Thursday, May 10, 2007

Who is Aegis?

I was watching a bit of the defense subcommittee hearing on contracting out this morning, and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) was good. She said that she decided to research one company that has large contracts with the US to see if that would give her a sense of the situation and she picked Aegis. Unfortunately, she got nowhere with her research because despite finding reports of large amounts of money and approximately 20K contractors in Iraq, she couldn't even find who they have the contract with. She asked a laundry list of folks who they are, and NO one admitted to knowing who they are, including David Petraeus.

Kaptur wants to know who hired them, who oversees them, do they carry weapons, what do they do, etc etc etc. She had lots o' questions for them.

According to Aegis, they're "managing the reconstruction programme in Iraq". You'd think someone would know who they are, wouldn't you?

I'm not sure which, either Mr Hutton or Mr McDermott, told Ms Kaptur that Aegis does intelligence and security work. To her credit, Congresswoman Kaptur replied that she's old fashioned and that sounds like a job that should be done by our military. She also questions why those who should know who they are, told her they had never heard of them, and maybe someone was hiding something.

Congresswoman Kaptur may be on to something there.

btw, According to the Aegis website they have a "contract with the US Department of Defense to provide security support services to the Project and Contracting Office (PCO), responsible for managing the reconstruction programme in Iraq."