Europe Hurriedly Seeking UAV for Eyes Over Ukraine

malaysia-417-600x400Europe is in a hurry to pick up an unarmed drone for use over Ukraine, where a separatist group this month shot down a commercial airliner, killing everyone on board.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has posted on its website a solicitation for a “turnkey” solution to monitoring the area. The UAV would be deployed under the authority of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine at the request of the Ukrainian government. Continue reading

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Returning to Service, and Iraq, With Blackwater

Returning to Service, and Iraq, With Blackwater

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 July 22, 2014 10:21 am


Matt Pelak in Iraq in 2008.Credit Jon Willoughby

“Selfless service.” Words that I’ve lived by for most of my life. Words that my brother and sister military veterans know all too well and continue to live by whether in or out of uniform.

In the two years that I worked at Blackwater, I followed this same guiding principle, along with the other contractors I knew, regardless of the mission. Though the daily activities of a State Department contractor are rarely glamorous and are as uneventful as most days on a military deployment, we accomplished our work with much the same commitment that was instilled in us while in the military. Often, those missions involved countless hours in convoys to or from meetings, securing venues while American officials conducted high-level meetings with local authorities, or providing medical evacuations in our helicopters. Continue reading

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Suicide Bomber Kills Guards at Afghan Police Compound

Suicide Bomber Kills Guards at Afghan Police Compound

By  and JAWAD SUKHANYAR

An Afghan shopkeeper inspecting damage to his storefront in Kabul on Tuesday after a suicide attack on a nearby police compound. CreditRahmat Gul/Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four foreign security guards on Tuesday, steering an explosives-laden motorcycle into an Afghan police compound and past several checkpoints before blowing up in an area occupied by trainers from DynCorp International, an American military contractor. Continue reading

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Defense Base Act Attorneys notice recent uptick in suicide bombings in Kabul Afghanistan resulting in more Defense Base Act cases

Defense Base Act Attorneys notice recent uptick in suicide bombings in Kabul Afghanistan resulting in more Defense Base Act cases

by | Jul 24, 2014

Afghanistan has seen a recent increase in suicide bombings outside military bases.  Some of those bases are guarded by DynCorp.  Our firm has extensive experience in handling bomb blast cases.  Bomb blasts often cause traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  If you witnessed a bomb blast and have any of these injuries or concerns, you should contact us today.  We are currently handling over 28 bomb blast cases from one particular incident involving a 7,300 pound bomb that resulted in death and destruction and serious injuries.  The bomb itself caused a crater 35 feet wide by 45 feet long.  Those injured were employees of DynCorp.  We are well versed in the types of injuries sustained, the type of claims that need to be filed, pushing the issues to litigation and obtaining excellent results for our clients. Continue reading

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Afghanistan Special Inspector General John Sopko

Afghanistan Special Inspector General John Sopko

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.
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Inspector General John F. Sopko Testifies before Congress.

John Sopko cut his teeth as a lawyer prosecuting organized crime in Cleveland, Ohio. But now he’s putting his investigatory skills to work as the watchdog of the American reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. Sopko joins Kojo to chat about combating waste, fraud and abuse as the United States draws down its military mission in Afghanistan and civilian assignments there take on even more importance. Continue reading

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DynCorp Hit With $9M Suit Over Afghan Base Subcontract

DynCorp Hit With $9M Suit Over Afghan Base Subcontract

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Law360, New York (July 24, 2014, 1:23 PM ET) — Defense contractor DynCorp International LLC was hit with a breach of contract suit Wednesday in Texas federal court by subcontractor C3PO International Ltd., which alleges DynCorp’s decision to abandon a C3PO-constructed facility in Afghanistan following a bomb blast cost the company over $9 million in lost revenue. Continue reading

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2 Indians among 5 foreign guards killed in attack in Kabul

2 Indians among 5 foreign guards killed in attack in Kabul

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Last Updated at 19:04 IST

Two Indians were among five foreign guards killed in a Taliban suicide attack in Kabul yesterday.

Both Indians were employed as security guards with American company DynCorp, official sources told PTI. Continue reading

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Who’s Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action

Who’s Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action

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Coauthored by Nicole Vander Meulen

The Department of Defense spent about $160 billion on private security contractors (PSCs) for various services in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007-2012, and contractor personnel made up over 50 percent of the U.S. presence in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This is a growing and major global industry, where rules aren’t developing fast enough to cover the myriad of services provided by these companies.

Private security contractors employed by the U.S. government abroad, for example, have been implicated in serious human rights violations, ranging from destruction of property to torture and human trafficking. Two examples of this have been in the news again recently: the Blackwater shooting in Nisour Square and the torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib. Continue reading

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$2.89 Million DOD-Funded Facility Never Used & Not Maintained

Today, SIGAR released two reports.  The first is an inspection of the Gereshk Cold and Dry Storage Facility in Helmand, Afghanistan, which has never been used and is not being maintained. The $2.89 million facility was funded by the DOD's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO).

Among the report's findings:

--Potential investors told TFBSO that the Afghan district governor had asked for money from the investors and the construction contractor before leasing the property.

--SIGAR's multiple requests to visit the facility were denied due to security concerns.  

--Construction was completed in May 2013 -- 243 days after the required date of completion.

Inspection Report: http://www.sigar.mil/pdf/inspections/SIGAR-14-82-IP.pdf 

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sigarhq/sets/72157645817902434/ Continue reading 
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Another Whistleblower Speaks Out: Air Force Contract Fraud

Another Whistleblower Speaks Out: Air Force Contract Fraud

July 18, 2014

 

Looking for a new hero? Meet former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Tim Ferner, who exposed millions in U.S. government contract fraud, and paid the price for his patriotism.

 

Contract Fraud with Your Money

Tim Ferner blew the whistle on a contract-steering scam involving a middleman in Florida and an engineering company hired to develop anti-terrorism techniques.

Tim Ferner suspected the scam in 2007 when his superiors at the Coalition and Irregular Warfare Center downplayed his concerns about how contracts were being doled out. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), received those contracts.

Ferner tried to go through military channels to stop the fraud he witnessed, Instead of helping, his superiors made his life difficult, even threatening to deploy him to Afghanistan while he was undergoing cancer treatment. Ultimately, he was fired from his job as Chief of Staff for the Coalition and Irregular Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base and relegated to a menial position. With channels closed off and retaliation underway, the case went to court. Continue reading

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