PHOTO CAMPTION: Aerial view of LANL, '1995 aerial TA-3 south to north'. Courtesy/LANL
LANL Awards Protective Force Contract To Centerra
Submitted by Carol A. Clark
Over 100 local residents of the Valley who are employed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) security contractor will have a new manager starting Nov. 1. LANL has awarded its protective force services contract to Centerra Group, LLC.
Centerra won the contract over longtime LANL security contractor SOC LLC, which provided protective force services to Los Alamos for more than a decade as Protection Technology Los Alamos, and during the last five years as SOC Los Alamos.
“LANS LLC recently completed a competitive acquisition for protective force services at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” a Lab spokesperson said late Friday afternoon. “The acquisition was a Best Value procurement. The acquisition resulted in an award to Centerra Group.”
Centerra, formerly, Wackenhut Services Inc., spent 13 years protecting federal facilities at the Y12 Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Centerra lost that contract following the July 2012security breach by three anti-nuclear weapons activists including an 82-year-old nun.
Centerra’s predecessor, Wackenhut, was founded in 1960 and operates as a subsidiary of G4S Secure Solutions (USA) (formerly the Wackenhut Corp.), itself a subsidiary of UK-based G4S. The company provides safety and security services. Divisions include fire and emergency services, facilities management, de-mining and ordnance clearance, as well as canine, weapons remediation, training, and armed and unarmed security services.
The company also operates a Homeland Security division that provides border security, information analysis, and emergency response for situations involving chemical agents, biological warfare, and weapons of mass destruction.