Overseas Civilian Contractors

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Three killed in attack on Nato tankers

ISLAMABAD: At least three people were killed and seven others injured in a midnight attack here on tankers carrying fuel for US and allied troops in Afghanistan.

According to witnesses, gunmen opened fire on the tankers parked in a large compound along the GT Road outside the Defence Housing Authority’s Phase II.

The compound is owned by Taj Afridi, a Nato supply contractor.

More than 20 tankers caught fire after the attack but the gunmen escaped.

The injured were taken to the district headquarters hospital.

Traffic on the GT Road was suspended and fire-fighters and rescue workers were struggling to control the fire till early in the morning.

Thick smoke engulfed the area and flames could be seen from places miles away.

The government has shut down the Torkham border crossing for Nato supplies in protest against the death of three soldiers in a Nato attack three days back.

However, a supply route through Balochistan is open.

October 3, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, NATO, Pakistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Blackwater’ gets new US contract

Private Security Firm known as “Xe” has a slice of new $10B State Department despite repeated violations.

Despite US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign promise to no longer award military contracts to Blackwater – the now renamed notorious security contractor – the US state department has recently awarded the company another lucrative contract.

Blackwater was renamed Xe after a string of legal cases against the company in the US and in Iraq.

Wired.com reports that while neither Xe nor Blackwater appear on the list of eight firms hired for the Worldwide Protective Services contract (a group of contracts combined into one), one of the company’s fronts, International Development Solutions LLC (IDS) is on the list.

In total, the contract for all eight companies is worth up to $10bn.

“When I am president I will ask the Joint Chiefs for their help in reducing reliance on armed private military contractors with the goal of ultimately implementing a ban on such contractors,” Clinton said during her presidential campaign in 2008.

Indeed, Clinton was the only co-sponsor in the US senate of the Stop Outsourcing Security Act, introduced in 2007.

She used the issue to differentiate herself from her chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama, who said that if voted into office, he would not rule out the continued use of military contractors.

But reporter Spencer Ackerman, who wrote the story for Wired.com’s Danger Room, says that Clinton only took that stance “in order to gain some traction” during her campaign and that “it was clear that she didn’t mean what she said”.

Despite working for the Obama administration, where the president himself never ruled out the use of contractors, Clinton, Ackerman said, has options.

“She could stop using any particular contractor if she wanted to,” Ackerman said.

Mysterious company

It is unclear what IDS will do in order to fulfil its contract or how much its portion of the contract is worth.

A press officer from the state department returned Al Jazeera’s call, but was unable to say what specific services IDS could provide and why, given Blackwater’s tarnished reputation, (which lead to the company’s name change in 2009) it was still eligible for such a contract.

She did, however, read out a prepared statement, indicating that while the state department is aware of IDS’s ties to Blackwater, that that fact was not prohibitive in accepting its bid.
Read the entire story here

October 3, 2010 Posted by | Blackwater | , , , , | Leave a comment

Blackwater “dissolves” in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has officially banned eight foreign security firms, including American contractor Xe Services LLC, formerly known as Blackwater

Afghan officials say the private contractors have been dissolved and their weapons collected.

“The process of dissolving eight private security companies and collecting their weapons has been carried out successfully,” Waheed Omer, the spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday.

The announcement comes a day after Washington granted Blackwater a fresh five-year contract to operate in Afghanistan.

The firm also signed another contract worth USD 100 million with the CIA two months ago.

The company uses subsidiaries to win contracts.

The deals have been signed despite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign promise to keep Blackwater and other private contractors away from federal contracts.

The company has been struggling with a trail of legal cases and civil lawsuits, including one for killing 17 Iraqi civilians during a Baghdad shootout in 2007.

Karzai had earlier accused foreign security contractors in the country of operating as militias, saying that these firms are only worsening the security situation in Afghanistan.

The move spotlights misconduct of US mercenaries, who are contracted to protect the western embassies and companies in central and remote regions of Afghanistan.

Most of the mercenaries are believed to have close ties with Afghan warlords. They are also accused of contributing to the rising number of civilian casualties in the country.

October 3, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Blackwater, CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Contracts Awarded, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) Sept 29 Contract Awards

The Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) program provides comprehensive protective security services to support U.S. Department of State operations around the world.

Solicitation Number: SAQMMA10R0005-A
Agency: U.S. Department of State
Office: Office of Logistics Management
Location: Acquisition Management
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SAQMMA10R0005-A

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Award Notice

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September 29, 2010

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SAQMMA10D0094SAQMMA10D0095SAQMMA10D0096SAQMMA10D0097SAQMMA10D0098SAQMMA10D0099SAQMMA10D0100SAQMMA10D0104

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10,000,000,000.00 Maximum Program Value

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SEE DESCRIPTION

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United States

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Added: Sep 30, 2010 9:40 pm

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) made the following eight base contract awards for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security – Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) Program resulting from solicitation: SAQMMA10R0005 (-a) on September 29, 2010.  The maximum program value is $10,000,000,000.00 USD.  The maximum value is cumulative and includes all work performed by all contractors during the WPS program period of performance, including all option periods.

The base contracts include a one year base period of performance with four one year option periods.  DOS included the minimum guarantee of $5,000.00 for each WPS contractor with each base contract award.

Please see section M of solicitation: SAQMMA10R0005 (-a) for more information on the evaluation criteria that DOS used to select the firms listed below for base contract awards.

SAQMMA10D0094 :  Aegis Defense Services, LLC
SAQMMA10D0095 : DynCorp International, LLC
SAQMMA10D0096 : EOD Technology, Inc.
SAQMMA10D0097 : Global Strategies Group (Integrated Security), Inc.
SAQMMA10D0098 : International Development Solutions, LLC
SAQMMA10D0099 : SOC, LLC
SAQMMA10D0100 : Torres International Services, LLC
SAQMMA10D0104 : Triple Canopy, Inc.

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P.O. Box 9115
Rosslyn Station
Arlington, Virginia 22219

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Worldwide

United States

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Thomas C. Lemole,
Administrative Contracting Officer
Phone: 1-571-345-7908

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Sharon D James,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 7038756077
Fax: 7038755272

October 3, 2010 Posted by | Aegis, Afghanistan, Africa, Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, DynCorp, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, State Department, Triple Canopy | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DFA Moves to Save Jobs in Afghanistan

By MADEL R. SABATER  MB.com Phillipines
October 2, 2010, 1:55pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has recommended that President Aquino convene a high-level committee to address a recent directive issued by a United States (US) government agency that would affect Filipinos working for US interests in Afghanistan.

The DFA was referring to the memorandum issued by Centcom on the termination of certain foreign workers in Afghanistan, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

In its recommendation to President Aquino, the DFA proposed that the committee be headed by the Executive Secretary with the secretaries of the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Labor and Employment as members.

The committee will be mandated to assess the security situation in Afghanistan, the implications of the Centcom order, and make recommendations to ensure the safety and welfare of Filipino workers currently employed by the US government or its sub-contractors in Afghanistan.

A Centcom memorandum issued on September 17, 2010 ordered the termination of employment of all foreign workers whose domestic laws prohibit them from traveling to, or working in, Afghanistan.

The Philippines has an existing travel and deployment ban to Afghanistan since 2005.

However, there are an estimated 2,500 to 4,000 Filipinos working in US military facilities in Afghanistan, mostly on Third Country National (TCN) basis.

TCN refers to workers that are of separate nationality to both the contracting government or private contractor or the host country or area of operations

October 3, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors | , , , , , , | 6 Comments