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Defense Department Awards Massive Translation Contract

by: Matthew Potter
July 7, 2011

Category: Business Line, CACI, Companies, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, Events, Federal Budget Process, IT, L-3, logistics, Northrop Grumman Corp., Services | RSS 2.0

The U.S. military and other government agencies are now involved in fighting and support actions across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Large number of troops remain in Afghanistan and while forces are winding down in Iraq there are still several thousand engaged there. They are also interacting in places like Somalia and Yemen. Much of there work is day-to-day work with the people of these countries as they try to counter terrorism with public works and provide other services. All of this requires that they be able to communicate with them.

Since the actions began in Afghanistan and Iraq the U.S. has relied on interpreters provided mostly by contractors. Some of these have been local companies but also U.S. defense contractors have provided these services. To aid this work DoD just awarded a task order contract to six different companies. The total value of this contract if all options are exercised is almost $10 billion over five years.

Mission Essential, Northrop Grumman, Linc Government Services, L-3 Services, Global Linguist Solutions and CACI all qualified to compete for tasks under the omnibus contract. This means as work is needed by a service or agency they will generate a task order and the six companies may bid on them.

The way this contract is structured is that while it looks very large there is no obligation by the government to offer any task orders unless they need to. It also means that no company is guaranteed to win any although with the size of the requirement it is probable that all of the qualifiers get work.

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