by David Phinney
Friday March 1st 2024



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Shrinking Violets Need Not Apply

It Takes American Courage to Stand Up:Corruption has long plagued Iraq reconstruction. Hundreds of projects may never be finished, including repairs to the country's oil pipelines and electricity system. Congress gave more than $30 billion to rebuild Iraq, and at least $8.8 billion of it has disappeared, according to a government reconstruction [...]

‘Anybody around here need a job?’

Spicy Commentary: On the Defense Intelligence Agency announcement to shell out $1 billion for men and women in the private sector -- who would "not be under the direct control of the American government -- to do much of our most sensitive intelligence work." See OUTSOURCING IS NOT THE ANSWER TO OUR FOREIGN POLICY WOES

One Hundred ‘Illegal’ Indian Workers at US Baghdad Embassy Project?

The Asian Age speculates that 100 Indian workers are working "illegally" at the $592-million US embassy project in Iraq. That is a small portion of the 40,000 workers from India employed by American and Iraqi forces in Iraq, that the newspaper estimates to be in the war-town country, but most could be there only by circumventing visa requirements [...]

New Data on Iraq Contractors

ePluribus Media posts a new spreadsheet from CentCom on contractors in Iraq. The raw data is roughly organized by Contract Number, with 1901 entries. Although not comprehensive, and nothing ever is when it comes to business in Iraq, it does appear enormously useful to those in need of data.... Crunching the Numbers: Total employed -- [...]


New York Times: Contractors who have worked in Iraq are returning home with the same kinds of combat-related mental health problems that afflict American military personnel, according to contractors, industry officials and mental health experts.

Contractors Battle for Insurance Coverage

by David Phinney The news media increasingly recognize the hidden cost of war and the injured contractor's fight for insurance coverage continues rising in recognition. Contractor Samuel Walker just may becoming the poster child/guy for telling the story: When Walker got back to the U.S., he brought some of the battlefield home with him. [...]

Contractors Overlooked

They are part of our war: So notes Rosa Brooks, a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. " In Iraq, civilian contractors form a vast parallel army. In the Persian Gulf War, fewer than 10,000 civilian contractors accompanied more than 500,000 military personnel. In Iraq today, an estimated 126,000 Defense Department civilian contractors [...]

On Leave

Be back soon... Too many pending projects.

Food Shortage No More


Mother works to memorialize contractor son slain in Iraq THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press BRATENAHL, Ohio - While the nation pauses on Memorial Day to honor its war dead, Donna Zovko works to keep alive the memory of her son, who was killed in Iraq while serving as a civilian contractor. She wants him and other contractors to be remembered along [...]

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