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The Risky Business Of Post-War Contracting

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

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?

Spending Big On Lobbying May Help Net Bigger Profits

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.17.2011 | Business

You need to spend money to make money, as the saying goes. It's an idea lobbyists might find particularly resonant: Companies that spend money on appe...

War and Private Contractors: Can't Live with Them, Can't Live Without Them

David Isenberg | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Anybody who was dreaming that that the military was going to divest itself of contractors can put that fantasy to rest. Now that the CWC has said the government is over-reliant on contractors, you can see that we have a bit of a contradiction.

War Budget Cuts Possible if We Counter Contractors' Multimillion-Dollar Campaign Spending

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The deal worked out to allow a rise in the debt ceiling gives us our first real chance in more than a decade to make significant cuts to our country's out-of-control war budget, but we are going to have to fight for them.

DSS Director: Defense Security Service "Remiss" in "Fundamental Oversight Responsibilities"

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Cross-posted on POGO's blog By Nick Schwellenbach "We have been remiss in our fundamental oversight responsibilities to the Department and the U.S. G...

Amanda Terkel

Pentagon Paid Billions To Contractors Suspended For Fraud | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The military paid a total of $285 billion to more than 100 contractors between 2007 and '09, even though those same companies were defra...

Shadow Elite: Eisenhower's Dark Vision Realized - The Military-Industrial Complex At 50

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

While Eisenhower was certainly dead-on about the big picture of the military-industrial complex, we can imagine even he might be surprised by the dirty details of how that "complex" has evolved since his farewell speech in 1961.

Shadow Elite: Should We Believe Chertoff On Cyber-War?

Linda Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Keenan

In the shadow elite age, when power brokers can have a dozen roles of influence, criss-crossing and sometimes overlapping, sorting through them to pick the most telling ones is both more difficult -- and more imperative -- than ever before.

Army Awards $250 Million Contract To Tiny, Inexperienced Firm Due To 'Alaska Native' Status

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In summer 2008, the U.S. military had a major problem. More than 2,400 service members had reported being sexually assaulted the previous year, and th...

Efforts To Prosecute Blackwater Collapse

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly four years after the federal government began a string of investigations and criminal prosecutions against Blackwater Worldwide personnel accus...

Contractor Deaths Exceed Military Deaths In Iraq, Afghan Wars

ProPublica | T. Christian Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

More private contractors than soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, the first time in history that corporate casualties have ...

Dana Priest's Expose On 'Top Secret America' | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive ...

Shadow Elite: What Blackwater Sells (and the Government Wants): Deniability

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janine R. Wedel

Ever heard of a private security contractor name Paravant? XPG? No? Well, that's just as Blackwater, the parent company of Paravant, XPG and dozens of other "subsidiaries", would have it.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam: Government Contracting -- A Free Market Farce

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The deep scandal of government contracting goes far beyond the actions of a handful of bad actors and products that can seen and touched. It is systemic, insidious, potentially damaging to national security -- and perfectly legal.

U.S. Military Loses Control Of Subcontractor Spending, Warlords Benefit

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Nick Schwellenbach and Lagan Sebert This piece is a collaboration between the Huffington Post Investigative Fund and the Center for Public Integr...

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam - The Collision of State & Private Power

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

When government contractors hire former directors of intelligence and defense-related government agencies, they are banking on coincidences of interest between their hires and their hires' former (government) employers.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam -- Who's Overseeing the Contractors?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

How far does the crisis of government contracting oversight go? Apparently, it extends deep into some of America's most hallowed ground: Arlington National Cemetery.

The Poll, the Paymaster and the Taxpayer

Naomi Seligman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Seligman

Even by the dismal standards of Washington pay-to-play politics, the shenanigans of defense giant Pratt & Whitney -- fighting tooth and nail to keep a multi-billion dollar jet engine contract to itself -- are something else.

From Little ACODs Mighty Scandals Grow

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

A new military task force will focus on the intersection of contractor money and political power in southern Afghanistan.

In The Public Interest: Everybody Hates Waste, Right?

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Over the last year, serious policy debates have been subject to showdowns and shouting matches. Posturing and partisanship. Scrapping bills and taking...

DynCorp Audit Finds Poor Controls On Millions Of Dollars In Afghan Police Program

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Christine Spolar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The private contractor that trains the Afghan police force, a U.S. military program long criticized for wasting money, has failed to document millions...

Lost in Translation: The High Cost of Interpreting in the Middle East

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Interpreters have some of the most high risk jobs in war zones.

Afghan Police Training Delayed: DynCorp Contract Extended As Pentagon Plans For Re-Bid

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Christine SpolarHuffington Post Investigative Fund A troubled multi-billion contract that has failed to create a reliable national police force in...

Shadow Elite: What's Behind Surging Executive Power? Globalization

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saskia Sassen

With a new emergent phase of democratic and quasi democratic regimes, can enhanced executive power linked to globalization be reoriented to better, noncommercial goals, like climate change, global hunger, or poverty?

Contractor Deaths Surge In Afghanistan As They Outnumber US Soldiers

ProPublica | T. Christian Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A recent Congressional Research Service analysis obtained by ProPublica looked at the number of civilian contractors killed in Afghanistan in recent m...