Dyncorp Wins Afghan Police Training Contract Despite Scandals
Mercs Win Billion Dollar Afghan Cop Deal…..Again.
By Spencer Ackerman
December 21, 2010
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.
And to think: this all could have slipped through DynCorp’s fingers. From 2003 to 2009, company held a contract with the Department of State for training the Afghan police — law-enforcement training has historically been a State Department operation — that earned the company over a billion. But last year, Gen. Stanley McChrystal successfully lobbied to place the police training under his control. An obscure Army entity usually dealing with counter-narcotics known as CNTPO let it be known in fall 2009 that DynCorp wasn’t part of the companies it considered for the bid. So DynCorp registered a complaint with the Government Accountability Office contesting CNTPO’s fitness to award the contract. GAO sided with DynCorp in March; the bid went out under the Research Development and Engineering Command instead this summer; DynCorp won yesterday.
“We are honored to continue to support coalition efforts to train the Afghan National Police under this competitively-awarded contract,” company spokeswoman Ashley Burke emailed Danger Room. “Our extraordinary law enforcement professionals, working at the direction of the coalition forces and side-by-side with the Afghan people, have helped to make significant progress in developing a civilian police force in Afghanistan under challenging circumstances. We look forward to continuing this important work.”
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