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The April 11, 2009 incident of DynCorp and their “dancing boys” was fist published by The Washington Post in July 2009. It wasn’t until Wikileaks published a State Department cable (PDF) between U.S. Assistant Ambassador Mussomeli and Afghanistan Minister of Interior (MoI) Hanif Atmar that things started getting ugly for DynCorp. After the State Department memo was made public, The Guardian in the UK was the first to publish anything on it.  Based on that article MsSparky.com we published a post on Dec 3. David Isenberg published his article in the HuffingtonPost on Dec 6. After that point the main stream media and other bloggers jumped on board and started publicizing this highly offensive behavior.

I guess I’m not surprised that DynCorp has steadfastly denied any wrong doing and just chalked it up to “poor judgment” on the part of their employees regarding their “dancing boy” incident in Afghanistan. To top it all off, the State Department has jumped into the prevarication with them.

I totally understand that DynCorp Corporate can not have total control over every decision their managers make around the world. Managers are going to make poor decisions. It just happens. What aggravates me and what most people find disturbing are the attempts to  “spin” the facts of the incident into something totally innocuous.

Below is an email communication from DynCorp Chief Compliance Officer Joe Kale to DynCorp employees. I’m going to point out the “spin” in Mr. Kale’s communication. My comments are in bold BLUE italics. Read the remainder of this entry »

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DynCorp denies allegations in U.S. ambassador’s cable

Posted December 9, 2010 By Ms Sparky

WikiLeaks: DynCorp Responds To Dancing Boys Scandal

John Nova Lomax – December 9, 2010 – In the wake of our story about DynCorp’s ill-fated Afghan dance party, DynCorp’s vice president of communications Ashley Vanarsdall Burke has sent in an official response.

The company says that there was no truth to the allegation made in the headline ““Texas Company Helped Pimp Little Boys To Stoned Afghan Cops” or several other allegations made in official cables from the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan that were publicized by WikiLeaks.

We were taken to task for not contacting them first and then Burke laid out the “facts” as the company sees them.

Burke stated that “a handful of individuals were found to have exercised extremely poor judgment and acted inappropriately. It is important to note, however, that the inaccurate and bizarre allegations contained in your story are false and recklessly irresponsible.”

What really happened, according to Burke, was this:

As part of an employee’s going away party, a 17 year old local Afghan dancer who performed at local events such as weddings and other celebrations, was hired to perform a traditional Afghan dance. Recognizing that the situation was culturally insensitive, a site manager stopped the performance. Despite the fact that the performance was stopped, the situation was investigated. What was determined was that the leadership of the team exhibited poor judgment and were subsequently terminated. That is the whole story; no alcohol or drugs were involved, or other illegal behaviors occurred.”

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DynCorp – Ballhaus resigns

Posted August 21, 2010 By Forseti

Dyncorp International President and CEO Announces Departure, Successor Named

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (August 20, 2010) – DynCorp International (DI) today announced that Steve Gaffney will become the company’s chief executive officer and president effective August 25, 2010, the date that current CEO and president, Bill Ballhaus, has announced that he will resign.  Mr. Ballhaus, who joined the company in May 2008, will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors as vice chairman and has accepted a position as a strategic advisor to DI’s new parent, Cerberus Capital Management L.P.

“Over the past two years the DI team has accomplished great things: we redefined our core values, strengthened our leadership programs, entered new business sectors and expanded our global footprint,” said Mr. Ballhaus. “The company is now in a position of strength and, while I am stepping down from my day-to-day role, I look forward to remaining actively engaged in DI’s future through my involvement on the Board and as a senior advisor to its owners.”

Mr. Gaffney, who already serves as chairman of DI’s Board of Directors and will operate out of the company’s Falls Church headquarters, joins DI from IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. (IAP), where he has served as CEO since January 2009.

“Bill and I have worked closely together over the past several months, discussing the company’s operations, management and future.  I look forward to continuing to work with Bill in his role as a key strategic advisor and on the company’s Board,” said Mr. Gaffney. “He deserves a great deal of credit for expanding the company’s global footprint and establishing a solid foundation of corporate goals and core values that will guide the company’s future success.”

Mr. Gaffney has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the defense industry. In addition to his experience with IAP, he served as senior vice president of ITT Corporation and president of ITT Defense Electronics and Services. Mr. Gaffney was responsible for establishing ITT’s strategic direction as well as financial and operating performances. Under his leadership, the company grew more than 60 percent as Mr. Gaffney executed both organic and acquisition strategies. He also had responsibility for driving Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence across all of ITT.

Early in his career, Mr. Gaffney led business segments at Litton Industries, AlliedSignal and Smith Industries.  He earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Champion and Green Belt.

About DynCorp International

DynCorp International is a global government services provider in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives, delivering support solutions for defense, diplomacy, and international development. DI operates major programs in logistics, platform support, contingency operations, and training and mentoring to reinforce security, community stability, and the rule of law. DynCorp International is headquartered in Falls Church, Va. For more information, visit www.dyn-intl.com. (Click HERE for press release)

David Isenberg: DynCorp Begs to Differ

Posted April 20, 2010 By Ms Sparky

David IsenbergHuffington Post
Author, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International)
Posted: April 20, 2010 09:57 AM

In regard to my April 16 2010 post “The Contractors that Couldn’t Shoot Straight?” I received the below email yesterday.

Dear David,
At DynCorp International, we appreciate your ongoing coverage of, and interest in, contractor issues and Afghan National Police training. However, many points in the article you posted today, “The Contractors That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”, are factually incorrect:

1. The issue of faulty marksmanship training has unfortunately been perpetuated after it appeared in a Newsweek story. It is just plain wrong, and I have attached for your information a brief discussion of the facts of this issue. Read the remainder of this entry »

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