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U.S. mulls Iran strike systems for Israel

U.S. mulls Iran strike systems for Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 7 (UPI) -- Israel has apparently asked the United States for bunker buster bombs and tanker aircraft that would be used in an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Dogs of War: Two little words

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- How much argument can there be over the definition of two words? A lot, it turns out, if those two words are "inherently governmental" and if they appear in federal documents defining what functions U.S. agencies cannot contract out to the private sector.
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: The Holy Grail, part four

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- LOGCAP is the Holy Grail of the private military contracting industry.
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: Back to Africa

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- Where does the future lie for the private military industry? Those who watch the industry closely have noted it tends to migrate periodically. In the beginning, mirroring human evolution, the industry emerged in Africa, and now it is returning there in a big way.
DAVID ISENBERG

Atomic Market: What Benazir knew

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- A new book confirms what has to be one of the more unusual exchanges of nuclear information outside of outright spying and helps explain how Pakistani nuclear weapons knowledge made its way to North Korea.
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: Defense Base Act revisited

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- My earlier column on mandatory employee insurance for defense contractors under the Defense Base Act stirred up a bit of a hornets' nest. As this is a complex issue, I think it is worth revisiting, especially in light of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the issue last week chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: Blackwater, Najaf -- Take Two

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- One aspect of private military and security contractors that is relatively ignored is their relationship with regular military forces. Such discussion, as there is, is generally limited to sound bites about the reported envy that soldiers have for allegedly better paid security contractors.
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: Inherently governmental?

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- Amid all the polemics over the use of private military and security contractors by the U.S. government there are two words one rarely sees, but they lie at the very heart of the debate: "inherently governmental."
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: Insurance? What insurance?

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Life in Iraq for private military contractors is dangerous. If they get killed their dependents in theory get insurance but there will be no letters from a military commander of the president, commending them for their service to the country. No chaplain shows up at their door to offer consolation.
DAVID ISENBERG
Dogs of War: Cost-effective: Myth or fact?

Dogs of War: Cost-effective: Myth or fact?

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- If you've heard it once, you've heard it countless times: Governments and corporations turn to private military contractors because it is more cost-effective than using regular military forces. But is it true?
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: No justice on contractor rape

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- Since the very first conflicts, until it was made illegal under international law, rape was a part of warfare. But a series of recent allegations against Private Military Contractors suggests that it is not just a historical phenomenon.
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: Lawyers, guns and money

WASHINGTON, April 4 (UPI) -- The Pentagon recently issued a memorandum with the less-than-snappy title "Uniform Code of Military Justice Jurisdiction Over Department of Defense Civilian Employees, Department of Defense Contractor Personnel, and Other Persons Serving With or Accompanying the Armed Forces Overseas During Declared War and in Contingency Operations."
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: No gravy train for PMC grunts

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- The popular belief that there is a huge disparity between what U.S. private security contractors and military personnel are paid has been exposed as a myth yet again.
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: Life imitating art

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- Contrary to popular wisdom, "private military contractor" is not a euphemism for mercenary. But the connections between today's security industry and the infamous freebooters of yesteryear like "Mad" Mike Hoare and Col. Bob Denard -- whose antics inspired and were immortalized by the 1978 movie, "The Wild Geese" -- are clear, especially when one considers the recent case of a real mercenary.
DAVID ISENBERG

Dogs of War: Employees, what employees?

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Blackwater's response to charges that it has tried to avoid taxes and reap small-business benefits by wrongfully labeling its employees as contractors has seemingly confirmed every self-appointed critic's worst fears.
DAVID ISENBERG
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