May 10th, 2007 08:07 EST
Global Training of Peacekeeping Forces Will Be Done By Northrop Grumman
PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- The U.S. Department of State has selected Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) as one of three lead contractors for the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). The company will provide training to militaries and peacekeeping forces worldwide as one of three companies awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts. The GPOI contracts have a potential value of $200 million, collectively, over five years.
The Department of State created the GPOI to build worldwide capacity to provide well-trained troops for international peacekeeping. The GPOI incorporates lessons learned and peacekeeping successes of the African Contingency Operations Training Assistance (ACOTA) program, under which Northrop Grumman has provided peacekeeping training to 13 African nations since the 1990s.
"This win enhances our international training presence," said Mike Roberts, vice president and general manager for Training and Simulation for Northrop Grumman's Technical Services sector. "We demonstrated under ACOTA how professionally executed training can have an enduring impact on the peace and prosperity of developing nations. Through GPOI, we're ensuring that this critical work is taken beyond the continent of Africa."
Training services provided under the contract range from multinational command post exercises and the development of training products to in-country, train-the-trainer peacekeeping instruction. Work locations will be determined by task order requirements.
"This work enhances our national security by helping to strengthen the foundations of peace across the globe," said Michael Devlin, Northrop Grumman Technical Services International program manager.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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