|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2020
|Business Combinations [Abstract]|
|Acquisition||AcquisitionOn January 10, 2019, our wholly owned subsidiary VSE Aviation, Inc. ("VSE Aviation") acquired 100% of the equity of 1st Choice Aerospace Inc. ("1st Choice Aerospace"), a provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul ("MRO") services and products for new generation and legacy commercial aircraft. 1st Choice Aerospace has operations in Florida and Kentucky. We retained key members of 1st Choice Aerospace's management team under-year employment contracts with -year non-compete covenants. In connection with the acquisition, the total consideration included required earn-out payments of up to $40 million if 1st Choice Aerospace met certain financial targets during 2019 and 2020. In January 2020, we made a payment of approximately $31.7 million to satisfy the earn-out payment for the 2019 performance year. Included in earn-out obligation on our September 30, 2020 balance sheet is approximately $1.9 million classified as the current portion of earn-out obligation, which represents the fair value of such earn-out obligation for the 2020 performance year. Changes in the fair value of the earn-out obligations are recognized in earnings in the period of change through settlement.|
The entire disclosure for a business combination (or series of individually immaterial business combinations) completed during the period, including background, timing, and recognized assets and liabilities. The disclosure may include leverage buyout transactions (as applicable).
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