Saturday, June 2, 2007

The Future of Security in Iraq

Contract Iraqi security guard

All of the western security companies are using contracted Iraqis, in one manner or another, to augment their security operations. The day is soon coming when private security will be turned over to Iraqi run companies, or western companies using a majority of Iraqi personnel. The gold rush days of western private security operators coming to Iraq and earning $500-$800 a day are quickly coming to a close. Contracts are becoming fewer and fewer, while the pool of willing, and quasi-qualified westerners, continues to grow. Congress will eventually structure US Government contracts to mandate the hiring of local Iraqis instead of expensive westerners; all part of the politically planned withdrawal. Currently PSDs are scrambling for a seat, because the music will soon stop.

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