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Former Blackwater company moves headquarters to Arlington

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Xe Services, the firm formerly known as Blackwater, is moving its corporate headquarters to Arlington to be closer to its primary customer: the U.S. government.

“This move demonstrates our commitment to foster even stronger relationships with our customers in and around Washington,” Xe Services CEO Ted Wright said in a statement. “Establishing our headquarters office in Arlington will facilitate those exchanges while we continue to deliver the best-in-class operational excellence that all of our customers have come to expect.”

The move will bring about 20 executives in leadership and business development to Arlington. The firm will keep its 7,000-acre training facility in Moyock, N.C., and other training facilities in Groton, Conn., and San Diego. It also has a permanent forward operating base in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Xe Services was acquired by USTC Holdings Inc. in December 2010. The company formed a new board of directors, which includes former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, retired U.S. Navy Admiral Bobby R. Inman, and Jack Quinn, former general counsel with President Bill Clinton. The new leadership decided to move the headquarters to the Washington, D.C., area.

The firm came under public and congressional scrutiny following a firefight in Iraq that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. Blackwater provided security services to the U.S. government in Iraq.

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