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 "Lt. Gen.":

"… ons like M16s. “You gotta accept some risk in this,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, who directed the training and equipping of Iraqi police a …"

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 "Army":

"… hat includes the residence of the Vice President, the Maryland site of the Army’s top security chemical and biological laboratories, 15 major U.S. Army …"

"… Army’s top security chemical and biological laboratories, 15 major U.S. Army bases, the Coast Guard’s academy in Connecticut and its headquarters in …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… n Baghdad that military officials believed was the hideout of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Although the failed attempt to kill him was followed two days later by ho …"

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 "Middle East":

"… rs. But U.S. dreams of fostering a thriving, Western-style economy in the Middle East have not been realized. Almost all of Iraq’s gains have come from oil pr …"

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 "Congress":

"… ecial Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. In a May report to Congress, for example, that office concluded that “corruption remains a major thr …"

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 "Congress":

"… ess someone else completed the work. Of the $51 billion that Congress approved for Iraq reconstruction, about $20 billion was for rebuilding Ira …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Accountability Office":

"… erine V. Schinasi, a colleague on the commission and former analyst at the General Accountability Office, said, “we’ve seen enough poor outcomes from State Department contract …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… nistration waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation about Saddam Hussein's Iraq, making more than 900 false statements935 false statements: Ke …"

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 "War":

"… t proposed,” the report stated.For Charles Tiefer, a commissioner on the Wartime Contracting Commission, the GAO decision on the Blackwater police trai …"

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 "Halliburton":

"… conflict. The ”Windfalls of War” project was the first to report that Halliburton, the former company of then-Vice President Dick Cheney, was the top contra …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Appropriations Committee":

"… ed by Congress slashed State’s budget by $8 billion. In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted that the cuts to State’s budge …"

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 "Northrop Grumman":

"… EFENSE* Navy officials may have wrongly paid up to $4.1 million in fees to Northrop Grumman, the primary contractor on the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance drone airc …"

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 "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… nd construction sites.Raymond DiNunzio, the head of investigations for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said that in some cases involving reconstruction projects, “without per …"

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 "ArmorGroup":

"… ws that their clients were mostly Western men. In late 2007, officials at ArmorGroup, a company providing private security guards for the U.S. embassy in Kabul …"

"… e company. The matter is still being litigated. A management official for ArmorGroup “boasted openly about owning prostitutes in Kabul,” according to the s …"

"… according 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 h …"

"… James Gordon, who was at the time a senior ArmorGroup supervisor. Also, an ArmorGroup trainee had been caught bragging that he hoped to make some “real money …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… to the people who work for them what they should be doing and how,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) told the Huffington Post Investigative Fund after the hearing. “A …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Military":

"… icials are pushing at a breakneck pace to have 134,000 total by next year. Military commanders, both U.S. and Afghan, have been deeply and openly critical abo …"

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 "Contractor":

"… provide no assurance” that the government received value for its money. Contractor invoices were “inappropriately approved” and “oversight was grossly …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "DynCorp International":

"… nough people in Iraq to monitor the work or track the money being spent by DynCorp International, according to the audit issued Monday by Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the Spe …"

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 "Contractor":

"… r SPOT, is the Defense Department’s primary system to track Contractors. Contractor companies are required to maintain individual employee accountability with …"