South African Mercenaries Play Crucial Role In Fight Against Boko Haram

STEVE INSKEEP: Today is the final day of campaigning for Nigeria’s presidential election – an election that was postponed six weeks ago because of security concerns. That delay seems to have been a bonus for embattled incumbent Goodluck Jonathan.

RENEE MONTAGNE: It gave the president extra time to make progress against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has been terrorizing northern Nigeria for years. And now indeed Boko Haram is on the run. The Nigerian military has taken credit for those victories, but there’s evidence that the real fighters include a contingent of highly skilled mercenaries. New York Times‘ West Africa bureau chief Adam Nossiter uncovered the story. When he joined us via Skype, he said the Nigerian armed forces are doing some of the fighting.

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CIPFA calls for ‘open book’ outsourcing deals

By Richard Johnstone | 26 March 2015

The next government should introduce an ‘open book’ approach to outsourcing contracts to increase transparency and value for money, CIPFA has said.

In a briefing published today, the institute said there was currently insufficient information about the estimated £93.5bn spent on services that are contracted out to private and third sector firms. Continue reading

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Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network

Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network

Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account starting before the Benghazi attack.

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2013. Lawmakers questioned Clinton about the security failures during the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that left four dead and 10 people injured. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

This story was co-published with Gawker.

Update, March 27, 2015, 6:48 p.m.: This story has been updated to include responses from the FBI and the State Department.

Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by  a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account.

The emails, which were posted on the internet in 2013, also show that Blumenthal and another close Clinton associate discussed contracting with a retired Army special operations commander to put operatives on the ground near the Libya-Tunisia border while Libya’s civil war raged in 2011. Continue reading

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Feds canceled Deloitte Palestinian contract on evidence of joint cover-up

Feds canceled Deloitte Palestinian contract on evidence of joint cover-up

By Sarah Westwood | March 26, 2015 | 2:53 pm

A $12.2 million contract to boost the Palestinian economy was scrapped more than a year before its scheduled completion after U.S. Agency for International Development officials covered up the poor performance of its contractor, Deloitte Consulting.

USAID officials “mischaracterized” the results of the project, which was intended to generate $75 million in revenue and savings for Palestinian companies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the development agency’s inspector general found.

The officials reported on Deloitte’s “satisfactory” performance in the early months of the contract, “although project staff generally agreed that the project was unsuccessful in the first year…Giving misleading information about Deloitte’s performance does a disservice to other contracting officers who use this evaluation,” the inspector general said. Continue reading

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Frontier Services Group Reports Full Year Revenue of HK$310 Million

Frontier Services Group Reports Full Year Revenue of HK$310 Million

Full Year Highlights

  • Delivered Strong Topline Growth – Generated more than HK$310 million in consolidated revenue in the first full year of operations in the aviation and logistics businesses;
  • Expanded Operations – Completed investment in Phoenix Aviation Limited (“PAL”) and announced acquisition of a ground transportation business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo;

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Information Operations in a Contingency Environment: Summary of Weaknesses Identified in Reports Issued From October 6, 2006, Through November 7, 2013

Audit Report

Joint Warfighting and Readiness

Information Operations in a Contingency Environment: Summary of Weaknesses Identified in Reports Issued From October 6, 2006, Through November 7, 2013 (Project No. D2015-D000CF-0108.000)
The report is Classified. To request a copy, file a Freedom of Information Act request.  Federal Government requesters: please click here.

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What We Did

We summarized DoD information operations (IO) challenges in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa identified in audit reports issued by the DoD Office of Inspector General (OIG).What We Found

Since 2006, DoD OIG issued six reports on IO projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. The reports identified areas of compliance with rules and regulations to conduct IO, use contractors to perform IO, and award contracts for IO. Continue reading

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United States Military Infrastructure and Logistics Market 2015-2019 with AECOM Technology, Dyncorp International, GENCO Distribution Systems, KBR & Lockheed Martin Dominating

DUBLIN, Mar. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –Research and Markets

( has announced the addition of the “Military Infrastructure and Logistics Market in the US 2015-2019″ report to their offering.

The analysts forecast the Military Infrastructure and Logistics market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 2.08 percent over the period 2014-2019.

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DynCorp International; DynCorp International Awarded $56.0 Million Contract Modification to Provide Aviation Maintenance Services in Afghanistan

2015 MAR 31 (VerticalNews) — By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News — The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) has awarded DynCorp International (DI) a contract modification to continue providing aviation maintenance services throughout the Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager – OCONUS (TASM-O) and Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager – Southwest Asia (TASM-S) regions under the Army Aviation Field Maintenance (AFM) contract.

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Guns For Hire: The Legal, Policy, and Ethical Implications for the Growing Reliance upon Military Contractors

Here is the video of the private military and security contracting event I spoke at on Tuesday at the American University Washington College of Law.

Panel 1 (Exploring the history and current scope of military contractors), Guns For Hire: The Legal, Policy, and Ethical Implications for the Growing Reliance upon Military Contractors, March 24, 2015, American University, Washington College of Law, Room 603


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The Return of the Mercenary

The Return of the Mercenary

How private armies, and the technology they use, are changing warfare
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The use of mercenaries in warfare has a very long history—much longer, in fact, than the almost-exclusive deployment of national militaries to wage wars. Before the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 ended Europe’s Thirty Years’ War and marked the rise of the modern state system, medieval powers from kings to popes routinely hired private fighters to do battle for them. As state governments sought a monopoly on the use of force within their territories in the 17th century, however, they moved to stamp out violence by non-state actors, including mercenaries, driving the industry underground.

Private militaries never really went away, but according to Sean McFate, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and associate professor at National Defense University, they have experienced a resurgence in the past 25 years. McFate himself was a contractor with DynCorp International, one of the private military companies whose rise is the subject of his recent book, The Modern Mercenary. Companies like DynCorp—and, more infamously, Blackwater—were major players in the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, providing logistics and other services, as well as armed guards and trainers for local armies. McFate draws a distinction between these types of support contractors, used for defense and training, and mercenaries, who stage offensive operations on behalf of a client. Nigeria has reportedly deployed mercenaries from South Africa and elsewhere in the fight against the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. In practice, however, that difference is not clear-cut. “If you can do one, you can do the other,” McFate told me in a recent interview. Continue reading

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