The US Army has awarded $900 million in contracts to several companies, including major corporations, for logistics and service support for biological and chemical war projects.

The US Department of Defense, made the announcement on Tuesday saying, the companies, including the Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus in Ohio and the Camber Corporation of Huntsville in Alabama, “were awarded a $900 million… contract to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.”

It said the other companies receiving contracts were Aktarius, Allied Technical Services, AQuate II, Axseum Solutions, KD Analytical Consulting, Murtech, Omega Consultants, SciTech Services, DRS Technical Services, STS International, Engility, Leidos, Patricio Enterprises and SAIC Corporation.

According to an August 2015 US Government Accountability Office report, the United States claims to be facing current and emerging chemical and biological threats and requires integrated defenses against them, but currently those responsibilities are split among 26 different Defense Department agencies.

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US soldiers wear chemical warfare gear during a joint military exercise with South Korea at a US Army base in Dongducheon, 40 kilometers north of Seoul.