US may hire private security agency to protect radar base

06-05-2008

The Unites States is considering hiring a private security agency to protect the planned US radar base on Czech soil, according to Tuesday’s edition of Pravo. The paper cites well informed sources who are engaged in Czech-American talks which should specify the conditions under which some 250 US soldiers would operate the radar base on Czech territory. Czech Deputy Defense Minister Martin Barták said previously that the Czechs would be responsible for the outer security of the base which would be protected by the country’s military police. The bilateral agreement also stipulates that in emergency situations – such as a fire – Czechs would have immediate access to the base. However such emergency crews would need to have security vetting.