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9 Years In, U.S. Finally Tries to Get a Grip on Warzone Contractors

Spencer Ackerman at Wired Magazines Danger Room

More good news from Afghanistan: the U.S. military has no idea where the billions it’s spending on warzone contractors is actually ending up. And nine years into the war, the Pentagon has barely started the long, laborious process of figuring it out.

Rear Admiral Kathleen Dussault just arrived in Kabul about a week and a half ago as the commander of Task Force 2010, a new unit established to ensure that the military’s dependence on contractors for everything from laundry to armed security doesn’t end up undermining Afghanistan’s stability in the process. That’s no hypothetical concern: a congressional report last week found that Afghan, U.S. and Mideastern trucking companies who have a piece of a $2.16 billion logistics contract with the military pay about $4 million every week in protection money to warlords and Taliban insurgents.

Enter Dussault, one of the military’s few flag officers to specialize in contracting and the former commander of the Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan. Her priority for Task Force 2010’s joint military/civilian team of auditors and investigators, Dussault tells Danger Room in a phone interview from Afghanistan, “is to put a laser-like focus on the flow of money, and to understand exactly how money is flowing from the contracting authorities to the prime contractor and the subcontractors they work with.” It’s imperative, she adds, to get contractors to “understand they have to be more specific about who their network is and what their subcontractors are.”

The basic problem is that the military structures its Afghanistan contracts in such a way that doesn’t actually know where its money goes after it inks a deal with a so-called “prime vendor.” “Service contracting has traditionally been an omnibus result,” Dussault says. “You deliver that service. We don’t tell you how to deliver that service.”

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June 28, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Wartime Contracting | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Contractors home suffers heavy damage in fire

KTRE 9 We have a lot of contractor families in Texas,  looks like this one could use some help.

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) – The house of a Zavalla woman, whose husband is working as a contractor in Iraq, burned Sunday.

The fire started at the home off Hickory Hill Road.  Zavalla firefighters say it appears a portable window air conditioning unit was plugged into an outlet that overloaded.

Two bedrooms and a bathroom are a total loss.  The master bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen sustained heat, water, and smoke damage.

Huntington and Ora Volunteer Fire Departments also responded to the blaze  Original Story here

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq | , , | Leave a comment