Tuesday, January 11, 2011

U.S. firm wins contract to provide security in occupied West Bank

Onetime Blackwater affiliate scores U.S. contract
By Jeff Stein
Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011
A company closely associated with the security firm once known as Blackwater has won a new State Department contract worth more than $84 million over five years.
The contract was won by International Developments Solutions, a joint venture that includes U.S. Training Center, a company until recently owned by Xe Services, which changed its name from Blackwater following a cascade of legal problems over several years.
The consortium will provide protective security in the Israel-occupied West Bank, “services that are based from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.