program (CARP/USARP/USAP) that it is today, the Navy remained the primary support organization except for direct assistance to scientists and their missions in the field.

Lockheed-Martin Antarctic Program

Lockheed Martin, a global security and information technology company that employs 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

In 2011, Lockheed Martin was selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the prime contractor for the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). The program enables universities, research institutions and other nation’s programs to conduct valuable scientific research in the region.

Lockheed Martin is working with NSF to implement a cost-effective, streamlined infrastructure for managing elements such as work stations, medical facilities, communications, transportation, shipping, emergency response, housing, food services, science support, environmental protection, research vessels, construction projects and remote field camp support.

Lockheed Martin partners with other organizations to successfully operate and support the United States Antarctic Program, which deploys roughly 3,000 people a year to conduct research and maintain research stations and vessels. For information on these partner organizations, please click on one of the links below:

If you are looking for opportunities or more information about this program download this PDF. For program and HR inquiries, please contact: [email protected]

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5 Responses to “Contract Award: $2B Antarctic Support Contract”

  1. Comment made by Tobey Brown on Dec 29th 2012 at 15:21:

    I am interested in the job opportunities that might be available. Please look at my profile.


  2. Comment made by Benjamin Morina on Mar 24th 2013 at 00:59:

    I have experience with KBR in Maintenance field management positions from September 1999 until October 2011, six and half years were in Iraq alone. I am interested to rejoin KBR in Africa or other countries. If any open positions please contact me at [email protected] and/or 0037744158569

    Best regards,

  3. Comment made by Ann Rostomashvili on Dec 31st 2013 at 07:31:

    Could you please, send me the link of the Antarctic Support Contract site so I can do apply for posted Jobs?

    Please, contact me at my email address: [email protected] or call me +995 599 465 402

  4. Comment made by eddiewill on Jun 9th 2014 at 01:03:

    Contact Phone: Global Cell#: 910-988-6831
    International Phone#: 011966531206043
    Email: [email protected]

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am very excited about exploring additional employment opportunities with Your Company. My background includes extensive expertise in maintenance management, Fleet / Supply Management and entire site management; encompassing a diverse 24 year Military career culminating to senior level logistics management positions and 1 year as Site Management position and Off-Site Maintenance Manager in hostile environments which requires extreme knowledge in risk management. I have been a dedicated and successful Army Officer setting high standards for myself. I am confident in saying that my work ethic and talent have been instrumental in consistent promotions and a variety of jobs in continued positions of increased responsibility. I have been responsible for providing the technical and leadership foundation for organizations of various sizes, from start up to multi-tier operations. I am accustomed to handling multiple complex tasks simultaneously with the ability to focus on attention to detail without sacrificing accuracy. I am also proficient in computer applications. I have a degree and am Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified. I look forward to hearing from you so that we may further discuss my qualifications in greater detail, and the possibilities of further employment with your company.

    Eddie Williams III

  5. Comment made by Jennifer Henderson on Feb 18th 2015 at 03:06:

    Jennifer Henderson
    E-mail: [email protected]

    I am highly interested in a job within the Antarctica Support contract. I have a long work history or organizational development, strategic communication, safety and human resources. I also have military experience (served 4 years on active duty with the US Army). Currently working on a defense contract in Afghanistan – I have no issues about being stationed somewhere remote.

    Please e-mail me for potential job opportunities. I look forwarding to hearing from you.

    Jennifer Henderson

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