Stanley Associates Inc. of Alexandria has won a $10.3 million contract from the U.S. Army Field Support Command to provide software support for two logistics systems that help the Army deploy weapons and equipment.
The one-year contract, with four one-year options, extended the company's previous work on the systems and may be worth more than $50 million if all options are exercised.
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Stanley will provide software development, maintenance and contingency operations support for the Army War Redeployment and Automated Battlebook systems. About 90 employees are to perform the work in Alexandria as well as at Army installations worldwide.
Military personnel responsible for tracking and maintaining weapons and equipment use the War Redeployment System to post information about the condition and location of the materiel. Commanders use the Automated Battlebook System to download this information as they prepare to deploy their units abroad.
Development of the systems was part of the rapid deployment and force modernization initiatives begun by the Army after the Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations in 1991. The new systems are being used in the Iraq war to deploy forces more quickly.
"Operation Iraqi Freedom was a big test for us because there had never been that large of a deployment with the new policies, doctrine and systems," said Greg Denkler, Stanley's senior vice president of corporate operations.
The success of the systems in the Iraq war had a direct bearing on the contract renewal, he said.
Logistics Management Resources Inc. of Hopewell, a provider of automated logistics services, is a subcontractor on the project.
The contract was previously awarded to Stanley without competition, but this time the contract was competitive, Denkler said. "This is a very strong customer reaffirmation of the quality of work we've done through a very difficult time -- the war," he said. "In terms of morale and momentum, it is a big plus for all of the people who have worked on it."
In addition to the Army Field Support Command contract, the company provides related support to the Army Reserve Command through the Army Reserve Storage and Maintenance System project, Denkler said.
Stanley provides a range of information technology services, including software development, network design and implementation, systems engineering and consulting to the government and commercial sectors. The company has more than 1,500 employees and annual sales of $179 million.
William Welsh is a staff writer with Washington Technology. For more details on this and other technology contracts, go to www.washingtontechnology.com