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Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 3

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

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

Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 2

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

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

Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 1

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It's a new year so it's time for a new book on private military contractors. Out later this month is Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Valu...

Can't Anyone at the Defense Department Do Oversight? Anyone at All?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

The perennial issue regarding private military security contractors is the degree to which they are subject to effective oversight. In that regard there is only one item in today's news worth looking at.

Will the Real Hillary Clinton Please Step Forward?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It appears that the old Hillary Clinton, the one who ran for president of the United States has managed to travel forward in time and merge with the c...

PMC to Pentagon, Just Trust Us

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It's time for another check on private military contractor accountability. And I'm not talking about a critique from some liberal watchdog group or th...

Congratulations, Congress for Speedily Working on This: It Only Took You Six Years

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Although most of the crimes committed against the Iraqi prisoners were carried out by regular U.S. military forces, there was some private military contractor involvement.

Miles to Go Before the PMC Industry Rests

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

When reading about private military contractors there are two pieces of supposed conventional wisdom to keep in mind. The first, which is especially ...

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.

Private Military Companies as Quasi-States

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Our latest entry in law journal articles on private military contractors is "Why Private Mercenary Companies Should Be Legitimized and Allowed to Ente...

If the UCMJ Doesn't Fit, You Must Acquit

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Let's take another look at the applicability of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to private military and security contractors. In 2006 Con...

Exposing Troops to a Carcinogen Is Not Part of Supporting the Troops

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

I truly did not intend to write about KBR for two consecutive days in a row. But as the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. We have a new developme...

KBR to Contractors: Yours Is Not Question Why, Yours is But to Do or Die

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It is once again time to look at KBR's legal battles. Today we take a look at the case of Reggie Lane in the Fisher, Lane v. Halliburton, KBR litigati...

The Louis Berger Group: It May Be a Crook But At Least Its Our Crook

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Are charges that private military contractors commit egregious acts of fraud overblown? Not according to recent news. McClatchy Newspapers reports th...

The Road to Effective PMC Regulation Is Pitted With Good Intentions

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

A governance gap (i.e. absence of national or international accountability) has emerged whereby PMCs are increasingly violating international humanitarian law ("IHL") and are rarely being held accountable.

This Waste Really Hurts

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

As this is something I have written on previously it seems appropriate to note that today the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report ...

Max Weber was Wrong

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military contractors get called all sorts of things and are categorized in an infinity of ways. But the idea that "American use of privatized ...

The Benefit of Using the UCMJ for Prosecuting PMC Crimes

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It is common to complain that the while the use of private military contractors (PMC) has grown rapidly in the past decade, the legal apparatus to hol...

A Hundred Billion Dollars Up in Smoke

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It is a pity that last week's Senate Armed Services committee hearing on "Department of Defense Efficiencies Initiatives" did not get more coverage, a...

The Good and the Bad in Using PMC in the Iraq Drawdown

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Two reports issued this past week by the Defense Department's Inspector General (IG) offers good and bad news regarding private military contractors (...

Translating For Dollars

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In my Sep. 14 post I wrote about what I considered to be false accusations against Mission Essential Personnel, which provides translators and interp...

When Doing More With Less Is Not a Good Idea

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

"From 2001 to 2008, contract spending more than doubled to over 500 billion dollars ... this inattention to the workforce resulted in increased use of high-risk contracting practices."

It All Depends on What You Mean by Cost-Effective

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The July issue of the journal Armed Forces & Society had a section devoted to the issue of military privatization which is worth looking at. The art...

Is There Professionalism in PMC?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Generally, the U.S. elite consensus on private military contractors (PMC) is that A) they are a good thing because they enable regular military forces...

ABC J'accuse MEP: There is no there there

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Last week ABC News Investigative Team, including its chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross, ran a story that seemingly confirmed much of the ne...