U.S. Government Awards Black & Veatch Major Contract for Biological Threat Reduction
(Source: Black & Veatch)
12:00 AM, October 15, 2008
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --- The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering consulting and construction company, one of the agencys major Biological Threat Reduction Integrating Contracts (BTRIC), with a collective ceiling of $4 billion over 10 years among the five selected contractors.>> As part of the BTRIC, Black & Veatch was selected and awarded the first task order in Ukraine valued at more than $175 million during an initial five-year timeframe to include options.>> Our Ukraine task order will enhance the safety and well-being of the country as well as globally, said Bill Van Dyke, President of the Federal Services Division of Black & Veatch. This is an opportunity to apply our capabilities to provide sustainable solutions to our clients most complex challenges.>> The Ukraine task order involves strengthening biosafety and biosecurity measures to combat bioterrorism and prevent the proliferation of biological weapons (BW) related technology, pathogens, and expertise while enhancing the governments existing disease surveillance systems to detect and report bioterror attacks, epidemics and potential pandemics. The task order also includes enhancing the Ukraines existing network of human and veterinary diagnostic laboratories that handle especially dangerous pathogens, in addition to constructing a secure and permanent repository for pathogens.>> As overall prime integrating contractor, Black & Veatch will design, engineer and deploy systems, processes and technologies to further strengthen reporting, detection and response capabilities.
The Russian Federation and China claimed in a joint statement that the military biological activities of the United States and its allies pose a ‘serious threat to their national security.
The two countries stated that they...