9780230604087

Betraying Our Troops The Destructive Results of Privatizing War

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230604087

  • ISBN10:

    0230604080

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-29
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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Summary

In this shocking expos, two government fraud experts reveal how private contractors have put countless soldiers in danger while damaging America's strategic interests and image abroad. From the shameful profiteering of well-known companies to the sinister influence of lobbyists on U.S. foreign policy, this is the inside story of how gross corporate negligence has left American troops lacking in basic supplies. Drawing on exclusive government and military sources, the authors show how those with money and power have conspired to undermine U.S. fighting forces while compromising America's own security interests.

Author Biography

Dina Rasor is an investigative journalist who founded and ran the Project on Government Oversight, the organization that was responsible for exposing much of the weapons fraud in the 1980s and 1990s, especially for weapons that failed testing and overpriced spare parts. She is now the chief investigator for Follow the Money (www.followthemoneyproject.org), a project that investigates where the money appropriated for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is going--especially money that should be going to the troops. She lives in El Cerrito, California. Robert Bauman was a criminal investigator with the Department of Defense for 24 years. He lives in San Jose, California. The authors are Principals in the Bauman & Rasor Group, an investigative and consulting firm specializing in lawsuits involving government fraud.

Table of Contents

Cast of Charactersp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Blitzkrieg
The Private Side of Warp. 11
Smelling Smokep. 21
Where Are My Missiles?p. 25
Breaking Downp. 37
Rumsfeld's Armyp. 45
Mission Accomplished
Dust and Desperationp. 51
Afflict the Comfortablep. 55
For the Moneyp. 59
A Different Kind of Suburbp. 65
The Green Zonep. 71
Digging In
Feeding Frenzyp. 83
Stepping into the Breachp. 89
The Berlin Wallp. 93
Corporate Cowboys in a War Zonep. 99
The Hired Gunsp. 117
The Slog
The Other Side of the Forcep. 131
A Different Kind of Black Waterp. 145
The Replacementsp. 157
Exposure
The Hand That Feeds Youp. 165
Don Quixote vs. the Chairmanp. 175
Legal Prayerp. 195
Slumlord of Iraqp. 201
The Empire Strikes Backp. 209
You Go to War with the Secretary of Defense You Havep. 217
The War Service Industryp. 231
Afterwordp. 243
Appendixp. 245
Endnotesp. 253
Bibliographyp. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 267
Indexp. 269
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