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Consequences of Pursuit of Profit

That dispute led to the under-equipment and under-preparation of the security team on which the four Blackwater employees died.   Their deaths led the military to launch an invasion of Fallujah.

So here it is: A contract dispute led to a major development in a major war of the United States – and that is Paul’s point.

David Isenberg at PMC Observer

Reduced to its essentials every argument and debate about the use of private military and security contractors comes down to two words; outsourcing and privatization. The argument is simply whether they are good and bad.
Personally I think that, like most other things, the answer is maybe. Hey, if you want absolutes take up physics.

But lately, partly I suppose, in response to the predictable quadrennial Republican party blather about the glories of the free market – cue the inevitable segue into why America needs a purported businessman like Mitt Romney to “fix America” – my repressed academic side has been pondering the pitfalls of privatizing the battlefield.

Before going any further let me acknowledge the contribution and sacrifice of PMSC personnel. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never has so much depended on such an unacknowledged few.

That said, let’s turn to one of the iconic contractor moments of the U.S.involvement in Iraq; the killing of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah in 2004.

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February 7, 2012 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Follow the Money, Halliburton, KBR, LOGCAP, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Planning to Slash Iraq Embassy Staff by Up to Half

 primarily by decreasing the number of contractors needed to support the embassy’s operations.

The New York Times  February 7, 2012

BAGHDAD — Less than two months after American troops left, the State Department is preparing to slash by as much as half the enormous diplomatic presence it had planned for Iraq, a sharp sign of declining American influence in the country.

Officials in Baghdad and Washington said that Ambassador James F. Jeffrey and other senior State Department officials are reconsidering the size and scope of the embassy, where the staff has swelled to nearly 16,000 people, mostly contractors.

The expansive diplomatic operation and the $750 million embassy building, the largest of its kind in the world, were billed as necessary to nurture a postwar Iraq on its shaky path to democracy and establish normal relations between two countries linked by blood and mutual suspicion. But the Americans have been frustrated by Iraqi obstructionism and are now largely confined to the embassy because of security concerns, unable to interact enough with ordinary Iraqis to justify the $6 billion annual price tag.

The swift realization among some top officials that the diplomatic build-up may have been ill-advised represents a remarkable pivot for the State Department, in that officials spent more than a year planning the expansion and that many of the thousands of additional personnel have only recently arrived. Michael W. McClellan, the embassy spokesman, said in a statement, “over the last year and continuing this year the Department of State and the Embassy in Baghdad have been considering ways to appropriately reduce the size of the U.S. mission in Iraq, primarily by decreasing the number of contractors needed to support the embassy’s operations.

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February 7, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues, State Department | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Overseas Contractor Count – 1st quarter FY 2012

 

Thanks to Danger Zone Jobs for this Update be sure to visit their site

This update reports DoD contractor personnel numbers in theater and covers DoD contractor personnel deployed in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)), Iraq, and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

In 1st quarter FY 2012, USCENTCOM reported approximately 152,000 contractor personnel working for the DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR. The number of contractors outside of Afghanistan and Iraq make up about 9.6% of the total contractor population in the USCENTCOM AOR.

A breakdown of DoD contractor personnel is provided here:

 

 

Total Contractors U.S. Citizens Third Country Nationals Local/Host Country Nationals
Afghanistan Only 113,491 25,287 34,811 53,393
Iraq Only* 23,886 11,237 9,445 3,204
Other USCENTCOM Locations 14,618 6,070 6,995 1,553
USCENTCOM AOR 151,995 42,594 51,251 58,150
* These numbers are as of December 9, 2011 and do not reflect the continued contractor drawdown in anticipation of the end of military operations in Iraq.

 

Iraq Summary

Contractor Posture Highlights:

  • As of December 9, 2011, there were approximately 24K DoD contractors in Iraq. This represents a 55% decrease as compared to the 4th quarter 2011.
  • As of December 31, 2011, Operation New Dawn ended in Iraq. The Department of Defense and Department of State continue to refine the requirements for post-2011 contract support. We project that the end of FY 2012, the USG contractor population in Iraq will be approximately 14K. Roughly half of these contractors are employed under Department of State contracts.
  • Although the remainder are employed under DoD contracts, only approximately 4,000 will be directly supporting DOD mission areas. The remaining contractor personnel employed under DoD contracts are supporting State Department and other civilian activities under the Chief of Mission, Iraq. These DOD contractors are provided on a reimbursable basis.

Afghanistan Summary

The distribution of contractors in Afghanistan by contracting activity are:

Theater Support – Afghanistan: 20,223 (17.8%)
LOGCAP: 32,297 (28.5%)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 19,347 (17%)
Other:* 41,624 (36.7%)
Total: 113,491
*Includes Defense Logistics Agency, Army Materiel Command, Air Force External and Systems Support contracts, Special Operations Command and INSCOM.

 

OEF Contractor Posture Highlights:

  • There are currently approximately 113.5K DoD contractors in Afghanistan. The overall contractor footprint has increased 10.3% from the 4th quarter FY11.
  • The contractor to military ratio in Afghanistan is 1.1 to 1 (based on 99.6K military).
  • Local Nationals make up 47% of the DoD contracted workforce in Afghanistan.

 

General Data on DoD Private Security Contractor Personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan

  • In Afghanistan, The Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF) Advisory Group is developing the planning for convoy and development contracts to transition to the APPF by the 20 March 2012 deadline, in accordance with Presidential Decree 62. International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) fixed site and military construction PSC contracts have until 20 March 2013 to be transitioned to the APPF.

USCENTCOM reports, as of 1st quarter FY 2012, the following distribution of private security contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq:

Total* U.S. Citizens Third Country National Local/Host Country National
DoD PSCs in Afghanistan 20,375 570 897 18,908
DoD PSCs in Iraq 8,995 751 8,083 161
*These numbers include most subcontractors and service contractors hired by prime contractors under DoD contracts. They include both armed and unarmed contractors. They do not include PSCs working under DoS and USAID contracts.

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NC appeals court: Weapons center is not a school

CBS MoneyWatch

(AP) RALEIGH, N.C. — Shooting ranges and a training center built by former Delta Force members to train police and troops as next-generation warriors doesn’t qualify as a school, a designation local officials accepted in allowing construction, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

The decision throws into doubt the training center in rural Cumberland County that security contractor TigerSwan Inc. opened in 2010. Plans included building seven shooting ranges on a 1,000-acre site 18 miles from the Army’s Fort Bragg.

Local zoning rules protecting the land for farming allowed an exception for schools.

Neighboring property owners sued out of concern about stray bullets and gunfire depressing their property values.

Apex-based TigerSwan argued that besides training law officers and troops in urban warfare, heavy weapons, sniping and other military skills, its training center would also instruct adults and children in commonly taught school offerings including leadership, first aid and foreign languages, the court said.

But that stretches the local zoning law’s definition of a school, Judge Robert C. Hunter wrote for the three-judge court panel.

“We conclude that the training facility is not a permitted use as it is not a public or private, elementary or secondary school,” Hunter wrote.

TigerSwan’s attorney, former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker, said the company and Cumberland County are weighing whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court. What will happen to the training center is a question to be decided after legal proceedings have run their course, Meeker said.

TigerSwan was founded in 2005 by former members of Delta Force, the Fort Bragg-based counter-terrorist unit. The company’s website says it has operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and seven affiliate offices in Latin America, Japan and the United Kingdom

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February 7, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afghan security guard kills colleagues, police

AlertNet  February 7, 2012

KABUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) – An Afghan security guard killed three colleagues and two police in southern Afghan city of Kandahar, the provincial authorities said on Tuesday.

“A member of a private security company (is) responsible for shooting his friends,” the Kandahar media office said on its official Twitter feed. “(Two) ANP (police) were also killed and another one wounded after they intervened.”

All of the victims were Afghans.

As of March 20 this year, private security firms will no longer be allowed to guard private premises.

All guard duties will be transferred to the Afghan Public Protection Force, a government-owned company which will be the sole supplier of guards to non-diplomatic and non-military operations in Afghanistan.

On Sunday, nine people were killed when a car bomb exploded in a busy area of Kandahar city.

Dozens of foreign soldiers have been killed in recent years by what NATO dubs the insider threat of “rogue” Afghan soldiers and police, complicating coalition efforts to train Afghanistan’s army and police force before foreign combat troops leave by the end of 2014.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni and Daniel Magnowski; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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