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BAE gets $175 million contract
BAE Systems wins another military support contract to be performed locally

Date published: 9/4/2008

BY BILL FREEHLING

BAE Systems, which recently won a $94 million contract to support the U.S. Marine Corps, has landed an even more lucrative contract from the U.S. Navy for work in the Fredericksburg area.

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, a subsidiary of the global defense firm, was notified last week that it had won the five-year, $175 million Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facilities contract with the Navy, said BAE spokesman Scott Faze-kas.

The majority of the work will occur at the Dahlgren naval base in King George County, Fazekas said. BAE already employs about 220 people in King George and leases about 33,000 square feet of office space at 16541 Commerce Drive near the Dahlgren base.

Fazekas said it's the largest contract that BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services has ever won at Dahlgren, and he said it will more than double the company's business there. He anticipates expansion in office space and jobs, but he didn't have exact figures yet.

BAE will design, develop and deploy mobile forensics labs to active military operations throughout the world through the JEFF contract, Fazekas said. He described it as "CSI for the military." He said BAE has employees already in Iraq and Afghanistan performing forensics work and evidence processing in war zones.

According to an article last year in The Washington Post, the JEFF project analyzes biometrics such as fingerprints to help quickly distinguish insurgents from civilians.

The JEFF contract comes on the heels of BAE's winning the $94 million Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity Omnibus Support contract to provide support to the Marine Corps.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com