The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Countermeasures Division will be granting another contract extension to O’Gara Training & Services for Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear (CBRN) countermeasures training and support.
The existing 5-year contract, awarded in January 2007, expired this year but delays in the acquisition process for a new contract and an increased operational burden have required several extensions to bridge the gap. “Due to the Benghazi attacks and numerous violent protests overseas, WMD has been tasked with providing assistance and protective equipment to those posts,” states the DOS announcement. “Unfortunately, this has caused significant delays in reviewing the proposals.”
The DOS WMD Countermeasures program works to create a CBRN response capability internal to an Embassy or Consulate. The effort includes: conduct of CBRN vulnerability risk assessments at each post; development of response capabilities to assist for pre-and-post attack activities; response equipment selection, management and repair; host country emergency response coordination; personnel training on countermeasures, equipment and procedures; and coordinated program management.
The contract extension will be valid from November 28, 2012 until February 28, 2013. O’Gara Training & Services provides comprehensive anti-terrorism, force protection, and tactical training for the military and law enforcement agencies. The company operates comprehensive tactical training facilities in Virginia and Texas, and provides a wide-range of on-site training for clients.