Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Doing Business in Afghanistan

In DynCorp, Fluor get $3 B pact for Afghanistan work, the AP reports:

Defense contractors DynCorp International Inc. and Fluor Corp. received a combined $3 billion contract from the Army to provide a wide-range of support services to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The task orders -- worth $1.5 billion a piece -- were awarded Tuesday as part of the next phase of the Army's Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, or Logcap, according to a government notice. Combined the two contracts could ultimately be worth up to $15 billion -- or $7.5 billion each -- if the Army opts to extend each pact for another four years.

Apparently much of this money is to build bases.

Methinks it is very important to get Afghanistan right, nearly 8 years after 9/11 and many, many years after the Soviet Union was kicked out by forces affiliated with Osama bin Laden and others. Given how poor Afghanistan is, perhaps it would be wiser to spend less on our military and more helping the people improve their lot in life. The President could channel JFK rather than LBJ the Viet Nam "surger" and recall the great success of the Peace Corps. What about a modern Peace Corps for Pak-ghanistan, Iraq, and many other places?

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