10 février 2024 | International, Terrestre

PERATON awarded $2.8B to support U.S special Operation Command

In support of this contract, Peraton will be hiring roles in the following key areas: cybersecurity, system administration, information technology optimization and automation, and managed network services.

https://www.epicos.com/article/789043/peraton-awarded-28b-support-us-special-operation-command

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