Caliburn International

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Caliburn International
Key people
Thoms J. Campbell, Chairman
James D. Vandusen, CEO
OwnerDC Capital Partners
Number of employees
7,500 (Sep 2018)[1]

Caliburn International Corporation is a professional services provider. It serves commercial clients though is primarily a private contractor to the United States federal government, including the Department of Defense and Department of State. The company was formed by DC Capital Partners and is currently managed by James Van Dusen, former Chief Financial Officer of Comprehensive Health Services.[2] The board includes former military personnel John Kelly, Anthony C. Zinni, James G. Stavridis, and Kathleen Martin.[3]

Caliburn has received scrutiny for operations by subsidiary companies Sallyport Global and Comprehensive Health Services. Anonymous reports from Sallyport employees at Balad Air Base, near Baghdad, include accusations of racism, animal abuse, undue safety risks, and corruption.[4] The company is also being investigated for alleged bribery of Iraqi officials for exclusive contracts.[5] Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) has been criticized for its operations at Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, the only for-profit facility for detaining migrant children in the United States.[6] As of May 2019, a non-partisan watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is investigating connections between Kelly's involvement with Trump's child separation policy and current role at Caliburn.[7] CHS also operated at Balad Air Base at the same time as Sallyport.[8]

In October 2018, the company announced plans to sell $100 million shares public stocks in an initial public offering, promising significant growth related to Trump's immgration and border policies, however warning potential investors of risks related to the "politically charged environment." Caliburn withdrew its registration statement for the offering in March 2019 following negative press and scrutiny.[6][9][10]


  1. ^ "Caliburn International Corp IPO". NASDAQ. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  2. ^ Jones, Donovan (2018-10-25). "Caliburn International Begins U.S. IPO Effort". Seeking Alpha. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  3. ^ "John Kelly joins board of company operating largest shelter for unaccompanied migrant children". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  4. ^ McCullough, Zack Kopplin|Irvin (2018-09-18). "U.S. Paid $1B to Contractor Accused of Bigotry at Iraq Air Base". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  5. ^ McCullough, Zack Kopplin|Irvin (2019-02-12). "DOJ Is Investigating Whether U.S. Payoffs to Iraqi Officials Opened the Door for ISIS". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  6. ^ a b Welch, Leecia; Law, National Center for Youth. "Inside The Largest And Most Controversial Shelter For Migrant Children In The U.S." Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  7. ^ "Ethics watchdog files request for documents on John Kelly and shelter operator that hired him". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  8. ^ Prengel, Kate (2019-05-04). "Caliburn International: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  9. ^ Armstrong, Gin (2019-02-13). "Wall Street Banks & Former Defense Officials Looking to Cash In on Child Detentions". Eyes on the Ties. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  10. ^ "Caliburn International Holdings Withdraws Registration Statement" (Press release). Caliburn International. IPO Edge. 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2019-05-12.

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