ARMY

CGI wins $93M in Army contract options

Company helping to win 'hearts and minds'

CGI Federal won a pair of contract modifications this week to support Army programs to win the hearts and minds of locals in warzones, as well as Army intelligence work.

The first modification is worth $48.3 million, and is part of a contract CGI won in September to support the Army Training and Doctrine Command’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence.

The company will develop a common framework where warfighting programs and strategies are conceived, defined and executed, according to the Defense Department.

Work will take place at Fort Eustis, Va. The modification brings the value of the contract to $53.6 million. When it was awarded, the Army put a $143.6 million ceiling on the firm-fixed price task order on track.

The second modification is worth $45.6 million, and is for support services for the Human Terrain System requirement and also was awarded by the Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy chief of staff for intelligence.

This contract was originally won by Oberon Associates, a company that CGI picked up when it acquired Stanley Inc. in 2010. The contract was awarded in September 2011.

The Human Terrain System is a training system that uses social science-based research and analysis to support decision making and cultural understanding in military theaters. According its website, the system was developed as conditions worsened in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006.

“Combat commanders did not have a good understanding of the cultural and social implications of military operations in urban environments. The result of conducting operations without local social and cultural knowledge produced negative affects among the local populations,” according to a history of the Human Terrain System.

By 2008, 28 HTS teams were deployed to Iraq. They were pulled out as the U.S. withdrew from the country. In Afghanistan, the number of teams peaked at 30 in September 2012, and the number now is 20.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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