What Failure? For Some, the War in Afghanistan Was a Big Success

There were lots of winners of the War in Afghanistan. Defense contractors, for one.

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Pentagon Cancels $10 Billion JEDI Cloud-Computing Contract

The 10-year contract had been awarded to Microsoft in 2019 after a fight among Amazon and other tech giants for the deal.

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Iraq’s F-16s Grounded After Lockheed Martin Withdraws Crews

The decision by Lockheed Martin, after repeated rocket attacks, highlights the Iraqi government’s failure to rein in militia groups.

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Court Could Consider Whether Trump Interfered in Cloud Computing Contract

The decision could be a win for Amazon, which said it was passed over for the $10 billion Pentagon contract because of his animosity toward its founder, Jeff Bezos.

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Let’s Cut Our Ridiculous Defense Budget

President Biden wants to change the paradigm. That may be easier than changing the Pentagon.

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Away From Silicon Valley, the Military Is the Ideal Customer

While much has been made of tech’s unwillingness to work with the Pentagon, start-ups are still plumbing the industry’s decades-long ties to the military.

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Blackwater’s Bullets Scarred Iraqis. Trump’s Pardon Renewed the Pain.

Iraqi witnesses against Blackwater guards were promised justice after a mass killing in Baghdad in 2007. ‘Today,’ one said, the bullets still in his leg, ‘they proved to me it was just theater.’

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Biden’s Choice for Pentagon Faces Questions on Ties to Contractors

Retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III serves on the board of Raytheon, one of the world’s largest weapons makers, and is a partner in an investment firm that buys military suppliers.

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Arrested, Tortured, Imprisoned: The U.S. Contractors Abandoned in Kuwait

Dozens of military contractors, most of them Black, have been jailed in the emirate — some on trumped-up drug charges. Why has the American government failed to help them?

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Pentagon Sticks With Microsoft for Cloud Computing Contract

Amazon, a rival for the $10 billion contract, has complained that President Trump interfered in the process.

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What’s a Palantir? The Tech Industry’s Next Big I.P.O.

A tech start-up named for objects in “The Lord of the Rings” has become a major government contractor. But what it does is not easy to understand.

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U.S. Companies Vie for Funds in Race to Build Rare Earths Industry

The Trump administration is encouraging development of a domestic industry to produce critical metals now dominated by Chinese companies, but few players show clear long-term promise.

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The Swamp Is Coming From Inside Trump’s Campaign

Lobbyists like David Urban, whose connections start at the very top, are thriving as they help the president’s re-election effort while aiding corporate clients.

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State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis

A Democratic House committee chairman said the investigation might have been “another reason” for the firing of the inspector general, Steve A. Linick.

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Why Bombs Made in America Have Been Killing Civilians in Yemen

President Trump sees arms deals as jobs generators for firms like Raytheon, which has made billions in sales to the Saudi coalition. The Obama administration initially backed the Saudis too, but later regretted it as thousands died.

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Trump Considers Billionaire Investor for Intelligence Job

Stephen Feinberg, who backed the president’s campaign, is said to be in talks for a top post in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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Boeing’s Problems Predate the Virus. Should the U.S. Come to Its Rescue?

The nation’s largest aerospace company is in discussions about three different federal aid programs amid confusion created by its new chief executive about its intentions.

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