Operating and recapitalization costs for front-line fighters are up in the stratosphere, even as a wide variety of conflicts around the world fit counterinsurgency profiles requiring affordable, persistent surveillance and rapid fire support. UAVs are filling an important niche, and their success is triggering major bureaucratic showdowns in response, but they remain expensive, are much more crash-prone than manned aircraft, and offer a limited field of view.
Aug 22/07: A $6.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for internal security services for forward operating bases in Iraq. Work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2008. There were 3 bids solicited on July 29, 2007, and 3 bids were received. , is the contracting activity (W91GDW-07-A-4003).
Aug 13/07: A $5.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for internal security services in Iraq. The contract will be complete by Aug. 1, 2008, and was initiated on July 25, 2007 by The Joint Contracting Command in Baghdad, Iraq (W91GDW-07-A-4003).
ITT Federal Services International Corp. in Colorado Springs, CO received a $50.3 million cost-plus-fixed-fee/ award-fee contract for Base Operations and Security Services at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. Work is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2012. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on Aug. 23, 2006, and 5 bids were received by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Qatar (W912D2-07-C-0004).
While the air base at Al Uedid attracts more attention, Camp As Saliyah’s role as a pre-positioning facility located just outside the capital city of Doha makes it an important piece of the USA’s overall presence in the Persian Gulf. It is reportedly the largest pre-positioning facility outside the USA, and ITT Federal Services International has been involved in associated contracts for some time now.
June 14/07: Small business qualifier EOD Technology Inc. in Lenoir City, TN received an $18.3 million increment as part of $122.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for static security services in Baghdad, Iraq. This contract will end by Jan. 31, 2008. There were 5 bids solicited on April 15, 2007, and 2 bids were received by the Multi-National Security and Transition Command, Baghdad, Iraq, is the contracting activity (W91GY0-07-C-0053).
ITT Federal Services International Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO received a $6.3 million increment as part of a $100.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for management, supplies, and services, and for qualified personnel to provide armed guard services in Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. ITT is the existing contract holder.
Work is expected to be complete by April 30, 2008. There were 28 bids solicited on Dec. 23, 2002, and 6 bids were received by the U.S. Army Contracting Agency in Wiesbaden, Germany (DABN01-03-C-0010).
Ronco Consulting Corp. in Washington, DC received a $16.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for de-mining and unexploded explosive ordnance removal in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and is expected to be complete by March 28, 2008. There were 414 bids solicited on Feb. 25, 2007, and 2 bids were received (popular job, evidently). The Joint Contracting Command – Iraq/Afghanistan in Baghdad, Iraq issued the contracts (W91B4N-07-F-0028).
Since 1981, Ronco Consulting has worked extensively on more than 300 development projects, and over 200 mine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), and security projects around the world. The firm is currently operational in Afghanistan (including both aid work and work in “the scariest place I had ever seen”), Sudan, Eritrea, Iraq, Lebanon, Mozambique, Sri Lanka – and even stateside in the USA. By most accounts, however, Afghanistan is the most heavily mined country in the world; a souvenir from the Soviet era.
Global Linguistic Solutions LLC in Springfield, VA received a delivery order amount of $49 million as part of a recent big $4.65 billion contract win for translation services. Work will be performed in Iraq and any related mission location, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 8, 2011. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on June 29, 2006, and 3 bids were received by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command in Fort Belvoir, VA (W911W4-07-D-0001).
N.B. DID believes the Pentagon meant to say “Global Linguistic Solutions LLC,” instead of “Global Language Systems L.L.C.” in their release, and has presented this article as such. Jabra Gheim has some impressive translation qualifications and excellent testimonials; he both trains US personnel and creates standard training material at the Defense Language Institute and West Point Academy. Still, a $4.65 billion contract vehicle is pretty unique.
CENTCOM’s other front was not neglected, nor was Guantanamo Bay…
“While most civilians are considered noncombatants, their jobs in support of U.S. weapons systems might easily involve direct contact with hostile fire.” …”International law such as the Geneva Convention does recognize the necessity of civilians’ support for combat forces but only in noncombatant roles that keep them out of a direct engagement with enemy forces. Although the world community generally recognizes an international legal precedent for civilians to provide support during war, advances in weapons systems and changes in warfighting strategies have blurred the lines between support and combat, combatant and noncombatant, and civilian and soldier.13″ Army doctrine is only now beginning to come to terms with the many legal issues associated with OCS.”
This is an issue that has grown within the defense sector over the last decade, and now affects a substantial number of people. Over at DefenseTech P.W. Singer, a Senior Fellow at the liberal Brookings Institution, says that contractors’ unclear status may be about to change radically – all because of 5 words slipped into the USA’s 2007 military appropriations act. He explains at some length in “The Law Catches Up To Private Militaries, Embeds” – and some US troops and contractors offer thoughts and share experiences in the comments section. Meanwhile, a military officer notes some of the remaining grey areas and urges follow-on legislation that will resolve them. In February of 2007, meanwhile, the Lexington Institute issues their report: “Contractors on the Battlefield: A force to be Managed” [PDF format], and recommends 6 key reforms.
DynCorp International LLC in Falls Church, VA received a $14 million cost-plus-award and incentive fee with cost-reimbursable contract modification. These monies will provide for Forward Operation Location-Base Operating Support (FOL)-BOS services in support of the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) aerial counter drug surveillance mission. Work will take place at Reina Beatrix IAP, Aruba; HATO IAP, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; and Eloy Alfaro IAP Manta, Ecuador. DynCorp International will perform approximately 90% of the total effort. At this time, $10 million have been obligated. This work will be complete June 2007. Air Combat Command Contracting Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, VA issued the contract (F44650-02-C-0002/P00090).
United States surveillance aircraft supporting USSOUTHCOM, Department of Defense, US State Department, and multi-counter drug agencies currently operate from the FOLs to assure continued counter drug surveillance in the Caribbean and Central and South American theaters. See DID’s coverage of some of the aircraft involved. The Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Combat Command (ACC) commander, and Twelfth Air Force (12 AF) commander determined that FOL support functions shall be contracted to the maximum extent possible.
Oct 3/06: L-3 Communications subsidiary MPRI Inc. in Alexandria, VA received a $15 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for law enforcement personnel embedded with units deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (13%), and Iraq or Afghanistan (87%), and the contract will end on Sept. 30, 2007. This was a sole source contract initiated on Aug. 31, 2006 by the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (W91CRB-06-C-0040).