Divide to conquer : gender and sexuality in the military
The crisis of veterans' health care and the costs of war at home
Corporate pillaging and the breakdown of the military
The future of GI resistance
Concluding remarks from Camilo Mejía
Afterward by Aaron Glantz
Glossary of military terms.
"The only way this war is going to end is if the American people truly understand what we have done in their name."-Kelly Dougherty, executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images, and documents of this historic gathering, which show the reality of life in Afghanistan and Iraq. Iraq Veterans Against the War argues that well-publicized incidents of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by "a few bad apples, " as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern, the group says, of "an increasingly bloody occupation." "Here is the war as it should be reported, seeing the pain, refusing to sanitize an unprovoked attack that has killed over one million people. All over America are victims who have returned from this conflict with hideous wounds -- wounds that turn the lives of the entire family upside down. And the American people are not seeing this. Until now. "Winter Soldier, an enormously important project of Iraq Veterans Against the War, cuts this debacle to the bone, exposing details hard to come by and even harder to believe. This is must reading for patriots who have already begun the effort to insure that this never happens again." --Phil Donahue "Winter Soldier makes us feel the pain and despair endured by those who serve in a military stretched to the breaking point by stop-loss policies, multiple combat tours, and a war where the goals and the enemies keep shifting ... [and] also make[s] us admire the unbreakable idealism and hope of those men and women who still believe that by speaking out they can make things better both for themselves and for those who come after them."--San Francisco Chronicle Formed in the aftermath of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded in 2004 to give those who have served in the military since September 11, 2001, a way to come together and speak out against an unjust, illegal, and unwinnable war. Today, IVAW has over seven hundred members in forty-nine states, Washington, DC, Canada, and on military bases overseas. Aaron Glantz is an independent journalist who has covered the Iraq War from the front lines. He is the author of How America Lost Iraq (Tarcher) and a forthcoming book on the Iraq War from the University of California Press. Anthony Swofford is the author of Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Arlington, VA : Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, 
Book — 1 online resource (6 p) : ill.
Unlike other federal agencies, the U.S. Department of State is forbidden by law to select anything but the lowest price and "technically acceptable" offer when awarding contracts to protect its overseas buidlings--even if this means passing up offers from firms offering higher quality and better experience. In contengency operations like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, this prohibition can have negative consequences for seucrity, wartime mission objectives, and American's image. The Commission recommends removing this lowest-price restriction so that State Department contracting officers can--like their counterparts in other government agencies--use their professional judgment to select from the entire continuum of "best value" criteria and make appropriate trade-offs between cost or price and other relevant factors. When American lives and American interests are at stake, quality and experience must be considered along with price. The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan reached this conclusion based on research, travel to Afghanistan, and its September 14, 2009, hearing that focused on recent allegations of misconduct among employees of the State Department's contractor, ArmorGroup North America (AGNA). AGNA, a unit of Wackenhut Services, Inc., contracted to protect the U.S. Embassy and personnel in Kabul, Afghanistan. The company attracted intense media scrutiny when a watchdog group released photos showing AGNA employees in alcoholfueled acts of sexual misconduct and degradation of subordinate staff.