Two-Thirds of Afghanistan Reconstruction Money Went to DynCorp International*
By Noel Brinkerhoff
If not for the federal government, contractor DynCorp International wouldn’t be in business. Virtually all of its revenue (96%) comes from government contracts. That includes the vast majority of the taxpayer dollars that the State Department has awarded to companies to help rebuild Afghanistan.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says that of the $4 billion allotted by the State Department from 2002 to 2013, 69.3% went to DynCorp. In terms of actual dollars, DynCorp took in $2.8 billion.
Giving so much to one company might not have been a good idea, given DynCorp’s record.
The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) notes the contractor’s “colorful history” includes “instances of labor smuggling, weak performance and overpayments on a base support services contract, botched construction work on an Afghan Army garrison, and lawsuits filed by disgruntled subcontractors.”
Most of DynCorp’s contracts have been to train and equip the Afghan National Police and counternarcotics forces, SIGAR reports. It was during this work that the company was accused by a top Afghan official of hiring “dancing boys” in 2009 to entertain DynCorp trainers.
A diplomatic cable revealed by Wikileaks quoted Interior Minister Hanif Atmar as having “deep concerns that lives could be in danger if news leaked that foreign police trainers working for U.S. commercial contractor DynCorp hired ‘dancing boys’ to perform for them.”
Both the company and State Department officials denied the accusation. And yet, it was “serious enough to prompt worried emails from an Afghan politician asking that the story be kept secret,” Jacob Siegel wrote at The Daily Beast.
The second largest recipient of contracts for work in Afghanistan has been PAE Government Services, which received $598 million (or 15% of all State Department reconstruction funds). PAE has also had its troubles, according to POGO.
The former subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, one of the biggest defense contractors in the U.S., saw a former program manager, Keith Johnson, and his wife, Angela Johnson, go to prison for conspiring to defraud the military over purchases of vehicle parts.
In addition to jail time, the Johnsons were fined $2 million for funneling taxpayer money to a shell company they controlled and to subcontractors in exchange for kickbacks.
Allstate Insurance Co., Bank of America, Bank Of New York Mellon Corp,, Bear Stearns, Blackrock Inc., California Public Employees Retirement System, Credit Suisse amongst others have shares in DynCorp.Goldman, Sachs & Co has been its main financial advisor.
Owned by Cerberus (the mythological three-headed dog that guarded the gates of Hades),Iraq and Afghanistan generated 53% of DynCorp’s $3.1 billion of annual revenue (2009) according to Forbes.
DynCorp is based in the U.S. It provides maintenance support to the U.S. military globally (war zones). They also provide ‘entertainment’ in the form of illegal and inhumane behavior (paedophile sex parties, trade in illegal weapons, women, and forged passports. DynCorp and Halliburton, were caught trafficking women during the war in Yugoslavia.
In 2006, DynCorp on behalf of the Pentagon administered the smallpox and anthrax vaccines, and was working on a plague vaccine through the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program – is the recent outbreak of Bubonic Plague/Black Death another field experiment on target populations?
Human Rights Watch reported the Haitian National Police that DynCorp have been involved in “extra judicial executions, disappropriate use of lethal force and beatings”.
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O’Meara, K. “US: DynCorp Disgrace.” corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11119
Vardi, N. “DynCorp Takes Afghanistan” forbes.com/2009/07/30/dyncorp-kbr-afghanistan-business-logistics-dyncorp.html