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douglas9 Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:31 AM
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Private Contractors Sought As Guards in Afghanistan
Source: Washington Post

The U.S. Army is looking to private contractors to provide armed security guards to protect Forward Operating Bases in seven provinces in southern Afghanistan. In a recent study, Anthony H. Cordesman, an intelligence expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, described five of those provinces -- Helmand, Kandahar, Nimruz, Zabol and Uruzgan -- as among the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.

The proposed contracts would be for a minimum of one year, beginning Jan. 1, but with options to continue for four years. The move to hire contractors to provide armed guards comes as the United States is deploying more American troops to Afghanistan and looking to double the size of the Afghan National Army from 80,000 to 162,000 over the next five years.

Ironically, a year ago, there was a crackdown on private security contractors in Afghanistan, including a U.S.-based company, because of complaints of fraud. At that time, however, the private guards were protecting U.S. Agency for International Development employees and their contractors, not U.S. military bases.

In a Nov. 26 notice, the Army said the proposed guards would protect the entry control points of the bases to prevent "threats related to unauthorized personnel, contraband, and instruments of damage, destruction and information collection from entering the installation."

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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balantz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 12:23 PM
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1. Well isn't that just lovely. n/t
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High Plains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 12:27 PM
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2. Uh, don't we have any army to do that?
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