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By the time the CIA terminated their contract in 2009, the consulting firm founded by the two men had collected $81 million
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"Duration of the disturbance," says the manual, "is more than 1 month." I look at my colleague's wall calendar. It's 29 days since I left Iraq and the nightmares have stopped, so I don't have PTSD. Or at least I'm not diagnosable. I feel a wash of relief.
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HuffPost Political Reporter Jason Linkins, tells Alyona Minkovski and Jacob Soboroff about the McCaskill wartime contracting overhaul bill passing the senate.
Politics
This human trafficking pipeline wasn't benefiting some shadowy war lord or oppressive regime. No, these are workers who were feeding, cleaning up after and providing logistical support for U.S. troops -- the standard bearers of the free and democratic world.
The World Post
In the modern private security contractor industry, some Brits have been quite outspoken in chronicling what they see as their superior professionalism, compared to their American counterparts.
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Business
Jaw, meet floor. According to a company press release, war megacontractor KBR was voted one of the 50 top companies for women
Politics
It is remarkable how many people claim to be sincerely interested in reducing the federal budget deficit but have seemingly have no interest in taking on these kinds of abuse in contracting.
Politics
Spencer Ackerman has been doing some stellar reporting on the who's who among the private security contractors that have gotten a share of the State Department's $10 billion Worldwide Protective Services contract.
The World Post
I've been on vacation in Greece this week, regularly interrupted by bulletins about the dismal economic news back in America: bankruptcy filings at their highest since 2005; new unemployment claims surpassing 500,000. I was in the Ionian Islands when I read Paul Krugman's column about how we're engaging "in human sacrifices to appease the anger of invisible gods" -- allowing the obsession with deficit reduction to trump job creation. Surrounded by the monuments my ancestors built to appease the Greek gods, I found Krugman's analogy particularly chilling. The perverse priorities of "the apostles of austerity" were on display with the news that the U.S. is planning to turn much of the ongoing security work in Iraq over to private contractors -- a transition that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. How come those demanding sacrifice from millions of Americans never seem to have a problem with writing that kind of check?
Politics
Per the Oregonian, KBR gave the Pentagon an ultimatum: One of America's largest military contractors was granted immunity
Business
Recently I wrote about the contract for training the Afghan National Police. Actually I wrote about a Newsweek/Pro Publica
Business
Interpreters have some of the most high risk jobs in war zones.
Politics
Surely last September's scandal involving the bacchanalian hijinks of ArmorGroup's vodka-butt-shot-taking guards taught the
Business
It was just a single contract for a single job on a single base in Iraq. The Department of Defense agreed to pay the megacontractor
Politics
Now, the double standard has come full circle ... twice. The strategy that could most effectively hamstring violent extremism
Politics
There will be no trial and thus the central issue, whether the Blackwater guards were innocent or guilty of killing unarmed civilians, will never be examined.
The World Post
In 2008, I was kidnapped from Baghdad International Airport by American civilians with no known affiliation, and was blindfolded and taken to a facility where I was initially interrogated in a hostile way.