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Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan Special Investigator Drops Hammer On State Department Waste | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- The special investigator tasked with assessing America's deployment of resources in Afghanistan over the past decade launched a trio of da...

The Real Winner of the Afghan War

The Daily Beast | Posted 04.24.2014 | World

For over a decade, the State Department gave 69% of its funding for Afghanistan to a single company—a company with a particularly checkered history....

When Peacemakers Become Perpetrators: Kathryn Bolkovac Introduces The Whistleblower at the UN

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Lia Petridis Maiello

Kathryn Bolkovac had a passion for representing an institution that symbolizes the culture of peace, humanity and international justice like no other in the world. After living up to the moral standards set by the very same institution, her career in international law enforcement ended in April 2001.

So Tell Us What You Really Think

David Isenberg | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
David Isenberg

If policymakers were to spend time listening to contractors on the ground they would learn that some of the operating procedures that onlookers assume are standard are, in fact, the source of great debate and controversy.

U.S. Prepares to Depart but Will Aid Afghanistan Against Taliban

Ben Barber | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Ben Barber

The United States hopes that $16 billion in civilian assistance plus additional billions for military training and support for Afghan forces will prevent a collapse of the Afghan government after most U.S. and other foreign forces withdraw in 2014, a senior U.S. official said last Tuesday in Washington.

The Invisible Foreign Subcontractor

David Isenberg | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Some of the subsequent press coverage criticized KBR, but that missed the point. Sure, in several respect KBR could have done much better, but at least it held special inspections documenting atrocious living conditions and threatened to cut off awards to the subcontractor.

Servicing the State Department

David Isenberg | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

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.

PMSC Not Ready for U.N. Prime Time

David Isenberg | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

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.

DynCorp Does Due Diligence

David Isenberg | Posted 07.11.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Dyncorp's new Supply Chain organization, stood up last year, has introduced several tools that are updated regularly to evaluate subcontractors on an ongoing basis.

0 + 1 + 0 + 0 + 0 = DynCorp

David Isenberg | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

if an actual person working for DynCorp, or any other contractor, received ratings like this on their performance assessment the door would be hitting them in the back as they left the office. Yet DynCorp still gets government contracts.

The State Department Tells Us How They Really Felt: Part 2

David Isenberg | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Today we look at Dyncorp's work in Pakistan during the November 25, 2009 to July 7, 2010 time period. There is good and bad news for Dyncorp.

The DynCorp "See No Evil" Monkey

David Isenberg | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The issue is not DynCorp; trafficking in and exploitation of people, whether for labor or sexual services, is the problem.

To Super Committee: Pentagon Corruption in the Millions, Time to Cut Defense Contracting

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With $3.7 trillion already spent by the US on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is painfully apparent that this money is not being spent wisely; in some cases, it is simply being stolen.

The War Industry: Bad Job Creators, Bad Bosses, Bad Stewards of Tax Dollars

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

As budget cuts come to the fore, military contractors will undoubtedly try to obscure the fact that every $1 billion of military spending costs anywhere between 3,200 and 11,700 jobs or more when compared to other ways of spending the money.

O'Keefe vs. NPR: Round One Goes to the Kid

Brian Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Palmer

A video filmed by right-wing activists that apparently shows NPR's chief fundraiser disparaging conservatives was just the latest in a series of dishonestly edited 'stings' by muckraker James O'Keefe.

Ooh, Aah: PMC Feeling Good

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Whoa-oa-oa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now I feel good, I knew that I would, now So good, so good, I got you - I Feel Good, James Brown Mov...

Familiar Recipe Cooking Once Again

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We've tasted this recipe before. A crisis is created. Panic is fomented by politicians, pundits, media, business and others. "Something must be don...

PMSC Challenges in Kosovo

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

One of the tasks the U.S. government uses private military contractors for is overseas law enforcement. No, they are not walking a beat in another country. But they are used to demonstrate the government's commitment to international operations.

Private Contractors In Afghanistan Behaving Badly

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — At two in the morning on Sept. 9, 2005, five DynCorp International security guards assigned to Afghan President Hamid Karzai's prot...

One Small Step for Transparency, One Giant Step for the U.S. State Department

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In the past I have been critical of both private security contractors and the government for not being more transparent about the details of the contr...

Jason Linkins

WikiLeaks Reveals That Military Contractors Have Not Lost Their Taste For Child Prostitutes | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Anything interesting to be had at the intersection of the WikiLeaks cache of diplomatic cables and those military contractors that cart off many milli...

It's Déjà Vu for DynCorp All Over Again

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

For an example of how just one transgression can lead to endless bad publicity consider the movie titled The Whistleblower that was released earlier ...

Profit-Chasing Guns-for-Hire Are Killing Us in Iraq and Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan makes a few people very, very rich, but it's making the rest of us -- Americans and local civilians alike -- much less safe.

Jason Linkins

Blackwater And Private Security Firms Just Can't Be Disqualified From Winning Lucrative Government Contracts, No Matter What They Do | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Spencer Ackerman has been doing some stellar reporting on the who's who among the private security contractors that have gotten a share of the State Department's $10 billion Worldwide Protective Services contract.

PMC and Wikileaks

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In all the ritualistic handwringing, gnashing of teeth, and wailing about the release of the Wikileaks documents, there has been a curious lack of discussion of the role of private military and security contractors.