War for Profit: Army Contracting vs. Supporting the Troops by Charles M. Smith

By Charles M. Smith

"WASHINGTON the military respectable who controlled the Pentagon s greatest agreement in Iraq says he was once ousted from his activity whilst he refused to approve paying greater than $1 billion in questionable fees to KBR..." (James Risen, ny instances, June 17, 2008)

This e-book via that very military authentic presents an eye-opening firsthand account of ways the USA govt palms over your tax cash to aid contractors like KBR and Halliburton, instead of aiding the troops. This authoritative and well-documented list of the LOGCAP agreement in Iraq and Afghanistan is whilst a learn folks participation in Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to the workings of presidency businesses and Congress.

The first bankruptcy units the scene, in short narrating the writer s paintings on behalf people army efforts, particularly in Iraq. next chapters illustrate particular matters in contractor family members that ended in harmful stipulations for the troops and blew thousands of taxpayer money. unswerving and hard-working executive officers and staff who attempted to maintain issues on target have been became away and those that sought to rein within the free-for-all have been sacked.

The writer finds issues of KBR's provision of transportation, electrical energy, nutrients and water. different chapters are extra analytic and review military logistics, Congressional oversight and the query of no matter if letting contracts for this type of aid is acceptable at all--the type of difficulties that challenge army coverage leaders, safeguard analysts, public coverage analysts and students in those components, in addition to the electorate in whose identify this is often all performed.

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Ways were found to reduce the organic support in favor of low-cost or free support from other countries at little or no cost to the United States. Primary examples of the first initiatives were Mutual Support Legislation, Wartime Host Nation Support (WHNS), Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA), Assistance-in-Kind and other foreign nation burden sharing agreements and arrangements. S. military budget. Europe and Korea were the principal venues for exchanging organic support for host nation support, especially during peacetime.

There were approximately 18,000 troops there at any time. The base had a one star general in command and so received some attention from KBR. The base had an Olympic size swimming pool which 23 War for Profit KBR had turned in to a resort operation. Next store was a workout area which offered the latest exercise equipment, basket ball courts and running track. The camp movie theater was up and running as was an indoor swimming pool. The dining facilities provided plenty of good food with a wide variety.

They were combined in one combat division, Commanded by a Polish Major General, as Poland sent the most soldiers. Since they were not a constituted unit of any country, unlike US and British units, they needed even more support than our troops. LOGCAP would not only provide 17 War for Profit base camp support, but would provide all non-tactical vehicles. This included trucks, ambulances, fire trucks and an assortment of miscellaneous vehicles. Don Trautner, the manager of our Washington, DC, LOGCAP office, and I traveled to Kuwait and on to Iraq.

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