It appears that a US contractor is seeking Russian linguists to support US military’s “classified contingency operations” in Norway and Moldova. The positions are largely the same, as the one SF previously reported for Mykolaiv, Ukraine.
As previously noted, Mission Essential is a government contractor, which primarily serves intelligence and military clients. It began as the US government’s leading provider of translation and interpretation services.
The Norwegian/Russian linguist job advert is also posted on LinkedIn. Similarly, to the Ukrainian one it requires an individual that would assisting in classified contingency operations, while being able to fit in with the local populace and present oneself according to the local customs.
Unlike the Ukrainian linguist ad which required “Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information” security clearing, the Norwegian/Russian linguist posting requires SECRET clearing.
The Russian linguist posting for Moldova, will notably provide assistance to the US military in Georgia or Moldova. And also includes a higher security clearance, a “Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information.”
Other than that, the adverts are completely identical in their requirements, namely with the requirement to:
“Have the ability to serve in a combat zone if necessary.”
These postings come amid the US Marine Corps’ largest rotational deployment to Norway, which took began on October 1st. Furthermore, this apparent increase in “classified contingency operations,” comes following Trident Juncture 2018, which took place in Norway and was the biggest NATO and allied state military exercise in recent years.
Regarding Moldova, there were reports of the country becoming a foothold for the US military as of August 2017 and limited information since then. Back then, the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia (NAVFAC EURAFSWA) announced its plans to construct eight training facilities for military operations in urban terrain at the Bulboaca training base in Moldova. The fact that the US Navy Department is involved makes it likely that the facility will host American Marines. Up to August 2017, a total of $1.6 million has already been invested in the renovation of the Bulboaca base located near Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria or the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic.
Georgia also has a notable US military presence. On August 8th, 2018, the Noble Partner drill began, it is an annual two-week exercise, includes 1,170 troops and 140 vehicles deployed by U.S. Army Europe from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. Georgia also hosts the Vaziani Military Base.
In all, these postings are not security breaches, similar to the Ukrainian advert. However they should that the fight against the “Russian aggression,” happens from every available and possible venue.
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