Communications and IT consulting firm S4, Inc. won a contract with the U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) to support the organization’s “strategic communication framework and develop its implementation…for the Afghanistan/Pakistan communications project.”
According to a statement, “S4 will support CENTCOM with subject matter expertise in military, diplomatic, political, social and economic issues as well as the application of new communication technologies and research/assessment methodologies.”
S4’s client base consists entirely of government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the US Navy, US Army, US Air Force and Department of Homeland Security. Its executive team consists of former government officials from NASA, FEMA and the US Navy.
The news comes as President Obama plans to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan to 65,000, a large increase from just 9,500 troops stationed in the country in March 2003. A spokesperson for S4 said, “definitely not,” when asked if the contract was related to the troop increase.
UPDATE: CENTCOM Spokesperson Major John Redfield tells PRnewser, “From what I can tell – it does not sound like it’s stuff that Rendon was doing. This sounds new and separate.” Rendon Group lost a Pentagon contract in August after controversy surrounding journalist profiling.