IRVING, Texas -- DynCorp International LLC has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of State to assist foreign governments in the eradication and interdiction of illicit crops such as coca and opium poppy. This is the third consecutive eradication and interdiction contract State has awarded to DynCorp International and its corporate predecessors, which have provided eradication services to the Department of State since 1991.
The contract, under the State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), covers an initial transition period of up to six months and a performance period that could extend from an initial base period to 10 years with incentives for strong performance. The annual contract value is $174 million, but could vary depending upon mission changes over the performance period.
Stephen J. Cannon, president and CEO of DynCorp International, stated, "The award of this follow-on contract confirms the positive working relationship we have built with the Department of State and the high quality of our work in the war on the production of illegal drugs."
Under the contract, DynCorp International will be wholly responsible for aerial eradication, and will provide aviation services to support host-nation missions in manual eradication and interdiction. The company will also provide technical training to Colombian army personnel under the State Department's Plan Colombia Helicopter Program. Aerial missions are accomplished using fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
DynCorp International currently supports eradication and training operations in Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru, and the Border Surveillance Program in Pakistan. The company will provide all operations, logistics, and maintenance services necessary to perform the tasks as required by the local U.S. embassy. The contract requires DynCorp International to monitor host-nation operations and address any deficiencies while continuing to develop training programs, with the goal of enabling host-nation personnel to assume responsibility for all specified mission requirements at the earliest date possible.
DynCorp International is a leading professional services and project management firm with global expertise in aviation services, logistics, and security operations. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, DynCorp International employs 14,500 people in some 40 countries. It traces its beginnings to the founding of Dynalectron Corporation in 1946, and in 2004 had revenues of nearly $2 billion.
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