The U.S. Navy has awarded a five-year, $67 million prime contract to military consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, which will support a program that helps foreign allies purchase U.S. military equipment, the firm said July 15.
Booz Allen was previously a subcontractor in the Spawar Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence. The firm decided to compete for the prime contract, said Tim LaFleur, a Booz Allen principal and retired vice admiral.
“We decided we wanted to be the primary support for this important ongoing work, and won it,” he said.
Based in McLean, Va., Booz Allen is owned by The Carlyle Group. The private equity firm acquired a majority stake in its U.S. consultant operations one year ago.
Spawar, short for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, is Booz Allen’s largest customer in San Diego.
“This is a continuation of long, long relationship in foreign military sales and security assistance,” said Bob Hulsey, the firm’s San Diego-based program manager. “There is a formalized process within (the Department of Defense) in working with certain allies and coalition partners to leverage their presence in our areas of operation and ensure that those strategic partners can interoperate with the U.S. and other allies.”
The federal government has a complicated process for disclosing and sharing critical military information, which ultimately trickles down to the actual office that carries out the program, said LaFleur. Booz Allen in this case ensures that Spawar’s T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted, he said.
“We are totally in a support role,” said Hulsey. “The U.S. government and U.S. Navy decide what goes where and how it goes, and we support them in meeting that mission.”
Booz Allen employs about 800 people in San Diego, they said.
, Ned Randolph