DynCorp to train Democratic Republic of Congo army

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DynCorp International has been awarded a contract as part of the US Africa Peacekeeping Programme (Africap) to train the military of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The contract, awarded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs and announced by DynCorp on June 1, is for one year but has two option years. The total potential revenue is US$17.1 million if both option years are exercised, DynCorp said in a statement.

The Africap programme supports regional stability in Africa by building the capacity of African countries and regional organizations to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts on the African continent.
“We are proud to continue our work in promoting peace and stability in Africa,” said DynCorp International (DI) President Steve Schorer. “DI has extensive experience and success in providing training designed to enhance the leadership and management capability of our partners in the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

Under the task order, DI will provide basic leadership and specialty training focusing on junior and mid-level military personnel in functional areas such as communications, logistics, and engineering.

DynCorp, a security company that works closely with the US government, was taken private by Cerberus Capital Management LP in a US$1.5 billion cash and stock deal in July last year. The company is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia.

The company has extensive experience fulfilling US military contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq, including a US$317 million contract with the State Department to train civilian police in Afghanistan.

However, the company has come under the spotlight for problematic practices. In a January 2010 report, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found “long-standing weaknesses” in State Department oversight of a DynCorp contract for training Iraqi police, leaving over US$2.5 billion in US funds vulnerable to waste and fraud.

In April this year, April DynCorp itself reached an out of court settlement with the State Department over charges of filing false paperwork regarding its efforts to train police in Iraq. The terms of the settlement required the company to pay US$7.7 million to the State Department.



The timing of the Congo contract is crucial as Presidential and Parliamentary elections are scheduled to occur in the Congo on November 28 this year. Earlier this year “Electoral Reforms” were made to streamline the process. However detractors and opposition members claim that these efforts were made to ensure the re-election of Joseph Kabila.