DynCorp sued for breach of contract by Afghanistan subcontractor

DynCorp sued for breach of contract by Afghanistan subcontractor

By Amrita Jayakumar September 18 at 6:04 PM
DynCorp International, the country’s biggest logistics contractor in Afghanistan, is being sued by one of its subcontractors.

The McLean-based defense contractor did not honor the agreement it had with CH2M Hill, a Colorado construction company that partnered with DynCorp on an Army contract in Afghanistan, according to the suit filed in the Fairfax County Circuit Court. Continue reading

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SIGAR: State Department may have spent millions on unneeded telecommunications towers

SIGAR: State Department may have spent millions on unneeded telecommunications towers

By Carlo Munoz

Stars and Stripes
Published: September 18, 2014

At a cost of $6.5 million, the State Department built six telecommunications towers in Afghanistan that have apparently never been used as intended, a government watchdog said in a letter earlier this month.

In proceeding with the project, the State Department ignored objections to the project from its own officials and from the Defense Department, said the letter from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, which was addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry and released Thursday. Continue reading

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DOJ Says Subcontractor Should Stay In KBR False Claims Suit

DOJ Says Subcontractor Should Stay In KBR False Claims Suit

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Law360, Washington (August 20, 2014, 2:10 PM ET) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday blasted First Kuwaiti Trading Co.’s attempts to evade a False Claims Act suit accusing it and KBR Inc. of filing fraudulent claims while working on a massive logistical support contract in Iraq, saying an Illinois federal court has jurisdiction over the subcontractor’s portion of the suit.
In a memorandum opposing First Kuwaiti’s motion to dismiss the FCA case, DOJ maintained that the LOGCAP III subcontractor has misread both the federal government’s allegations and jurisdictional precedent in FCA cases, saying the case should continue on in federal courts. Continue reading

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KBR Accuses DCAA Of ‘Malpractice’ In $12.5M Lawsuit

KBR Accuses DCAA Of ‘Malpractice’ In $12.5M Lawsuit

By Dietrich Knauth

Law360, New York (September 17, 2014, 1:45 PM ET) — Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. sued the U.S. government in Delaware federal court on Tuesday, seeking to recover $12.5 million in legal fees from litigation that arose out of an allegedly defective Defense Contract Audit Agency report on its use of private security contractors during the Iraq War. Continue reading

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KBR and Rheinmetall join forces to acquire UK Defence Support Group

Rheinmetall Defence and KBR have submitted a joint venture (JV) bid to acquire the UK’s state-owned military vehicle and small-arms maintenance and repair company, Defence Support Group (DSG).

Under the KBR-Rheinmetall ownership, DSG is expected to become a centre of excellence for defence engineering, while remaining a trusted partner, implementing the UK Army’s strategy for equipment support. Continue reading

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Is Human Trafficking Necessary for Mission Success?

Is Human Trafficking Necessary for Mission Success?

Posted on September 15, 2014 | By Michael Schindler

Let me first set the stage before I share what I’m about to share – in order to complete most large scale missions, it takes many hands to do so. Not only are the men and women who serve in uniform necessary, but so are countless “behind the scenes” civilians. What is traditionally not asked is how those civilians became a part of the mission.

In my years in the service, I never once considered asking. In my recent years on installations, I’ve never really even given this topic much thought – the topic? Could U.S. taxpayers be paying for human trafficking in order to staff positions necessary to complete the mission? Continue reading

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Risks in Contracting Government Security Forces in Gulf of Guinea

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Risks in Contracting Government Security Forces in Gulf of Guinea

 

My previous article explored the use of police and naval forces in Nigeria for the provision of private maritime security. The analysis focused on the Nigerian Navy’s Western Naval Command’s area of responsibility and visiting merchant vessels, rather than the use of security forces on oil & gas prospects inside the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

This article investigates the effectiveness of various private arrangements with Nigerian security as well as some updates on the “usage” and liability implications for shipping companies utilizing such services. Continue reading

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Troubled Waters? The Use of Nigerian Navy and Police in Private Maritime Security Roles.

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Troubled Waters? The Use of Nigerian Navy and Police in Private Maritime Security Roles.

Example of a “permit” issued to a PMSC for embarking Nigerian Maritime Police by the Lagos Police Commissioner (Maritime) without authority of the Lagos state Inspector General of the Police. (Source withheld)
Example of a “permit” issued to a PMSC for embarking Nigerian Maritime Police by the Lagos Police Commissioner (Maritime) without authority of the Lagos state Inspector General of the Police. (Source withheld)

On the night of 23 October 2013, a group of embarked Nigerian policemen on board the tanker HISTRIA CORAL opened fire on a small boat that was approaching a tanker close by on Lagos roads, believing the vessel was under attack by robbers. The small boat, it turned out, was a launch filled with Nigerian Navy personnel, who were about to inspect the ROSE MARY. The episode ended with a stand-off between the Nigerian Navy and the policemen, who eventually locked themselves into the HISTRIA CORAL’s citadel for several days before they were arrested along with the agent who brokered their services.

This vignette is symptomatic for the state of maritime security in Nigerian waters. Fundamentally, the problem is that, while legislation and capability exist, the patchy enforcement of the applicable laws encourages ship operators, agents, mid-ranking military personnel and private security providers to search for “alternatives” which tend to emphasise practicality over legality. In this they are ably assisted by local “facilitators”. Continue reading

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Who Is Fighting America’s Battles?

Who Is Fighting America’s Battles?

Author Ann Hagedorn breaks down America’s private security industry.

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Since the Iraq War, America has drastically increased its dependence on private companies to handle many security tasks in conflict zones around the world. In “The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security,” author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Ann Hagedorn explains how companies that began as weapons manufacturers have evolved to assist U.S. military personnel with everything from police training, intelligence analysis and logistics support to border patrol, drone operations and weapons procurement and maintenance. Hagedorn recently spoke with U.S. News about why the American public should care about this trend. Excerpts: Continue reading

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Chinese Hacked U.S. Military Contractors, Senate Panel Says — Update

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Chinese Hacked U.S. Military Contractors, Senate Panel Says — Update

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By Danny Yadron And Doug Cameron
17 September 2014 15:45

Hackers linked to China’s government broke into computer networks of private transportation companies working for the U.S. military 20 times in one year, Senate investigators said on Wednesday.

But the probe by the Senate Armed Services Committee found that officials of the U.S. Transportation Command, responsible for moving troops and goods across the globe, were told about just two of those incidents. If a system was compromised, military officers might not have known, the panel said. Continue reading

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