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Defense contractors news and analysis from The Nation
March 22, 2016
The US Military Is America’s 51st State
The military has become a force unto itself, increasingly unaccountable to either the president or Congress.
William J. Astore
February 2, 2016
Contractor Kidnappings and the Perils of Privatized War
More than 3,700 contractors died on the global battlefield between 2001 and 2015, in this deadly and secrecy-shrouded game of crony capitalism.
January 14, 2016
The Pentagon’s New Base Plan Will Achieve the Exact Opposite of Its Goal
We’re building bases to prevent terrorism, but local terror groups are recruiting in reaction to our bases.
August 12, 2015
Stop Urban Shield: Join a Grassroots Campaign to Fight Police Militarization
Last year, activists were able to kick Urban Shield out of Oakland. Now they’re fighting to get rid of this potent symbol of police militarization for good.
April 7, 2015
US Soldiers and Contractors Sexually Abused at Least 54 Children in Colombia Between 2003 and 2007
What the media don’t cover when Colombian women are raped by members of the US military.
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April 6, 2015
How to Create an Afghan Blackwater
How an American fantasy conflict created disaster in Afghanistan.
March 31, 2015
Blackwater: One of the Pentagon’s Top Contractors for Afghanistan Training
A Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report reveals the major recipients of DoD's Afghanistan reconstruction programs.
January 15, 2015
The Iraq War Strategy 3.0: If You Can’t Win, At Least Make Money
Iraqis have a saying: “The rug is never sold”—meaning that there’s always more money to be made from any transaction. American defense contractors would agree.
Peter Van Buren
October 29, 2014
Finally, a Verdict on Blackwater’s Nisour Square Shooters
Accountability for the massacre in Iraq is a start—but we should also be talking about reducing reliance on private military contractors.