State Dept to Rebid Mine Action and Weapons Abatement Contract

The US State Department’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA), in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, will re-bid its services contract for mine action and conventional weapons control “before it expires”, a spokeperson for the office told me today.

This follows Group 4 Securicor’s purchase of both ArmorGroup and RONCO, two of WRA’s three services contractors (the other is DynCorp) that, since the contract was awarded in 2005, have provided the office with “a full range of peace-enhancing services around the world ranging from landmine clearance to the construction of facilities to secure a variety of small arms and light weapons.”

For more on the Group 4 purchase of RONCO and ArmorGroup, and the broader trend toward the consolidation of the commercial demining and security markets, see my earlier post on the issue.

Addendum 13 August 2008: The State Department spokesperson today wished to clarify that “the rebid was planned long before the acquisition [of RONCO and ArmorGroup by Group 4] occurred.”

~ by Matthew Bolton on 12 August 2008.

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