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
Weapons firms and defense contractors consume over half of the Pentagons $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. CACIs 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. ISWs 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 administrations decision to withdraw from Afghanistan.
ISW has not disclosed the financial conflict of interest between its criticisms of Bidens withdrawal and its corporate sponsors financial ties to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan. Fox News does not disclose Keanes role as chairman of a Pentagon contractor or ISWs funding from defense contractors including CACI and General Dynamics.
CACI enjoys one other important connection to the effort to slow down or oppose Bidens 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 groups 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.
...is that you have to accept that President Obama was either complicate or too weak to fight the "military industrial complex"
for opening the artery to the fed money. He should have lived a few weeks longer, so he could see his failure.