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Posted January 1, 2012 By Forseti

Contractor linked to mistaken deaths
After deaths of 15 Afghans in 2010, Army learned that U.S. civilian played a role using drone video feeds.
David S. Cloud – (STL Today) – WASHINGTON – December 31, 2011 – After a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed at least 15 Afghans in 2010, the Army officer investigating the accident was surprised to discover that an American civilian had played a central role: analyzing video feeds from a Predator drone keeping watch from above.

The contractor had overseen other analysts at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida as the drone tracked suspected insurgents near a small unit of U.S. soldiers in rugged hills in central Afghanistan. Based partly on her analysis, an Army captain ordered an airstrike on a convoy that turned out to be carrying innocent men, women and children.

“What company do you work for?” Maj. Gen. Timothy McHale demanded of the contractor after he learned that she was not in the military, according to a transcript obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

“SAIC,” she answered. Her employer, SAIC Inc., is a publicly traded Virginia-based corporation with a multiyear $49 million contract to help the Air Force analyze drone video and other intelligence from Afghanistan.

America’s growing drone operations rely on hundreds of civilian contractors, including some, such as the SAIC employee, who work in the so-called kill chain before Hellfire missiles are launched, according to current and former military officers, company employees and internal government documents. (Click HERE for article)

Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill
Sara Sorcher – (National Journal) – December 31, 2011 – President Obama signed on Saturday the defense authorization bill, formally ending weeks of heated debate in Congress and intense lobbying by the administration to strip controversial provisions requiring the transfer of some terror suspects to military custody.

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Thomas Manok sentenced for bribery in Baghdad

Posted December 10, 2011 By Forseti

Thomas Manok (photo LinkedIn)

Former Army Corps of Engineers Employee Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Accepting Bribes from Iraqi Contractors

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – December 9, 2011 – A former employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, was sentenced today in the Eastern District of Virginia to 20 months in prison for conspiring to receive bribes from Iraqi contractors involved in the U.S.-funded reconstruction efforts, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge James W. McJunkin of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Thomas Aram Manok, 51, of Chantilly, Va., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga. In addition to his prison term, Manok was sentenced to three years of supervised release. Judge Trenga ordered a forfeiture hearing to be held on Jan. 13, 2012. Manok pleaded guilty on Sept. 19, 2011.

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  • Eyak was awarded new DoD contracts on September 14 and October 3, 2011:
    United States DoD contracts for September 14, 2011
    Eyak Technology, L.L.C., Dulles, Va., is being awarded an $8,903,000 firm-fixed-priced delivery order MU65 against an existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Technology for infrastructure, geospatial, and environmental requirements indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (W912HZ-09-D-0003) for the procurement, kitting, marking, and integration of different varieties of kits for the Marine Air Ground Taskforce (MAGTF) Secondary Imagery Dissemination System (MSIDS). MSIDS provides the only self-contained, hand-held, ground-prospective imagery capability for MAGTF reconnaissance units. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 13, 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $33,372 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The delivery order was not competed. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

    United States DoD contracts for October 3, 2011
    Eyak Services, LLC, Falls Church, Va., was awarded a $9,099,274 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the support services for Field Force Engineering Command Control System Readiness Operations. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C.; Seoul, Korea; and Winchester, Va.; with an estimated completion date of Sept. 27, 2012. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Miss., is the contracting activity (W912HZ-11-C-0069).

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Employees and Two Others Indicted in $20 Million Bribery and Kickback Scheme Involving Government Contracts – Defendants Arrested Today as Authorities Seize Millions in Assets

    (DoJ) WASHINGTON – October 4, 2011 – Four Virginia men, including two longtime employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, were arrested today on charges stemming from an indictment that accuses them of taking part in a conspiracy involving more than $20 million in bribes and kickback payments and the planned steering of a $780 million government contract to a favored contractor.

    The arrests were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Peggy E. Gustafson, Inspector General for the Small Business Administration (SBA); Robert E. Craig, Special Agent in Charge of the Mid-Atlantic Field Office of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS); Jeannine A. Hammett, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and James K. Podolak, Director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s (CID) Major Procurement Fraud Unit.

    The defendants include Kerry F. Khan, 53, of Alexandria, Va.; his son, Lee A. Khan, 30, of Fairfax, Va.; Michael A. Alexander, 55, of Woodbridge, Va., and Harold F. Babb, 60, of Sterling, Va. Kerry Khan and Alexander are employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Babb is director of contracts for a company that did business with the government.

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