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Politics, money, and war.

Saturday, January 31

what's in a name

US-Led Group Wins Iraq Security Contract
Nour USA, a privately held U.S.-led consortium, has won a $327 million contract to supply Iraq's new armed forces and the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps with equipment, the U.S. military said on Saturday.


Nour, based in Vienna, Virginia, was set up specifically to bid for business in postwar Iraq and has previously won an $18 million contract to provide security in the country.

Nour's partners include HAIFinance, a private equity group based in the United States, and Jordan-based conglomerate Munir Sukhtian Group.
Website for Nour USA.

MSNBC ran an article on contractors in Iraq, Iraq contracts: Making introductions, in October that mentioned Nour USA.
Yet, outside Washington, a company set up only in May — Nour USA — is already in the door. This summer, Nour hired the lobbying company run by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and soon afterwards a joint venture Nour set up with another company won a contract worth up to $80 million over two years.
Anyone who thinks the contracts are being awarded objectively must be incredibly naive.

PS $18 million vs $80 million: we'll see if we can track down the contracts.

Friday, January 30

conflict of interest?

Fluor Adds Suzanne H. Woolsey to Board of Directors
Fluor Corporation today announced the election of Suzanne H. Woolsey to its board of directors, effective February 3. Woolsey recently served as the chief communications officer for the National Academies, the advisors to the nation on science, engineering and medicine.

"Sue's expertise in and passion for government policy, private industry and science will be important enhancements to our board," said Alan L. Boeckmann, Fluor's chairman and chief executive officer. "We are fortunate to have her join us as we begin 2004."
It also doesn't hurt that her husband, James Woolsey, sits on the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee. Fluor Corporation is one the large American reconstruction contractors now operating in Iraq.

Advisors of Influence: Nine Members of the Defense Policy Board Have Ties to Defense Contractors
[James] Woolsey told the Wall Street Journal that he does no lobbying and that none of the companies he has ties to have been discussed during a Defense Policy Board meeting.
What are the chances of Iraq and reconstruction arising at future Defense Policy Board meetings?

Thursday, January 29


Earth Tech Wins USD $65 Million Task Order to Rebuild Iraqi Army Base
Earth Tech Inc., a leading global provider of engineering, construction, water management, environmental and transportation services, has been awarded a USD $65 million task order to rebuild a formerly abandoned Iraqi military base.

The work is part of the first wave of a major new U.S. government effort toward the reconstruction of Iraq and is expected to have a positive impact on national security for the Iraqi people. Upon reconstruction, the base will be used by the new Iraqi Army.

The task order, the largest issued to date under the USD $4 billion Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE) WERC contract, calls for the refurbishment of existing buildings and infrastructure on the base and the construction of new facilities. Earth Tech, which will lead a team including Fluor Corporation, USA Environmental and CSC's DynCorp organization, will also oversee the re-establishment of water supply, wastewater treatment and power services at the base.

Wednesday, January 28


advance planning?

There's a not very interesting article at Air Force Link on satellite phone service, Battlefield calls go through MacDill
Because of the prominent use of satellite communications and the large amounts of bandwidth needed to use this type of communications, RSSC technicians carefully plan satellite phone time, said David Miller, chief of UHF cell. Exercises help the RSSC staff ensure that planning is efficient and that military commanders have the time and bandwidth they require for satellite phone calls.

Although the RSSC team members start planning six to eight months in advance of a war, they are very flexible and ready to deal with rapid changes.
We'd like to know how far ahead of time they were planning for satellite service in Iraq. How far in advance were they staging "excercises"?

Monday, January 26

how to help

Dear readers,

If you happen to come across articles on contracts for work in Iraq, most especially those that are with less well-known companies, please feel free to forward us a link or copy of the text to

looking for

We were recently alerted that a contract for $281 million may have been awarded to Southeast Texas Industries, Inc. (website available at for work on an electric power plant in Iraq. There was apparently an article in the Dow Jones Energy Wire on January 18, 2004.

If you have a url to an article or press release on this, please drop us a line. We haven't had much luck on google.

Sunday, January 25


Total Resource Management Selected to Help Engineer Asset Management Systems That Support $18.6 Billion in Iraq Reconstruction Projects
Total Resource Management (TRM), an asset management consulting and technology solutions provider, announced today that the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Program Management Office (PMO) has awarded a competitive, $1.9 million small business contract to configure, deploy and integrate the technology system that will drive the multisite, multilingual enterprise for the infrastructure reconstruction effort in Iraq.

Using this system, TRM will help the PMO manage all the resources allocated to rebuild schools, hospitals, utilities, natural resources, government offices and all infrastructure elements. It will integrate with the financial and procurement systems that the U.S. government uses to support the rebuilding effort. TRM is responsible for making sure the systems are engineered in a way that makes it easy for the Iraqis to successfully continue the work started by the U.S. and its allies.

odds & ends

New website link posted at the Coalition Provisional Authority:
The Iraqi Business Center is located on the ground floor of the convention center. We are open everyday (except Friday) from 0900-1200. We offer the following services to the Iraqi Business community:

- Information on tenders coming out of various CPA and military contracting offices
- A place to anonymously report corruption among Iraqi and coalition contracting offices
- Support for businesswomen
- Support for young entrepreneurs
- Connections with foreign companies
- Connections with fellow Iraqi companies
Times of India has an article on a new division for reconstruction US military sets up new Iraqi reconstruction unit
The US Army Corps of Engineers inaugurated a provisional unit in Baghdad on Sunday whose job will be to speed up the reconstruction of Iraq 's infrastructure.

The Gulf Region Division numbering almost 1,000 US soldiers and civilian contractors is to repair vital oil, water, electricity and sewage facilities, its commander, Major General Ronald Johnson, told AFP on the sidelines of the ceremony.

He said he expected the temporary unit to complete its mission within "three to five years in some form."

A senior US military officer said the unit would also oversee the bringing in of large private contractors to help repair facilities the US engineers have so far been only able to patch up.
There is an interesting little document with additional information on the Gulf Region Division
Mission Update: RIO/GRD The new Div is now officially named the "Gulf Region Division" (GRD). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been providing contingency engineering support to the combatant command through the deployment of Field Force Engineering (FFE) teams to operations in Iraq since February 2003.
There's only one problem: the war didn't start until March 19, 2003.

Friday, January 23

kick back and relax

Corruption. It's so in these days.

Halliburton Employees Allegedly Accepted Kickbacks
Halliburton employees have been accused of taking up to $6 million in kickbacks from a Kuwaiti subcontractor that was supplying U.S. soldiers in Iraq, new trouble for Vice President Dick Cheney's former company.

A Halliburton spokeswoman said the company fired the employees involved and reported the problem to the Pentagon.
Did Cheney get any? 

Thursday, January 22

a contract list

The Center for Public Integrity has a list of contracts on their website. They also have a second list of contractors. Worth a peak if you haven't visited them in a while.

Wednesday, January 21


Here's the complete list from the Army Corps of Engineers for the $15 billion dollars in contracts.
AICI (American International Contractors, Inc.)/Syska Hennessy/Archirodon LLC - Arlington, Virginia

CH2M Hill/Dragados/Soluziona (joint venture) - Englewood, Colorado

Contrack International, Inc. - Arlington, Virginia

Fluor Intercontinental, Inc. - Charlotte, North Carolina

Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. - Arlington, Virginia (Halliburton sibsidiary)

Odebrect-Austin (joint venture) - Coral Gables, Florida

Parsons Delaware Inc. - Pasadena, California

Perini Corporation - Framingham, Massachusetts

Shaw Centcom Services LLD - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Washington International/Black & Veatch Joint Venture - Boise, Idaho


The contracts have a monetary ceiling set at $500 million for the first year for each of the contracts. Each contract will have four one-year options, and the option years will have a yearly ceiling of $250 million on each contract.
It's not clear to us what exactly the contracts are for. They sound similar in scope to the LOGCAP III contract that Halliburton holds.



Here's an article from the Denver Post, CH2M Hill venture wins Iraq contract. Kind of odd. It sounds like they don't know what they will be doing.
A joint venture led by CH2M Hill Services this week won a contract potentially worth $1.5 billion for engineering work on military facilities in Iraq and African and Central Asian countries.


The Army has given little information regarding the nature of the work, but said the contracts would "support U.S. military operations, other U.S. government agencies, or friendly foreign governments under established agreements."
The article does not say who the other companies involved are.


raytheon, again

Raytheon has sent out a press release, Raytheon Wins Contract to Provide Air Traffic Management Systems For Iraq
Raytheon Company has been awarded a competitive contract to supply turnkey air traffic management systems for airports in Iraq. The initial award is for $10.5 million, with additional equipment options of up to $38.9 million.

german sub

Subcontracts are not off limits to the Coaliton of the Un-Willing. AP has an article Germany's Siemens Awarded Iraq Contract.
Siemens AG said Thursday it will develop a cellular phone network in Iraq - the first reconstruction contract publicly announced by a firm in Germany, which vehemently opposed the U.S.-led war.

Siemens also is in talks to supply parts for two power stations in Iraq, company spokesman Peter Gottal said.


Siemens signed a contract before Christmas to set up the cell phone network in northern Iraq for Kuwait's Wataniya Telecom, Gottal said. The Kuwaiti company is the local partner of AsiaCell, which operated cell networks in Kurdish areas of northern Iraq during Saddam Hussein's rule.
No numbers.


Ambassador to Kuwait, Richard Jones, says Iraq is open for business. Read what he has to say. We thinking he's smoking something.
Coalition and Iraqi efforts have set the stage for an economic rebirth. As a catalyst, the U.S. supplemental budget of $18.7 billion for Iraq will pave the way with projects that will boost the Iraqi economy and create 50,000 well-paid jobs within 2-3 months and, according to U.S. Treasury estimates, more than 1.7 million jobs over the life of the program*. These new jobs will all but eliminate unemployment in Iraq’s 6-million member labor market.

Furthermore, the initial injection of the first $5 billion dollar investment will have a multiplier effect of $7-8 billion dollars within 12-18 months. Non-oil GDP will increase by 50-to-100 percent during that same time period. Business leaders are starting to realize that long-term prospects are only slightly dimmed by the current violence.
*How long is "the life of the program"? 

defense link

Defense Link has some of the contract announcements up. There should be more but maybe they are under a different agency. Hard to know these days where to look as the information still isn't centralized.
The Parsons Iraq (Joint Venture), Houston, Texas, was awarded on Jan. 16, 2004, a delivery order amount of $500,000 as part of an $800,000,000 cost-plus-award-fee contract for the northern region that will provide a full-range of services, primary in the country of Iraq. Work will be performed in Kuwait and Iraq, and is expected to be completed by October 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were 450 bids solicited on July 9, 2003, and seven bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-04-D-0002).

Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. (Halliburton subsidiary), Arlington, Va., was awarded on Jan. 16, 2004, a delivery order amount of $500,000 as part of a $1,200,000,000 cost-plus-award-fee contract for the southern region that will provide a full-range of services, primary in the country of Iraq. Work will be performed in Kuwait and Iraq, and is expected to be completed by October 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were 450 bids solicited on July 9, 2003, and seven bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-04-D-0001).

Tuesday, January 20


We can't find any additional information on this job posting for a New Private Iraqi Television Station, Position: Washington Bureau Chief and if it is related to the recent Harris Corporation contract.
Video Cairo Sat, a leading Egyptian television production company in the Middle East, seeks immediate candidates for a Washington Bureau of a new private, Arabic language television station. As a first private station in the history of Iraq, this channel seeks to set a new standard for freedom of expression in Iraq and the Middle East.
The contact is thru; Rich Eisnedorf has appeared at numerous conferences on Iraq and media infrastructure. Curious.


MSA Secures $33 Million Army Contract
Mine Safety Appliances Company today announced it has secured a $33.8 million contract from the U.S. Army to produce 100,000 protective helmets that represent the next generation in military head protection.

The award marks the second significant military helmet contract for MSA over the past three months. In November, MSA received a $28 million contract to produce 80,000 helmets.


catch up

Sick computer. We have a large back log of articles to post. Here we go.

MSNBC carried an article from the AP, Firm allowed to increase shipments without cost data
The Army has allowed Halliburton to increase the supplies of fuel delivered to Iraq without giving the usual data to justify its cost, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Another AP article on Halliburton, Despite Probe, Halliburton Gets Contract
Despite a Pentagon probe into alleged overcharging for fuel delivered to Iraq, the Army awarded Vice President Dick Cheney's former company a contract Friday to rebuild Iraq's oil industry.

Halliburton won a competitive bid to rebuild the oil industry in southern Iraq, a contract worth up to $1.2 billion over two years, the Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement.

The Army gave Halliburton subsidiary KBR a no-bid contract to rebuild oil infrastructure throughout Iraq shortly after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq last March. The Army opened that contract for competitive bids last fall and split it into one for northern Iraq and one for southern Iraq.

The northern Iraq contract, worth up to $800 million, went to a joint venture of California-based Parsons Corp. and the Australian firm Worley Group Ltd.
According to this article, Aussie firm shares in $1bn Iraq contract Australian company, Worley Group, owns a 45% share in the consortium handling the new contract.

The Shaw Group Awarded Contract with Potential Value Of $1.5 Billion Supporting The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa
The Shaw Group Inc. today announced that its newly formed joint venture, Shaw CENTCOM Services, LLC (Shaw CS), was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Transatlantic Programs Center. Shaw CS, consisting of Shaw, Al-Khudhairy Group, Kharafi National, and NESMA will provide the full range of design-build and construction-related services within the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) which includes 25 nations located throughout the Horn of Africa, South and Central Asia, the Northern Red Sea regions, the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq.

The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a one-year base with a monetary ceiling of $500 million. The contract also includes four one-year options with a $250 million ceiling per year. Task orders under this contract cover a wide range of planning, engineering, and design in conjunction with construction, repair, renovation, restoration, and maintenance and operation services. The contracts will support U.S. military operations, other U.S. government agencies and friendly foreign governments under established agreements.
This contract looks very similar to the one recently announced for Washington Group International, Inc.

Tuesday, January 13


The Harris Corporation recently won a contract for media in Iraq.

We stumbled across this announcement from March 6, 2001:
Harris Corporation, a world leader in high-capacity avionics networks and digital moving maps for military aircraft, announced today that it has been awarded a $1.3 million contract by The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, to provide the cockpit Memory Transfer and Storage Unit (MTSU) for the U.S. Army AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter. The MTSU provides on-board, pilot-accessible, mass memory for the aircraft's avionics systems and mission computers.
So it appears the choice of Harris Corporation has more to do with the US military, which should really come as no surprise at this point.

spend spend spend

Washington Group International Team Wins Contract to Perform up to $1.5 Billion Of Services Supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq and Elsewhere
Washington Group International, Inc. announced today that it has been selected for a contract to provide a variety of design, engineering, and construction services to the Transatlantic Programs Center of the United States Army Corps of Engineers throughout Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

Under the terms of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract, Washington Group and its partner, Black & Veatch Corporation of Overland Park, Kansas, will be awarded specific assignments to support the Corps of Engineers over the next five years. The work is confined to the U.S. Central Command area of operations which includes Iraq and 24 other countries from the Horn of Africa through Central Asia. The contract has a monetary ceiling of $500 million for the first year. It also includes four one-year options, each with a $250 million ceiling.
Same old same old. More of the same folks getting the contracts. It would be very exciting to see someone new come onto the stage.

Maybe now that Canada can bid on contracts, we'll see some fresh faces.

Sunday, January 11

team players

Horne Engineering on Winning Bechtel Team for Iraq Infrastructure II Contract
Horne Engineering Services, Inc. is pleased to acknowledge its teaming partnership with Bechtel National, Inc., which today was named by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as the competitive winner of the Iraq Infrastructure II contract with an estimated value of $1.8 Billion.
That's funny...
Horne Engineering has been partnered with Bechtel National since 1998 under a U.S. Army contract to design, construct and operate the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, which is presently destroying the World War II stockpile of mustard agent at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
Nope. We do not feel safer yet.

We're surprised no one suggested invading Maryland.

the biggie

USAID Awards Iraq Infrastructure II Contract
In support of the Coalition Provisional Authority’s (CPA) reconstruction efforts in Iraq, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced the selection of a multi-million dollar Iraq infrastructure repair and rehabilitation contractor, otherwise referred to as the Iraq Infrastructure II contract, to Bechtel National, Inc. based in San Francisco.  Bechtel is teamed with the Parsons Corporation of Pasadena, California.  The contract award provides funding up to $1.8 billion over 24 months.  Funding is subject to congressional notification and availability of funds.
Ahhh. How sweet. Little Bechtel just made more cha-ching. Like it was a surprise.

Hey...did you hear what Paul O'Neill, former Secretary of the Treasury, is saying? Bush Sought ‘Way’ To Invade Iraq?
Based on his interviews with O'Neill and several other officials at the meetings, Suskind writes that the planning envisioned peacekeeping troops, war crimes tribunals, and even divvying up Iraq's oil wealth.

He obtained one Pentagon document, dated March 5, 2001, and entitled "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield contracts," which includes a map of potential areas for exploration.

“It talks about contractors around the world from, you know, 30-40 countries. And which ones have what intentions,” says Suskind. “On oil in Iraq.” you think Bechtel was in on the meetings? Do you think the planning was part of Cheney's energy meetings?

We at bpost think that is exactly what went on and we're looking forward to reading the new book, The Price of Loyalty by Ron Suskind, to find out more.

of course there's more

Engineered Support Receives $11.3 Million for Military Trailer Refurbishment From U.S. Army
Engineered Support Systems, Inc. received a subcontract to remanufacture M1000 Heavy Equipment Transport trailers that had been deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Southwest Asia.The subcontract was awarded by Oshkosh Truck Corporation under a prime contract with the U.S. Army Tank- Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) at Warren, Michigan using supplemental funding provided by President Bush and the U.S. Congress for the continued operation and "resetting" of force readiness levels to their pre- Operation Iraqi Freedom condition.

Under the contract, the company's Systems & Electronics Inc. (SEI) subsidiary will remanufacture 72 M1000 HET trailers to a "like new" condition at its West Plains, Missouri manufacturing facility. The trailers are scheduled to be returned to the U.S. Army by September 2004 for redeployment, according to Jerry Daniels, Vice Chairman and CEO of Engineered Support.
Did you count the number of layers to get to the contract? No wonder the Penagon's audit agency squeaks numbers.

never ends

The contracts never end. Sigh.

ATK WIns $30 Million Ammunition Contract They use the stuff in Iraq.
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) has received a contract from the U.S. Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Ill., to produce lightweight (LW) 30mm M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) tactical ammunition. The total contract value will exceed $30 million.
Harris Corporation Awarded $96 Million Contract For Development of the Iraqi Media Network 
Harris Corporation today announced that it has been awarded a one-year, $96 million contract by The Defense Contracting Command-Washington , on behalf of the Coalition Provisional Authority currently governing Iraq, for developing an existing but antiquated media network into a modern media organization for the Iraqi people. [...] Two additional six-month contract options could increase the total value of the program to nearly $165 million.


Harris will lead this project and provide all of the necessary transmitters, integration and automation broadcast equipment with support from two very important local teammates: The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI), a premier Middle Eastern media network, and Al Fawares, a Kuwaiti company with Iraqi ownership. LBCI is responsible for training and content programming for the two radio channels and two television channels-one for news and one for entertainment. All four channels will be terrestrial and the all-news television channel will additionally be available by satellite. Al Fawares will assist in expanding the newspaper into national status based on the company's experience with Al Watan in Kuwait, and also will provide security, logistics and construction services.
But the Iraqi Minister in charge of media says no one asked him.

Did you catch the Al Fawares will also provide "security, logistics and construction services". What's up with that?

Saturday, January 3


An article in the New York Times For G.I.'s, Pride in War Efforts but Doubts About Iraq's Future by Eric Schmitt contains the following sentence:
Since May, the military has paid out more than $2 million in damage and injury claims from Iraqis.
So which budget line of the $87 billion dollar supplemental spending bill for Iraq do they list damages in?

Thursday, January 1

kirk von ackermann

We are still receiving google hits related to the man missing in Iraq, Kirk Von Ackermann. We only know what we have read about available on the web. But as our goal is to share information, here is everything we have read to date:

A subcontractor to a larger unknown company, Ultra Services of Istanbul Turkey, was reported to have employed Von Ackermann. A reader, Melissa, emailed bpost an article with a reference to Ultra Services. Unfortunately the article was because of the death of another employee, Ryan Manelick. Family mourns CV grad killed in Iraq ambush by Cindy Stauffer
Mrs. Manelick said her family found out about her son's death via a telephone call from the State Department.

She said a representative from her son's company, Ultra Services/Irex Corp., plans to attend her son's funeral Monday. She does not know if that person will be able to tell them more about the attack.

Manelick had gone to Baghdad in August and was living in company-supplied housing, his mother said. He was chief operations officer and logistics and services manager for the company.
We found no information online about Ultra Services. However, we did find two Irex companies online. The first is a non-profit, the International Research & Exchanges Board, online at

The second, Irex Corp, is in construction and is also known as Irex Construction Group. Irex Corp has a subsidiary, AC&S, who is currently going thru bankruptcy due to asbestos litigation--a situation that Halliburton has also found it self in. They have a defunct website at The Wayback Machine has some of their pages cached but not enough to be too helpful.

There have been several follow up stories on Kirk Von Ackermann. The original story was broken by the UK Telegraph, Mystery surrounds US businessman missing in Iraq's 'Sunni triangle' by Colin Freeman in Baghdad on November 9, 2003. Another version by the same author appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area civilian vanishes in Iraq, also on November 9.

The San Mateo County Times carried a more in depth article, Moss Beach man missing in Iraq, on November 12, 2003. ($ required to view article thru advanced search using "last 6 months" and "Von Ackermann" at

A blogger, The Insomnia of Mark Kraft (see post on Wed. Nov. 12th, 2003 - 2:41 am), did a little digging around. What he found is available online thru google.

The Half Moon Bay Review speculates he is a spy in Von Ackermann: 'a regular guy?' by Jeanine Gore on November 19, 2003. Area residents reacted angrily to this article in Letters to the Editor.


An interesting website, Protection Specialist, lists security firms currently operating in Iraq. Since we follow contracts related to Iraq, we thought the information of interest to our readers. We will attempt to locate any additional information specific to contract amounts. The company website for Protection Specialist is not currently hiring contact information is available on their site.
Kroll: Providing security for USAID personnel in Iraq.

ArmorGroup: Providing security for foreign companies in Iraq,
including Bechtel, KBR and private business.

Control Risks Group: Escorting UK Foreign Office teams in Iraq. Also
running command and control center on its behalf.

Erinys: Hiring 6,500 armed guards to protect oil installations and

Rubicon: Partnership with Erinys on its oil contract. Protection for
foreign executives, moving cash.

Global Risk: Work for successor agency, the CPA, as well as several
Iraqi ministries, the US government and the UN. Has contract to
distribute new Iraqi currency.

Meteoric Tactical Solutions: South African firm, hiring and training
new Iraqi private security force to guard important installations.

Vinnell/MPRI/SAIC: Training new Iraqi army.

Dyncorp: Training new Iraqi police force. or

Olive Security: Provided security for Bechtel and other companies
operating in Iraq. Started working for television news crews.

Janusian: Providing close protection details for companies making
assessments/setting up in Iraq.

Sentinel International Inc.:  Providing security duty in reconstruction of Iraq.
While we at bpost are familliar with most of these names, a few are new to us.

happy new year

Here it is, 2004. May the year bring peace and good health to all.