Dyncorp In Colombia: Outsourcing The Drug War

| June 13, 2001

Dyncorp In Colombia: Outsourcing The Drug War

Dyncorp, which bills itself as an Internet Technologies corporation specializing in 'Information Systems, Information Technology/Oursourcing and Technical Services,' earns 98 percent of its $2 billion annual revenue from contracts with the U.S. government. But what do they actually do with the tax-generated dollars they earn? On the populist ombudsman Web site CorpWatch.org, Jeremy Bigwood examines how the government wages war with mercenaries by hiring them through private companies.

According to former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Myles Frechette, 'It's very handy to have an outfit not part of the U.S. armed forces, obviously. If someone gets killed or whatever, you can say it's not a member of the armed forces.' Recalling notorious shadow operations in Vietnam, Chile, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, DynCorp operates armed State Department aircraft and recruits pilots and technicians, most of whom are former U.S. military personnel.
--Al Paulson
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