US DoD urged to share threat information with contractors

08 January 2020

An American industry group is asking the US departments of defence and state to regularly share updated threat information with government contractors, especially those deployed overseas, so those personnel can take better precautions.

In a 6 January letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Professional Services Council (PSC) wrote that contractors face significant danger worldwide, underscored by the recent death of three contractors in attacks in Kirkuk, Iraq, and Manda Bay, Kenya. The one killed in Iraq has been identified as interpreter Nawres Hamid, an employee of Valiant Integrated Services, a PSC member.

To stay apprised of potential peril, contractors should begin receiving the same threat alerts issued to military and civilian government employees and their families, according to the letter, signed by David Berteau, PSC’s CEO and president.

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