AECOM to continue Afghan intell support

AECOM’s National Security Programs business won a $10 million modification to an Army contract to collect and monitor trends on locals in Afghanistan feel about U.S. troops and policies.

Known as “atmospheric information,” the company gathers, analyzes and disseminates open source information on how Afghan locals feel about U.S. forces, program and policies. AECOM also provides advice and assistance on social, religious, political, economic and tribal matters as well as communication strategies.

AECOM produces open source atmospheric information to support strategic, operational and tactical decision making, the Defense Department said.

According to information from market research firm Centurion Research Solutions, the contract was awarded in 2009 to McNeil Technologies, later acquired by AECOM. The ceiling is $450 million.

Calnet and SOS International also are contract holders, according to Centurion, which recently was acquired by Deltek.

But according to Centurion and Deltek data, AECOM has been the dominate contract on the vehicle with $144 million in task orders so far. Neither Calnet or SOS have broken $100,000 in tasks.


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Reader Comments

Wed, Feb 26, 2014 Duke North Carolina

I'm surprised the Afghan government hasn't shut down this program. Oh wait they are getting millions of IS dollars so they can let Americans gather false or made up intel reports from the locals. I'd say my neighbor was a terrorist if someone was waving a $100.00 in my face to feed my 10 kids with. This is not the only program that we US citizens are footing the bill for. Senseless just senseless

Tue, Jan 14, 2014 Afghanistan

It's a 10 million dollar intel contract when supposedly they are not collecting intel, but atmospherics?? Where are the checks and balances in government contracting?? We are paying millions of dollars for AECOM to pay locals to gather intel for us?? Aren't these the same locals who are anti US?? Some smells funky.

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