Investigators find Islamic State used ammo made in 21 countries, including America

By Julia Harte and R. Jeffrey Smith

A new report from an arms tracking group highlights how easily munitions shipped to the Middle East shift from one owner to another.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… l enthusiastic about it, I can tell you.” Eventually, at the end of the Bush administration, monitoring was put into place for the most sensitive gear, but officials& …"

U.S. now faces threat of U.S.-made weapons in Iraq

By Douglas Birch

Islamic State fighters seize U.S. military equipment in Iraq, become targets for U.S. warplanes.

Finding the truth in 935 lies about war with Iraq

By Bill Buzenberg

New book from Center's founder discusses the orchestrated deception that led to war in Iraq, and what it means for the future of truth.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… h the provocative title, "935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity." I can highly recommend this work. Chuck tells the s …"

Audit reveals widespread problems in security system used by the Navy

By Rebecca LaFlure and R. Jeffrey Smith

The U.S. military is widely using a security system that lets felons onto its bases.

Lobbyists helping banker recoup land Saddam 'stole'

By Reity O'Brien

Michigan banker hires lobbying duo to help recoup land he says Iraqi dictator stole.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… ddam Hussein long ago stole a chunk of his land that now houses a U.S. and Iraqi military installation — and he wants the real estate back. What to do? …"

"… ed for the federal government. Their mission: Help Walid Habboo, who fled Iraq in the early 1970s to escape persecution and now works for Wells Fargo Adv …"

"… involve “confiscated property and related claims against the Republic of Iraq,” according to U.S. Senate disclosure filed Friday and an interview with …"

"… e the clout to reach into this process.” Poblete said. “A lot of these Iraqi-American families haven’t had the recourse that a lot of big companies …"

Invasion of Iraq, 10 years later

A look back at the Center's coverage of the path to invasion and the cost of war.

Waste, fraud and abuse commonplace in Iraq reconstruction effort

By R. Jeffrey Smith

$60-billion pipe dream for creation of a Western-style economy

U.S. official says government wasted $6-8 billion in Iraq reconstruction

By Zach Toombs and Aaron Mehta

The special inspector general for Iraq tallies the loss of U.S. taxpayer funds at more than 11 percent of the billions spent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… in charge of monitoring America’s $51 billion effort to reconstruct Iraq has estimated that $6 billion to $8 billion of that amount was lost to was …"

"… to waste, fraud and abuse.Stuart Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) for the past eight years, gave that estimate in an …"

"… from the outset by the ineffectiveness of a clearinghouse created in Iraq for government departments to submit reconstruction bills a …"

"… ction bills and contracts for review and oversight. Known as the Iraq Reconstruction Management System, the system was often ignored, with …"

Auditors say billions likely wasted in Iraq work

By The Associated Press

Final US audit of reconstruction effort in Iraq says billions of dollars likely wasted

Excerpts from this story referencing "Stuart Bowen":

"… eport concluded. In that same report, the inspector general, Stuart Bowen, recalled what then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asked when they m …"

Army's mishandling of Afghanistan police contract boosted costs

By Zach Toombs

The cost of a billion-dollar program jumps 14 percent in just the first four months.

U.S. military admits major war mistakes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An internal report prepared by the Joint Staff describes failures of leadership and planning in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… ation at all levels” — partly at the urging of commanders such as Gen. David Petraeus. But the assessment notes that efforts to rush newly-developed equipment t …"

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Sending troops home could pave way for more non-competitive defense contracting

By R. Jeffrey Smith

After more than ten years of conflict, and around $1 trillion spent, what will troop drawdown mean for Department of Defense?

Windfalls of War: A decade of keeping government spending accountable

By Sandy Johnson

Tracking the cost of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, $1 trillion and up

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq War":

"… Sharon Weinburger discuss her no-bid contractor series on DemocracyNow.The Iraq War Card (2008)False pretensesFollowing 9/11, President Bush and seven top off …"

Windfalls of war: Pentagon's competition for contracts abysmal compared to other agencies

By Sharon Weinberger

Pentagon's record of competitive contracts is poor compared to other agencies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Homeland Security":

"… ost 80 percent of its total contract dollars in fiscal year 2010. Even the Department of Homeland Security, which was blasted for a series of disastrous contracts in the wake of Hur …"

The ledger sheet after a decade of war in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

As Obama looks forward on Afghanistan, a look back

State Department will inherit reconstruction duties in Iraq when troops leave

By Laurel Adams

IG questions whether State Department is ready to take over many reconstruction tasks in Iraq

Policing the world

By Caitlin Ginley and Laurel Adams

U.S. spending on overseas police training has jumped nearly 2,000 percent in the past two decades

Pentagon negotiates with indicted contractor, despite suspension

By Amy Biegelsen

For the second time this year, the Pentagon is trying to give a no-bid contract extension to a logistics company operating a supply warehous

U.S. embassy in Baghdad needs transition plan for staffing, vehicles

By Laurel Adams

As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011, the American embassy in Baghdad must make its own transition plans to prote

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities. Congressional Research Service repor …"

The struggle to police foreign subcontractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Nick Schwellenbach and Lagan Sebert

To win hearts and minds in Afghanistan and Iraq, military experts want U.S. companies to contract with local firms for a variety of tasks li

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… ariety of tasks like trucking, feeding troops, and providing security. The U.S. government’s “Afghan First” and “Iraqi First” initiatives increasingly seek …"

"… icans get killed.Subcontracting is among the most challenging parts of the U.S. government’s widespread outsourcing of war-related tasks. It works like this: A gov …"

"… e.But in footing the bill for all this work by a network of companies, the U.S. government often doesn’t know who it is ultimately paying. And that can lead to fra …"

"… s Drew Luten told the commission that the problem may get worse with the U.S. government’s Afghan First effort to steer more money to local companies.Video of Su …"

Despite allegations, no prosecutions for war zone sex trafficking

By Nick Schwellenbach and Carol D. Leonnig

Eight years ago, President George W. Bush issued a stern policy on sex trafficking in war zones — a policy that remains on the books to this

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… engaged in sex trafficking. The company withheld the information from the U.S. government, despite requirements to report it to the State Department and a congressi …"

Audit finds poor controls on millions of dollars in Afghan police program

Pentagon discovers overpayments to contractor, potential for waste

Excerpts from this story referencing "Audit":

"… leading defense Audit agency.A November 2009 Audit by the Defense Contract Audit Agency, made public Friday by a Senate subcommittee on contracti …"

Afghan police training bedeviled by delays

Pentagon to re-bid on Afghan police training contracts and keep spending billions

DynCorp wins contract dispute over Afghan police training

By Christine Spolar

GAO rules in favor of contracting company currently training in Afghanistan

Excerpts from this story referencing "Raytheon":

"… errorism and technological needs. Five companies — including Blackwater, Raytheon and Northrup Grumman — were principals on the contract and were also see …"

To speed recruits, U.S. cuts Afghan police training to six weeks

By Christine Spolar

Decision prompted by shortages of training camps and instructors

Military training of Afghan National Police mired in contract dispute

By Christine Spolar

Plan to switch control from state to Pentagon delayed until August

Former Blackwater employees accuse security contractor of defrauding government

By Nick Schwellenbach and Carol D. Leonnig

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years through pho

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… rtment of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.Blackwater is the State Department’s largest sec …"

"… s wife, Melan Davis, worked as a finance and payroll employee, starting in Louisiana. Their lawsuit was filed under the False Claims Act, which allows whistle- …"

Flaws in Iraqi police contract raise questions about Afghan effort

By Christine Spolar

Department of State failed to perform oversight on contract to build Iraqi police force

Vast undercount of war contractors by defense tracking system

By Nick Schwellenbach

Nearly one-quarter of defense contractor employees deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and elsewhere in Southwest Asia — some 74,000 emplo

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