According to DOD: General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $23,734,700 cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification (P00006) to an existing contract (FA8650-09-D-5430) to advance research and development efforts for the Hardened Materials Research and Survivability Studies Program. The contract modification is to transition and advance the state-of-the-art in materials technologies, hardening concepts, and survivability applications associated with the protection and sustainability of Air Force aircrews and systems from a host of threats associated with photonic light and electromagnetic energy sources. Key technical areas in the program include optical materials and processing, hardening materials and processing, electro-optic/infrared sensor protection, warfighter protection, structural protection, optical technology, computational and theoretical studies on functional materials, proactive threat defeat, and high energy laser source materials. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 21, 2016. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 research and development and operations and maintenance funds will be used upon availability. Air Force Research Laboratory/RQKMA, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.