Key findings

  • A comprehensive examination of companies that won contracts that are not competitively bid for work in Iraq and Afghanistan — and of their campaign contributions, led by General Electric and Vinnell Corporation (the former Northrup Grumman).
  • These contracts have tripled in size since 9/11, to $140 billion. Who loses? The taxpayer.

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Key Findings

A comprehensive examination of companies that won contracts that are not competitively bid for work in Iraq and Afghanistan — and of…

Windfalls of War

Baghdad bonanza for KBR

The top 100 private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Using data from FY 2004-2006, the Center compiled the top defense contractors gaining off conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan.

A top Army contracting officer asks for an independent investigation.

Despite being under an investigative cloud, company gets $4.3 billion in 2003.

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Contracting intelligence

Department of Interior releases Abu Ghraib contract.

As the number of contracts rises, problems continue to plague the contracting process.

Over a period of six months, the contracted value of one Iraqi task order of Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root grew by a multiple of…

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Contractors write the rules

Army policy governing use of contractors omits intelligence restrictions.

As early as December 2000 the Army was aware of the risks of calling on the private sector for intelligence work.

While the Defense and State Departments have granted the lion’s share of contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan directly from Washington, a few U.S. companies have made their deals directly with local governing authorities that have emerged with U.S. support or direction.

The Pentagon has awarded seven contracts to San Diego-based Science Applications International Corp. to oversee much of the massive jobs of building a new government and mass media in post-war Iraq.

One of the more interesting Iraq contracts the Center uncovered involves a tiny firm called Sullivan Haave Associates.

Executive Order 13303, which appears to give immunity from any judicial process to every entity with direct or indirect interests in Iraqi petroleum and related products, went unnoticed outside the government until July.

Government contracting has always been a complex matter, thick with legal wrangling and bureaucracy, but the last decade has seen a radical change in how the U.S. government purchases goods and services.

Under a presidential directive signed by Ronald Reagan on June 23, 1987, known as Executive Order 12600, companies have potential veto power over Freedom of Information Act requests for copies of their contracts with the U.S. government.

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