Thursday, May 31, 2012

Apparently the First Task Orders Have Been Released

Crucible has stated that they have received Task Orders for Haiti.

From their site:

"DOS/INL has released the first CJPS Task Order Request for Proposal (TORP) which is just over a 100-man requirement for Haiti. We are currently reviewing applications. All candidates are requested to review and update their profiles and applications, if required.  We are in the process of vetting police and corrections advisors to fulfill TORP requirements.  In particular, we encourage applicants with Haitian, French, or Creole linguistic abilities to consider these positions.  Our recruiting department will make every attempt to keep candidates informed throughout the process."

Hang in there - Orders are now coming in.

Whatever you do - be safe!

Monday, May 14, 2012

U.S. Likely to End Police Program in Iraq

This may surprise some, but it really should not be a surprise.  After the military left Iraq, the work environment for police trainers has basically left them totally "handcuffed" to where they cannot really conduct any kind of effective training.

According to the article at the NY Times, the costs have skyrocketed and the Iraqi government really was not consulted on what they wanted in the first place.  This is not the first time this type of thing has happened.  People in charge of programs often never check with the host country to see what they need.  I would not be surprise if a lot of them still do not understand how Iraqi police work or how their judicial system works - neither of which are anywhere close to similar to that of the US.

Add that to the fact that the Iraqi government has been very slow to grant visas to contractors doing this work in Iraq, and you had a formula for failure written all over it.

Stay Safe!