TASC

United States: Since 2014 TASC has a contract for research and development on the Solid Rocket Motor Modernisation Study of the Minuteman III system.

Company profile

TASC, based in the United States, provides information and security services, intelligence and information management services.1 Operating as a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman until 2009, it was acquired by an investor group led by General Atlantic for US$ 1.65 billion (€ 1.1 billion).2 TASC claims to generate more than US$ 1.5 billion (€ 1.2 billion) in annual revenue.3

Contact Information

Website: Twitter: Facebook:
http://www.tasc.com @TASCInc https://twitter.com/TASCInc

Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear weapons

In January 2014, TASC was awarded a US$ 6.9 million (€ 5 million) contract for research and development on the Solid Rocket Motor Modernization Study of the Minuteman III system. Under the contract running until July 2015, TASC will conduct a study to develop and investigate propulsion options and impacts for replacement or modernisation of the Minuteman III fielded force.4

Investors

The following financial institutions have made approximately 684 million USD available to TASC since January 2011.

  • Barclays
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co
  • Mizuho Financial
  • Royal Bank of Canada

Notes


  1. TASC, “About us”, Website TASC (www.tasc.com/about-us/), viewed May 2014. 

  2. General Atlantic, “Portfolio”, Website General Atlantic (www.generalatlantic.com/portfolio/tasc-logo/), viewed May 2014. 

  3. TASC, “TASC Announces Senior Leadership Change”, News Release TASC, 13 November 2013 (www.tasc.com/media-center/news-releases/2013-archive/News-Release-TASC-Announces-Senior-Leadership-Change.pdf). 

  4. US Department of Defense, “Daily Contract List”, US Department of Defense, 30 January 2014 (insidedefense.com/201401302459741/Defense-Plus/Text-Document/dods-1302014-daily-contracts-list/menu-id-77.html). 

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.