David Isenberg: DynCorp Begs to Differ
The Afghan National Security Forces consists of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police
Insofar as DynCorp’s “good standing” with CSTC-A is concerned the report states, “We are not naming the contractor in this report because we did not assess the contractor’s performance and we have no evidence to suggest how well the contractor has performed.”
Finally, in regard to “DynCorp welcomes strong and effective government oversight of its work” nothing I wrote suggested anything to the contrary. In fact I pointed out that if the allegations were true “would be unfair to pin all the blame on DynCorp. The federal government would certainly share in it.”
Insofar as “Your article references various government audits from last year or earlier that have criticized the oversight of the CIVPOL contract. We have implemented corrective action plans for each area identified in those reports as needing correction” I am genuinely glad to hear it and I assume that DynCorp is genuinely doing its best to implement them. But as I pointed out in the article and in numerous past ones corrective action can only work when there is properly resourced and trained government contracting officers to check them. We don’t have them now and as testimony at yesterday’s hearing of the Commission on Wartime Contracting made clear we won’t have those we need for ten years at a minimum.
In fact, according to CWC Co-Chairs Michael Thibault and Christopher Shays, “After more than seven years of war in Southwest Asia, typically with a one-to-one ratio of contractor employees to warfighters, it is astonishing but apparently true that no one in DoD or the Army has either a department-wide or theater-wide view of contracts, contracting activity, or the numbers and location of contractors.” If that is true what confidence can we have that the government is even capable of assessing whether DynCorp is doing a good job? (cick HERE for David Isenberg’s original article)
Head on over to Amazon.com and take a look at David’s book Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International)