“Since 2009, PGI has provided expeditionary mission support to our government’s counter narco-terrorism missions across the globe, including dangerous places like Afghanistan,” company COO Rob Whitfield said. “This contract supporting NORTHCOM gives us the opportunity to provide critical services and subject matter expertise closer to home.”
USNORTHCOM, a Unified Combatant Command of the U.S. military, provides military support for civil authorities in the U.S. It protects the territory and national interests of the country within the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. The Department of Defense serves as the single lead agency for detection and monitoring of aerial and maritime transit of illicit drugs into the country.
Under the new contract, PGI will provide contractor-owned, contractor-operated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aerial detection and monitoring support. That will include manned aircraft, flight operations, maintenance, contractor logistics support and intelligence analysis at multiple locations inside and outside the United States.
DoD conducts operations to disrupt and degrade national security threats posed by drug trafficking, piracy, transnational organized crime and threat finance networks related to illicit drug trafficking activities.
“Illicit drug trafficking is a key funding mechanism for terrorists and transnational crime,” PGI Director of DOD Programs Craig Scherer said. “Preventing these activities is an important mission that we are proud to support.”
Patriot Group International is a global mission support service provider with expeditionary capabilities, serving clients within the intelligence, defense and private sectors. Since 2004, PGI personnel have served customers in more than 30 countries, on six continents, including austere and high threat locations.
Mr. Whitfield, President Alan Buford and CEO Greg Craddock seven years ago bought the company, which has experienced rapid growth, according to Virginia Business magazine.
The privately-held company’s leadership team previously worked in U.S. military special operations and government intelligence agencies.