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Finance: If You Worked In Afghanistan Last Year For Aegis, Foreign Taxes Paid Not Shown On W2’s

This is an important tax deal specifically for Aegis contractors/employees who worked in Afghanistan this last tax year. A big thanks to Luke Fairfield for putting the word out about this, and I will put this note up in the Taxes For Contractors section. Spread this around to any Aegis folks if you read this. Also, if you are an employee with another company and you worked in Afghanistan last year, be sure to check your W-2’s to see if foreign taxes paid are present. If not, definitely call your HR department about the matter. –Matt



Fairfield Hughes, CPA’s, prepares and files the taxes for a large number of security contractors working in various combat zones.  We understand that Aegis has issued W2’s without including the amount of foreign taxes paid to Afghanistan on behalf of their employees working in the country on the W2 Form.  These foreign taxes paid represent a very large tax benefit called the “Foreign Tax Credit”.  If an individual sends their W2 to their CPA or tax preparer and that person is not aware of the foreign taxes paid, the employee could potentially miss out on the benefit.  We are asking our clients to send their final pay stub from Aegis (which reports the Afghanistan tax paid) along with their Aegis W2 to make sure they receive the tax savings.

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Year In Review: 2012 Google Analytics Report For Feral Jundi

My overall stats for the blog is 1,174,476 visits with 901,456 unique visitors and 1,832,601 page views between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2012. (My first post was on the 22nd of January, 2008)

The statistics for this year alone are 379,064 visits with 642,625 page views. My mobile traffic really jumped up this year to 62,642 visits. (last year was 24,792) The top mobile devices used to peruse this site were Apple products like the iPhone or iPad. For Android based mobile devices, the Motorola based platforms seem to be popular.
I am very pleased with the progress of the blog and the process that I have gone through over the years. This is pure Kaizen and it is fun to see how the site and my writing style has evolved over the years.

Now for some of the highlights of the year. 2012 was a year where the wars began to draw down and contractors/companies have had to adjust. With that said, work has been steady and for the transition in the war zones, contractors have been essential. From training, to maintaining the toys that we have given Iraq and Afghanistan, to protecting folks who still have an interest in those countries–business is steady.

As for solid numbers, the last USCENTCOM AOR Contractor Support report listed 137,407 contractors. In Iraq, there was an increase in contractor use (WPS and support), and in Afghanistan we saw an increase in the use of US security contractors.

The increase in Iraq is due to the fact that there are no more military units to back up DoS and their missions, so contractors and the host nation have to take up the slack–which they are doing.

In Afghanistan, even with this new APPF force, we are seeing an increase in the use of a specific type of contractor–the US security contractor. The reasoning there is probable the whole green on blue or insider attacks deal, and cost. We are seeing companies like Triple Canopy taking on FOB security, using American contractors.

And speaking of the APPF force, I have been commenting on how pathetic that force is, and especially as the money dries up for Karzai and company. Just watch when they start playing around with salaries or taking from the operational accounts of the APPF? They will also be forcing companies to use this government controlled force, and I just do not have much optimism that it will be effective, or for that matter, survive it’s corrupt leaders.

For the maritime security industry, the big news is the glaring success of armed guards on boats. That, and the push towards an ISO standard for maritime security companies. 2013 will be the year where we will see an ISO being applied, and it will be interesting to watch how it impacts the industry.

Africa has been front and center with many in the industry, and especially as the wars wind down. Erik Prince actually started an investment firm to focus on Africa and that continent has been mentioned by many companies as far as future market planning.

The economic woes this last year really pumped up this industry. With less money going towards police because of a lack of revenue, and especially in the US, local companies and persons have increasingly had to turn to private security for protection. This increase in PMSC use was noted in this report that predicted that security services would reach $63.8 Billion in 2016! So security is a good market to be in.

Not only that, but because of some key incidents highlighting the importance of security–like the attack on a consulate in Libya or the Sandy Hook Massacre in Connecticut— we will see an increase in monies going towards ‘real security’ in schools or increases in security at overseas posts.

For my Building Snowmobiles category, probably my favorite post was either the EFP Quadrotor and or the General Hermann Balck post. Balck was significant because he was an inspiration to Boyd.

Another favorite category of mine is History, and many of my posts last year revolved around privateering. I did one post about Homer Lea and another one about the Apaches that were fun and really interesting to do.

On to my Legal News category, probably the most significant was the ongoing battles to get contractors released from prisons around the world, and the battle against the scam artists who give the industry a bad name. That and the ongoing efforts of the US government to create laws that will fix problems associated with contingency contracting.

For my Leadership category, the stuff written about G4S’s Nick Buckles and the Olympics fallout was the best. It is a profound example of what happens to a company when they do not care about good leadership out in the field. I also reviewed the impact of bad bosses and toxic leaders on organizations. There was also mention of those folks who are teaching and promoting good leadership–like Don Vandergriff’s Adaptive Leader or McChrystal’s Crosslead.

Jundism stayed steady this year with no big changes. Although I continue to see the concepts of Jundism work well when applied. You can also see what happens when the are not applied as you read through my posts in the Leadership section.

My favorite book this last year was the Apache Tactics 1830-86 book. One book I wanted to delve into but never did was the one on Homer Lea. I still want to check out One Ball Four Tracer, and that was a book that came out last year that is still on my long list.

Cool Stuff was another fun category. The Bug-A-Salt gun, used for killing flies was awesome. That and women rocked this year. From the Asgarda– the modern day Amazons in the Ukraine, to Lara Logan and her amazing speech on Afghanistan, women were the ‘cool stuff’ this last year. The entry of private industry into space with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket gets a mention as well. Very cool stuff…

Syria is one country that was front and center in the news. Lots of homemade weaponry, as well as captured weaponry are allowing the opposition to take on the government there. The Assad regime continues to hammer back and that whole thing is a mess. If chemical weapons are used, expect things to get from bad to worse there, with possible involvement of the west. Jihadists are also hijacking the war there, and I expect them to do just like they have done in other Arab Spring infected countries.

Mexico continues to be a problem, and this next year we will see if a new President there with a new strategy will have any impact?

Mali is another place of concern, just because the jihadists last year were able to capture the entire northern part of that country. That is a lot of territory, and the west is still trying to figure out what they will do. Some say a Somalia model will be applied to Mali, as far as intervention is concerned. Meanwhile, the jihadists continue to strengthen their defenses and do their damage.

Gear Review is another category that needs mention. My two favorite pieces of kit right now are the Surefire P2x Fury and the Safariland ALS holster.  Although as you can see below, Google Analytics show that my hearing protection posts and Doug’s review of Palladium Boots is tops.

Well, that is about it for 2012. If anyone has any memorable posts from last year that they liked, feel free to post in the comments section.  I might even make some edits to include stuff that I might of forgotten. –Matt

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Publications: The Oil And Gas Infrastructure Security Market 2012-2022

Visiongain calculates the global oil and gas infrastructure security market will reach $29.16bn in 2012.

Boy, I would love to get my hands on this thing. But at $2,633, I will have to pass. lol As you can see, this type of information is extremely valuable to those companies that specialize and compete in this market. Oil and Gas security is a huge market for security contractors, and as the demand for energy increases and more instability threatens the oil producing regions of the world, then guys and gals like us who protect the infrastructure and the people building and supporting that infrastructure will become increasingly important and necessary. It’s nice to be wanted.

Just look at piracy and it’s impact on oil shipments? An entire tanker taken off the market because of a couple of hijackers, can send ripples in the market. Numerous tankers taken can send shock waves.

Look at the attacks on pipelines all throughout the world and try to calculate the impact on those markets that depend on that gas or oil. Especially during winter time. Energy security is big business, and until some ‘black swan’ type energy invention comes on to the scene that makes oil and gas obsolete, then I don’t see much change in the current direction of the market.

Interesting stuff and if any of the companies that bought this thing, or anyone that has actually looked at the report would like to give us some juicy tidbits, we are all ears. –Matt


The Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Market 2012-2022
Report Details

Over the next decade, global demand for oil and gas is set to rapidly increase as rising populations and economic growth help to drive the industry. This will create a need for additional oil and gas infrastructure to be constructed. At the same time, many countries around the world are currently facing a number of security challenges stemming from civil unrest, terrorist activities, and a competitive global market. Together, these factors will create substantial opportunities for companies involved in the oil & gas infrastructure security market as a range of products and services will be needed to protect both existing and future assets. Visiongain calculates the global oil and gas infrastructure security market will reach $29.16bn in 2012.

This report offers an examination of the oil and gas infrastructure security market over the next decade, providing detailed market forecasts for each of the leading 15 national markets, as well as forecasts for the four sub-markets: perimeter security and surveillance, maritime security, access control, and cyber security. The various drivers and restraints of the market are evaluated in order to provide readers with specific insights into the future direction of the industry and where the greatest opportunities are likely to be found. How much are the leading national oil and gas infrastructure security markets planning to spend on acquiring new technologies and services between 2012 and 2022? How will each of the sub-markets perform over the next ten years? Who are the leading companies in the oil and gas infrastructure security industry? What factors will drive growth opportunities over the next decade?

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Publications: Journal Of International Peace Operations, January-February 2012

Excellent. This is a great JIPO and I love the focus on women in the PMSC industry. Check it out. –Matt


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