US: Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to support the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organisation (JIEDDO) Joint Center of Excellence (JCOE) Counter-IED Integration Training Program. SAIC is one of four awardees and the work will be performed domestically as well as globally.
The Joint Center of Excellence is JIEDDO's lead organisation for the train-the-force line of operation and is responsible for developing the training capabilities that enable the services' and combatant commanders' mission of preparing US forces to defeat the IED threat. Under the BPA, SAIC will support training, experimentation, and the testing of new equipment and concepts; maintain a deployable capability in the field; facilitate individual, collective and strategic training; and validate and propagate IED defeat. SAIC will also assist with the development, installation, maintenance, and disposal of training devices used in conjunction with IED-related training classes. "This award provides SAIC the opportunity to continue supporting the Joint Center of Excellence (JCOE) Counter-IED Integration Training Program's important mission. This critical program prepares our forces to overcome IED threats and, as a result, save lives,” said John Gully, SAIC Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Army and Air Force Customer Group.