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WORLD: Private Military Industry Booming
candada.com
November 13th, 2005
The industry brings in about $100 billion US a year in revenues and operates in over 50 nations. But, since it is largely unregulated, there are no firm numbers worldwide on how many private contractors or companies there actually are.

US: Firm Helps Pentagon Mold News Abroad
by Stephen J. HedgesThe Chicago Tribune
November 13th, 2005
The Rendon Group has garnered more than $56 million in work from the Pentagon since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. These contracts list such activities as tracking foreign reporters; "pushing" news favorable to U.S. forces; planting television news segments that promote American positions, and creating a grass-roots voting effort in Puerto Rico on behalf of the U.S. Navy.

SOUTH AFRICA: Washington Private Military Trade Group Slams Anti-Mercenary Bill
SABC News
November 12th, 2005
The International Peace Operations Association (IOPA) is lobbying the US and other European governments to put pressure on the South African government not to pass the anti-mercenary bill, saying it undermines the role played by South Africans in peace building missions worldwide.

WORLD: Soldiers of Fortune
by David Pugliesecanada.com
November 12th, 2005
In the lawless reality of much of the post-Cold War world, private security is a booming business. And Canada, once noted for peacekeeping, is emerging as a source of talented guns for hire. David Pugliese reports.

IRAQ: Before Rearming Iraq, He Sold Shoes and Flowers
by Solomon Moore and T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
November 6th, 2005
The U.S. chose Ziad Cattan to oversee military buying because he could get things done. He did, but now he faces corruption charges.

UN: U.S. Should Repay Millions to Iraq, a U.N. Audit Finds
by James GlanzThe New York Times
November 5th, 2005
A United Nations auditing board recommended that the United States repay as much as $208 million to the Iraqi government for contracting work assigned to Kellogg, Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary.

IRAQ: Green Zone Private Security Switch Causes Anxiety
by Paul MartinThe Washington Times
November 4th, 2005
One concern is that Triple Canopy employees have been recruited mainly in Latin America and speak little English. Global Strategies relies heavily on British-trained Nepalese Gurkhas and Sri Lankans, a majority of whom speak at least some English and often speak it well.

IRAQ: What to Call a Private Army of 20,000?
by Ruth WalkerThe Christian Science Monitor
November 3rd, 2005
There are 20,000 "private security contractors" in Iraq: What do you call the people who fill the gaps arising when the desire of politicians to make war often exceeds citizens' desire to be sent to war?

IRAQ: Veteran Peruvian Soldiers and Police Recruited for Iraq by U.S. Contractors
by Ángel PáezInter Press Service News Agency
October 31st, 2005
The complaints by the families of the new private security recruits forced the Peruvian Foreign Ministry to act. Ambassador Jorge Lázaro, in charge of Offices of Peruvian Communities Abroad, announced that he had launched an investigation to determine whether the contracts violated the rights of the new recruits.

U.K.: War’s fertile grounds for soldiers of fortune
by Peter AlmondThe Sunday Times
October 30th, 2005
Once thought of as little better than mercenaries, Britain’s private-security firms are now seen by many as valued and legitimate businesses.

US: Iraq Rebuilding Poorly Planned, Inspector General Says
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
October 30th, 2005
The assessment marks the first time a sitting inspector general -- in this case a former White House deputy assistant to President George W. Bush -- has formally criticized the prewar planning process. Most of the authoritative criticism to date has come from retired military or diplomatic officers or academics who worked in the reconstruction effort.

US: Bribe Inquiry Looks at Sale of Field Gear to Military
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
October 28th, 2005
In a widening scandal at the United States Special Operations Command, federal investigators are looking into a bribery scheme as well as accusations of improper influence involving millions of dollars in battlefield equipment used by Navy Seals and Army Green Berets and Rangers.

U.N.: Massive Fraud in Iraq Oil Program
by Maggie FarleyThe Los Angeles Times
October 27th, 2005
The United Nations' oil-for-food program was so badly managed and supervised that more than half of the 4,500 companies doing business with Iraq paid illegal surcharges and kickbacks to Saddam Hussein, finds an independent investigation into the program.

US: Rules Tightened for Contractors in Combat Zones
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
October 27th, 2005
The new rules mandate background checks and permission from the military before a contractor can carry a weapon, and they spell out conditions for medical care and evacuation. At least 524 U.S. military contract workers, many of them Iraqis, have been killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion.

US: Pentagon Settles Some Halliburton Billing Disputes
by Tom FowlerThe Houston Chronicle
October 26th, 2005
The Army Corps of Engineers has settled payment disputes for six out of 10 task orders costing about $1.4 billion under its Restore Iraqi Oil contract with Houston-based Halliburton. Auditors concluded the military had been overcharged by about $108.4 million for fuel brought into Iraq from Kuwait under the orders.

US: Technology Company Hired After 9/11 Charged Too Much for Labor, Audit Says
by Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Scott HighamThe Washington Post
October 23rd, 2005
Federal auditors say the prime contractor, Unisys Corp., overbilled taxpayers for as much as 171,000 hours' worth of labor and overtime by charging up to $131 an hour for employees who were paid less than half that amount while working on a $1 billion technology contract to improve the nation's transportation security system.

IRAQ: Making a killing
by Jon SwainThe Sunday Times
October 23rd, 2005
The American government is hiring private security firms to stabilise Iraq — and paying them a fortune to do it. But many of them are unregulated and operate outside the law.

US: Illegal Immigrants Working for Contractors on Military Bases Raise Concerns
by Estes ThompsonAssociated Press
October 21st, 2005
Scores of illegal immigrants working as cooks, laborers, janitors, even foreign-language instructors working for military contractors have been seized at military bases around the country in the past year, raising concerns in some quarters about security and troop safety.

US: Whistle-Blower or Troublemaker, Bunny Greenhouse Isn't Backing Down
by Neely TuckerThe Washington Post
October 19th, 2005
Then the 61-year-old Greenhouse lost her $137,000-a-year post after questioning the plump contracts awarded to Halliburton in the run-up to the war in Iraq. It has made her easy to love for some, easy to loathe for others, but it has not made her easy to know.

U.S.: Pentagon's auditors absent from Iraq
by Seth BorensteinKnight Ridder/Contra Costa Times
October 18th, 2005
The chief Pentagon agency charged with investigating and reporting fraud and waste in Iraq quietly pulled out of the war zone a year ago -- leaving what experts say are gaps in the oversight of how more than $140 billion is being spent.

IRAQ: Into a War zone, on a Deadly Road
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
October 13th, 2005
Thousands of workers are needed to meet the demands of the unprecedented privatization of military support operations unfolding under the watch of the U.S. Army and KBR, its prime contractor in Iraq. KBR, in turn, KBR, outsources much of the work to lowly-paid workers imported from developing nations.

IRAQ: Work Cut Short after Complaining about Abuse of Third-Country Workers
by Ryan ClarkCincinnati Enquirer
October 13th, 2005
Robert Hill became concerned about the "mistreatment" of third-country nationals working in Iraq and then chose to walk away from his one-year commitment, saying he felt that speaking out made him a target for repercussions from his superiors.

IRAQ: War Fuels Human Labor Trade
by Cam Simpson and Aamer MadhaniThe Chicago Tribune
October 13th, 2005
The United States has long condemned the practices that are now part of the privatization of the American war effort and which is central to the operations of Halliburton subsidiary KBR, the U.S. military's biggest private contractor in Iraq.

US: Cheney's Halliburton Options Up 3,281% Last Year
The Raw Story
October 11th, 2005

IRAQ: Rescue Spares Some Workers
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
October 10th, 2005
Footage of 12 of their countrymen executed at the hands of insurgents in Iraq last year set off a panic among Nepalis who didn't want to risk the same fate. But a manager for First Kuwaiti General Trading and Contracting Co., issued an ultimatum: Agree to travel to Iraq and they would get more food and water. Refuse, and they would get nothing and be put out on the streets of Kuwait City to find their way home.

IRAQ: Desperate for Work, Lured into Danger
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
October 9th, 2005
The journey of a dozen impoverished men from Nepal to Iraq reveals the exploitation underpinning the American war effort

IRAQ: Poor Migrants Work in Netherworld to Support U.S. Contractors
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
October 9th, 2005
U.S.-hired contractors rely on laborers from impoverished countries, but no one looks out for the rights -- or lives -- of the foreigners.

US: Contractor Entangled in Abu Ghraib Plans to Drop Interrogation Work
by Ellen McCarthyThe Washington Post
September 16th, 2005
CACI International Inc., the Arlington-based defense contractor that attracted controversy when an employee was accused of participating in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, is getting out of the interrogation business.

US: Halliburton Subsidiary, KBR, Clinches More Hurricane Recovery Work
Defense Industry Daily
September 15th, 2005
The task order is a cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity construction capabilities contract for post-Katrina recovery efforts in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for "unwatering activities" in Plaquemines, East and West basins, New Orleans.

US: Private Security Company Creates Stir in New Orleans
by Bill SizemoreThe Virginian-Pilot
September 15th, 2005
Blackwater USA, the North Carolina-based security firm best known for supplementing U.S. troops in Iraq, is now attracting international attention patrolling the flooded streets of New Orleans.

CHILE: Probe of European Defense Firms Linked to Pinochet
by Fiona OrtizReuters
September 15th, 2005
European defense companies deposited millions of dollars into bank accounts for front companies of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, a source close to a Chilean court probe into the accounts told Reuters.

EUROPE: Private Security Companies Linked with Organized Crime
Associated Press
September 13th, 2005
While the industry was growing rapidly in the southeast Europe, there are problems with private security companies being affiliated with political parties as well as criminal, paramilitary and ethnic groups reports the Britain-based Saferworld think-tank.

WORLD: Steady Growth Expected for Private Security Industry
by Stephen FidlerThe Financial Times
September 13th, 2005
There are estimated to be more than 20,000 armed expatriates working for private security companies in Iraq, more than all the non-US troops combined and contrary their numbers do not appear to have fallen appreciably. The Baghdad bubble, as it has been dubbed, has yet to burst.

HONG KONG: Yahoo, Chinese Police, and a Jailed Journalist
by Robert MarquandThe Christian Science Monitor
September 12th, 2005
The role of Yahoo in helping Chinese security officials to finger a journalist sentenced to 10 years for e-mailing "state secrets" is filtering into mainland China. The revelation reinforces a conviction among Chinese "netizens" that there is no place security forces can't find them.

US: No-Bid Contracts Win Katrina Work
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
September 12th, 2005
White House uses practices criticized in Iraq rebuilding for hurricane-related jobs.

AUSTRALIA: Security Guards Are A New Force
The Sunday Mail
September 11th, 2005
Private security guards now outnumber police officers in South Australia by almost two to one.

US: Disaster Hacks
by EditorialThe Los Angeles Times
September 11th, 2005
As with the hurricane, there were warnings that FEMA was turning into a disaster. The union representing its career employees wrote to members of Congress last year that politically connected contractors and novices without disaster-relief experience had taken over and trashed FEMA's professionalism.

US: Top War Profiteer Doug Feith Retires Wealthy
by Evelyn PringleDissident Voice
September 11th, 2005
Douglas Feith, who recently resigned as undersecretary of defense planned ahead for his retirement and will not be seen in the unemployment line.

IRAQ: Security Contractors in Iraq Under Scrutiny After Shootings
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
September 10th, 2005
Recent shootings of Iraqi civilians, allegedly involving the legion of U.S., British and other foreign security contractors operating in the country, are drawing increasing concern from Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders who say they undermine relations between foreign military forces and Iraqi civilians.

US: Boeing May Avoid Criminal Prosecution
by Jame Gunsalus and Cary O'Reilly Bloomberg
September 10th, 2005
Boeing is in talks with the Justice Department to pay a fine and avoid criminal charges related to the scandals through a "deferred prosecution." The fine may be as high as $500 million.

US: Private Sector Poised to Reap Windfall from Katrina
by John BroderThe New York Times
September 10th, 2005
Private contractors, guided by two former directors of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other well-connected lobbyists and consultants, are rushing to cash in on the unprecedented sums to be spent on Hurricane Katrina relief and reconstruction.

US: Katrina-Hit States Turn to Private Security Firms
by Marguerite HigginsThe Washington Times
September 10th, 2005
Private security companies say they have seen an upswing in demand for services in the ravaged Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina blew through the region 12 days ago.

US: Feared Blackwater Mercenaries Deploy in New Orleans
by Jeremy Scahill and Daniela CrespoDemocracy Now!
September 10th, 2005
Blackwater is one of the leading private "security" firms servicing the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Private Security Dispute Shuts Baghdad Airport
by Ellen Knickmeyer and Naseer NouriThe Washington Post
September 10th, 2005
Foreign contractor, Iraqis are at odds

IRAQ: Security Contractors Under Scrutiny After Shootings
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
September 10th, 2005
Recent shootings of Iraqi civilians, allegedly involving the legion of U.S., British and other foreign security contractors operating in the country, are drawing increasing concern from Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders who say they undermine relations between foreign military forces and Iraqi civilians.

UK: War Opponent Holds Stake in Iraq Security Firm
by Isabel OakeshottThe Evening Standard
September 9th, 2005
Sir Malcolm has been a fierce critic of the war, but an investigation into his financial interests shows his share options in a private security firm are rocketing in value as the company wins new contracts while the insurgency in Iraq continues.

US: Fluor's Slowed Iraq Work Frees it for Gulf Coast
Reuters
September 9th, 2005
A slowing of reconstruction work in Iraq has freed up people for Fluor Corp. to begin rebuilding in the U.S. Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina.

IRAQ: The Interior Ministry Imposes Rules for Security Companies
by Oliver PooleThe Telegraph
September 9th, 2005
Private security companies have long been a concern and those operating on US department of defence contracts are free from risk of legal penalty under the Iraqi judicial system if anyone is killed in a firefight.

IRAQ: Private Security Company Strikes Over Unpaid Bills
by Mariam Karouny and Omar al-IbadiReuters
September 9th, 2005
Iraq's government ordered its forces to reopen Baghdad airport on Friday after the private British company that polices it closed the passenger terminal in a dispute over unpaid bills.

US: Bush Insider Pushes Clients for Hurricane Rebuilding
by Thomas B. EdsallThe Washington Post
September 8th, 2005
After leaving FEMA in March 2003, Joe M. Allbaugh, who managed the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign, founded Allbaugh Co., a lobbying-consulting firm with many clients in the disaster-relief business. The firm's Web site quotes Allbaugh: "I'm dedicated to helping private industry meet the homeland security challenge."

IRAQ: Reconstruction Falters and Running Out of Money
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
September 8th, 2005
The U.S. will halt construction work on some water and power plants in Iraq because it is running out of money for projects, officials said Wednesday.

IRAQ: Extra Funds Needed for Iraq Reconstruction
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
September 7th, 2005
Stuart Bowen, U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, said it is unclear where the new funds would come from, but it is not the right time to discuss more money to given the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Gulf region.

US: Union Reports Problems at Army Bases
by Pete YostThe Washington Post
September 6th, 2005
A labor union is reporting significant security problems at seven Army bases where federal contractors are guarding the gates, freeing up soldiers to serve in Iraq.

US: Halliburton for Help on Hurricane Damaged Bases
by Jon H. Cushman Jr.The New York Times
September 4th, 2005
It is a familiar role for KBR, which under longstanding contracts has delivered the engineering equivalent of first aid to the Navy and other military and government agencies after natural disasters for more than 15 years. This time, the Halliburton unit's performance is likely to be watched especially closely, as its work under separate contracts in Iraq has come under extensive criticism in the past two years.

US: Pentagon Acquisition Needs Cultural Change
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
September 3rd, 2005
Some lower-level U.S. Air Force and Pentagon officials do not yet fully recognize the need to overhaul defense procurement to make it more transparent and avoid problems of the past, the U.S. military's top internal watchdog said on Thursday.

US: Pentagon's Top Watchdog Resigned Amid Claims of Stonewalling Inquiries
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
September 3rd, 2005
The resignation comes after Sen. Charles E. Grassley sent Defense Department Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz several letters informing him that he was the focus of a congressional inquiry.

US: Pentagon Still Investigating Iraq Prison Abuses
Reuters
September 1st, 2005
The Pentagon's chief internal watchdog said on Thursday his agency continues to investigate the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, although he declined to give details.

WORLD: India Becomes Top Weapons Buyer Among Developing Nations
Reuters
September 1st, 2005
With $15.7 billion in orders, India edged out China, with $15.3 billion, to become the developing world's biggest weapons buyer for the eight-year period up to 2004 reviewed by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

WORLD: U.S., Russia Top Arms Exporters, Congressional Report Says
by Lyubov ProninaDefense News
September 1st, 2005
The report found that the total value of military weapon sales worldwide in 2004 rose to the highest level since 2000, reaching nearly $37 billion.

US: Pentagon's Chief Watchdog Joins Company that Owns Blackwater
Reuters
September 1st, 2005
Joseph Schmitz, the Pentagon's chief internal watchdog since March 2002, has quit to join a defense contractor involved in private security services, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

US: A View into Political Pork Process
by Marcus Stern and Jerry KammerCOPLEY NEWS SERVICE/The San Diego Union-Tribune
August 31st, 2005
Cunningham's possible abuse of his clout has opened a window on the congressional appropriations process, giving the public a rare glimpse at the growing premium that contractors place on obtaining influence on Capitol Hill.

US: Defense contractor CEO pay outstrips other CEOs
Reuters
August 30th, 2005
Chief executives at top U.S. defense contractors have received a 200 percent pay hike since 2001 compared to a 7 percent raise for other CEOs at large companies, a study showed on Tuesday.

US: CEOs with Defense Firms Double Salaries Since 9/11
by Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe
August 30th, 2005
The chief executives of the defense industry's largest companies have doubled their paychecks since 9/11 and the War on Terrorism began -- far greater than the average 7 percent growth for all corporate CEOs.

US: Army Contract Official Critical of Halliburton Pact Is Demoted
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
August 29th, 2005
A top Army contracting official who criticized a large, noncompetitive contract with the Halliburton Company for work in Iraq was demoted Saturday for what the Army called poor job performance.

US: Defense firms feast on Bush’s 'War on Terror'
Taipai Times
August 29th, 2005
According to reports, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Honeywell and United Technologies posted all-time best-ever profits in the first half of this year and they still have a huge list of orders.

IRAQ: The Costs of War On Terrorism Chart
by David R. Francis The Christian Science Monitor
August 29th, 2005
Chart comparing costs of US wars

IRAQ: More Costly Than 'War to End all Wars'
by David R. FrancisThe Christian Science Moniotr
August 29th, 2005
Despite the relatively small number of American armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the war effort is rapidly shaping up to be the third-most expensive war in United States history.

US: Army Contracting Executive Critical of Halliburton Loses Her Job
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
August 29th, 2005
Commander of the Army Corps, told Bunnatine H. Greenhouse last month that she was being removed from the senior executive service, the top rank of civilian government employees, because of poor performance reviews.

IRAQ: Re-engineering Iraqi agriculture
by Jeremy SmithGlobal Research
August 27th, 2005
Under the guise of helping get Iraq back on its feet, the US is setting out to totally re-engineer the country's traditional farming systems into a US-style corporate agribusiness. They’ve even created a new law – Order 81 – to make sure it happens.

US: Lockheed Martin Is Hired to Bolster Transit Security in N.Y.
by Sewell Chan and Shadi RahimiThe New York Times
August 23rd, 2005
A new world of transit security in New York City began to take form this morning, as officials disclosed plans to saturate the transit system with 1,000 video cameras, 3,000 motion detectors and a wide array of sophisticated gadgets, all intended to buffer the city's subways, bridges and tunnels from a terror attack.

IRAQ: Mercenaries Mount Offensive
by John HanchetteNiagra Falls Reporter
August 23rd, 2005
Retention of key combat personnel is being eroded by far better money offers from federally hired "private security companies" -- as their executives insist they be called. Once on board and back in the private sector of dangerous military operations in Iraq, these highly trained fighters and specialists can make up to a quarter of a million dollars or more (most of it tax-free) in a year's worth of salary -- certainly better than Army pay.

IRAQ: The Trillion Dollar War Chart
The New York Times
August 20th, 2005

US: Ex-KBR Manager Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickback in Iraq
by John C. RoperThe Houston Chronicle
August 20th, 2005
Neither Houston-based Halliburton nor its KBR subsidiary was named in the indictment.

IRAQ: The Trillion-Dollar War
by Linda BilmesThe New York Times
August 19th, 2005
The cost goes well beyond -- ongoing current costs, foreign aid to reward cooperation in Iraq, inducements for recruits and for military personnel serving second and third deployments, replacing military hardware and long-term costs for disability and health payments of returning troops bring the price tag to over $1 trillion.

ECUADOR: Ecuadorians Enlisting for Iraq as Mercenaries
Prensa Latina
August 18th, 2005
About 30 Ecuadorians have been enlisted to travel to Iraq as mercenaries by US recruiting firms at the US-occupied Manta air base, a Parliamentary source denounced Thursday.

IRAQ: Future of Private Security after a Troop Drawdown
by August ColeMarketWatch
August 18th, 2005
Moves by the U.S. military to relinquish responsibility to Iraq's security forces raise big questions over who will safeguard the shattered country's reconstruction in what is the biggest effort since the Marshall Plan.

US: Federal Judge Sends Blackwater Suit to State Court
by Emery P. DalesioAssociated Press
August 15th, 2005
A lawsuit accusing North Carolina-based Blackwater Security Consulting of wrongful death and fraud in the deaths of four guards killed and mutilated in Iraq should be heard in a North Carolina courts, a federal judge has ruled.

ECUADOR: American Entrepreneur Scrutinized for Offering Mercenaries Work in Iraq
by Edison LopezAssociated Press
August 15th, 2005
A former employee of the U.S. security contracting firm DynCorp International was quoted last month by the Los Angeles Times saying that he saw a booming global demand for his "private army," and a lucrative business opportunity in recruiting Colombians.

US: Savvy, Clout Fill Pockets of Investment Firm
by Stephen J. Hedges and Andrew ZajacThe Chicago Tribune
August 14th, 2005
U.S. looking into Carlyle Group links to teacher funds.

IRAQ: The Other Army
by Daniel BergnerThe New York Times
August 14th, 2005
One of the largest private security companies in Iraq, Triple Canopy, was born immediately after the invasion. Plenty of other companies have done the same, some that were more established before the American invasion, some less.

IRAQ: Abandoned by U.S., Chalibi's Star Shines Again
by Hannah AllamKnight Ridder Tribune News/The Houston Chronicle
August 13th, 2005
No. 1 in dealing with Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi: Never underestimate him. A year after observers pronounced him finished — spurned by one-time American sponsors and with no apparent political base in Iraq — Chalabi has emerged more powerful than ever.

IRAQ: Pentagon Report Finds 'Coordination,' Not 'Control' of Security Contractors
by Nathan HodgeDefense Daily
August 12th, 2005
Earlier this summer, Marines detained a group of private contractors in Iraq for allegedly firing on their positions in Fallujah; the contractors, who worked for North Carolina-based Zapata Engineering, were expelled from Iraq after their release. That highly publicized incident followed questions from lawmakers about oversight of contractors operating in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Lucrative Fraud
The Baltimore Sun
August 12th, 2005
Since 2003, the disbursement of aid and reconstruction funds in Iraq has not been in the hands of the United Nations, and if anything the record is even more dismal.

IRAQ: CPA Order 81 Is Even Worse Than Originally Reported
by Rosemarie JackowskiMedia Monitors Network
August 12th, 2005
What a break for U.S. corporations, such as Monsanto. The important information about Iraqi Order 81 is that it was designed to have a major impact on the way farming is done in Iraq. This order prohibits Iraqi farmers from using saving seeds from one year to the next.

IRAQ: Fraud in Weapons Deals Drained $1 billion
by Hannah AllamKnight Ridder/San Jose Mercury News
August 11th, 2005
Iraqi investigators have uncovered widespread fraud and waste in more than $1 billion worth of weapons deals arranged by middlemen who reneged or took huge kickbacks on contracts to arm Iraq's fledgling military, according to a confidential report and interviews with U.S. and Iraqi officials.

IRAQ: No contractors facing Abu Ghraib abuse charges
by Peter SpiegelFinancial Times
August 9th, 2005
No private contractors have so far faced prosecution despite their implication in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq, according to a new Pentagon report.

US: The Hidden Contractor Casualties in Iraq
by Kevin WhitelawUS News and World Report
August 8th, 2005
In a report the Pentagon submitted to Congress earlier this year, some partial figures have been released. From May 2003 through October 2004, U.S. authorities recorded at least 1,171 contractor casualties, including 166 contractors who were killed.

ITALY: Steroids Headed for Troops in Iraq Seized
by Victor L. SimpsonAssociated Press
August 1st, 2005
The popularity of steroid abuse has long been discussed as American troops and contractors in Iraq work out in gyms set up in bases and even in the mirrored halls of one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces.

IRAQ: New reports Show Limited Progress in Iraq Rebuilding
by Sue PlemingReuters
July 31st, 2005
Rebuilding Iraq is seen by the Bush administration as a major foreign policy priority but three U.S. government reports released this week -- the latest on Sunday -- indicate ambitious reconstruction goals are falling short.

IRAQ: Deaths of Iraqi Workers for U.S. Companies Rise
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
July 31st, 2005
Deaths of Iraqis and foreigners working for U.S. companies in Iraq are increasing more rapidly than American contractor deaths as insurgents target reconstruction projects, according to a Pentagon inspector.

IRAQ: Private Security Spending Escalates in Iraq
by Barbara Slavin,USA Today
July 31st, 2005
The United States risks having "little to show for billions" of dollars spent on Iraqi reconstruction because of rising security costs and mismanagement, a new report said.

IRAQ: Sierra Leone Workers Head for Iraq
Aljazeera
July 30th, 2005
The Labour Ministry's overseas employment officer Ismael Kargbo declined to reveal the name of the company, but said the government had contracted a wage of roughly $100 per month for each of the workers, plus perks such as free international telephone calls.

US: Military Commandos Leaving in Record Numbers
by James W. CrawleyWinston Salem Journal
July 30th, 2005
Why are commandos leaving the military? Many officials say the cause is the hiring of skilled operators by private security firms that are protecting contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Worry Grows as Foreigners Flock to Risky Jobs
by Sonni EfronThe Los Angeles Times
July 30th, 2005
If hired, the Colombians would join a swelling population of heavily armed private military forces working in Iraq who are seeking higher wages in dangerous jobs and what some critics say is a troubling result of efforts by the U.S. to "outsource" its operations in Iraq and other countries.

IRAQ: Pentagon Plans New Regulations for Private Security Companies
by Barbara BarrettThe News & Observer
July 29th, 2005
The U.S. Department of Defense is developing regulations to deal with the more than 60 private security companies -- totaling about 25,000 employees -- working throughout Iraq as the country struggles to rebuild itself during a time of war.

IRAQ: Security Costs Slow Iraq Reconstruction
by Renae Merle and Griff WitteThe Washington Post
July 29th, 2005
Efforts to rebuild water, electricity and health networks in Iraq are being shortchanged by higher-than-expected costs to provide security and by generous financial awards to contractors, according to a series of reports by government investigators.

U.S.: Subcontractor's Story Details Post-9/11 Chaos
by Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Scott HighamThe Washington Post
July 28th, 2005
With little experience, a tiny company owned by Sunnye Sims was asked to help set up and run screener assessment centers in a hurry at more than 150 hotels and other facilities. Her company eventually billed $24 million.

US: Former Bush Aide Turns Tough Critic as Iraq Inspector
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
July 26th, 2005
Stuart Bowen finds poor controls and waste in reconstruction.

US: The Best Army We Can Buy
by David M. KennedyThe New York Times
July 25th, 2005
Our soldiers are hired from within the citizenry, unlike the hated Hessians whom George III recruited to fight against the American Revolutionaries. But like those Hessians, today's volunteers sign up for some mighty dangerous work largely for wages and benefits - a compensation package that may not always be commensurate with the dangers in store, as current recruiting problems testify.

IRAQ: Contract Workers Say 'Wild West' Conditions Put Lives in Danger
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
July 24th, 2005
A growing number of civilian employees of U.S. companies contracting with the military have come home wounded – both physically and psychologically – by their on-the-job experiences in Iraq.

IRAQ: Friendly-fire victim Fights for Compensation with Claims that Titan Abandoned Him
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
July 24th, 2005
Mazin al Nashi's worries escalated when he learned that the fledgling Iraqi insurgency had put a $250,000 bounty on the heads of interpreters. He had never received any body armor from Titan.

US: Recruiting Database Inspires Outrage
by Sue BushellCIO
July 15th, 2005
Privacy advocates and anti-war campaigners in the US are outraged at revelations that the Defense Department and a private contractor have been building an extensive database of 30 million 16-to-25-year-olds to assist military recruiters.

INDIA: Bechtel Sells Its Stake In Dabhol Power Plant
by JOHN LARKINWall Street Journal
July 14th, 2005
Bechtel Group Inc. agreed to sell its equity in the troubled Dabhol power project for $160 million, according to people involved in the transaction, edging India closer to ending a four-year dispute that has plagued its efforts to boost foreign investment.

WORLD: The Rich Boys
by Marcia VickersBusinessWeek
July 14th, 2005
An ultra-secretive network rules independent oil trading. Its mentor: Marc Rich

IRAQ: A.P. Moeller Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit Amid Security Threat
by Andy Critchlow Bloomberg
July 14th, 2005
The lawsuit, the first to be brought against a foreign company since Saddam Hussein was removed from power in 2003, threatens to discourage other investors from spending money in Iraq, further slowing reconstruction efforts since the war.

US: National Guard Chief Says Private Military Contractors Stymie Recruitment
by Nathan HodgeDefense Daily
July 13th, 2005
Guard recruiters find themselves in a "bidding war" for highly skilled service veterans, who are being offered lucrative contracts to work as private security contractors in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Oil workers Defend Public Ownership
by Marcus GrevilleGreen Left
July 13th, 2005
Iraqi workers, particularly the oil workers, are overwhelmingly opposed to any plans to privatise their country's oil industry.

US: Pentagon to Amend Controversial Commercial Structure of Lockheed C-130 Contract
Reuters
July 11th, 2005
The Pentagon expects to complete the conversion of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s $4.1 billion C-130J cargo aircraft contract into a more highly regulated defense contract.

IRAQ: L-3 Snaps Up $426-million Army Intel Work
Red Herring
July 11th, 2005
L-3 Communications has landed a contract with the U.S. Army to provide “intelligence support services in Iraq” worth up to $426 million, another sign that the eight-year-old defense contractor could be on the road to one day rivaling industry heavyweights like Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

US: Judge rules in Iraq Whistle-Blower Case
by Sue PlemingReuters
July 11th, 2005
A U.S. judge ruled on Monday that a whistle-blower case alleging fraud against Custer Battles, a U.S. security contractor employed in Iraq could go ahead, but excluded any work paid for with Iraqi oil money.

IRAQ: Tension and Confusion Between Troops, and Contractors on the Battlefield
by Josh White and Griff WitteThe Washington Post
July 10th, 2005
Private security contractors operate outside the military chain of command and are not subject to military law, which can lead to resentment and confusion in the field. Contractors, many of them veterans of years in combat, complain that young U.S. troops lack their experience and judgment under pressure. Yet each group cannot carry out its mission in a hostile Iraq without the other.

IRAQ: Halliburton's Higher Bill for $5 Billion More
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
July 6th, 2005
The new order, which comes despite lingering questions about the company's past billing, replaces an earlier agreement that expired last June but had been extended through this spring to ensure a continuous supply of food, sanitation, laundry and other logistical services for the troops.

Hallliburton Wins New $4.9Billion Iraq Contract
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
July 6th, 2005
With little fanfare and no public announcement, the U.S. Army quietly awarded $4.972 billion in new work to Halliburton on May 1 to support the United States military occupation of Iraq.

IRAQ: Civilian Traffic at Baghdad Airport Set to Resume
by Steve NegusFinancial Times
June 26th, 2005
A two-day stoppage by security firm Global Strategies Group contracted to scure Iraq's major airport is expected to end despite an ongoing payment dispute with the ministry of transportion.

IRAQ: Tim Spicer's Aegis Clinches Security Deal
by Dominic O’ConnellThe Sunday Times
June 26th, 2005
The former army officer at the centre of a political scandal in the late 1990s, has clinched an extension to a Pentagon contract to oversee the safety of civilian contractors in Iraq.

IRAQ: Workers Pay with Their Lives in War Zone
by Brendan NicholsonThe Age
June 25th, 2005
In just two years, 244 civilian contractors have died violently in Iraq. Money attracted most of them to the most dangerous place in the world - and there they died, in sniper attacks, missile and rocket attacks, helicopter crashes, suicide bombings and decapitations that followed kidnappings.

IRAQ: Security Contractor on Strike at Baghdad Airport
by Beth Potter Agence France-Presse
June 25th, 2005
Travelers were stranded yesterday when the London-based company that ensures security at Baghdad International Airport staged a strike to demand payment of money owed.

IRAQ: Iraqi Labor Leaders Call for Solidarity and End to U.S. Occupation
by Paul BurtonInternational Labor Communications Association
June 24th, 2005
"We started to witness the corporations invading the public sector, bringing in 1200 foreign workers even though unemployment was at a high level. We are resisting the privatization of nationalized industries. We don’t see any place where privatization was implemented and the people benefitted."

US: As Defense Contractor's Business Grew Along with Secrecy
by Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
June 24th, 2005
The defense contractor embroiled in controversy over the purchase of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's Del Mar home has maintained an aura of secrecy as its business boomed during the past three years.

IRAQ: Security Contractors' Strike Shuts Baghdad Airport to Civilian Traffic
by Luke BakerReuters
June 24th, 2005
Security contractors at Baghdad airport went on strike on Friday as part of a contract dispute between their British employer and the Iraqi government, shutting down most of the country's civil aviation.

IRAQ: The Carve-Up on Oil Begins
by Tom BurgisThe London Line
June 23rd, 2005
As the costs of the Iraq occupation spiral, British and American oil companies meet in secret to carve up the country's oil reserves for themselves

US: Pentagon's Use of Private Firm to Spot Potential High School and College Recruits Raises Concerns
by Jonathan KrimThe Washington Post
June 23rd, 2005
Privacy advocates concerned that the Defense Department works with contractor to create a database of high school students and all college students to help identify potential military recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches.

JORDAN: Land of Tycoons
by Stephen GlainNewsweek International
June 19th, 2005
Driven from their own country by a deadly insurgency, Iraq's most prominent business families have exiled themselves to neighboring Jordan, where they manage their empires by telephone, e-mail and courier. At the core of this group are leaders of Iraq's dozen or so powerful merchant families who for the past century have controlled Iraq's private sector.

US: Former Pentagon Officials Find Wealth with Contractors
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
June 19th, 2005
Unlike old soldiers who once just faded away, today's old soldiers are increasingly finding new wealth and celebrity as executives and on the boards of companies that do business with the Pentagon and other parts of the government.

US: Close Ties Between Congressman and Defense Contractor Scrutinized
by William Finn BennettNorth County Times
June 19th, 2005
The web of connections between Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and a defense contractor continued to grow Friday, as did questions about the relationship between the contractor and the congressman.

US: Military Desperate for New Recruits
by Max BootThe Washington Times
June 19th, 2005
"Offer citizenship to anyone, anywhere on the planet, willing to serve a set term in the U.S. military. We could model a Freedom Legion after the French Foreign."

US: Off-budget Accounting for Iraq
by EditorialThe Roanoke Times
June 18th, 2005
The 2006 budget submitted to Congress in February didn't contain one penny for combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. Bush insisted it would be impossible to know how much would be needed, so instead of including anything in the regular budget, he plans to continue the tradition of coming to Congress for emergency supplemental appropriations when war funds get low.

US: Pizza Parlor Aided Mercenary in Afghanistan
by Matt O'BrienThe Oakland Tribune
June 18th, 2005
A California pizza parlor illegally transferred $1 million out of the country, some of which reached Jonathan "Jack" Idema, a jailed American mercenary accused of running his own private interrogation camp in Afghanistan.

UK: Land Rovers Deployed Against Civilians
by Richard Norton-TaylorThe Guardian
June 18th, 2005
Evidence that military Land Rovers are being used against civilians - despite assurances from the British government that they are not - is revealed in photographs taken in Gaza, Uzbekistan, and Aceh province in Indonesia.

IRAQ: Filipino Workers Flood Baghdad Despite Dangers
by Veronica UyINQ7.net
June 18th, 2005
BAGHDAD has become more dangerous but Filipinos keep pouring in to find jobs there, charge d’affaires Eric Endaya of the Philippine embassy in Iraq said Friday.

US: SAIC Rejoins Pentagon's Media Blitz
by Dean CalbreathThe San Diego Union-Tribune
June 18th, 2005
The Pentagon's Special Operations Command last week launched a five-year, $300 million media campaign to promote its message overseas – notably in "higher-threat areas such as Iraq and Lebanon" – to be coordinated by the Joint Psychological Operations Support Element. SAIC was one of the companies picked to lead the campaign

US: Subpoenas Issued in Case Involving Lawmaker and Defense Contractor
by Kelly ThorntonThe San Diego Union-Tirbune
June 18th, 2005
A federal grand jury is investigating the relationship between Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham and a defense contractor, focusing particular attention on the sale of the congressman's Del Mar home to the company's owner, sources said.

US: The Duke Stir and the Defense Contractor
by EditorialThe Washington Post
June 17th, 2005
When Mr. Cunningham wanted to sell his house in 2003, he didn't bother to put it on the market. Instead, according to reporting by Marcus Stern of Copley News Service, Mr. Cunningham -- who sits on the defense appropriations subcommittee -- turned to a defense contractor. The contractor, Mitchell Wade of MZM Inc., bought the house for $1,675,000. He then put the house back on the market, where it languished for 261 days before selling for $700,000 less than the original purchase price.

US: FBI Investigate Business Ties Between Defense Cntractor and Congressman
by Marcus SternThe San Diego Union-Tribune
June 17th, 2005
The FBI has opened an inquiry into Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's 2003 sale of his Del Mar house to a defense contractor, who later sold it at a $700,000 loss, a Justice Department official said.

US: Halliburton to Build $30 million Prison at Guantanamo Bay
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
June 17th, 2005
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has assigned Halliburton subsidiary KBR to construct a two-story facility capable of handling 220 prisoners, along with a security fence.

US: Pensions from Leading Defense Contractors Impede Confirmation of Pentagon Official
by Megan Scullygovexec.com
June 17th, 2005
Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met behind closed doors this week to work out questions of pension plans for Gordon England, who is up for the Pentagon's No. 2 civilian official. England is a former executive at two of the largest U.S. defense contractors. His pensions are valued at $280,000 a year.

IRAQ: Tensions Rise Between Military and Private Security
by James Coganuruknet.info
June 17th, 2005
A controversy surrounding the detention of private contractors by US marines has exposed the sharp tensions being produced by the activities of thousands of mercenaries employed by the Bush administration to help enforce the occupation of Iraq.

US: State Department Awards Private Security Firm $1 Billion Contract
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
June 17th, 2005
Triple Canopy, founded just two years ago, got its first contract providing security for the Coalition Provisional Authority. At its peak, the company had 1,300 security personnel in Iraq. "We were a start-up and now we're in the leagues of companies who have been doing this for years," said the initial announcement.

US: Second Security Contractor Alleges Marine Abuse in Iraq
by Scott SonnerAssociated Press
June 16th, 2005
the ex-Marine never imagined his captors would be U.S. troops. And he never dreamed they would hand him a Koran and a prayer rug, and treat him like the enemy for the next 72 hours. "It's just unreal," said Ginter, 30, Colorado Springs, Colo., the latest to speak out among 16 American and three Iraqi security contractors who were detained for three days in a facility with insurgents after being accused of firing shots at U.S. troops near Fallujah.

US: House Sale Opens Door to Congressman's Undoing
by Logan JenkinsThe Sandiego Union-Tribune
June 16th, 2005
Duke's done. One way or another, an under-the-table real-estate deal will end his long run in Congress. Three exit strategies are available to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the saltiest congressman in North County's history.

FIJI: Workers Warn of Contractors in Kuwait Supporting Iraq War
Fiji Times
June 15th, 2005
Fijians returning home after a stint from security jobs in Kuwait say their government must thoroughly scrutinise all contracts. "I wouldn't want our local men to face the kind of life we experienced in Kuwait as it only brings tears when we think of our family back home," Mikaele Jiuta told a press conference last night

US: The 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review and The Military Industrial Base
by Jack Spencer and Kathy GudgelThe Heritage Foundation
June 14th, 2005
'In the 1980s, there were about 20 prime contractors; now there are only 4 or 5. There must be some recognition of the effect that this decline has on the supplier base and its ramifications for innovation and profitability. Furthermore, the Department of Defense apparently believes that the future of innovation resides with small companies, but this is counter to the ongoing trend—primarily mergers and acquisitions.'

AFGHANISTAN: Families Sue Private Contractor Over Soldiers' Deaths
by Kristin CollinsThe News & Observer
June 14th, 2005
The families of three Army soldiers who died in a plane crash in Afghanistan filed a civil suit Monday against Blackwater Lodge and Training Center, a company that contracts with the military to provide staff and equipment in war zones, and several aviation companies that Blackwater owns. At least one of the companies was operating the flight that crashed into a mountainside in November, the lawsuit claims.

IRAQ: Unions Thwarted By All Sides
by Sue PlemingReuters
June 14th, 2005
Iraqi unionists said their attempts to mobilize workers were being thwarted by all sides -- from foreign companies working in Iraq to insurgents and the U.S. and Iraqi military.

US: Defense Discovers Insurance Companies Charge Huge Fees for Contractors Overseas
by Elliot Blair SmithUSA Today
June 14th, 2005
The Pnetagon wants to overhaul a controversial $5.5 billion workers' compensation insurance program for overseas civilian contractors after discovering that it is paying up to 10 times more for insurance than other government agencies.

AFGHANISTAN: Soldiers’ Surviving Relatives Sue Contractor
Associated Press
June 13th, 2005
The families of three soldiers killed in an Afghanistan plane crash on Monday sued the contractor that supplied the plane and crew, Blackwater USA, saying it was negligent and didn’t make safety a priority.

WORLD: The Rise of the Private Security Companies
by Deborah AvantForeign Policy
June 13th, 2005
Today's private security companies are corporate endeavors that perform logistics support, training, security, intelligence work, risk analysis, and much more. They operate in an open market, work for many employers at once, and boast of their professionalism.

IRAQ: Army and Insurer at Odds
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
June 13th, 2005
The Pentagon suspects vast overcharging for workers' compensation in war zones. A financial giant has fought a proposal to cut rates.

IRAQ: Banned Contractor Still Soliciting Iraq Deals
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
June 12th, 2005
Former executives of Custer Battles _ an American firm accused of stealing millions from Iraq reconstruction projects and banned from further government contracts _ have continued doing contracting work and have formed new companies to bid on such projects, The Associated Press has learned.

IRAQ: Who Keeps Tabs on Contractors
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
June 12th, 2005
There is no centralized procedure for monitoring scores of contracting firms rebuilding Iraq with U.S. funds, according to the military. The controls that do exist have been criticized for failing to keep track of millions of dollars.

US: Lawmaker's Real Estate Deal with Defense Contractor Questioned
by Marcus SternCopley News Service
June 12th, 2005
A defense contractor with ties to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham took a $700,000 loss on the purchase of the congressman's Del Mar house while the congressman, a member of the influential defense appropriations subcommittee, was supporting the contractor's efforts to get tens of millions of dollars in contracts from the Pentagon.

US: Pentagon Funds Diplomacy Effort
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
June 11th, 2005
The Pentagon awarded three contracts this week, potentially worth up to $300 million over five years, to companies it hopes will inject more creativity into its psychological operations efforts to improve foreign public opinion about the United States, particularly the military.

US: Military Says No Lies
by James W. CrawleyMedia General News Service
June 11th, 2005
Three private contractors hired by the U.S. military to help make commercials, write news stories and produce TV shows aimed at foreign countries will tell the truth -- not lies, said the Army officer overseeing the contracts.

US: Audit Critical, but Firm Gets U.S. deals
by Ken DilanianThe Philadelphia Inquirer
June 11th, 2005
Abt Associates was found to have been little, if any, help to Iraqi health care. Its funding was cut, but it has won new pacts.

IRAQ: Government Wants Stricter Legal Boundaries for Private Security
by Adrian BlomfieldTelegraph
June 11th, 2005
Iraq's interior ministry said it wanted to impose legal boundaries on the private security business after American contractors twice opened fire on US marines. The move may be supported by the US military, whose patience with the contractors has been tested.

IRAQ: Jailing of Security Guards Reflects Tensions Between U.S. Military, Contractors
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
June 11th, 2005
The jailing of private security guards reflects the long simmering tensions between the military and private business in Iraq. Even though the government has hired private companies to perform many functions in Iraq -- including security -- it does not formally oversee their activities, allowing misunderstandings and disputes to fester.

IRAQ: Security Contractor Detained
by Clint ConfehrShelbyville Times-Gazette
June 10th, 2005
Rick Blanchard says he was one of eight former U.S. Marines among 14 security specialists in a 19-man convoy employed by Zapata Engineering of Charlotte, N.C. on May 28 in Northern Iraq where Marines intercepted them and escorted them to Camp Fallujah.

US: Profile of a Private Security Worker in Iraq
by Clint ConfehrShelbyville times-Gazette
June 10th, 2005
One respects him for his work and taking responsibility for children. Another sees him like a fraternity brother. All recognized him as suffering human foibles, but acknowledged his attempts to overcome them. All but one were named by Blanchard as people who know him here. Their recollections paint a picture of a multi-faceted man with a story worth hearing.

IRAQ: Private Security Guards Barred from Work
by Clint ConfehrShelbyville Times-Gazette
June 10th, 2005
The Marine Corps has banned at least 16 men from U.S. bases in western Iraq because they were allegedly part of a security convoy accused of speeding through Fallujah and indiscriminately firing unauthorized weapons.

IRAQ: Security Guards Sent Back to U.S.
by Sharon BehnThe Washington Times
June 10th, 2005
A North Carolina company has repatriated its private security contractors, including eight former U.S. Marines, after they were accused and detained in Iraq for purportedly shooting at American troops in Fallujah.

IRAQ: Shooting Inquest Resumes
by Andrew BarrowThe Scotsman
June 9th, 2005
All four worked for ArmorGroup, a security firm with 1,000 employees in Iraq protecting official buildings and companies. They were part of a civilian convoy working on the security of a reconstruction project close to Mosul when their convoy came under fire from gunmen.

IRAQ: Marines 'Beat US Workers'and Treated Them Like Insurgents
by Jamie WilsonGuardian Unlimited
June 9th, 2005
A group of American security guards in Iraq have alleged they were beaten, stripped and threatened with a snarling dog by US marines when they were detained after an alleged shooting incident outside Falluja last month.

IRAQ: Sixty Filipino Workers Return Home after Labor Strike
by Michaela P. del Callar The Daily Tribune
June 8th, 2005
Around 60 Filipino workers, who had earlier engaged in a labor strike inside a United States military camp in Iraq, have come home, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

US: Arms Fiascoes Lead to Alarm Inside Pentagon
by Tim WeinerThe New York Times
June 8th, 2005
After years of failing to control cost overruns, the most powerful officials at the Pentagon are becoming increasingly alarmed that the machinery for building weapons is breaking down under its own weight.

IRAQ: The Brutal Death of Security Contractors in Baghdad's Gridlock
by Paul McGeoughThey Sydney Morning Herald
June 8th, 2005
They looked so local that they risked drawing friendly fire if they attempted to move up to shelter under the American guns. So they sat in no man's land, chit-chatting by radio as they willed on the Americans to reopen the road before their cover was blown.

IRAQ: U.S. Marines Detained 19 Security Contractors
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
June 8th, 2005
U.S. Marines forcibly detained a team of security guards working for an American engineering firm in Iraq after reportedly witnessing the contractors fire at U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians from an armed convoy. The employees have said that the incident was a case of mistaken identity. Several have accused the Marines of verbally and physically abusing them while they were in custody.

US: Sen. Carl Levin Says Recent Boeing Investigation Falls Short
by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-MichiganU.S. Senate
June 7th, 2005
' believe that critical gaps in this report have placed a cloud over it and indeed over the Inspector General’s office. In my view, the report fails to discuss critical issues, omits critical material, and redacts key portions of the report in a manner that raises serious questions about whether this report meets applicable requirements for the independence of Inspectors General.'

US: Pentagon, Air Force Officials Criticized for Boeing Tanker Deal
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
June 7th, 2005
The U.S. Defense Department's weapons buying chief and senior Air Force officials sidestepped regulations in a $23 billion proposal to lease and buy as many as 100 Boeing Co. tankers, the Pentagon's inspector general said. The acquisition process takes on added importance as the Pentagon plans to boost annual spending on new weapons by 52 percent during the next six years, as at least 13 programs move into production, to $118 billion in fiscal 2011 from $78 billion this year.

WORLD: Global Military Spending Tops $1 Tillion in 2004
Associated Press
June 7th, 2005
Global military spending in 2004 broke the $1 trillion barrier for the first time since the Cold War, boosted by the U.S. war against terror and the growing defense budgets of India and China, a European think tank said Tuesday.

IRAQ: At Least Seven Killed in Truck Convoy
Associated Press
June 7th, 2005
Hart Security Ltd., a Cyprus-based British security firm, announced that a convoy of trucks its employees were escorting had been "ambushed by insurgents" near Habaniyah.

US: Florida Garment Workers Denounce Sale of Faulty Body Armor
by Mark HammThe Militant
June 7th, 2005
The company, Point Blank, sold the U.S. Marine Corps 19,000 bulletproof vests that failed the military’s own quality tests, heightening safety concerns among GIs deployed in combat situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: The Unquiet American and the Murder of a Whistle-Blowing Contractor
by Aram RostonWashington Monthly
June 7th, 2005
With the exception of the submachine gun and a pistol tucked into his belt, Dale Stoffel looked the same in Baghdad as he had in Washington. His life—and death was a version, in miniature, of the American occupation itself. As a friend of his later told me, “When Stoffel first got to Iraq, it was the reaction most people have the first time they go to Vegas.”

IRAQ: Security Companies Lobby for Heavy Arms
by Sharon BehnThe Washington Times
June 6th, 2005
Charged with the front-line responsibility of defending infrastructure projects, homes, personnel and even U.S. military convoys, private security companies in Iraq are in some instances agitating for the right to arm themselves with heavy military-style weapons.

IRAQ: Training Iraqi Police is an Uphill Struggle
http://www.eastvalleytribune.com
June 5th, 2005
Facing the constant threat of ambushes, suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices and kidnappers, former Scottsdale, Arizona, Police Chief Michael Heidingsfield travels to police stations and training camps around Iraq — an itinerary, according to one of his top aides, that is more difficult now than it was when he arrived six months ago.

IRAQ: Search Continues for Thousands of Stolen Artifacts
by Betsy PisikThe Washington Times
June 3rd, 2005
U.S. troops, journalists and contractors returning from Iraq are among those who have been caught with forbidden souvenirs -- mostly paintings and small seals and cylinders that can be carved exquisitely and hidden easily.

IRAQ: Filipino Labor Strike Resolved
The Manila Times
May 30th, 2005
A dispute between Filipino workers and a US group in Iraq over working conditions has been resolved, said a spokeswoman for US contractor Kellog Brown and Root.

IRAQ: Iraq Sues A.P. Moeller-Maersk on Reconstruction Performance and Alleged Mismanagement of Port
by Andy CritchlowBloomberg
May 30th, 2005
In what could be a test case, Iraq is suing over a reconstruction contract awarded by the Coalition Provisional Authority in April 2004 to manage the port at Khor Az Zubayr. A judge ``assessing the case'' will visit the facility on June 6 with a port expert.

IRAQ: Filipinos Striking Against Contractors in Iraq Return to Work
The Sun Star
May 29th, 2005
Striking Filipino workers employed in a US military camp have returned to work for International (PPI) and Kellogg Brown and Root. They were protesting against the delayed payment of their wages, inadequate food, and poor accommodations, which were violations of the contract signed by the workers prior to their deployment.

IRAQ: Little Known about Lives and Deaths of Contractors
by Jim KraneAssociated Press
May 29th, 2005
There are 50,000 to 100,000 contractors working in Iraq, experts say, though reliable estimates are hard to come by. The number of contractors killed is just as difficult to pin down, partly because the employers often keep the deaths quiet. The U.S. military death toll, now over 1,620, would be higher but for the number of military tasks contracted out to the private sector, analysts say.

IRAQ: Filipino Labor Dispute 'Temporarily Resolved'
by Christine O. Avendaño and Jerome AningInquirer News Service
May 28th, 2005
A labor strike by some 300 Filipinos employed at Camp Cook in the Iraqi province of Taji who were protesting poor working conditions has been "temporarily resolved.” The workers are under contract with Prime Projects International and Kellogg Brown and Root.

IRAQ: Labor Strike by Filipinos Working for KBR
by  Veronica UyINQ7.net
May 27th, 2005
Some 300 Filipino workers in the sprawling American military base in Camp Cooke in Taji, Iraq went on strike because of alleged violations in their employment contracts, an e-mail message to INQ7.net disclosed.

IRAQ: Filipino Workers Protest Working Conditions Under KBR
by Pia Lee-BragoAFP
May 27th, 2005
Some 300 Filipinos employed by Prime Projects International and Kellogg, Brown & Root, went on strike this week to protest poor working conditions.

IRAQ: Philippine Officials Fly to Iraq to Mediate Labor Dispute
by Jonathan VicenteThe Manila Times
May 27th, 2005
Philippine diplomats will go to Taji, Iraq, to help settle a labor dispute between Filipino workers and two US companies in Camp Cooke, a US military base, Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said on Friday.

IRAQ: Filipinos Wage Labor Strike Against Contractors
by Caroline Hawley BBC News
May 27th, 2005
Around 300 Filipino workers have gone on strike at a US military base in Baghdad, apparently in a protest over their working conditions that they say include long hours and unsatisfactory food and accommodation.

WORLD: Intrigue Envelopes Competing U.N. Probes of Iraq's Oli-for-Food Program
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
May 26th, 2005
Sparks are flying between the rival sets of investigators looking at the world body's role in the scandal: those running the three probes being pursued for the U.S. Congress and those working for a U.N.-appointed panel led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

US: Private Military Companies, Handle with Care
by Paul MarxUnited States Naval Institute
May 25th, 2005
In even the most benign environment, PMCs complicate military command and control, communications, intelligence, and operational security. They make combat commanders' duties more difficult and hazardous, and they blur political-military-private sector delineations that have served nation states well for the past four hundred years.

US: Arms Sales Go to Dictators
by Martin SieffUPI
May 25th, 2005
President George W. Bush may have pledged to promote democracy around the world, but most U.S. arms sales to the developing world still go to prop up dictatorial regimes, according to a new report.

IRAQ: Do Africans Recruited for Security Jobs Get Compensation for Injury or Death?
by Opiyo OloyaallAfrica.com
May 25th, 2005
Shabby treatment of non-US citizens killed while working for firms contracted by the US government seems to be the norm. The right information is sometimes as rare as desert rain - especially if one does not know who his or her employer is.

IRAQ: U.S. Official Defends Reconstruction Progress
Reuters
May 25th, 2005
The outgoing U.S. official overseeing rebuilding work in Iraq, said projects were moving ahead despite soaring security costs, which U.S. auditors say can chew up half of the funding. Still, Iraqis complain their electricity grid is more fragile than ever and promises to improve their daily lives have not materialized.

IRAQ: Attacks Increasingly Hit Private Security
by Sharon BehnThe Washington Times
May 23rd, 2005
Iraq's insurgents are conducting increasingly sophisticated and lethal attacks on the private security companies that are crucial to the nation's reconstruction and the eventual departure of U.S. troops, contractors and U.S. officials say.

US: Information Revolution Feeds Alternative Intelligence Market
by Roman Kupchinsky RadioFreeEurope Radio Liberty
May 23rd, 2005
The information revolution has spawned a global industry of private intelligence services. Some members of the U.S. Congress have recently asked whether their activities should be regulated.

UN: Iraq Can't Explain $69 Million in Fuel Oil From '04, Audit Says
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
May 23rd, 2005
The International Advisory and Monitoring Board has repeatedly criticized the American government for its loose spending controls during the period it controlled Iraqi assets, from the invasion in early 2003 to the transfer of sovereignty last June.

US: Senate Committee Silence on Halliburton Bemoaned
by Emily PierceRoll Call
May 23rd, 2005
Called "spineless," the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has held no hearings on whether civilian contractors in Iraq — particularly Halliburton, the company Vice President Cheney used to head — have mismanaged and overcharged the government by billions of dollars, much to the consternation of Senate Democrats.

IRAQ: Whistle-Blower Suit in U.S. Court May Set Course on Iraq Fraud Cases
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
May 23rd, 2005
A federal court decision that the False Claims Act applies, together with the Justice Department's supporting stance, will be widely seen as a green light to whistle-blowers.

IRAQ: Galloway Ally Sells US arms Kit to Iraq
by Severin CarrellThe Independent
May 22nd, 2005
The Jordanian businessman at the centre of claims that George Galloway secretly bought oil from Saddam Hussein has a major contract to sell US military technology in Iraq, The Independent reveals.

UGANDA: One Hundred Ugandan Graduates Leave for Contract Work in Iraq
by F. AhimbisibweThe New Vision
May 21st, 2005
Ugandan graduates left the country for Iraq in spite of protests from Members of Parliament. Special Operations Consulting Security Management Group (SOC-SMG), a Nevada-based security firm, engaged Kasango to recruit people for non-combat security jobs in Iraq and other countries.

IRAQ: Security Concerns Delay Reconstruction of Iraq
by Paul GarwoodAssociated Press
May 21st, 2005
Ceaseless attacks on contractors and facilities have also increasing security demands, with up to 16 percent of all project costs now being spent on hiring armed guards, improving site protection and providing equipment like hardened vehicles and telecommunications systems.

IRAQ: Tracking the Number of Contractors Dying in Iraq Proves Difficult
by Jim KraneAssociated Press
May 21st, 2005
An April report by the U.S. Government Accounting Office found that monitoring of civilian contractors in Iraq was so poor that there was no way to determine how many contractors are working on U.S.-related security and reconstruction projects in Iraq or how many have been killed.

IRAQ: Head of Reconstruction Says Unexpected Security Costs Eating Into Budget
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
May 21st, 2005
As much as 16 percent of the $21 billion reconstruction budget would be spent on providing security for its projects and workers -- roughly double the original estimate.

US: Statement by Triple Canopy, Inc. Regarding Employment
by Triple Canopy, Inc. (press release)PRNewswire
May 20th, 2005
"Triple Canopy stands alone in the industry in the quality of its hiring and training practices, and we are seriously concerned that reports from Honduras this week have misstated our standards for recruiting employees for the services we provide in Iraq," said Joe Mayo, Director, Public Affairs.

IRAQ: Rules and Cash Flew Out the Window
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
May 20th, 2005
More than 1,000 contracts were issued by U.S. officials in June, about double the usual number. This apparent indifference toward accountability in spending Iraqi money was common among American officials last year as they rushed to sign contracts in the waning days of U.S. control of Iraq, according to interviews and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

UGANDA: Recruiting for Iraq
by Denis OcwichallAfrica.com
May 19th, 2005
In Kampala, the gates of Askar Security Services in Kamwokya are buzzing with enthusiastic young men and women signing in for deployment in Iraq. They want to take the chance of a lifetime. They cannot wait to test the waters.

US: Protesters get rowdy as Halliburton meets
by Purva Patel and Paige HewittThe Houston Chronicle
May 19th, 2005
Chief Executive Dave Lesar told reporters after the meeting that the company is still evaluating a contract to rebuild southern Iraq's oil industry. As for its larger contract to provide meals, shelter and other support to the troops, he said, "We are committed to see that contract through."

US: DynCorp International Again Wins Contract for Narcotics Eradication
by DynCorp International (press release)BUSINESS WIRE
May 19th, 2005
The contract, under the State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, could extend from an initial base period to 10 years with incentives for strong performance. The annual contract value is $174 million, but could vary depending upon mission changes.

IRAQ: Recruiting in Honduras for Private Security in Iraq
Associated Press
May 19th, 2005
Assistant Labor Minister Africo Madrid said the company, Triple Canopy, had contacted the government, saying it wanted Hondurans with military training and was willing to pay 10 times the going rate for similar jobs in Honduras.

IRAQ: Translators Dying by the Dozens
by Jim KraneAssociated Press
May 19th, 2005
More than 4,000 translators work for San Diego, Calif.-based Titan, which supplies the U.S. military with Arabic- and Kurdish-speaking linguists. The company reported record revenues last month, but its death toll also is far higher than any other civilian contracting firm in Iraq, including those with many more workers.

US: Protesters Flank Halliburton Meeting
by Kristen HaysAssociated Press
May 18th, 2005
More than 200 protesters flanked Halliburton Co.'s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday, adding drama to an otherwise perfunctory gathering to elect directors and retain auditors. Fifteen were arrested.

UGANDA: Did Askar Security Lie about Recruits for Iraq?
by Opiyo OloyaThe New Vision
May 18th, 2005
'Those knowledgeable with the cut-throat, multi-billion dollar global security contractors’ business would not quickly dismiss the claims by Askar Security that it was asked by Kroll Associates and South African Coin Security to recruit thousands of Ugandans for security work in Iraq and elsewhere.'

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food Probes Expose Cultural Gulfs
by  Peter Grier and Faye BowersThe Christian Science Monitor
May 18th, 2005
Two years after Mr. Hussein's ouster, revelations about his alleged bribery system have developed into a full-force international financial scandal. The controversy involves both the nature of bribes and the zeal, or lack thereof, of the United Nations reaction.

US: Halliburton Cordially Invites You to Come Stand in the Hall
by Loren SteffyThe Houston Chronicle
May 17th, 2005
It's not every day that you get invited to a meeting you're not allowed to attend. Halliburton called earlier this week to ask if I was coming to the company's annual meeting today at the Four Seasons. There was one catch: The company wasn't allowing outsiders in the meeting. That included the press.

US: Senate Democrats Fault U.S. in Iraq Oil Scandal
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
May 17th, 2005
The United States did not do enough to curb corruption by American companies involved in the United Nations' oil-for-food program in Iraq, say Democrats on a Senate committee investigating abuses in the program.

US: Democrats Tie BayOil to Saddam Hussein's Purchase of Bombs
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
May 17th, 2005
Oil-for-arms deals helped cement a relationship that would later enable little-known BayOil of Houston to emerge as the largest supplier of Iraqi crude to the U.S. market under the United Nation's oil-for-food program, Senate investigators say.

IRAQ: US 'Backed Illegal Iraqi Oil Deals'
by Julian Borger and Jamie WilsonThe Guardian
May 17th, 2005
A report released last night by Democratic staff on a Senate investigations committee presents documentary evidence that the Bush administration was made aware of illegal oil sales and kickbacks paid to the Saddam Hussein regime but did nothing to stop them.

IRAQ: Security Contractors Face Great Danger
by David LevinskyBurlington County Times
May 17th, 2005
Although private security forces often perform many of the same functions as U.S. troops, they are not governed by military rules mandating the amount of men and firepower they take along for tasks such as convoy protection, said Deborah Avant, associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. "There are situations when they are more at risk."

US: Perpetual Wars Deliver Poor Returns for America
by Pierre TristamDaytona Beach News-Journal
May 17th, 2005
Halliburton-type profiteering only seems like a Republican specialty. But the immutable law of war is that while unlucky people die, lucky ones make a killing. That's been true whether Gengis Khan was pillaging his way across Asia, whether Abraham Lincoln was saving the Union, or George W. Bush was saving the world. Party registration has never had anything to do with it other than to give the minority party, when it exists, a chance to seem relevant.

U.S.A.: Galloway Calls Congressional Hearings a Diversion From Iraq
by Demian McLeanBloomberg
May 17th, 2005
British lawmaker George Galloway told a U.S. Senate panel today that Congress was were diverting attention from the failings of U.S. contractors in Iraq, the possible misuse of money by the U.S.-led Coalition, the spreading of money around the country by U.S. military commanders without accountability, and U.S. companies such as Bayoil (USA) Inc., which is accused of paying millions of dollars to Hussein for the right to sell Iraqi oil.

U.S.A.: Fresh Bid in Congress to Lift Veil on Private Security Work
by August ColeMarketWatch
May 16th, 2005
Rep. David Price, D-N.C., reintroduced the legislation that would require private security firms to disclose costs, training, insurance, pay, benefits and other details about their business. The measure encompasses companies whose workers carry weapons for their contracts or are involved in security, training and logistics duties.

SOUTH AFRICA: Easy money Lures Men to War-Torn Iraq
by  Michael SchmidtThe Star
May 16th, 2005
Iraq is by far the most lucrative cash cow for these soldiers of fortune, with at least 30 percent of the billions of dollars the US Department of Defence spends on Iraq every month going to "private military contractors".

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food Benefited Russians, Report Says
by Justin Blum and Colum LynchThe Washington Post
May 16th, 2005
Top Kremlin operatives and a flamboyant Russian politician reaped millions of dollars in profits under the U.N. oil-for-food program by selling oil that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein allowed them to buy at a deep discount, a U.S. Senate investigation has concluded.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africans Freed by Zimbabwe May Face Anti-Mercenary Charges
by Gershwin WanneburgReuters
May 16th, 2005
All 62 were travelling on South African passports when they were detained by Zimbabwe but many were originally from Namibia and Angola -- including former members of South Africa's apartheid-era 32 Battalion, which recruited locals for bush fighting in Angola.

IRAQ: Big Salaries Blur Risk for Hired Guns
by Matthew D. LaPlante Salt Lake Tribune
May 15th, 2005
They're targeted for shootings, bombings - even beheadings. The cash is good. Really good. One-hundred-thousand-for-six-months-work good. Sometimes, it's even better than that. And that's nothing to scoff at for soldiers who don't make a quarter as much for a full year's work. But worth it for the job they're contracted to do?

IRAQ: Money Isn't Worth It for Reconstruction Workers
by EditorialContra Costa Times
May 13th, 2005
Working in Iraq is like playing the lottery -- only in this case, you pray that your number does not come up. According to the Web site www.icasualties.org, more than 200 foreign private contractors have lost their lives in Iraq in the past two years. Iraq is an extremely hairy place -- particularly for anyone even remotely connected with the U.S. reconstruction efforts.

IRAQ: Whistleblower Lawsuit Hinges on Status of Occupying Government
by MAtthew BarakatAssociated Press
May 12th, 2005
A federal judge must decide whether the United States has jurisdiction over the spending of seized Iraqi assets by the Coalition Provisional Authority. His decision weighs in the balance over a court battle accusing the private security firm, Custer Battles, of defrauding about $50 million while working in postwar Iraq.

U.S.A.: Arms Makers Find Themselves Cash-Heavy from Defense Spending
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
May 12th, 2005
Top military contractors have about $25 billion to $30 billion in cash sitting in their coffers. Fully, indebted to the government for their revenues resulting form record Pentagon budgets and spending on homeland security, shareholders are happy and stocks are reaching new highs.

UGANDA: Hundreds Seek Work as Guards in Iraq
by Daniel WallisReuters
May 11th, 2005
Undeterred by the risks, up to 1,000 mostly young men marched, jogged and goose-stepped around a suburban park after a local company, Askar Security Services, said it had been hired by "international partners" to recruit Ugandans for work in Iraq and other countries.

SOUTH AFRICA: Dogs of War Head Home – But They'll Find It's Gone
by Jonathan ClaytonThe Times
May 11th, 2005
After more than a year in a Zimbabwean jail 62 black South African mercenaries are due to be released, but freedom will be a bittersweet experience. Embarrassed by the “cesspool of mercenaries” within its midst, the South African authorities have decreed that the dust-blown town of Pomfret must be razed and the inhabitants scattered across the country.

IRAQ: America's Hired Guns Find Gold or Death
Agence France-Presse
May 11th, 2005
Day rates peaking at $1,000 turned post-Saddam Hussein Iraq into a modern day Klondike for private security firms, but a growing number of hired guns are paying the price in blood.

IRAQ: Invoices Detail Security Firm's Alleged Fraudulent Billing
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
May 11th, 2005
Hundreds of pages of documents provide a fuller picture of the allegations at the heart of a lawsuit against private security firm, Custer Battles, which accusers claim operated shell companies that were used to bilk millions of dollars from the Coalition Provisional Authority.

IRAQ: Pentagon Claims Contractors Not Targeted 'Systematically'
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
May 10th, 2005
U.S. contractors hit by improvised explosive devices and small arms fire in Iraq are victims of circumstance, and there is little evidence that attacks on U.S. contractors are 'systematic,' says a Pentagon report to Congress.

U.S.A.: Military Contractors Overseas Still In 'Gray Area' Despite New Rules
by Nathan HodgeDefense Daily
May 10th, 2005
Among other things, rules reaffirm that it is permissible for contractors--at the discretion of the combatant commander--to carry weapons in war zones such as Iraq. Such provisions are bound to please some headed for work in hostile environments, but they have some companies worried about their legal liabilities.

IRAQ: Rebuilding Lags, Security Eats Precious Funds, Evidence of Corruption
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 10th, 2005
Asked if rebuilding funds were being spent as Congress intended, the special inspector general said "No," Money had been diverted to security, forcing projects to be scaled back. There has also been evidence of corruption in some U.S.-funded deals.

IRAQ: The Shadowy World of Guns for Hire
by Michinobu Yanagisawa and Yomiuri ShimbunDaily Yomiuri
May 10th, 2005
What private security firms in Iraq actually do has been shrouded in mystery. Some provide more than just security. Many are involved in military activities.

U.S.A.: Pentagon Gives $72 Million Bonus to Halliburton
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 10th, 2005
The U.S. Army awarded $72 million in bonuses to Halliburton Co. for logistics work in Iraq, but had not decided whether to give the Texas company bonuses for disputed dining services to troops.

JAPAN: Japanese Security Specialist Kidnapped in Iraq
by Kanako TakaharaThe Japan Times
May 10th, 2005
Japanese officials scrambled to find information on the kidnapping of a 44-year-old Japanese security specialist working as a consultant for Hart Security Ltd., a Cyprus-based security contractor.

U.S.A.: Pentagon's Mystery Contingency Operations Gets CACI Bigger
by John StantonDissident Voice
May 9th, 2005

CHILE: Government Official Sues Company Sending Mercenaries to Iraq
Prensa Latina
May 9th, 2005
A Socialist deputy has taken legal action against the head of a company recruiting Chilean military personnel and adventurers in order to send them to Iraq as mercenaries.

NIGERIA: DynCorp International Will Build and Operate West Africa's Most Advanced Private Airport
DynCorp International (Press Release)
May 8th, 2005
The private military company and provider of aviation services worldwide is designing and building a $300 million airport facility to "meet the rapidly-growing needs of West and Central Africa." The company will equip and operate maintenance, repair and air-cargo facilities.

AUSTRALIA: Why Aussie Workers Keep Going Back to Iraq
by Nick TaylorThe Sunday Times
May 8th, 2005
There are actually fewer than 70 Australians registered with the Australian Embassy in Iraq, but the true number is thought to be more than 200. Many contractors arrive without telling authorities.They include aid workers, security guards, truck drivers and representatives from Australian firms, including Perth-based oil and engineering companies. Australian companies have won an estimated $1 billion in Iraq contracts.

U.S.A.: Army to Split Translation Work now Held by Single Company
by Edmond LococoBloomberg News
May 8th, 2005
The U.S. Army plans to split the worldwide translation work now held by Titan Corp. into three contracts when the current $400 million award runs out in September, to make more room for involvement by small businesses.

GHANA: Government Urged to Streamline Private Security Organizations
The GhanaHomePage
May 7th, 2005
Nana Adu Agyemang IV, Vice President of the Association of Private Security of Ghana (APSOG) on Friday, called on the government to streamline the activities of private security companies since some of them pose a threat to national security.

U.S.A.: Pentagon Issues New Rules for Contractors on the Battlefield
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
May 7th, 2005
One of most controversial issues the rules addressed was whether contractors should be allowed to carry weapons to protect themselves. The proposed rule said they must have the express permission of the combatant commander. Several commenters complained that this was unrealistic, while another expressed concern it would spawn "armies of mercenaries."

U.S.A.: The Marines Issued Sub-Standard Body Armor Found to be Flawed
by Christian LoweMarine Times
May 7th, 2005
The Marine Corps accepted about 19,000 Interceptor outer tactical vests after tests revealed critical, life-threatening flaws in the vests. The Corps then issued nearly 10,000 to troops. It is unclear whether any Marine casualties in Iraq have resulted from shrapnel or bullets that have penetrated vests distributed from the lots in question. The manufacturer, Point Blank Body Armor, Inc., would not provide a list of serial numbers from the lots saying that the information was “proprietary.”

U.S.A.: Custer Battles Drops Plans for Training Center
by John ChappellThe Pilot
May 6th, 2005
The company’s plans for a state-of-the-art security training center in North Carolina have gone awry as it is caught in a swarming cloud of suspicion, lawsuits and accusations alleging fraud, kidnapping and more.

U.S.: Volcker Asks U.S. Congress to Drop Subpoena of Iraq Prober
by Bill Varner and Demian McLeanBloomberg
May 6th, 2005
The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on International Relations subpoenaed records last week and is pursuing his own probe of the UN program. ``My committee has an obligation to continue its inquiry,'' said the chairman.

U.N.: Defiant U.N. Sleuth Hands over Iraq Oil-for-Food Papers to U.S. Congress
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 6th, 2005
A former investigator for an independent inquiry into the U.N. oil-for-food program handed over potentially explosive documents to a U.S. congressional committee, triggering outrage from inquiry head Paul Volcker.

SOUTH AFRICA: Private security, a disturbing peace of mind (Part II)
by Ellen HollemansMail & Guardian
May 5th, 2005
South Africans seem to be relying more and more on private security. The army of armed and unarmed security guards is growing and seems to be filling in the gaps left by the overstretched police force.

SOUTH AFRICA: Private security, a disturbing peace of mind (Part I)
by Ellen HollemansMail & Guardian Online
May 5th, 2005
They are everywhere -- ferrying money to businesses in military-style vehicles, guarding gated communities or sitting on three-legged chairs watching over suburban streets. "Private security is growing and has gone through a silent revolution. All over the world, the industry has boomed," says the chain-smoking Jenny Irish-Qhobosheane, a private security researcher.

U.S.A.: Last Ditch Ploy to Save C-130J
by Steve TurnerMacon Daily
May 5th, 2005
An amendment was slipped into Iraq Supplemental spending bill behind closed doors that would prohibit the Pentagon from terminating the C-130J program. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage of the bill next week.

IRAQ: U.S. Probes $100 million Missing in Seized Iraqi Cash
by Aram RostonNBC News
May 5th, 2005
‘Worse-case scenario is that someone took it home,’ official says

IRAQ: Big staff Turnover Plagues U.S. Rebuilding
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 5th, 2005
Companies working in Iraq, auditors and the U.S. government office running the $18.4 billion U.S. rebuilding program all say contracting staff shortages in Baghdad are a problem as overworked employees struggle to oversee and award contracts in a stressful, hostile environment.

IRAQ: Oversight of Interrogation Contracts Broke Down
by Shane HarrisGovExec.com
May 4th, 2005
Numerous breakdowns in management and oversight occurred when the Interior Department, on behalf of military forces in Iraq, hired private sector interrogators to work in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

IRAQ: U.S. Government Officials Investigated for Alleged Embezzling of Iraqi Assets
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
May 4th, 2005
The U.S. government has opened a criminal inquiry into suspected embezzling by officials who failed to account for nearly $100 million they disbursed for Iraqi reconstruction projects, federal investigators said Wednesday.

IRAQ: Nearly $100 million Unaccounted for In Iraq Sparks Criminal Investigation
by Seth BorensteinKnight Ridder Newspapers
May 4th, 2005
A criminal investigation into possible fraud in a handful of cases is under way to determine what happened to some of the $96.6 million that was earmarked to rebuild south-central Iraq, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

U.K.: Protesting Revolving Door of Arms Trade in Elections
Ekklesia
May 4th, 2005
Campaign Against Arms Trade, which includes the group Christian Campaign Against Arms Trade, is calling for an end to the unfair political influence which arms companies have on Government policy.

IRAQ: Potential Waste, Fraud and Abuse Found
Reuters
May 4th, 2005
The United States has carelessly, and possibly fraudulently, handled some Iraqi money meant for rebuilding and poorly managed billions of dollars of U.S.-funded contracts, said U.S. audits.

IRAQ: FOX News And KBR
by  Nicholas Olson Useless-Knowledge.com
May 3rd, 2005
Some may not remember that these truck drivers and other civilian contractors in Iraq are being paid a godawful amount of money to be there. Some make nearly $10,000/month! Meanwhile, driving right next to them, is a soldier who gets a $450/month "hazard duty pay" bonus to do the same job. Some of these servicemembers are Reservist and National Guard members who have left civilian jobs that pay 3 or 4 times their military wage.

IRAQ: Halliburton's War Loot
by Brian CloughleyCounterpunch
May 3rd, 2005
It was Rumsfeld, CEO of the Pentagon, who was complicit in trying to conceal shenanigans by Haliburton subsidiary, KBR, and allowing his people to censor sections of critical audit reports.

U.S.A.: Buddies of Hostage Call him 'Awesome'
by Matthew B. Stannard and Leslie FulbrightThe San Francisco Chronicle
May 3rd, 2005
Public records suggest Doug Wood went through several years of money troubles and tax battles. His friends wondered if that was what led him back overseas to Iraq, where contractors commonly pull down six-figure salaries in danger bonuses. "I saw real potential to work, to build things, to make things happen in Iraq," he told a newspaper.

IRAQ: Halliburton Employee Says Co-Workers Gang-Beat him at Baghdad Airport
by Amy Goodman Democracy Now!
March 30th, 2005
Ronald Chavez reported to higher authority within the Halliburton chain of command the vulnerabilities at Baghdad Airport regarding to terrorist attacks, according to his father, Eli Chavez. Ronald further stated that higher authority was upset at his recommendations, his father said.

US: Titan to Pay Fine and Plead Guilty in Bribery Probe
by Jonathon Karp and Andy PasztorWall Street Journal
January 20th, 2005
Defense contractor Titan corporation tentatively agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay less than $30 million to end investigations by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. As part of the settlement, Titan will admit that payments by its overseas consultants violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

IRAQ: UN to use Iraq Oil-for-Food Program funds for investigation
Wall Street Journal,
October 20th, 2004

USA: General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman Get Big Breaks in New Corporate Tax Bill
by Edmund L. AndrewsNew York Times
October 19th, 2004

AFGHANISTAN: Dyncorp Guards Chastised by U.S. State Department
BBC News
October 14th, 2004
The U.S. State Department has rebuked a private security firm, Dyncorp, over the "aggressive behavior" of guards hired to protect Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.

US: Lockheed, BAE protest Boeing pacts
by Jonathan Karp and Andy PasztorWall Street Journal
October 13th, 2004

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food probe hits U.S. Oil Companies
by By Jess Bravin in New York, John D. Mckinnnon in Washington and Russel Gold DallasWall Street Journal
October 13th, 2004

IRAQ: Administration Chooses Anti-Feminist Group to Train Iraqi Women
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
October 5th, 2004

NIGERIA: How Cheney's Firm Routed $132m to Nigeria via Tottenham Lawyer
by Solomon Hughes and Jason NisseIndependent.co.uk
October 5th, 2004

IRAQ: U.S. Plans to Divert Reconstruction Funds to 'Security'
by Jonathan WeismanWashington Post
September 15th, 2004

USA: Halliburton Settles with SEC
by Jason LeopoldAlternet
September 7th, 2004

IRAQ:US army to axe Halliburton deal
BBC news
September 7th, 2004

US: Conflict of interest may hurt nuke security: Critics charge testing of security at power plants is fatally flawed
by Lisa MyersMSNBC
September 4th, 2004
Since drawings of U.S. nuclear power plants were found in al-Qaida caves in Afghanistan, the nuclear power industry says it has spent $1 billion beefing up security. That includes more frequent and more realistic mock-terrorist attacks to test the ability of plant guards.

AFGHANISTAN: Kabul tense after bombing of Dyncorps kills at least nine
by AFPAgence France Press
August 30th, 2004

IRAQ: Labor Upsurge Wins Support from U.S. Unions
by David BaconFor permission to reproduce, write dbacon@igc.org
August 18th, 2004

USA: Outsourcing the Defense Budget
by Elizabeth BrownFirst published July 29, 2004
August 17th, 2004

CROATIA: Croatia pulls out of a highway construction deal with Bechtel
by Zeljka Vujcic
August 13th, 2004
Amid allegations of corruption and under pressure from Brussels, Croatia pulls out of a highway construction deal with U.S. giant Bechtel.

IRAQ: CACI Receives Army Contract for Interrogation
by Jody Brown, Senior Vice President, Public Relations, of CACI
August 10th, 2004

IRAQ: Contractors Are Bidding Amid Increasing Attacks
by Beth PotterMcGraw Hill Construction
July 26th, 2004
Some 50 Iraqi contractors listened recently at a Sunday bid meeting to Kellogg, Brown & Root project manager Glenn Powell via a translator. To get there, they had passed through four U.S. military checkpoints along a quarter-mile stretch through a heavily fortified Baghdad “green zone” for foreigners doing business in Iraq.

IRAQ: Security Firm's $293 Million Deal Under Scrutiny
by Charles M. SennottThe Boston Globe
June 22nd, 2004

Iraq: The Paper Trail. Did Cheney Okay a Deal?
by Timothy J. Burger and Adam Zagorin
May 30th, 2004

Iraq: CACI Contracts Blocked
by Ellen McCarthyWashington Post
May 26th, 2004
The Interior Department's inspector general is reviewing the contracting procedures that allowed the Army to hire civilian interrogators in Iraq and has blocked the Army from using the contract to place new orders with Arlington-based CACI International Inc., an agency spokesman said yesterday.

US: C-130’s Costs Soar Despite Reforms
by David PhinneyDefense News
April 12th, 2004
The Pentagon had high hopes it could keep costs low on a new model of the C-130 transport by treating it like any other commercial purchase, but despite the publicly intended purpose, the airlifter’s price nearly doubled.

US: A Case of Reprisal Against One Pentagon Auditor
by David PhinneyFederal Times
April 12th, 2004
Last year, Ken Pedeleose and two colleagues wrote a 90-page report, cross-referenced with hundreds of documents and correspondence, accusing DCMA officials and the Pentagon of routinely bypassing administrative safeguards. The report was delivered to more than 50 members of Congress.

US: Undermining the Auditors: ‘Collaborative Arrangement’ Lets DoD Contractors Slide
by David PhinneyFederal Times
April 12th, 2004
Many say the Pentagon's contract oversight system is crumbling under a burgeoning workload, sharp staff cuts, and a less aggressive oversight culture driven by acquisition reforms that promote more partnership and trust between the Defense Department and its contractors.

USA: Inside Lockheed's $250 Billion Pentagon Connection
by Geoffrey GrayVillage Voice
March 19th, 2003
George Bush has said if he is fortunate enough to be elected president, he is going to look at our whole military situation, including the tactical air account. He's noted that the 3000 number [of planes] seems a bit much.



US: Jurors Weigh Custer Battles Fraud Case
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
In closing arguments, the attorney for two whistleblowers asks for more than $10 million in damages against the Rhode Island-based company accused of war profiteering in Iraq.

IRAQ: Indian Youths Coerced Into Iraq
by Ajay BharadwajDaily News & Analysis India
Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon in Punjab. However, it is the landing of young aspirants in Iraq that has started raising hackles.

US: Pentagon Stalls on Bannning Contractors that Use Forced Labor
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
A proposal prohibiting defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor was drafted by the Pentagon last summer, but five defense lobbying groups oppose key provisions and a final policy still appears to be months away.

IRAQ: KBR Workers in Iraq Paid 50 cents an Hour
by Pamela HessUnited Press International
KBR hires out subcontractors whose job is to recruit, transport, house, feed and pay "third-country" nationals to stock, prepare, serve and clean up at the dining facilities at 43 bases across Iraq. As pressure to keep contract costs down, subcontractors have moved from country to country in search of cheaper labor markets.



US: CACI Plans to Drop Interrogation Work
by Ellen McCarthyThe Washington Post
CACI International Inc., the Arlington-based defense contractor that attracted controversy when an employee was accused of participating in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, is getting out of the interrogation business.

US: All Eyes on Halliburton As contacts Turn into Contracts
The Observer
Concerns in the US are mounting that Katrina could prompt a round of 'pork barrel' contracts.

IRAQ: Turn the Lights On
by Joe CochraneNewsweek International
Americans were as wrong about the health of Iraq's infrastructure as they were about their welcome as liberators and the insurgents know that depriving Iraq of power is at least as effective as killing soldiers and policemen.

IRAQ: The Trillion Dollar War Chart

CorpWatch: Holding Corporations Accountable
CorpWatch is a non-profit that conducts investigative research and journalism to expose corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate accountability and transparency. We work to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations.

US: Want Big Bucks For Big Risks? Jobs Open In Iraq, Afghanistan
Plumbers, electricians, truck drivers, food-service workers, logistics specialists and other professionals work 12-hour days providing support services to American troops. It's hard, dangerous work. But the pay is high. A year on the job can change the average person's financial life.

IRAQ: Security Fears and Costs are Road Block to Rebuilding
by Rick EmertStars and Stripes
Of the $18 billion budgeted for the Iraq Reconstruction Program, $7 billion is spent on securing the workers and the construction sites that are contracted and overseen by the Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District and the Project and Contracting Office.

IRAQ: Friendly-fire victim Fights for Compensation with Claims that Titan Abandoned Him
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
Mazin al Nashi's worries escalated when he learned that the fledgling Iraqi insurgency had put a $250,000 bounty on the heads of interpreters. He had never received any body armor from Titan.



United Nations to use Iraq Oil-for-Food Program funds for investigation
Wall Street Journal

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