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Fri Aug 27, 2021, 07:46 PM Aug 2021

How the defense industry helped prolong the war in Afghanistan

CACI is a well-known company with a $907 million contract in Afghanistan — it also has undisclosed ties to think tanks opposed to withdrawal.

August 27, 2021

Written by
Eli Clifton

Weapons firms and defense contractors consume over half of the Pentagon’s $740 billion budget and the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan poses a threat for their share-holders and executives.

That concern was laid bare in a new investigative report by In These Times’ Sarah Lazare on CACI International, a Pentagon contractor currently two years into a five-year $907 million contract to provide “intelligence operations and analytics support” for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. CACI’s CEO warned investors in an August 12 earnings call, “we have about a 2 percent headwind coming into FY 2022 because of Afghanistan,” referring to a negative impact on profits from the withdrawal.

Lazare points out that CACI is a corporate sponsor of the Institute for Study of War, a hawkish think tank whose experts argued in an August 20 paper that “Russia, China, Iran, and Turkey are weighing how to take advantage of the United States’ hurried withdrawal.” ISW’s board chair, Jack Keane, a former General Dynamics board member and current chairman of Humvee manufacturer AM General, has been making the rounds of Fox News shows, blasting the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan.

ISW has not disclosed the financial conflict of interest between its criticisms of Biden’s withdrawal and its corporate sponsor’s financial ties to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan. Fox News does not disclose Keane’s role as chairman of a Pentagon contractor or ISW’s funding from defense contractors including CACI and General Dynamics.

CACI enjoys one other important connection to the effort to slow down or oppose Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. CACI board member Susan M. Gordon served on the congressionally established Afghanistan Study Group which recommended extending the withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan. The potential conflicts of interest within the ASG were vast, as two of the three co-chairs and nine of the group’s 12 plenary members have current or recent financial ties to the weapons industry. Like ISW, the Study Group provided no disclosure that its co-chairs and plenary members received nearly $4 million in compensation for their work on the boards of defense contractors.


How the defense industry helped prolong the war in Afghanistan (Original Post) BeckyDem Aug 2021 OP
Nothing like an active war zone as a grand military laboratory for testing new weapon technology. nt OAITW r.2.0 Aug 2021 #1
The flaw in this simplistic argument... brooklynite Aug 2021 #2
Thanks to Donald Rumsfeld, Corgigal Aug 2021 #3
+1. Total failure is right. BeckyDem Aug 2021 #4


(91,828 posts)
2. The flaw in this simplistic argument...
Fri Aug 27, 2021, 07:57 PM
Aug 2021

...is that you have to accept that President Obama was either complicate or too weak to fight the "military industrial complex"


(9,291 posts)
3. Thanks to Donald Rumsfeld,
Fri Aug 27, 2021, 07:59 PM
Aug 2021

for opening the artery to the fed money. He should have lived a few weeks longer, so he could see his failure.

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