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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 9, 2005


U.S. Department of State Awards Multiple Contracts to Clean Up Battlefields and Control Conventional Weapons

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has competitively awarded performance-based service contracts to ArmorGroup North America, DynCorp International LLC, and RONCO Consulting Corporation. They are to provide a full range of peace-enhancing services around the world ranging from landmine clearance to the construction of facilities to secure a variety of small arms and light weapons.

The three indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts have a total, maximum potential value of up to $500 million over a term of one base year and four option years. No funds are being obligated at this time. Funds will be obligated on task orders to be competed among the three awardees.

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement manages the State Department’s portion of the multi-agency U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program, the world’s largest such program and one of its oldest. The office also conducts humanitarian mine action (landmine clearance, mine risk education and mine survivors assistance) in 22 countries at present and operates the world’s only Quick Reaction Demining Force that can be deployed globally on short notice. It will also continue to help countries destroy or better secure their excess munitions and light conventional weapons.

The services provided by these three prime contractors will enable the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement to continue to undertake these vital functions. To learn more about the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, visit www.state.gov/t/pm/wra.

Visit the ArmorGroup North America (www.armorgroup.com/servicesMineAction.asp), DynCorp International LLC (www.dyncorpinternational.com/dyncorp) and RONCO Consulting Corporation (www.roncoconsulting.com/hmc/index.html) websites to learn about their expertise in removing explosive remnants of war, training local personnel to safely clear landmines, developing host-nation humanitarian mine action capacity building, providing logistics, supply, physical security, and other related services.

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