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The Top 100 Iraq and Afghanistan Contractors
Center for Public Integrity Tracks "Windfalls of War" in New Report
07/22/2008 11:56 AM ET
1. KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown and Root)
2. DynCorp International (Veritas Capital)
3. Washington Group International
4. IAP Worldwide Services (Cerberus Capital Management)
5. Environmental Chemical Corporation
6. L-3 Communications Holdings
7. Fluor Corporation
8. Perini Corporation
9. Orascom Construction Industries
10. Parsons Corporation

Here are the first two paragraphs of the media release for the new report issued by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) entitled "Windfalls of War II." Above are the top ten companies in CPI's list of the top 100 contractors for US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

KBR, Inc., the global engineering and construction giant, won more than $16 billion in U.S. government contracts for work in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2006—far more than any other company, according to a new analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. In fact, the total dollar value of contracts that went to KBR—which used to be known as Kellogg, Brown, and Root and until April 2007 was a subsidiary of Halliburton—was nearly nine times greater than those awarded to DynCorp International, a private security firm that is No. 2 on the Center's list of the top 100 recipients of Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction funds.

Another private security company, Blackwater USA, whose employees recently killed as many as 17 Iraqi civilians in what the Iraqi government alleges was an unprovoked attack, is 12th on the list of companies and joint ventures, with $485 million in contracts. (On November 14, the New York Times reported that FBI investigators have concluded that 14 of the 17 shootings were unjustified and violated deadly-force rules in effect for security contractors in Iraq, and that Justice Department prosecutors are weighing whether to seek indictments.) First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting, which immediately precedes Blackwater on the Top 100, came under fire in July after a pair of whistleblowers told a House committee that the company essentially "kidnapped" low-paid foreign laborers brought in to help build the new U.S. embassy in Baghdad. First Kuwaiti and the U.S. State Department denied the charges.

The report, including CPI's top 100 list, can be viewed in full here.


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