Battelle was awarded a $5 billion five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide technical cybersecurity work for the Defense Technical Information Center Cyber Security and Information Systems Technical Area Tasks (CS TAT), the company said Jan. 21.

Originally awarded in December 2015, the contract is a successor to a previous $2 billion contract Battelle held for Software Networks Information Modeling and Simulation at DTIC. The new contract entails similar work, the company said.

DTIC’s method for awarding contracts changed in recent years, resulting in a more competitive process, Battelle said.

The older method awarded single Information Analysis Center contracts to individual specific contractors, but the center currently awards Multiple Award Contracts (MACs) to a few qualified contractors who are eligible to compete for task orders under the umbrella contracts. Battelle is one of 10 contractors qualified to bid on the CS TAT contract.

Battelle said since the award method change it has won each of the four DTIC MAC contracts, including the Software Networks Information Modeling (SNIM), Homeland Defense Technical Area Task (HD TAT), Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks (DS TAT), and the newest cyber security one.

“We are gratified to have the opportunity to be able to continue the important work of helping the Department of Defense strengthen cybersecurity measures under this new contract,” Lisa McCauley, general manager of the cyber innovations business unit at Battelle, said in a statement.