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  • How the US Funds the Taliban

    This investigation uncovered Taliban insurgents reaping millions of dollars in Department of Defense contracts. "These contracts have become an immense boon for the Taliban, as security firms found that paying off the insurgents was the only way to get supplies through hostile territory to US troops." This has become a large part of the Taliban's income.
  • Outsourcing the Pentagon

    This study examined $900 billion in defense contracts in the six fiscal years between 1998 and 2003. After assembling Pentagon databases into a single table of 2.2 million records, the study identified and profiled defense department contractors who received at least $100 million between fiscal years 1998 and 2003. Among other findings, no-bid contracts accounted for 40 percent of the Pentagon's business in that time period.
  • "All in the Family"

    This investigation showed how the military contracting process in Iraq is replete with cozy relationships between the Pentagon and industry that raise potential conflicts of interest. The Army Corps of Engineers awarded a secretive $7 billion no-bid contract for oil field services in Iraq to Halliburton, whose chief Washington lobbyist was a top official at the corps and whose former CEO is Vice President Dick Cheney. Furthermore, nine members of the Defense Policy Board, which advises the Pentagon, have financial ties to companies that won billions of dollars in defense contracts.
  • Bay to Baghdad

    Looking for an Iraq-related story and using the Department of Defense's procurement database, San Francisco Chronicle business reporters found "more than 900 local companies selling gear and services to the military--everything from ice cream and underwear to chemical-weapons detectors. It totaled more than $4 billion in 2002."
  • "The Big Sell"

    This report features arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin as an example of how the balance of power between buyer and seller has shifted in the international arms trade. A global dropoff in high-tech arms sales has even top-selling Lockheed Martin struggling to stay afloat, offering top-of-the-line equipment at bargain-basement prices to countries like the United Arab Emirates.
  • Nuclear contamination in Connecticut

    Connecticut is home to some of the nation's worst nuclear contamination. But because of its heavy past dependence on defense contracts and nuclear power, Z Magazine finds there is still a strong denial of possible health consequences from the state's nuclear contamination, both in the media and the general population.
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    The Progressive investigates "mercenary" companies hired by the U.S. government to build military bases, train foreign forces and clean up in other countries after war or U.S. military intervention. Companies such as Vinnell Corporation use retired military personnel to support corrupt monarchies in Saudi Arabia making the Vinnell workers prime targets for bombings by discontented Saudi opposition forces. (April 1996)
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    Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) investigates the close relationship between the Grumman Corporation and key members of Congress who influence defense contracts; finds that major influence peddling is common and pervasive, and involves campaign contributions and real estate deals, July, October and December 1990.
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    New York Post uncovers massive fraud by New York National Guard officials, including one general who skillfully derailed federal investigators; finds evidence of bribery in Congress and the Pentagon involving defense contracts; the guard allowed thousands of no-shows, or AWOLs, to remain on the books to inflate the guard's troop strength and mislead the Pentagon about the state guard's readiness for war or national disaster; the inflated figures allowed the guard to build its budget to nearly $400 million a year--triple the size of a decade ago, Dec. 11 - 13, 1989.
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    St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on widespread wrongdoings and illegalities in the handling of defense contracts by General Dynamics Corp.