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Private Military Contractor

PMC = Private Military Costs

David Isenberg | Posted 11.29.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

One fiercely held, long asserted, if sparsely substantiated, talking point of the private military contracting (PMC) industry is that its cost-efficie...

Counting the CFTE

David Isenberg | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

To paraphrase an old sports expression, you can't tell the contractors without a scorecard. Perhaps you've wondered just how many service contractors ...

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 ...

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.

Contracting Oversight: A Long Way to Go

David Isenberg | Posted 09.13.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The report, Final Forensic Audit Report of Iraq Reconstruction Funds, said the precise amount lost to fraud and waste can never be known, but believes it is significant.

What the U.S. Government Knew About Najlaa

David Isenberg | Posted 09.10.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union, newly released documents reveal that the U.S. government and KBR were even more aware of the problem than previously known.

'Victims of Complacency': Trafficking of Migrant Workers on U.S. Military Bases

Valerie Brender | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Valerie Brender

The responsibility lies with the U.S. government to ensure that these workers -- who provide valuable services to our troops and embassies -- are not trafficked, forced into indentured servitude, or otherwise exploited on the taxpayer's dime.

A COR! A COR! My Afghan Kingdom for a COR!

David Isenberg | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

On March 29 the Government Accountability Office released a report on the state of military contracting oversight in Afghanistan.

SIGIR Reports: Hey, Anybody Know What Happened to the $2 Billion?

David Isenberg | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The latest Quarterly and Semiannual Report of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction was released January 30. What follows are relevant excerpts of some of the more noteworthy contractor related activities.

A Future of PMC Pushers?

David Isenberg | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Anyone who has ever used a contractor for anything knows they all have one thing in common, aside from actually doing the job. And that is to do more jobs for you in the future. In short they want your continued business.

Pedagogic Military Contractors: Blackwater, the Academy and the "ιδιωτικές στρατιωτικές ανάδοχος"

David Isenberg | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

As what was Blackwater, then Xe, sails off into the sunset and Academi unfurls its sails, I wish it well. As they say, third time's the charm.

The Potential and Peril of PMC in Israel

David Isenberg | Posted 02.08.2012 | Home
David Isenberg

For those who follow private military contracting issues, it sometimes seems that all the focus is on the United States. That is understandable given the sheer number and value of contracts performed by the private sector in the US but it is hardly the only country doing this.

From PMC to CMSP: Thinking Strategically About Private Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 01.28.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

While the quantity and quality of literature on the subject has both increased in volume and improved in quality, it is still rare to find publications which focus on the strategic impact of private military and security contractors.

Bad Pennies and Louis Berger Group

David Isenberg | Posted 12.20.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Who says the U.S. government doesn't have a sense of humor, not to mention irony? Proof that it does can be seen in a recent, if little noted contrac...

Name Calling and Double Standards

David Isenberg | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that using PMSC isn't cost effective, at least some of the time. I am saying that the work substantiating the blanket claim made for them has not been done.

The Feminine Side of Private Military Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Empire through an internationally sourced feminized labor force. Isn't globalization wonderful?

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.

Every Day, In Every Way, Accountability Is Not Getting Better

David Isenberg | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military and security contracting folks like to point out that despite past mistakes and problems in oversight and accountability of such contracts, overall things are getting better. But are they really?

At Last: Military Outsourcing We Can All Support

David Isenberg | Posted 08.14.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Although it may come as a shock to both the Republican and Tea parties, apparently providing religious services to troops is not an 'inherently governmental' function.

Showing the Private Military Contracting Sector the Money

David Isenberg | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

How fast has spending on private military contracting grown? A new report states that in FY 1990 spending was $49 billion. In FY 2010 it was $161 billion, or just over 40 percent of all contract spending.

Indispensable or Inappropriate?

David Isenberg | Posted 07.15.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military and security contractors are the military's equivalent of the American Express card: it cannot go to war without them. Of course, as anyone who has ever used one knows, every credit card is a problem if you use it too much.

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...

The Known and Unknown Contractor

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It is not a secret that as Secretary of Defense during the presidency of George W. Bush Donald Rumsfeld was sympathetic to using private military cont...

CWC on PMC in Afghanistan

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This past Monday the always useful Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan held a hearing. The topic was "Recurring problems in Afghan construction."

Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 4

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fourth of five excerpts from law professor Laura Dickinson's book, Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Priva...