The Air Force has tapped Lockheed Martin [LMT] and

Northrop Grumman [NOC] to compete for task orders to support the Platform One agile software development program.

Both companies were selected for the five-year Software Development Security Operations (DevSecOps) Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) to cover engineering, software development, cybersecurity and operations, and IT support work for Platform One.

“Software is at the heart of every system we deliver, and we understand the DoD’s urgent need for faster deliveries, more powerful mission capabilities, and open-source, open-architecture foundations for software,” Yvonne Hodge, Lockheed Martin’s senior vice president of enterprise business transformation, said in a statement. “Platform One is a truly innovative approach that is propelling the DoD’s DevSecOps evolution, and the collaboration with industry has helped us build infrastructure and capabilities that are well-aligned to the DoD’s vision.”

Lockheed Martin described Platform One as a standardized DevSecOps program that will enable faster software development and deployment, along with continuous updates, for critical Air Force programs such as the Advanced Battle Management Systems and the Aegis Combat System. 

“It’s clear from their actions that Lockheed Martin is embracing DevSecOps and is committed to advancing Platform One capabilities,” Nic Chaillan, the Air Force’s chief software officer, said in a statement. “Collaboration with industry is key to the success of Platform One and other advanced cloud and software efforts, and we look forward to working with the Defense Industrial Base to improve the way we deliver fast, secure and high-quality code to warfighters.”

Northrop Grumman noted the company’s work will include specific support for the LevelUP Code Works Platform One team’s product development with full-stack DevSecOps engineers, cloud engineers and infrastructure engineers.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with the U.S. Air Force and  delivering expanded DevSecOps tools, services and talent to support current and future Department of Defense cyber missions,” Dedra Bonner, Northrop Grumman’s program manager for the Unified Platform system coordinator program, said in a statement. “Through the BOA, we’ll provide leading-edge DevSecOps and Lean-Agile services to ensure the U.S. Air Force continues to operate, pivot and adapt faster than our adversaries.”