On Friday, Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon announced that the security and aerospace company has successfully secured an $8 billion U.S. Defense contract to serve as global logistics support for America’s Special Operations Forces.
It is not uncommon for the U.S. military to rely on contracts with private sector organizations for support services like warehouse logistics, maintenance, equipment modifications, and specialized repairs on equipment like aircraft. This new contract awards that responsibility to Lockheed Martin, who will be supporting special operations units like the Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and Rangers for ten more years. Their previous contract was set to expire in 2018.
Multiple companies are said to have competed for the contract, though both Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon have been understandably tight-lipped about what types of support, exactly, it is that the defense contractor provides.
“There are a lot of things we can’t tell you about how Lockheed Martin supports Special Operations Forces, but we can tell you Lockheed Martin provides what they need, where they need it, whenever they need it.” Reads a statement released by Lockheed on Friday.