City that Care Forgot
Magnum Security Services
Magnum Security Services was formed in 1997, in Louisiana , to provide training support to military and law enforcement organizations. In explaining Magnum’s purpose, it’s CEO stated that ‘‘We are trying to do for the national security apparatus what FedEx did for the Postal Service.’’After serving SEAL and SWAT teams, Magnum Security Services received its first government contract after the bombing of the USS Cole off of the coast of Yemen in October 2000. After winning the bid on the contract, M.S.S. trained over 100,000 sailors.
M.S.S. purchased about 7,000 acres (28 km2) of the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area , a vast swamp about 50 miles upriver of New Orleans. There, they created a private training facility The Magnum Security Lodge and Training Center officially opened on May 15, 1998 with a 6,000-acre facility and cost $6.5 million.
Magnum Security Consulting (MSC) was formed in 2002. Its first assignment was to provide 20 men with top-secret clearances to protect the CIA headquarters and another base that was responsible for hunting Bin Laden. Magnum was one of several private security firms employed following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. MSC is one of over 60 private security firms employed during the Iraq War to guard officials and installations, train Iraq’s new army and police, and provide other support for coalition forces. MSC was also hired during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by the United States Department of Homeland Security, as well as by private clients, including communications, petrochemical and insurance companies. Overall, the company has received over US$1 billion in U.S. government contracts.
Magnum Security Services is a privately held company and publishes limited information about internal affairs.