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Bill Would Bar Pentagon From Using Private Security At Afghan Posts

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House lawmakers will begin to consider the 2013 defense authorization bill this week, including a provision in regard to federal contracting in Afghanistan, the Washington Business Journal reports.

According to writer Jill Aitoro, the measure would prohibit the Pentagon from contracting private companies for security guard services at Afghanistan-based military facilities.

Lawmakers are citing Pentagon statistics that 42 insider attacks since 2007 have been a result of hiring members from the Afghan national army and police, and Afghan civilians to serve as security guards.

Aitoro reports that lawmakers are citing Pentagon statistics that 42 insider attacks since 2007 have been a result of hiring members from the Afghan National Army and Police, and Afghan civilians to serve as security guards.

A White House statement indicates this will require additional troops or a reduction of the number of combat missions, which could negatively impact civilian-military coordination.

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