With first acquisition under its belt, SOS International seeks more growth

February 17, 2016 | Marjorie Censer (Inside Defense)

SOS International, which skyrocketed in size following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is seeking to continue to grow, this time through a mix of organic growth and new acquisitions.

The company has come to increased prominence in recent months because of its work supporting the U.S. military in Iraq as it fights the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but its roots date back to 1989.

The company got its start providing linguists for federal law enforcement agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration, Julian Setian, SOSi's chief executive, told Inside Defense in an interview at the company's Reston, VA, office earlier this month.

Before 9/11, SOSi had about $3 million in annual sales and several dozen full-time employees -- supplemented by a larger number of freelance employees.

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