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Burn, Baby, Burn

David Isenberg | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Remember when rioters in Watts, Calif., began shouting "Burn, Baby! BURN!" in the turmoil of 1965? I'm sure they didn't have the following future in ...

How May We Service You?

David Isenberg | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

One question that is often asked, but rarely answered with any accuracy is just how much money there is in the private military contracting sector. T...

The Neoliberal Wars

David Isenberg | Posted 12.19.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Military outsourcing and privatization is just one aspect of neoliberalism. Like all other processes, neoliberalism is not static.

Tamimi 1, KBR 0

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

I couldn't let 2010 end without having one last look at one of the major U.S.-based PMCs; the one which, according to one leading PMC trade associatio...

The Cost of Being the Best Supplied Troops

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

So just how well is the splendiferous private sector logistics operation working out? Not so well it seems.

Strike Two on 'Just Following Orders' Defense

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Sick soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan filed claims because of "alleged failures of the military contractors to treat water and dispose of waste in a manner required" by the US military. The defense is looking even lamer than ever.

The Perils of LOGCAP Job Seeking

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

I have often mentioned the logistics side of private military contracting. It would be difficult not to, as it constitutes the overwhelming share of t...

DCMA and Contractor Oversight

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Unfortunately for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a new report makes the Defense Contract Management Agency look a bit like the Keystone Cops.

KBR: Private Military Cancer (PMC) Provider? Part II

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Back in April I wrote about the lawsuit filed by Indiana National Guardsmen, against KBR. The suite suit alleges that KBR knowingly allowed exposure t...

KBR's Unauthorized Deaths

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

More than 30 of KBR's other subcontractors used private armed security in Iraq without required authorization.

KBR: Failing Upwards

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Up is down, night is day, and now, in the best tradition of George Orwell's 1984 newspeak KBR -- the company that was the subject of a recent Departm...

Making the Army an Offer It Can't Refuse

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Last week saw the release of yet another report dealing with oversight on private military contractors. It is extremely significant, as it deals with LOGCAP, the mother of all private military contracts.