Wednesday, January 31, 2007
.......HAND IN HAND.......
There were two different articles in the DAM news this morning...but one is entirely linked to the other...makes my red neck ass red..Follow the bouncing ball my friends..follow the bouncing ball...
DYNCORP FAULTED FOR IRAQ SPENDING...Inspectors cites millions in discrepancies; firm defends actions..
by Todd Robberson-staff writer-
A federal inspector looking into the performance of DynCorp International said Tuesday that he had identified tens of millions of dollars worth of accounting discrepancies, missing weapons and unauthorized billings by the Dallas-area employer.
Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, criticized both the State Department and Virginia-based DynCorp, for what he called lax accounting and monitoring procedures related to a camp-construction contract for police trainers in Iraq.
The contract was for 1,048 trailers and an Olympic-size swimming pool to be built for police trainers in Baghdad and else-where in Iraq.
Mr. Bowen's report cited $43.8 million in State Department expenditures for a camp that was never used by police trainers. It said DynCorp had billed the department for $4.2 million in unauthorized work related to the contract.
It added that the State Department "may have spent another $36.4 million for weapons and equipment, including armored vehicles, body armor and communications equipment that cannot be accounted for."
A Dallas Morning News series in December, which was cited in Ms. Schakowsky's announcement Tuesday, identified potentially life threatening lapses involving DynCorp's management of weapons, armored vehicles and body armor in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The troubled stabilization and reconstruction effort, which has made private contractors the second-largest force in Iraq behind the U.S. military, has prompted members of Congress to seek a re-examination of the U.S. mission there.
Mr. Bowen's report said the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement had initiated its own investigation of DynCorp's billing practices in late 2005 and quoted an internal department report as saying, "INL cannot determine if the bureau received what it paid for."
Second article...........Associated Press
SURVEY SAYS HUNDREDS OF GI'S LACKED CRUCIAL PROTECTIVE GEAR.
Armor absent at times in Iraq, Afghanistan.
Washington- Hundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced shortages of key protective equipment including armored vehicles, roadside bomb countermeasures and communications gear, a Pentagon survey released Tuesday shows.?"
The Defense Department Inspector General's Office polled roughly 1,200 service members and found they weren't always adequately equipped for their missions. The troops were interviewed in Iraq and Afghanistan last May and June.
Those surveyed reported short-comings with vehicles outfitted with armor; "crew-served weapons," which are weapons it takes more than one person to handle, such as artillery or a large machine gun; electronic countermeasure devices, such as equipment designed to foil roadside bombs by interfering with cellphone signals that may be used to detonate them; and communication equipment.
The survey found that those not getting needed gear include troops performing untraditional missions such as training, reconstruction, detainee operations and explosive ordnance disposal.
In some cases, they went ahead with the work anyway, used informal means to get what they needed or canceled or put off operations while waiting for equipment, the report summary said.
The report found the U.S. Central Command and the Army's internal equipment controls inadequate and recommends improvements.
Only a summary of the findings were made public; much of the report is classified.
Gee! I wonder why? I wonder how many of those soldiers shipped home in those coffins died because DynCorp pocketed the money supposed to be spent on weapons?...Wonder who they sold them too instead of them going to our soldiers?....
I have a lot more questions to ask, but these 2 articles have given me such a head ache, I'm afraid if I think about it much longer, my brain will explode...
Fuckme till I'm classified...