Tonight, as I was sitting at home watching the local Lexington news, an interesting story came up. I am sure that to most people, as it was to me, it is news that foreign owned companies are taking care of our homeland security. One of them, an India-backed company named AKAL Security, is running security contracts for more than a billion dollars in the US. AKAL Security is the largest provider of security officers for court houses around the US. The same company guards some of the most vital sites here in Kentucky, such as the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond.
Some of the local security companies are complaining that they didn’t even have a chance to get the contracts, also citing that this takes jobs away from the US. But is this really a legitimate complaint or concern? I mean, if AKAL is the best security company, regardless of their origin, wouldn’t everyone rather have them guarding our most vulnerable sites, rather than a local company which may not have nearly as much experience nor resources.
Secondly, sure contracting security out to AKAL will take away some jobs, but most of the security employees are still from Kentucky...they are not IMPORTED from India. So, this claim is for the most part unrealistic. As far as I am concerned, if AKAL is one of the best security companies out there, then by all means they have my vote to guard the sites that are vital to our national security. However, that’s just my opinion and I would like to hear what others have to say on the matter