The State and Defense Departments have issued their annual report to Congress on private U.S. contractors’ activities in Colombia. (It is available here as a 10-megabyte PDF file.) The report, covering 2006, is a very important document – and has often been difficult to obtain. The last edition we had seen covered 2002.
Here are some highlights:
- The State and Defense Departments spent $309.6 million on private contractors carrying out military and police assistance programs in Colombia last year. That is roughly half of the $632 million in military and police aid that we estimate Colombia received in 2006.
- Funding for contractors in Colombia has doubled in four years. In 2002, aid through contractors totaled just over $150 million, about three-eighths of the $400 million in military and police aid Colombia received that year.
- One company – Dyncorp, which carries out the aerial herbicide fumigation program – accounted for fully one-quarter of all U.S. military and police aid to Colombia last year, with $164.3 million. That is roughly double the $85.6 million that DynCorp was reported to be earning in 2002.
Here is a summary table of the contractors listed in the report. Read the report for more information on each, including a description of contract activities, assessments of the risk to contractors’ safety, and the plan – if any – to turn over responsibilities to Colombian forces.
|Contractor||2006 Amount||Contracting Agency|
|DynCorp International||$164,260,877||State Department|
|Lockheed-Martin (Includes Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems – OPTEC / Lockheed Martin Technology Services / Lockheed Martin Mission Support)||$79,564,221||State Department, Defense Department|
|ARINC||$29,187,000||State Department, Defense Department|
|King Aerospace||$9,036,310||Defense Department|
|Oakley Networks||$5,000,000||State Department|
|Northrop Grumman Information Technology International / Northrop Grumman Mission Systems||$3,330,863||Defense Department|
|Telford Aviation||$2,783,000||Defense Department|
|PAE Government Services||$2,540,000||Defense Department|
|Tate Incorporated||$420,603||Defense Department|
|Construction, Consulting and Engineering (CCE)||$300,000||Defense Department|
|Chenega Federal Systems||$200,000||Defense Department|
|U.S. Naval Mission BogotÃ¡ Riverine Plans Officer||$200,000||Defense Department|