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SAIC Wins IED SETA Contract

by: Matthew Potter
September 17, 2009

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The United States Department of Defense awarded a Scientific, Engineering, Technical and Analytical (SETA) support contract for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) to SAIC. The contract is for five years and has a ceiling amount of over $400 million. SETA support will cover all aspects of program management and engineering efforts by the organization.

The IED has proved to be the major threat to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan for the last five years or so inflicting a significant number of casualties. The DoD has set up and run a variety of organizations to coordinate the efforts to defeat them. At one point there was a joint program office and now this organization. All different types of defenses have been looked at and the most visible is the MRAP.

MRAP are passive defenses using armor to defeat the mines and blast weapons. Active defenses have been jammers to prevent the command detonators as well as different detection systems. The U.S. has poured a great deal of money into this effort and this contract reflects that. There is of course no guarantee that all of the contract will be awarded to fill the ceiling.

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