A Californian Company has been awarded a seven million dollar contract to train Saudi Arabia's 26-thousand man National Guard to protect the country's oil fields and petroleum facilities.
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MR HAMILL: "We've been in business since 1931 and we've been in Saudi Arabia. We ran the Diran airbase for five years, for the US Government. We've had technical services operations since 1944 when we ran army bases for the military ...prepared the equipment and stuff to go overseas."
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Background: A Californian Company has been awarded a seven million dollar contract to train Saudi Arabia's 26-thousand man National Guard to protect the country's oil fields and petroleum facilities.
The announcement has caused furore in Washington. A leading Democrat, Senator Henry Jackson, has called for an investigation into the U.S. Defence Department's approval of the contract. The Vinnel Corporations, the company which will do the training, has been reluctant to say anything.
It is believed to be the first time a private American company has been given a contract to train forces in another country ... such a job would normally be handled by military adviser teams.
The President of Vinnel Corporation Mr John Hamill was asked about the scheme.