Kratos Defense & Security Solutions recently announced that its SecureInfo cybersecurity group has been awarded a subcontract from Lockheed Martin worth more than $16 million to provide the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) with a full range of cyber security services.

Those services, according to the company, will include information security design, planning, implementation, and operations/maintenance for the USAP's global terrestrial, satellite and IT systems and infrastructure.

In December of last year, Lockheed Martin was awarded a multi-year contract worth up to $2 billion to provide logistical support for the USAP.

"Since 1956, the National Science Foundation’s USAP has supported the US goals of implementing the Antarctic Treaty, fostering cooperative research with other nations, protecting the Antarctic environment, and developing measures to ensure equitable and wise use of resources," Infosecurity reports. "The program comprises research by scientists selected from universities and other research institutions and operations and support by contractors and federal agencies. Approximately 3,000 Americans are involved each year."

Key programs goals include understanding the region and its ecosystems, understanding its effects on and responses to global processes such as climate, and using the region as a platform for fundamental research in every scientific discipline.

"We are very pleased to provide our comprehensive suite of cyber security services and solutions to the U.S. Antarctic Program in support of their research and discovery mission," Kratos SecureInfo senior vice president Christopher Fountain, Sr. said in a statement. "We are also very excited to expand our long-standing relationship with Lockheed Martin."