Antiwar.com today carries my latest article on the Iraq security contract currently held by Tim Spicer’s Aegis:
The contract, originally due to be awarded on April 10, involves a wide range
of services, from the provision of personal security details to the management
of six regional reconstruction operation centers (ROCs) interfacing between
coalition forces and private contractors, as well as a national reconstruction
operations center that distributes sanitized intelligence to contractors.
One current method of intelligence distribution is an ROC
Web site, which is supposed to be password-protected, although the site’s
main page appears to be accessible as the top Google
search result for the phrase "Reconstruction Operation Center."
Material designated "For
Official Use Only," including information about patterns of insurgent
activity, is publicly accessible under the headings "ROC
National Weekly Summary" and "Special
Intel Products." (antiwar.com)
A lot of the content in these briefings looks as if it could be available via open sources. However, there is also material of a distinctly different character:
Towards the end of this reporting period, the number of attacks in Karmah increased significantly. On 17 May, AIF conducted seven attacks against four different security installations in the area. The attacks were widespread, covering the majority of the town, including two IEDs placed at the southern and northern entrances to Karmah.
RROC Comment: The attacks appeared to be probing in nature and were likely to have been part of a practice run for a complex assault in the area to be carried out at a later date. AIF may make final adjustments to the assault plan based on recent probing operations and may then determine when to execute attacks. It assessed that any complex assault may occur by the end of May, with a high probability of one or more VBIEDs and the sustained simultaneous engagement of multiple MNFI or ISF installations or patrols. Comment Ends (NROC Weekly Summary 19 May 07)
One can’t help wondering how long these briefings have been available via Google and who might be following them.