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Wednesday, May 11, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

U.S. military concluding long-term contracts
in Kuwait, other Gulf states

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army envisions a major presence in Kuwait throughout most of this decade.


The Defense Department has been awarding contracts for long-term support projects of the U.S. military in Kuwait. The Pentagon contracts envision that the military would employ Kuwait as a regional supply base for both the Gulf as well as Afghanistan.

The Pentagon has also been awarding contracts that stipulate a stay of five years or more in such Gulf Cooperation Council states as Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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In the latest contract, General Dynamics Information Technology was awarded a contract to operate the U.S. Army's Supply Support Activity in Kuwait. The contract, with an initial value of $31.2 million for the first year, could last for five years with the exercise of all options. The total value of the contract could then reach $177 million.

The Supply Support Activity conducts and sustains U.S. military operations throughout the Gulf. The facility operates from Kuwait's Camp Arifjan, which contains the army's automated information management systems.

General Dynamics Information Technology, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, was assigned to manage the supply facility in Kuwait under the January 2011 contract. Executives said GD would receive, classify, store and distribute multiple classes of army supplies.

"Given the extremely fluid and dynamic operational environment in the region, execution of this contract will require close attention to detail, rigorous application of accountability and quality control processes, and absolute responsiveness to routine and emerging operational requirements, all to ensure that warfighters throughout the region are steadily supplied with what they need, when they need it, in the quantities they need," GD vice president Zannie Smith said.

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