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US Special Operators Scattered Across Yemen Might Soon Rely On Contractors To Rescue Them | The Drive
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US Special Operators Scattered Across Yemen Might Soon Rely On Contractors To Rescue Them | The Drive

The Pentagon is interested in having contractors provide two fixed-wing aircraft and two helicopters on call to rescue wounded American special operators in and around Yemen if necessary, as well as to perform various other missions. The announcement comes as it becomes increasingly clear that the U.S. military’s own aerial casualty evacuation capabilities are stretched thin and just months after it weathered serious criticism over relying heavily on private companies for these services following a deadly ambush in Niger.

U.S. Transportation Command, acting on behalf of U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations across the Middle East and Central Asia, posted the notice on FedBizOpps, the U.S. government’s main contracting website, on April 30, 2018. The draft documents say the basic requirements are for the four contractor-operated aircraft to provide casualty and medical evacuation, personnel recovery, and passenger and cargo services.

Source: US Special Operators Scattered Across Yemen Might Soon Rely On Contractors To Rescue Them | The Drive

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