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Sunday, March 7

money money

Let's divide this recent contract award by the number of contract specialists, shall we? $421,585 each for a years worth of work. What the hell do they do for that amount of cha-ching??
CACI Inc., Chantilly, Va., was awarded on Feb. 26, 2004, a $10,118,040 firm-fixed-price contract for 24 contract specialists to work in Iraq. Work will be performed in Baghdad, Iraq, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2005. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were seven bids solicited on Jan. 15, 2004, and three bids were received. The U.S. Army Contracting Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (W91QV1-04-F-0077).
Gulf News reports on a prospective contract. Who knows anymore. Some Bush crony will probably land it if any are in the running. DPA shortlisted for $1b Iraqi five-port contract
Dubai Ports Authority, Maersk, P&O and a Kuwait-Iraq joint venture have been shortlisted for a $1 billion, 10-year contract to manage and develop five Iraqi ports.

In a surprise development, the original tender floated by Iraqi authorities inviting expression of interest, has been withdrawn in favour of a new, more comprehensive version.
What, no Chalabi relative?

Meanwhile, this one boggles the mind. Iraq, in the middle of the Middle East surrounded by oil producing nations, and an Israeli company gets a contract? Israel isn't exactly known for its oil industry. Maybe Sonol is a sub. Whatever. An Israeli oil firm has been awarded a lucrative contract to supply the US Army in Iraq.
According to, the tender was awarded to Sonol gasoline company and is valued at $70 to 80 million. The company is expected to supply the US forces with 25 million liters of fuel monthly. Press reports say Sonol is working in conjunction with an international firm, Morgantown International.
The troops will love this one. They're finally getting jamming devices for roadside June. Army awards contract for IED jammer
The Army awarded a $6.8 million contract to EDO Corp. yesterday to build a device that will help U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq detect roadside bombs.

EDO's Communications and Countermeasures division, located in Simi Valley, Calif., will build 132 Warlock Green electronic countermeasure devices. The contract is part of a $47.4 million contract initiated by the service in November, said a March 1 Defense Department contracts' announcement.

Warlock Green emits a radio frequency that jams communications signals that detonate roadside bombs, called improvised explosive devices. EDO also manufactures a less sophisticated jammer called Warlock Red, said a Dec. 29 company statement.

EDO will start delivering Warlock Green to U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq in June, according to an industry official familiar with the device's fielding. William Walkowiak, the company's investor relations director, and the Army declined comment.
Update on what Washington Group Intl has been up to, in case you are interested--includes info on work in Iraq. Afghan Army Troops Report to Base Built by Washington Group International; Tasks Supporting Army Corps of Engineers in Region Total More Than $400 Million

Oh well. They were working for a few days until everything got blown up again. Another premature announcement from the US government. USAID Announces the Completion of Iraq Telephone Exchange Rehabilitation
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) today announced the
integration of the 13 new switches and a new International Satellite
Gateway with the 14 existing telephone switches of the Iraqi Telephone
and Postal Company (ITPC) in Baghdad. The new switches and
international gateway were installed by USAID partner Bechtel.



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