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Defense Business Brief: Organizations are mobilizing to get people out of Afghanistan; HII Reaches Agreement With Alion; Shipbuilders needed; and more

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The National Defense Industrial Association, a trade group that represents more than 1,500 defense contractors, is leading an effort to help bring Afghans who have worked for American companies for the past two decades to the United States.

The organization, working on behalf of the Defense and State Departments, compiles a list of the human resources contacts of all U.S. companies that employed Afghans. All companies are invited to complete this form.

“This information will be shared with the Defense and State Departments, which have asked NDIA to help them collect human resources details,” the organization said in an email Thursday afternoon. .

Afghans are eligible for a special immigrant visa if they have worked for US contractors for at least a year between October 2001 and now.

More resources for removing Americans, allies and Afghans who worked for American companies from Afghanistan are available on Society76, which has compiled a list of groups helping with evacuations and resettlements.

The estimated cost of the two-decade war is Afghanistan: $ 2.26 trillion, according to researchers at Brown University. About $ 1,000 billion came from the war budgets of the Pentagon ($ 933 billion) and state ($ 59 billion) departments. An additional $ 433 billion came from funds earmarked from the Pentagon’s regular budget. Then there is $ 296 billion that has been spent on treating veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Finally, since the money was borrowed, it has accumulated some $ 530 billion in interest. Read more about it here.

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries completed the acquisition of Alion Science and Technology for $ 1.65 billion. “Alion provides advanced engineering and R&D services in the areas of ISR, military training and simulation, cyber and data analytics and other next-generation technology solutions to the market. global defense, “HII said in a statement. “Alion has more than 3,200 employees and more than 80% of them hold security clearances. “

Meanwhile, HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding, which manufactures aircraft carriers for the US Navy, needs welders and pipefitters. The company, which will build several Ford-class carriers over the next decade, is hosting a hiring event for pipefitters on September 8. no experience is necessary, as well as connection bonuses of $ 1,000 to select new hires from experienced trades, ”the company said. “Additional login bonuses are also offered to new recruits with active security clearances for certain trade positions.” More information on the job openings here, and here is some information on what Newport News is doing to modernize its shipyard.

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