Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War / Edition 1

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From the very beginning of the Iraq War, American troops have been forced to rely on corporate contractors every step of the way. In the face of troop caps from the beginning of the war, these companies have reaped massive profits by managing some of the most basic military services while putting the lives of countless American soldiers on the line and damaging our strategic interests and image abroad.

In this shocking expose, two government fraud experts share real-life experiences of soldiers that are sure to inspire outrage. Drawing on exclusive sources within contracting firms and the military, this book shows how the pursuit of profit has undermined the effectiveness of our fighting forces and threatened our country's security.

About the Author:
Dina Rasor is an investigative journalist who founded and ran the Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230604087
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,468,389
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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, 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. He is a Principal in the Bauman & Rasor Group, an investigative and consulting firm specializing in lawsuits involving government fraud.

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Table of Contents

Cast of Characters     vii
Foreword   Jonathan Alter     xi
Introduction     1
The Private Side of War     11
Smelling Smoke     21
Where Are My Missiles?     25
Breaking Down     37
Rumsfeld's Army     45
Mission Accomplished
Dust and Desperation     51
Afflict the Comfortable     55
For the Money     59
A Different Kind of Suburb     65
The Green Zone     71
Digging In
Feeding Frenzy     83
Stepping into the Breach     89
The Berlin Wall     93
Corporate Cowboys in a War Zone     99
The Hired Guns     117
The Slog
The Other Side of the Force     131
A Different Kind of Black Water     145
The Replacements     157
The Hand That Feeds You     165
Don Quixote vs. the Chairman     175
Legal Prayer     195
Slumlord of Iraq     201
The Empire Strikes Back     209
You Go to War with the Secretary of Defense You Have     217
The War Service Industry     231
Afterword     243
Appendix     245
Endnotes     253
Bibliography     263
Acknowledgments     267
Index     269
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