Lockheed Martin will now be providing the support services for the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Program. The contract is initially for the next 4.5 years and it could be extended for another 8.5 years. The logistical support services contract was previously awarded to Raytheon (a Lockheed Martiin competitor also in the defense business) in 1999. Lockheed Martin was among 7 of the companies bidding for the contract along with Raytheon, although it was not a finalist. The two other finalists were CH2M Hill of Englewood, Colorado and KBR of Houston, Texas.