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Private Military Security Contractors

The Politic on PMSC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

As much of the public discussion of private military and security contracting inaccurately portrays contractors as mercenaries, it's refreshing to find a student publication that takes a dispassionate look at the subject.

Would Blackwater Lie?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Politico has just published a story about Carl Levin releasing letters he wrote regarding his investigation of a Blackwater "shell" company in Afghanistan, Paravant.

Mercenaries Circling Haiti

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bill Quigley

On March 9 and 10, there will be a Haiti conference in Miami for private military and security companies to showcase their services to governments.

The Get Out of Jail and Stay on Contract Free Card

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Isenberg

On May 5, 2009, two men working in Afghanistan for the private military contractor Paravant killed two Afghani civilians. Now, the company argues it's not liable for the deaths because they occurred after work hours.

Earth to Government: Less CORS Equal Higher Risk of Fraud

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Isenberg

In a previous post I wrote that "it is easy to forget that oversight and accountability is improving." Well, everything is relative. A new joint aud...

Mental Health and Private Military Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Isenberg

Although it is infrequently mentioned, and it is often unfashionable to say, the truth about most private military and security contractors is that th...

DynCorp and the Afghan Police

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Isenberg

Most of the publicity is focused on the relatively minor number of security contractors, and ignores the far greater number of people and money in logistics or reconstruction efforts.

Military Ethics and Private Military Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

It is not just polemicists at the Nation who question the use of private military contractors -- professors at the U.S. Naval Academy and at West Point have also critiqued the practice.

Private Mentoring Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Robert Gates promised "dramatic changes" in how the Pentagon uses retried officers to advise the military. It's about time.

The QDR and Private Military Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

The Pentagon's latest Quadrennial Defense Review states DoD's intent to eliminate the use of no-bid contracts "whenever possible." Contractors currently comprise 39% of the Department's workforce.

Erik Prince, Blackwater Founder, Cutting Ties With Company

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. — The man who built Blackwater USA into one of the world's most respected and reviled defense contractors feels that he was thrown...

Contractors and Cost Effectiveness

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Today, the U.S. military relies on private contractors to the extent that they serve as the equivalent of an American Express credit card. The military literally can't go without them.

Contractors 'R U.S.

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

The U.S. military has become so reliant on private contractors that it literally can't go to war without them -- and as many as 56,000 more will be hired as Obama escalates the war in Afghanistan.

Time to Just Say No to Giant Corporate "Parasites" -- and Recognize Them for What They Are

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The corporate parasites are the loudest defenders of "free markets" and the most vociferous opponents of "government takeovers," when in fact they exist by feeding off the taxpayers.