• State Department Gives 87% of Afghan Funds to Only Five Recipients

    February 27, 2015

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Economy, Embassy/State



    The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a scathing report showing the Department of State gave a staggering 87 percent of all Afghan reconstruction funds to only five recipients.

    In fact, 69 percent of all taxpayer money spent went to just one contractor.

    Much Money into Few Hands

    SIGAR tells us the top-five recipients of State Afghanistan reconstruction awards by total obligations accounted for approximately $3.5 billion, or 87 percent, of total State reconstruction obligations. State awarded the remaining 13 percent of obligations to 766 recipients, who averaged about $676,000 each in total obligations.

    Dyncorp International Limited Liability Corporation (Dyncorp) was the single largest recipient of State department funds, receiving $2.8 billion in contracts, or 69 percent of total awards. Dyncorp contracts dealt principally with training and equipping the Afghan National Police and counternarcotics forces. Dyncorp contracts included police trainers, construction of police infrastructure, and fielding police equipment and vehicles. Dyncorp played a similar role, with similar results, in the Iraq Reconstruction.

    Next in line at the trough were PAE Government Services Incorporated at $597.8 million, Civilian Police International Limited Liability Company with $53.6 million, the Demining Agency For Afghanistan at $28.3 million and Omran Consulting Company, in the number fifth slot, with only $22.8 million in taxpayer funds awarded.

    Including all the smaller awardees, between 2002 and 2013, State dropped about $4 billion on Afghan reconstruction. That sounds bad enough given the near-complete lack of meaningful progress in Iraq Afghanistan, until you realize Congress appropriated $96.57 billion in that same time period for Afghanistan reconstruction spread among the Departments of Defense, State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    The Bigger Picture

    The implications are three-fold.

    The smallest issue seems to be the massive hemorrhaging of money into just one corporate pocket. Given the amounts, one looks forward to future SIGAR reporting about how this came to be. How many non-competed contracts? How many insider deals? How much unaccounted for money? The appearance of corruption, as well as the opportunities for corruption, are evident.

    The next issue of course is what, if anything, was accomplished with all that taxpayer money absent enriching a few large corporations. Pick your trend line, and it is hard to find much bang for the buck(s) in Afghanistan. Here are some examples to get you started.

    Lastly, we are left with what economists call “waste and mismanagement” the concept that money spent in one way precludes other spending that might have been more beneficial. What might have happened if instead of the U.S. spending extraordinary amounts of money to hire police, build roads, schools and factories in Iraq Afghanistan, that money would have been spent here in America on roads, schools and factories?



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    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”Dyncorp International Limited Liability Corporation (Dyncorp)was the single largest recipient of State department funds, receiving $2.8 billion in contracts, or 69 percent of total awards.

      Ah yes, Dyncorp. Whudda thunk. Pug Winokur must be glowing with pride in his grave. Meanwhile, the Mega-Corporate criminal of Criminals makes Halburton look like a johnny-come-lately local gang of teenage thugs. We’re talkin the big daddy of the MIC. I’ve got $1k that Eisenhower was referring to DynCorp in his infamous warning about the growth and danger of the MIC. After all, it was formed in 1954.

      So vast are it’s links to the MIC/CIA/DOD/CONGRESS and Corporate board of directors, even Muckety can’t fit it all in one map.

      http://www.muckety.com/DynCorp-International/5005000.muckety

      So much so, even Catherine Austin Fitts devoted an entire chapter of her book to Dyncorp, The Aristocracy of Stocks…
      http://www.dunwalke.com/sidebars/dyncorp.htm

      In fact, her connection by virtue of the Hamilton Securities/Promis software debacle led Insight Magazine journalist Kelly O’Meara to do an investigative report called DynCorp’s Disgrace. That report has been completely removed from the net. Gone. Zero. Zilch. I wonder why. Not.

      Even Mike Ruppert referenced it in a chapter in Crossing the Rubicon.

      http://tinyurl.com/pgl5a72

      Indeed, the granddaddy of the MIC..still sucking the blood out of the Murkan taxpayer while running every criminal enterprise imaginable. Cartel is a massive understatement. DynCorp’s tentacles link directly from Satan himself.

      In regards to it’s connection to Afghanistan.. meh!..small potatoes. Every single Empire atrocity on the planet since WW11 is connected to DynCorp..the most evil corporation on the planet.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-isenberg/the-dyncorp-see-no-evil-m_b_1267479.html

      Indeed.. the Empire’s most monstrous collection of corporate scum ever to set foot on this planet.

      02/27/15 2:14 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps, if ever there was a Corporate list for execution of the 100 Heads Life and Casualty policy..DynCorp is it. Only problem is..it would have to be expanded to 1000.

      02/27/15 2:22 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      1000 would be a good start.

      02/27/15 5:00 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Peter’s question of -what if- has always intrigued me. Why is it that our government deliberately spends tax payer money abroad rather than here in the “homeland”. I have no bankable answer but only a few speculations- none that are comforting.

      02/27/15 4:46 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      It’s a funny thing. When I raise this point in interviews or public speaking, the answer in a general forum is nearly always the same: Americans are lazy and the government should not pay for their stuff or it is socialism. Overseas is different either because we need to do it so save America/help the troops or because they are dumb foreigners who deserve our largess to become decent folks.

      02/27/15 5:03 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      PVB – so the message from our benevolent at heart government is that invaded “foreigners” are automatically more deserving of a favor than the slacker native homelanders? I certainly don’t want to disabuse them of such a smug assumption.
      To be real for a moment. This might be a cosmos where not anything goes but it is designed to favor the “bent” aspect.

      02/27/15 6:17 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Holy sh….t. I realized that I might have inadvertently stumbled upon the possibility that our shared cosmos -one out of quadrillion? -would be humorously designatedly the most ironical. I made that speculation while not wearing my tinfoil headpiece so it may not be valid nor worthy of consideration.

      02/27/15 6:28 PM | Comment Link

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      02/27/15 9:13 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…

      “Holy sh….t. I realized that I might have inadvertently stumbled upon the possibility that our shared cosmos -one out of quadrillion? -would be humorously designatedly the most ironical. I made that speculation while not wearing my tinfoil headpiece so it may not be valid nor worthy of consideration.”

      Well don’t feel bad John. I stumbled on the same possibility a few years ago during a moment of self congratulation after drinking a shot of absinth, three bottles of local craft beer and half a quart of vodka. You’ll recover. In about 3 years. Meanwhile, I have a suggestion. This spring, try to grow a small garden. The perspective is wonderful.

      02/28/15 1:21 AM | Comment Link

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    • Ed Grange said...

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      How does A/S Brownfield survive such a record of wasteful, failed programs?

      03/6/15 2:39 AM | Comment Link

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