One of the biggest challenges security contractors face is procuring weapons. "Most are sourcing their weapons in country because federal regulations make importing weapons from the U.S. difficult," says Roberts.
"Demands for security have increased significantly since the start of the conflict, when the military was protecting most private contractors," says Roberts. That has made it harder to find qualified personnel. Roberts describes how security providers are working through that problem and how they are tackling other issues, such as deciding when it is safe and beneficial to work with local Iraqis and how to travel on open roads.
Other stories in the November issue concern contractor fraud in the Fort Worth, Tex. school district, which comprises some 80,000 students, and a related story regarding protection of the 82 schools in Newark, N.J. The award-winning "News and Trends" column addresses another hot-button issue--reactive versus proactive security; and in the "Tech Talk" column, find more news--the buzz about Zigbee chips.
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