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Army Picks Tamsco to Build Iraq Infrastructure

By Doug Beizer
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, April 18, 2005; Page E04

Technical and Management Services Corp. of Calverton is building command and control infrastructure for the multinational forces in Iraq under a new contract with the U.S. Army. The contract has initial funding of $12.2 million, with a ceiling of $279 million over three years, the company said.

Tamsco is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Engineered Support Systems Inc., which was awarded the contract.

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The company will work with Raytheon Co., Artel Inc., AT&T Corp. and Spacelink International LLC, a recently acquired subsidiary of Engineered Support, said Gerald A. Potthoff, Engineered Support's chief executive.

"The Tamsco team provides program management, architectural design and engineering, installation, operation and maintenance, network management and systems administration support," Potthoff said in a written statement.

The contract is a follow-on to a $52 million contract Tamsco won in 2004 to support the communications needs of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Under that contract, Tamsco provided support for satellite-based information technology used by several organizations in Baghdad. Sites on the network included the CPA headquarters and other areas in the heavily secured Green Zone.

Work under that contract included design and engineering of communications as well as management of secure and non-secure voice and data communications and systems administration.

Tamsco, founded in 1982, specializes in telecommunications, systems engineering, software development and electronics manufacturing. Tamsco was acquired by Engineered Support in 2003.

In addition to its Defense Department customers, Tamsco has worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Interior Department, the Justice Department and other agencies.

In 2004, the Army awarded Tamsco a five-year contract worth up to $30 million for satellite communications, spare parts, data and services. Tamsco was to provide telecommunications support for the Army Security Assistance Management Directorate.

Tamsco reported $232 million in revenue in its fiscal 2004, which ended Oct. 31. The company has about 775 employees in several locations, including Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer with Washington Technology. For more details on this and other technology contracts, go to www.washingtontechnology.com.

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