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The Washington Post, 14 April 2012
Another interesting contractor: The US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) on Feb. 1 approved a $330 million five-month extension on a five-year contract that now totals $2.3 billion: It provides more than 8,000 interpreters working for US forces at 200 sites in Afghanistan. The company’s name is Mission Essential Personnel (MEP), based in Ohio. Among the current advisory board members are retired Adm. Eric T. Olson, former head of the U.S. Special Operations Command; Michael Chertoff, former secretary of homeland security; John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security and a member of the Defense Policy Board; and David Kilcullen, senior counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David H. Petraeus during the 2007 surge and adviser to the Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force in 2009 and 2010.

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