Monthly Archives: August 2012

Strategic Contractors

Christopher Holshek Col. (ret.), U.S. Army Civil Affairs; Civil-Military Strategic Analyst, Wikistrat Strategic Contractors Posted: 08/31/2012 10:25 am One thing we’ve observed from the last decade of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere is that behavior on the ground can … Continue reading

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War Profiteer of the Month: G4S

War Profiteer of the Month: G4S 30 Aug 2012 — javier G4S plc (formerly Group 4 Securicor) is a British multinational security services company headquartered in Crawley, United Kingdom. It is the world’s largest security company measured by revenues and … Continue reading

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Military Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan: Considerations and Obstacles for Emerging Litigation

Pace Environmental Law Review, Fall 2010, Vol. 28, Issue 1 Military Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan: Considerations and Obstacles for Emerging Litigation By Kate Donovan Kurera ABSTRACT This comment analyzes and discusses aspects of the ongoing KBR Burn Pit … Continue reading

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Manchin, federal official decry wasteful military spending

August 29, 2012 Manchin, federal official decry wasteful military spending By Paul J. Nyden CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal inspector general joined Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Wednesday to complain about waste in military spending — specifically, the number of … Continue reading

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Cost Before Hearts and Minds – Private Security in Afghanistan

Cost Before Hearts and Minds – Private Security in Afghanistan 30 August 2012 One argument for relying on contractors in military operations is that they are more cost-effective than regular armed forces. Yet, as Anna Leander demonstrates, a number of … Continue reading

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May had to admit that G4S, the government-appointed private security contractor, couldn’t deliver

The Nation (Thailand) August 25, 2012 Saturday Now that the dust has settled on the spectacular closing ceremony of an extremely successful London Olympics, described by IOC President Jacques Rogge as “a happy Olympics”, the chaotic build-up is a fading … Continue reading

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Family’s plea over brother’s plane crash death

Keighley News August 23, 2012 Thursday Family’s plea over brother’s plane crash death The family of a soldier turned bodyguard who was killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan more than two years ago is still battling for a full … Continue reading

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Nick Buckles admits his job is on the line after G4S Olympics fiasco

Nick Buckles admits his job is on the line after G4S Olympics fiasco Under pressure: Nick Buckles’ firm lost £50 million in the Games Simon English 28 August 2012 G4S chief executive Nick Buckles today conceded for the first time … Continue reading

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More G4S private sector security staff than military soldiers for the Paralympics, says Locog

More G4S private sector security staff than military soldiers for the Paralympics, says Locog 28 August 2012 G4S will provide the majority of security for Paralympic venues as the number of troops and police officers on duty is scaled back, … Continue reading

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Carlyle to Cerberus Lead Private Equity Federal-Contracting Push

Carlyle to Cerberus Lead Private Equity Federal-Contracting Push By Nick Taborek – Aug 29, 2012 12:00 AM ET After investments in food, telecommunications and cleaning-product companies in the early 1990s, CM Equity Partners bet on a little-known U.S. government contractor … Continue reading

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