Companies enlisted to fight IEDs
Work involves strategic analyses, training, and development of counter-IED measures
- By William Welsh
- Sep 17, 2009
Science Applications International Corp. and A-T Solutions have won
contracts to help a joint services office combat inprovised explosive
SAIC is one of several companies that will compete for task orders
under a five-year, $494 million contract to provide technical and
operational support services to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device
Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), company officials said Sept. 16.
JIEDDO manages and coordinates all Defense Department programs
aimed at defeating IEDs, which remain a major threat to U.S. and
coalition forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The specific tasks are expected to include strategic analyses,
equipment training, and development of counter-IED measures. Other
services include intelligence, interagency coordination, program
management, and strategic and organizational planning.
SAIC ranks No. 7 on Washington Technology's 2009 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.
A-T Solutions' contract is worth $198.9 million over five years to
support JIEDDO's Joint Asymmetric Threat Awareness and Counter IED
The company will provide training focused on countering IEDs.
A-T Solutions, of Fredericksburg, Va., will provide training both at
military facilities in the United States and to troops already deployed
in-theater, company officials said.
William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.