Suicide attack kills 5 in Afghan capital, including UK Embassy workers

Suicide attack kills 5 in Afghan capital, including UK Embassy workers

By Brian Walker and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
November 27, 2014 — Updated 1353 GMT (2153 HKT)

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Briton killed in Afghanistan attack

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Security firm G4S says Briton killed in the blast was one of its staff
  • The other victim was an Afghan national working at the British Embassy, UK says
  • Kabul police said the suicide attack killed five people and wounded 33 others
  • The Taliban claim responsibility for the suicide attack

(CNN) — A suicide attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday killed five people and wounded 33 others, including at least four children, said Hashmat Stanikzai, Kabul’s police chief.

An explosive-laden car was detonated as a foreign embassy convoy was passing in the 9th District police zone, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi.

The UK Foreign Office said two of those killed worked for the British Embassy.

One of the dead was a British national, a civilian security team member, and the second was an Afghan national working for the embassy, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement.

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3 Firms Compete To Provide UK Helo Training

3 Firms Compete To Provide UK Helo Training

Nov. 26, 2014 – 02:53PM   |
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An Army reservist undergoes underslung load training with a Squirrel helicopter. Three bidders are vying to provide the UK new training helos.

An Army reservist undergoes underslung load training with a Squirrel helicopter. Three bidders are vying to provide the UK new training helos. ()

LONDON — Three bidders have pitched proposals to supply and support a fleet of helicopters to train British military pilots and crew, said Ascent, the company that has a 25-year deal to run all fixed- and rotary-wing training for the armed services here.

Ascent, the joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock running the UK Military Flying Training Systems (MFTS) deal, said Airbus Helicopters, Cobham and Elbit submitted proposals by the closing date on Oct. 31. Continue reading

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SIGAR To Investigate DOD Business Task Force For Mismanagement In Afghanistan

SIGAR To Investigate DOD Business Task Force For Mismanagement In Afghanistan

InsideDefense.com’s SitRep

19 November 2014,

Posted on InsideDefense.com: November 18, 2014 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko is planning to launch an “in-depth” investigation into a Defense Department business task force he says squandered $800 million.

Sopko, who said the U.S. effort to develop Afghanistan’s economy has been an “abysmal failure,” asserts that the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) has accomplished nothing despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars to attract global private sector firms to the struggling nation. Continue reading

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G4S Government Solutions to get bought out by private equity

G4S Government Solutions to get bought out by private equity

Nov 25, 2014, 1:50pm EST Updated: Nov 25, 2014, 3:47pm EST
DAVID DECOTEAU

“While we will have a new parent, the changes will be minimal,” Centerra President and CEO Paul Donahue said in a statement. “Our entire management team has been asked to stay on board.”

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G4S Government Solutions is the latest government contractor to get bought out by private equity.

The Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security and fire support services company announced Tuesday it will sell to an unnamed U.S. private equity firm for $135 million and change its name to Centerra Group. Continue reading

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MoD reforms ‘not fit for purpose’ says think-tank

An MoD strategy to use more reserves, contractors and civil servants for defence work has not been well managed and could have undermined national security

The Ministry of Defence’s strategy to use more reserves, contractors and civilians is not fit for purpose, has left the country vulnerable and may have damaged national security, a new study argues.

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Tories mull privatization of traditional police work; Roles are evolving in a ‘security-conscious society’

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is examining the “opportunities and challenges” involved in privatizing some policing services in Canada.

Public Safety officials are commissioning a study to examine the growing industry of private policing in Canada and abroad, and to outline the role private security firms could play in traditional public policing roles. The study appears to be primarily motivated by the cost of and increased pressure on public forces, despite historically low crime rates.

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PMSC = Private Mechanized Security Contractor

A California company is hoping to revolutionize the security business with autonomous robots.

The Knightscope K5 is one of four drones now patrolling Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus. Continue reading

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Whistleblower, KBR Spar Over Access to Internal Docs

 

Whistleblower, KBR Spar Over Access to Internal Docs

Michael D. Kohn of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto.
Michael D. Kohn of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto.
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A federal judge last week ruled papers from an Iraq war contractor’s internal inquiry into an alleged kickback scheme aren’t protected by attorney-client privilege in a whistleblower’s lawsuit against the company.

“The documents will be a real-time picture of fraud against the government,” Michael Kohn, a lead attorney for whistleblower Harry Barko, told The National Law Journal. Continue reading

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Pentagon imposes strict standards on private security firms

Pentagon imposes strict standards on private security firms

November 26 at 11:39 AM

The Pentagon is for the first time requiring private security contractors to meet a series of certifiable standards that govern how their businesses are run and how they operate overseas, a move that some say is long overdue.Sparked in part by the fatal shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis in 2007 by Blackwater Worldwide guards, the effort gives the Pentagon the ability to more easily hold accountable companies that go rogue and is designed to improve the performance and image of an industry often seen as run by mercenaries.

In future contracts, the Pentagon will require companies to meet dozens of standards, including thoroughly vetting and training employees, safeguarding weapons and ammunition, abiding by local laws, protecting human rights and outlining rules for use of force. Continue reading

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Al Shimari v. Caci International Inc – The Application of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in the Wake of Kiobel

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