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 "European Union":

"… igins of weaponry used in the fighting. Its latest report, financed by the European Union, lists the origins of more than 1700 cartridges collected last July and Au …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… back to a conflict that many Americans wanted to forget. In battles from Afghanistan to Iraq, the United States defeated conventional forces equipped mainly wi …"

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 "Iraq War":

"… analysis in their own right.” In his new book, Chuck asks, “Could the Iraq War have been prevented if the public had been better informed before the inva …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… ing to the website of Rapidgate’s operator, Eid Passport, Inc., based in Oregon. At Navy bases alone, more than 290,000 contract employees have obtained …"

"… r circumventing normal competition requirements in striking the deal. The Oregonian newspaper quoted Eid Passport’s chief executive officer, Steve Larson …"

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 War":

"… n Iraqi military academy that was captured by U.S. armed forces during the Iraq War. The United States officially turned over the training facility to the Ir …"

Invasion of Iraq, 10 years later

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… rst. The findings were not controversial, as many official reports — by Congress and others — have reached similar conclusions. But the Center put a …"

Waste, fraud and abuse commonplace in Iraq reconstruction effort

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… stablished to help oversee related contracting. Bowen recommends that the Obama administration create a new U.S. office for “contingency operations,” and even includ …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… GIR) for the past eight years, gave that estimate in an interview with the Center for Public Integrity on Monday, shortly after releasing a new summary of his office’s many gr …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… Much, however, apparently got overlooked. Example: A $35 million Pentagon project was started in December 2006 to establish the Baghdad airport as a …"

"… consequences of fighting an insurgency that proved more resilient than the Pentagon had foreseen. That not only made reconstruction more difficult, dangerous …"

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 "Obama":

"… efforts has yet to be mandated by “U.S. law or policy.” …"

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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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kelly Ayotte":

"… e transition” to State, Kendall added in response to questions from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). “We are in decent shape” after a year of work, but “I’m …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… contract, The Pentagon could avoid holding a new full and open competition.The Pentagon’s decision raised an immediate issue: DynCorp was the incumbent on the c …"

"… d contracts: it competed almost 77 percent of its contract dollars in 2010.The Pentagon defends its overall record. “The FY10 competition rate of 61.7 percent i …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Security":

"… g, terrorism, insurgents and other crime. The 2009 money sent to Iraq’s Security Forces was designed to help the police “attempt to reach minimum essenti …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Atlanta":

"… n, Iraq and Kuwait. That criminal case is still active in federal court in Atlanta although a federal magistrate has raised the possibility of dismissing the …"

"… this year that Agility and the government were nearing a settlement of the Atlanta criminal fraud charges related to its food supply contract, that lawsuit i …"

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":

"… nage its fleet of more than 1,000 mostly armored vehicles, a report by the inspector general of the State Department found.The current state of the embassy ref …"

"… pages discussed staffing, funding, and programs in Pakistan, not Iraq, the inspector general said.The embassy should hand over to the Iraqi government sensitiv …"

"… he embassy has assessed the existing ones and figured out staff needs, the inspector general said.FAST FACT: Maintaining an American employee at the embassy in …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… ense Department’s management of contractors has been on the non-partisan Government Accountability Office’s “high risk” list since 1992, but the challenges are even greater w …"

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 "attorney":

"… elieve law enforcement is not doing enough. “Zero prosecutions,” said attorney Martina Vandenberg, a former Human Rights Watch investigator, “suggests …"

"… stice Department to do it,” said Stephen Paul Cullen, a former JAG Corps attorney who has written about contractors being beyond the reach of the U.S. justi …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… oviding the first hard look at the company’s financial accountability in Afghanistan, where since 2004 it has played a key role training the Afghan National Po …"

"… the drawdown of U.S. troops.DynCorp is likely to continue its work in Afghanistan through the end of the year. Its current multi-million dollar contrac …"

"… vestment in the police, including construction of police facilities across Afghanistan, adds up to $6 billion so far. In recent months, audits by inspectors gene …"

"… of the contract, specifically for not having enough staff on the ground in Afghanistan to inspect, monitor and to ensure quality control. DynCorp’s performance …"

Afghan police training bedeviled by delays

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… ion contract that has failed to create a reliable national police force in Afghanistan — key to the drawdown of U.S. troops — will be extended again.During a …"

"… l work product of DynCorp.”DynCorp has consistently defended its work in Afghanistan.In a March letter to employees, Dyncorp chief executive Bill Ballhaus said …"

"… ice is pivotal to the Obama’s administration plan to draw down troops in Afghanistan. Despite significant cost — about $6 billion in training, equipment and …"

"… terate. Attrition remains high. Police, more than other security forces in Afghanistan, have come under deadly attack by the Taliban.Lawmakers at Thursday’s he …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… as a counterinsurgency force is a critical part of the military mission in Afghanistan. Now that effort will be delayed because of a misbegotten attempt by the U …"

"…  The contract dispute arose during a key transition time in Afghanistan. DynCorp’s contract to train police in Afghanistan — originally overse …"

"… ey transition time in Afghanistan. DynCorp’s contract to train police in Afghanistan — originally overseen by the State Department — was to have ended in J …"

"… as late as into December — to ensure that police training continues in Afghanistan. Spokesmen from the State Department and Pentagon declined comment on how …"

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

By Christine Spolar

Decision prompted by shortages of training camps and instructors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Security":

"… n — a former assistant secretary of Defense and a member of the National Security Council under President Reagan — emphasized the new demands of adding co …"

Military training of Afghan National Police mired in contract dispute

By Christine Spolar

Plan to switch control from state to Pentagon delayed until August

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… decision on the company’s appeal would be made by March 24. …"

"… received an 18-month, $317 million contract in 2008 to do the same work in Afghanistan. The program focused on law enforcement skills. But as the Taliban stepped …"

"… company, Douglas Ebner, said the dispute has not affected how it trains in Afghanistan. “We are working as before,” he said. “We will do nothing to impede …"

"… in Washington referred questions about the Afghan police to the command in Afghanistan. Army Lt. Col. David Hylton, a spokesman in Kabul, said in an e-mail, “T …"

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 "Blackwater Worldwide":

"… aff writer Jerry Markon contributed to this report. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Susan Collins":

"… ’t have any confidence that they’re doing a better job there.” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), senior Republican on the Homeland Security and Governmental Aff …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… ther issues. …"

"… unted by SPOT, the Commission said.The biggest difference in counts was in Afghanistan. SPOT counted around 30,000 contractor employees and the Army found more t …"