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Do We Need an Office of Contingency Operations for Future Reconstruction?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The oft-repeated pop psychology definition of mental illness -- doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results -- pretty much sums up America's limp efforts at reconstruction, nation building, hearts and minds, counterinsurgency, whatever tag you choose.

David Wood

Iraq Reconsruction Cost U.S. Taxpayers $60 Billion, Left Behind Corruption And Waste

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In nine years of war in Iraq, 4,448 Americans died and 32,221 were wounded in battle, leaving behind a deeply divided country steeped in...

The Latest Skinny From SIGIR

David Isenberg | Posted 12.31.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Yesterday the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction released its latest quarterly report. Here are some of the important takeaways regard...

Undercounting Contractor Casualties in Iraq

David Isenberg | Posted 09.29.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

A new report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) provides some detail on the sacrifices made by private contractors who...

Up To $8 Billion Wasted In Rebuilding Iraq

Center For Public Integrity/NBC News | Zach Toombs | Posted 07.18.2012 | World

The official in charge of monitoring America’s $51 billion effort to reconstruct Iraq has estimated that $6 billion to $8 billion of that amount was...

SIGIR Speaks

David Isenberg | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
David Isenberg

According to the Defense Department, if you include the OSC-I contractors, the total for private security contractors rises to 3,577. The takeaway is that after all these years the U.S. government still has problems tracking the number of contractors working in Iraq.

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.

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

Michael Shank | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank

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.

State to SIGIR: Take Your Oversight Questions and Shove Them

David Isenberg | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Just when you thought things were getting better in the sandbox it turns out they aren't. That is one of the conclusions in the latest quarterly report from Stuart W. Bowen, Jr, the head of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Dear U.S. State Department: Less BNS and More PNS, Please

David Isenberg | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
David Isenberg

In other words, if there is to be effective oversight of private security contractors in Iraq in the future, the State Department needs to man up and step up to the plate.

Pentagon's Afghan Review to Reveal Rampant Waste, Fraud, and Corruption?

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

A Pentagon report due out this week will probably try to convince us that the war in Afghanistan is on the right track. And yet a poll released this month surveying Afghan public opinion says otherwise.

October 2010 SIGIR Quarterly Report

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The latest quarterly report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), released October 30, has not received much attention. ...

SIGIR's Latest on PMCs

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has just released its latest Quarterly Report. The last report released in January, noted "For ...

State Beats Pentagon, Unfortunately

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Recently I wrote about the contract for training the Afghan National Police. Actually I wrote about a Newsweek/Pro Publica article on the subject. Th...

New SIGIR Detail on Private Contractors in Iraq

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Isenberg

Today the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGI) has released its latest (24th) Quarterly Report to Congress. For those intereste...

There They Go Again: DynCorp in Iraq

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Isenberg

Considering some of what has happened in the past with DynCorp operations in Iraq, a new report on the weaknesses in the State Department's failure to support Iraqi Police training is like saying the sun rises in the east.

The Surge "Success" Debunked

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

Iraq remains a powder keg. "The Surge" has done little to increase security, a state of civil war remains and regional conflict threatens greater problems for the future.

Staff Alleges Abuse By Top Iraq Auditor

Washington Post | Robin Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Federal investigators called at least nine current and former employees of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction before ...