The New York Times is reporting today that all State Department security convoys will now be subject to Department of Defense coordination. Department of Defense security contractors are already coordinated through a single, DoD entity, the Regional Operations Centers which track movement of security convoys to make sure they and the military don't trip over one another. Most likely this existing mechanism will be expanded to monitor Blackwater, Triple Canopy and DynCorp convoys for the Department of State and this would raise some interesting questions since its known that BW and TC also provide security services to the CIA under this contract.
The US Regional Cooperation Offices are outsourced through a recently renewed $475 million contract to the British firm Aegis. Aegis is run by the infamous old-school mercenary, Tim Spicer.
In order to make this work, the Agency will obviously require some form of firewall between Spicer and Agency operations, perhaps best achieved through special space set aside at the Regional Cooperation Offices to which cleared Americans, including CIA liaison elements have access.
It is, however, quite ironic that Department of State and Defense's idea of bringing greater accountability and oversight to Blackwater could end up being in the hands of a man who is arguably the world's most famous living mercenary.
Heckuva job, Condi!
Update: Both reader Tom Griffin and Noah Schachtman from Wired's blog The Danger Room remind me that Aegis was the company whose workers filmed the infamous trophy video of themselves shooting civilian vehicles to the tune of Elvis' "Runaway Train."