SAIC Winning Contracts for Physical Security

by: Matthew Potter
July 21, 2011

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The United States military and government needs to protect a variety of sites in Afghanistan in Iraq. These include embassy facilities, administrative sites, airbases, forward posts as well as resupply points. They have heavily invested in physical security systems including traditional items such as fortifications, x-ray systems for vehicles, as well as more high tech surveillance systems. One company that has a foothold in that market is defense contractor SAIC (SAI).

SAIC has recently been awarded multiple contracts dealing with security both to provide it and to develop new systems and methods. These have not only been for use in overseas locations but also in the United States as the U.S. has also worked on enhancing the security of their facilities here.

Earlier this week the Army gave SAIC a contract modification to continue to provide maintenance and sustainment of vehicle and cargo inspection equipment. This is worth about $44 million and work will take place not only in the U.S. but also Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Army also awarded under an existing contract a modification to purchase two complete “outpost surveillance and force protection systems”. This is an $8 million contract and no locations of the installation sites were provided.

The Air Force also purchased physical security system from SAIC. This will be installed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. SAIC is part of that service’s Electronic Systems Center’s Force Protection Security System (FPS2) contract. Under the award SAIC will also provide one years logistical support for the system.

Finally, a SAIC subsidiary, Science, Engineering and Technology Corporation (SET), a contract to purchase a portable system that could detect “suicide bombers” at a distance. That contract is worth over $48 million. The system detects potential bombers and then uses radar to analyze the target looking for returns that might indicate explosives. Over 40 of the systems have already been deployed.

The United States spends a great deal of money on protecting its personnel and assets. SAIC has obviously found work in that market sector. As long as the U.S. is involved overseas and there is a terrorist threat in the U.S. this kind of work will exist and funding will be available for these efforts. SAIC will continue to benefit from that.

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