Last month, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) held that the U.S. Army breached its contractual obligation to provide physical security to its principal logistical support contractor, KBR, during the height of the Iraq War.
As a consequence, the Board found that KBR was entitled to be reimbursed for $44 million, plus interest, in costs that the Government had withheld from KBR relating to KBR’s and its subcontractors’ use of private security. A copy of the opinion is available here.
Before the Board, the Army had argued that the costs in question were unallowable because KBR’s LOGCAP III contract with the Government prohibited the use of private security. In response, KBR argued (among other things) that any violation of this prohibition had been excused by the Government’s prior material breach of its obligation to provide physical security. On the basis of an extensive documentary and testimonial record (including a month-long trial), the Board agreed with KBR, finding:
[D]espite the many and continuing failures of the government to provide the promised level of force protection to KBRS and its subcontractors . . . , the government seeks to disallow the PSC costs incurred . . . in order to accomplish [the] mission under the LOGCAP contract despite the government’s breach, and argues that its breach was not material. It is hard to imagine a contract breach more material than this one, which eviscerated the promise at the heart of the justification for the government’s claim.
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