Black & Veatch to head Armenian biological threat reduction program

Black & Veatch was recently chosen by the U.S. government to head a project designed to strengthen Armenia’s biological threat reduction capabilities.

The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency awarded the global engineering, construction and consulting firm the project as part of its Cooperative Biological Engagement Program. The CBEP was established as part of the Nunn-Lugar Act and assists the states of the former Soviet Union in safeguarding and dismantling stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

“Black & Veatch has been working with DTRA continuously for more than 18 years, implementing cooperative threat reduction programs across former Soviet Union countries, including Ukraine and Russia,” Matthew Webber, Black & Veatch's vice president and program manager, said. “Our experience in implementing these programs will provide tremendous value to DTRA as we work to design Armenia’s program.”

In 2008, the DTRA awarded Black & Veatch a Biological Threat Reduction Integrating Contract. The Armenia CBEP is a task order under the BTRIC, which has a collective ceiling of $4 billion over 10 years among a total of five selected contractors who bid competitively for each project.

“Infectious disease and deadly pathogens are not bound by borders. Our work with DTRA as part of the CBEP helps make these countries, and therefore the entire global community, more secure in the fight against bioterrorism,” Bill Van Dyke, president of Black & Veatch’s Federal Services Division, said.