Static Guarding – Survey and Construction Site

Client: Mott MacDonald/DFID

Client Contact:  Programme Manager, Mott MacDonald Afghanistan

Project value US $1.5 Million

Location: Helmand Province

Total staff: 

  • One (1) International Project Manager
  • Thirty (30) man Road Survey Team
  • Six hundred (600) Security Personnel

Afghan Watan Risk Management and Ehsaan Construction, both parts of the Watan Group of Companies, were contracted by Mott MacDonald/DIFD to survey the route of a proposed new road between Lashkar Gar and Gereshk to be financed by both DIFD and the Asia Development Bank. The route passes through some of the most dangerous terrain in Helmand, including Nad Ali and Babaji Districts. Commencing only five days after the completion of Operation Panchai Palang by the British and US Militaries, the project faced severe security challenges. Despite this Watan were able to negotiate safe passage through the area by communicating with local tribal leaders and through a thorough understanding of the local political dynamics. Although our personnel were on the ground every day for four months we were able to operate without any major problems and encountered no major incidents during the whole period (there were two minor shooting incidents but these lasted only a short period and did not result in any injuries or damage to equipment). 

  • Threat and risk assessments to ensure recent and comprehensive knowledge of the client’s particular circumstance and needs.
  • Careful negotiation with local tribal leaders to gain access to the areas in which we were to operate.
  • International project management with a full DV-cleared project manager based at the PRT to liaise closely with DFID and the Helmand Taskforce (including attendance at twice daily military briefings).
  • Arranged meetings between Taskforce J2 and our own local tribal connections facilitating greater cooperation between the military and the local community and assisted with the development of new sources of information on behalf of J2.
  • Provided constant passage of information on the areas in which we were operating and generated valuable atmospherics for the Helmand Taskforce.
  • Completed project on time without a single injury or loss of life despite operating through the most volatile region of Afghanistan at the height of the summer campaigning season.

 

Private Security Detail 

Client: Undisclosed due to contractual reasons

Location: Kabul

Project value: US $900,000 per annum

Total staff: Three (3) international and eight (8) Afghan

Afghan Watan Risk Management provided a high profile international consultancy with armoured vehicles and an Afghan PSD team led by a former British Project Manager.

The Client, one of the largest consultancies in Afghanistan, has two high-profile senior managers who travel between the client’s own guesthouse, ISAF and various Ministries, where they work on a daily basis. The clients also make frequent visits to other high profile Afghan officials across Kabul. 

The Project Manager, former personal bodyguard of Dr Hansjörg Kretschmer, Head of the European Commission Delegation to Afghanistan, lead our VIP Protection Team providing our Afghan personnel with the very highest levels of training in personal security, VIP protection skills and advanced driving. 

  • General threat and risk assessments to ensure recent and comprehensive knowledge of the client’s particular circumstance and needs
  • Specific threat and risk assessments to locations and venues in preparation for visits including recces and route clearances 
  • Continual security information and advice to clients to ensure their safety and care at all times
  • Diary management for clients to anticipate their needs and conduct recces and assessments
  • Training of Afghan staff to international standards in all aspects of VIP and personal protection, advanced driving and security

 

Afghanistan Wide Private Security Detail

Democracy International/USAID

Client Contact:  DI Security Manager

Project value US $4.3 Million

Location: Countrywide

Total staff: 

  • One (1) International Project Manager
  • One (1) International Deputy Project Manager
  • One (1) Security Cleared International Intelligence Analyst
  • Two (2) International Operations Managers (located Kabul and Kandahar)
  • Twenty nine (29) International Team Leaders
  • Twenty nine (29) International 2IC/Medics
  • Thirty eight (38) Afghan National Drivers/ Security
  • Thirty eight (38) Afghan National Security Personnel
  • Twenty nine (29) Afghan National Interpreters

Democracy International are a high profile NGO monitoring elections across the globe. Requested by USAID to monitor the Wolesi Jirga elections of September 2010, they contracted Afghan Watan Risk Management to provide security to their election observers in order to monitor the progress of the election at individual polling stations across Afghanistan. Watan was able to mobilise all these considerable assets in less than 20 days and successfully completed the mission escorting Election Observers to some of the most high-risk locations in the country, including Kandahar and Uruzgan, without a single incident. Despite the high level of attacks against election related targets this was the most successful election observation mission yet conducted with more polling stations and election-related locations successfully monitored than any previous year.

  • Threat and risk assessments to ensure recent and comprehensive knowledge of the client’s particular circumstance and needs.
  • Recces and reports on all locations across Afghanistan prior to the deployment of Election Observers
  • Briefings to all Election Observers on arrival on health and safety, personal safety and cultural awareness
  • PSD protection to election observers operating across 12 provinces of Afghanistan over the Wolesi Jirga elections
  • Intelligence briefings and security information for all PSD teams
  • Two dedicated C3I Operations Centres located in Kabul and Kandahar overseen by International Operations Managers and manned by qualified, English speaking Afghan watch-keepers
  • Provision of fourteen (14) B6 armoured vehicles including SecureLocateTM tracking 
  • In Extremis Support using our extensive assets and tribal connections across Afghanistan
  • Meetings arranged using our tribal and political connections with senior national and local government figures, including ministers and provincial governors, and tribal leaders allowing DI Election Observers access to key decision-makers.
 

 

Client: JHPIEGO Health Services Support Project

Client Contact:  Denise Byrd, Chief of Party

House No. 113

Street 3 (beside the German Clinic)

Ansari Watt, Shar-e-Naw

District 4, Kabul, Afghanistan

Project value $595,860 per annum

Location: Kabul and countrywide

Total staff: 26 including International Security Manager

JHPIEGO provides midwifery education and support throughout Afghanistan to reduce infant mortality.  Watan Risk Management provides JHPIEGO with a long-term security solution to enable their staff, both national and international to operate safely throughout Afghanistan. Watan provides JHPIEGO with an International Project Manager, site static guards, GSM tracking, a quick reaction force in the event of an incident combined with operations room support, fully licensed B6 Armoured vehicle and low profile vehicle.  Watan provides the following security services: 

  • Threat and risk assessments to ensure recent and comprehensive knowledge of the Client’s particular circumstance and needs
  • International client briefings for new staff and returning clients to Afghanistan including health and safety, in country briefings and personal safety, cultural awareness
  • Provision  of a static guard force to secure the client’s sites and assets which include multiple residences and office
  • Close protection services for internationals
  • Standard Operating Procedures were developed in close consultation with the Chief of Party to ensure clear guidelines in the event of evacuation, emergency or incident
  • On-site and refresher training courses are provided by Watan’s security team including Western standard driver training (armoured and soft skin vehicles) to ensure consistency
  • Providing intelligence briefings and security information for provincial coordinators throughout Afghanistan to enable provincial education
  • Security preparation and implementation for international and national conferences hosted by the client in and around Kabul. This include venue reconnaissance, physical security on the venue and assessments, protocols, briefings to Client Security Manager

 

Client: The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF)

Client Contact:  Dr. Gordon E. Anderson 

Chief Finance & Admin Officer and Vice President

American University of Afghanistan (AUAF)

Darulaman Road

Kabul, Afghanistan 

Project value $1.3million per annum

Location: Kabul and countrywide

Total staff: International Project Manager, Deputy Project Manager and 130 security personnel

Afghan Watan Risk Management provides the AUAF with a long-term security solution to enable their staff, both national and international to operate safely in Kabul. Watan provides the university with an International Project Manager, an Afghan Deputy Project Manager, 12 Supervisors and 72 Armed and Unarmed guards who secure the university’s main campus site, various staff guesthouses and provide escorts in staff vehicles – in all ensuring the safety and security of over 1500 staff and students.

The University is Afghanistan’s only private, not-for-profit institution of higher education. With a substantial campus located in Karte Sei on the western edge of Kabul, the university offers many security challenges, not least due to its high profile and the large number of people entering the premises every day. The university has a large, Afghan student body as well as numerous visitors, all of whom require full, but discrete and sensitive searching on entry. Watan have been heavily involved in the planning and implementation of major VIP visits including former First Lady Laura Bush, the US Ambassador Zalmay Khalizad and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal S. Wolin. For each visit our International Security Manger liaised closely with senior officials at the US Embassy and with US Security Services to safeguard these important guests during their visit to the university.

Additionally we have supplied significant PSD support to the university, providing fully trained and armed Afghan PSD teams to escort high profile visitors from the AUAF’s parent in the US as well as providing PSD support to senior international staff visiting the provinces to recruit new students. Like any university there is an interesting and varied campus life which is conducted in a safe and secure environment provided by Watan Risk Management. In addition, the university employs an international academic staff who require protection and security advice 24/7. Watan works closely with them to ensure they are able to maintain their normal lives: 

  • Threat and risk assessments to ensure recent and comprehensive knowledge of the Client’s particular circumstance and needs
  • Provision of a static guard force to secure the client’s sites and assets
  • Continual security information and advice to all staff and students to ensure their safety and care at all times
  • Standard Operating Procedures were developed in close consultation with the university’s management to ensure clear guidelines in the event of evacuation, emergency or incident
  • On-site and refresher training courses are provided by Watan’s security team to ensure consistency and the highest standards of care for all client personnel

 


 

Case Study: Kabul Shared Security

Watan Group was approached to provide two small NGOs with a long term security solution to enable their staff, both national and international to operate safely in Kabul. The two NGOs, State University New York (SUNY) and the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) were unable to fund a full security solution on their own, so Watan Group was able to team them up in order to share the cost between them. This enabled each organisation to provide their staff with the full duty of care normally only afforded to much larger organisations at a price that was appropriate for their budget.

Following a comprehensive security audit, Watan Group recommended an expatriate security manager and Afghan deputy manager together with a team of trained local guards to secure their work locations and guesthouses.

Solutions/Services

  • Threat and risk assessment to ensure recent and comprehensive knowledge of the client’s particular circumstance and needs.
  • Provision of a static guard force to secure a client’s sites and assets.
  • Rapid deployment of a team to ensure that SUNY and AREU were able to provide all their staff with a high duty of care.
  • Standard Operating Procedures were developed in close consultation with both clients for all aspects of their projects to ensure clear guidelines in the event of evacuation, emergency or incident.
  • On-site and refresher training courses with all team members to ensure consistency and the highest standards of care for all client personnel, both national and international.

 


 

Case Study 1

Thales / Olive Group - Escorts - Dates: 2007-2008

Background

Afghan Watan Risk Management specialises in securely moving cargoes of all sizes across Afghanistan and from neighbouring countries such as Pakistan. Watan Risk Management were approached by Thales, the French defence company; and Olive Group, a British security company, to escort a large number of containers with sensitive NATO/ISAF communications equipment from Kabul to every PRT in the country.

Afghan Watan Risk Management successfully delivered to every PRT, including the most dangerous in the south of the country. Watan is able to use its unique tribal network and connections to gain access to areas that would otherwise be impassable. Watan also uses these contacts to keep costs low on behalf of the client, through minimising attacks and through careful use of the tribal networks to provide security in depth.

Project

Convoy escort of Thales communications equipment to every PRT in every province of Afghanistan.

Solutions / Services

  • In conjunction with the client Watan Risk Management carried out threat assessments of the routes to be used for each convoy. As a result of this process suitable team configuration(s) and profile is agreed.
  • Watan Risk Management recognises that cost is a major driver and works with clients to keep team profile and therefore cost to what is required for any particular area whilst minimising transit times.
  • All convoys were tracked throughout using the Watan Operations Centre (WOC) in Kabul and using Satellite/GSM tracking devices.
  • All Watan Risk Management Convoy Escort Teams (CET) carry a wide range of communications equipment including satellite telephones, GSM phones, VHF, HF and UHF radios.

 

Case Study 2

American University of Afghanistan

Background

Watan Group was approached to provide the American University of Afghanistan with a long term security solution to enable their staff, both national and international to operate safely in Kabul. The University required a swift handover of security and Watan Group were able to conduct a full handover within two days of contract signature. Watan Group provided an International Security Manager with 102 Armed/Unarmed guards and then began the security audit and management. The handover was smooth and the client extremely happy with Watan Groups time management and manpower resources.

Solutions / Services

  • Threat and risk assessment to ensure recent and comprehensive knowledge of the client's particular circumstance and needs.
  • Provision of a static guard force to secure a client's sites and assets.
  • Rapid deployment of a team to ensure that clients were able to provide all their staff with a high duty of care.
  • Standard Operating Procedures were developed in close consultation with both clients for all aspects of their projects to ensure clear guidelines in the event of evacuation, emergency or incident.
  • On-site and refresher training courses with all team members to ensure consistency and the highest standards of care for all client personnel, both national and international.

 

Case Study 3

Kabul Shared Security

Background

Watan Group was approached to provide two NGOs with a long-term security solution to enable their staff, both national and international to operate safely in Kabul. The two NGOs, State University New York (SUNY) and the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) were unable to fund a full security solution on their own, so Watan Group was able to team them up in order to share the cost between them. This enabled each organisation to provide their staff with the full duty of care normally only afforded to much larger organisations at a price that was appropriate for their budget.

Following a comprehensive security audit, Watan Group recommended an expatriate security manager and Afghan deputy manager together with a team of trained local guards to secure their work locations and guesthouses.

Solutions / Services

  • Threat and risk assessment to ensure recent and comprehensive knowledge of the client's particular circumstance and needs.
  • Provision of a static guard force to secure a client's sites and assets.
  • Rapid deployment of a team to ensure that SUNY and AREU were able to provide all their staff with a high duty of care.
  • Standard Operating Procedures were developed in close consultation with both clients for all aspects of their projects to ensure clear guidelines in the event of evacuation, emergency or incident.
  • On-site and refresher training courses with all team members to ensure consistency and the highest standards of care for all client personnel, both national and international.

 

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