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Mercs Win Billion Dollar Afghan Cop Deal. Again.

Spencer Ackerman

The solution for Afghanistan’s endlessly troubled police force?
According to the Army, the same contractors that have trained them for
the past seven years.

Danger Room has confirmed that DynCorp, one of the leading
private-security firms, has held on to a contract with the Army worth up
to $1 billion for training Afghanistan’s police over the next three
years. With corruption, incompetence and illiteracy within the police
force a persistent obstacle to turning over security responsibilities to
the cops by 2014, NATO has revamped much of its training efforts —
except, apparently, the contractors paid lavishly to help them out.

The details: DynCorp will provide security personnel to train the
Afghan cops at 14 different locations across the country. Those trainers
will support the NATO training command run out of Kabul by Lt. Gen.
William Caldwell in getting the police into an “independently
functioning entity capable of providing for the national security of
Afghanistan,” the Army’s Research Development and Engineering Command
says in the award. The contract runs for two years and earns DynCorp
$718.1 million, but an option to re-up for a third year brings the total
price to $1.04 billion.

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