Thursday, October 1, 2009

Another Fortress Here, Another Fortress There ...

Speaking of Fortress Embassies, on this the first day of the new fiscal year, the U.S. Department of State announced that it has awarded contracts for the design and construction of four more of those architectural wonders.

They are:

A New Consulate Compound (NCC) in Monterrey, Mexico

A New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Bujumbura, Burundi

A New Office Annex (NOX) and housing in Kabul, Afghanistan


A New Office Annex (NOX), housing, and support facilities in Sana’a, Yemen

Interesting that two of the four awards - Kabul and Sana'a - are for additional new facilities at posts that already have new (or in the case of Sana'a, not so very new) and secure chanceries. It demonstrates how prioritization by risk is driving this business that State will revisit those two extremely dangerous posts with new construction projects before it will replace its old and inadequate facilities in about 200 or so less risky countries.

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