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Lack of a Strategic Vision Suggests Saudis Learned Nothing From US Mistakes in Iraq

David Oualaalou | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

More than a decade ago, Saudi Arabia pressed the United States to think twice before invading Iraq; however, the desert kingdom is demonstrating an as...

Blackwater Security Guards Get Substantial Sentences for 2007 Shootings in Baghdad

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I remain as sure as ever that we must revisit our nation's policies involving private military contractors. This should serve as a lesson to all of us that relying on private military contractors who answer to a for-profit corporation instead of military commanders is an ill-advised protocol.

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush Is Taking Foreign Policy Advice From These Influence Peddlers | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the attempted Christmas Day underwear bombing of a jetliner in 2009, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff blanketed...

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

War Is Our Racket

Khalid Hanifi | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Khalid Hanifi

Voila! You, citizens, are now the shepherds and fiscal beneficiaries of what seems to be an economic perpetual motion war machine, much to the posthumous dismay of Smedley Butler, and the vast majority of other nations on this planet.

Who's Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action

Amol Mehra | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Private security contractors employed by the U.S. government abroad, for example, have been implicated in serious human rights violations, ranging from destruction of property to torture and human trafficking.

Chinese Man Accused Of Hacking Boeing For Military Secrets

AP | By JULIE WATSON | Posted 09.10.2014 | Technology

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities have charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computer systems of U.S. companies with large defense con...

A Tale of Government Contracting at Its Worst

Paul Alexander | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

A new controversy at the Department of Defense has raised troubling questions about competency, perhaps even national security.

Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Sure, the NSA, CIA and FBI deserve scrutiny, but we should devote our attention to the private sector also. Outsourcing has always been a convenient way to avoid accountability.

Taxation Without Representation 2014

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I know it does not bode well that at 24 I am this jaded about the political process. I have had enough of politicians not listening to me and the rest of us while they continue to act as they please.

Government Declares BP a 'Responsible' Contractor: Workers and Taxpayers Beware

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Rena Steinzor

How long should BP have remained on probation, barred from doing business until the American workers and taxpayers have some confidence it has really changed? How about the same time period during which it insulted our trust -- at a minimum.

McConnell Enlists Defense Contractors To Beat Back GOP Primary Foes

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently delivered a direct pitch to one of America's top defense contractors: Get off the sidelin...

Dave Jamieson

Lawsuit Alleges Massive Corner-Cutting At Firm That Vets Defense Contractors | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Another former investigator has sued the private, for-profit firm that performs many of the security clearance checks for U.S. governmen...

The 7 Percent Wake Up Call

Suzanne Robitaille | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Robitaille

Let's call it what it is: An aspirational quota of sorts. The Department of Labor's long-anticipated final ruling is in, and will require nearly 250,000 U.S. businesses to work towards a goal that 7 percent of their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities.

The 10 U.S Companies Profiting Most From Egypt's Military

Posted 08.22.2013 | Business

As Congress debates whether to cut military aid to Egypt in the wake of last week's bloody crackdown, the consequences for America could be even worse...

Billions of Defense Contract Dollars May Go Unaudited

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

DCAA had cut corners after a boom in post-9/11 defense contracting came without a corresponding increase in its staffing. But some say it is overcompensating after being slammed by Congress after its failings were exposed by GAO.

Meet The Defense Contractors Who Will Profit From Immigration Reform

Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.07.2013 | Latino Voices

A Washington Post report about the goodies for defense contractors in the the immigration bill that the Senate passed last week sent us digging throug...

Intelligence Czar Urges Caution In Wake Of NSA Leak

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's intelligence czar this week sent a message to tens of thousands of U.S. intelligence commun...

U.S. Relies On 500,000 People Like Edward Snowden To Monitor National Security Threats

AP | JONATHAN FAHEY and ADAM GOLDMAN | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The U.S. government monitors threats to national security with the help of nearly 500,000 people like Edward Snowden – employees of ...

Brothers Linked To Late Dem Rep Face Conspiracy Charges

AP | JOE MANDAK | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics

PITTSBURGH — Two brothers who owned defense contracting businesses that benefited from earmarks obtained by the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha will ...

Lockheed Martin at the Trough

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

At the very time when state governments are cutting back aid to low income women and their children (thanks to sequestration), the government of the State of Maryland seems en route to providing the Lockheed Martin Corporation with a handout worth millions of dollars.

Pension Costs Skyrocket At Pentagon

Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

Paying its contractors’ pension costs means a big bill at the Pentagon Contributing to its contractors’ pension plans is costing the Department...

Christina Wilkie

Drone Industry Struggles To Rebrand Spy Planes For Commercial Use | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. drone industry next week will hold its second Washington-area conference in as many months in an ongoing campaign by makers of ...

Corporate Welfare in Maryland

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Lockheed Martin would seem to be an unlikely recipient of a lavish government handout, at least on the basis of need. Indeed, it is one of the world's largest business enterprises, with sales that reached $47 billion in 2012.