According to a recent report by the Justice Policy Institute, the U.S.’s two largest private prison companies - Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group - pocketed collective annual revenues of 2.9 billion dollars at the close of 2010.
On the ground, it's the same story. American soldiers and Marines will leave. Those replacing them, right down to carrying assault weapons, will come from places with names like Aegis Defence Services and Global Strategies Group — eight companies in
Barr was now suggesting that a major U.S. corporation find ways to lean on a civil liberties lawyer who held a particular view of WikiLeaks, pressuring him into silence on the topic. [must-read expose of SOP at government contractors]
The real issue highlighted by this episode is just how lawless and unrestrained is the unified axis of government and corporate power.
Stephanie DiGiuseppe may be one of the luckier travellers to pass through airport security in recent years. The 25-year-old Toronto woman has no horror stories involving pat-downs or the soon-to-be ubiquitous full-body scanners. In fact, she can’t
As the case of BP illustrates, the largest companies often escape the stiffest penalties because government agencies are too dependent on them. And even when there are suspensions or debarments they usually affect individuals or a business unit withi
A scandal involving foreign contractors employed to train Afghan policemen who took drugs and paid for young "dancing boys" to entertain them in northern Afghanistan caused such panic that the interior minister begged the US embassy to try and "qu
The Pentagon on Wednesday awarded a major jet fuel contract to Mina Corp., a secretive company that has declined to reveal its ownership but has nonetheless become a trusted partner with the U.S. military.
Dozens of structures across the country either were poorly constructed or never completed. Tens of thousands of Afghan soldiers who were supposed to be living in garrisons by now are still housed in tents.
McClatchy found nearly $4.5 billion in contracts that were awarded to companies even though they violated laws or had high-profile disputes over previous projects. Such legal or financial troubles could indicate that a company isn't prepared to finis
Private military and security companies (PMSC) are the modern reincarnation of a long lineage of private providers of physical force: corsairs, privateers and mercenaries. Mercenaries, which had practically disappeared during the XIXth and XXth centu
CACI (NYSE: CACI) announced today that it has been awarded a prime contract to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Information Technology Infrastructure work. The 10-year, multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quan
After a U.S. soldier dies in combat -- including the more than 4,000 who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan -- the Department of Veterans Affairs sends Prudential the full amount of each family’s life insurance coverage, usually $400,000.
The following information is taken from a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 25, 2010. Please read Blackwater Used More Than 30 Front Companies to Obtain Government Contracts. Thanks to Corey Pein of War Is Business for transc
BLM’s Wild Horse Stampede Contractor Exposed as Deceptive September 8, 2010 by ppjg | Edit (The News as We See It) by R.T. Fitch “Wild horses never made it through hundreds, thousands and millions of years until Dave and Sue Cattoor showed up
Contractor officials and employees are involved in all aspects of governing and negotiating "over policy making, implementation, and enforcement," as one legal scholar has noted. Yet Contractor companies are responsible for making a profit for their
Hired guns have proved to be a headache for Karzai, killing and wounding civilians and exercising prince-like control over supply lines, in the process making the Afghan government appear as a sideshow in the provision of development and stability to
They take your money and your pride. It has been referred to the Committee of Armed Services yet hasn't reached the house as of late. This act will entail that every sheep in the U.S. shall undergo armed services between the age range of 18 - 42 yea
NEW YORK — Share of imaging companies DigitalGlobe Inc. and GeoEye Inc. rose sharply Monday after both companies received multibillion dollar contracts to provide satellite photos to U.S. military and spy agencies.
The whole article is educational and interesting,...but the big news is the last paragraph.
As reported in SPIES FOR HIRE, 70 percent of our intelligence budget goes to these companies. Officially nearly 40,000 private contractors are working for intelligence agencies, bringing the total number of IC employees to more than 135,000.
Why do our elites so readily and regularly give war, not peace, a chance? What exactly are the wellsprings of Washington’s (and America’s) behavior when it comes to war and preparations for more of the same?
The government’s “spending on weapons through 2016 likely will grow faster than the overall defense budget, which will have annual increases of only about 1 percent above inflation”, Mr. Cappacio reported.
. . . the use of some 18,800 armed "private security contractors" in Iraq and another 23,700 in Afghanistan to protect convoys, diplomatic and other personnel, and military bases and other facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq was not working.
$5.5 million in contracts to digitize the Arlington cemetery’s records, without results. At least three contractors over a 7-year time period were awarded contracts to upgrade and digitize ANC’s burial records. Records are still done manually!
DOD plans to spend nearly $1 billion on psychological operations worldwide in 2011 -- and nearly 40% of it will go for contracted services and products. The purpose is "to influence foreign attitudes and behavior in a manner favorable to U.S. objecti
Even as CIA Director Leon Panetta gave the security contractor formerly known as Blackwater a clean bill of health on Sunday, the firm was plunged into a new controversy over its past dealings, this time in Sudan.
Blackwater tried for 2 years to secure lucrative defense business in Sudan while the country was under U.S. economic sanctions, according to U.S. officials and many documents. . . The Obama administration, however, has decided not to bring charges.
What do you do if you're a union-hated company on the verge of losing a major controversial contract with the Marines? You hire former Rep. Dick Gephardt to lobby, in a last ditch effort to save hundreds of millions of dollars.
A new hybrid airship weapons system, just larger than the length of a football field, will take to the skies in just 18 months to provide an unblinking, persistent eye for more than three weeks at a time to aid U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan