Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Inspired by the hullabaloo, I have been looking into Dyncorp, our new Iraqi police force (now a subsidiary of CSC). In addition to human trafficking in the Balkans and spraying peasants with Roundup in the Andes, I managed to scrape a little history out of Nexis:

1996: half-billion dollar chunk of the the Hanford cleanup contract -- which is not going well.

1/11/94 Washington Post

The FBI is investigating whether Dyncorp, the Reston-based defense contractor, defrauded the government by claiming to do millions of dollars of work at Fort Belvoir that it supposedly never did.

News of the investigation is contained in a lawsuit filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court by a former Dyncorp employee, Hollis McBroom, who said he was dismissed from the company for cooperating with the FBI.

Dyncorp and the FBI declined comment on the matter. But law enforcement sources confirmed an investigation is underway. Further, sources said the Army's Criminal Investigations Division also is investigating Dyncorp's performance on the Fort Belvoir contract.

The firm has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Army's Department of Engineering and Housing to maintain the physical plant of Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, which contains offices of Army intelligence and a unit researching night-vision technology.

15/5/87 Washington Post: indicted for criminal conspiracy to rig the bids on a 1982 Kentucky power plant contract.

6/17/87 Washington Post: Army debars Dyncorp from bidding (reversed one month later).

Getting creepier: 11/13/97 Washington Post:

In the latest in a string of big federal contract awards, DynCorp of Reston announced yesterday that a subsidiary has won a $ 322 million contract to develop and produce vaccines to protect U.S. soldiers from biological warfare agents.

DynCorp's bid was chosen from 66 bids solicited by the Defense Department, according to a department spokeswoman....

The DynCorp subsidiary, DynPort L.L.C., is a joint venture with Porton International Inc., a London-based pharmaceutical company that has worked in combating biological warfare agents in the past.

This is DynCorp's first foray into the realm of biological warfare, in which germs are used as weapons, said company spokeswoman Charlene Wheeless. However, the company has provided vaccine research and development and biomedical services to government agencies.

Finally, straight from the grassy knoll [4/4/96 Daily News]:
Daniel Bannister had his visa and his itinerary and was all set to leave with Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown on his fateful trade mission when he made the decision that probably saved his life.

"There were some business matters that came up that I just couldn't neglect," the president of DynCorp. told the News, explaining his last minute decision to stay behind.

Because he remained at his Reston, Va.-based computer services company, Bannister was not on the plane carrying Brown and other top corporate leaders that crashed in or near Croatia....

Bannister said that he owed his life to luck "and the hand of God."

I'll see if I can dig up some some more the next time I have several hours to waste.

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