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Dallas-based engineering firm Jacobs secures multibillion-dollar government contract

Jacobs will work on domains ranging from data operations to development integration under the General Services Administration contract.

Dallas engineering giant Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. won a multi-award government contract anticipated to have a multibillion-dollar budget, the company announced Tuesday.

The awards are part of the General Services Administration ASTRO contract, which provides the Department of Defense with new operational technologies and solutions. The contract has no defined ceiling value throughout its potential 10-year ordering period, although each task order could be valued anywhere between $100 million and $1 billion and could require support from 50 to 500 employees.

The ASTRO program, a government contract vehicle specifically targeted at the Department of Defense, is shaped around 10 domain areas, and Jacobs applied and was selected for seven, including data and mission operations, space, development integration and research and training.

“These awards on GSA’s highly anticipated ASTRO contract enable Jacobs to deliver full life-cycle digital solutions and cutting-edge technologies to ensure interoperability, resilience and assurance for the Department of Defense and the joint forces,” said Bruce Crawford, Jacobs’ critical mission solutions senior vice president of strategic development and growth and sales.

Jacobs has a long history of government contract work and was awarded another contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency in March. The company is also NASA’s largest service provider, with thousands of employees engineering the organization’s next rockets and manning mission control systems.

In 2020, 33% of the company’s $13.6 billion in revenue came directly or indirectly from U.S. government agencies, according to the latest annual filings. The company secured a $605 million contract to design the U.S. Army’s Korea Air Operations and Intelligence Center in March of that year.

The firm is in the process of proving that it’s more than just an engineering company. With more than 55,000 employees worldwide, including around 800 in the Dallas area, Jacobs has staked its claim across dozens of industries. Its projects range from sustainability to nuclear energy to aerospace.

After acquiring national security engineering provider KeyW for about $815 million in 2019, Jacobs heightened its presence in the intelligence community. As of late July, the company works with 12 of the 18 U.S. intelligence agencies.

“We’re harnessing our unique blend of mission experience, cyber and intelligence capabilities and user-informed innovation to enable decision dominance among our defense and U.S. federal clients,” Crawford said.

Marin Wolf. Marin Wolf is a breaking news reporter for the Dallas Morning News Business Desk. She previously covered race and diversity for Bloomberg News. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism.

marin.wolf@dallasnews.com @maringwolf
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