Iraq & Afghanistan wars proved profitable for a small circle of private contractors

WTF Al Fatah Bridge Iraq CWC

The U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting found that the majority of U.S. contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan were awarded to a small circle of private firms.

Al Fatah Bridge & Oil Pipeline in Iraq. PHOTO SOURCE: U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting

“Contingency-contract spending in Iraq and Afghanistan is highly concentrated,” according to the commission’s final report, “Transforming Wartime Contracting: Controlling Costs, Reducing Risks.”

The top 22 firms (listed below) took in $139.2 billion of the total $192.5 billion private contracts awarded between fiscal year 2002 and mid-fiscal year 2011, accounting for more than 52% of the total budget.

Here is a list of firms that were awarded billion dollar contracts for military and civilian operations in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2002 and 2011:

  1.  KBR (U.S.), engineering & construction, $40.8 billion
  2. Agility (Kuwait), logistics, $9 billion
  3. DynCorp (U.S.), security & force training, $7.4 billion
  4. Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (Kuwait), energy, $5 billion
  5. Flour Intercontinental, Inc. (U.S.), engineering, procurement, construction, $5 billion
  6. The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bahrain), energy, $5 billion
  7. Combat Support Associates (U.S. & Kuwait), security & training, $3.6 billion
  8. ITT Federal Services International (U.S. & Kuwait), maintenance and support, $3.4 billion
  9. The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (U.S.), engineering, $2.3 billion
  10. International Oil Trading Company (U.S.), energy, $2.1 billion
  11. Readiness Management Support (U.S.), aviation support, $2.0 billion
  12. L-3 Communications (U.S.), communications systems, $1.7 billion
  13. Red Star Enterprises, Ltd. (U.K.), energy, $1.7 billion
  14. IAP Worldwide Services (U.S.), procurement and logistics, $1.5 billion
  15. Environmental Chemical Corporation (U.S.), environmental remediation, $1.5 billion
  16. Perini Corporation (U.S.), construction, $1.5 billion
  17. Blackwater Lodge and Training Center (U.S.), security, $1.4 billion
  18. Contrack International, Inc. (U.S.), construction, $1.4 billion
  19. Triple Canopy, Inc. (U.S.), security, $1.2 billion
  20. DAI/Nathan Group, LLC (U.S.), economic development, $1.1 billion
  21. Washington Group, International (U.S.), engineering and construction, $1.1 billion
  22. Bearing Point, LLC, management & technology consulting, $1.0 billion


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