The bad or negligent behavior of too many contractors can be explained (or is covered), in good part, by a culture of impunity that has emerged, driven by an overwhelming and overzealous focus on "mission accomplishment" at just about every cost.
The company that, like the Energizer Bunny, just keeps going and going and going, at least from the perspective of giving the media something to write...
Sometimes, in all that is said and written about the use of private contractors in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, people forget that it is not just the Defense Department that uses them.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to dismiss the manslaughter and weapons charges against the four defendants Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and Donald Ball and has declined to comment.
Two kings ride to battle, but while one scales the walls with a sword in hand, the other can't bear to see any battle at all. Guess which one wins.
No more time for courtly chatter and brave words; what do these people actually do when the enemy is at the gates? They were true to their natures.
The Harper's magazine article is "The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier," by Charles Glass, follows the career of Tim Spicer, who goes way back in the private military and security contracting world.
Has the role of private military and security companies been overlooked since the al Qaeda attacks of September 11, 2001? With everything that has been written and said about the subject, from Afghanistan to Iraq and KBR to Wackenhut Services, it is difficult to think that is the case.
These documents provide information on how the State Department rated its contractors on criteria such as quality, cost control, business relations, timeliness of performance and customer satisfaction.
Given current security conditions in Iraq, including a string of bombings since late December more lethal to civilians than any seen in the last year of the U.S. presence, many could be nervous enough to be trigger-happy. Is this war really over or have we just outsourced it?
The EEOC originally filed suit against DynCorp in August 2011 alleging that from October 2006 through January 2007, James Friso, an aircraft sheet metal/structural mechanic working in Taji, Iraq, was subjected to harassment based on his sex by a male co-worker.
America's troops may be returning home from Iraq, but we're far from done paying the costs of war. In fact, at the same time that Obama is reducing the number of troops in Iraq, he's replacing them with military contractors at far greater expense to the taxpayer.
In the modern private security contractor industry, some Brits have been quite outspoken in chronicling what they see as their superior professionalism, compared to their American counterparts.
New records released after a four year FOIA fight between the State Department and Gawker show that mercenaries, primarily from Blackwater, shot and sometimes killed a lot of Iraqis in the name of protecting America's diplomats.
It was like a meaningless coda, as the war contractors at Blackwater USA changed its name again, two weeks after delivering Katy Helvenston-Wettengel another insult. She has been fighting for justice and accountability for the death of her son, a Blackwater employee.
For many years now supporters of private military and security contracting firms (PMSC) have argued that they can play a useful role in United Nations peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations.