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Blackwater successor Academi asked a Virginia federal judge on Thursday to toss a False Claims Act suit accusing it of falsifying firearms qualifications for U.S. Department of State guards in Afghanistan, arguing that the claims don’t hold up under the U.S. Supreme Court‘s recent Escobar decision.

In a reply in support of its motion for judgment on the pleadings, Academi pointed to the Supreme Court’s ruling this year in Universal Health Services Inc. v. Escobar, which noted that the FCA requires that violations be “material,” defined by the statute as something “capable of influencing” government payment decisions. Under this standard, former marksmen Lyle Beauchamp and Warren Shepherd have failed to allege that the government would, or likely would, have withheld payment had it known of Academi’s “supposed noncompliance,” according to the company.

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According to the Departement of Defense (D0D) — Academi Training Center LLC, Moyock, North Carolina, was awarded an $8,330,202 incrementally funded contract with options for facility service support and private security contract/armed security in Afghanistan.

The estimated completion date is May 14, 2018. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $6,808,686 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Bagram, Afghanistan, AE, is the contracting activity (W91B4N-15-C-2000).

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MOSCOW — The US private military company Academi (formerly known as Blackwater) has confirmed its readiness to start training a Ukrainian battalion for street fighting, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Tuesday.

“The private military company Academi has confirmed to the Kiev authorities its readiness to start training an experimental battalion of 550 men as of January at the request of Ukraine’s General Staff,” the source said.

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ACADEMI released a statement last month to kill the rumors about there involvement in Ukraine conflict:

ACADEMISome irresponsible bloggers and an online reporter have recently posted rumors that ACADEMI employees (operating under the name of Blackwater) are present in Ukraine. They are not and ACADEMI has no relationship with any entity named Blackwater or with the former owner of Blackwater, Erik Prince. Such unfounded statements combined with the lack of factual reporting to support them and the lack of context about the company, are nothing more than sensationalistic efforts to create hysteria and headlines in times of genuine crisis.

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Academi Training Center, Moyock, North Carolina, was awarded a $7,384,413 to contract W560MY-12-C-0006 for a five-month partial exercise of option yeartw o providing private security services at Forward Operating Base Dwyer, Afghanistan. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $7,384,413 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Oct. 31, 2014. Work will be performed in Afghanistan. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity. 

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A press release from Constellis Holdings signals major news in the High Threat Security Industry. Academi, the company formerly known as Blackwater and Xe, will join Triple Canopy along with a handful of other high threat security companies under a new management structure named Constellis Holdings.

“This move allows us to create a suite of services to better provide critical support capabilities for government and commercial clients and will utilize ACADEMI’s world-class training facility, the largest and most comprehensive private training center in the U.S.” said Jason DeYonker, Managing Director of Constellis Holdings, Inc.

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Academi Training Center, Inc, Moyock, North Carolina was awarded an $8,801,172 modification to contract W5J9JE-12-C-0087 for camp integrity and life support and private security services. Fiscal 2014 funds are being obligated at the time of the award. Cumulative total for prior modifications is $16,104,831. Estimated completion date is May 14, 2015. Work will be performed Afghanistan. CENTCOM Joint Theater Support Contracting Command, Phoenix, APO AE is the contracting activity.

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The U.S. private security contractor Academi has trained Brazilian police forces for the World Cup, according to an article published by journalist Patricia Campos Melo, of newspaper Folha de S Paulo. A group of 22 federal policemen as well as military policemen from different states were sent to the Academi training center in Moyock, in North Carolina, where they were taught anti-terrorism techniques in the largest private training center in the United States, that includes scenario facilities, four ship-boarding simulators, two airfields and three drop-zones. According to Lieutenant Ricardo Nogueira, of the Sao Paulo Police, the course -- named "Maritime Interdiction of terrorism" -- focused on the US experience in fighting terrorism.

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Academi previously known as Xe Services LLC, Blackwater Worldwide and Blackwater USA is a private military company founded in 1997 by Erik Prince and Al Clark. Academi is currently the largest of the U.S. State Department's three private security contractors. Academi provided diplomatic security services in Iraq to the United States federal government on a contractual basis. Academi also has a research and development wing that was responsible for developing the Grizzly APC along with other military technology. The company's headquarters is located in Arlington County, Virginia. 

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Department of Defense (DOD) renews Academi's (formaly Blackwater) contract for $7 million in Afghanistan to provide protective services for U.S. Army and other Amercian interests.

DOD announced:

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Academi Training Center Inc., Moyock, N.C., was awarded a $7,230,998 firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year contract modification (P00004) of contract (W560MY-12-C-0006) to provide private security services. Performance location will be Afghanistan with funding from fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Army funds. This contract was a competitive acquisition via the web with four bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity.

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Retired Brigadier General Craig NixonThe company known for providing pre-eminent risk assessment, training and security solutions around the world is welcoming Brigadier General (Ret) Craig Nixon as CEO.

Nixon comes to ACADEMI (formally known as Black Water) from the McChrystal Group where as a partner, he worked closely with the executive and business teams of Fortune 500 technology companies including HP and SeaGate, and served as the McChrystal Group's senior advisor on strategy.

Nixon will replace current CEO Ted Wright who is stepping down from the position after overseeing the successful restructuring of the company, which is a leading provider of private training and security.

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AAR Corporation announced today that the Company’s Airlift business was selected to renew its support in Western and Central Africa. The renewal is valued at approximately $9 million in revenue and will run through mid-June 2013. AAR Airlift supports this requirement as a subcontractor to ACADEMI, LLC (formally known as Black water).

The contract renewal calls for AAR to transport personnel and supplies using two fixed-wing aircraft to support U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and U.S. Department of Defense Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office (CNTPO) operations.

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