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 "Afghanistan":

"… identified shortcomings in controlling the use of U.S. weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I don’t know how we’re going to do it securely in this new progra …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… d dispatching more than 1,000 troops there as military advisers, President Barack Obama has sent U.S. forces back to a conflict that many Americans wanted to forg …"

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.

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… ribunal,” Tamargo said.     …"

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 "Kellogg":

"… $40.8 billion that went to one firm in particular: KBR, otherwise known as Kellogg, Brown and Root. KBR is a former subsidiary of Halliburton, which received …"

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 "Kellogg":

"… ps of Engineers overseeing the effort nor the main contractor at the site, Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), heeded the warning.  As a result, “tens of mi …"

"… n 3,000 and 12,000 percent, according to an audit Bowen conducted in 2011. Kellogg Brown and Root  was among a handful of large contractors that ke …"

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

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

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.

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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 "Kellogg":

"… 2001 to $140 billion in 2010.KBR: The Pentagon’s conciergeKBR, formerly Kellogg, Brown and Root, won the first "concierge" contract for an array of servic …"

"… tracted value of one Iraqi  task order of Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root grew by a multiple of 36 and was modified 21 times, …"

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 "Afghan National Army":

"… Eric Cartman, to sign out for 200 weapons as part of its training for the Afghan National Army.Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrot …"

The ledger sheet after a decade of war in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

As Obama looks forward on Afghanistan, a look back

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… a is beginning a slow drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and outlining America’s future role in the worn-torn nation. A decade after the United States …"

"… g sex trafficking allegations by U.S contractors — including claims that American companies were running brothels, populated by sex slaves imported from Ch …"

"… ced on Wednesday, the overall cost of the war will keep growing as long as Americans maintain a presence to stabilize the country and pursue terrorists and a …"

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 "Afghan National Police":

"… .5 billion spent by the United States and other international donors on an Afghan National Police program over several years. About 21 percent of Afghan police employees a …"

"… d, the United States has spent about $10 billion since 2002 to rebuild the Afghan National Police, providing housing, equipment and salaries, according to the special inspe …"

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

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

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 "supervisor":

"… urope — and not prosecuted — the U.S. Army was told this February that supervisors of an Army subcontractor in Iraq had sexually assaulted women who were he …"

"… sexually assaulted by unknown individuals, to include civilian contractor supervisors.” An Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman said the allegation …"

"… to the suit filed by James Gordon, who was at the time a senior ArmorGroup supervisor. Also, an ArmorGroup trainee had been caught bragging that he hoped to mak …"

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

Pentagon discovers overpayments to contractor, potential for waste

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

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

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

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