The Privatized War in Afghanistan

by
Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis, writing today in Facing South: the Online Magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies:

Additional number of American troops President Obama plans to deploy to
Afghanistan: 30,000

Total
number of U.S. troops that will be there after the deployment: 98,000

Number
of private contractors working for the U.S. in Afghanistan as of
September 2009: 104,101

Percent
by which that number grew between June and September: 40

Percent
of the Defense Department's workforce in Afghanistan accounted for by
contractors: 57

Number
of conflicts in U.S. history involving a higher percentage of
contractors: 0

Percent
of the U.S. presence on the ground during the Vietnam War accounted for
by contractors: 13

Percent
of the Defense Department's 2008 budget devoted to contracts and
grants: 82

Estimated
value of Defense Department contracts in Afghanistan awarded to
Texas-based Fluor and Virginia's DynCorp: $7.5
billion

Amount Fluor's PAC contributed to federal
candidates in 2008: $305,499

Amount
DynCorp's PAC contributed to federal candidates in 2008: $51,999

Date
on which a financial analyst announced that Fluor and DynCorp  stood to
benefit from deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan: 12/2/2009

Amount
by which Fluor's share prices rose in that afternoon's trading: 33
cents

Amount by which DynCorp's share prices rose: 30
cents

Month in which DynCorp disclosed in a regulatory
filing that it had made payments to expedite visas and licenses,
potentially violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: 11/2009

The
estimated total for these illegal payments: $300,000

Date
on which an investigation was announced on behalf of DynCorp investors
over possible securities law violations by the company: 12/3/2009

Value
of a U.S. contract with DynCorp to train Iraqi police that federal
auditors said was so mismanaged they were unable to determine how the
money was spent: $1.3 billion

Year
in which the U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting is scheduled to
release a comprehensive study of contracting in war zones: 2011

(Click
on the number to go to the original source.)

 

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