Military-Industrial Complex News: August 2016

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Keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of corrupt contracts, military, government, corporations and the military-industrial complex. If you see any relevant news stories, tweet them @erikmoshe

Why America Loses Wars
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/08/02/neo-why-america-loses-wars/

DoD Admits US Global Hegemony Threatened By China, Russia In “Persistently Disordered World”
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-30/dod-admits-us-global-hegemony-threatened-china-russia-persistently-disordered-world

The largest buyer of the F-35 just declared it ready for war
http://www.businessinsider.com/f-35a-combat-ready-2016-8

Iraq PM orders probe into corruption allegations over weapons deals
https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraqi-pm-orders-probe-corruption-allegations-over-weapons-145357132.html

Congress asleep at the wheel on US operations in Libya
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/defense/290267-congress-asleep-at-the-wheel-on-us-operations-in-libya

We’ve Started Process For Manufacturing Military Hardware – Army Commandant NDC
http://www.nta.ng/news/technology/20160730-weve-started-process-for-manufacturing-military-hardware-army-commandant-ndc/

Puget Sound Is Home To Biggest Nuclear Stockpile In The World
https://www.popularresistance.org/puget-sound-is-home-to-biggest-nuclear-stockpile-in-the-world/

Army Urged To Fix Paladin Issues Before Full Production
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/825486/army-urged-to-fix-paladin-issues-before-full-production

Owner Of $100M Sham Vet Co. Loses Acquittal Bid
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/825309/owner-of-100m-sham-vet-co-loses-acquittal-bid

Security Camera Co. Bilked Iraq Contractors $1M, Suit Says
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/825282/security-camera-co-bilked-iraq-contractors-1m-suit-says

Raytheon Fights Exxon’s Bid To Dodge Calif. Superfund Suit
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/825046/raytheon-fights-exxon-s-bid-to-dodge-calif-superfund-suit

GAO Directs Air Force To Look At $285M Bid Again
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/825135/gao-directs-air-force-to-look-at-285m-bid-again

Arlington Capital Closes 4th PE Fund With $700M In Tow
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/824932/arlington-capital-closes-4th-pe-fund-with-700m-in-tow

USAF Revamping Military Sales Program, Citing Inefficiency
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/824991/usaf-revamping-military-sales-program-citing-inefficiency

Treasury Must Explain Warrantless Surveillance Doc Search
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/824668/treasury-must-explain-warrantless-surveillance-doc-search

Boies Schiller Reps Film Co. In ‘Wolf Of Wall St.’ Funding Suit
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/824723/boies-schiller-reps-film-co-in-wolf-of-wall-st-funding-suit

State Dept. Approves $300M Aircraft Sale To Argentina
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/824581/state-dept-approves-300m-aircraft-sale-to-argentina

UnitedHealth Protests Over $58B In Tricare Contract Awards
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/824594/unitedhealth-protests-over-58b-in-tricare-contract-awards

7 Charged In $350M Gov’t Construction Fraud Scheme
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/824348/7-charged-in-350m-gov-t-construction-fraud-scheme

Ex-Commerce Employee Indicted On Bribery Charges
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/823885/ex-commerce-employee-indicted-on-bribery-charges

DOD Takes Steps To Halt Purchase Of Counterfeit Parts
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/823536/dod-takes-steps-to-halt-purchase-of-counterfeit-parts

Navy Oversight Of Radar Parts Deals Needs Improvement
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/823606/navy-oversight-of-radar-parts-deals-needs-improvement

Witness Blames CEO Accused In $100M WTC Fraud Trial
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/825567/witness-blames-ceo-accused-in-100m-wtc-fraud-trial

Contractor Says Feds Misled It On Levee Project In $4.5M Suit
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/825552/contractor-says-feds-misled-it-on-levee-project-in-4-5m-suit

WTC Steel Hands Testify In CEO’s $100M Contract Fraud Trial
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/825088/wtc-steel-hands-testify-in-ceo-s-100m-contract-fraud-trial

The Government Spent 20 Years and Billions of Dollars on a Fighter Jet that Doesn’t Work
https://www.learnliberty.org/blog/the-government-spent-20-years-and-billions-of-dollars-on-a-fighter-jet-that-doesnt-work/

Military Industrial Complex Poses Major Threat to Liberty at Home
https://www.learnliberty.org/blog/military-industrial-complex-poses-major-threat-to-liberty-at-home/

15 Years After 9/11, Is America Any Safer?
http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2016/08/15-years-after-911-america-any-safer/130672/?oref=d-topstory

As Wars Demand Intel, Air Force Boosts Drone Pilot Bonuses
http://www.defenseone.com/news/2016/08/wars-demand-intel-air-force-ups-drone-pilot-bonuses/130718/?oref=d-river

Despite Objections, Pentagon Takes Step Toward Buying New Nuclear Weapons
http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2016/07/despite-objections-pentagon-takes-step-toward-buying-new-nuclear-weapons/130355/?oref=d-dontmiss

US criminal actions have become “lighthearted entertainment”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ4mraAx23I&feature=youtu.be

Honeywell Inks $300M Deal To Sell Gov’t Contracting Unit
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/827836/honeywell-inks-300m-deal-to-sell-gov-t-contracting-unit

$7.5M Army Contract Delay Due To Subcontractor, Judge Told
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/827639/-7-5m-army-contract-delay-due-to-subcontractor-judge-told

ManTech Lands $110M In Gov’t Cybersecurity Work
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/827339/mantech-lands-110m-in-gov-t-cybersecurity-work

DOJ Moves To Beef Up Cybersecurity After Winter Hacks
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/826835/doj-moves-to-beef-up-cybersecurity-after-winter-hacks

Ex-DynCorp Worker Asks 5th Circ. To Rethink Venue Rejection
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/827015/ex-dyncorp-worker-asks-5th-circ-to-rethink-venue-rejection

Whistleblowers Exposed Contractors Who Sold Defective Helmets to Pentagon
http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2016/08/whistleblowers-exposed-contractors-who-sold-defective-helmets-pentagon/130843/

America is no longer guaranteed military victory. These weapons could change that.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/america-is-no-longer-guaranteed-military-victory-these-weapons-could-change-that/2016/08/16/004af43e-63d2-11e6-be4e-23fc4d4d12b4_story.html

Pentagon Spent $100 Million On Counter-IED Measures Without Proving Effectiveness
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/pentagon-spent-100-million-counter-ied-measures-without-proving-effectiveness/

Spies-for-Hire Now at War in Syria
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/09/spies-for-hire-now-at-war-in-syria.html

The Aircraft Carrier Industry’s Lobbying and Think Tank Plan
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/24/us/politics/document-hudson-huntington.html

Tracking foreign influence peddling in America: Tip sheet
http://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/congress/tracking-foreign-influence-peddling-america-tip-sheet

Weak oversight and sloppy accounting cause $6.5-trillion mystery in Army financial statements
https://aminewswire.com/stories/510986370-weak-oversight-and-sloppy-accounting-cause-6-5-trillion-mystery-in-army-financial-statements

This Is What $150 Million In Taxpayers’ Cash Buys You In Afghanistan

https://warisboring.com/this-is-what-150-million-in-taxpayers-cash-buys-you-in-afghanistan-8ee781351122#.49dsfs3to

Bow Wave Time Bomb: B-21, Ohio Replacement Costs Likely To Grow
http://breakingdefense.com/2016/08/bow-wave-time-bomb-b-21-ohio-replacement-costs-likely-to-grow/

Battelle, Ohio State hire Mears
http://insidedefense.com/insider/battelle-ohio-state-hire-mears?platform=hootsuite

Lockheed Martin managed to disclose all the issues with its F-35 in one simple sentence
http://www.businessinsider.com/lockheed-martin-on-issues-with-f-35-in-one-sentence-2016-7

Ruling on $80 Billion Bomber to Be Declassified, Air Force Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-27/ruling-on-80-billion-bomber-to-be-declassified-air-force-says

The Pentagon Money Pit
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/11/pentagon-money-pit/

Keynesian theory alive in Pentagon spending
http://www.stripes.com/opinion/keynesian-theory-alive-in-pentagon-spending-1.424323

ACLU: End Prisons-for-Profit
https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/end-prisons-profit

Human rights activists are being portrayed as terrorists and foreign puppets
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/aug/15/activists-terrorists-foreign-puppets-mohammad-halabi

Ticking Time Bomb: Media Hypes Nuclear Threat in Turkey to Justify Action
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysUp13WjMiI

William Astore: Why Do Military Professionals Remain Silent About America’s Disastrous Wars?
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/08/william-astore-why-do-military-professionals-remain-silent-about-americas-disastrous-wars.html

There’s No Business Like the Arms Business
http://www.unz.com/article/theres-no-business-like-the-arms-business/

NYT Reveals Think Tank It’s Cited for Years to Be Corrupt Arms Booster
http://fair.org/home/nyt-reveals-think-tank-its-cited-for-years-to-be-corrupt-arms-booster/

Staggering Corruption Reveals NATO/NASA ‘Lies’ At The Heart Of The Pentagon
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-11/staggering-corruption-reveals-natonasa-lies-heart-pentagon

NPR Takes Direct Jabs at Poland With ‘Anaconda’ War Games Report
http://observer.com/2016/08/npr-takes-direct-jabs-at-poland-with-anaconda-war-games-report/

The Republican Industrial Complex Has Turned Missteps into Millions
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438076/

Contractors Catch More Heat For Faulty Military Helmets
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/829803/contractors-catch-more-heat-for-faulty-military-helmets

GAO Sustains Rotech Protest Over $68.7M VA Contract
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/829704/gao-sustains-rotech-protest-over-68-7m-va-contract

Fed. Circ. Buries Turkish Contractor’s Suit Against US
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/829557/fed-circ-buries-turkish-contractor-s-suit-against-us

DOD Has Hard Time Distinguishing Everyday Spending
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/829257/dod-has-hard-time-distinguishing-everyday-spending

Raytheon Reads Escobar Wrong In $1B FCA Row, Gov’t Says
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/829307/raytheon-reads-escobar-wrong-in-1b-fca-row-gov-t-says

Pa. Man Cops To $1.4M NJ Army Base Kickback Scheme
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/829340/pa-man-cops-to-1-4m-nj-army-base-kickback-scheme

IRS Can’t Ding Biz Owner For European Bike Trip Deductions
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/829176/irs-can-t-ding-biz-owner-for-european-bike-trip-deductions

San Diego Hits Lockheed Martin With Hazardous Waste Suit
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/828048/san-diego-hits-lockheed-martin-with-hazardous-waste-suit

Boeing Must Cough Up Docs In $1.2B Contract Dispute: AAI
http://www.law360.com/aerospace/articles/828284/boeing-must-cough-up-docs-in-1-2b-contract-dispute-aai

DOE Announces $34M In Funding For Cybersecurity Projects
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/829063/doe-announces-34m-in-funding-for-cybersecurity-projects

Russia Exposes ‘Unprecedented’ $55M Military Gear Cartel
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/828954/russia-exposes-unprecedented-55m-military-gear-cartel

20 Interest Groups Fueling Government Corruption With Cash
http://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/special-interest-government-corruption.html/

War Dogs: A True Story of Small Arms and Small Business Contracting
https://news.clearancejobs.com/2016/08/19/war-dogs-true-story-inside-small-arms-small-business-contracting/

Controversial helmets made in prison with homemade tools sold to the military
https://sofrep.com/61901/controversial-helmets-made-in-prison-with-homemade-tools-sold-to-the-military/

The Hidden Costs of America’s Addiction to Mercenaries
http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2016/08/americas-addiction-mercenaries/130731/?&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

How the Pentagon Became Walmart
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/09/how-the-pentagon-became-walmart-how-everything-became-war/

If There’s Malware In Your Toaster, the US Military Wants to Find It
http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2016/08/if-theres-malware-your-toaster-us-military-wants-find-it/130488/?oref=defenseone_today_nl

Attritional War: The Neglected Phase of Modern Warfare
http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/attritional-war-the-neglected-phase-of-modern-warfare

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List
http://www.pogo.org/blog/2016/08/books-pogo-2016-summer-reading.html

Best of TomDispatch: Andrew Bacevich, Pentagon, Inc.
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176177/best_of_tomdispatch%3A_andrew_bacevich%2C_pentagon%2C_inc./

F-35 Woes Offer Lessons For Future DOD Programs
https://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/825419/f-35-woes-offer-lessons-for-future-dod-programs

VA Botched $20M In Medical Transpo Contracts, IG Says
https://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/830554/va-botched-20m-in-medical-transpo-contracts-ig-says

Gov’t Agencies To Get Broader Cybersecurity Contract Menu
https://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/830270/gov-t-agencies-to-get-broader-cybersecurity-contract-menu

DC Circ. Says Feds Can’t Escape Lockheed Cleanup Costs
https://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/830445/dc-circ-says-feds-can-t-escape-lockheed-cleanup-costs

Future’s Bright But Supply’s Tight, Navy Commander Says
https://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/830036/future-s-bright-but-supply-s-tight-navy-commander-says

State Dept. Approves $60M Gun Sale To Afghanistan
https://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/830040/state-dept-approves-60m-gun-sale-to-afghanistan

The US is promoting war crimes in Yemen
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/18/us-promoting-war-crimes-yemen-saudi-bombing-obama

The Trickle-Down Erosion of Honesty in Obama’s White House
http://www.aim.org/guest-column/the-trickle-down-erosion-of-honesty-in-obamas-white-house/

Report: Contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan 3-to-1
http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/crs-report-afghanistan-contractors

Pentagon painted rosy picture of fight against Daesh: House probe
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/08/13/pentagon-painted-rosy-picture-of-fight-against-daesh-house-probe/

Airbus Fraud Investigation: Narrow View To Global Problem
http://www.forbes.com/sites/christinenegroni/2016/08/08/airbus-fraud-investigation-narrow-view-to-global-problem/#5c72ab322ea2

DC businessman gets 3 months’ jail for corrupting elections
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3741110/DC-businessman-sentenced-illegal-campaign-funding.html#ixzz4IBECsAeQ

New Clinton e-mails suggest more public corruption
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/08/new-clinton-emails-suggest-more-public-corruption.php

Senate military housing allowance proposal is ‘misguided,’ expert says
http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/2016/08/03/senate-bah-plan-misguided-expert/88001210/

Political Hacking May Prompt U.S. to Aid Election Security
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-08-03/political-hacking-may-prompt-u-s-to-bolster-election-assistance

U.S. declines to acknowledge Afghanistan’s child soldiers, experts complain
https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/08/03/20011/us-declines-acknowledge-afghanistan-s-child-soldiers-experts-complain

White House Admits $400 Million Payment May Have Funded Terrorism
http://www.westernjournalism.com/white-house-admits-400-million-payment-may-have-funded-terrorism/

Bail $100K for lobbyist charged in United flight shakedown
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3722118/Lobbyist-charged-flight-shakedown-makes-court-appearance.html#ixzz4IBM89Ecv

Feds: DHS analyst had parts for explosives at home
http://gazette.com/feds-dhs-analyst-had-parts-for-explosives-at-home/article/feed/380120

Dixon: Defence accountability needed globally
http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/dixon-defence-accountability-needed-globally?__lsa=88bf-d3cb

DC Official Convicted of Bribery Gets No Prison Time, $100 Fine
http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/26/dc-official-convicted-of-bribery-gets-no-prison-time-100-fine/#ixzz4IBOhc4ii

CannonDesign To Pay $12M To End Criminal Claims In VA Suit
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/832110/cannondesign-to-pay-12m-to-end-criminal-claims-in-va-suit

GAO Kills Protest Of $27M Army Support Services Contract
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/831872/gao-kills-protest-of-27m-army-support-services-contract

Soldiers Say KBR Violating Discovery Rules In Burn Pit MDL
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/831300/soldiers-say-kbr-violating-discovery-rules-in-burn-pit-mdl

Ex-Contractor Officials Get 13 To 18 Months For Gunrunning
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/831667/ex-contractor-officials-get-13-to-18-months-for-gunrunning-

Kuwait Food Co. Wants Out Of FCA Suit Over Army Rations
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/831421/kuwait-food-co-wants-out-of-fca-suit-over-army-rations

New data on dark money, a dirty bomb scare and more
https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/08/10/20051/new-data-dark-money-dirty-bomb-scare-and-more

Is U.S. Spending Billions on Homeland Security Projects that Won’t Protect Us?
http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/is-us-spending-billions-on-homeland-security-projects-that-wont-protect-us-160820

The more outside money politicians take, the less well they represent their constituents
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/08/17/members-of-congress-follow-the-money-not-the-voters-heres-the-evidence/

How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate America’s Influence
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/us/politics/think-tanks-research-and-corporate-lobbying.html?_r=1

Air Force Seeks to Double Fighter Pilots’ Annual Bonuses Under Defense Budget Request
http://www.executivegov.com/2016/08/air-force-seeks-to-double-fighter-pilots-annual-bonuses-under-defense-budget-request/

Virginia National Guard Breaks Ground on New $30M HQ
http://www.executivegov.com/2016/08/virginia-national-guard-breaks-ground-on-new-hq/

Army Surpasses $1B Mark for Utility Energy Service and Energy Savings Performance Contracts
http://www.executivegov.com/2016/08/army-surpasses-1b-mark-for-utility-energy-service-and-energy-savings-performance-contracts/

Gen. David Perkins Asks Military, Industry to ‘Describe’ the Future
http://www.executivegov.com/2016/08/gen-david-perkins-asks-military-industry-to-describe-the-future/

Air Force to Deploy B-1 Aircraft to Guam to Continue Pacific Bomber Presence
http://www.executivegov.com/2016/08/air-force-to-deploy-b-1-aircraft-to-guam-to-continue-pacific-bomber-presence/

Booz Allen’s Henry Obering: MDA’s R&D Efforts Face Budget Issues
http://www.executivegov.com/2016/08/booz-allens-henry-obering-mdas-rd-efforts-face-budget-issues/

Lockheed Martin Awarded $79.5 Million Contract to Provide an Open Architecture Combat Management System for the U.S. Navy’s Frigates
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/prnewswire-defense-news.html?rkey=20160823PH74677&filter=1641

Raytheon awarded up to $104 million to modernize ground controls for U.S. Air Force Global Hawk
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/prnewswire-defense-news.html?rkey=20160822NE73563&filter=1641

Raytheon awarded US Navy Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar contract
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/prnewswire-defense-news.html?rkey=20160819NE73123&filter=1641

The Freedonia Group: Demand for High Performance Composites to Reach $10 Billion
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/prnewswire-defense-news.html?rkey=20160816DC70403&filter=1641

Lockheed Martin to Bring Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense to Latest U.S., Korea and Japan Destroyers
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/prnewswire-defense-news.html?rkey=20160815PH69141&filter=1641

Raytheon shows U.S. Army the future of missile defense
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/prnewswire-defense-news.html?rkey=20160815NE68160&filter=1641

Radar Systems Market Worth 26.37 Billion USD by 2021
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/prnewswire-defense-news.html?rkey=20160815enUK201608123202&filter=1641

$17B Military Simulation & Virtual Training Market Forecast to 2026
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/prnewswire-defense-news.html?rkey=20160815enUK201608123166&filter=1641

MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export
https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/mq-9-reaper-unfettered-for-export-05021/

Afghanistan – Individual and Crew Served Weapons
http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/afghanistan-individual-and-crew-served-weapons

CRS: Nearly 30,000 DOD contractors in Afghanistan
http://insidedefense.com/insider/crs-nearly-30000-dod-contractors-afghanistan

The Corbett Report: Rambo III – FLNWO #37
https://www.corbettreport.com/rambo-iii-flnwo-37/

‘Autonomy’: A Smart Overview of the Pentagon’s Robotic Plans
http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2016/08/autonomy-smart-overview-pentagons-robotic-plans/130971/?oref=d-skybox

1980s Nuclear War Nightmares
http://www.cryptogon.com/?p=49292

After 100 years World War I battlefields are poisoned and uninhabitable
http://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/after-100-years-world-war-i-battlefields-are-poisoned-and-uninhabitable