SAIC

United States: SAIC provides maintenance and support services for the US nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and for joint test assemblies.

Company profile

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), based in the United States, offers scientific, technical and technological applications. The key divisions of the company are Cybersecurity, Energy, Environment and Infrastructure, Research, Health and Logistics.[i]

In the financial year ending 31 January 2013, SAIC reported revenues of USD11.2 billion (€ 8.3 billion), resulting in an operating income of USD 734 million (€ 543 million) and a net profit of USD 525 million (€ 388 million).[ii]

Nuclear weapons

In the past 25 years, SAIC has provided technical, engineering and support services to the nuclear programme of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Defense Programs. SAIC’s work in inventory for the Office of Defense Programs include technical and programmatic support for weapons maintenance, security, life extension, and modifications to the weapons systems. SAIC supports the development and deployment of production technologies for materials, production, purchasing, and inspection and testing of replacement parts used in nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and for joint test assemblies.[iii]

Recent contracts include an agreement from February 2012 for technical and analytical services, including nuclear-related technical assessments, to the Department of Defense (DoD). The contract has a term of one year, but may be renewed four times by one year. The contract value is up to a maximum of USD 95 million (€ 72 million), if all options are exercised.[iv]

In October 2012, SAIC obtained a task order by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide strategic command, control and communications (C3) system engineering and technical services in support of the Nuclear C3 System. The single-award contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total contract value of USD18 million (€ 14 million) if all options are exercised.[v]

In January 2013, SAIC was awarded a prime contract by the NNSA to provide enterprise-wide technical, engineering, and programmatic support services for programme management, nuclear engineering, training, security management, emergency operations, aviation operations, nuclear nonproliferation and emergency management. The contract was awarded to SAIC as a member of the TechSource-led small business team, which is one of eight small business contractor teams eligible to compete for work under the contract.[vi] About SAIC´s tasks it was only announced that it “will provide support services to mission critical national security programs”. The five-year multiple-award purchase agreement has a total contract value of USD300 million (€ 232 million) for all awardees.[vii]

 


[i]         SAIC, “Solutions”, Website SAIC (www.saic.com/business/), viewed May 2013.

[ii]         SAIC, “Annual Report 10-K 2013”, SAIC, 26 March 2013 (www.saic.com/news/pdf/AnnualReport2013.pdf).

[iii]        SAIC, “SAIC Helps the National Nuclear Security Administration Meet its Mission”, Website SAIC (www.saic.com/project/national-nuclear-security-administration-nnsa-office-defense-programs), viewed May 2013.

[iv]        SAIC, “SAIC Awarded Contract by Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs”, Website SAIC, 9 February 2012 (investors.saic.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=193857&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1658898).

[v]         SAIC, “SAIC Awarded $18 Million Task Order By Defense Information Systems Agency”, News Release SAIC, 17 October 2012 (investors.saic.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=193857&p=irol-newsarticle&id=1746366&highlight=).

[vi]        TechSource, “TechSource awarded blanket purchase agreement”, Press Release TechSource, 19 November 2012 (www.techsource-inc.com/pr.php).

[vii]       SAIC, “SAIC Awarded Contract By National Nuclear Security Administration”, News Release SAIC, 7 January 2013 (investors.saic.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=193857&p=irol-newsarticle&id=1771583&source=inews).

Producers

In some nuclear-armed states – in particular the United States, the United Kingdom and France – private companies are hired by governments to carry out work on maintaining and modernising nuclear arsenals. This report looks at companies that are providing the necessary components to develop, test, maintain and modernise nuclear weapons.The contracts these companies have with nuclear armed countries are for materials and services to keep nuclear weapons in their arsenals. The companies described are substantially involved in the nuclear weapons programmes of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, or India and are themselves based in France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In other nuclear-armed countries –Russia, China, Pakistan and North Korea – the maintenance and modernization of nuclear forces is carried out primarily or exclusively by government agencies.

Methodology

The nuclear weapon producers identified were selected on the basis of a predetermined set of criteria.
– Information on investments is publicly available.
– The company is directly involved in the development, testing, production, maintenance or trade of nuclear weapons related technology, parts, products or services.
– The company’s involvement is related to warheads, or to delivery systems such as missiles, that are specifically developed for nuclear tasks. This includes technology that is designed for ‘dual use’ (military and civilian) but excludes technology that is not designed for, but can be used in nuclear warfare. It does not include delivery platforms such as bombers and submarines.

State owned or controlled nuclear industries are outside the scope of this research, as are companies not publicly listed. Our research uncovered a number of Universities involved in nuclear weapons programmes, but these are also outside the scope of the report.

The list of nuclear weapon producers investigated was compiled through a wide variety of sources, including financial institution exclusion lists, civil society reports, media reports, etc. Additional details on the contracts and components can be found in the Annex. We welcome information at any time about possible nuclear weapons producing companies to investigate.