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Entries by David Isenberg from 12/2009

Contractors 'R U.S.

| Posted 12.23.2009 | Politics

The U.S. military has become so reliant on private contractors that it literally can't go to war without them -- and as many as 56,000 more will be hired as Obama escalates the war in Afghanistan.

Contractors and Cost Effectiveness

| Posted 12.23.2009 | Politics

Today, the U.S. military relies on private contractors to the extent that they serve as the equivalent of an American Express credit card. The military literally can't go without them.

The $44,000 cost saving?

| Posted 12.24.2009 | Huffington Post

Talk about serendipity, or at the least, good timing. Yesterday I wrote on the issue of contractors and cost effectiveness. Today the Washington Pos...

Yes, KBR, Congress is Talking About You

| Posted 12.26.2009 | Politics

Although it was not mentioned by name there are some provisions in the FY 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that are very clearly aimed at KBR, the former Halliburton company. They won't make the execs happy.

Money isn't everything; it's the only thing

| Posted 12.28.2009 | Huffington Post

When I was overseas earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Jake Allen. He is a former Marine Corps infantry officer and has worked as a priva...

What We Don't Know on Contractors and Why We Don't Know It

| Posted 12.30.2009 | Huffington Post

It is an axiom of all government contracts, regardless of the industry, that when trying to calculate their overall effectiveness one must have up to...

Good News for Blackwater Is Bad News for Industry

| Posted 12.31.2009 | Politics

There will be no trial and thus the central issue, whether the Blackwater guards were innocent or guilty of killing unarmed civilians, will never be examined.