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Van Oord Bags Dredging Contract in Iraq

Van Oord has been awarded the dredging contract for the Iraq crude oil export expansion project off the coast of Iraq in the Arabian Gulf.

Dredging Today

The client is the South Oil Company of Iraq. Van Oord will be working for main contractor Leighton based in Australia. The contract value for Van Oord amounts to some 100 million US Dollar. Work will start immediately and continue until the end of 2011. After completing the maintenance dredging project in the port of Umm Qasr in 2003, this is Van Oord’s next project in Iraq.

Van Oord will be dredging a 43-kilometre-long trench and the turning basins around three oil loading buoys. The project site is located at the mouth of the river Euphrat. Van Oord will be deploying its largest trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 318 and two cutter suction dredgers.The HAM 318 will be working at a distance of approximately 40 km off shore. The cutter suction dredgers will be working closer to the coast. During project execution all employees will remain offshore.  Please read the original here

 

January 26, 2011 Posted by | Contract Awards, Iraq | , , , | Leave a comment

DoD Contract Awards Jan 24, 2011

CONTRACTS USSOCOM   US Dept of Defense Veterans Today

L-3 Global Communications Solutions of Victor, N.Y., was awarded a modification to increase the contract ceiling by $40,000,000 to a new not-to-exceed amount of $157,000,000.  This is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity firm-fixed price contract for procurement and sustainment of Special Operations Forces deployable node-medium very small aperture terminal and small aperture terminals satellite antennas in support of U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters Procurement Division.  The work will be performed in Victor.  Procurement actions are expected to be completed by Aug. 30, 2012, and sustainment actions are scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30, 2015.  The contract number is H92222-06-D-0007.

ARMY

Sentel Corp., Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $36,969,036 firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee contract Jan. 20, 2011.  The award will provide for logistics support, property-accountability services, operator-level maintenance and readiness-management operations for the Army Sustainment Command in support of applicable military units and governmental agencies.  Work will be performed in Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Bliss, Texas; White Sands, N.M.; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; with an estimated completion date of Jan. 25, 2013.  Ten bids were solicited with seven bids received.  The U.S. Army Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-10-D-0102).

DRS Technical Services, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $22,670,393 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract Jan. 19, 2011.  The award will provide for field service support, operator training, engineer support, communication equipment repair and installation for the Afghan National Police.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of July 13, 2011.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-11-C-B001).

IAP Worldwide Services, Inc., Cape Canaveral, Fla., was awarded a $7,801,227 firm-fixed-price contract Jan. 19, 2011.  The award will provide for services necessary in order to support locations, facilities and operations, and for the construction of temporary facilities and structures as required to enable Joint Counter Intelligence Unit-Iraq operations.  Work will be performed in Iraq, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 17, 2014.  Three bids were solicited with three bids received.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District, Winchester, Va., is the contracting activity (W912ER-11-C-0014).

DRS Technical Services, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $7,100,000 firm-fixed-price contract Jan. 20, 2011.  The awarded will provide for 195 Codan Base Stations, 300 Codan high frequency mobile radios and 150 Codan high frequency man-pack radios for the Afghan National Police.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2011.  The bid was solicited through the Internet with five bids received.  The U.S. Army Kabul Regional Contracting Center, Kabul, Afghanistan, is the contracting activity (W91B4M-11-P-4177).

Longbow, LLC (LBL), Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $6,869,261 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract Jan. 20, 2011.  The award will provide for engineering services for the Hellfire and Longbow missile requirements.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2012.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-10-C-0256).

NAVY

A.T. Kearney, Vienna, Va., is being awarded a $23,300,000indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, fixed-price contract for the acquisition of services for the facilitation and execution of standardization and life cycle cost analysis studies to develop shelf recommendations for Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Surface Warfare Center’s commonality program over a period of three years.  The required services (Deep Dives) project methodology involves extremely detailed analysis through many layers of data held at various locations such as Navy data repositories, shipbuilder’s records, original equipment manufacturer records, DoD data bases and federal government data bases.  Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pa. (60 percent); Norfolk, Va. (10 percent); Dahlgren, Va., (10 percent); Crane, Ind. (10 percent); Indian Head, Md. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2014.  Contract funds in the amount of $647,222 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured.  This procurement was processed without providing for full and open competition under statutory authority 10 U.S.C. 2304(c) (1), only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements (FAR 6.302-1).  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship System Engineering Station, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N65540-11-D-0003).

Computational Physics, Inc.,* Springfield, Va., is being awarded a $13,986,544 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for scientific and engineering research and development services to support the development and application of new and existing techniques for remote sensing (including astronomy).  Tasks include:  supporting concept design and feasibility studies, assembly and testing of components or equipment laboratory, in-field or in-flight (in-air or in-space) calibration, validation and operation of deployed systems, analysis of engineering and scientific data; and the development and use of algorithms for analyzing the data.  Work will be performed in the contractor’s facility at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., and work is expected to be completed January 2015.  The amount being awarded at this time is $100,000 and the total cumulative face value of the contract is 13,986,544.  Contract funds in the amount of $100,000 will expire June 2011.  The contract was 100 percent small business set aside by the Naval Research Laboratory under request for proposal number N000173-10-R-AT04.  Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00173-11-C-2002).

*Small Business

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, Iraq | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Firm with checkered record,Black & Veatch Corp.,hired for Afghan work

Richard Lardner and Brett Blackledge at Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is counting on an American contractor with a record of cost overruns and missed deadlines to handle a critical component of Gen. David Petraeus’ plan to stabilize volatile southern Afghanistan: quickly deliver more electricity to the power-starved region.

The U.S. Agency for International Development last month awarded Black & Veatch Corp. of Overland Park, Kan., a no-bid contract worth $266 million to push more power into Kandahar and Helmand provinces. Officials say expanding electrical access will improve the quality of life for Afghans, undercutting the influence of the Taliban-led insurgency.

USAID called Black & Veatch a “proven partner” in a statement Monday. The agency also said it has changed its contracting operations and won’t hesitate to penalize or terminate arrangements with vendors that fail to deliver.  Please see the original here

January 10, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Contracts Awarded, State Department, USAID | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IG finds Army mismanaged contingency operations support contract

Logistics Civil Augementation Program Support Contract Needs to Comply with Aquisition Rules

by Robert Brodsky at Goverment Exec

Army procurement officials failed to properly manage a key support contract for contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, awarding millions of dollars of work without competition and disclosing bidders’ proprietary information without their knowledge or consent, according to a watchdog’s new report.

The report by the Defense Department inspector general found scores of internal control weaknesses associated with the Army Sustainment Command’s management of a support contract for the massive Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, which provides a host of services and in-theatre assistance to soldiers. Three firms — DynCorp International, Fluor Corp. and KBR — compete for task orders on the LOGCAP IV contract.

Serco Inc. of Vienna, Va., in February 2007 won a $117 million support contract to help the Army plan and estimate costs of task orders on the LOGCAP IV contract. But, according to auditors, Army officials allowed the scope of Serco’s contract to expand to non-LOGCAP requirements without taking the proper steps to ensure competition and prevent conflicts of interest.

Please read the entire article by Robert Brodsky here

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Contract Awards, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, DynCorp, Fluor, Government Contractor, Iraq, KBR, LOGCAP, Pentagon | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Army orders $27.5 million in Comtech tracking system

Newsday Business Briefs

Melville defense contractor Comtech Telecommunications Corp. says it has received new orders worth $27.5 million from the U.S. Army for a vehicle tracking and communications system that has proved valuable in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and in domestic emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina.

Comtech said it got the new orders as part of an existing Army contract for MT-2012 satellite transceivers. The Movement Tracking Systems are made by Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp., a Germantown, Md., subsidiary, and allow the military to track its vehicles and communicate with them via satellite links, even in deserts and other isolated war zones, eliminating the need for radio repeaters or other hardware.  See the original here

January 4, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Contract Awards, Contracts Awarded, Department of Defense, Government Contractor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mercs Win Billion Dollar Afghan Cop Deal. Again

by Spencer Ackerman at Wired’s Danger Room

The solution for Afghanistan’s endlessly troubled police force? According to the Army, the same contractors that have trained them for the past seven years.

Danger Room has confirmed that DynCorp, one of the leading private-security firms, has held on to a contract with the Army worth up to $1 billion for training Afghanistan’s police over the next three years. With corruption, incompetence and illiteracy within the police force a persistent obstacle to turning over security responsibilities to the cops by 2014, NATO has revamped much of its training efforts — except, apparently, the contractors paid lavishly to help them out.

The details: DynCorp will provide security personnel to train the Afghan cops at 14 different locations across the country. Those trainers will support the NATO training command run out of Kabul by Lt. Gen. William Caldwell in getting the police into an “independently functioning entity capable of providing for the national security of Afghanistan,” the Army’s Research Development and Engineering Command says in the award. The contract runs for two years and earns DynCorp $718.1 million, but an option to re-up for a third year brings the total price to $1.04 billion.

And to think: this all could have slipped through DynCorp’s fingers. From 2003 to 2009, company held a contract with the Department of State for training the Afghan police — law-enforcement training has historically been a State Department operation — that earned the company over a billion. But last year, Gen. Stanley McChrystal successfully lobbied to place the police training under his control. An obscure Army entity usually dealing with counter-narcotics known as CNTPO let it be known in fall 2009 that DynCorp wasn’t part of the companies it considered for the bid. So DynCorp registered a complaint with the Government Accountability Office contesting CNTPO’s fitness to award the contract. GAO sided with DynCorp in March; the bid went out under the Research Development and Engineering Command instead this summer; DynCorp won yesterday.

“We are honored to continue to support coalition efforts to train the Afghan National Police under this competitively-awarded contract,” company spokeswoman Ashley Burke emailed Danger Room. “Our extraordinary law enforcement professionals, working at the direction of the coalition forces and side-by-side with the Afghan people, have helped to make significant progress in developing a civilian police force in Afghanistan under challenging circumstances. We look forward to continuing this important work.”

 

A series of audits over the years have chided the State Department’s oversight of DynCorp’s police-training contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but have mostly criticized the State Department, not the company. Still, the company’s performance in Afghanistan has recently raised eyebrows: in an incident disclosed last week, DynCorp guards assigned to protect Afghan President Hamid Karzai were fired after drinking and whoring in 2005; late payments to a subcontractor got an elderly U.S. citizen thrown in an Afghan jail this weekend; and WikiLeaks released a cable seeming to indicate that DynCorp guards hired young male prostitutes for a party it threw in 2009 for Afghan bigshots. (The company and the State Department deny that.)

But perhaps the biggest question surrounding the contract is the weakness of the Afghan police. Official U.S. complaints about corruption and incompetence have plagued the Afghan cops since a 2006 joint Pentagon-State inspectors-general inquiry gave the force poor marks, all while barely studying the DynCorp contractors who trained them. NATO has a goal of expanding Afghanistan’s cops to 134,000 by October, even as they’re considered the most troubled element of the Afghan security forces. The training command is short several hundred uniformed trainers that U.S. allies were supposed to provide. And now the same contractors who’ve trained the cops from jump are sticking around for the remainder of the effort.

“With years of hard-earned experience in the Balkans, East Timor, Haiti, Sudan, Liberia, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan,” Burke says, DynCorp “has provided more than 6,000 experienced civilian police advises in support of civilian police training programs around the world.”  Please see the original story here

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Civilian Police, Contract Awards, DynCorp, State Department | , , , | Leave a comment

Anham Says Logistics Contract With U.S. Department of Defense is Final

Bloomberg Middle East

Anham FCZO LLC said its logistics contract with the U.S. Department of Defense is final and that it has started to implement it with a view to fully taking over the order by the end of this year.

“It has been final for a while,” Managing Director Mogheith Sukhtian told reporters today in Kuwait City. “We have a signed contract with the U.S. government.”

Dubai-based Anham said April 16 it was awarded a $2.2 billion contract by the U.S. Defense Department to provide logistical support to U.S. troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan.

Kuwait & Gulf Link Transport Co., a cargo shipper, said April 28 that it filed an objection to the awarding of the contract to Anham, which it said failed to meet criteria. The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency decided to take “corrective measures” regarding the objection and will receive amended offers from bidders “to take new decisions for a new settlement,” Kuwait & Gulf Link said in July.

“The protest process is a part of the U.S. government contracting process and it’s conducted in the normal course of U.S government contracts,” Sukhtian said. “So we’re undergoing the process but in the meantime, what we can say, is that the contract is being executed. We anticipate the transition between the incumbent and us to be completed by the end of the year,” Sukhtian added.

The incumbent contractor, Agility Public Warehousing Co., is the Middle East’s largest storage and logistics company and faces charges of overbilling the U.S government on a multibillion dollar contract to supply food for troops in Kuwait and Iraq. Agility had said it was in talks to resolve legal cases with the U.S. Department of Justice and there was no guarantee a settlement would be agreed.

A U.S. magistrate recommended the dismissal of an indictment against Agility’s unit, Agility DGS Holdings Inc., in connection with the company’s contract to feed U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait, Agility said Oct. 11. Please see the original story here

 

October 28, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Iraq, Kuwait | , , , , , | Leave a comment

DynCorp International receives notice to proceed on contract to support Afghan Ministry of Defense

FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-DynCorp International (DI) today announced that it has received a notice to proceed on its contract with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) to assist the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) and NATO Training Mission (NTM) by providing mentors and trainers to develop the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MOD).

The contract was initially awarded in February 2010 and has a two year base period with an estimated value of $157.8 million, including a 60-day phase-in period to full performance. The total potential contract value is estimated to be $232.4 million, if the one year option period is exercised.

Under this Afghanistan Ministry of Defense Program Support contract, DI will provide dedicated in-depth mentoring, training, subject matter expertise, and programmatic support to CSTC-A staff and the Afghanistan MOD. The program supports development of organizational capacity and capability to assist Afghanistan MOD and Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in assuming full responsibility for their own security needs. DynCorp International will provide an estimated 275 qualified personnel to support the CSTC-A staff across numerous functional areas.

October 7, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Contract Awards, DynCorp | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) Sept 29 Contract Awards

The Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) program provides comprehensive protective security services to support U.S. Department of State operations around the world.

Solicitation Number: SAQMMA10R0005-A
Agency: U.S. Department of State
Office: Office of Logistics Management
Location: Acquisition Management
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September 29, 2010

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SAQMMA10D0094SAQMMA10D0095SAQMMA10D0096SAQMMA10D0097SAQMMA10D0098SAQMMA10D0099SAQMMA10D0100SAQMMA10D0104

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10,000,000,000.00 Maximum Program Value

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Added: Sep 30, 2010 9:40 pm

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) made the following eight base contract awards for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security – Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) Program resulting from solicitation: SAQMMA10R0005 (-a) on September 29, 2010.  The maximum program value is $10,000,000,000.00 USD.  The maximum value is cumulative and includes all work performed by all contractors during the WPS program period of performance, including all option periods.

The base contracts include a one year base period of performance with four one year option periods.  DOS included the minimum guarantee of $5,000.00 for each WPS contractor with each base contract award.

Please see section M of solicitation: SAQMMA10R0005 (-a) for more information on the evaluation criteria that DOS used to select the firms listed below for base contract awards.

SAQMMA10D0094 :  Aegis Defense Services, LLC
SAQMMA10D0095 : DynCorp International, LLC
SAQMMA10D0096 : EOD Technology, Inc.
SAQMMA10D0097 : Global Strategies Group (Integrated Security), Inc.
SAQMMA10D0098 : International Development Solutions, LLC
SAQMMA10D0099 : SOC, LLC
SAQMMA10D0100 : Torres International Services, LLC
SAQMMA10D0104 : Triple Canopy, Inc.

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P.O. Box 9115
Rosslyn Station
Arlington, Virginia 22219

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Worldwide

United States

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Thomas C. Lemole,
Administrative Contracting Officer
Phone: 1-571-345-7908

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Sharon D James,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 7038756077
Fax: 7038755272

October 3, 2010 Posted by | Aegis, Afghanistan, Africa, Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, DynCorp, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, State Department, Triple Canopy | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Department of Defense Announces Latest Contract Awards

September 20, 2010 posted by Michael Leon ·Veterans Today

No. 848-10
September 20, 2010

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CONTRACTS

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Washington Gas Energy Services, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a maximum $105,454,390 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for natural gas.  Other locations of performance are Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia.  Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and federal civilian agencies.  The original proposal was Web-solicited with 29 responses.  The date of performance completion is Sept. 30, 2012.  The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SPO600-10-D-7514).

Colonial Energy, Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a maximum $48,844,533 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for natural gas.  Other locations of performance are Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.  Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and federal civilian agencies.  The original proposal was Web-solicited with 29 responses.  The date of performance completion is Sept. 30, 2012.  The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SPO600-10-D-7512).

Please see the full listing at Veterans Today



September 21, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, Pentagon | , , , | Leave a comment

CIA gives Blackwater firm new $100 million contract

SpyTalk

The Central Intelligence Agency has hired Xe Services, the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, to guard its facilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere, according to an industry source.

The previously undisclosed CIA contract is worth about $100 million, said the industry source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deal, which is classified.

“It’s for protective services … guard services, in multiple regions,” said the source.

Two other security contractors, Triple Canopy and DynCorp International, put in losing bids for the CIA’s business, the source said.

The revelation comes only a day after members of a federal commission investigating war-zone contractors blasted the State Department for granting Blackwater with a new $120 million contract to guard U.S. consulates under construction in Afghanistan.

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano stopped short of confirming the contract, saying only that Xe personnel would not be involved in operations.

“While this agency does not, as a rule, comment on contractual relationships we may or may not have, we follow all applicable federal laws and regulations,” Gimigliano said.

The spokesman added, “We have a very careful process when it comes to procurement, and we take it seriously. We’ve also made it clear that personnel from Xe do not serve with CIA in any operational roles.”

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Erik Prince, chairman of the board at Xe and owner of Prince Group — which owns Xe — said the firm would have no comment.  Original Story here

June 23, 2010 Posted by | Blackwater, CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Contracts Awarded, DynCorp, Private Security Contractor, Triple Canopy | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

RELYANT gets demining contract

UPDATED

Relyant is only one of several companies who were awarded this IDIQ Contract though it does not say so here.

Formerly Critical Mission  Support Services

UPI Published: June 21, 2010 at 5:27 PM
MARYVILLE, Tenn., June 21 (UPI) — RELYANT LLC, a Tennessee firm providing strategic support services, won a contract (USACE) to help with mine clearance and unexploded ordnance disposal in Afghanistan.
The company expects to hire 200 additional people to work in Afghanistan and at its headquarters as a result of the award, which is worth $49 million.

The contract, it said, has two 1-year renewal option periods following the initial 1-year base period.

The United Nations says there are more than 10 million land mines and other explosive items littering Afghanistan, many of them from the period of Soviet occupation in the 1980s and the guerrilla war against the Soviets.

“RELYANT’s work under this contract will provide a safer environment for all stakeholders in the ongoing efforts to stabilize and rebuild the country,” the company said.

Other RELYANT services in Afghanistan include insulating troops housing on bases, escorting third-country nationals, life-support services for troops, convoy and secure trucking of supplies and vehicle maintenance.

In addition to offices in Tennessee, the company has presences in Iraq and Uganda  Original Here

Warning to prospective new employee’s and current as well:  If you are injured while working this contract your future will be in the hands of CNA the USACE’s DBA Insurance Company.  Your life will be a living hell.

June 21, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Contract Awards, Contracts Awarded, Demining | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Firm tied to Blackwater gets Afghan contract

From Charley Keyes, CNN

Washington (CNN) — A firm affiliated with the former Blackwater security company has been awarded a contract to provide protection to U.S. consulates and diplomats in the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e Sharif, a U.S. State Department official confirmed on Saturday.

The official said U.S. Training Center got the contract on Friday. It is part of Xe, the new name of Blackwater Worldwide.

Blackwater became the target of widespread outrage in Iraq after its contractors were involved in the September 2007 shooting at Baghdad’s Nisoor Square that left 17 civilians dead and 24 wounded, straining relations between Iraq and the United States.

The deal is a one-year contract with an option to extend up to 18 months. If the contract is fulfilled for that entire period, it would be more than $120 million.

The State Department official, insisting on anonymity, said past history with Blackwater did not prevent U.S. Training Center from bidding on contracts and that in this case the company was the best qualified for the work in Afghanistan.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, said on Saturday she was “extremely disappointed” over the deal and that the former Blackwater shouldn’t be receiving more U.S. contracts.

“This is a company whose cowboy-like behavior has not only resulted in civilian deaths; it has also jeopardized our mission and the safety of U.S. troops and diplomatic personnel worldwide. Instead of punishing Blackwater for its extensive history of serious abuses the State Department is rewarding the company with up to $120 million in taxpayer funds,” she said in a statement.

The congresswoman has introduced legislation that would phase out the use of private security contractors.

“Though the name Blackwater has become synonymous with the worst of contractor abuses, the bigger problem is our dangerous reliance on such companies for the business of waging war.”

As for the Nisoor Square violence, the U.S. Justice Department is pushing forward efforts to put five Blackwater guards on trial in connection with that incident.

June 20, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Contract Awards, Contractor Corruption, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues, State Department | , , , , | Leave a comment

Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for New Refinery in Iraq

Iraq Business News

Foster Wheeler AG announces that its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a feasibility study and front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by the Iraqi Ministry of Oil for a new grassroots refinery at Nassiriya in southern Iraq. The proposed refinery will have a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day.

The Foster Wheeler contract value for this project was not disclosed and will be included in the company’s second-quarter 2010 bookings.

In executing this contract, Foster Wheeler will develop the configuration of the new refinery to meet the client’s processing objectives, evaluate proprietary technologies, prepare a report covering the feasibility of the project and the design basis of the refinery facilities, engage the selected licensors and prepare the front-end engineering design package for the total project.

“This award reflects our position as a leading refining contractor. We believe that the very balanced and objective approach we apply to refinery investment planning and technology evaluation, our long and successful track record in refining project execution, and the in-depth technical expertise and experience of our refining consultants have again delivered a winning combination,” said Umberto della Sala, president and chief operating officer, Foster Wheeler AG.

June 6, 2010 Posted by | Contract Awards, Contracts Awarded, Iraq | , , , | Leave a comment

Afghanstan war: Convoy security deal to benefit Karzai’s brother?

An Afghan private contractor in Kandahar, with close ties to Karzai’s brother, is up for a contract to protect supply convoys for US troops in the Afghanistan war.

By Dion NissenbaumMcClatchy Newspapers / May 23, 2010

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is weighing approval of an expansive new business deal that could give his controversial half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, increased influence over the lucrative security business that protects supply convoys for U.S.-led forces in southern Afghanistan.

As American strategists prepare military and political moves to extend government control in Kandahar this summer, President Karzai has before him a plan that would give a key ally of his half-brother the power to run the newly created Kandahar Security Company.

If approved quickly, the deal could allow the firm to obtain millions of dollars in contracts this summer as the U.S. military sends thousands of additional troops into southern Afghanistan.

Top Afghan officials say they’re backing the deal as a way to gain control over rival security firms that have sometimes engaged in violent clashes over multi-million-dollar contracts in the Afghanistan war.

Karzai’s critics view the security consolidation as a covert effort to solidify Ahmed Wali Karzai’s already-unrivaled hold on power in Kandahar. His grip on the city is widely seen as a major obstacle to establishing good local governance, a critical requirement for the success   Read the full Story here

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Contractor Corruption, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment