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‘Unsatisfactory’ Mega-Contractor Re-Ups on Another Big Military Deal

We all remember Kosovo. Why is the DoD allowing Dyncorp to bid at all?

Spencer Ackerman – (Danger Room) – November 2, 2012 - Just days after an inspector general report revealed that a giant Pentagon contractor performed “unsatisfactory” work in Afghanistan, the U.S. Air Force awarded the firm another multimillion-dollar pot of cash.

Virginia’s DynCorp, which performs everything from private security to construction for the U.S. military, has re-upped with Air Force to help pilots learn basic flying skills on the T-6A/B Texan II aircraft, a training plane. The deal is only the latest between DynCorp and the Air Force on the Texan II: In June, the Air Force Materiel Command gave the company a deal worth nearly $55 million for training services. The latest one, announced late Thursday, is worth another $72.8 million, and lasts through October 2013.

But the Air Force’s lucrative vote of confidence in DynCorp comes not even a week after the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction blasted the company for performing “unsatisfactory” construction work at an Afghan Army base in Kunduz. The base was “at risk of structural failure” when the watchdogs initially inspected, but the Army Corps of Engineers chose to settle DynCorp’s contract, a move that awarded the company “$70.8 million on the construction contracts and releas[ed] it from any further liabilities and warranty obligation.” (.pdf)

A DynCorp spokeswoman, Ashley Burke, told Bloomberg News that the company disputed the special inspector general’s findings. For its part, the special inspector general took to tweeting photographs of what it called “DynCorp’s failed work at #Afghan #Army Base in #Kunduz.”

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Schwartz on smoking, Myles joins the club & other news

“Don’t blow smoke up my ass” about what a military platform can do and when it will be ready, Schwartz told a tense and silent ballroom filled with defense industry executives. “There’s no time for it. There’s no patience for it. OK?” –Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz

Interesting Times
ROBERT KAHN - February 11, 2011 – “May you live in interesting times” is supposed to be an ancient Chinese proverb – though no one has ever proved that, and Westerners don’t know whether it’s supposed to be a blessing or a curse.

We live in interesting times, but am I the only one who feels that the rest of the world is missing the point?

Take Wikileaks and Julian Assange.

I, for one, do not care how Julian Assange has sex, nor with whom he has it. Nor do I see what Julian Assange’s sex life has to do with the 251,287 diplomatic cables from U.S. Embassies around the world that have embarrassed O so many people, and may have contributed to the revolution in Egypt.

What I wonder is why the U.S. Army allowed a private, first class, to get his hands on a quarter of a million classified cables, so he could slip them to Mr. Assange.

Doesn’t that seem a more interesting question, for U.S. national security and all, than what Julian Assange did with the condom? (Click HERE for article)

Major General (USA Ret.) James R. Myles Joins DynCorp International 
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - February 11, 2011 – DynCorp International (DI) yesterday announced that Major General (USA Ret.) James R. Myles has joined the company as Vice President of Aviation Operations, within the company’s Aviation business area. He is based in Huntsville, Ala.
“We are honored that General Myles chose to join our team,” said Steve Gaffney, Chairman and CEO of DynCorp International. “As we look to the future and across our seven business areas, DI holds tremendous potential for growth and Gen. Myles’ extraordinary achievements and knowledge will enrich the services we provide. We are committed to the Huntsville community and look forward to continuing to expand our presence there.”

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