ARES International Security Awarded $49M Contract for Maryland Federal Buildings

Alexandria, VA, July 18, 2006 - ARES, a Total Security Solutions Provider for the Federal Government, announced today that it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to provide armed and unarmed security services at federally owned and leased facilities throughout the state of Maryland. This Small Business Administration 8(a) award requires ARES to provide armed and unarmed guard services on more than 50 posts in more than 30 buildings throughout the State of Maryland.

"We are pleased to have been chosen among the long list of competitors for this large contract award. This new contract award continues to align us with our strategic plan - to become the preferred provider of "Security Services" to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. We are confident that DHS and SBA will be pleased at the decision to set this contract aside for the 8(a) program." added Mr. Robert Gooden, Senior Vice President.

ARES is one of the largest minority-owned, service disabled-veteran, 8(a) certified providers of professional security services to the Federal Government in Virginia. The company employs more than 950 officers company-wide, performing on other Federal Government contracts in 7 states and 2 countries.

ARES International Security (ARES) is a SBA 8(a) certified Service Disabled, Veteran-Owned, Small Disadvantaged, American-owned firm that specializes in providing armed/unarmed security officers, canine explosive detection, classified couriers and technical security services to the Federal Government. We are an employer of more than 950 security professionals in seven U.S. States and Internationally. The company is an experienced Federal Government contractor, possessing a TOP SECRET Level Facility Clearance and has a current General Services Administration Federal Supply Service Schedule contract (GSA #GS-07F-0363M) to provide security services. For more information, please visit: www.ares-group.com.

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