Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

Leighton alerts police on possible Iraq bribery

Rueters Melbourne Australia  February 13, 2012

Leighton Holdings , Australia’s top contractor, has alerted the Australian Federal Police to possible bribery by a subsidiary pressing for work to expand Iraq’s oil export facilities, the company said on Monday.

“We are cooperating fully with the AFP as they conduct an investigation into these matters,” said Mr Johns

February 12, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Iraq | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

USAID contractor work in Cuba detailed

AP IMPACT by Desmond Butler Associated Press  February 12, 2012

Piece by piece, in backpacks and carry-on bags, American aid contractor Alan Gross made sure laptops, smartphones, hard drives and networking equipment were secreted into Cuba. The most sensitive item, according to official trip reports, was the last one: a specialized mobile phone chip that experts say is often used by the Pentagon and the CIA to make satellite signals virtually impossible to track.

The purpose, according to an Associated Press review of Gross’ reports, was to set up uncensored satellite Internet service for Cuba’s small Jewish community.

The operation was funded as democracy promotion for the U.S. Agency for International Development, established in 1961 to provide economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. Gross, however, identified himself as a member of a Jewish humanitarian group, not a representative of the U.S. government.

Cuban President Raul Castro called him a spy, and Gross was sentenced last March to 15 years in prison for seeking to “undermine the integrity and independence” of Cuba. U.S. officials say he did nothing wrong and was just carrying out the normal mission of USAID.

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February 12, 2012 Posted by | Central America, CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contractors Arrested, Contractors Held, Safety and Security Issues, State Department, USAID | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Contractors Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

On Saturday, a helicopter operated by U.S. military contractors crashed in the mountains of Zabul province, killing all four Tajik crew members. The contractors, Supreme Group, said the helicopter was carrying cargo used for its contracts to supply food and water to U.S. forces.

The helicopter was operated by a company called Central Asian Aviation Services, Supreme said.

Four Tajiks killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Kabul – A helicopter used by a civilian company contracted to NATO crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing all four Tajik crew members, officials said Sunday.

The crash was due to a technical malfunction, said Mohammad Jan Rasolyar, the deputy governor of Zabul province, where the crash took place.

But the Taliban in an online statement claimed its fighters had shot down the helicopter.

The Russian-made EY-106 helicopter belonged to the global logistic company Supreme Group, which provides services for the international troops stationed in the war torn country.

The company in a statement said that four crew members of the helicopter who were killed in the Saturday crash were Tajik nationals.

The helicopter was transporting food and water, it said.

‘Investigations as to the cause of the crash are ongoing but no other parties appear to have been involved in the incident,’ the company said

February 12, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Department of Defense | , , , , , | 1 Comment