From Friday's Army Times, alarming news.. we now have a paramilitary force in Iraq, now we will have one here.. more contracts for the fat cats, blackwater got an invite... very concerned over the tendency to allow new gov't funded armies to emerge under the guise of either terrorism or narcotics. In reality narcoterrorism as well as public safety is the an exclusive venue of the government, to do this will only create more problems as these contracts just seem to balloon and there will be no oversight creating more problems. http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/09/military_isr_narco_091407/ The U.S. Defense Department has invited five contractors to bid on elements of a new, multibillion dollar effort to combat the global flow of illegal drugs allegedly used to finance terrorism. Awarded by the Pentagonâs Counter-Narcoterrorism Technology Program Office in Dahlgren, Va., the contract vehicle has a potential value of $15 billion over five years. One participant is ARINC, a Maryland-based provider of airline communications systems. âThis gives us the opportunity to bid on this work,â said Linda Hartwig, an ARINC spokesperson. âWe donât have a lot of details yet, but we do know that this is an expansion of what [the U.S] is already doing to fight drug trafficking, and that 80 percent of the work will be overseas.â Hartwig said the other participating vendors are defense giants Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, and security contractor Blackwater USA. Blackwater confirmed its participation, but the other vendors did not respond to inquiries.