U.S. Air Force to Build More Counterdrug Sites
Peacock: U.S. Air Force Preparing to Build More Counterdrug Deployment Sites
May 16, 2005
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The expensive, violent, destabilizing, environmentally devastating drug war marches on in Latin America, undeterred by nearly daily evidence of its corruption and ineffectiveness. Today, Stephen Peacock posts another discovery from his tireless searches of U.S. government procurement databases (a sort of "help wanted section" for private contractors looking for government contracts) in the Narcosphere. The United States Air Force, Peacock found, is actively searching for contractors to help it expand its anti-drug operations in South America and the Caribbean.
"The U.S. Air Force is conducting 'market research' of various equipment suppliers and service providers in preparation for future counterdrug surveillance missions staged from Ecuador, Curacao, and Aruba. The agency's Air Combat Command last month released a special notice for potential contractors that can provide all "personnel, equipment, tools, materials, supervision, and other supplies" in support of U.S. 'forward operating locations' (FOLs) in the three nations.
"The document indicates that this increased need for logistical and material support isn't simply to satisfy existing drug war requirements; on the contrary, agency planning documents accompanying the notice say that future contracts will be awarded to support the deployment of U.S. counterdrug forces from existing facilities as well as from 'new/additional locations' within the U.S. Southern Command's (USSOUTHCOM's) 'area of responsibility.'"
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The Narco News Bulletin