Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

More visas issued to DynCorp agents

Ansar Abbasi at The International News Wednesday, March 16, 2011
ISLAMABAD: Despite DynCorp being marked in red for having been involved in espionage in Pakistan, several of its members were recently issued visas by the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, without security clearance.

Informed government sources said a list of 55 ‘suspicious’ US officials that was recently published by The News includes at least six officials of DynCorp, the controversial US security agency reportedly working for CIA like yet the condemned Blackwater.

The sources said despite the government of Pakistan’s in principle decision not to allow any DynCorp member to visit Pakistan unless cleared by the security agencies, the six DynCorp officials were issued visas by the Pakistani Embassy in Washington after September last year.

March 15, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, DynCorp, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, State Department | , , , | 1 Comment

Federal Judge Orders NAVSEA Engineer Accused of Kickbacks to Stay Out of Casinos

“Know When to Fold ‘Em” by Forseti at MsSparky

A federal magistrate imposed the additional condition of release on Monday after it was learned defendant had racked up more than $100,000 in casino winnings recently, including while out on bail.

Angela Lemire – (Middletown Patch) – March 14, 2011 – A federal magistrate on Monday banned one of the men charged with engaging in a multimillion defense contractor kickback and bribery scheme from casino gambling, after he reportedly won $112,000 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln since early January, including while out on bail.

Ralph Mariano, 52, of Arlington, VA, who was working as a civilian program manager and senior systems engineer with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Newport at the time of his Feb. 8 arrest, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond on Monday for a bond hearing. Mariano had previously requested extensions to come up with the $50,000 he needed to post to avoid incarceration pending the federal case against him, Projo.com had reported. Please read the entire post here

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Government Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment

Raymond Davis to be arraigned tomorrow

Pakistan Security Brief – March 15, 2011 at Critical Threats

The News reports that U.S.-contractor Raymond Davis will be arraigned on murder charges on Wednesday. Legal experts reported that the formal trial would begin in the next hearing. Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also argued that the U.S. should present proof of its claims of diplomatic immunity for Raymond Davis. Qureshi stated that, “It is my stand that Davis dose not enjoy immunity and I took this stand after a briefing from senior officers of the Foreign Office.”

March 15, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Politics, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , | Leave a comment

Private Security Companies Working For The U.S. Government

By Moshe Schwartz at Eurasia Today

See Also at PMC Observer

Private security contractors can provide significant operational benefits to the U.S. government. Contractors can often be hired and deployed faster than a similarly skilled and sized military force.

Because security contractors can be hired and fired quickly as needed, using contractors can allow federal agencies to adapt more easily to changing environments around the world. In contrast, adapting the military force structure or training significant numbers of Department of State civilian personnel can take months or years.

Security contractors also serve as a force multiplier for the military, freeing up uniformed personnel to perform combat missions or providing the State Department with the necessary security capabilities when State’s civilian security force is stretched thin. In some cases, security contractors may possess unique skills that the government workforce lacks. For example, local nationals hired by U.S. government agencies working overseas may provide critical knowledge of the terrain, culture, and language of the region. Using PSCs can also save the government money. Contractors can be hired when a particular security need arises and be let go when their services are no longer needed. Hiring contractors only as needed can be cheaper in the long run than maintaining a permanent in-house capability. According to government officials, both DOD and the Department of State would be unable to execute their missions in Afghanistan and Iraq without the support of PSCs.25

Please read the entire report here

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Wartime Contracting | , , | 3 Comments

10 injured during artillery training at Fort Bragg

WRAL.com March 15, 2011

Fort Bragg, N.C. — Eight Marines and two Navy sailors received shrapnel wounds and deep cuts in an explosion at Fort Bragg Monday night while conducting an artillery live-fire exercise, according to Staff Sgt. Jayson Price.

Fort Bragg has not released the names of the Marines, who are with Camp Lejeune, nor the names of the sailors. Their conditions were also not available.

Two were taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, while the remaining eight were being treated at Womack Army Medical Center, Womack spokeswoman Shannon Lynch said.

The units were firing 155mm ammunition, which can be associated with loud explosions and reverberations upon detonation. Fort Bragg is the closest military training area that can accept the 155mm weapons systems.

In June, a contractor was killed, and a second contractor and a soldier were wounded during a training exercise at Fort Bragg.  Please read the entire story here

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | Leave a comment

Five Somali pirates get life in US prison

Yahoo AFP March 14, 2011

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US court Monday sentenced five Somali pirates to life in prison plus 80 years for the attack last year on a US naval vessel, which was deployed in waters off east Africa to combat piracy.

After a four-hour hearing, the five were “sentenced to life in prison plus 80 years,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for the US attorney’s office in Virginia, told AFP.

The Somalis were convicted in November by a court in Virginia on charges of piracy, of attacking to plunder a maritime vessel and assault with a dangerous weapon for their roles in an attack in April on the USS Nichols.

Piracy carries a mandatory sentence in the United States of life in prison, while firearms charges carry sentences of 30 years to life.  Please read the entire article here

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Legal Jurisdictions, Pirates | , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s D-Day for Omega’s bid

Soweton Live March 15, 2011

THE Pretoria high court will decide today whether or not the City of Tshwane erred in not awarding Omega Risk Solutions a R122 million closed circuit television tender

The company’s chief executive Alex de Witt is known to have owned the plush house that the late controversial businessman Sandile Majali claimed as his own.

Majali, who was found dead in his room at a Sandton hotel last December, had a relationship with Omega dating back to 2004.

But Omega’s dalliance with controversy does not start and end with Majali. Giants in the CCTV industry, they are also known to operate in the world’s hotspots like Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo, offering services as private military operatives, a euphemism, really, for mercenaries.

By October 10 2010, South Africa had already lost 38 men in Iraq – the third highest number of private military contractors. Many of these men, like Francois Strydom, Johan Botha and Louis Campher, were on Omega’s payroll

Please read the entire article here

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Contractor Oversight, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment