U.S. to pay $4.6 billion
for translators in Iraq

Friday, December 22, 2006

WASHINGTON The U.S. Army has launched an effort to recruit thousands of translators to facilitate training of Iraqi security forces.

The army has awarded a contract for management of translation and interpretation services in Iraq to Global Linguistic Solutions. GLS, a joint venture of DynCorp International and McNeil Technologies, has received a five-year contract, with a maximum value of $4.645 billion.

"The ability to communicate effectively with the Iraqi people is critical to a successful outcome in Iraq, and we are very aware of the trust that has been placed in us," DynCorp chief executive officer Herbert Lanese said.

Dyncorp bested L-3 Communications for the army contract. In 2005, L-3 acquired Titan Corp. a leading supplier of linguists to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, or ISC, Middle East Newsline reported.

The GLS contract, awarded by ISC, would begin in March 2007. Under the award, GLS would provide foreign-language interpretation and translation services to the army and other U.S. government agencies in Iraq.

Executives said this would include supplying translators for embedding with U.S. forces. They said GLS would employ up to 6,000 Iraqi translators and up to 1,000 U.S. citizens. The Americans, with native ability to speak the Iraqi dialect, would acquire security clearances.

DI has recruited 2,500 employees, including linguists, in Iraq. Executives said McNeil would focus on acquiring linguists. The president of GLS, [Ret.] Maj. Gen. James Marks, was responsible for the Iraq Language Program in 2003 as the chief of intelligence for the Coalition Forces Land Component Command.

Copyright 2006 East West Services, Inc.

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