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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:53 PM
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SAIC Supports Cooperative U.S./Albania Program to Destroy Obsolete and Dangerous Munitions
http://investors.saic.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=193857&p=irol...

SAIC Supports Cooperative U.S./Albania Program to Destroy Obsolete and Dangerous Munitions
SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va., Jan 31, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced it recently completed a project for the U.S. Department of State managing the disposal of 2,900 tons of obsolete and dangerous surplus munitions in the Republic of Albania. According to the State Department, the effort was completed safely and efficiently, helping to ensure the materials cannot be used by terrorists.

The joint project between the State Department Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund and the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Albania disposed of nearly 40,000 munitions, including all of the country's sea mines, torpedoes, and aerial bombs.

"The elimination of three major categories of munitions is a major accomplishment," said SAIC Program Manager Steve Rader. "The removal and disposal of these old and dangerous munitions from storage locations very near the civilian population has made Albania a safer country. In addition, these munitions are no longer available to be acquired illegally and used by terrorist groups."

SAIC advised the Albanian Ministry of Defense in planning, organizing, and conducting the entire disposal operation, which was completed in nine months, half the time estimated by the State Department. SAIC provided safety and ordnance disposal training for Albanian Armed Forces transportation personnel and explosive ordnance disposal teams, and supervised all aspects of the demilitarization and disposal processes between Albanian Armed Forces organizations and SAIC subcontractors. More than 100 local nationals were hired by SAIC's principal Albanian subcontractor, National Demilitarization Center to conduct the work.

To reduce potential hazardous metal contamination typically caused by open detonation, thermite (a compound that ignites without explosion) was used to burn most of the explosive material. In addition, the explosive content of the munitions was burned at newly designated range areas at or near existing military installations where the munitions were stored. This reduced transport risk through populated areas and shaved weeks off the project schedule.

"I am very pleased with what our team has accomplished with this program," said Beverly Seay, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. "This is a little known area of expertise for SAIC, and to bring it to bear on such an important effort that clearly has benefits for the people of Albania and the region was a privilege."

Other results of the project include the redeployment of approximately 90 Albanian military personnel that had been responsible for protecting the munitions, the potential reuse of military installations for civilian purposes and the ability of the Albanian government to sell nearly 1,900 tons of high-quality scrap metal.

For their exceptional efforts, the Albanian Ministry of Defense awarded SAIC team members medals for distinguished and outstanding service for their efforts on the project.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:59 PM
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1. Ya'll remember SAIC Abu Ghraib days?
http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/notebook/2004/11/...

Schakowsky's fears were realized at Abu Ghraib. Long before the infamous prison became a household name, the U.S. Justice Department awarded the research and engineering company SAIC a contract to help reconstruct the Iraqi prison system. SAIC in turn hired four former corrections officials from the United States who had been involved in prisoner-abuse cases. One of them, Gary DeLand, once ran a Utah jail where a mentally ill inmate arrested for nonviolent disorderly conduct was held naked and alone for 56 days without lights, recreation, windows, bedding, or a toilet -- and without a hearing. Both SAIC and officials at the Justice Department have declined to comment.

None of the four officials have been directly implicated in the Abu Ghraib torture allegations. But the military's investigations of Abu Ghraib did conclude that employees of two other private contractors, CACI International interrogator Steven Stefanowicz and Titan Corp. translator Adel Nakhla, had participated in the abuses. In particular, the report compiled by Maj. General Antonio Taguba noted that Stefanowicz ordered military police to use interrogation techniques that "equated to physical abuse." More recently, an Army investigation concluded that four CACI and Titan employees actively participated in detainee abuse, including assault and possibly rape. The employees received "little, if any, training on the Geneva Conventions," said the report. Both companies have repeatedly denied wrongdoing on the part of their workers.
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gbwarming Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 07:51 PM
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2. I remember. Is this realted to Diveroli?
Also, how does a program to destroy obsolete munitions (torpedos, sea mines & aerial bombs) IN Albania relate to allegedly obsolete AK rounds EXPORTED FROM Albania to Afghanistan?

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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 08:01 PM
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3. Let's start here Total misconduct dollar million $7.6 million
Edited on Sun Apr-06-08 08:06 PM by seemslikeadream
http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm/1,73,221,...


The persons hired to do the actual purchasing.

http://www.usaspending.gov/fpds/fpds.php?parent_id=1334...


JOHN COLLINS of the OFFICE OF STATE PURCHASING of Louisiana
certainly helped World Tactical (Michael Diveroli's company.)
even though
John Collins, CPPB (S)
appears to be only authorized to purchase:
Furniture: Office, Health Care & Hospital Facility, Laboratory; Cafeteria, Chapel, Dormitory, Household, Library, Lounge, Classroom, Office, Courtroom, Library; Mobile & Stationary Shelving; Lockers; Files: Vertical, Lateral, Fireproof; Mobile Systems, Rotary Systems, Carousel Filing Systems; Library & Archival Equipment; Paper Shredders; Mattresses & Bedsprings; Picture Framing Services; Paint & Protective Coatings.

The Certified Public Purchasing Officers
and the Certified Professional Public Buyers
have an organization
http://www.uppcc.org /
classes or make contacts.

http://www.uppcc.org/current_certificants/certificants....


We'll get there
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 08:08 PM
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4. David Packouz: AEY, Intelliterran, and Dyna Core Industries
http://majikthise.typepad.com/majikthise_/2008/03/the-e...


David Packouz: AEY, Intelliterran, and Dyna Core Industries
In the next installment of our ongoing series on the AEY scandal, we'll examine the paper trail on the AEY's vice president, David Packouz.

In addition to his position at AEY, David M. Packouz is the president of Intelliteran, a "world class metal commodity trader specializing in metal scrap." Intelliterran's principal place of business is 3150 Sheridan Ave, in Miami Beach, according documents filed with the Florida Secretary of State. Mr. Packouz incorporated Intelliterran in August of 2005, these records show. Very precocious of him, considering Mr. Packouz is only 25 years old today. Intelliterran's listing on the global trade website Alibaba since 1999.

In that Alibaba profile, Intelliterran claims to have 50-100 employees and an annual sales volume of $50-$100 million. Intelliterran's contact person is Mr. David Packouz, who can be reached by phone at 1-305-793-3413, or by fax at 1-305-397-2987. Adam Sofen observes that David uses the 3413 number to promote his services as a masseur on MySpace.

Intelliterran also does business as Dyna Core Industries (Also spelled "DynaCore"), according to its profile on Manta.com

The Dynacore website is unavailable, but the Google cache gives us a glimpse of Intelliterran dba DynCore, which appears to have billed itself as something altogether more grandiose than AEY:
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