January 7, 2020
As tensions rise between the United States and Iran, the safety of government contractors in the Middle East has been brought into question. The president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, David Berteau, suggests rethinking the approach to security of these contractors and their vulnerability. Berteau noted that contractors aren’t issued military rifles while overseas, making them an easier target and more susceptible to threats.
The call for heightened security follows the United States airstrikes in Iran, which followed the death of a civilian contractor located in Baghdad. The airstrikes targeted facilities linked to Iranian militia and led to the death of Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general who is believed to have been involved in attacks in the area on coalition bases. Berteau advises that companies should prepare for potential threats as a result of these airstrikes.
To read more about Berteau’s take on the situation in Iran and contractor safety, click here.