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Thousands of Private Contractors Support U.S. Forces in Persian Gulf

From his office across the street from the Fair Oaks mall in Fairfax County, Eugene C. Renzi oversees a couple of dozen ManTech International Corp. network engineers, software specialists and telecommunications experts at work in Turkey and Kuwait. The workers, many of them retired from the military, have toiled for the past few months alongside U.S. soldiers, sailors and Marines. “We’re right there in the field with the units. We’re committed to support our armed forces,” said Renzi, ManTech’s executive vice president. “It takes more than the fighting force to win that war, more so now because of the complexity of the equipment, and that’s where ManTech comes in.” Private contractors are sending thousands of technical experts to the Persian Gulf region. They operate communications systems, repair helicopters, fix weapons systems and link the computers with the troops to command centers. Full Story

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