Counter-Narcotics Contractors to Receive More Oversight

U.S. contractors with almost $2 billion worth of counter-narcotics business in Afghanistan will get more scrutiny than they faced for work completed in Latin America over the past decade, government officials said.

DynCorp International, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, ITT and ARINC, which are working with the Defense and State departments on anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan, performed similar work in Latin America with inadequate competition and little oversight, according to a report by the majority staff of a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee and a previous investigation by the Pentagon’s inspector general.

The contractors should expect new accountability measures at State and the Pentagon, as well as heightened scrutiny from Congress, as the United States seeks to stabilize the government in Afghanistan, where drug trafficking generates as much as $100 million a year for the Taliban, officials said.

The five companies received $1.8 billion, or 57 percent, of the counter-narcotics work in eight Latin American countries between 2005 and 2009, according to the subcommittee report. They got $1.98 billion in total contracting dollars from the Pentagon and State Department for performance in Afghanistan last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Government.

Pentagon counter-narcotics activities in Afghanistan include training and equipping security forces, aviation support and construction of border facilities to intercept illicit drug shipments.

 

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