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Northrop-Led Venture To Manage Nev. Test Site

By Roseanne Gerin
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, April 3, 2006

A joint venture led by Northrop Grumman Corp. beat two major competitors to win a five-year, $2.5 billion Energy Department contract to manage and operate the Nevada Test Site. The contract is valued at $500 million for the first year, with five option years.

The joint venture defeated teams led by Bechtel Nevada Corp., which previously held the contract, and by Washington International Group Inc., said David Apt, communications director with Northrop Grumman Technical Services.

The contract is the first award won by the defense contractor's new technical services business sector, said Gregg Donley, vice president and general manager of systems support at the Herndon-based unit, which was formed in January.

The Nevada Test Site is a 1,375-square-mile area in southern Nevada where the Energy Department conducted underground and atmospheric nuclear weapons tests for more than four decades. Today, the site supports the National Nuclear Security Administration's national security missions, conventional weapons testing, hazardous chemical spill testing, emergency response training, and environmental restoration and waste management activities.

The joint venture led by Northrop Grumman is known as National Security Technologies LLC. The team includes AECOM Technology Corp. of Los Angeles; CH2M Hill Cos. of Englewood, Colo.; and Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. of Erwin, Tenn.

The contracting team will handle such tasks as remote field experiments, and the fabrication and testing of electronic, mechanical and structural systems. The team also will manage laboratory facilities, conduct construction and mining operations, and handle hazardous material and waste management.

The project involves managing information technology systems as well as "supporting the various users out there for whatever kind of experimental testing that they're doing," Donley said. The transition to the new contractor begins this week.

The contactor also will handle more mundane but essential support activities such as food service operations and site administration and maintenance, said Darwin Morgan, public affairs director at the Nevada Site Office of the NNSA, which is part of the Energy Department. The contractor will be responsible for whatever needs to be done "to manage and keep the Nevada Test Site running on a day-to-day basis," he said.

Work will be performed at the Nevada Test Site near Las Vegas, and at satellite and laboratory locations in North Las Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County; Los Alamos, N.M.; Livermore, Calif., and Santa Barbara, Calif. About 3,000 employees will work on the contract.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer with Washington Technology. For news on this and other contracts go tohttp://www.washingtontechnology.com

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