Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

U.N. backs no-fly zone, strikes in Libya

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) –– The United Nations Security Council voted 10 to 0 supporting the use of “all necessary measures” including the use of a no-fly zone to protect civilians and rebel forces in Libya from forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Russia and China, which held veto powers, abstained from the vote, along with three other council members. The passing of the measure is expected to lead to U.N.-backed military strikes in Libya within hours, according to media reports.

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Libya, United Nations | , , , | Leave a comment

State Department axes guard firm for Kabul embassy and ArmorGroup gets a raise

Huffington Post March 17, 2011  Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The State Department has fired a contractor hired to provide security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, less than six months after the company won the $274 million job.

The department ended its agreement for embassy security with EOD Technology of Lenoir City, Tenn., because the company was not going to be able to start work on May 1, as the contract required, the State Department said Thursday in a statement.

ArmorGroup North America will continue to guard the embassy for at least the next four months until a replacement for EOD Technology is found.

Vetting the Employees

The State Department said in 2009 that it would not renew its contract with ArmorGroup after its guards were caught engaging in lewd behavior and drinking excessively at their living quarters.

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Financial Times two days ago on Nick Buckles, the 3.8 million dollar a year man, says:

“The failure of a competitor to take on security at the US Embassy in Kabul will see G4S stay on at the expense of the failed incumbent, at an improved rate.

(“improved” over that 1 million a month they were losing due to allegedly underbidding the contract)

Gordon’s lawsuit alleges that Michael O’Connell, ArmorGroup North America’s vice president of operations, emailed Sauer on March 11, 2007, “AGNA bid this at a very low price and a very low margin,” adding the next day that the timelines and resources given to State in its proposal “don’t match up,” but it wasn’t “a big deal unless” the State Department contracting officer’s representative “calls us on it”.

The contract rollover has been won in spite of controversy over the recruitment and behaviour of staff by ArmorGroup, a subsidiary acquired by G4S in 2008, which led to a critical report by the US State Department over the running of the contract.

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, ArmorGroup, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, EODT, G4S, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Somalia’s Puntland suspends security contractors

Associated Press March 17, 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia –  Somalia’s northern region of Puntland has suspended a controversial deal with a private security firm contracted to train an anti-piracy force, two government officials said Thursday.

Saracen International was hired to train 1,050 men in Puntland to battle the pirates that menace shipping off Somalia’s coast.

An Associated Press investigation previously found that the project was linked to Erik Prince, who founded the private security firm Blackwater, and also had a secret mission to go after an Islamist rebel linked to insurgents in southern Somalia.

Two officials in the Puntland government said the deal had been suspended following international pressure. Both asked for anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.

One official said most of Saracen’s primarily South African staff have left the country but he expected them to return. The second official said that training has been suspended and that 200 recruits who had graduated from the training program were not paid in February.  Please read the entire story here

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Pirates, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

SAIC subcontracts ammo logistics support to DynCorp

FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)DynCorp International (DI) announced today that it has been selected as a subcontractor by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] to support the 1st Theater Sustainment Command (1st TSC), providing munitions logistics services support for Department of Defense and coalition forces throughout the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.

The subcontract has a one-year base period of performance and four one-year options. The total contract value is more than $33 million, if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Kuwait.

Under the subcontract, DynCorp International will help provide labor and other resources necessary for the storage and handling of ammunitionRead the entire press release here

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, DynCorp, Government Contractor, Kuwait | , , , , , | Leave a comment