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Nevada National Security Site Operations Contract Revoked

Federal officials have revoked a $5 billion contract with a firm thought to be a subsidiary of defense contractor Lockheed Martin, just days after announcing the company had been picked to manage a vast former nuclear proving ground north of Las Vegas.

A National Nuclear Security Administration official declined Friday to provide additional details about the Department of Energy decision to renew the process to award a 10-year contract to operate the Nevada National Security Site.

A statement says that after announcing Aug. 26 that the contract went to Nevada Site Science Support and Technologies Corp., the government learned the company is now owned by Leidos Innovations Corp. of Virginia.

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Managing the 1,360-square mile facility has interest from major firms, including Bechtel and the current operator, National Security Technologies LLC. That's a Northrop Grumman joint-venture with three partners.