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What If?: The Battle That Did Not Have to Happen

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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What if Paul Bremer hadn't disbanded the Iraqi army? What if the U.S. military had done something different after four Blackwater contractors were killed in Fallujah in 2004?

Taking the Private out of PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The most important word in the phrase private security contractors is "private." If and when someone working for a PSC does something wrong the compa...

GAO PSC Interview Transcripts Online

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Thanks to the Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy the transcripts of twenty three interviews done by the Government Accoun...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 23: PSC, What's That? A U.S. Military Perspective

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the twenty third installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO re...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 22: A Convoy Was Attacked? Really, You Don't Say

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the twenty second installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report.

The GAO Transcripts, Part 21: We Do Not Work For the U.S. Military

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the twenty first installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO re...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 20: When PSC Cause "Mission Creep"

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the twentieth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO repor...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 19: When PSCs Hurt U.S. Troops

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the nineteenth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO repo...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 18: IPOA Defends PSC Against Memo 17

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the eighteenth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO repo...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 17: Use of PSC is Cost Prohibitive

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the 17th installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts. Among the interesting revelations are that background checks are outsourced to a corporate security office.

The GAO Transcripts, Part 16: What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the sixteenth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO repor...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 15: Coordination is Easier Said Than Done

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fifteenth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO repor...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 14: When PSCs and Soldiers Throwdown

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fourteenth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO repo...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 13: Houston, We've Had A Problem

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

No, this is not about the Apollo 13 mission. But this is the thirteenth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that...

Private Security Contractors in Iraq: Where are we going?"

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

I previously highlighted some notable excerpts from the first day of a recent two day set of hearings held by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 12: Can't We All Just Coordinate?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the twelfth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report ...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 11: Back in The Iraqi PMC Gold Rush Days

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the eleventh installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 10: Blackwater Would Have Cooperated if Only the Other PSCs Had Blackberries

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the tenth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report "R...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 9: Tracking the Unknown Unknowns

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the ninth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report "R...

Inherent or Non-Inherent: That is the Question

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

I was out of town when the federal Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan (CWC) held the first part of a two-day hearing on the pro...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 8: WANTED: Village Idiots Guide for PSC/Military Relationships

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the eighth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report "...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 7: It All Depends on What One Means by "May"

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the seventh installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report ...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 6: Coordinating PSC Activities in Iraq

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the sixth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report "R...

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.

The GAO Transcripts, Part 5: Could the Military Trust the PSCs?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fifth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report "R...