The US Department of State’s Office of Acquisition Management has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation three one-year task orders worth about US$8 million for multinational peacekeeping work in Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi under the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) programme.
The Kenya and Burundi task orders both have a six-month option period, Northrop says in a statement. “Our most recent task order wins are evidence of our customer’s satisfaction and confidence in Northrop Grumman’s performance supporting the ACOTA programme and the tremendous benefit of the training we provide to African nations with whom we work,” said Greg Schmidt, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Training Solutions Division. “In such an uncertain world of emerging threats to developing democracies, the training support we provide these African nations will contribute to advancing peace for future generations.”
The work specified in the contracts involves enhancing the capacity of all three countries to participate in multinational peacekeeping operations. The work consists of peace support operations training, train-the-trainer courses for peacekeeping cadre and capacity enhancement at each country’s respective international peace support training center.
“Over the past 11 years, Northrop Grumman’s strong performance and continued support of the ACOTA programme has forged a trust with the ACOTA partner nations,” said Wayne Sylvester, Northrop Grumman ACOTA program manager. “We look forward to the continuing opportunity to assist these strong ACOTA partners as they expand their peacekeeping capabilities.”
The work flows from a contract awarded last July, potentially worth US$150 million over five years. “The ACOTA programme is to arguably the most successful engagement program that the US State Department has had in Africa,” Northrop said in a statement at the time. “The objective is to enable participating nations’ militaries to develop their own trained unit capacity to provide peacekeeping support operations where required,” said Mike Devlin, Northrop Grumman Technical Services International Programme Director. “We are most pleased that we have been again selected to continue successfully supporting the ACOTA mission.”
“International collaboration is a crucial component to peacekeeping efforts,” said Tom Vice, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services. “We’ve been supporting the ACOTA program for more than 11 years in 22 countries, and we embrace the opportunity to spend another five years supporting these African nations.”
Northrop Grumman provides the staff and training to select African nations through seminars, instruction, simulation-supported exercises and field training. Nations currently participating include Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. Northrop has supported ACOTA and its predecessor, the African Crisis Response Initiative since inception in 1998 and designed the initial training materials and conducted computer-assisted peacekeeping exercises for African partner nations.