Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing by Dina Rasor

By Dina Rasor

In this shocking expos?©, govt fraud specialists exhibit how deepest contractors have placed the lives of numerous American infantrymen at the line whereas harmful our strategic pursuits and our picture in another country. From the shameful conflict profiteering of businesses like Halliburton/KBR to the sinister effect that company lobbyists have on American overseas coverage, Dina Rasor and Robert H. Bauman paint a aggravating picture. Here they provide the interior tale on troops forced to subsist on little meals and infected water, on officials afraid to hotel court cases as a result of Halliburton's political clout, on hundreds of thousands of bucks in contractors' bogus claims which are funded via American taxpayers. Drawing on particular assets inside executive and the army, the authors convey how funds and tool have conspired to undermine our scuffling with forces and threaten the safety of our nation.

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Some aircraft would not have flown at all, and some would have flown in such a significantly degraded state that crews’ lives would have been at greatly increased risk. Luckily, because Kimball’s troops found Iraqi parts and had the ingenuity and skill to modify and use them, those problems did not arise. Even though the squadron’s deployment was eventually extended, Kimball was rotated out of Iraq in June 2003. His unit was staying, and he was going home. It was tough for him to deal with, and it haunted him for six months.

Lamberth couldn’t believe it. About two weeks after Lamberth reported the defective vehicles to his management, the Army sent a team of transportation specialists to Camp Arifjan to conduct technical inspections of the tractor-trailers and fuel 18 B E T R AY I N G O U R T R O O P S tankers as part of a final acceptance check before the invasion of Iraq. The team started inspecting each vehicle and writing up a technical inspection sheet of results on each one. During the inspection, pages and pages of problems for each vehicle were written.

Just disappointed. Historically, there have always been problems with logistics in war, but with the advancements in technology and knowledge, he thought the problems should have been less severe. Poor decisions at the Pentagon regarding deployment of support personnel, insufficient Army logistics and transportation command personnel, and poor contractor performance contributed to a breakdown in the supply chain, causing the troops to fight their way to Baghdad with depleted supplies. Even if Army logistics had worked perfectly, the contractor’s inability to maintain inventory control for parts visibility and its inconsistent performance in hauling supplies to staging areas of Kuwait would have remained a weak link in the supply chain.

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