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Like many American businesspeople working in Iraq, Tom Peloquin went for the money. He had been hired by private contractor Dynacorp to provide security to its employees in Iraq at pay three times what he earns for comparable work in the U.S. But Peloquin, a former U.S. Marine used to life-threatening situations, never kidded himself about what this fatter paycheck represented. In Iraq, there is a significant risk of being kidnapped and killed by insurgent groups or ordinary criminals, and this money was combat pay. To afford himself the best chance of survival, Peloquin did what every good Marine does: He made sure he got the best training available.

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