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US: Diminished Oversight Leads to Overpricing

US: Diminished Oversight Leads to Overpricing

by David Phinney April 5th, 2004 Ken Pedeleose’s eyes popped in awe as he plowed through a bill for airplane parts in 1999: $2,522 for a 4½-inch metal sleeve, $744 for a washer, $714 for a rivet, and $5,217 for a 1-inch metal bracket. [...]

US: C-130’s Costs Soar Despite Reforms

US: C-130’s Costs Soar Despite Reforms

The Pentagon had high hopes it could keep costs low on a new model of the C-130 transport by treating it like any other commercial purchase, but despite the publicly intended purpose, the airlifter’s price nearly doubled. by David Phinney, Defense News April 12th, 2004 The Pentagon had high hopes it could keep costs low on a new [...]

Army Eyes Contractor Partnerships for Surge in Battlefield Repairs

From the wayback machine ... Soon after invasion of Iraq, war planners oozed ebullient confidence in their abilities to work with contractors and even Iraqis to repair equipment. April 28, 2003 -- Even before armed hostilities in Iraq began to calm, Defense Department managers in charge of repairing and maintaining military equipment started [...]

Rally Presses for Investigation of Point Blank Body Armor

Rally Presses for Investigation of Point Blank Body Armor

Target Prevails: The Miami Herald. This story pre-dates the national scandal of faulty Point Blank body armor provided to troops in Afghanistan by almost three years  (Sept. 19, 2002). For example of later reporting, see MSNBC.com. By DAVID PHINNEY Members of [...]

Despite Impeachment Outcome Clinton Foes Claim Victory

Despite Impeachment Outcome Clinton Foes Claim Victory

Getting Their Man: ABCnews.com. Longtime foes to President Clinton weigh in on the impeachment. "It's like getting Al Capone on tax evasion," said one. "He's a phony, a con man and the greatest liar in history," said another. All the while, Clinton's job [...]

New Tools of Fear and Death

New Tools of Fear and Death

By David Phinney ABCNEWS.com (1998) Fifteen thousand raucous hockey fans fill a downtown stadium on a Friday night to see the Washington Capitals take on the Philadelphia Flyers. But shortly after the 7 p.m. face-off, terrorists trigger an explosive charge that showers poisonous chemicals over the crowd. Washington, D.C.’s proud new stadium [...]

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