America’s “Department of Homeland Security” has grown significantly in the wake of 9/11, and contracting growth has accompanied this trend. While the organization scrambles to hire experienced procurement staff, it must still manage the programs given to it by Congress, internal constituencies – and, of course, Mother Nature. 2006 was a busy year, and Government Security News has a list of the Top 100 DHS contractors of 2006. Here’ are the top 10:
# Fluor ($1.5 billion). One of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies.
# Shaw Environmental ($852.2 million). Includes environmental and infrastructure services, and also building protection & security services.
# Bechtel National, Inc. ($471.2 million). Engineering, construction, and project management.
# C2HM Hill Constructors, Inc. ($436.5 million). Full service engineering, consulting, construction and operations management.
# IBM ($413.3 million. I.T. systems and consulting.
# Unisys Corp. ($362.8 million). I.T. systems, also a top RFID vendor
# Integrated Coast Guard Systems ($325.6 million). The Lockheed/ Northrop-Grumman partnership responsible for the Coast Guard’s troubled Deepwater program.
# American Red Cross ($285 million). Often mobilized in the wake of diasters; also involved in emergency preparedness.
# L-3 Communications ($270.6 million). Surveillance and reconnaissance systems, satellites, and secure communications. Also involved in the CAPS2 project to protect passenger jets against missiles.
# JHM Research and Development ($250.2 million) Facilities management, records management, document conversion, and I.T.
As an equally interesting project, look at the bottom 10 (90-100) and note how many have been acquired. It’s the nature of the industry.