The Armyís public affairs operation has tapped D.C. firm Barbaricum for a $900K strategic communications pact.

Barbaricum is led by Sanitas International partner Christopher Harvin, a former Levick Strategic Communications VP and Pentagon and Bush White House advance and PA staffer. Scott Feldmayer, a former director for the Pentagonís former Iraq War PR firm, Lincoln Group, is a VP.

The PR contract, which could stretch to July 2015 if two option years are picked up, includes communications planning, media and community relations counsel and outreach support for the Armyís Office of the Chief of Public Affairs. Both internal and external communications are covered.

Barbaricum has worked several communications assignments for the Army, including its Command and General Staff College, Leader Development and Education unit, and School of Advanced Military Studies.

Brig. Gen. Gary Volesky was tapped in May as Chief of Public Affairs for the Army.