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Titan to Support First Responders at Attack Sites

By William Welsh
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, January 17, 2005; Page E04

Titan Corp. of San Diego won a $163.9 million contract renewal from the Army Space and Missile Defense Command to help first responders manage nuclear, radiological, biological, chemical and high-yield explosive attacks on U.S. soil.

Under a 15-year contract, Titan will provide planning, analysis, training and information technology services .

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Sixty-nine Titan employees are to work on the project, including personnel from the company's local offices in Arlington.

The work will be performed for the U.S. Northern Command's Joint Task Force Civil Support at Fort Monroe. The joint task force is the lead organization overseeing the Defense Department's work with first responders, said Howard Humble, vice president of Titan's defense programs division.

When directed by the Northern Command, the task force deploys to the site of an attack, establishes command and control for defense forces on the scene and provides military assistance to civil authorities.

Part of Titan's role is to help the military sharpen its technical expertise as it trains first responders, Humble said. "The support that we will provide for this interaction is fairly significant," he said.

The new contract calls for additional skills and technologies, such as logistics planning and weapons expertise, he said.

Titan's subcontractors on the project are Zel Technologies LLC of Hampton, Cornerstone Industry Inc. of Alexandria and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems of Reston.

The Joint Task Force Civil Support contract is one of two contracts the company has with the Northern Command, said Earl A. Pontius, president of Titan's technical resources sector. The other is a $169.9 million project announced by the company in October with the Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command to provide information technology and infrastructure support.

"The contracts are the cornerstone of what we do in the area of homeland security and homeland defense," Pontius said.

In addition to those Defense Department homeland security contracts, Titan has 60 contracts spread across 12 of the 15 agencies under the Homeland Security Department. Titan has about 12,000 employees and annual sales of $1.7 billion.

William Welsh is a senior writer with Washington Technology. For more details on this and other technology contracts, go to www.washingtontechnology.com.

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