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Out of Iraq: What Will the War Service Industry Do Now?

by Dina Rasor at Truthout  October 26, 2011

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I also talked about the new faction of military contracting, which I call the war service industry, and how it is going to handle the shrinking of this war, because they won’t have a hot war or occupation in Iraq to keep the billions of dollars flowing to their “life support” of the troops. I think that the Department of Defense (DoD) doesn’t really believe that we will pull out all the troops by December 31, 2011, and that the Iraqis will give our troops immunity so that some of them can stay.

That all changed when President Obama announced last Friday that the US will honor the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that was negotiated by the Bush administration and the Iraqi government to remove all US troops by year’s end. This has caused a lot of scrambling by the DoD and the State Department on how to make this work while still maintaining the largest and most expensive embassy in the world in Iraq, and continue to train the Iraqi troops.

Once again, the war service industry, which is already deeply entrenched in our nine-year occupation of Iraq, will step in and make sure that their money flow will be maintained, albeit at a smaller level. The tricky part is the immunity problem, which the State Department has found a way to solve – they will take over the war contractor contracts, which will put most of the contractors under diplomatic immunity and that can prevent contractors from being arrested by the Iraqi government and thrown into jail

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October 26, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Contractor Oversight, Follow the Money, Iraq, KBR, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

$480M to GIS As Security Contractors to the USACE in Afghanistan

GISDefense Industry Daily  October 26, 2011

In October 2011, Global Integrated Security (USA), Inc. in Reston, VA won a 4-year, $480 million firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for Reconstruction Security Support Services throughout Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Oct 19/15. Five bids were solicited, with 5 bids received by the USACE office in Winchester, VA (W912ER-12-D-0001).

Global Integrated Security has performed RSSS work in Afghanistan before. A $34 million task order in December 2009 focused on Kabul and Kandahar, but a March 2010 contract [PDF] from the US Army Corps of Engineers saw them expand those services to encompass a National Operations Center providing intelligence and analysis, reconnaissance teams, interpreters, aviation services throughout Afghanistan; and “mobile security support services” to USACE personnel during travel to, and presence at, construction sites

October 26, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Contracts Awarded, Government Contractor, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, USACE | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tough post-revolution reality for NGOs in Egypt

CAIRO, 25 October 2011 (IRIN)

Egyptian NGOs hoping for greater freedoms and more space to operate after the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s government say they have encountered just the opposite: an unprecedented clampdown by the post-revolution military rulers.

“Following Egypt’s historic protests calling for basic political freedoms, it is deeply disturbing that the Egyptian military has targeted Egypt’s democracy and human rights community in ways not even dared during Mubarak’s despotic rule,” wrote Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).

The first parliamentary elections since Mubarak’s fall are scheduled for 28 November, but NGO leaders say the transitional government led by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has mounted a “smear campaign” against them by accusing them of receiving millions of dollars from foreign donors to destabilize the country – going so far as to say the violence on the streets of Cairo during and after the revolution was supported by foreign funding channelled through NGOs.

Many of the local organizations being targeted intended to monitor the upcoming elections, but have been prevented from doing so by the Electoral Commission. SCAF has already banned foreign groups from monitoring the vote

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October 26, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Egypt, NGO's | , , , , , | Leave a comment

3 aid workers kidnapped in Somalia, Danish Demining group says

(CNN) Three aid workers — an American woman, a Danish man and a Somali man — have been kidnapped in Somalia, the Danish Demining Group said Tuesday.

Investigations are under way to find out what has happened to the three staff members, the group, which is part of the Danish Refugee Council, said in an online statement.

“We are keeping close contact with the family members, who are deeply concerned, just as we are,” said Ann Mary Olsen, head of the Danish Refugee Council’s international department.

The three workers were kidnapped by gunmen after visiting humanitarian projects, the council said. No shots were fired during the kidnapping, it said.

“The staff members are highly experienced and trained to work in high-risk places, such as Somalia,” Olsen added.

Denmark’s foreign minister, Villy Sovndal, told CNN’s Danish affiliate TV2 the situation is “very serious.”

“Our Africa office here at the Foreign Ministry is collecting information on what has happened. We are following it minute by minute. We are doing everything we can,” he said.

“We do not negotiate with kidnappers, but we offer all help and support that we can. But what this help will constitute we can’t say until we get all the facts on what has happened.”

Villads Zahle, head of press for the council, told CNN the three were working for the Danish Demining Group in northern Galkayo, considered part of Somalia’s Puntland province, at the time of the abduction.

The group does “humanitarian demining,” Zahle said, aimed at making civilians safe from landmines and unexploded ordnance.

The news that the workers were missing was confirmed by the council’s office in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, he added.

All Danish Refugee Group activities in the area have been temporarily suspended, the council’s online statement said.

Several high-profile abductions of foreigners have occurred in recent weeks in Kenya, close to the border with largely lawless Somalia. Those kidnappings have been blamed on the Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab

October 26, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Civilian Contractors, Contractors Kidnapped, Demining, Explosive Remnants of War, Landmines, Safety and Security Issues, Somalia | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

House to repeal law withholding contractors’ taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) Against a backdrop of thousands of government contractors underpaying their taxes by billions of dollars, Congress decided in 2006 to start withholding 3 percent of the contracted price until taxes owed are paid. It never happened.

Five years later, both parties and President Barack Obama want that law repealed in the name of jobs — despite hundreds of millions in taxes still going unpaid by scofflaw government contractors.

The provision signed into law five years ago was part of a tax-cutting bill approved by a Republican-run Congress and signed into law by then-President George W. Bush in 2006. The $11 billion it was to raise over the next decade was supposed to help pay for those tax reductions.

Today’s turnabout comes despite agreement on all sides that problems with scofflaw government contractors continue. Recent evidence includes an April report by investigators finding $750 million in overdue taxes owed by contractors under President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus law, and another from September 2010 citing tax cheats among 20 companies working for the Internal Revenue Service itself.

The law requires federal, state and local governments to withhold 3 percent of their payments to contractors to encourage the full paying of taxes. Its implementation has been delayed twice and it is now scheduled to take effect in January 2013

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October 26, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Follow the Money, Government Contractor, Taxes | , , , | Leave a comment