MCLEAN, Va., July 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization is to receive analytical, operational and intelligence services support from SAIC.
The support will be provided through a 5-year, $76 million task order under a JIEDDO Counter-IED Operations/Intelligence Integration Center support contract from the General Services Administration.
"We look forward to leveraging our proven analytical, operational and intelligence capabilities to support JIEDDO COIC's mission to attack and defeat enemy counter-IED networks to prevent casualties and save U.S. and coalition force lives," said Larry Hill, senior vice president and business unit general manager of Virginia's Science Applications International Corp.
Under the task order, SAIC will provide analytical, operational and intelligence services needed to effectively support the collection, analysis, and dissemination of counter-IED information, tools and techniques to the U.S. military.
Improvised explosive devices are the primary weapon of the Taliban in Afghanistan and a major cause of U.S. and coalition force casualties. JIEDDO provides counter-IED capability by developing innovative equipment and technology as well as through training troops.