Three win Army logistics support contracts

The protest dust has settled at last on the Army's civil logistics contract to supply troops engaged in military missions and humanitarian efforts around the globe.

The Army Sustainment Command originally presented the contract awards in June to Dyncorp International LLC; Fluor Continental Inc.; and Kellogg, Brown and Root Services to provide basic necessities such as food, fuel, housing and other supply services to Army forces.

The awards were protested to the Government Accountability Office by IAP Worldwide Services Inc., of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Contingency Management Group LLC, of Newville, Pa.

The Army confirmed this week that the three original winners will do the work even through GAO upheld the protest in October. The Army said that GAO required it to take corrective action, but didn't disclose in a news release the exact nature of those actions.

This is the fourth version of what the Army calls the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, or LOGCAP IV. The latest version of the contract allows for multiple contractors to provide the sustainment services rather than a single contractor as in the past. Through the contract, private-sector contractors provide a wide range of logistics and support services to U.S. and allied forces in combat, as well as peacekeeping, humanitarian and training operations.

Each of the three 10-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts has a value of up to $5 billion per year, the Army said. The Army has set the total lifetime value of the three contracts at $150 billion.

KBR held the LOGCAP I contract from 1992 to 1996; DynCorp held LOGCAP II from 1997 to 2001; and KBR held LOGCAP III from 2001 until now.

The contractors will be competing for task orders within the next 60 days.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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