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U.S. Special Operations Forces have a brand new home in Afghanistan. It’s owned and operated by the security company formerly known as Blackwater, thanks to a no-bid deal worth $22 million.
You might think that Blackwater, now called Academi, was banished into some bureaucratic exile after its operatives in Afghanistan stole guns from U.S. weapons depots and killed Afghan civilians. Wrong.
Unsure how your private security firm makes money as the U.S. war in Afghanistan winds down? One option: Go into the drug trade — more specifically, the lucrative business of fighting narcotics. The State Department needs a business partner to keep its fleet of drug-hunting helicopters and planes flying worldwide. You could make up to $10 billion-with-a-B.
December 3, 2012 – Arlington, Va. – ACADEMI, a leading, privately held training and security solutions provider serving government and commercial customers worldwide, today announced that it has been selected by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to compete for the agency’s Individual Protective Measures Training (IPMT) requirements, valued at up to $20 million over five years.
The purpose of the IPMT program is to prepare DIA civilian employees for deployment outside the United States. The training sought will focus on tactics that will enable survival during dangerous situations as well as general precautions to be taken while deployed, including defensive driving, shooting, soft tactics, convoy operations, and combat medical skills.
ACADEMI is one of only six companies that will compete for the agency’s IPMT task orders through a multiple award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract agreement. The initial agreement covers one base year, with four one-year renewals possible.
This is a pre-solicitation request for information from small businesses, under NAICS code 611430, that hold an active SECRET facility clearance. Please provide up to 5 pages regarding ability to deliver pre-deployment training (Individual Protective Measures Training) to a largely civilian student population. DIA is looking for specific information about facilities including driving ranges (off-road included), small arms shooting ranges (pistol and carbine), classroom locations for conducting soft-tactics courses such as facilities observation and reporting, convoy operations including checkpoint scenarios, and combat medical tactics scenarios.
Originally posted by Maxmars
reply to post by Zcustosmorum
No matter how repugnant we may think (or know) these private-industry soldiers have behaved. We must recognize that there is a certain element of 'propaganda' at play here.
Needless to say, there is little doubt about the history of these mercenary units. I can't help but remember when it started - and how the DHS made them a high-profit operation.
But now my friends and TRUE representatives of the American people, our uniformed soldiers, are shacking up with the very people who are virtually guaranteed to inspire at least one anti-American hate crime (the magnitude of which we won't know, until after it's too late.)
According to CNTPO, oversight for its contracts are themselves outsourced to an Army Contracting Command outfit in Hunstville, Alabama. CNTPO “provides all contracting support for this effort, with 10 contracting officers/contracting specialists and legal/policy review of all contracts and task orders,” CNTPO’s statement reads, with “program management and customer support requirements” provided by CNTPO itself. That’s 10 bureaucrats to review billions of dollars in private security contracts, spent all over the world. A member of the Wartime Contracting Commission, created by Congress to stop war profiteering, came away from an interaction with CNTPO concerned about that level of oversight.
Originally posted by antonia
reply to post by MajorMayhem
They do have cash to spare. They actually offered my husband 75K a year a few years ago when he thought he might get out.edit on 5-12-2012 by antonia because: argh