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Entries by David Isenberg from 07/2012

PMSC Not Ready for U.N. Prime Time

| Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

For many years now, private military and security contractor (PMSC) advocates have argued that utilization of PMSC in United Nations peace operations offers an alternative to doing nothing or trying to organize a frequently dysfunctional U.N.-sponsored, often ill-equipped and organized intervention.

What the U.S. Government Knew About Najlaa

| Posted 07.11.2012 | Business

Thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union, newly released documents reveal that the U.S. government and KBR were even more aware of the problem than previously known.

Contracting Oversight: A Long Way to Go

| Posted 07.14.2012 | Business

The report, Final Forensic Audit Report of Iraq Reconstruction Funds, said the precise amount lost to fraud and waste can never be known, but believes it is significant.

No Wonder It's Classified: The Effectiveness of Intelligence Outsourcing?

| Posted 07.24.2012 | Business

Over the past decade, due to U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan the Pentagon has both proactively and often to external pressure from Con...

The Devil Is Always in the Details

| Posted 07.25.2012 | Business

Evidently, the ICoC, to paraphrase Captain Barbossa of the Pirates of Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl movie, is more of a guideline than an actual rule. Welcome aboard the Black PSC, Miss Turner.

Undercounting Contractor Casualties in Iraq

| Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

A new report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) provides some detail on the sacrifices made by private contractors who...