Past and Present Experience

Client: Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPCIW)

Project value $800 Million (Security value is $7 million per annum)

Location: Kabul, Mazar e’Sharif, Sar e’pol

Total staff: 15 International consultants, 45 Internal residence guards and 400 APPF soldiers

Afghan Watan Risk Management is contracted to provide security services for all CNPCIW clients and subcontractors within the project area of operations. The project consists of a project security manager and a deputy. A functional operations command centre based in Kabul and in Sar e’pol, which is manned, and run by an International operations manager. The project has 11 International securityteam leaders who are responsible for the planning and conducting of day-to-day missions. In addition to that they carry out training for all of the clients and sub-contractors in training serials that suit the project. These are a generic HEAT package, actions on ambush, IED, Complex attack. Actions on camp breach, IDF, SAF, earthquake and medical emergency.

Working closely with CNPCIW security department Watan’s International Project Manager ensures the integrity of the project and each project location at all times, keeping all the camp security plans and SOP’s up to date.

All personnel for this project have been recruited due to their skill set and ground experience. The AWRM staff have a vast background in Military service and the commercial sector. Each International has completed a minimum of 6 years military service and 5 years commercial.

Provision of International consultants providing security consultation, threat assessment, close protection and training.

Provision of a static guard force to secure client residences, personnel and assets.

Ensure highduty of care for all staff – both CNPCIW direct employees and sub-contractors.

Client: JHPIEGO Health Services Support Project

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 ofParty 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 coordinatorsthroughout Afghanistan to enable provincial educationSecurity 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: Thales/Olive Group

Project value $3million

Location: Countrywide

Total staff: International security manager plus 900+ convoy security personnel

Afghan Watan Risk Management specialises in securely moving cargoes of all sizes across Afghanistan and from neighbouring countries such as Pakistan. Afghan 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 usesthese 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.

In conjunction with the client Afghan 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.

Afghan Watan Risk Management recognises that cost is a major driver and works with clients tokeep team profile and therefore cost to what is required for any particulararea whilst minimising transit times.All convoys were tracked throughout using the Watan Operations Centre (WOC) in Kabul and using Satellite/GSM tracking devices.
All Afghan Watan Risk Management Convoy Escort Teams (CET) carry a wide range of communications equipment including satellite telephones, GSM phones, VHF, HF and UHF radios.

Client: US Military, UK Military and Civilian Clients

Project value: $40million+

Location: Countrywide

Total staff: International Project Manager plus 900+ convoy security personnel

Afghan Watan Risk Management is one of the largest movers of US military and civilian convoys across Afghanistan. We move in excess of 1000 trucks per week across the country, delivering to every province, but particularly the high-risk locations across the south and east of Afghanistan such as Khost, Paktika, Uruzgan, Kandahar and Helmand.

Uniquely, we are able to deliver to every and any location in the country and are frequently called upon to deliver to locations that no other company can deliver to. Over the last three years we have even made regular deliveries of equipment, plant and construction supplies on behalf of the British military to FOBs across northern Helmand including the Sangin Valley, Musa Qalah and Kajaki.

We are able to use our deep knowledge of the country and its tribal and political dynamics to negotiate safe passage for our convoys and security teams anywhere in country – it is important to us that we work with local people and understand their needs and motivations, rather than bludgeon our way using heavy-handed tactics which can ultimately be counter-productive.

In this way we are able to build up a comprehensive operating picture of the routes and locations we frequent and we work closely with the ISAF Regional Commands in which we operate to pass them timely intelligence on the situation in the AOR.

Client: Undisclosed due to contractual reasons

Location: Kabul

Project value $450,000 per annum

Total staff: 1 international and 4 Afghan

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

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

The Project Manager, Iain McMillan, is the former personal bodyguard of Dr Hansjörg Kretschmer, Head of the European Commission Delegation to Afghanistan. Iainleads our VIP Protection Team and provides 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
On-call 24 hours a day

Client: The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF)

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. Theuniversity 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 Afghan Watan Risk Management. In addition, the university employs an international academic staff that 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

Client: US Military, FOB Salerno, Khost Province

Project value $1.3million per annum

Location: Khost

Total staff: International Project Manager and 128 armed guards

Afghan Watan Risk Management is contracted to provide security services at compound Salerno in Khost Province. The contract consists of a single US National Project Manager with full US Secret security clearance, 8 Shift Commanders and 120-armed guards.This significant project will ensure the safety and security of all US military personnel at the compound for the next 24 months.

Working closely with BDOC, Watan’s International Project Manager ensuring the integrity of compound Salerno’s perimeter at all times and providing the first line of defence at all Entry Control Points. Watan’s security guards work alongside US soldiers in all guard towers and at the ECPs.
All personnel for this project have been recruited from the local area using Watan’s extensive tribal connections. This ensures local buy-in, acceptance and support for US Forces in Khost giving security in depth and a force multiplier. As a value added, Watan have been able to use those same tribal connections to introduce the commanders of compound Salerno to other local tribal leaders. Although at a very earlystage it is hoped these first tentative steps will provide reconstruction projects to areas of Khost that have hitherto been inaccessible to US Forces.
International Security Management from security cleared former US Army senior NCO with extensive experience operating in Afghanistan including 15 months training ANA Special Forces

Provision of a static guard force to secure compound Salerno perimeter, personnel and assets.
Ensure high duty of care for all staff – both US Military and civilian contractors
Manning of all Guard Towers and Entry Control Points
Management of searching of all civilian personnel entering or existing the compound – over 600 people every day
On-site and refresher training courses with all team members to ensure consistency and the highest standards of care

Products and Services

International Security Management
Watan Risk Management is able to provide security-vetted, high-quality former British military personnel.
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Internal Manned Guarding
Watan Group is able to provide highly trained and motivated Afghan security guards to any client location across Afghanistan.
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Security Audits
Watan Risk Management is able to provide clients with full security audits of their operations across Afghanistan.
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Security Design & Implementation
Watan can provide clients with the full range of physical security improvements.
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Training Services
Watan is able to provide client staff training in basic skills critical to minimising their exposure to risk.
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