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In Light of KBR and Qarmat Ali, U.S. Congress to Consider Forcing Greater Military Transparency

On May 25, 2011, United States Representatives from Oregon spearheaded an amendment to the House Defense Authorization bill in an effort to creat greater transparency in government contracting. The effort is the latest attempt to rectify problems highlighted by a number of lawsuits, including those filed by National Guard soldiers against Kellogg, Brown, and Root [...]

May 27th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Oregon Congressmen attach oversight amendment to 2012 Defense Authorization Bill

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Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian Oregonians on Wednesday successfully amended the House Defense Authorization bill to spotlight who pays when a defense contractor causes harm. The amendment requires the Pentagon to report when it enters or changes immunity agreements with contractors. It is the latest strategy by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader to boost [...]

May 26th, 2011 | Posted in Oregon Live | Read More »

WSJ: Troops in Mideast Face Breathing Ills

Troops in Mideast Face Breathing Ills

  Burn Pits a Possible Factor as Data Show Higher Rate of Respiratory Woes Among Veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq By SHIRLEY S. WANG Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have a higher rate of debilitating respiratory illness than those deployed elsewhere, according to a new study that bolsters concerns among some medical professionals and [...]

May 17th, 2011 | Posted in Burn Pits News,WSJ | Read More »

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