Cubic Corp. said on Oct. 10 that it received a task order from San Diego-based SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific that could be worth up to $20 million.

The deal, which could run through 2021, supports the U.S. Pacific Command’s Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, based in Hawaii.

The United States established the center “to bridge the understanding between civil and military humanitarian responders as well as to provide a Department of Defense platform for building disaster management, humanitarian assistance awareness and expertise among U.S. forces and partner nations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific,” according to a statement from Cubic.

The federal agency said the program grew from an idea by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, who represented Hawaii from 1962 until his death in 2012. “The senator had witnessed the effects of Hurricane Iniki that struck the Hawaiian Islands in 1992, and felt the civil-military coordination in the response could have been more effective,” the program website says.

Cubic (NYSE: CUB)’s global defense unit received the task order under the U.S. Navy’s SeaPort-e contract vehicle. The award is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract.

SPAWAR is the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.